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Astounding Earth

Classes That Connect

Cultivating Eco-literacy, Sense of Place and deep Nature Connection through Experiential Education and Mentoring.

Current Offerings


Learning the plants around us profoundly changes how one walks through the world.  We offer deep explorations of the amazing and diverse plant life of the Southern Appalachians, their myriad of uses and the extraordinary ways plants shape and are shaped by their ecosystems.    


Come join us for fun fungi and mushroom walks in the woods. Learn about our one day and multi-day explorations of common mushroom and fungal families with specific attention to positive identification, safety and edible and medicinal species.  


Interested in the miraculous relationships of life?  Join us for fun-filled days of group learning as we explore 12 incredible natural communities in the region with a broad focus on plants, trees, mushrooms, and the natural processes and cycles they experience. 


A 25 day, spring through fall immersion program in which we take a deep and transformative dive into our relationships with, knowledge of and reverence for this astounding bioregion. Split into five - 5 day 4 night sessions. 


Come experience a community of learning and awe as we dive into the fascinating world of Birds.  We offer half day, full day and multi-day classes on bird ID, bird language and behavior, creating bird habitat and more. 


Interested in hands on experiential activities such as fire making, wild foods, survival shelters, natural cordage, animal observation or activities for teachers and nature connection facilitators? See our various skill offerings.


Want to get to know the plants, trees, birds, fungi, or which ecosystems are on a particular piece of land?  Want to learn how to create better wildlife habitat or what plants will grow best where?  Interested in an inventory of the species on the land you live on?  Check out our private land consultations.


Luke offers private and group plant, bird, mushroom and ecology walks, custom experiential and survival skills classes, plant and bird Surveys and more designed for your personal or group needs.  Find out more here. 

Classes by Category

Plants & Trees

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Earth Skills
Previous Classes
Foggy Forest

COVID-19 Policy & Refunds: 

 Being out in Nature and sharing the Wilds with others feels more important and rejuvenating

than ever for many of us right now.  I am currently limiting all of my classes to 6 to 14 participants each to allow us to navigate the woods and trails at distances that feel safe

for each participant.  Participants are welcome to wear masks if desired.

If any class is canceled due to the pandemic before the start date, I'll offer a full refund. Additionally, if you need to cancel before the program start date due to being adversely

impacted by COVID-19 (illness, caring for sick family members, etc.), I will offer a full refund.

I feel confident that these courses will continue to be health generating experiences that strengthen personal health and eco-literacy, enhance awareness, and deepen connection

to the world around us. I look forward to sharing time in the Wilds!  

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