Falling Leaves - Scheduled for October 11-17, 2021!


Dear Community,

We are excited to announce that our plan is to hold Falling Leaves in October.  Of course, we are monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic closely, but our belief is that it will be safe enough to hold our outdoor gathering this October.  We will keep you updated with more details as the Summer progresses, and registration should be availably by August.


Aura, Sara, Whip, and the Leadership Council




Earthskills Rendezvous

We have two gatherings, each year - Rivercane Rendezvous in the spring and Falling Leaves Rendezvous in the fall.


Both gatherings are now Full Week-Long Events!


"With learning a skill comes self-confidence, and with that self confidence we become a more fully alive human being."

-Darry Wood, Founder

"Earthskills are of the hand and eye, yet also of the heart and mind."

-Snow Bear, Founder


Our program focus is daily top quality instruction in dozens of ancestral and heritage primitive skills such as matchless fire making, foraging for wild edible and medicinal plants, stone tool creation and use, ancient weaponry and basket making, just to name a few.  After a full day of hands on instruction, evening programs give you the opportunity to join in the revival of the great oral tradition of storytelling around the council fire, or the option to pull up a chair in any of the many camps where homegrown and traditional Appalachian music is played, or the opportunity to answer the call of the drum and dance around the fire under a star filled sky. Striving for cooperation, generosity of spirit, tolerance and harmonious relationships, we welcome the skills, art, music and culture of all human ethnicities.

Since 1985 our camps have been a place where new friendships are forged, old friendships refined, and the empowering knowledge of pioneer, survival, native and traditional primitive skills is shared. Past participants have become proficient in skills that have helped them redefine life goals and directions as well as broaden their knowledge of sustainable life ways, connection to nature, and the power of community. 


photos by Parker Michels-Boyce Photography