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  • Mississippi Modern Homestead Lake Valley Rd Starkville, MS, 39759 United States (map)

October 24-26: Registration Closes October 12. Reserve Your Spot Today!

Could You Survive in the Wild?

Take our Primitive Skills Challenge!

Join Patrick Gibson, Evan O'Donnell, and Mike & Alison Buehler for this incredible weekend of learning and fun. 

This crash course in primitive skills is designed for anyone who has ever wanted to learn the basics of surviving on your own in the wild.

Our Primitive Skills Weekend gives participants a well-rounded education on how our ancestors survived. Building fires, foraging for food, following tracks, hunting skills, primitive medicine, and cooking outdoors are among the topics covered in this exciting hands-on weekend. Perfect for a father-son getaway, or an adventurous couples retreat.  Come alone and meet new friends, or get a friend to join you!

Skills Taught:

Primitive Medicine: natural first aid, emergency stabilization, safety, and primitive healthcare

Fishing: how to make a trot line, finding and attracting bait, multiple ways to attract fish, cleaning, and cooking outdoors - participants will not fish as this is against our lake association rules, but the skills will be covered.

Survival Skills: fire starting, knots, shelters, wild foraging, and water purification

Hunting Skills: tracking, matching firearm to game, firearm safety, concealment, setting up a blind and tracking, shooting a bow.

Schedule of Events:

Friday Evening:

3:30-5 pm Check-in, relax, find a bunk and meet your retreat-mates.

5:00 o'clock  Meet Patrick and Evan down by the lake to learn about setting trout lines.

6 o'clock  One of the best things about our retreats is our food. Join Chef Marion Sansing for a fresh, local, healthy feast.

7:15 Join Dr. Mike Buehler as he shares his knowledge on primitive medicine basics by the fire.


7 o'clock  Half the group joins Patrick for tracking in the woods.

8 o'clock  Farm Fresh Breakfasts

9:00-11:00am  Workshop Rotation 1: Primitive Medicine, Hunting Safety 101, or Survival Skills

11:30-12:30pm  Fresh and Local Lunch

12:45- 2:45pm  Workshop Rotation 2: Primitive Medicine, Hunting Safety 101, or Survival Skills

3:15-5:15pm  Workshop Rotation 3: Primitive Medicine, Hunting Safety 101, or Survival Skills

6 o'clock  Meet at the fire pit to watch a fish cleaning demo. We will cook dinner over the fire.


7 o'clock Half the group joins Evan for tracking in the woods

8 o'clock  Farm Fresh Breakfast

8:45-10:45am  Groups split in two and rotate through Concealment and Shelter an Knot tying.

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Relaxation and Friendship:

There is plenty of time built in to our weekend retreats to relax, visit the beautiful grounds of the Homestead, feed the animals, walk in the gardens or on a nature trail, or just sit in front of the fire or on the porch and read a book from our library. Our participants let us know time after time how much they value the friendships made at Homestead retreats. They look forward to coming back each year and making new memories with friends they met right here.


Such a wonderful asset to our community, state and the entire southeast! Thanks so much for sharing your space and life with all of us! - M. Sanders

Forward thinking for Mississippi. Proud to have this organization here! - J. Bourque

Had such an awesome time today. Y'all are great folks with great friends. It was well worth the drive! Thanks for all your hospitality! - J. Stanley

I love the Homestead Center! And of course the great instructors! T. Fulgham


$199 Commuters: Includes all meals and workshops, no housing Members Only

$225 For The Entire Weekend Retreat Including Meals, Housing, & Workshops Members

$250 For The Entire Weekend Retreat Including Meals, Housing, & Workshops Non-members

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