Immerse yourself in the world of friction fire making with this full day hands on workshop.

This workshop will focus on learning the techniques and materials needed to successfully achieve fire by both the bow drill and hand drill method, and will touch on flint and steel and ferro rod fire making. We will spend the first part of the day observing our instructor, Brian Harnas aka @chattanoogabushcraft, demonstrate effective bow drill and hand drill friction fire technique and then try our hand on fire kits that he’s already made. We will spend the second part of the day foraging through the woods gathering proper materials for our own fire kits and tinder bundles and then craft them into suitable fire making kits using axes and knives.

Who’s this class for? Anyone who’s always wanted to learn what it takes to make fire from friction. This class will be an introduction and immersion and is suitable for beginner to intermediate fire builders.

What to bring? All necessary tools will be provided but feel free to bring your favorite axe and/or knife to use to craft your fire kit. Tea, coffee and water will be provided but definitely bring your own hearty lunch and snacks. You’ll need plenty of calories throughout the day as this is very physical activity.  

Location: Leah and Joel’s home/botanical sanctuary. 1826 New Hope Rd Joelton Tn 37080 (around 25 minutes from High Garden)

Date/Time: Sunday October 6th from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Cost: $65 

High Garden is only hosting this class and is not teaching or taking payment for this workshop. All payments should be sent directly to Brian Harnas via PayPal. Contact Brian at harnasb@gmail.com to sign up for this class and receive further instruction on payment and class updates.

Class is limited to 12 people and is pre pay only.

Cancellation Policy:

Full refund is available until one week before date of workshop. If less than a week before workshop, refund will only be given if space is able to be filled and this is not guaranteed. Three day or less before workshop and no refund will be given as this is not enough time to try and fill the space.

About our instructor, Brian Harnas-

“I was raised in the extreme north of New York state. thirty miles from the Canadian border and on the edge of the Adirondack mountains.

    I grew up in the woods with my nearest neighbor a mile away any several miles of wilderness in all directions.

We grew up with knowing how to make fires, shelters and surviving in the long North winters.

    While I was not to practice friction fire until many years later, I did learn of it and the ways of primitive fire, at a very young age.

I moved to the south at twenty years of age and continued my outdoor life with hiking in the smoky mountains and many of the wilderness areas of the South.

   I enter the world of Bushcraft around ten years ago, to enhance my outdoor experience. I began teaching myself friction fire, first with the bow drill and all it’s associated materials and techniques, then took the natural progression to the hand drill, which is how I start all of my fires today.

   I consider myself self taught in these techniques, as I had very little outside influence and my natural propensity to learn guided me through the processes.

   learning the materials for bow and hand drill, through going into the wilds and trial and error with materials and techniques. has left me with a considerable amount of knowledge on materials acquisition, processing and use.

  I continue to search for and learn new materials and paths toward more efficient fire making techniques and methods.”

Follow Brian on instagram @ChattanoogaBushcraft 

Why don’t you take a day to step outside of the daily grind and reawaken your natural self?  We will spend the day outside in the woods, meadow, and yard exploring nature with specific sights set on our tall standing elders, the trees.  Autumn is a perfect time of year to learn tree identification using summer and winter idenfication tools.  We will share these tools and insights as well as stories of each tree, their specific food, medicine, folklore, and ecological connection with the rest of nature.  Our magnificent trees have so many lessons to teach us and we will enjoy taking the time to focus on just this. 

In this class, we will be walking outdoors learning about the trees as well as making individual books to take home for future reference. Today’s pace will be slow in accordance with that from whom we are learning, our very patient wooden friends.  Its time to take a breath and reconnect.  

Skill level and Prerequisites: All skill levels welcome, no prerequisite required.  

Date: Saturday October 12, 2019

Time:12-5PM

Cost: $50 

Provided: Written material, notebook, and mid day tea time 

Bring: Lunch, water, snacks, pen, appropriate outdoor clothing

Instructor: Leah and Joel Larabell

Location: Joel and Leah’s home at 1826 New Hope Rd, Joelton TN 37080 (about 25 minutes from High Garden)

Doggy Alert: We do have 3 medium/large dogs that are a loving part of our family and they love to attend the classes.  If you have severe dog allergies, are very scared of dogs, or have any aversion to dogs, this may not be a comfortable environment for you.

Maximum occupancy– 15

Cancellation/Refund Policy: If it is more than a month before the class date just let us know that you are unable to attend and you will receive a full refund.

If it is less than a month before the workshop and you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible and if we are able to fill your spot from someone on the waiting list then you will receive a full refund. If we (or you) are unable to fill your spot than no refund will be given.

If it is less than 3 days before the workshop, no refund will be given as that is not enough time for us to try and fill your space as we will be busy preparing for your workshop.

With cold and flu season just around the corner, its time to better understand the natural options around us and empower ourselves for a healthy “sick” season! Herbs are incredibly powerful and effective in dealing with bacteria and viruses leading to common ailments that oftentimes end in rounds of antibiotics you wish you didn’t have to take.  

In this class, we will learn the difference in immune stimulating and immune balancing herbs to help us maintain as healthy of a state as possible.  Bacteria and viruses can be determined little buggers so we will also look deeply into specific antibacterial and antiviral herbs and how to choose different ones according to specific issues and symptoms.  

This class will touch upon autoimmune conditions and how to support ones self when dealing with the chronic nature of these conditions. We will not be speaking to each individual autoimmune condition specifically since this topic is very large and would need an entire class to itself. However, you will obtain some insight into the world of autoimmune conditions and herbal support to leave with a base learning of working with chronic auto immune imbalance vs. acute immune system challenges.  

We will complete the day with working hands on with mock cases and choosing which herbal combinations best suit each case to assure you leave with knowledge and confidence moving forward. We will also be tasting some herbs throughout the day to better understand the importance of knowing each herb well before adding it to teas… hint, hint… some of these won’t be so pleasant so be ready! Get your pens ready because there is going to be a lot of information coming your way!

Skill level and Prerequisites: Skill level is intermediate.  Prerequisite is High Garden’s Intro to Herbalism Weekend Intensive or a comparable study.  One should have an overall understanding within the concepts of herbalism such as difference in herbal preparations as well as dosing in chronic vs. acute situations.  If you do not have this skill level and really want to attend, email me and I will give you some recommended reading to be completed before  the class.

Date: Saturday November 9, 2019

Time:12-5PM

Cost: $50  

Provided: Unlimited tea bar, herbal tastings, class material notebook

Bring: Lunch and/or snacks, water, pen

Instructor: Leah Larabell

Location: Leah and Joel’s home at 1826 New Hope Rd, Joelton TN 37080 (about 25 minutes from High Garden)

Doggy Alert: We do have 3 medium/large dogs that are a loving part of our family and they love to attend the classes.  If you have severe dog allergies, are very scared of dogs, or have any aversion to dogs, this may not be a comfortable environment for you.

Maximum Occupancy: 15

Cancellation / Refund Policy:If it is more than a month before the class date just let us know that you are unable to attend and you will receive a full refund.

If it is less than a month before the workshop and you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible and if we are able to fill your spot from someone on the waiting list then you will receive a full refund. If we (or you) are unable to fill your spot than no refund will be given.

If it is less than 3 days before the workshop, no refund will be given as that is not enough time for us to try and fill your space as we will be busy preparing for your workshop.