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Gatherings & Knap-Ins

These gatherings take place every year about the same time, and usually the same place. Websites and contact details do change over time, so please send us a note if a listing needs to be updated. Thank you!

Classroom in the Woods DVD. FEBRUARY

Winter Count - Maricopa, AZ - Joshua Sage and Kirsten Szykitka - 2119 Calle Tecolote - Santa Fe, NM 87505 - 505-570-9484.

Silver River Knap-In - Silver Springs State Park - Ocala, Florida - Contact: Scott Mitchell - Silver River Museum - 1445 NE 58th Avenue - Ocala, Florida 34470 - 352-236-5401 -

Stone Age & Primitive Arts Festival - Ochlockonee River State Park, Florida. Contact: Jason Vickery, Park Service Specialist - Ochlockonee River State Park - 429 State Park Road - Sopchoppy, FL 32358 - 850-962-2771

Florida Earthskills Gathering - Little Orange Creek Nature Park. Hawthorne, Florida.

Foraging the Mountain West. MARCH

Piedmont Earthskills Gathering - Shakori Hills, Pittsboro, NC. Contact:

Glass Buttes Knap-In - Central Oregon. Contact:

Acorn Gathering Central Coast of California, just north of Santa Ynez. Contact: Acorn Gathering, 4 San Marcos Trout Club, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Participating in Nature: Wilderness Survival and Primitive Living Skills. APRIL

Rivercane Rendezvous - Westminster, South Carolina. Contact: Earthskills Rendezvous, Inc. - PO Box 9221 Asheville NC 28815 - 828-278-9181.

Buckeye Gathering - Lake Concow Campground - Chico, California.

Botany in a Day. MAY

Slickrock Gathering - Boulder, Utah. Contact: Boulder Outdoor Survival School, Inc. (BOSS) - PO Box 1345 - Boulder, UT 84716. 800-335-7404 -

Between the Rivers - Northeastern Washington. Contact: Patrick Farneman - Bridges to the Past - PO Box 14 - Valley, WA 99181 -

Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering (MAPS Meet) - Near Shenandoah National Park, Virginia - Bill Kaczor, MAPS Coordinator, 240-832-5435.

The Sharpening Stone - 106 NW "F" st. #240 - Grants Pass, OR 97526.

Headwaters Gathering - Ontario. - Skeet Sutherland.


Art of Nothing Dvd cover. Earth Knack Gathering - Boulder, Colorado - Robin Blankenship - PO Box 508 - Crestone, CO 81131 - 719-256-4909 -

Saskatoon Circle - Katie Russell - PO Box 455 - Twisp, WA 98856 - 509-449-1290 -

Firefly Gathering - Natalie - PO Box 1991 - Ashville, NC 28802 - 206-661-6550 -

Dirt Time Gathering - Sequoia National Forest, California - Alan Halcon -

Fire to Fire Gathering - Tabiona, UT - Brad Wade - 269-888-3473 -

The Cattail Gathering - White Memorial Conservation Center's Mott Van Winkle Area - Litchfield, Connecticut - Andy Dobos.

Art of Nothing Dvd cover. Echoes in Time - Willamette Valley, Oregon - Peter Bauer - PO Box 6582 - Portland, OR 97228. 503.863.8462

The Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth-Friendly Living - Lago Linda Hideaway, 950 Blacks Ridge Road, Beattyville KY 41311 - 859-447-6534 -

Firemaker Primitive Skills Gathering - c/o 4190 Blenkinsop Rd - Victoria, BC V8X 2C4 Canada.

Elements Gathering - Near Springville, CA - Chris Morasky amd Rachel Natland - 6054 Crape Myrtle Court - Woodland Hills, CA 91367 - 310-375-1671

Puckerbrush Primitive Gathering - Columbia, Maine - Larry Balchen - 207-497-5621 -

Dawnland Gathering - Turner, Maine - Sara Moore - Wilder Waters Community - 167 Thorne Mountain Road - Canton, ME, 04221 -


Moose Ridge Gathering - Upton, Maine - 207-533-2147.

Great Lakes Primitives Gathering - Chelsea, Michigan - Sue Vigliotti - 248-821-7838.

Three Days at the River: Art of Nothing Vol. 1 Dvd. Lake Superior Traditional Ways Gathering - Lake Superior - 715-813-0243

Rat Root Rendezvous - Wildwood, Alberta - Randy and Lori Breeuwsma - Box 483, Wildwood, Alberta, Canada - T0E 2M0 - 780-325-2345.

Reeds & Roots Skillshare - Camp Roosevelt Firebird - Leesville Lake, Ohio -

Alberta Primitive Skills Society Primitive Meet - Camp Teepee Pole - Sundre, Alberta, Canada - 403-505-8758 -

Mountain Meadows: Art of Nothing Vol. 2 Dvd. SEPTEMBER

Trading blanket at Rabbitstick Rendezous. Limina Gathering - Cortes Island, B.C. Canada - Meg Cur

Rabbitstick Rendezvous - Rexburg, Idaho - Dave & Paula Wescott - PO Box 905 - Rexburg, ID 83440 - 208-359-2400.

Bois D' Arc Primitive Skills Camp & Knap-In - Hulston Mill Historic Park, near Greenfield MO - 104 N. Arrowhead Rd. Willard, MO 65781 - 417-742-0773.

Mountaincraft and Music Gathering - Eastern West Virginia - Jason Drevenak - North American Bushcraft School - 202-649-0017.

Roots Rendezvous - Corinth, Vermont - Sarah Corrigan - Roots School - 802.456.1253.


Falling Leaves - Westminster, South Carolina. Contact: Earthskills Rendezvous, Inc. - PO Box 9221 Asheville NC 28815 - 828-278-9181.

SkyEarth Primitive Skills Gathering - Venus, TX - Joshua Sage and Kirsten Szykitka - 2119 Calle Tecolote - Santa Fe, NM 87505 - 505-570-9484 -

Three Trees Earthways Gathering - Trails End Youth Camp - Bruce Wisconsin - Amy Schmidt -715-541-2783 -


I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to write Participating in Nature, its been a wonderful help to me in my outdoor experiences.

Participating in Nature: Wilderness Survival and Primitive Living Skills. For years i have searched the internet for information on "survival" or "outdoor skills" but with my dumb luck, never turned up much useful info. I finally "am a kid flipping burgers" (or used to be) so i had enough money to purchase a few books on the subject, including yours. Needless to say i have finally found some very useful skills to experiment with.

Even though i have spent my whole life growing up in the suburbs, my most memorable experiences have always been of the outdoors, from family camping trips to boy scout backpacking excursions into the rockies, i have truly found happiness and fulfillment from nature.

Again, thanks for your words! They have been very helpful.

--Aaron Armstrong

Sunset at Rabbitstick Rendezvous.

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