Knife-Only Adventure! 


Ready for some excitement?


 No problem!


Learn to travel super light during this weekend overnight adventure- sleep warm and snug in a shelter you made yourself! Gather wild foods, and cook them over a fire you made from a hand-carved fire by friction set! 


This is an AWESOME adventure where you get to use your skills and have fun learning to travel light! 

You'll learn material from these popular courses:

  • Savvy Survivor

  • Living Wild!

  • Ultimate Wildcrafter

  • And MUCH more!​!!


Don't worry! You're not going to starve, or freeze all night long! For your comfort and safety, you'll bring along a small daypack of items containing a knife, flint & steel, string, 2 water bottles, army poncho, lightweight sleeping bag, & some food. I can provide any of these items if you need to purchase or borrow to take the course. 

Cost: 225 (two days) Two person minimum, 15% discount for groups of 3 or more

*All materials provided- you just bring a small daypack of camping supplies- see above

Create the adventure you want! 

  • Courses are available most every weekend. 

  • Located in your choice of Tucson, Phoenix, Sedona, and Flagstaff areas of Arizona.


"I just finished the 2-day “knife only" wilderness survival course. Thanks to Jon Helleson's patience and expertise, the experience was incredible. Every learning module (shelter, fire, water, foraging, hunting etc.) was jam packed with information and hands-on training." Derrick

Learn to survive in the desert, woodlands, and mountains of the Southwest with only a knife, and traditional skills!

Complete Southwest Survivor!

Learn to live in the desert, woodlands, & mountains!

This exciting three day course is carefully crafted to teach you during three skills-packed days how to provide for all your needs in the diverse environments of the Southwest, this truly is the ultimate outdoor skills course!


What will you learn? Each day we will venture to a new location, studying and using the ancient, and modern survival skills used to live there!


You will learn material from these popular courses, and much more!

  • Savvy Survivor

  • Living Wild!

  • Knife Only Adventure

  • Useful Plants- Sonoran Desert, Woodlands, and Mountains

  • Navigation

  • Animal Tracking

  • Wilderness First Aid


Come home with an incredible wealth of hands-on knowledge, lots of traditional survival gear you made from scratch, and a deeper connection to the wilderness of the southwest​!

Cost: 325 (three days) Two person minimum, 15% discount for groups of 3 or more

*All materials provided- you just bring a knife, food, water & car camping supplies

Create the adventure you want! 

  • Courses are available most every weekend. 

  • Starts in Tucson, and continues in Sedona and Flagstaff areas of Arizona.

Surrounded by the masters!

The Southwest tribes have lived here for thousands of years! There are reminders of their amazing cultures all around us as we learn their skills.