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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

Feral Families Gathering - Haven Shire Wildstead & Folk School - New Haven, KY 40051.

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.

SkyEarth Family Outdoor Skills Gathering - Graham, TX - Scott Ezzell - 4139 FM-1287 - Graham, TX 76450 - 817-994-7735 -

Buckeye Gathering - Lake Concow Campground - Chico, California.

Botany in a Day. MAY

White Rock Primitive Skills and Crafts Gathering - Summer Lake, Oregon. Contact: Richard Waters - PO Box 1- Summer Lake, OR 97640 - 541-410-1630

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. Firefly Gathering - Horse Shoe, North Carolina - PO Box 18758 - Asheville, NC 28814 - 828-237-2551 -

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

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.

Sloyd Skills Gathering - Stannard, Vermont - Penny - 802-274-7907 -


Art of Nothing Dvd cover. Echoes in Time - Willamette Valley, Oregon - Peter Bauer - PO Box 6582 - Portland, OR 97228. 503-217-4469

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

Earthcraft Skillshare Ancestral Skills Gathering - Brenna Pixley, Held at Tillers international, Scotts, MI 49088 -

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

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

Wilder Waters 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 -

Elkhorn Ancestral Skills Gathering - Boulder, Utah.

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

Trading blanket at Rabbitstick Rendezous. 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.

Midwest Wild Harvest Festival - Wisconsin Badger Camp: Prairie du Chien, WI - Sam Thayer & Melissa Price.

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.

Groundnut Gathering - western Massachusetts. Contact: Felix Lufkin, Leapfrog Programs. - 30 Pomeroy Court - Amherst MA, 01330.

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


Birdsong Gathering - Hemet, California. Contact: 949-331-4779


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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