Limited to 12 students.
Laurel Holding is an experiential educator and consultant, wilderness guide, and retired Master Instructor and Director of Program Development at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS). During her tenure there she was the lead instructor on eight 28-Day Field Courses and many others, designed the 72-Hour Survival Rescue course (profiled in the New York Times), created a mentoring program, and started the BOSS scholarship fund. Laurel has been guiding extended backcountry expeditions and teaching primitive and traditional living skills for over 16 years.
An accomplished solo traditional bow hunter, Laurel has taken small game, fish, upland game, mule deer and elk by spotting and stalking, upholding fair chase ethics. These efforts provide for the majority of meat in her diet. She sits on the Conservation Committee of the Professional Bowhunters Society. In her spare time, Laurel tests and reviews women’s specific firearms for Outdoor Life magazine. Laurel is also a butcher, having received formal training at Daylesford Organic Farm Shop of London, England. She holds a Masters in Education from Harvard University and lives in a 16′ ger in southern Utah.
Crit Callebs is of Eastern Band Cherokee and Appalachian descent and lives on the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation where he is a drummer, singer and food gatherer for the White Swan Longhouse. He is a traditional storyteller and highly influential mentor who has been featured at Harvard University, Washington State University, University of Kentucky, CWU Museum of Culture and Environment, Native Wellness Institute and the Native American Training Institute.
Crit is a co-founding member and Executive Director of the Peacekeeper Society, a Native American nonprofit that consists of tribal mentors, trainers, and wisdom keepers from various Indian nations. He is a licensed foster parent for the Nak Nu We Sha Foster Care Program and a therapeutic facilitator for the Newport Academy Teen Treatment Center. Crit is a professional survival instructor and former guide for the world renowned Boulder Outdoor Survival School. Most of his time is spent gathering traditional foods and medicines in Washington State.