Kai Peace Eagle
Kai Peace Eagle
Kai Peace Eagle grew up playing in the woods, and now is passionate about helping others play in the woods. After 30 years of taking playing in the woods for granted, Kai’s first professional experience in nature connection was in 2012. Since then Kai has worked many summer camps through a plethora of nature connection programs, staffed a week-long rite of passage for young men, held several coordinator roles at myriad Earthskills gatherings, and designed and facilitated a series of Earthskills gatherings called “Survive to Thrive.” At this point, one of Kai’s greatest passions is coordinating an Earthskills Village within larger events, building bridges from the world of ancestral skills to the worlds of electronic music and conscious evolution.
Climb trunks without branches, move from tree to tree, and safely climb into the canopy. First witness and then embody. Come prepared to climb.
You already know more than you think you do. And there’s more to learn than you thought possible. Learn the art and science of fire, from solo cook fires to raging bonfires to fuel a drum circle, and everything in between.
Clint Corley
Clint Corley
Learn to read the hidden stories of the landscape.  Activate parts of your ancient and innate human potential.   See with new eyes and discover the secret world of our forest kin.
Discover the fascinating and exciting world hidden just outside your front door.  Become inspired by the mysterious language of the birds.
Make your own basket using bark from the Tulip-Poplar tree. (Limited to 8 people – first come, first serve.)
Steven (Snowbear) Taylor
Steven (Snowbear) Taylor
Steven “Snow Bear” Taylor (of Anglo ancestry) began a lifelong pursuit of traditional ways of North American indigenous tribes 44 years ago. He began with extensive study of edible and medicinal wild plants of the Southern Appalachians. Since that time, he has sat with traditional elders of the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Lakota and Ojibwa nations. His quest for knowledge with these elders could not be simply termed “academic,” for he has also has sought to integrate the spiritual and life values of these cultures.

He has been an educator for more than 40 years, presenting cultural programs for schools, museums and summer camps in primitive living skills, world rhythm traditions, and the edible, medicinal and utilitarian purposes of wild plants. He has been a mentor at Green River Preserve’s Little Tree programs for 9 years; director of E.A.R.T.H. Camp’s Walkabout program for 4 years; a Senior Counselor at the Outdoor Therapeutic Program, Georgia Mental Health Institute, for 8 years; and is a founder of Earthskills Rendezvous (an ancestral and sustainable living skills educational symposium). He is a recording artist with the world music group ‘Sapien.’In 1997, the music of “Sapien – Gathering” was nominated for the Grammy award, “Best New Age Album of the Year.

Learn basic hand techniques, rhythm dynamics, and several ancestral songs of the Yoruba people (Nigeria). Some instruments provided, but please bring a drum and chair if desired.
Make a bamboo cup, bowl, utensils, rice steamer or a rhythm instrument: stamping tubes, click sticks, whisks, Mayan tunkul. Please bring a pocketknife and chair if desired. Suggested donation for materials / tools: $2.
awareness challenges to increase your knowledge and understanding of the natural world. Learn to become a more invisible presence in the wild for closer encounters with the wild things!
Fuz Sanderson
Fuz Sanderson
Fuz Sanderson is an endangered species biologist,  Earthskills teacher, musician and storyteller.  He has over 25 years as a wilderness instructor, naturalist, and research biologist for organizations such as 4H, National Wildlife Federation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, US Forest Service, US Park Service, and the Green River Preserve. Fuz coordinated the Earthskills Rendezvous for 8 years, and is founder and coordinator of the Piedmont Earthskills Gathering in central North Carolina.
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 other uses of bamboo.   The class will finish with playing techniques and circular breathing.
This class is limited to 15 people. If you are interested, show up early because the class fills quickly!
Spencer Ferris
Spencer Ferris
Since I can remember as a child i was running through the woods playing Indian. The times in which we live call for a new kind of native, a shaman of all elements including the heavy metals. It was my fate that I fell into the right hands making friends, sculptures and tools along the way. I have studied with Master Blacksmith James Whatley, a kindly old bull who offers his knowledge to all those that would learn it at Tannehill Forge in McCalla, Alabama. I am by no means a master but I have learned all the basic ways to move metal. With these seven methods the shaman bends his or her elements to that of the imagination, bringing life to the seemingly inanimate. Come, learn to start with something small, and swing a hammer with me!
Scotty Karas
Scotty Karas
Scotty values deep nature connection, immersing himself in study of and play with the natural world.  Scotty loves to share in this connection with his community and teaches children in Asheville through the Forest Floor Wilderness Program.  He uses his knowledge of Permaculture design and organic gardening to create landscapes that respect and honor the earth while providing natural abundance through his Permaculture Cooperative, Whole Tree Permaculture.  He is currently undertaking a project that will plant Edible Forest Gardens in Schools and community spaces throughout the Southeast.  Scotty uses honorable harvesting practices to gather wild food and medicine feeding, nourishing and healing himself and his community.  Scotty is also a Vinyasa Yoga Teacher and Thai Yoga Massage practitioner.
In this walk we will break through seeing plants as a green wall, learning both common identifying characteristics of plants and how to relate to them.  We will learn to identify common and useful edible and medicinal plants experientially, through using our senses.  By experiencing each plant as an alive being with a unique story and personality, we will being to develop, or continue, our individual relationships with the plant.  Beyond the “Green Wall”  is an alive world, full of plant allies of healing and nourishment.  See you there!
In this workshop we will learn tools to quiet the mind and activate our senses.  We will learn tools and techniques for sensory meditation.  By quieting the mind and expanding our senses we increase awareness of our surroundings and build a foundation for connecting deeply to place.  We will play various games that practice these sensory awareness techniques.  This workshop is great for both kids and adults.
Indigenous peoples throughout the world have one thing in common, they know a certain place on Earth really well.  This workshop introduces sit spot, a practice for becoming intimately connected with one place.  Using meditation techniques and sensory awareness we will learn to quiet our minds, opening our consciousness to the vibrant and living natural world all around us!
Sara Henry
Sara Henry
Sara learned how to make baskets in 2011 from Nancy Basket, and she’s been hooked ever since.  Each time she saw Nancy at a gathering afterward, she would show her the new baskets she had made and Nancy would critique them, giving her tough love advice on how she could improve.  It was a big day for Sara when, while she was assisting Nancy in teaching at the Firefly Gathering intensives, she showed Nancy a basket and the feedback she received was a firm “good.”  She has been teaching several styles of basketry for four years at wilderness schools and events across the southeast.  She is passionate about empowering students to go out into the forest and experiment with what they find in their own bioregions.  So much beautiful and functional art can be created if we open up and play with the natural materials all around us!
Let’s take a walk in the woods and forage for invasive vines – we can help out the native flora, and make some beautiful, functional art!  We will be looking for vines and shrubs such as kudzu, honeysuckle, privet, and bittersweet.  After we have collected our materials, we will embark on a guided journey into intuitive basket weaving.  I will show you how to create a basic form for your basket, which will make it structurally sound and durable, and the rest is up to your imagination!  Each creation will look different, reflecting the unique style of the weaver.  This class is fun and engaging for everybody from the beginner to the experienced basket maker.
Coiling is an inviting, meditative basket making technique.  Once you learn the basics, a wide variety of materials can be coiled, leading to unlimited creative experimentation!  Come and try coiling with kudzu, a hugely invasive vine which grows along roadsides and other disturbed environments throughout the southeast.  $10 materials fee for collected vines, needles, and raffia.
Sam DeMooy
Sam DeMooy
Sam de Mooy has been trained in Non-Violent Communication, Restorative Circles, and has taught classes on these subjects to high school students through the Ombudsman School. Sam has helped facilitate Earthskills gatherings and has focused on the “soft-skills” centered around the 8 shields, deep ecology, and gender issues.

 

Sangoma Oludoye
Sangoma Oludoye
Sangoma E. Oludoye is a spiritual midwife, traditional Yoruba priestess and multi-cultural arts educator. Sangoma began her professional career in 1977 in broadcast T.V./radio news, public affairs and cable programming for public access and local origination. Through marriage and motherhood life beckoned the merger of professional work experience with sustainable agriculture, wisdom ways councils, empowerment retreats and summer camps. Sangoma currently serves many communities in the Southeast as a traditional wisewoman, African chief and media specialist consultant.
 

 

Participants exchange and create some of nature’s most powerful tools for navigating the challenges of our world, learning to keep or expand upon the ceremony in their everyday lives. Medicine shields, wheels, prayer arrows, talking sticks, rattles and much more.
A journey into the repair, redesign of tools necessary to address ancestral trauma, family dysfunction, addictions and most other “dark” sides of our family tree. We are our ancestors’ return and the generations that come from us look forward to the unity within and without our communities that ancestor veneration heals.
Asa Hewlett
Asa Hewlett
Asa has been learning craft and primitive skills in the southeast for over 10 years with a special focus on traditional metalworking, bladesmithing, fermentation, and hide tanning. He is a teacher at Earthskills Rendezvous and Florida Earthskills Gathering and worked for the John C Campbell Folk School as a part of their work/trade crew. Asa is also a musician and devoted to creating community around traditional skills in the current culture. 
Learn to care for yeast and coax it to produce spirited liquids of all kinds and flavors. Humans have been collecting sugar for yeasts for thousands of years and then combine them with pleasing flavors and scents to create beverage. Starting with basic mead (honey brew) and wines, we will also discuss more complex ferments and concoctions of intoxication and their production and consumption.
21+yrs, unlimited spaces, bring a small cup
Copper is one of the first metals that humans learned to work, why? Because it’s easy and beautiful! Learn to shape copper with basic hand tools and a fire to make simple tools and adornments. space for 6 people, Ages 12+

 

Joan Candalino
Joan Candalino
Joan Candalino teaches tipi living skills, skills for sustainable living, and a range of earthskills crafts. She made her first tipis in the 1990’s, find her at www.sweetwatertipi.com. She & her husband are building homestead and community in Hardyville, KY.
Pitch a 15′ Cheyene/Sioux style tipi, and discuss its use and the skills needed for comfortable camping or living
Several small shelter designs using tarp, poles, stakes, and rope – will include lashing and suitable knots
Construction of a simple rocket stove and a small rocket heater, with discussion of design principles.