Homesteading and Survivalism Classes

We offer classes in everything from the basics like homesteading for beginners to solar panel hook-up to emergency preparedness.

Check out our permaculture and organic gardening classes, natural building and living off-grid, and fire, metal, and stone sections for additional related classes!

Thrival and Survival

When we talk about survivalism, we aren’t talking about living off processed canned foods during the fantastical zombie apocalypse. We’re talking about integrating some of the deepest insights that have evolved with our humanity to cultivate a culture that thrives in the face of extreme societal, economic and ecological challenges. We are here to thrive, and that’s why we offer classes as diverse as Apache Scout Skills; Backwoods Medicine;When there Is No 911: Emergency Medical Care; Being a Cultural Change Agent; Wayfinding with Symbols and Magnetic Forces; Deep Ecology: Navigating the Great Turning with Grace and Sanity; and Drinking the Wild Water (Safely).

Animal Husbandry

Animals are often a vital part of any self-sufficient homestead. They are a source of much-needed proteins and fats, as well as hides, tools and ritual talisman. Cheese is pretty tasty, too! Come learn how to care for farm animals, breed them, humanely slaughter them, and integrate animals into permaculture systems. We offer hands-on classes like How to Butcher a Chicken; Making Goat Milk Soap and Farmstead Cheeses; and Beekeeping. We also offer animal care classes like Raising Dairy Goats; Portable Electric Fencing on the Homestead; and Intro to Raising Cattle and Rotational Grazing.

Martial Arts

Learn self-protection through various martial arts classes and movement classes. Learn the skills to feel empowered to protect yourself and those you love. No one likes violence, but there are scary people out there. Many of these classes incorporate the best of meditative mindfulness, self-discipline, body awareness and sensitivity to energetic interactions. This track includes classes like Self Protection For All Who Self-Identify As Women: Self Protection: No B.S. Combat Systems; Stick Jiu-Jutsu; Self-Protection through Harmony; and Japanese Bo-shuriken.

Other Classes

Firefly has classes for everyone and for a vast array of interests. Please check out our other class themes: Crafts; Plant Medicine and Food; Permaculture and Gardening; Natural Parenting; Community and Storytelling; Fire, Metal, and Stone; Homesteading / Survivalism; Natural Building and Appropriate Technology; and Bushcraft and Campcraft.