The self sufficiency class out hiking
Self sufficiency class hiking in the forest



Do you want to be more self-sufficient? Gather berries, cultivate and conserve vegetables and repair your own clothes? Learn everything from fishing and leather tanning to willow weaving, timber felling, and woodworking.

Student weaving a willow basket

Learn what you need to be more self-sufficient: whether you live in an apartment downtown and want to grow food in the windowsill, and have compost in the kitchen and a sourdough starter in the fridge.

Or you want to live closer to nature, gather plants for food or other purposes, or wood for building and crafting by going into the forest. If you want that, then this course is for you.

Making fire with steel

Outdoor living

Fall and spring we spend time in nature. We experiment with making fire under different conditions, and cook food on the fire. We learn about the different trees, do some green woodwork, and log timber for wood and materials for the school. We also navigate using a paper map and a compass.


Growing and foraging food

We go for walks in the woods and gather whatever’s in season, and along the way learn about nature, useful plants, trees, and how to read the weather.

In Fall and Spring we’ll go out into the garden to work with soil and plants! Some years we slaughter and part the animals on the farm and sheep from our island.

We’ll preserve fruits and vegetables with methods like lacto-fermenting, drying, making cordials, and pickling.

Our highland pasture, Lefættten

Large-scale Self-sufficiency

Together with the Organic Farming line we’ll work to make the school as self-sufficient as possible.

We pick fruit and berries in the fall for the kitchen to use, slaughter sheep to feed all the students, and help the kitchen with things like preserving the fruit and parting the animals.


Make and Mend

Handwork is central in our course. You’ll learn various methods to repair the things you use; sew simple garments, and learn to breathe new life into old things

Turning flax plants into linen fibres using traditional techniques
making linen from flax plants using old techniques

The year could include:

  • Woodworking
  • Sewing and repair of simple garments
  • Making your own fishing equipment and how to fish
  • Basic outdoor skills
  • How to identify useful wild plants
  • Conserving and fermenting food
  • Organic cultivation of vegetables, fruits, and berries
  • Keeping and care of animals at the school’s farm
  • Repair, and maintainance.
  • Working in the woods
  • Leather tanning
  • Willow weaving
Student scraping a sheep hide before tanning

Could this be the course for you?

Do you want to live more sustainably? Do you dream of creating an independent lifestyle? Gathering and growing? Making and reparing? Crafting and collecting skills?

This course follows the seasons and touches a wide range of subject areas.

Students making and using paint with natural ingredients

Our expectations of you

We expect students to be interrested in learning, ready to work hard, and creating a positive class environment.

Pulling timber out of the forest using a working horse

Self-Sufficiency teachers:

Self sufficiency teacher at fosen folk school, Bjørn Wissing

Bjørn W. Wissing

Main teacher

Bjørn is a whimsical, warm-hearted character. He is always ready to guide students through the forests and share the hidden secrets of the landscape. He is known here as an enthusiastic storyteller and teacher.

Bjørn is a skilled outdoorsman and has endless knowledge about self-sufficiency techniques.

He is often decked out in handknit sweaters and a winning smile.

Thomas Sørensen lærer Fosen Folkehøgskole

Thomas Sørensen

Thomas is an energetic mood spreader who happily shares his easy-going laughter and desire to gather people. Thomas is a certified Outdoors instructor and Sports teacher. In Self-Sufficiency, he will mainly teach outdoor education.


Lene Jacobsen

Willow weaving


Female student cutting a tree using a saw

9 month course

This is a 9 month course, from late august until the end of may.

In addition to your course there are electives and collective courses. The electives on offer change every year, but some of the classics are: tanning of hides, sail making, chest making, outdoor life, forging, knife making, willow weaving, plant dyeing, traditional shoe making, sailing, and textile work.

Whole school classes can be presentations from guest teachers, group work projects, farmwork, even school trips!

Our average student is between 18 and 25 years old, but we also have older students. All students live in the school dorms, and organic food is included in the school fee.

Classes are held in Norwegian, but all our teachers speak English as a second language and will explain in English when necessary. We do, however, expect you to try to learn Norwegian.

Students who are new to the Norwegian language will receive support and guidance with language learning.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions! [email protected]

Pancake cooked on a fire