Vermont Wilderness School builds long-term mentoring relationships rooted in community, nature connection, and earth living skills. We are a non-profit 501(c)3, based in Brattleboro, VT and founded in 2000.  Explore our work and contact us to learn more.



Art of Mentoring 2015 – Registration Deadline is fast approaching!

VWS’s 17th annual experiential training for ages 3 – 99.  Art of Mentoring offers tools to deepen and enrich your relationships with yourself, nature, family, and community. Guided by a team of experienced facilitators from throughout the Northeast,  participants come together to experience, learn from and co-create a joyful, engaged learning community. You will walk away with tools and embodied practices of regenerative community design, mentoring techniques, deep nature connection, and an amplified passion for learning. Registration deadline is August 31. Learn more and register here.

Essentials of Resilient Community – a 7-Month Series

You’ve heard it takes a village to raise a child…but how do you raise the village?  Essentials of Resilient Community is a series of weekend workshops for adults delving into different aspects of raising a village, beginning with you.  Art of Mentoring is highly recommended for this series.   Take all 7 Weekends or an individual workshop.  Financial aid and housing/travel stipends available.  See descriptions of each of the weekends in the program here.

Lynx Tracking Expedition – Save the Dates

We’ve set the dates for our very popular long weekend on the trail of one of the most elusive carnivores of the Northeast.  The Canada Lynx is built for deep snows, long winters, and big wilderness – all found in the vast lands of Northern Maine.  Learn more.


Oyase Community School is now enrolling for the 2015-2016 program year.

Ages 6-15.  Join us for another year of exploring, playing, and learning how to be at home in the woods taking care of ourselves and all the creatures and plants we live with from autumn to winter to spring.  Meets Thursdays, October through May, and includes a Spring Equinox Overnight.  Dummerston, VT.  Learn more.

Foxwalk Forest School is now enrolling for the 2015-2016 program year.

Ages 5-7.  Foxwalk supports children to explore the natural world together, learn ancient wilderness living skills, and build self-confidence, teamwork, and knowledge of self, nature, and community.  Students are guided by longtime VWS lead instructor and program director Bob Etzweiler, along with other experienced Vermont Wilderness School staff.  Meets Tuesdays, September through May, with a break in the Winter. Putney, VT.  Learn more.

Ages 7-15.  At Full Moon Girls, girls gather together with women mentors to play, explore, challenge their edges, and learn new skills. This program nourishes the individual and cultivates an environment for growth, leadership, and resilience. Girls can build friction fires, learn wild edibles, engage in storytelling, gain wilderness skills, make trusting friendships, learn songs, and more!
  • Open Visit Days: Sept 18 & 26 – Call to sign up; a spot is open for you.
  • Fridays weekly in Conway, MA. Oct -May. Girls 9-15.
  • Saturdays monthly in Montague, MA. Sept – Jun. 9:30-2:30. Girls 7-15.
  • Learn more.


July 24 & 25 – A special visit from Jon Young

Join Vermont Wilderness School for a special opportunity to learn from Jon Young. Jon has spent his life connecting people deeply to nature. He has inspired many thousands of people as well as an international network of schools and programs teaching mentoring and deep nature connection. Jon lives in California and visits only rarely, so don't miss this opportunity! See the left side of this page for more details.