Drift back 5 miles into the wilderness along the scenic Mattawamkeag River where you enter into a life style beyond the grid, slowing down and treasuring each moment.
Maine’s Outdoor Learning Center’s 12 acre off-grid in the woods and on the waters field site is nestled in the quiet town of Mattawamkeag, on the Mattawamkeag River, in Northern Maine.
A Lifestyle Beyond the Grid
Where you can slow down and treasure each moment of "In the woods and on the water" training. Our off-grid nature retreat with cabins, and hot showers is an amazing place to learn, grow, and connect in a new way.
Surrounded by 100’s of wilderness acres where explorers of the mid-1800’s, such as young Teddy Roosevelt, Henry David Thoreau, and Percival Baxter came in search of solitude, a glimpse the wilds of Maine and ultimately, themselves.
Our off-grid field site is powered by Nature and by Technology Generator Power
We have CABINS on the bluffs, overlooking the woods and waters
- Main Cabin
- Student Cabins
- Classroom Gathering Space
- Shower House
In the midst of Nature, Our Soul is Re-Awakened.
Our off-grid, in nature lodging is what makes these retreats AMAZING!
Cabin Living in Nature re-sets our body's natural rhythm with our long-ago ancestors, only with the comforts of today.
It's here in nature that we begin re-remember our strong roots that have been connected to the Pachamama since our birth.
It’s here that we begin to breathe and think differently. It has been said that time spent outdoors in the fresh air, improves our ability to think, feel, and BE positively healthy.
We COOK OUTDOORS, and we cook together!
- Cooking Fire pits
- Dutch Ovens
- Reflector Ovens
- Propane Stoves
When it comes to food, we cater to everyone. Local, Organic, and Wholesome.
If you have food sensitivities - not a problem. Just let us know ahead of time and we’ll make sure to fill your needs.
Preparing meals is what we love to do. You will never go hungry while staying with us. We love to eat and so will you.
- Drilled Well
- Canoes and accessories
- And more.
For nearly 200 years the Maine’s woods and waters has welcomed explorers from around the world and have provided them with exceptional adventures in camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing, personalized service, & experiences that last a lifetime.
Our field training site is located 16 miles from Lincoln, Maine and about an hour & a half from Bangor, Maine.
5.5 hours from Boston, MA
3 hours from Portland, ME
1.5 hours from Bangor, ME
"Capt. John and Tami provide outstanding service, impeccable meals, great off-grid lodging, and a kind hospitality to explorers from all over." J. Lancaster
Trainings offered at the Field Site:
- Registered Maine Guide Training
- Basic and Advanced Navigation
- River Rescues, Paddling and Poling
- Foraging the Wilds of Maine
- Primitive & Natural Living Skills
- Outdoor Cooking
- Women's Retreats
- Team Building
Field Training Compliments All Academic Programs.
Field training; day-long and long-weekend training programs partners with the 28 hour /4-Day Registered Maine Guide Training. These training programs build skills and boost confidence, enabling one to fully experience scenarios in a hand’s on way.
Please visit Individual training pages for more information. For Dates and Prices, please visit our "Schedule" Page.
During Maine Guide Training students stay in Cabins.
What to Bring
Our field training is about spending time. Pack as if you're going on a camping trip.
DAY Workshops: Students Should bring:
We offer work-trade opportunities to earn credit towards tuition for courses. Work-trade is intended for people who would not otherwise have the funds to attend our training programs.
We have a long list of "To Do's" at the Field Site and the list is ever changing.
The work-trade is an application process to determine your skill set and what projects might fit you best. Credits will be awarded towards training programs at the rate of $15 per hour for work perform. For those with more skill set we will work together to adjust the hourly rate to a fair price based on our needs and your experience.
The work-trade must take place before any training program begins, and not after.
Work-Trades take place at the field site on the Mattawamkeag River from Late April to Late October.
Meals and Lodging will be provided at no cost.
Maine's Outdoor Learning Center
93 Thurlow Road LINCOLNVILLE, ME 04849 US
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