Friction Fire

Friction Fire Weekend

with Kevin O’Malley



Saturday, May 11, 10:00 am – Sunday, May 12, 12:00 pm

Our friction fire weekend will be spent building a bow drill kit and then practicing ‘getting a coal’ and starting  fires.   We will also learn to identify the best wood and materials for starting a fire by friction- which includes the fire board, spindle, and tinder bundle.  We will have time for making tinder bundles as we will need them for the course.  Friction fire is an important survival skill.  This class will help you feel more comfortable with friction fire components that may become a life-long journey.   We’ll also have the opportunity to experience other naturalist activities including sit spot.

Bring a sack lunch for Saturday’s lunch and then enjoy a healthy and delicious dinner and brunch prepared for you. Overnight accommodations included.

Maximum retreat size: 10


$270 – Accommodations in cabin (5 spaces)
$255 – Accommodations on covered porch on comfy cots, bedding provided
(2 spaces)
$240 – Camping with own gear
(5 spaces)

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kevin o'malleyKevin has been serving adults and kids as a naturalist educator and wilderness skills instructor since 2005. He started his career in Alaska where he became a Naturalist-in-Residence for the Juneau School District and taught hands-on inquiry-based science for elementary age students.  From there he has served as a freelance naturalist in various settings on the West Coast from Walker Creek Ranch in Marin, CA to the In-School Programs Specialist at Seward Park Audubon.

He served as a Teaching Assistant for the renowned Wilderness Awareness School Adult Tracking Intensive Program 2015-2018.  He currently holds a Cybertracker Level 3 Wildlife Track & Sign and coordinates the Seattle Tracking Club.

Wanting to deepen his naturalist training he completed the rigorous, nine-month Anake Naturalist Training Program at Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, WA.  During that time, he also completed the certification through Kamana Four, a self-directed three-year nature study program.  All these years he has been connecting adults and kids to nature, others, and to themselves in wild places of the Pacific Northwest.  He is the Director and Lead Instructor at South Sound Nature School in Washington State.

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