Private “One-On-One” Classes
$250.00 – $1,000.00
This is, and always has been, the ideal way to learn.
Survival Skills, Edible/Medicinal Plants, Wine or Moonshine Making…you choose!
You have the opportunity to be taught the subject you want to learn in a one-on-one setting with Tom Laskowski the school’s founder. The class moves at YOUR pace, faster if you pick up the skills quickly, a little slower if you need a little extra time to perfect the skill. The entire time is dedicated to you. The dates and times are arranged for your convenience and the location can either be up in Cleveland, Ohio or Tom will come to you and do the course at a location of your choosing, even at your own home.
Any of the topics that MNSI offers can be taught n a One-on-One basis, however the most popular are the Survival, Fire Making and Homesteading skills courses. Tom has assisted several people applying for the Survival Reality TV shows to enhance their chances of being selected by the shows producers.
The cost of a One-on-One class is $250 per day for weekday classes and $350 per day for weekend classes. If you would like a second person to join you their cost would be $100 per day.
Call the school (888-886-5592) if you have an interest in being part of this “Old Way” of learning the “Old Ways” skills
Example of Private Class Options
We received a call from some in who wanted to know if we would do an Edible, Medicinal and Herb Class at their location outside of Ohio.
The answer is “Yes we can!”
Here are the options we gave them:
Option #1 They can drive up to us in Cleveland, Ohio and the cost of this “Private” One-on-One Survival Training Class would be the flat $250 for the day (9AM to 5PM) for weekdays and $350 for weekends. I typically can cover the Survival 6 Day Class agenda in about 3-4 days with one or two people. If YOU want to have additional people attend the class with you their cost will be an additional $100 per person. Homesteading private classes can be mixed and matched to cover the topics YOU want to learn.
Option #2 We could drive down to their location. Their cost for this class would be the standard $250 per day weekdays /$350 per day for weekends plus my actual cost of fuel to get me there and back (I drive a Chevy Suburban that gets 15 mpg). I use MapQuest to get the mileage and time to make the trip and use the gas prices of the day I travel and just calculate it out. Plus I charge $10 per hour for my Travel Time. In this option they save themselves the drive time and the wear and tear on their vehicle and they get the benefit of me showing them what plants are growing in THEIR backyard! If YOU want to have additional people attend the class with you their cost will be an additional $100 per person.
Weekdays are the best to set up a Private Class since most of our scheduled classes tend to be scheduled on weekends and people tend to schedule Private Classes on weekends up to a year in advance, however take a look at the calendar on this website to get an idea of what days we do not have classes scheduled. Then give us a call so we can talk further (888-886-5592)
Matt Deutsch –
My wife and I took a private one-on-one class with Tom, and it was an incredible experience. Tom’s teaching style is the perfect mix of encouragement and instruction, which allowed us to go at our own pace, but also forced us to break out of our comfort zone to learn new skills.
Tom’s passion for survival training is evident, and that passion was infectious during our class. He’s having fun, and he wants you to have fun, as well. Not only that, but he also enjoys seeing you experience success. He cherishes the knowledge and skills that he’s accumulated, and he genuinely wants to share them with other people.
Speaking of which, Tom is a fountain of knowledge and expertise, all of which he has amassed during a career that spans decades. In addition, he’s constantly seeking to gain new information and discover the latest trends and innovations in the world of survival. One of the most appealing aspects of the training is that it is rooted in Native American tradition, hearkening back to the Old Ways of not just surviving in the woods, but thriving. These are tried-and-true methods that have been literally used for centuries.
We were surprised and delighted that we found such a great school and great instructor in our own backyard of Northeast Ohio. We’ll be taking more classes with Tom, and we encourage others to do the same, especially if you’re a novice or you’re just starting out. When you leave the class, you’ll have more knowledge, more skills, and more confidence than you thought possible!
Megan Shumaker –
Although I’ve been an avid backpacker for over 15 years, I wanted to take my skills to the next level. I’m also often in the woods by myself or with others who have little to no experience and are relying on me to keep them safe. I wanted to have a better idea of what to do if things don’t go as planned when we’re isolated in the woods. Plus, I love the idea of being more self-reliant.
I booked a 3-day, private class with Tom to cover the skills he teaches in his Survival 101 class. I requested an emphasis on navigation and we added how to properly use an axe. It’s hard to believe all the skills we covered in just that short amount of time. Tom has a kind and easy going approach to teaching that built my confidence to a level I never thought I could reach…and, I had an absolute blast doing it.
Tom was extremely generous with his time, his vast knowledge and resources. I got the skills I was hoping for with so much more. I left there excited to try out my skills and I can’t wait to sign up for Survival 201 when he offers it next year. The private class was definitely the best learning experience for me. I often take a little longer to learn new skills and can get frustrated if I feel like I’m falling behind. Having 1:1 time with such a skilled instructor was invaluable for me. Tom seemed to have just as much fun teaching as I did learning which helped a lot. I’ve never been able to pick up things so quickly and clearly and I attribute it 100% to Tom’s teaching style and ability. This was an incredible experience and I highly recommend it for anyone-whether you’re a complete novice or want to hone your skills. This is the best way to cater to your specific needs and pace. I’m so grateful for this experience!
John Petz –
I took a three day private 101 class with Tom in December. I have spent a lot of time outside hiking and camping as well as watching many of the shows. I wanted to work with an expert to test my skills to confirm what I was doing or thought was correct, find out the right way or learn brand new skills I had maybe seen but never actually done.
I couldn’t have asked for more from the class with Tom (other than maybe better weather as we fought through weather in the low to mid 30’s and rain/sleet – fun conditions for fire making!). We covered a tremendous amount of material in just three days. I was extremely impressed with Tom breadth of experiences in native skills, survival, homesteading etc. The one on one attention and guidance was great, I was able to build and successfully test a bow drill to make fire, a figure 4 deadfall, spring snare etc. It’s awesome to be able to say I’ve now done that. It was great that Tom had an agenda for what was important to cover, but was happy to add new topics of interest or reduce the agenda to just an overview where I was more comfortable to really customize the training.
This experience was so much more than expected. Spending one on one time with Tom and his easy going style was invaluable. I enjoyed being able to pick his brain and ask questions on related topics or more details around what we were doing and he was happy to accommodate. An overall great experience with a great guy, I will be taking more of his courses.