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By Primitive Wilderness Survival

Learn to Survive with Only the Resources from the Landscape, On April 8-9, 2023 in Graham, TX!

Are you ready to take your wilderness survival skills to the next level? The Primitive Wilderness Survival course is our most advanced class, where you'll learn to survive using only the resources from the landscape.

With expert instruction from Phillip Liebel, you'll learn to make stone cutting tools, create shelters from the landscape with no cutting tools or cordage, and build fire by friction using locally available materials. You'll also learn to disinfect your water using only primitive means and local materials.

By the end of the course, you'll be well on your way to becoming truly self-reliant, not just gear-reliant. This is the ultimate test of your survival skills, and a must for anyone who wants to push themselves to their limits. Sign up now to take your wilderness survival skills to the next level.


Course Highlights

No tools

Leave the tools behind and learn what you are truly capable of.

Hand-drill Friction Fire

The OG fire starting method. Rubbing two sticks together.

Debris Shelters

Learn how to build a shelter that will protect you from the elements using only natural resources.

Primitive Water Disinfection

Learn how to find and disinfect water, even if you don't have as much as a pot to boil it.

Stone cutting tools

Learn how to craft cutting tools from stones.

Natural Cordage

Learn what materials from the landscape you can purpose into natural cordage.

Learn from an experienced instructor

Join Phillip At Our Campfire

Phillip is not only an expert in his field, but also an engaging and passionate teacher. In Primitive Wilderness Survival, you'll have the opportunity to learn from him in person and benefit from his wealth of knowledge and experience.

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Immerse Yourself in the Wilderness Experience

Learn and practice wilderness skills in a natural setting

In the Primitive Wilderness Survival Course, you'll immerse yourself in the wilderness experience and learn essential survival skills in a stunning natural setting. Phillip will guide you every step of the way as you learn how to start fires, create shelters, and disinfect water for drinking. You'll be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to safely get outside.

Feel Confident

Know You can Get by Without Any Tools

When you feel confident that you can go out in the wilderness with no tools at all, and still get by, that's when you feel true freedom.

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Make Memories and Friendships

Share the campfire with other attendees

Not only will you leave Primitive Wilderness Survival with valuable skills, but you'll also leave with memories and friendships. You'll have the opportunity to share the campfire with other attendees who share your passion for wilderness survival.

Enroll Today To Continue Your Journey To Having Confidence in the Wilderness

Don't wait, sign up for the Primitive Wilderness Survival course today and take the next step in your wilderness survival journey!


Stories about us

From around the campfire... 

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"Looking forward to the next one!"

“Phillip Liebel did a great job leading the December 2022 Basic Survival course. I enjoyed the course materials and the camaraderie was top-notch. Phillip set the tone by being respectful of everyone's ability and being modest about his own experiences."  

- Eric Johnson

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“Awesome place!”

“Awesome place if you want to gain some of the skills you forgot while sitting at an office!”  

- Nicolas Nanichito Vargas

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“Vast wealth of knowledge!”

“Met Phillip Liebel at Flintlock 2: The Ozarks. Super cool dude with a vast wealth of knowledge and the ability to convey it to others who may not be so well versed in ancestral skills. Hope to study with him again soon”  

- Mike Simmons


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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Secure Your Spot In


Limited spots available, don't miss out on the opportunity to take your wilderness survival skills to the next level

The Primitive Course is the perfect opportunity to take your wilderness survival skills to the next level. With limited spots available, don't miss out on the chance to learn from a survival expert and immerse yourself in the experience.

To secure your spot in the Primitive Course, click the "Register Now" button below. 

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Here's what you get:

When you enroll for Primitive today, here's everything you'll get:

  • ​"Primitive" Weekend In-Person Training With Phillip ($300 Value)
  • Access to the online versions of Essential Primitive Wilderness Survival Online when it becomes available($197 Value)
  • ​Access to the online versions of Woods Trekker Online when it becomes available ($197 Value)
  • Access to the upcoming online version of the Primitive Course when it is released, so you can review and practice what you learn ($197 Value)
  • Official PWS Hand Drill Kit ($18 Value)
  • ​PWS Multi-purpose cloth ($25)
  • Lifetime access to our members-only online community where members share stories and plan trips and campfires, and some special members-only events with Phillip! ($197 Value) 
  • A PWS T-Shirt, Block Printed by Phillip himself! He even prints his t-shirts as primitively as possible! ($20 Value)

Total value: $1,151

Today Just: $300



 Where is the school located?

4139 FM 1287, Graham, TX 76450

Primitive will be held on a private, 120-acre property located approximately 90 minutes west of Fort Worth, outside the city of Graham, Texas.

Groceries, fuel, restaurants, and Walmart shopping are a short drive into the town of Graham.

 What is the terrain at the school like?

Small hills, rocky ground with plenty of juniper trees. The area is covered with light underbrush, but nothing significant or very heavy.

There are a few stock tanks located at the back of the property.

 How reliable is the cellphone service?

Cell phone service is rare, but on occasion, you might be able to pick-up a single bar or two.

In General, cell phones don’t get very good reception.

Walking up to the parking area or to the road seems to help.

 What type of road leads to the camp site?

The access road to the camp is basically a worn-down path. It is not an improved road, and it does have some rough spots, but there have been many, low clearance vehicles that have made the drive with no issues.

When it rains, the roads can become unpassable for low clearance vehicles.

 Is the camp location on public property?


This camp is located on private property and as guests, everyone is reminded to be respectful of the land, the plants and the animals.

 Are there any power outlets available to students?

This is a remote camp and there is no power provided.

Some students have brought solar panels to help keep phones charged and to recharge flashlight batteries.

 How close to my vehicle is the camp area and classroom?

You will be able to park before the service road.

The walk from the parking area to the camp is roughly half a mile.

 Where will I sleep?

As an advanced course, we highly encourage students to use the shelter techniques from the course.

However, sleeping arrangements are up to each student. Most of the time, everyone finds a spot relatively close to the classroom/campfire.

We could also make a group camp.

Health & Hygiene

 Is potable water provided?

We have a small supply of water available in the case of an emergency, but in general, you should bring your own water.

Bring plenty for drinking, cooking, and general-use purposes. Some students bring a few of the 1-gallon water jugs they pick up at the store. Other students have brought a case or two of the 20 oz water bottles. No matter how you bring your water, make sure to bring plenty!

As this is an intermediate course, we encourage you leave most of that at the car, and to use the techniques from the course for preparedness for real situations.

 Are meals provided?

The campfire is provided… meals are not!

Usually, everyone comes together around the campfire during mealtimes, and it provides a great atmosphere for fellowship. Typically, people are very generous and share with each other. Sometimes, some of the students have brought enough food to cook for the entire class!

If you have a cooler, we suggest packing that up with ice, and bringing any perishable food, like meats to grill, that way.

You can drive the cooler out to the campsite if needed.

 Are restrooms available?

No, this is a primitive school in all aspects…including when nature calls.

 Is a trash can provided for the students?

No, you should plan to take care of your own debris.

We want to be good stewards of the land, so you should plan to dispose of your own trash, packages and wrappers.

We suggest bringing a trash bag that you can use and carry out upon leaving.

Materials and Supplies

 Is everything on the packing list mandatory?

Yes. To make the most of the class, you should plan to bring all of the required materials. If you are unable to acquire any of the items, contact the instructor.

These are the same as required in the intro course, Essential Primitive Wilderness Survival, as well as a compass, notebook, and a pen or pencil.

 What if I can’t get everything on the list before the class starts?

That’s OK.

There are times when there are extra materials that can be shared.

However, don’t just show up to class short-handed, be sure to reach out to the instructor so they are aware, and they can help you source alternative materials.

Can I bring anything else?

There are plenty of things you may want to bring for extra comfort, such as a camp chair for sitting around the fire, and perhaps a headlamp for seeing when the night is dark. Maybe a guitar for enjoying the downtime (we hope you do!).

Just remember, you'll have to carry it, though not a very far distance.

Please keep extra items to the minimum though so you get the full experience.

 Should I bring anything to prepare food?

You will be able to cook your meals around the community campfire. We provide the firewood and the spark; the rest is up to you!


 How will I cook my meals?

You will be able to cook your meals around the community campfire. We provide the firewood and the spark; the rest is up to you!

Some students bring simple sandwiches, while others bring campfire grates and cook entire steaks.

Breaking bread with others builds a sense of community and camaraderie, so we highly encourage everyone to enjoy mealtimes together.

Mealtime is a unique experience, and usually a lot of fun, and you don’t want to miss it!

 Should I bring anything to prepare food?

If you want to grill something, you'll probably have to bring a grate to do so. Or maybe we can build something!

Some students bring cast iron pans, and other utensils, such as tongs, spatulas, and cutting boards.

The great part about the PWS BlanketPack is that it will expand to fit it all. You'll have to carry it though!

More Questions!

 What if I can’t complete one of the skills?

That’s OK, just keep trying! During the weekend, there will be plenty of time to practice and learn the skills.

If you're having trouble, our instructors will be more than happy to help you sort it out!

 What do we do in between the different class segments? Is there a lot of down-time?

This is another great part of being at this class!

While there isn’t much ‘down-time’ in between class sessions, when there is, it is filled with laughter, stories, and fellowship.

Also, some of the students like to practice their new skills during the "down-time" so they can get feedback or extra help from an instructor.

 What happens in the evening when the classes are over?

This is when the magic happens! Everyone typically gathers around the campfire for their evening meal, to enjoy a cup of hot tea and to share stories. Sharing stories around the campfire is a timeless tradition and we highly encourage everyone to enjoy the experience.

Occasionally, someone will bring out a guitar, flute or drum to play. The evening campfire is a genuinely sacred space for everyone.

 What can I do to make the most of the weekend?

Bring a can-do attitude and go all-in!

We want you to learn, enjoy and even move outside of your comfort zone so you can get to know yourself better and connect with the rugged world where we live.

There are few experiences like the one you get from being surrounded by the majesty of the great outdoors.