The Cycles of Life:
Humane Slaughtering &
Butchery Class

The Cycles of Life: Humane Slaughtering and Butchery Class
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November 2-4, 2018

Overview of the Butchery Class: How to Kill a Sheep and Learn How to Butcher a Lamb

This is a hands-on humane slaughter and butchery class near Asheville, NC, covering how to kill a sheep (an older lamb) in a sacred way, skin a sheep, butcher the meat and cure it.  Special guest Meredith Leigh (author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Butchery, Charcuterie & Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore) will give an overview of charcuterie practices and a demonstration on prosciutto and sausage making.

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A hands-on class honoring the life of animals who feed us:
A charcuterie class you’ll remember.

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What to Expect in this Butchering Class

In addition to learning ethical slaughtering, skinning, butchering and charcuterie, uses of other body parts such as hide and bones for tool making and leather making will be discussed.  The techniques you will learn by processing the sheep are applicable to butchering other animals like deer and goats.

“The Cycles of Life class was really fantastic. I hoped it would be educational and transformational, and it truly was.” (Tom Halladay)


Meredith Leigh

Meredith Leigh

Natalie Bogwalker Wild Abundance Instructor

Natalie Bogwalker

Local Accommodations:

While some locals prefer to commute to Wild Abundance from Asheville, students from the area and out of town are welcome to pitch a tent in one of our flat camping spots in the woods or field, or to tie a hammock in the forest on our seven-acre property.  We strongly suggest bringing a very warm sleeping bag and bedding during cold months.  We do have a fully functioning outdoor kitchen and bathroom, though in extremely cold weather, sometimes one or both are out of operation due to the water freezing.

If you prefer something more conducive to creature comforts, we suggest browsing Airbnb (there are a few within walking distance of the school) or checking out a local motel within a 10-15 minute drive to Wild Abundance.

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We strive to make our classes accessible to those who wish to learn.  There is a sliding scale available for this class (pay what you can afford according to your own financial situation).    

  • Early Bird Price: $200-$400, sliding scale (through September 14, 2018)
  • Regular Bird Price: $250-$450, sliding scale (September 15- October 12, 2018)
  • Late Bird Price: $300-$500, sliding scale (October 13- November 1, 2018)

To register, please complete the registration form and then make payment.  Registration will be processed upon receipt of payment

Expect to receive a confirmation email within one week of sending payment. Additional emails will cover logistical details as the date approaches.  

Click here to see our policy on refunds, payment plans and work-trade opportunities.

Also, feel free to read our Frequently Asked Questions.