Survival Course and Rite of Passage for Adults

May 21, 28, June 11, 24-25, 2017 Salt Spring Island, BC

Navigation • Shelter • Food • Water • Fire

Awareness • Gratitude • Empathy • Initiation


Can you imagine yourself spending a night alone in the wild with close to nothing, feeling at ease, confident, grateful for being fully  alive, and growing to a new level of awareness and vitality?


In earth-based cultures, some form of this foundational deep nature connection initiatory experience was a part of every person’s journey to becoming an adult anchored in his or her core self.


Join us for this amazing opportunity on Salt Spring Island to experience an initiation into knowing your Self, your fundamental relationship to all of Life and your own gifts, through this unique workshop and direct sensory experiences in Nature.

Three learning-rich Sundays of training are followed by a 24 hour solo experience of survival in the wild; a Rite of Passage followed by a Welcoming Back ceremony in community.You will be prepared at every level–spiritually, psychologically, emotionally and physically–for learning and practicing the skills necessary to feel at home in the wild.And you will be supported by a cultural container of mentoring and community throughout your experience.

Course content: Deepening Sensory Awareness, Navigation, Shelter, Bow-drill Fire, Water, Food Foraging, Tying the Bundle, 24 hour Solo Rite of Passage, Sending Out and Welcoming Back Ceremony

 “If you have not taken the survival training with Jean-Claude, I cannot recommend it enough. It was one of the most amazing things that I did last year. It will totally transform your life, your connection to nature, and how you go about walking through the world. Having a mentor like Jean-Claude so close to home is not something that happens often.”
~Bradley Morris ~ Meditation and Life Coach at

2017 Dates

Sundays May 21st, 28th,  June 11th, 9:30am-3:30pm
Saturday June 24th – Sunday June 25th  (24-hour solo) on Salt Spring Island

Sunday May 21st 9:30am to 3:30pm:  Shelter. Expanding the senses, Deepening Awareness, Navigation (the latter three will be deepened every week).

Sunday May 28th 9:30am to 3:30pm: Wild Edibles and Food Foraging.

Sunday June 11th, 9:30am to 3:30pm: Making Fire without Matches, Water, Working with the Sixth Sense. “Tying the bundle”(harmonising the skills).

Saturday June 24th, 11:00am to Sunday June 25th 1pm: Sending Out Ceremony, 24 hour Solo in the Wild; Welcoming Back Ceremony.

Dates are subject to change in case of unforeseen circumstances (rarely happens though!)


Jean-Claude Catry is inspired by the survival skills of ancient scouts of many cultures who were intimately connected to the interdependence of all beings. He has over 35 years of experience in mentoring and practicing these skills. Jean-Claude may be joined by guest instructors, including his son Ayden, who is currently an Anake student at the Wilderness Awareness School.


$320 for the whole experience, includes all 4 weekends and overnight.
Bring a friend at regular price and you get it for $290, or share the difference.

If space permits, we will consider participants for individual sessions on the first three Sundays: $95 per session.

This workshop is intended for adults and older teens (under 17 only with special arrangement).

Space is limited, to assure for individual attention.

Non-refundable deposit of $50 will hold your spot.