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.

Capote (making wool blanket coats) Raven Carlson

Capote - 2+ day class - starts now! Capote - French word meaning cape - is hand sewing a 100% wool blanket into a snuggy hug of a coat. It takes today and tomorrow (and sometimes half of the 3rd day) to pattern, fit, cut and start sewing pieces cut from a wool blanket into a coat. I bring a variety of blankets (colors, sizes, old, new) to buy which includes the material fee. The minimum material fee is $10 IF you have your own blanket(s). My inventory of wool blankets is quite large and I do not bring them all to the class. If there is a specific color that you are wanting, call me at 423-886-2798 OR email me at bagladyaz@gmail.com and I can bring your color(s) to rendezvous. Class location is at Raven and Coyote's camp.

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.

Pottery Keith Grenoble

Pottery! Pottery! Pottery! Come work with rotted rock. We'll be making bowls, cups, beads, shakers, small oil lamps, figurines - whatever your imagination desires. Pinch pots, coiling, paddling, burnishing - learn the many methods and techniques with master primitive potter Keith.

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 Blowguns White Eagle Taylor

Make a rivercane blowgun. Class open to ages 8 and up (or younger with a parent or guardian).

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.

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.

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

40 Minute Forks Fuz Sanderson

Don't eat your salad with a spoon! This is a carving gateway skill. We'll make a fork you can use in the wilderness, or in the office... Age 12 and above. you will need a sharp knife.

Adventures and Explorations in Nature, Culture and Spirit: Sangoma Oludoye

Please join in the rituals and collective discussion of HOW we Keep the ceremonies of Nature in our Everyday Lives. Together, we co create and explore the marriage between Nature and Spirit in full view of personal revelations in regards to the void or empty places we seek to fill with cultural regeneration and design. Tending our Gardens and Fires in seasons such as this, requires personal Truth and Candor about cultural practices we have adopted, integrated into our daily living... or not? This adventure reminds us ..."that which is sustainable is rooted in something that self perpetuates". What's growing in your garden? Did you bank your fire for the long haul?

Basic Knife and Tool Sharpening Lily Harlin

A sharp knife is a very useful tool to have, but it can be hard to keep it sharp. Come learn how to put an edge on your knife, or any other tool that needs it. There are many different ways to sharpen a tool, but like anything, it just takes practice to get the hang of it. So bring a dull knife, and let's sharpen it. If you just want to watch, that's great too!

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.

Capote (making wool blanket coats) Raven Carlson

THIS IS A CONTINUATION CLASS FROM TUESDAY MORNING. No new students please. Making a Capote - French word meaning cape - is hand sewing a 100% wool blanket into a snuggy coat. It takes time to pattern, fit, cut and start sewing pieces cut from a wool blanket into a coat. I bring a variety of blankets (colors, sizes, old, new) to buy which includes the material fee. The minimum material fee is $10 IF you have your own blanket(s). My inventory of wool blankets is quite large and I do not bring them all to rendezvous. If there is a specific color that you are wanting, call me at 423-885-2798 OR email me at bagladyaz@gmail.com and I can bring the colors(s) to rendezvous. Class location is Raven and Coyote's camp.

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.

Pine Needle Baskets Nancy Basket

Pine needle baskets. Learn to coil needles into beautiful works of art. All ages welcome! Kids under 7 please bring an adult.

Pottery Keith Grenoble

Pottery! Pottery! Pottery! Come work with rotted rock. We'll be making bowls, cups, beads, shakers, small oil lamps, figurines - whatever your imagination desires. Pinch pots, coiling, paddling, burnishing - learn the many methods and techniques with master primitive potter Keith.

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 Blowguns White Eagle Taylor

Make a rivercane blowgun. Class open to ages 8 and up (or younger with a parent or guardian).

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

Bamboo Craft Snow Bear

Outfitting the Primitive Kithchen. 12 and up, younger with parent. Materials $2 per section suggested donation.

Basic Knife and Tool Sharpening Lily Harlin

A sharp knife is a very useful tool to have, but it can be hard to keep it sharp. Come learn how to put an edge on your knife, or any other tool that needs it. There are many different ways to sharpen a tool, but like anything, it just takes practice to get the hang of it. So bring a dull knife, and let's sharpen it. If you just want to watch, that's great too!

Beginning Wet Felting Colleen Hewlett

Learn to manipulate loose wool roving around a resist to create a seamless felted pouch. An introduction to this primitive textile skill that uses hot water, soap, and “elbow grease” to turn loose fibers into a sturdy, solid fabric. Ages 12+

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.

Capote (making wool blanket coats) Raven Carlson

CLASS CONTINUED FROM TUESDAY. No new students, please. Capote - French word meaning cape - is hand sewing a 100% wool blanket into a snuggy hug of a coat. It takes today and tomorrow (and sometimes half of the 3rd day) to pattern, fit, cut and start sewing pieces cut from a wool blanket into a coat. I bring a variety of blankets (colors, sizes, old, new) to buy which includes the material fee. The minimum material fee is $10 IF you have your own blanket(s). My inventory of wool blankets is quite large and I do not bring them all to the class. If there is a specific color that you are wanting, call me at 423-886-2798 OR email me at bagladyaz@gmail.com and I can bring your color(s) to rendezvous. Class location is at Raven and Coyote's camp.

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!

Pottery Keith Grenoble

Pottery! Pottery! Pottery! Come work with rotted rock. We'll be making bowls, cups, beads, shakers, small oil lamps, figurines - whatever your imagination desires. Pinch pots, coiling, paddling, burnishing - learn the many methods and techniques with master primitive potter Keith.

Rivercane Flutes White Eagle Taylor

Make a Native American flute out of rivercane. Ages 8 and up (or younger with a parent or guardian).

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.

Capote (making wool blanket coats) Raven Carlson

This is a continuation of a class that started Tuesday morning. No new students, please. Capote - French word meaning cape - is hand sewing a 100% wool blanket into a snuggy hug of a coat. It takes today and tomorrow (and sometimes half of the 3rd day) to pattern, fit, cut and start sewing pieces cut from a wool blanket into a coat. I bring a variety of blankets (colors, sizes, old, new) to buy which includes the material fee. The minimum material fee is $10 IF you have your own blanket(s). My inventory of wool blankets is quite large and I do not bring them all to the class. If there is a specific color that you are wanting, call me at 423-886-2798 email me at bagladyaz@gmail.com and I can bring your color(s) to rendezvous. Class location is at Raven and Coyote's camp.

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.

Peacemaking ala NVC (Non-Violent Communication) Judy Langston

In just a few short hours, you will learn about the components of empathy and how to give empathy, evaluation vs. observation, other conversational responses to conflict, requests vs. demands, quick self empathy and more! The aim of the class is to give an overview of NVC while also providing solid strategies for more connecting interactions with the folks that matter in your life! Using NVC effectively is a paradigm shift, moving away from hierarchical (power over) language to more egalitarian and connecting language (power share). The focus will be learning how to communicate by expressing our feelings and needs, versus our thoughts and judgments. Good stuff!

Pottery Keith Grenoble

Pottery! Pottery! Pottery! Come work with rotted rock. We'll be making bowls, cups, beads, shakers, small oil lamps, figurines - whatever your imagination desires. Pinch pots, coiling, paddling, burnishing - learn the many methods and techniques with master primitive potter Keith.

Rabbit Butchering Jeff Gottlieb

Rabbit butchering. We will go through all the steps of preparing a rabbit for food. Learn to kill it humanely and respectfully, skin efficiently, gut and clean it, and quarter it for cooking. If you want a rabbit to take home, materials fee is $20. Please contact me before the event so I know how many rabbits to bring. Jeff at 631 457 9009 or argskids@optonline.net.

Rivercane Flutes White Eagle Taylor

Make a Native American flute from rivercane. Ages 8 and up (or younger with a parent or guardian).

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.

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!

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

Beginning Wet Felting Colleen Hewlett

Learn to manipulate loose wool roving around a resist to create a seamless felted pouch. This is an introduction to this primitive textile skill that uses hot water, soap, and “elbow grease” to turn loose fibers into a sturdy, solid fabric. Ages 12+

Body Reflex Hacking: Speed Healing From New Injuries & Old Accidents Bill Parravano

Do you believe sore achy painful joints are just a part of "getting older?" Do think think you're just stuck with the way your body feels? Have you accepted you'll just have to live with that "bum knee," "tricky ankle" "back issue?" Well think again! Learn the secrets to tricking your body to let go of pain, tension and discomfort from new injuries and old accidents through reflex hacking. Every student will walk away from the class with a deeper awareness and understanding how to keep their body feeling young anywhere and anytime.

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.

Capote (making wool blanket coats) Raven Carlson

This is a continuation of a class that started Tuesday morning. No new students, please. Capote Capote - French word meaning cape - is hand sewing a 100% wool blanket into a snuggy hug of a coat. It takes today and tomorrow (and sometimes half of the 3rd day) to pattern, fit, cut and start sewing pieces cut from a wool blanket into a coat. I bring a variety of blankets (colors, sizes, old, new) to buy which includes the material fee. The minimum material fee is $10 IF you have your own blanket(s). My inventory of wool blankets is quite large and I do not bring them all to the class. If there is a specific color that you are wanting, call me at 423-886-2798 email me at bagladyaz@gmail.com and I can bring your color(s) to rendezvous. Class location is at Raven and Coyote's camp.

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.

Face Cream Making Marie-Lies Van Asten

Learn to make your own face cream using infused oils, hydrosols (distilled on my copper still) and beeswax. I will also talk about oil infusions (why and how) and we will set one up.Everyone will take some cream home.

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...

Pottery Keith Grenoble

Pottery! Pottery! Pottery! Come work with rotted rock. We'll be making bowls, cups, beads, shakers, small oil lamps, figurines - whatever your imagination desires. Pinch pots, coiling, paddling, burnishing - learn the many methods and techniques with master primitive potter Keith.

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.

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.

Vine Melon Basket Nancy Basket

ALL DAY CLASS. Make your own basket! Using different vines we cut fresh, we’ll learn how each bends and fashion them into a ribbed basket w handle. Adults only today.

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.

Basic Knife and Tool Sharpening Lily Harlin

A sharp knife is a very useful tool to have, but it can be hard to keep it sharp. Come learn how to put an edge on your knife, or any other tool that needs it. There are many different ways to sharpen a tool, but like anything, it just takes practice to get the hang of it. So bring a dull knife, and let's sharpen it. If you just want to watch, that's great too!

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.

Medicine Wheels & Shields to Navigate our Sacred ACTIVISM Sangoma Oludoye

Sacred Activism is the act of making all things Sacred. In Seasons such as this , Nature invites us to recreate, integrate and apply ancient customs, traditions, skills, tools, wheels, shields and Hoops that support our forward progression. These teachings and tools fine tune our personal GPS. By upgrading our skills of inner tracking we move pass basic survival...to Thriving! These teachings offer the Eagle view of the North that fosters reconnection to the ceremonial wheel of the year, seasons, elements, cycles...and the ways in which we expend and renew our lifeforce energies.

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...

Pottery Keith Grenoble

Pottery! Pottery! Pottery! Come work with rotted rock. We'll be making bowls, cups, beads, shakers, small oil lamps, figurines - whatever your imagination desires. Pinch pots, coiling, paddling, burnishing - learn the many methods and techniques with master primitive potter Keith.

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.

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!

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.)

Vine Melon Basket Nancy Basket

CONTINUATION FROM MORNING CLASS. No new students, please. Make your own basket! Using different vines we cut fresh, we’ll learn how each bends and fashion them into a ribbed basket w handle.

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 Craft Snow Bear

Outfitting the Primitive Kithchen. 12 and up, younger with parent. Materials $2 per section suggested donation.

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!

Basic Knife and Tool Sharpening Lily Harlin

A sharp knife is a very useful tool to have, but it can be hard to keep it sharp. Come learn how to put an edge on your knife, or any other tool that needs it. There are many different ways to sharpen a tool, but like anything, it just takes practice to get the hang of it. So bring a dull knife, and let's sharpen it. If you just want to watch, that's great too!

Bowl Carving Barron Brown

Carve your own bowl! Learn the joys of working with green wood. Please bring a sharp knife. It will probably take you more than one class period to finish your project, so come prepared to stay all day.

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.

Continuing wet felting Colleen Hewlett

Already tried wet felting and feel ready to move on to a larger project? Want to make a hat or bigger bag? This all-day class will build on what you learned about wool and water and give you the opportunity to really cement your skills. Age limit 15 yrs.

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!

Functional Movement, Breathing, & Relaxation Bill Parravano

This class focus on understanding your nervous system on a deeper level. Through movement, we will study your body’s tension and learn how to release that tension through breathing. We will cover the importance of functional movement in the context of everyday life and use breathing and relaxation to accelerate your body’s recovery and healing. Be prepared to move in ways you never thought possible and gain flexibility in both dynamic and exhilarating ways. You will move away from the class with a deeper understanding of your body and the role your nervous system plays in how you feel.

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...

Pottery Keith Grenoble

Pottery! Pottery! Pottery! Come work with rotted rock. We'll be making bowls, cups, beads, shakers, small oil lamps, figurines - whatever your imagination desires. Pinch pots, coiling, paddling, burnishing - learn the many methods and techniques with master primitive potter Keith.

Rivercane Blowguns White Eagle Taylor

Make a rivercane blowgun. Class open to ages 8 and up (or younger with a parent or guardian).

Sacred Intimacy Jon Handelman

Do you find yourself longing for a compassionate community and deeper connections? One of our deepest needs, for love and intimacy is often shrouded in shame and fear. In this workshop, we will vulnerably express our hearts with connective activities, share in small and large groups, experientially explore intimacy safely and deeply and emerge feeling more connected to each other. You don't need to be in a partnership to attend and no one will be forced to do anything they don't want to, so come with an open heart and a desire to embrace the unconditional love that is your birthright.

Tincture Making- With and without alcohol Marie-Lies Van Asten

Learn to make tinctures with alcohol and without alcohol (using organic glycerin) and why you would want to use one over the other. We will set-up a hot glycerin tincture to have it ready by Friday evening for pick-up. Everyone will take some tincture home as well as worksheets to help you set-up your own tinctures. Some of the tincture will be donated to the Herbalista Free Clinic in Atlanta and the first aid station at Rivercane.

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.

Ceremony of Moonlodge Sangoma Oludoye

FRIDAY EVENING OFFERING - AFTER DINNER In this Sacred space under the Full Moon in Libra, women Re-Member the cycles, waxing and waning of their bodies in relationship to the ovulation of the Moon. We will share Wise Women traditions, songs and stories of the Clan Mothers, Changing Woman, Spider Medicine that return balance to our feminine and masculine selves. Where are we now in the prophesy of White Buffalo Calf Woman? This Lodge is inclusive of a cross cultural exchange of solitary and community rituals, practices and ceremonies that honor the New and Full Moons. Two spirits welcomed!

Continuing wet felting Colleen Hewlett

Continuation from the morning session

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.

Hand Drumming - listening with the left hand Fuz Sanderson

Have you ever been a part of an incredible drum circle? Where the beat seems natural, the energy flows and people can't help but dance? And have you ever been part of a drum circle that was a noisy mess? What's the difference? This class helps to teach you how to be a part of creating that infectious groove, bring your non-dominant hand into drumming to improve your technique. Skills, drills, and time signatures - understanding how to turn random drumming into music! Please bring or borrow a drum. Ages 13 and up.

Local Rock Romp Keith Grenoble

Join rock hound Keith Grenoble for a romp down the creek making various tools from the local rocks. We'll make scrapers, burins, saws and slicers with added awareness of the mineralology in that region. Bring your magnifying glasses or hand lens if you have one for looking at minerals.

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!

Medicine Making Ivy Lynn

A Medicine Making overview: covering the range of common medicine making - potent teas (also known as infusions), decoctions, vinegars, tinctures, oils/salves. We will actually make a tincture, an infusion and a salve (which you may take home with you).

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????

Net Tying Barron Brown

Come learn how to tie a net. Great for fishing application, as well as useful for water bottle holders and knotted net bags. $1 materials fee or free if you BYO string...

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...

Rivercane Blowguns White Eagle Taylor

Make a rivercane blowgun. Class open to ages 8 and up (or younger with a parent or guardian).

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

Basic Knife and Tool Sharpening Lily Harlin

A sharp knife is a very useful tool to have, but it can be hard to keep it sharp. Come learn how to put an edge on your knife, or any other tool that needs it. There are many different ways to sharpen a tool, but like anything, it just takes practice to get the hang of it. So bring a dull knife, and let's sharpen it. If you just want to watch, that's great too!

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, Tina Patterson, and Kylie Amunda in a celebration of the feral feminine as we craft buckskin bras 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 bra/bikini top 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 bra unique. You’ll leave this class with a soft, comfy buckskin bra and the skills to continue sewing your own deerskin clothes. Materials fee $0-40. 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!

Herbal Salve Making Marie-Lies Van Asten

Learn the ins and outs of making herbal skin salves. You will also learn how to create herbal infusions and creating your own recipes with a handy worksheet. Everyone will take some salve home. Some of the salves will be donated to the Herbalista Free Clinic in Atlanta and the first aid station at Rivercane.

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...

Pottery and Firing Keith Grenoble

Pottery! Pottery! Pottery! Fire is an essential element in finishing your pots! Bring your pots to the fire and come learn how to properly fire them in an open fire pit. Come work with rotted rock. We'll be making bowls, cups, beads, shakers, small oil lamps, figurines - whatever your imagination desires. Pinch pots, coiling, paddling, burnishing - learn the many methods and techniques with master primitive potter Keith.

Rivercane Flutes White Eagle Taylor

Make a Native American flute out of rivercane. Ages 8 and up (or younger with a parent or guardian).

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!

Southeastern Moccasin Making Jeff Gottlieb

ALL DAY CLASS 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!

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!

The Language of 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.

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

Aphrodisiac Elixer Ivy Lynn

We will be making an aphrodisiac elixer. Our focus will be an in depth look at aphrodisiacs and how they work on deep levels as well as in the moment. We will consider creating blends to suit particular needs and even talk a bit about other forms of aphrodisiacs. You may take some home with you . . . if you don't drink it all in the class!

African Drumming 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 12 and up.

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, Tina Patterson, and Kylie Amunda in a celebration of the feral feminine as we craft buckskin bras 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 bra/bikini top 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 bra unique. You’ll leave this class with a soft, comfy buckskin bra and the skills to continue sewing your own deerskin clothes. Materials fee $0-40. The class is free if you bring your own buckskin. We will have some you may purchase for $20/foot.

Didgeridoo Making and Playing Fuz Sanderson

Fuz Sanderson will teach you how to make and decorate your own bamboo didgeridoo. We'll touch on the cultural history of Australian original peoples, and on other uses of bamboo. The class will finish with playing techniques and circular breathing. Each student goes home with their own didgeridoo. Ages 13 and up. Materials fee is a sliding scale $10-20.

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...

Pottery and Firing Keith Grenoble

Pottery! Pottery! Pottery! Fire is an essential element in finishing your pots! Bring your pots to the fire and come learn how to properly fire them in an open fire pit. Come work with rotted rock. We'll be making bowls, cups, beads, shakers, small oil lamps, figurines - whatever your imagination desires. Pinch pots, coiling, paddling, burnishing - learn the many methods and techniques with master primitive potter Keith.

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*

Rivercane Flutes White Eagle Taylor

Make a Native American flute out of rivercane. Ages 8 and up (or younger with a parent or guardian).

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.

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!

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.

Healing stress in the modern world with food and herbs Ivy Lynn

In these times, stress is a huge issue. We will discuss how to heal ourselves by using food as medicine (mostly preventative). We will also look at how nervines will help our frayed nerves and how adaptogenic herbs can heal our adrenals. We will discuss which of these grow in this region. We will make and sample some of the remedies we discuss.

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.

The Fivefold Way to Forgiveness Jon Handelman

Holding a grudge can be toxic for your life and community. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It's a risky undertaking, and the practice of forgiving is not easy and doesn't come quickly. When one does choose to engage with the process, it produces meaningful and important insights into who we are in relation to ourselves and others. Only an honest confrontation with reality can bring about real healing. Forgiving is not forgetting; its actually remembering and not using your right to hit back. Its a second chance for a new beginning, and an opportunity to avoid repeating what happened.

Tour Nancy Baskets Kudzu Bale Barn, Studio, & Gallery Nancy Basket

Tour my studio, gallery and kudzu bale barn. Car pool 15 min away. See 8 ft sculptures. Hear stories, get back for closing ceremony.

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.

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