Join us at Cherokee Farms in Lafayette, GA!

April 18-24, 2016

What is Earthskills Rendezvous?

We have 2 events each year - Rivercane Rendezvous in the spring and Falling Leaves Rendezvous in the fall.

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. 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. 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.

 

The Passing of a Friend...  Earthskills honors the passing of long-time community member and teacher Steve Watts, who passed away this week. Many are writing tributes and stories about his life and the profound influence that he had in shaping their journey. We honor him and all that he taught to so many, and we will surely be telling stories and honoring his legacy at Rivercane in April. Though it has been several years since he came to the gathering, he continued to touch all of us in indirect and direct ways. May you have peace, Steve. Great gratitude for everything you gave to us.  To read Steve's official obituary, click here.

 

photos by Parker Michels-Boyce Photography