Rivercane Rendezvous 2020 Canceled


Dear Community,

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we make the formal announcement that Rivercane 2020 is canceled.  Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the potential impact on all of us, but most especially on our vulnerable populations, we feel we have no choice but to cancel this Spring.  This is also in alignment with current CDC recommendations and the hard choices other events are making around the country.

We will be canceling the event through Eventbrite, and if you already registered online, you will receive a full refund for this event.  Please stay tuned for information about a Virtual Fire Circle on 4/20/20, where we will mark the start of our week together even though we will be physically apart.  Also, make sure to check the Facebook page for Earthskills Rendezvous, where we will continue to post updates and reach out to our community.  We are sending you so much love and support during these trying times.  Remember to practice good boundaries and take care of yourselves physically and mentally. 

With Love,
Aura, Sara, and the Leadership Team




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