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Homesteading Intensive

1-weekend a month

Spend a year studying homesteading skills with expert instructors. Learn wild foods foraging, subsistence gardening, animal husbandry, and folk craft. During this course, you also join our Homestead Collective—a shared farm plot at our 90-acre campus. Together, as a class community, you gather and raise food for your pantry while working toward a grand harvest celebration to culminate our learning year.

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 October to August. 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 Skills Evenings (every Thursday) and our Open Archery Range (every Thursday, Friday, 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 Homsteading Collective, which includes garden plots and livestock. Collective Caretaking involves teams visiting and maintaining the site to insure the success of your collective bounty.

Land Included

Throughout the program, students share a farm plot at the Trackers site in Sandy, Oregon for 1-year. Under the guidance of expert educators, you learn to homestead this plot while also harvesting as a collective for your own pantry and table. This space includes:

  • Vegetable Garden plot

  • Egg and poultry shares

  • Livestock shares


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.


October 2017 - September 2018 This program runs October - September. Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.
Homesteading Collective Weekly rotations of caretaking to tend to our garden shared farm plots.

Attend Skills Evenings (Thursday) or Open Archery Range (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) anytime. The option of over 200 more hours of class time for the entire family at no additional cost.

Wilders Guild

Wilders Guild

Named in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Wilders Guild offers homesteading activities. Students could make cheese from farm fresh goats milk to bring home or press apples in the cider press while dancing to fine fiddle music.

You may find a Wilder starting seedlings for planting in family gardens or even working on fiber arts projects.

They make pickles and preserves, help cook nourishing meals over a fire, weave baskets, spin, knit, use plant dyes and other natural materials for coloring fabric. Through their thoughtful care of the forests and the meadows, the Wilders bring balance cultivation and care of the natural world.


$50 deposit, then twelve monthly payments of $208 (total $2495).


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, 91 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
  • Homesteading Collective membership, a shared farm space
  • Skill building weekends once a month - monthly weekend overnights
  • Mentoring with expert instructors at Trackers
  • Skills Evenings, free every Thursday

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. 

October 19-21, 2018 Field Overnight
November 9-11, 2018 Field Overnight
December 2018 Community Winter Celebration (Optional)
January 18-20, 2019 Field Overnight
February 8-10, 2019 Field Overnight
March 8-10, 2019 Field Overnight
April 12-14, 2019 Field Overnight
May 17-19, 2019 Field Overnight

June 21-23, 2019 Field Overnight
July 12-14, 2019 Field Overnight
Aug 9-11, 2019 Field Overnight
Sept 16-20, 2019 Fall Celebration

Skills Evenings Every Thursday

Wilderness Skills Club is a family-friendly program where all ages are welcome. This is your opportunity for consistent practice and support while learning the skills of Trackers Earth.

Come learn the skills of our Four Guilds. One minute you could join a Rangers Guild instructor teaching fire with no matches and the next you could be spinning wool with the Wilders. All this, plus an indoor archery range to regularly loose arrows. You bring a personal project to work on or join our instructors as they facilitate a group skill.

Open Archery Range Thursday & Friday (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!