Homesteading Intensive

1-weekend a month

Spend 9-months studying homesteading skills with expert instructors. Learn wild foods foraging, subsistence gardening, animal husbandry, and folk craft. Our community garden at our 90-acre campus is your classroom. Together, as a class community, you gather and raise food for the pantry.

Wilders Overnights

At the heart of this program are our monthly weekend overnights. Each day your team learns homesteading skills with core Trackers instructors. In the evening we recreate a village while cooking over open fires. And every moment we rekindle a deep connection to nature as we learn traditional ways of living.

How It Works

Weekend Overnights Homesteading Intensive students attend monthly training weekends from September to May. During this time you build experience and learn core principles of Wilders Gardening that designs your shared garden plot. Check out the class schedule below.

Weekly Training There are also learning opportunities every week. Homesteading Intensive students and their immediate family get free admission to our Open Archery Range (every Saturday) where you can loose arrows anytime.

Collective Caretaking Staff and students coordinate rotations to go beyond workshop weekends to provide consistent caretaking of the community garden, which includes vegetable beds and livestock.

Land Included

Throughout the program, students share a farm plot at the Trackers site in Sandy, Oregon for 9 months. Under the guidance of expert educators, you learn to homestead this plot while also harvesting as a community for the pantry and table.


Program staff includes our top Trackers instructors. Founders, core staff and many members of the Trackers community attend. It is a learning environment rich with in-depth knowledge, experience, and opportunity.


September 2019 - May 2020 This program runs September - May. Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.
Community Garden Weekly rotations of caretaking to tend to our community garden plots.

Attend Open Archery Range (Thursday or Saturday) anytime.

Register for Homesteading Intensive


$50 deposit, then nine monthly payments of $194 (total $1795).


Returning Intensives Students Returning Intensives students get a tuition discount based on year of attendance. Contact Us to learn more.

Work Study Summer - Scholarship with work study. Learn more.


Overnight Weekends Overnights take place at Camp Trackers, 80 acres of incredible Pacific Northwest forest, and the Bull Run Educational Center, 240 acres of garden space and forest land. A shuttle provides transport options from SE Portland to the campouts.

Skills Club Evenings take place at our headquarters in SE Portland.

Program comes with...

  • One year membership in the Intensive Program
  • Skill building weekends once a month - monthly weekend overnights
  • Mentoring with expert instructors at Trackers

Schedule of Weekend Overnights

When signing up for the Homesteading Intensive be sure you make most of the weekends. Weekends average one weekend a month. 

September 20-22, 2019 Field Overnight
October 18-20, 2019 Field Overnight
November 8-10, 2019 Field Overnight
January 17-19, 2020 Field Overnight
February 7-9, 2019 Field Overnight
March 6-8, 2019 Field Overnight
April 17-19, 2019 Field Overnight
May 1-4, 2019 Immersive Trip & Celebration

Open Archery Range Thursday (Evening), Saturday (Afternoon)

Come loose arrows at our indoor archery range. Hone your archery skills with fellow community members while getting advice from our Archery instructors.

Ask us your questions!