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"The one day Complete Survivor Course is awesome! I CAN MAKE FIRE! Plus Jon is very knowledgeable and easy to be around. Makes learning easy!" Ken

Complete Survival Course

Wanting to learn how to survive in the wilderness, 

but don’t know where to start?


This is your class!


This very fun, hands-on course will give you an incredible overview of the most important skills for surviving an unexpected wilderness emergency with only a knife!


  • Make a fire without matches

  • Find, make, and purify water 

  • Create a comfortable emergency shelter

  • Make useful tools - a sharp stone knife & string from yucca

  • Navigate using improvised methods

  • Get food with snares and traps


At the end of this exciting course, you will be able to survive a global collapse, zombie apocalypse, or just being lost in style, using what is around you to provide for your needs!

Cost: 150 (one day)

  (All materials provided- you just need to bring a knife, snacks, and water for the day)

  • January 5, 2023 (Phoenix)

  • March 19, 2023 (Tucson)

Wild Plant Foraging



The itch of poison ivy driving you crazy?


You’re in luck!

There's food and medicine all around you! 


What's the most important survival skill to know?

Definitely useful plants! Not only can they feed you, but you can use this knowledge in your daily life- healing yourself or friends with herbs, and including healthy, delicious plants into your meals. 


Join me on a fun, hands-on hike, learning the uses of over 30 plants in different locations around Arizona!


  • Sample delicious wild edibles

  • Learn to heal ailments and injuries with wild local herbs

  • See traditional items made from these unique plants! 

I worked as a field botanist for USGS for 3 years, and my passion to learn about useful plants have taken me all over the Western United States studying with how native peoples used the plants for healing and food.


I'd like to share this incredibly useful knowledge with you!

Class includes my self-published booklet, Useful Plants of The Southwest. 


Cost: 65  (one day)

 *All materials provided- just bring a knife, snacks, and water.

  • February 18, 2023 (Phoenix)

  • March 18, 2023 (Tucson)

"Jon is an excellent teacher with many years of knowledge and experience. His classes are fun and very practical. His prices are very affordable- a great value that can't be beat!" Rachel

"I wanted to once again thank you for such an amazing and eye-opening class.
This was one of the best investments I could've made to my future as an outdoor recreation guide and just as a fellow human being." Paul

  Hunting Techniques   


This course will take you to the next level from surviving to living well in the wilderness!

  • Identify animals using their tracks and other signs

  • Feed yourself using simple, effective snares & deadfalls  

  • Craft traditional hunting items for catching dinner!

  • Make useful tools for preparing, and cooking food over a fire!


At the end of this course, you will know how to locate, catch and cook your dinner from the wilderness. 


Cost: 175 (one day) 

*There will be an additional amount for the cost of the leather, unless you provide your own.

  • February 19, 2023 (Tucson)



Instant Survival Kit   


Don’t have a lot of time, but want to cover the essentials? 

You will make a pocket-sized survival kit, learn how to use it, and take it home!

  • Gear recommendations, and pocket kit construction

  • Learn how to use these items to provide for your needs during a 72 hour emergency.


Armed with your kit, you will make a fire, a comfortable emergency shelter, create water, navigate to safety, and more! 


Be ready for an outdoor emergency knowing how to use your own kit and carry it for peace of mind on your next adventure! 


Cost: 65 (one day) 

*Everything is provided- you'll keep your kit when finished. Just bring water and snacks.

  • January 4, 2023 (Phoenix)


Outdoor emergencies happen fast!
Be prepared for your next adventure with a simple and small survival kit and know exactly how to use it to provide for all your immediate needs! 

Apache Moccasins   

Move naturally through the wilderness!

"I only trust my legs. They're my only friends" - Geronimo

I learned how to make traditional Apache moccasins while living on the White River Apache reservation.


For over 10 years I used them on a daily basis- running, climbing, hiking, they certainly are my prefered footwear! They are light, breathable, and carefully engineered for our desert environment!


The thick leather upper portions are taller than typical moccasins to provide protection against desert thorny shrubs and cactus. Even the tough rawhide bottoms are thoughtfully added to withstand the rough desert terrain and it makes them easy to resole when they wear out.

Cost: 125 (one day) 

*There will be an additional amount for the cost of the leather, unless you provide your own.

  • November 18 & 19 (Tucson)



How close can you get?


With the right footwear, and stalking skills, it is amazing how quickly you will blend into nature!

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