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The Primitive Wilderness Survival Team



Phillip Liebel

Phillip was first fascinated by primitive weaponry and hunting... However, as he spent more and more time in the wilderness, he began to understand the importance of the basic survival necessities like fire, water, food, and shelter.

As he grew older and entered adulthood, Phillip found himself stuck in a soul-crushing 9-5 job. Determined to escape the monotony and provide a better, more meaningful life for his family, Phillip started teaching survival courses. His skills and knowledge quickly gained recognition, and he was invited to teach amongst some of the greatest instructors in the nation and at prestigious primitive skills gatherings.



David Holladay

After “Alone: The Beast,” Phillip returned to teaching survival skills. It was through the primitive skills gatherings he taught at that Phillip formed a relationship with Dave Holladay, a survival legend. Dave became Phillip’s mentor and taught him about the importance of being one with nature. Dave believed that “Earth is home,” and he felt at home anywhere he went in nature.

Dave was well known as a survival consultant for many shows and survival celebrities, such as Dual Survival and Bear Grylls. He was also the person who came up with the idea of “Wilson” for the movie “Castaway.” Dave saw something special in Phillip and told him that he reminded him of himself when he was younger. Phillip was honored to have Dave as his mentor and was eager to learn everything he could from this survival expert.

What others say about us

From around the campfire...

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"Highly recommend!!!"

“Phillip is a great Instructor! He is highly skilled, super friendly, loves to share his knowledge and is super humble! If you’ve been thinking about training with him, have confidence that you will not be disappointed and will leave his class with a ton of new and valuable knowledge!"

- Matt Tate

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“Much Needed!”

“We are coming to a time we will need this to survive here in the US.”  

- Sandi Duerr

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“Things we need to know!”

“Things we need to know! Cause life can get rough!”  

- John Bacon Jr.


Start your survival journey now

Sign up now to get instant access to our free online essential primitive skills course, and get access to our members area where you can find our intermediate and advanced courses, as well as info and registration for our in-person primitive survival skills training and adventures.

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Our Products

Everything you need to build your kit to hand-crafted tools and blades made by Phillip himself!

Official PWS Hand drill kits


Official PWS Bow Drill Kit


Primal Blade


PWS Multipurpose Cloth


Woods Trekker (Feb 11-12, 2023)


Antler handled ferro rod