Hello!…and thanks for stopping by. This Blog is an extension of my school located in “The Great Smoky Mountains” of western North Carolina. I hope you find the information I’ve posted to be useful, educational and inspiring. I welcome all correspondence and will be glad to answer any questions you may have in regard to this Blog or my school. Below is my Bio…rcphoto1

In Wildness,


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Richard is the founder and director of Earth School. He is a former Head Instructor at Tom Browns’ world famous Wilderness Survival School in New Jersey. Richard has also trained and studied extensively with Charles Worsham, a gifted Tracker and teacher of life. Other teachers he has studied with include, nationally renowned Cherokee herbalist David Winston, flintknapping experts Dr. Errett Callahan and Jack Cresson, as well as bowmakers Jim Hamm and Scott Silsby.

Richard teaches programs throughout the United States and has also led programs in Australia. He has taught survival skills to Navy Seals and civilians alike. During the past 15 years Richard has taught nature awareness and survival skills to thousands of people of all ages. He is an avid outdoorsman, fishing guide, writer and self-trained Naturalist. He writes a bi-monthly outdoor column called “Wild Wanderings” for the Tryon Daily Bulletin. Some call him “The Upstate’s Survivorman.”

Earth School’s Mission is to create an environment where people can learn, share and respect the many gifts of Nature. A place to grow and explore both inward and outwardly as we each walk and honor the path of our sacred journey on this incredible planet. Together we can make this Vision a reality for generations to come !   www.LoveTheEarth.com

Snug as a bug...

Snug as a bug...

It even bakes bread!

A rock oven that even bakes bread!