Course Schedule


Most classes will be held at our private training facility in Northern Virginia. This site is in the forests on the southwest edge of Quantico Marine Base, west of Garrisonville, south of Warrenton, north of Hartwood. Detailed directions are provided upon enrollment. A few Edible Plant classes and the Backcountry Crash Courses will be held at Sky Meadows State Park near Delaplane, Virginia.


One-Day Regular Classes - $127
One-Day Specialty Classes - $187
Two-Day Classes - $267
Three-Day Classes - $397
Five-Day Classes - $697

The Remaining 2022 Class Schedule

Updated on 5/24/2022

June 25 - Baskets and Brew - $127(New Class!)
June 26 - Blacksmithing Bushcraft Gear - CLASS FULL

July 8 - Land Navigation with Darryl Johnson - see description below
July 9-10 - Foraging Immersion Weekend - $267 (NEW Class Format!)
July 9 - Summer Wild Edible Plants - $127
July 10 - Medicinal Plants - $127
July 16 - Summer Wild Edible Plants at Sky Meadows Park - $127
July 17 - Survival Hacks - $127
July 23 - Survival by Chicken with Scott McDermott - see description below

August 6-7 - Bushcraft - $267
August 6 - Bushcraft Crash Course - $127
August 27-28 - Wilderness Survival - $267
August 27 - Modern Survival Crash Course - $127

September 17-18 - Combined martial arts and wilderness survival seminar with TIGA Tactics (more details to follow soon)
September 24 - Fall Wild Edible Plants at Sky Meadows Park - $127
September 26-30 - Ultimate Survival Week - $697
September 26-28 - Primitive Skills 3-day - $397
September 26-27 - Primitive Skills 2-day - $267
September 26 - Primitive Survival Crash Course - $127
September 27 - Primitive Traps and Weapons - $127
September 29-30 - Wilderness Survival - $267
September 29 - Modern Survival Crash Course - $127

October 7-8 - Homesteaders of America conference in Front Royal, VA (google that for more details, AST will be presenting a lecture)
October 9 - Fall Wild Edibles - $127

November 12-14 - Primitive Skills 3-day - $397
November 12-13 - Primitive Skills 2-day - $267
November 12 - Primitive Survival Crash Course - $127
November 13 - Primitive Traps and Weapons - $127

December 10 - Blacksmithing - Camp Cookware - $127
December 11 - Winter Tree and Plant ID - $127


Land Navigation with Darryl Johnson - Friday, July 8, 2022 - 9 am to 4 pm - $125

Even with modern technology, hikers and backpackers still get lost, and sadly, some of these lost souls meet an untimely end. Search and Rescue teams actually have a name for it: death by GPS. Maps and compasses are powerful tools but they can't help you if you don't know how to use them. Like any tool, trying to use them without knowing how could even get you killed. Learning the basics of Land Navigation might save your life in a wide range of survival scenarios. Knowing the basics of using a map and compass not only provide backup navigation if you're deep in the wilderness, but they also offer a fun and refreshingly simple way to navigate. This course will teach you critical new skills, and help you improve your current map reading skills. Learn and practice land navigational skills before you decide to leave the trail and venture into the backcountry. You will learn about the: Components of a compass, Components of a topographical map, Adjusting for declination, Shooting an azimuth, Terrain features, and much more.
Contact the instructor directly to register, pay or ask questions -

Survival By Chicken with Scott McDermott - Saturday, July 23, 2022 - 9 am to 4 pm - $100

Whether you want to be more involved in (and know what goes into) the food you eat or you were concerned by the meat shortages of 2020, there's a special new class for backyard bird growers! Take control of your own food supply with Survival by Chicken! This class will show you how to raise your own chickens for both eggs and meat (from peeps to plates). This hands-on class will be held at our next-door neighbor's farm and taught by our neighbor Scott McDermott, who has raised birds of all kinds for many years. Here's a sampling of what you will learn:

You'll see how to brood baby chicks. Discover how to raise chickens for both eggs and meat. See exactly how to care for your birds and learn how to remedy common problems. How to defeat our local chicken predators. You'll even have the opportunity to take a live bird through every step of the process, from humanely dispatching it to a completely processed bird that is ready to cook (and you can go home with the chicken you processed!).

This class will run on Saturday, July 23rd - 9 am to 4 pm. The cost is $100 per person. Please bring your own drinks and a cooler with ice or cold packs to take home your meat. Scott will have some chicken cooked on the grill for lunch, but you are welcome to bring your own. This event will be held at Scott's farm, right next to my property.

Contact Scott directly for more details, to register, to pay, and for directions to the chicken processing class -

AGAIN - please email ALL Land Nav class inquiries to and ALL Chicken class inquiries to

Please email for questions about all other classes listed here. Thank you

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