Tuesday (4/16/2019) - Morning

Advanced knapping James Clinkscales

All levels of knappers welcome! Special emphasis on the longer flakes using the Ishi stick. If you haven't already figured out how to get that long flake when pressure flaking, now's the time. Bring your tools or use the ones provided.

Bowmaking Matt Hanson

Join us for bowmaking throughout the week! Come early in the week if you expect to make significant progress on a bow. Stop by any time to watch or ask questions. We'll be there all week.

Brain Tanning Deerskins Christina Gordon

3 DAY CLASS - BEGINS NOW! 3 day intensive workshop wherein you will create a beautiful hair off buckskin leather the old fashioned way using the brains of the animal to make the leather soft. This method has been used by native americans and stone age peoples all over the world for hundreds of years to create a soft chamois type of leather. You will take home a finished, smoked brain tanned deerskin. We will spend Tuesday scraping the hair and grain from the hide. Wednesday we will brain and soften the hides and Thursday we will sew and smoke them. This is a three day workshop and you will need to be present for the entire class on all three days.

Knife Making with Damian and Asa Damian Watauga

Blacksmithing A Knife Learn to make a knife from raw materials using a charcoal Japanese ground forge and readily available hand tools. Part I: forge a knife blank from high carbon steel Part II: grinding and finishing with simple hand tools Part III: hardening and tempering Part IV: setting the handle and taking home a finished knife. Class will require a minimum of 1 1/2 days. After this ALL DAY CLASS, you have the option to drop in as the week progresses to work on your project at your own pace.

Pine Needle Bracelets Nancy Basket

Learn to coil pine needles into beautiful and wearable works of art! Ages 12 and up.

Preserving the spring harvest for food and medicine Jamie Sparks

Spring is filled with many foods and medicines that are only vibrant and green for a short part of the year. Learn how to preserve the nutritional and medicinal benefits of many of these nourishing and healing plants to be enjoyed all year round. We will sample vinegars, herbal gomasios, vinegars, pestos and more. And some delicious herbal food will go home with you to help you "eat something wild" everyday. Bring something to sit on and a notebook if you like.

Rivercane Signal Whistles Hawk Hurst

Learn to make an African-style Udu Drum and/or Conatiner using bottle neck gourds. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Continues all day, until finished.

Stone Skinning, Eating, Tanning Squirrels (Part 1 of 4) Luke McLaughlin

This is a MULTIPLE DAY CLASS (4 class periods in total)! In this class students will learn how to skin an animal with stone tools, cook the animal over an open fire, and then tan the animals skin to make natural, bark tanned-squirrel leather. TUESDAY AM: PART 1. For the first day, in the morning we will skin the animal using stone flakes. TUESDAY PM: PART 2. Then in the afternoon we will cook and eat the squirrel over an open fire. WEDNESDAY AM: PART 3. On the second day, in the morning we will boil the bark, prepare the hides and begin soaking them in tannins. SUNDAY AM: PART 4. And then finally on the last day (Sunday) we will oil the hides and soften them. Students will go home with their finished squirrel leather or their tanned fur on squirrel hide. If you want to complete this project, you need to attend all 4 sessions. If you just want to drop in and watch, spectators are welcome.

Using the Whole Animal (Pasta Sauce) Bill Parravano

Do you feel like there’s more to be done with the animals that come across your path…If you only knew how? Utilizing the parts an animal has to offer through skinning, preserving, drying, freezing, cooking, tools, and crafts honor an animal’s life to the greatest degree. In this class, we’ll go over the strategies for cooking to get the most out of an animal either harvested or otherwise with the focus on making pasta sauce. Bring a cup or bowl to enjoy some sauce based on my Great Grandmother’s (Noni - Maria Parravano) Italian recipe using a deer as flavoring. Class Materials Fee ($10) Includes Lunch

Tuesday (4/16/2019) - Afternoon

Bowmaking Matt Hanson

Join us for bowmaking throughout the week! Come early in the week if you expect to make significant progress on a bow. Stop by any time to watch or ask questions. We'll be there all week.

Brain Tanning Deerskins Christina Gordon

CONTINUATION FROM MORNING CLASS- NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE 3 day intensive workshop wherein you will create a beautiful hair off buckskin leather the old fashioned way using the brains of the animal to make the leather soft. This method has been used by native americans and stone age peoples all over the world for hundreds of years to create a soft chamois type of leather. You will take home a finished, smoked brain tanned deerskin. We will spend Tuesday scraping the hair and grain from the hide. Wednesday we will brain and soften the hides and Thursday we will sew and smoke them. This is a three day workshop and you will need to be present for the entire class on all three days.

Cordage Clinic Jeff Gottlieb

Make strong, beautiful, useful string and rope from natural fibers. All skill levels welcome. We'll learn about sources for fibers, methods of collecting and processing, and techniques for turning fibers into handmade cordage. Instructor's book on cordage, "Fibers of Life" will be available for sale if desired.

Figure 4 Deadfalls Coyote Smith

Younger than adult may also take this course with approval of instructor. Talk to instructor if younger than 14 years old before signing up. Carving a deadfall trigger which has been used by many cultures to capture animals (from moles to bears) alive or dead. Students need to bring a SHARP knife.

Flat weave berry baskets Tyler Lavenburg

Weaving is one of the most meditative and infectious arts of all time! This class is a basic introduction to weaving using mostly flat reed to weave up the body, and a combination of hickory bark and rawhide to finish the rims. You will gain competency in how to shape your basket well and all the possible materials for flat weaving your future vessels. If we have time we will make handles, otherwise, each student will leave with a finished basket ready to hit the berry patch.

Flintknapping James Clinkscales

Flintknapping the stone drill bit. In this class we will have emphasis on the rhyolite drill bit. Rhyolite is a durable material for any point. Qualities of this igneous rock will be discussed. Bring your tools or use the ones provided to form a rhyolite drill bit that will last!

Intro to Blacksmithing Tod Kershaw

This class will include info on basic tools and fuels and materials and methods to get started in blacksmithing. Each student will get some time hammering and will be able to take their creation home. Ages 12 and up.

Knife Making with Damian and Asa Damian Watauga

CONTINUATION FROM MORNING CLASS. NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE. Blacksmithing A Knife Learn to make a knife from raw materials using a charcoal Japanese ground forge and readily available hand tools. Part I: forge a knife blank from high carbon steel Part II: grinding and finishing with simple hand tools Part III: hardening and tempering Part IV: setting the handle and taking home a finished knife. Class will require a minimum of 1 1/2 days. After this ALL DAY CLASS, you have the option to drop in as the week progresses to work on your project at your own pace.

Old School Camping Alex Kilgore

Woodcraft: The art of taking to the woods. How to camp in style without R.E.I. and all their plastic gear. Lets go back and take a look at the good ol' days of camping that meant cooking over an open fire, shelter of wood and canvas, wool, gear that lasts, and skills that add to our experience outdoors.

Precious Plants and Fabulous Fungi of our Gathering Luke Learningdeer

The Plants have been waiting for You! Come and meet the verdant and majestic green and fungal beings all about our gathering as they bloom into Spring. We will discuss ID, Edible, Medicinal and Utilitarian use, Ecology, Folklore and more! If we find fun fungi or mushrooms we'll discuss those too!

Rivercane Flute Making, Native American-style Hawk Hurst

Participants will learn to hand-craft their own Native American-style, end-blown, river cane flute. Adults & Youth-Ages 10 and up. Materials/Tool Use Fee: $10.00

Stone Skinning, Eating, Tanning Squirrels (Part 2 of 4) Luke McLaughlin

This is a MULTIPLE DAY CLASS (4 class periods in total)! In this class students will learn how to skin an animal with stone tools, cook the animal over an open fire, and then tan the animals skin to make natural, bark tanned-squirrel leather. TUESDAY AM: PART 1. For the first day, in the morning we will skin the animal using stone flakes. TUESDAY PM: PART 2. Then in the afternoon we will cook and eat the squirrel over an open fire. WEDNESDAY AM: PART 3. On the second day, in the morning we will boil the bark, prepare the hides and begin soaking them in tannins. SUNDAY AM: PART 4. And then finally on the last day (Sunday) we will oil the hides and soften them. Students will go home with their finished squirrel leather or their tanned fur on squirrel hide. If you want to complete this project, you need to attend all 4 sessions. If you just want to drop in and watch, spectators are welcome.

Timber Framing Barron Brown

Come learn the classic art of building structures using timber framing techniques. We will be building an actual timber frame that can be taken apart and moved. Come join us!

Wednesday (4/17/2019) - Morning

Bowmaking Matt Hanson

Join us for bowmaking throughout the week! Come early in the week if you expect to make significant progress on a bow. Stop by any time to watch or ask questions. We'll be there all week.

Brain Tanning Deerskins Christina Gordon

CONTINUATION FROM TUESDAY CLASS - NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE 3 day intensive workshop wherein you will create a beautiful hair off buckskin leather the old fashioned way using the brains of the animal to make the leather soft. This method has been used by native americans and stone age peoples all over the world for hundreds of years to create a soft chamois type of leather. You will take home a finished, smoked brain tanned deerskin. We will spend Tuesday scraping the hair and grain from the hide. Wednesday we will brain and soften the hides and Thursday we will sew and smoke them. This is a three day workshop and you will need to be present for the entire class on all three days.

Card Weaving Miranda Heidler

In this class we will use square cards with holes punched in each corner to weave bands that could be used for very sturdy belts or straps. Card weaving is also sometimes referred as Tablet weaving and has a rich and long history. It was commonly used in the Bronze Age throughout Europe to produce beautiful and decorative borders and belts and examples have also been found in China, Russia, the Middle East, and Egypt. You will walk away with your own set of cards and the knowledge to create your own pattern drafts for future projects. This is an all day class!

Comb Carving Barron Brown

Carve an elegant and useful hair comb for yourself or a special friend. We'll probably have some lovely cherry wood on hand. Bring a sharp knife. Kids under 10 need to bring a parent.

Creating a Fire with Friction Matt Colombo

Come and learn the ancient art of fire by friction, and connect with your ancestors! Create fire using only a knife, string, and natural materials. This full day workshop focuses on friction fire by the bow drill method, but will be a wholistic class that includes fire building and tending, knife use and safety, and fire history. No prior experience is necessary and we will focus on a few different methods to find the ones that work best for you. You will leave with your own hand-crafted bow drill kit! Knowing how to make a friction fire opens a vast world of possibilities – you may just end up finding yourself at the start of a lifelong learning journey! Please bring a sharp, fixed blade knife. Ages 12 and up. All day class.

Flintknapping James Clinkscales

Stone tools have been produced by our ancestors throughout history. Learn how your ancestors made these tools using wood, bone, antler and stone tools to shape and form projectile points or arrowheads and blades for everyday uses.

Gourds: Udu Drum (West African-style) and/or Container Making Hawk Hurst

Learn to make a West African-style Udu drum and/or container, using bottle neck gourds. Ages 12 and up are welcome. This class will continue all day, until gourds are gone and projects finished.

Herbal First Aid Kit Jamie Sparks

Pique your herbal curiousity with valuable information to help you use and appreciate Plant Allies you may see on your walk in the woods or find at home in your spice rack. Class is welcome to beginners, those who want a refresher on some information, and anyone else curious about our healing relations with many botanical friends. We will explore some basics of plant families and how to acknowledge particular herbal actions and their uses in First Aid situations. You will be given great ideas for making your own herbal first aid kit for home and for taking into the woods or having on your homestead. Mostly a lecture class with some tasting. Some walking. Bring something to sit on if you like.

Knife Making with Damian and Asa Damian Watauga

Blacksmithing A Knife Learn to make a knife from raw materials using a charcoal Japanese ground forge and readily available hand tools. Part I: forge a knife blank from high carbon steel Part II: grinding and finishing with simple hand tools Part III: hardening and tempering Part IV: setting the handle and taking home a finished knife. Class will require a minimum of 1 1/2 days. After this ALL DAY CLASS, you have the option to drop in as the week progresses to work on your project at your own pace.

MaaticFlow Yoga Professor JoyMaat

This class is a 60 minute session on yoga+ crystal meditation; affirmations; journaling exercises; daily task; and nutritional guidance for whole health. My yoga brand is MaaticFlow Yoga, which is in the style of Kemetic Yoga (ancient Egyptian). A form of yoga that uses geometric progression into postures, gentle movement and sciences of the breath and meridians that were transcribed from the pyramids of Egypt, Africa. In MaaticFlow Yoga I teach a sequenced flow to music and utilize wellness modalities throughout the practice. Bring a yoga mat or blanket if you have one.

Medicinal Vinegars: Fire Cider, Garlic Elixer, Vitamin Vinegars Ivy Lynn

We will be making medicines with vinegar including Fire Cider, Garlic Elixir and Vitamin Vinegars. You can take home some fire cider decanted from the class last spring!

Our Magnificent Trees! Luke Learningdeer

Come and meet the Magnificent Trees around our gathering. We will discuss ID, Edible Medicinal and utilitarian uses, Ecology, lore and more!

Stone Skinning, Eating, Tanning Squirrels (Part 3 of 4) Luke McLaughlin

This is a MULTIPLE DAY CLASS (4 class periods in total)! In this class students will learn how to skin an animal with stone tools, cook the animal over an open fire, and then tan the animals skin to make natural, bark tanned-squirrel leather. TUESDAY AM: PART 1. For the first day, in the morning we will skin the animal using stone flakes. TUESDAY PM: PART 2. Then in the afternoon we will cook and eat the squirrel over an open fire. WEDNESDAY AM: PART 3. On the second day, in the morning we will boil the bark, prepare the hides and begin soaking them in tannins. SUNDAY AM: PART 4. And then finally on the last day (Sunday) we will oil the hides and soften them. Students will go home with their finished squirrel leather or their tanned fur on squirrel hide. If you want to complete this project, you need to attend all 4 sessions. If you just want to drop in and watch, spectators are welcome.

Using the Whole Animal (Deer - Bone Broth) Bill Parravano

Do you feel like there’s more to be done with the animals that come across your path…If you only knew how? Utilizing the parts an animal has to offer through skinning, preserving, drying, freezing, cooking, tools, and crafts honor an animal’s life to the greatest degree. In this class, we’ll go over the mental approach needed to get the most out of an animal either harvested or otherwise with discussion around recognizing the different edible parts of a deer while making bone broth. Bring a cup or bowl to enjoy the delightful deer broth we’ll be making.

Wednesday (4/17/2019) - Afternoon

Bone Tools Tyler Lavenburg

Ever wonder how your ancestors cut vegetables, dug roots, sewed clothing, and all the other myriad of tasks we currently use metal for? Some of the first tools ever created by humans were that of bone and antler. From pounders and smashers, to cutters and scrapers, bone has been one of the most widely prized materials for keeping life in the old school going. This is a day to learn the many uses of bone and antler and put your hands to work crafting your own bone tool such as a knife, sewing awl/needles, buttons, diggers, scrapers, and any other use you could possibly imagine for such a forgiving material. We will begin with cleaned and extracted bone, split, and ready to be ground into tools. This is a shorter version of the whole process, largely focusing on shaping bone, rather than extracting and processing from a whole leg.

Bowmaking Matt Hanson

Join us for bowmaking throughout the week! Come early in the week if you expect to make significant progress on a bow. Stop by any time to watch or ask questions. We'll be there all week.

Brain Tanning Deerskins Christina Gordon

CONTINUATION FROM TUESDAY MORNING CLASS - NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE 3 day intensive workshop wherein you will create a beautiful hair off buckskin leather the old fashioned way using the brains of the animal to make the leather soft. This method has been used by native americans and stone age peoples all over the world for hundreds of years to create a soft chamois type of leather. You will take home a finished, smoked brain tanned deerskin. We will spend Tuesday scraping the hair and grain from the hide. Wednesday we will brain and soften the hides and Thursday we will sew and smoke them. This is a three day workshop and you will need to be present for the entire class on all three days.

Card Weaving continues... Miranda Heidler

This is a continuation from this morning's class... but you are welcome to come by and check out everyone's progress and the beautiful straps that they are making...

Coal-Burned Spoons Fuz Sanderson

Use fire as a tool! In this class, we'll be using hot coals to burn the bowl section of a spoon. We'll also be using basic carving techniques to work the handles, so please bring a sharp knife. Ages 13 and up.

Creating a Fire with Friction Matt Colombo

CONTINUATION FROM MORNING CLASS Come and learn the ancient art of fire by friction, and connect with your ancestors! Create fire using only a knife, string, and natural materials. This full day workshop focuses on friction fire by the bow drill method, but will be a wholistic class that includes fire building and tending, knife use and safety, and fire history. No prior experience is necessary and we will focus on a few different methods to find the ones that work best for you. You will leave with your own hand-crafted bow drill kit! Knowing how to make a friction fire opens a vast world of possibilities – you may just end up finding yourself at the start of a lifelong learning journey! Please bring a sharp, fixed blade knife. Ages 12 and up. All day class.

Crossing the Line: A journey through Ancestral trauma and repair Sangoma Oludoye

This time together does include discussions around the agreements between the Living, Dead and those waiting to BE born, ancestral veneration, altar work, rituals and tools that nourish and support all 7 gateways or "rites" of passage from Birth to Death and Rebirth... Make no mistake this IS a deep dive into our wholeness and Sovereignty! This is a Transformative shift in the soul from broken to whole, from wounded to empowered!

Flintknapping rhyolite drill bits James Clinkscales

In this class we will be making points with emphasis on the drill bit. We are using rhyolite today for it's durability and strength. Rhyolite is a strong igneous material formed from volcanic magma that's felsic (high in silicate). These qualities make rhyolite a great material for drill bits! Bring your knapping kit or use our tools to make a rhyolite drill bit that you can take home and enjoy drilling holes in shell, bone and wood.

Gourds: Udu Drum (West African-style) and/or Container Making Hawk Hurst

Learn to make a West African-style Udu drum and/or container, using bottle-neck gourds. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Continued from morning class. Join in now, if gourds still available.

Intro to Blacksmithing Tod Kershaw

This class will include info on basic tools and fuels and materials and methods to get started in blacksmithing. Each student will get some time hammering and will be able to take their creation home. Ages 12 and up.

Knife Making with Damian and Asa Damian Watauga

CONTINUATION FROM MORNING CLASS. NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE. Blacksmithing A Knife Learn to make a knife from raw materials using a charcoal Japanese ground forge and readily available hand tools. Part I: forge a knife blank from high carbon steel Part II: grinding and finishing with simple hand tools Part III: hardening and tempering Part IV: setting the handle and taking home a finished knife. Class will require a minimum of 1 1/2 days. After this ALL DAY CLASS, you have the option to drop in as the week progresses to work on your project at your own pace.

Stargazing Kaleb Wallace

Come let the wonder and awe of the vastness of our universe sink into your consciousness for awhile. We will lay (or sit) upon the ground, with a blanket or other insulative covering, and gaze skyward... whilst I guide you on a tour of the heavens, discussing moons & planets, galaxies & solar systems, nebulae and the birth of stars, and the stardust in our bones. Dress warmly and bring binoculars if you have them.

Survival Bracelets Coyote Smith

Making bracelets from 550 cord to have cordage with you at all times. You don't realize how important it is until you don't have it! Ages 10 and above.

Wisteria Visor Nancy Basket

Open to all ages! Make a sun visor to shade your face on sunny days at Rendezvous and beyond. Useful skill. Beautiful wearable woven art. We'll also explore and use various other vines. Under 7 please bring an adult. Come find out… Hear Cherokee stories of respect. Bring your questions…

Wooden Mauls Alex Kilgore

Pounding tools are important - learn how to woodcraft your own. Using basic hand tools - saw, hatchet, froe, and knife - we will make a very useful and often overlooked camp/homestead tool. A wooden maul is used to hit things that you don't want to damage - things like knives, hatchets, wooden tent stakes, chisels, froes, axes, and gluts. These things are easily damaged by steel mauls or hammers. Wooden mauls are often used when splitting wood for white oak baskets, spoon blanks, shingles, tool handles, and bow staves. Tools will be provided, but if you have a sharp knife, saw, or hatchet, please bring them to class. Class includes hand tool safety and technique. Materials will be of Dogwood or Hop Hornbeam.

Thursday (4/18/2019) - Morning

Bowmaking Matt Hanson

Join us for bowmaking throughout the week! Come early in the week if you expect to make significant progress on a bow. Stop by any time to watch or ask questions. We'll be there all week.

Brain Tanning Deerskins Christina Gordon

CONTINUATION FROM TUESDAY MORNING CLASS - NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE 3 day intensive workshop wherein you will create a beautiful hair off buckskin leather the old fashioned way using the brains of the animal to make the leather soft. This method has been used by native americans and stone age peoples all over the world for hundreds of years to create a soft chamois type of leather. You will take home a finished, smoked brain tanned deerskin. We will spend Tuesday scraping the hair and grain from the hide. Wednesday we will brain and soften the hides and Thursday we will sew and smoke them. This is a three day workshop and you will need to be present for the entire class on all three days.

Ecology of Trees in the Homestead Tyler Lavenburg

Trees Trees Trees! This class is an exploration of the many ways in which trees have woven themselves into the fabric of everyday life on the homestead over time. We will spend time identifying trees by name, range, ecological niche, role in succession, and tracking the innumerable ways in which trees express their unique personalities. With a deeper look at what makes each tree unique, we will then apply this knowledge to human habitation. We will explore the role of trees in food, fiber, fodder, soil enhancement, tracking water, tools of all varieties, and all the rest. This class can serve as either a beginners' course or an advanced course depending on the level of the students. Come one come all to the wondrous world of trees.

Flintknapping James Clinkscales

Flintknapping techniques for shaping and forming projectile points. We will be using stone, bone, antler and wood tools to make arrowheads and blades for everyday stoneage uses.

Knife Making with Damian and Asa Damian Watauga

Blacksmithing A Knife Learn to make a knife from raw materials using a charcoal Japanese ground forge and readily available hand tools. Part I: forge a knife blank from high carbon steel Part II: grinding and finishing with simple hand tools Part III: hardening and tempering Part IV: setting the handle and taking home a finished knife. Class will require a minimum of 1 1/2 days. After this ALL DAY CLASS, you have the option to drop in as the week progresses to work on your project at your own pace.

Making Pine Pitch Glue Fuz Sanderson

There are many things we take for granted that can become valuable in wilderness situations - including glue! Being able to make your own Pine Pitch glue is a golden skill usefull on many levels. We'll go over the process and preparation for you to prepare your own Pitch stick, and learn a little about ecology along the way. Please bring a knife. Ages 13 and up.

Packable Camp Chair Denton Bragg

Fabricating a packable camp chair designed expressly for this class, out of locally harvested small hardwood trees (hickory, ash, etc) and either using a canvas seat provided for sale by Joan Candalino or weaving a seat and back on the frame from inner bark, cord, wood splints, etc. This will be an intensive class involving reducing small hardwood logs with froe, wedges, and hatchet into 4 sided lumber boards (approx. 3/4"X 1" X various lengths), also using spokeshaves, hand planes, scrapers, rasps, to smooth and refine the frame members. Then cutting to the lengths required for the design and begin making the mortise and tenon joinery to assemble the frames. This chair was designed for two possible seat (and back) choices: either basket-weaving to enclose the openings using a variety of materials (some might be gathered at the site), or using a triangular-shaped 'bag' cover that will attach at the top of the back and onto the leading edge of the seat and provide a sort of 'hammock' sling seat. Joan Candalino will be making these out of tipi canvas for the class, and these can be painted in any sort of native or imaginative design. And, the canvas also doubles as a carrying case for the chair! The woodwork will demand some skill and some prior experience with wood joinery tools. Depending on the level of refinement each participant wishes, the chair will take a bare minimum of 2 days and more likely all of 3. Material fees are still being worked out based on canvas covers, basket splint materials, etc. Check back later...

Tai Chi & InnerG TuneUp w/ Sifu Santos Jonathan Santos

Reconnect with your InnerG: Inner Guru, Inner Greatness, Inner Galaxy! This class will be an intro to Tai Chi, Chi Gung (“breath work”), and Mindfulness to strengthen the body, increase flexibility, balance, mental clarity and heart health. We will explore the Wuchi Tao Rejuvenation Arts System and Tibetan White Crane Temple style TaiChi. Attune to the Greatest version of yourself through Chi’Gung, Traditional and non-classical Taoist, Yogic, and Afrikan based movements. Subtly stretch and open up the InnerG pathways in the body. Gain a greater awareness of the Breath. Melt drama and stressful vibes away! Incorporate practical Ways to bring greater awareness in your every day life. Have fun! We will start later in the morning class period - 11:30 to lunch conch. No class size limit - all are welcome!

The Superpower of Self-Love Professor JoyMaat

Consciously living in self-love is about practicing choices that you make daily to bring yourself into better balance with your mental, emotional, and physical health. In this class, you will identify in what ways you can charge your superpower of self-love through practices of self-care. These practices will help you to maximize your intentional energy in order to help you relieve stress, reduce illness and bring in focus and fulfillment into all areas of your life. We will discuss mental, physical, and behavioral health facts and tips, daily tasks and affirmations, journaling, and healthy comfort foods and super foods. We will also do some journaling exercises and some yoga exercises. Bring a journal or something to write with, as well as a blanket or yoga mat to use for yoga during class. All students will take home an informational booklet on the Superpower of Self-Love.

Tunisian Crochet Miranda Heidler

Tunisian Crochet, also called the Afghan stitch, falls somewhere in the between knitting and crocheting. Using a long hook to make a series of loops, the fabric has more stretch than crochet but it denser and warmer because of the looped appearance of the back of the piece. It is debated as to whether this technique actually originated in Tunisia and besides its brief popularity in the 1970's it remains today mostly unused and unknown. Come change that! All materials will be provided... no crochet or knitting experience necessary.

Twill Market Basket Emily Jernigan

ALL DAY CLASS This class takes the basic form of the market basket - a rectangular basket with a built in handle - and adds some flare to it by twirling the sides. A twill weave creates a stair step effect and spirals its way up the basket as you weave. We will use flat Reed for making the baskets, and I have dyed Reed for incorporating color. Each student will take home their own basket. (Class fee is $25, but I'm open to bartering - talk to me.)

Vegetable fermentation: Krauts, pickles & Kimchii Kaleb Wallace

Come learn about using salt to encourage lactic acid fermentation, increasing the nutritional value of vegetables while simultaneously preserving them. We will taste some finished ferments and start a batch or 2 of something or other. There's a materials fee of $10 only if you wish to take a quart home with you, and includes a quart jar and glass fermentation weight.

Wildcrafting Medicinal Herbs with Plant Walk Ivy Lynn

This class will cover how to plan your harvest for the year, how to find herbs in forests and on farms (getting permissions to do so), how to avoid over harvesting for conservation, and how to establish some of these herbs on your own land. We will look at our relationship with herbs and approach them with spiritual reverence, fostering healthy interdependence with them. This does involve walking among the plants.

Thursday (4/18/2019) - Afternoon

African Drumming: Rhythm for Kids Snow Bear

Instruction on hand-drumming techniques, practice exercises, rhythm dynamics; includes several traditional African rhythms and songs. Some instruments and drums available, but please bring (or borrow) your own drum and chair if desired. Ages 7 and up.

Arrow Making Bill Kaczor

Build a primitive arrow- Learn how to properly construct primitive hunting arrows from scratch using shafts harvested in the forest, real turkey feathers, pitch glue, and deer sinew. If you have a bone or stone point to haft, bring it. I recommend taking a flint knapping and bone working workshop.

Bamboo Flute-Making (Various styles) Hawk Hurst

Hand-craft your own traditional, bamboo (Native American, Asian, or European-styles) flute - pentatonic & diatonic scale - side & end-blown types. Ages 12 and up are welcome.

Blacksmithing Projects Tod Kershaw

In the project class students will complete a somewhat more complex blacksmithing project. Possible projects include bottle openers, decorative hooks, awls, chisels, small knives or whatever else we can think of that is possible. Ages 12 and up.

Bowmaking Matt Hanson

Join us for bowmaking throughout the week! Come early in the week if you expect to make significant progress on a bow. Stop by any time to watch or ask questions. We'll be there all week.

Brain Tanning Deerskins Christina Gordon

CONTINUATION FROM TUESDAY MORNING CLASS - NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE 3 day intensive workshop wherein you will create a beautiful hair off buckskin leather the old fashioned way using the brains of the animal to make the leather soft. This method has been used by native americans and stone age peoples all over the world for hundreds of years to create a soft chamois type of leather. You will take home a finished, smoked brain tanned deerskin. We will spend Tuesday scraping the hair and grain from the hide. Wednesday we will brain and soften the hides and Thursday we will sew and smoke them. This is a three day workshop and you will need to be present for the entire class on all three days.

Hand Drill Friction Fire Tom Stutz

With determined focus of your mind and body attempt to coax an ember from two pieces of wood. Connect with our ancient ancestors through the spiritual practice of the hand drill. Bring a sharp knife and a tenacious spirit!

Knife Making with Damian and Asa Damian Watauga

CONTINUATION FROM MORNING CLASS. NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE. Blacksmithing A Knife Learn to make a knife from raw materials using a charcoal Japanese ground forge and readily available hand tools. Part I: forge a knife blank from high carbon steel Part II: grinding and finishing with simple hand tools Part III: hardening and tempering Part IV: setting the handle and taking home a finished knife. Class will require a minimum of 1 1/2 days. After this ALL DAY CLASS, you have the option to drop in as the week progresses to work on your project at your own pace.

Packable Camp Chair Denton Bragg

CONTINUATION FROM THURSDAY MORNING - NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE Fabricating a packable camp chair designed expressly for this class, out of locally harvested small hardwood trees (hickory, ash, etc) and either using a canvas seat provided for sale by Joan Candalino or weaving a seat and back on the frame from inner bark, cord, wood splints, etc. This will be an intensive class involving reducing small hardwood logs with froe, wedges, and hatchet into 4 sided lumber boards (approx. 3/4"X 1" X various lengths), also using spokeshaves, hand planes, scrapers, rasps, to smooth and refine the frame members. Then cutting to the lengths required for the design and begin making the mortise and tenon joinery to assemble the frames. This chair was designed for two possible seat (and back) choices: either basket-weaving to enclose the openings using a variety of materials (some might be gathered at the site), or using a triangular-shaped 'bag' cover that will attach at the top of the back and onto the leading edge of the seat and provide a sort of 'hammock' sling seat. Joan Candalino will be making these out of tipi canvas for the class, and these can be painted in any sort of native or imaginative design. And, the canvas also doubles as a carrying case for the chair! The woodwork will demand some skill and some prior experience with wood joinery tools. Depending on the level of refinement each participant wishes, the chair will take a bare minimum of 2 days and more likely all of 3. Material fees are still being worked out based on canvas covers, basket splint materials, etc. Check back later...

Precious Plants and Fabulous Fungi of our Gathering Luke Learningdeer

The Plants have been waiting for You! Come and meet the verdant and majestic green and fungal beings all about our gathering as they bloom into Spring. We will discuss ID, Edible, Medicinal and Utilitarian use, Ecology, Folklore and more! If we find fun fungi or mushrooms we'll discuss those too!

Settler-Colonialism 101: People, Land, and Water in the Carolina Piedmont Roo DeLessin George-Warren

Whether you are off-the-grid in Boone or building community resiliency in Greenville, we are all living within the context of settler-colonialism. Renewing good relationships with the land is an important step in righting that historical wrong, but if we don't understand the methods and history of settler-colonialism then we run the risk of repeating it. Join Roo on Cherokee land as he recounts the history of his community, Catawba Indian Nation, and its continued survivance of settler-colonialism. Please feel free to bring a quiet craft to do during the talk. Note: There will be some discussion of colonial violence including sexual, cultural, and familial violence.

Shamanic Journeying and Healing Practices Ayal Hurst

This transformative class will offer a time to explore the mystical and ancient practice of Shamanic Journeying. This ancient practice has been used since the dawn of time, enabling people to enter into a state of non-ordinary reality in order to travel to and access other realms and dimensions. Shamanism states that there is a Spirit in everything that one can connect to and gain wisdom from. It has been called the first Spiritual Practice of humanity. During our time together, we will travel to other realms of existence to receive Healing, Power, Insights, and Guidance. We will journey to directly connect with personal Spirit Helpers who will help in this exploration in order to integrate new knowledge and awaken new potentials within yourself. We will also learn a few powerful techniques of Shamanic healing. Ages 16 and up. Bring a mat or blanket to lie down on, and a journal and a pen - important!

Stone tools/ flintknapping James Clinkscales

Flintknapping stone tools for everyday uses in stone age life! Learn how to fashion a stone tool using wood, antler and other lythics. Stone tools have been used throughout history by our ancestors. In this class we will be making a point that you can use on an atlatl dart or arrow or use as an adornment for the latest stoneage fashion!

Survival: 14 Plus Ways to Start a Fire Without Matches or Lighters Coyote Smith

Starting fires with numerous items and techniques you may not be thinking of or have knowledge of. Some primitive - some using modern materials. Ages 10 and above.

Tools of the camp and homestead Alex Kilgore

Learn and practice using sharp tools safely for a wide variety of tasks: felling, chopping, splitting, sharpening, etc. . Axe, saw, hatchet, wood splitting maul, draw knife, and more. How to make and re-fit broken handles will also be covered.

Twill Market Basket Emily Jernigan

CONTINUATION FROM MORNING CLASS - NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE This class takes the basic form of the market basket - a rectangular basket with a built in handle - and adds some flare to it by twirling the sides. A twill weave creates a stair step effect and spirals its way up the basket as you weave. We will use flat Reed for making the baskets, and I have dyed Reed for incorporating color. Each student will take home their own basket. (Class fee is $25, but I'm open to bartering - talk to me.)

Walking Sticks White Eagle Taylor

Make a carved walking stick. Ages 8 and up (or younger with a parent or guardian).

Friday (4/19/2019) - Morning

Bamboo Fire Saw Tom Stutz

Construct, and take with you, a bamboo fire saw kit, all from a single piece of bamboo. See if you can create an ember with proper technique and concentrated effort. Bring a sharp knife and persistence!

Bowmaking Matt Hanson

Join us for bowmaking throughout the week! Come early in the week if you expect to make significant progress on a bow. Stop by any time to watch or ask questions. We'll be there all week.

Drop Spindle Spinning Miranda Heidler

Come explore the drop spindle! a simple hand tool used by people the world over since before time to put twist into fiber of all sorts to make yarn and useable string. They have a long history but are still used today by many traditional people and new spinning crafters. all materials and tools provided but if you have your own drop spindle there is no need to sign up as that is how many spindles there are available. We will discuss different animal fibers and how to process them. Up your fiber intake...warning: you may become a fiber fanatic.

Fire with Sticks: The Zen art of Hand Drill Luke McLaughlin

Making fire with sticks is one of the most simple yet complex skills humans have mastered. This skill will truly test your ability to put forth effort yet remain calm and relaxed at the same time. Come and connect with your body, your community, your landscape all while learning how to make fire the old fashioned way.

Flat weave berry baskets Tyler Lavenburg

Weaving is one of the most meditative and infectious arts of all time! This class is a basic introduction to weaving using mostly flat reed to weave up the body, and a combination of hickory bark and rawhide to finish the rims. You will gain competency in how to shape your basket well and all the possible materials for flat weaving your future vessels. If we have time we will make handles, otherwise, each student will leave with a finished basket ready to hit the berry patch.

Flintknapping James Clinkscales

Flintknapping stone tools for everyday uses in stone age life! Learn how to fashion a stone tool using wood, antler and other lythics. Stone tools have been used throughout history by our ancestors. In this class we will be making a point that you can use on an atlatl dart or arrow or use as an adornment for the latest stoneage fashion!

Getting Grants and Raising Funds (AKA How to get the resources your community needs) Roo DeLessin George-Warren

"Grant Writing" might sound like the farthest thing from primitive skills but in reality it is all about understanding what resources your community needs to sustain itself and how to communicate that need effectively. We will start at the very beginning with how to describe your community, how to research grants, understanding the lingo, how to submit grants, and other ways of raising funds. Ages 16+ (other ages are allowed to come but might not be so interested in the material)

Intro to Blacksmithing Tod Kershaw

This class will include info on basic tools and fuels and materials and methods to get started in blacksmithing. Each student will get some time hammering and will be able to take their creation home. Ages 12 and up.

Lose Your Mind; Come to Your Senses! Nico Piedrahita

Our minds filter out so much of the information we receive through our senses! Come learn and practice skills to help it find a way through, and in the process find home in the wild community that surrounds us. We will be learning to notice more through all five traditional senses, and the sixth sense. We will achieve this all through play! Come ready to get camo'd up, experience the rush of almost being found, and get silly with us. This is an all day class! We will break for lunch, but meet again for the afternoon at the same location.

Meadmaking Kaleb Wallace

We're gonna brew a lil batch o' honeywine, and I'll tell you some things I've learned over the past 16 years about how to make mead that incorporates herbs, spices and fruit... and actually tastes good. Beginners and experienced meadmakers welcome.

Packable Camp Chair Denton Bragg

CONTINUATION FROM THURSDAY MORNING - NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE Fabricating a packable camp chair designed expressly for this class, out of locally harvested small hardwood trees (hickory, ash, etc) and either using a canvas seat provided for sale by Joan Candalino or weaving a seat and back on the frame from inner bark, cord, wood splints, etc. This will be an intensive class involving reducing small hardwood logs with froe, wedges, and hatchet into 4 sided lumber boards (approx. 3/4"X 1" X various lengths), also using spokeshaves, hand planes, scrapers, rasps, to smooth and refine the frame members. Then cutting to the lengths required for the design and begin making the mortise and tenon joinery to assemble the frames. This chair was designed for two possible seat (and back) choices: either basket-weaving to enclose the openings using a variety of materials (some might be gathered at the site), or using a triangular-shaped 'bag' cover that will attach at the top of the back and onto the leading edge of the seat and provide a sort of 'hammock' sling seat. Joan Candalino will be making these out of tipi canvas for the class, and these can be painted in any sort of native or imaginative design. And, the canvas also doubles as a carrying case for the chair! The woodwork will demand some skill and some prior experience with wood joinery tools. Depending on the level of refinement each participant wishes, the chair will take a bare minimum of 2 days and more likely all of 3. Material fees are still being worked out based on canvas covers, basket splint materials, etc. Check back later...

Weeds, Woodlore, and Useful Wild Plants Walk Doug Elliott

Join Doug for a lively, informative wild plant walk. We'll discuss weeds, mushrooms, woodslore, critters, useful wild plants, ecology, natural history, and much more! For many years Doug earned his living as a traveling herbalist collecting and selling herbs, teas and old-time remedies. Along with healing plants, Doug searches out old-timers and elders from various cultures. From these bearers of tradition, he has assembled an extensive body of knowledge of the botanical aspects of plants, their history, legends, and lore; their uses in various cultures, medicinal properties, food value, as well as other practical ways we can use wild plants every day.

Friday (4/19/2019) - Afternoon

Survival: 40 Plus Ways to Acquire Animal Protein Without Hunting, Fishing, Trapping or Snaring Coyote Smith

Ways of getting animal protein food from various locations when really hungry in survival mode or other times when your usual ways of getting food are not available. What Jim Riggs would have called "Being an Opportunivor" Ages 10 and above.

Arrow Making Bill Kaczor

Build a primitive arrow- Learn how to properly construct primitive hunting arrows from scratch using shafts harvested in the forest, real turkey feathers, pitch glue, and deer sinew. If you have a bone or stone point to haft, bring it. I recommend taking a flint knapping and bone working workshop.

Bowdrilling: Getting Started David Wynn

Want to learn how to start a fire by rubbing two sticks together? Join us for an experiential introduction to the bow drill method of friction fire. Everything you will need to make your very first Bow Drill set will be provided, as well as basic instruction on how to successfully spark a coal. Bring your own knifebasic sharp safety will be covered as needed.

Bowmaking Matt Hanson

Join us for bowmaking throughout the week! Come early in the week if you expect to make significant progress on a bow. Stop by any time to watch or ask questions. We'll be there all week.

Flintknapping James Clinkscales

Flintknapping stone tools for everyday uses in stone age life! Learn how to fashion a stone tool using wood, antler and other lythics. Stone tools have been used throughout history by our ancestors. In this class we will be making a point that you can use on an atlatl dart or arrow or use as an adornment for the latest stoneage fashion!

Flute Walking Sticks Hawk Hurst

Make your very own Bamboo Walking Stick Flute. Ages 10 and up are welcome, with adult help.

Free Form Vine Baskets Nancy Basket

Open to all ages! 7 and under please bring an adult. Make your own basket! Learn all you can do with vines including: when to harvest, what to avoid, larger sculptures, back packs, or mini basketry. We'll also explore and use various vines. Come find out… Hear Cherokee stories of respect. Bring your questions… Class starts at 2pm (later than the conch signal).

Gourdcraft Jeff Gottlieb

Make anything from bowls and cups, to toys, musical instruments and masks! Your imagination is the limit. We will take rough raw gourds, clean and polish them smooth, then design and cut them to shape. Age limit: younger than 12 requires adult helper. Materials fee is $2-10 per gourd depending on size.

Lose Your Mind; Come to Your Senses! Pt 2 Nico Piedrahita

Our minds filter out so much of the information we receive through our senses! Come learn and practice skills to help it find a way through, and in the process find home in the wild community that surrounds us. We will be learning to notice more through all five traditional senses, and the sixth sense. We will achieve this all through play! Come ready to get camo'd up, experience the rush of almost being found, and get silly with us. This is a continuation from this morning! You're welcome to drop in for the afternoon, but know that you'll have missed some activities that I won't be covering again!

Natures Lessons in Discernment Sangoma Oludoye

These teachings offer the invaluable knowledge and wisdom to BE gained from entering the Tioyweh, the stillness! Life has many doors and opportunities to reach the power of deep inner truth and knowing. By definition, Discernment is "perception in the absence of judgement with a view to obtaining spiritual guidance, it is the power to distinguish, select what is true, appropriate, excellent moving forward"... Discernment is the development of keeness of insight. Where is your Wakanda within????

Old School Camping Alex Kilgore

Woodcraft: The art of taking to the woods. How to camp in style without R.E.I. and all their plastic gear. Lets go back and take a look at the good ol' days of camping that meant cooking over an open fire, shelter of wood and canvas, wool, gear that lasts, and skills that add to our experience outdoors.

Packable Camp Chair Denton Bragg

CONTINUATION FROM THURSDAY MORNING - NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE Fabricating a packable camp chair designed expressly for this class, out of locally harvested small hardwood trees (hickory, ash, etc) and either using a canvas seat provided for sale by Joan Candalino or weaving a seat and back on the frame from inner bark, cord, wood splints, etc. This will be an intensive class involving reducing small hardwood logs with froe, wedges, and hatchet into 4 sided lumber boards (approx. 3/4"X 1" X various lengths), also using spokeshaves, hand planes, scrapers, rasps, to smooth and refine the frame members. Then cutting to the lengths required for the design and begin making the mortise and tenon joinery to assemble the frames. This chair was designed for two possible seat (and back) choices: either basket-weaving to enclose the openings using a variety of materials (some might be gathered at the site), or using a triangular-shaped 'bag' cover that will attach at the top of the back and onto the leading edge of the seat and provide a sort of 'hammock' sling seat. Joan Candalino will be making these out of tipi canvas for the class, and these can be painted in any sort of native or imaginative design. And, the canvas also doubles as a carrying case for the chair! The woodwork will demand some skill and some prior experience with wood joinery tools. Depending on the level of refinement each participant wishes, the chair will take a bare minimum of 2 days and more likely all of 3. Material fees are still being worked out based on canvas covers, basket splint materials, etc. Check back later...

Shamanic Journeying and Healing Practices Ayal Hurst

This transformative class will offer a time to explore the mystical and ancient practice of Shamanic Journeying. This ancient practice has been used since the dawn of time, enabling people to enter into a state of non-ordinary reality in order to travel to and access other realms and dimensions. Shamanism states that there is a Spirit in everything that one can connect to and gain wisdom from. It has been called the first Spiritual Practice of humanity. During our time together, we will travel to other realms of existence to receive Healing, Power, Insights, and Guidance. We will journey to directly connect with personal Spirit Helpers who will help in this exploration in order to integrate new knowledge and awaken new potentials within yourself. We will also learn a few powerful techniques of Shamanic healing. Ages 16 and up. Bring a mat or blanket to lie down on, and a journal and a pen - important!

Saturday (4/20/2019) - Morning

Bone Tools Tyler Lavenburg

Ever wonder how your ancestors cut vegetables, dug roots, sewed clothing, and all the other myriad of tasks we currently use metal for? Some of the first tools ever created by humans were that of bone and antler. From pounders and smashers, to cutters and scrapers, bone has been one of the most widely prized materials for keeping life in the old school going. This is a day to learn the many uses of bone and antler and put your hands to work crafting your own bone tool such as a knife, sewing awl/needles, buttons, diggers, scrapers, and any other use you could possibly imagine for such a forgiving material. We will begin with cleaned and extracted bone, split, and ready to be ground into tools. This is a shorter version of the whole process, largely focusing on shaping bone, rather than extracting and processing from a whole leg.

Botany Bonanza! Luke Learningdeer

Botany Bonanza! This is not so much a plant walk as a plant run! As we did in the Fall, we will once again climb across the landscape attempting to identify every plant, tree and shrub we see. We go pretty fast with the focus on ID (not uses as in my other classes)! Sometimes we will stop and use botanical keys (this can take a while). We will also add in a few mushrooms, lichen and mosses. Come and help us contribute to the Master Species list for the land, or just to learn and have fun!

Bowdrilling: Getting Started David Wynn

Want to learn how to start a fire by rubbing two sticks together? Join us for an experiential introduction to the bow drill method of friction fire. Everything you will need to make your very first Bow Drill set will be provided, as well as basic instruction on how to successfully spark a coal. Bring your own knifebasic sharp safety will be covered as needed.

Bowmaking Matt Hanson

Join us for bowmaking throughout the week! Come early in the week if you expect to make significant progress on a bow. Stop by any time to watch or ask questions. We'll be there all week.

Buckskin Bras! Delia Turner

ALL DAY CLASS Join Delia Turner in a celebration of the feral feminine as we craft buckskin bras or bikini tops that express our powerful, sensual and untamable nature. For hot summer days, sultry nights and for everyday adornment. We will be constructing patterns from a simple design that can be personalized and taken home with you for future use. We will be learning the basics of buckskin sewing as well as a wide range of decorative stitching to make each bottom unique. You’ll leave this class with a soft, comfy buckskin bra and the skills to continue sewing your own deerskin clothes. Materials fee $0-60. The class is free if you bring your own buckskin. We will have some you may purchase for $20/foot.

Fire Piston and Rudiger Roll Tom Stutz

Learn the fascinating science and history of the fire piston and examine a primitive fire piston from Malaysia. Learn the technique and create fire with this amazing device. Additionally, learn a fire making method that is not known to be primitive but should have been. The Rudiger roll is an amazingly simple fire making method that could be useful to know in a survival situation.

Flintknapping James Clinkscales

Flintknapping stone tools for everyday uses in stone age life! Learn how to fashion a stone tool using wood, antler and other lythics. Stone tools have been used throughout history by our ancestors. In this class we will be making a point that you can use on an atlatl dart or arrow or use as an adornment for the latest stoneage fashion!

Intro to Blacksmithing Tod Kershaw

This class will include info on basic tools and fuels and materials and methods to get started in blacksmithing. Each student will get some time hammering and will be able to take their creation home. Ages 12 and up.

Kudzu Mask Making Nancy Basket

Weave kudzu vines into a beautiful mask. Perfect for costume dances, parades, and other celebrations as well as beautiful for your home.

Mead: Considerations on an ancient art of gaining new perspectives Asa Hewlett

Come learn, observe and/or participate in making mead, an alcoholic fermented beverage based in honey. This class will be all-day and divided into two sections, feel free to come to one or both. Please note that if you did not come to the first class or have prior brewing experience, the second section may be less satisfying. Part 1: MORNING In the morning we will focus on the basic process of making mead; what it is, ingredients, fermentation methods, simple flavoring techniques, equipment, etc. This is a 101 introduction to coaxing wine from honey. Part 2: AFTERNOON In the afternoon we will take it steps further, starting with a wander around the land for ingredients and starting a brew highlighting what we find. This section will focus on discussion of detailed flavoring, refined styles, variations, and cultural implications of mead. We will also taste various brews and likely experience multiple instructive perspectives in the later part of the session. A sliding scale materials fee of $5 -$10 per 21+ person applies to those wishing to taste meads in the afternoon class (worth it).

Packable Camp Chair Denton Bragg

CONTINUATION FROM THURSDAY MORNING - NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE Fabricating a packable camp chair designed expressly for this class, out of locally harvested small hardwood trees (hickory, ash, etc) and either using a canvas seat provided for sale by Joan Candalino or weaving a seat and back on the frame from inner bark, cord, wood splints, etc. This will be an intensive class involving reducing small hardwood logs with froe, wedges, and hatchet into 4 sided lumber boards (approx. 3/4"X 1" X various lengths), also using spokeshaves, hand planes, scrapers, rasps, to smooth and refine the frame members. Then cutting to the lengths required for the design and begin making the mortise and tenon joinery to assemble the frames. This chair was designed for two possible seat (and back) choices: either basket-weaving to enclose the openings using a variety of materials (some might be gathered at the site), or using a triangular-shaped 'bag' cover that will attach at the top of the back and onto the leading edge of the seat and provide a sort of 'hammock' sling seat. Joan Candalino will be making these out of tipi canvas for the class, and these can be painted in any sort of native or imaginative design. And, the canvas also doubles as a carrying case for the chair! The woodwork will demand some skill and some prior experience with wood joinery tools. Depending on the level of refinement each participant wishes, the chair will take a bare minimum of 2 days and more likely all of 3. Material fees are still being worked out based on canvas covers, basket splint materials, etc. Check back later...

Shamanic Journeying and Healing Practices Ayal Hurst

This transformative class will offer a time to explore the mystical and ancient practice of Shamanic Journeying. This ancient practice has been used since the dawn of time, enabling people to enter into a state of non-ordinary reality in order to travel to and access other realms and dimensions. Shamanism states that there is a Spirit in everything that one can connect to and gain wisdom from. It has been called the first Spiritual Practice of humanity. During our time together, we will travel to other realms of existence to receive Healing, Power, Insights, and Guidance. We will journey to directly connect with personal Spirit Helpers who will help in this exploration in order to integrate new knowledge and awaken new potentials within yourself. We will also learn a few powerful techniques of Shamanic healing. Ages 16 and up. Bring a mat or blanket to lie down on, and a journal and a pen - important!

Spoon Carving Barron Brown

Come carve your own spoon! Please bring a sharp knife. All ages welcome. Kids under 10 need to bring a parent.

Telling Stories that Matter: Cultivating Community through Story Kiran Singh Sirah

Whether to entertain, educate, heal, or resolve conflict, stories are the most fundamental way that we connect. Join Kiran Singh Sirah, President of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee, for a discussion of storytelling as a tool for community building and social change. Through examples of social justice, race relations and community cooperation, as well as a communal storytelling experience, Sirah will explain how personal relations developed through storytelling can help us to build stronger more cohesive communities. Participants can expect to grasp an understanding of the artistry of storytelling as an ancient skill, the world's oldest form of communication, and techniques to harness personal stories for inclusive cultural participation and dialogue. The session will include a deep dive narrative exploration, meditation, and some writing and sharing. Please bring a journal or something to write with and come mentally and spiritually prepared!

Using the Whole Animal (Hide Glue) Bill Parravano

Do you feel like there’s more to be done with the animals that come across your path…If you only knew how? Utilizing the parts an animal has to offer through skinning, preserving, drying, freezing, cooking, tools, and crafts honor an animal’s life to the greatest degree. In this class, we’ll go over the strategy to get the most out of an animal either harvested or otherwise for use in crafts with the focus on making hide glue. Bring a small container to store a bit of the glue we’ll be making ourselves for use on your crafts at home.

Weeds, Woodslore, and Useful Wild Plants Walk Doug Elliott

Join Doug for a lively, informative wild plant walk. We'll discuss weeds, mushrooms, woodslore, critters, useful wild plants, ecology, natural history, and much more! For many years Doug earned his living as a traveling herbalist collecting and selling herbs, teas and old-time remedies. Along with healing plants, Doug searches out old-timers and elders from various cultures. From these bearers of tradition, he has assembled an extensive body of knowledge of the botanical aspects of plants, their history, legends, and lore; their uses in various cultures, medicinal properties, food value, as well as other practical ways we can use wild plants every day.

Saturday (4/20/2019) - Afternoon

Beginner Native American Flute Playing Coyote Smith

Open to ALL AGES and levels of talent. Learn the language of the Native American flute and how to make your own music. Must bring your own flute. Please arrive on time so we can all begin together!

Blacksmithing Projects Tod Kershaw

In the project class students will complete a somewhat more complex blacksmithing project. Possible projects include bottle openers, decorative hooks, awls, chisels, small knives or whatever else we can think of that is possible. Ages 12 and up.

Bottle Top Rattles: Sangoma Oludoye

From tree branches and recycled bottle caps , rattles are fashioned and created. Storytelling around the African proverb... "Do Not Destroy with your feet, what you create with your hands"

Bowmaking Matt Hanson

Join us for bowmaking throughout the week! Come early in the week if you expect to make significant progress on a bow. Stop by any time to watch or ask questions. We'll be there all week.

Broom Tying - Making a Hearth Broom Janet Stewart

Making a Hearth Broom (aka) Witches Besom This is a beginners class taught by a beginner. Though I've been making baskets from various resources since 1984, I've only just begun my journey with brooms. The concept is similar. Good handstrength is required along with a vision of the final product. Strong hands will help you make a strong Besom that will last a lifetime if handled properly. What to bring: -Bring a towel for your lap. We will be using dyed reed on the wrapped edge which may "bleed" onto your favorite garment if not protected. -If you have a seasoned stick for a handle, please bring it. The handle is for a hearth broom so between an inch and an inch and a half in diameter and no longer than 20 inches. Drill a small hole in the end you want covered about an inch from the bottom and one at the top for a hanging strip. Just a small hole will do, 3/16ths or so. I will also have a few sticks to choose from. -Bring a sharp knife. -Bring charms, crystals or any findings you would like to add to your masterpiece to make it uniquely yours : ). -Bring a chair to sit on that will allow your feet to be used as a clamp for the twine spindle. Ages 12 and up.

Buckskin Bras! Delia Turner

CONTINUATION FROM MORNING - NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE Join Delia Turner in a celebration of the feral feminine as we craft buckskin bras or bikini tops that express our powerful, sensual and untamable nature. For hot summer days, sultry nights and for everyday adornment. We will be constructing patterns from a simple design that can be personalized and taken home with you for future use. We will be learning the basics of buckskin sewing as well as a wide range of decorative stitching to make each bottom unique. You’ll leave this class with a soft, comfy buckskin bra and the skills to continue sewing your own deerskin clothes. Materials fee $0-60. The class is free if you bring your own buckskin. We will have some you may purchase for $20/foot.

Flintknapping James Clinkscales

Flintknapping stone tools for everyday uses in stone age life! Learn how to fashion a stone tool using wood, antler and other lythics. Stone tools have been used throughout history by our ancestors. In this class we will be making a point that you can use on an atlatl dart or arrow or use as an adornment for the latest stoneage fashion!

FUN-damentals of Fire - Fire making from the landscape Bill Kaczor

Come explore the forest and learn how to make a fire from the materials found on the landscape. You will learn how to identify, harvest and use the proper materials to build one of the most efficient lighting fire structure. Then you will learn how to identify, collect, and carve all the parts you need to make your own Bow Drill Fire Kit.

Kudzu Mask Making Nancy Basket

Weave kudzu into a beautiful mask. Perfect for costume dances, parades, and other celebrations as well as beautiful for your home.

Mead: Considerations on an ancient art of gaining new perspectives Asa Hewlett

Come learn, observe and/or participate in making mead, an alcoholic fermented beverage based in honey. This class will be all-day and divided into two sections, feel free to come to one or both. Please note that if you did not come to the first class or have prior brewing experience, the second section may be less satisfying. Part 1: MORNING In the morning we will focus on the basic process of making mead; what it is, ingredients, fermentation methods, simple flavoring techniques, equipment, etc. This is a 101 introduction to coaxing wine from honey. Part 2: AFTERNOON In the afternoon we will take it steps further, starting with a wander around the land for ingredients and starting a brew highlighting what we find. This section will focus on discussion of detailed flavoring, refined styles, variations, and cultural implications of mead. We will also taste various brews and likely experience multiple instructive perspectives in the later part of the session. A sliding scale materials fee of $5 -$10 per 21+ person applies to those wishing to taste meads in the afternoon class (worth it).

Packable Camp Chair Denton Bragg

CONTINUATION FROM THURSDAY MORNING - NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE Fabricating a packable camp chair designed expressly for this class, out of locally harvested small hardwood trees (hickory, ash, etc) and either using a canvas seat provided for sale by Joan Candalino or weaving a seat and back on the frame from inner bark, cord, wood splints, etc. This will be an intensive class involving reducing small hardwood logs with froe, wedges, and hatchet into 4 sided lumber boards (approx. 3/4"X 1" X various lengths), also using spokeshaves, hand planes, scrapers, rasps, to smooth and refine the frame members. Then cutting to the lengths required for the design and begin making the mortise and tenon joinery to assemble the frames. This chair was designed for two possible seat (and back) choices: either basket-weaving to enclose the openings using a variety of materials (some might be gathered at the site), or using a triangular-shaped 'bag' cover that will attach at the top of the back and onto the leading edge of the seat and provide a sort of 'hammock' sling seat. Joan Candalino will be making these out of tipi canvas for the class, and these can be painted in any sort of native or imaginative design. And, the canvas also doubles as a carrying case for the chair! The woodwork will demand some skill and some prior experience with wood joinery tools. Depending on the level of refinement each participant wishes, the chair will take a bare minimum of 2 days and more likely all of 3. Material fees are still being worked out based on canvas covers, basket splint materials, etc. Check back later...

Principles of Permaculture Danu Macon

Permaculture is a design system to create regenerative human habitat. In essence, there is nothing new about this; ancient techniques, principles and guiding ethics provide a living framework for us to redesign systems from the homestead to the societal level. Woven throughout these systems are 20 principles arranged and taught for a lifetime by my late mentor, Patricia Allision of Earthaven Ecovillage. Get ready to explore and daydream on how these principles can radically transform your homestead and your life! We'll explore them on a meandering path, discussing real life examples, as well as hypothetical future possibilities. Includes handout *Principles of Permaculture*

Southeastern Moccasin Making Jeff Gottlieb

CONTINUATION FROM MORNING CLASS - NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE Learn to make custom fitted traditional footwear of the Southeastern Native tribes. This is an all day class. You must bring or buy buckskin. The morning will consist of pattern making, discussion of design, choosing hides and layout. We will sew them in the afternoon! Go home with the most comfortable footwear you have ever worn!

Stargazing Kaleb Wallace

Moons, planets, stars, solar systems, constellations, galaxies, globular clusters, superclusters, the Universe, a full complete double rainbow... What does it all mean, man? I don't know, but I've got some ideas, a pair of binocs, and a cool laser. Bring a blankie.

Wooden Mauls & Mallets Alex Kilgore

Pounding tools are important - learn how to woodcraft your own. Using basic hand tools - saw, hatchet, froe, and knife - we will make a very useful and often overlooked camp/homestead tool. A wooden maul is used to hit things that you don't want to damage - things like knives, hatchets, wooden tent stakes, chisels, froes, axes, and gluts. These things are easily damaged by steel mauls or hammers. Wooden mallets are key in making many small woodscrafts. Tools will be provided, but if you have a sharp knife or hatchet, please bring them to class. Class includes hand tool safety and technique.

Sunday (4/21/2019) - Morning

Bowmaking Matt Hanson

Join us for bowmaking throughout the week! Come early in the week if you expect to make significant progress on a bow. Stop by any time to watch or ask questions. We'll be there all week. Finish up your projects today!

Flintknapping James Clinkscales

Flintknapping stone tools for everyday uses in stone age life! Learn how to fashion a stone tool using wood, antler and other lythics. Stone tools have been used throughout history by our ancestors. In this class we will be making a point that you can use on an atlatl dart or arrow or use as an adornment for the latest stoneage fashion!

FUN-damentals of Fire by Friction - Hand Drill Method Bill Kaczor

Learn the proper materials, construction, techniques, and form to create a hand drill kit that will successfully bust a coal by literally rubbing 2 sticks together. Bring a sharp knife.

Introduction to Birds and Bird Language Luke Learningdeer

Come join us for a deep dive into the astounding lives of Birds and Bird Language. This class is a presentation on some of the fascinating and little known details of the lives of our local songbirds, as well as how to begin to interpret Bird Language and the amazing insight it reveals of the greater landscape. Come learn, relax and enjoy!

Simple strap weaving for the string-challenged Miranda Heidler

Want to weave a strap but feel intimidated by managing a handful of string? Feeling brainfried and overwhelmed from the week and want a simple sunday project to make you feel accomplished? can you count to two? then this is the class for you! it wont take long to get set up and learn to weave a easy strap using some sticks with a hole drilled in them. (if you've done "straw weaving" before this is basically the same thing)

Stone Skinning, Eating, Tanning Squirrels (Part 4 of 4) Luke McLaughlin

This is a MULTIPLE DAY CLASS (4 class periods in total)! In this class students will learn how to skin an animal with stone tools, cook the animal over an open fire, and then tan the animals skin to make natural, bark tanned-squirrel leather. TUESDAY AM: PART 1. For the first day, in the morning we will skin the animal using stone flakes. TUESDAY PM: PART 2. Then in the afternoon we will cook and eat the squirrel over an open fire. WEDNESDAY AM: PART 3. On the second day, in the morning we will boil the bark, prepare the hides and begin soaking them in tannins. SUNDAY AM: PART 4. And then finally on the last day (Sunday) we will oil the hides and soften them. Students will go home with their finished squirrel leather or their tanned fur on squirrel hide. If you want to complete this project, you need to attend all 4 sessions. If you just want to drop in and watch, spectators are welcome.

Storytelling Workshop - Crafting a Story Doug Elliott

Elliott will demonstrate some of the challenges and rewards of crafting stories that celebrate our human connection to the world around us by interweaving personal experience, family reminiscences, folklore, natural history, traditional mythology, music, and humor. We will discuss how to find stories in nature, and in our daily life, and how to craft engaging narratives that celebrate the richness of the human experience. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own stories.

Vegetable Fermentation Kaleb Wallace

Come learn about using salt to encourage lactic acid fermentation, increasing the nutritional value of vegetables while simultaneously preserving them. We will taste some finished ferments and start a batch of something or other. Bring a lil money and maybe a jar if you wanna take some home with you.

Wood Whimsies & Finish Your Projects Barron Brown

Whimsy - a thing that is fanciful or odd. Come learn how to carve wooden whimsies such as wooden chains, wooden pliers, and other oddities. All ages welcome. Kids under 10 need to bring a parent. OR Finish your projects! Don't leave Rendezvous with an unfinished object - come by now and complete it with all the appropriate tools and guidance close at hand.

Sunday (10/13/2019) - Morning

Understanding Your Emotions Jon Handelman

Your emotions—especially the dark and dishonored ones—hold a tremendous amount of energy and potential to direct your life and relationships, but they can be confusing grounds to navigate. Through experiential exercises covering a full spectrum of feelings from anger, fear, and shame to jealousy, grief, joy, and more, we will have some fun in discovering how to work with our own and others' emotions with fluency and expertise.

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