Laurel Holding

About The Teacher

Laurel Holding is an experiential educator and consultant, wilderness guide, and retired Master Instructor and Director of Program Development at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS).  During her tenure there she was the lead instructor on eight 28-Day Field Courses and many others, designed the 72-Hour Survival Rescue course (profiled in the New York Times), created a mentoring program, and started the BOSS scholarship fund.  Laurel has been guiding extended backcountry expeditions and teaching primitive and traditional living skills for over 16 years.

An accomplished solo traditional bow hunter, Laurel has taken small game, fish, upland game, mule deer and elk by spotting and stalking, upholding fair chase ethics. These efforts provide for the majority of meat in her diet.  She sits on the Conservation Committee of the Professional Bowhunters Society.  In her spare time, Laurel tests and reviews women’s specific firearms for Outdoor Life magazine.  Laurel is also a butcher, having received formal training at Daylesford Organic Farm Shop of London, England.  She holds a Masters in Education from Harvard University and lives in a 16′ ger in southern Utah.


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