Words from Past Apprentices:
"I left Koviashuvik with a much better understanding of wood as a material and how to use and maintain the edge on simple hand tools. Chris’s constant and respectful critique of my approach to doing things made me far better at the many skills involved in living a simple life. I learned better ways to do just about everything from hide tanning and basket weaving to processing and preparing wild foods. I learned that it is very important to do things well when living a life of simple means, even down to the simplest tasks like doing the dishes!" Ben Spencer
“You feel so engaged in the process of living, you work and watch and eat and laugh and create and try and wonder.” Daniela Deguzman
“My partner and I learned so much at Koviashuvik. We learned beautiful, specialized skills such as basketry with natural materials, hide tanning, food preservation, acorn processing, and snowshoe lacing. These skills we have been able to continue with and expand upon since. But our most important learnings were the little skills that we use every day: efficient use of an axe, saw, and other hand tools, fire making, the ability to work in an efficient way, the ability to live simply and efficiently no matter what our surroundings are.
Most importantly, at Koviashuvik we came to understand a philosophy of wholeness and oneness with the earth, wherein our actions form a cycle, borrowing from the earth and returning to it constantly. Koviashuvik provided us with a means to live well in a spiritually and physically sustainable way, and gave us the space to explore what that means to us. I will carry with me always the lessons I have learned there, and I know that no matter where I go, they will follow.” –Ethan Tapper
“We transplanted chard and kale from the summer garden into the green house. Lots of bean threshing and such. We put the well-dried beans in sacks, whacked them with sticks, pulled out the plant matter, then winnowed by pouring the beans and left over matter slowly into a box, while fanning with a piece of tin. Simple and beautiful. This is how life ought to be.” -journal entry shared by Lily Fry
“Every day we are a part of everything. Every night I rest knowing exactly where we are meant to be, satisfied, completely in love, with all the life that surrounds me.” –anonymous intern