Here's the idea: Set up a camp experience like in the recent 'I, caveman' show. It would be professionally designed. It would be designed as a hard, but not unconquerable experience. It would be designed to be at least as emotional an experience as demonstrated in the 'I, caveman' show. The camp would be aimed at stressed-out modern western humans. You pay for the experience and it would last a defined amount of time, like a vacation.
Does this sort of idea interest you? Do you think it could be profitable and worthwhile? Would you rusticate for a month or so?
I would prefer to start a transient hunter-gather community of some sort where people go for a longer period of time and you help out in the "community" rather than pay much of a fee. You live off the land.
Just not sure how to keep up with my hobbies, which I would start to miss after the novelty wears off.
I think a retreat like this could be valuable as long as it included workshops led by survival specialists (in the style of MovNat). I think it would be really hard to just "figure it out" when most modern-day humans have not been taught a thing about living off the land. By incorporating hands-on hunting, fishing, shelter-construction, etc. workshops, it would be a less stressful experience. I know that in iCaveman, they were taught basic survival skills before heading out into the wild, but I think it would be critical to have a guide there all the time. Perhaps with extended practice, individuals could be left to their own devices, but certainly not at first.
Honestly I think the most valuable aspect of a retreat of this nature is reconnecting with the natural world and tapping into the depths of our humanness.
Most certainly! And seeing how many "survival schools" make some sort of a living nowadays, I´d suppose there are enough people out there who would be willing to pay for such an experience. I think some problems could arise trying to set up legal and nonetheless authentic primitive hunting possibilities. Another problem could be that you might be held responsible for any health issues that come up if you don´t ensure proper medical supervision.
If you get those concerns sorted out you might have a nice business concept there ;o)
I think what most interests me about this is the opportunity to appreciate both the life of our ancestors, but our modern lives as well. I've found in the past that primitive camping made me re-appreciate things like, you know, a stove. It's very tempting to decry all technology, because in my opinion it's changed our society for the worse in certain ways. For the record, I live in a big city, and I am looking forward to moving.
Thus, this kind of camp would mean I would learn a lot about truly primitive living, which would be great. But it would therefore shift some of my perspective on living in the modern world.