Rendezvous Frequently Asked Questions

What is the event schedule?

Timing is approximate and subject to change, but the rough schedule is:

  • 8am Breakfast (provided)
  • 9am Morning Circle
  • 9:30am-12:30pm AM/Morning Class Period
  • 12:30-1:30pm Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:30-4:30pm PM/Afternoon Class Period
  • 4:30-6pm Free Time, Games, and/or Trade Blanket 
  • 6pm Supper (provided)
  • 7:30pm Evening Storytelling, Drum Circle, Dancing, Music Jam, and/or Song Circle

Do you provide meals?

Yes!  We provide 2 meals a day for all participants.  Breakfast and Supper are the 2 meals.  BYO lunches.

Do you have a youth program?

Yes!  We have active and lively youth programs for all ages during the morning class period, and a teen camp in the evenings.  Littles are 4-6, Middles 7-9, Olders 10-12, and Teens 13-17.  For more information, check our Youth Programs page.

What are the facilities like?  Do you have bathrooms and/or showers?

Yes, we provide hot showers and outhouses.  Most toilets are porta potties.  There is a shower house with running water, showers, sinks, and flush toilets as well.

Approximately how many skills is one able to attend during the week?
There is some variability in how many skills you can do in a week, and it depends on where you choose to focus. Some of these skills, such as hide tanning or bow making, will take the better part of the week to complete. In other cases, a class may be very basic and short. The general format for the week is a period of classes after breakfast in the morning, and a period of classes after lunch.  You may choose to become familiar with a wide variety of skills during the week, or focus on becoming adept at one.

Are all of your classes available everyday of the rendezvous?
Generally there are more than 20 classes offered on any given day. The diversity of subjects and skills can vary throughout the event. We do, however, offer the "core skills" everyday. Core skills include fire making, flint knapping, and cordage/fiber arts.  Some classes are offered more than once and some are not.

Do all of the teachers on your list teach each day?
No, the teachers rotate through, and often teach different subjects on different days. There is a notebook at the class sign-up board with a listing of what the instructors will be teaching throughout the event.

Is the info posted somewhere how long each class lasts?
Most classes last 2-3 hours.  Multi-part classes may cover several class periods and days and are therefore longer.  Information on the classes for the next day is posted on the class sign-up board at the end of each day.  Drop by before supper to see what tomorrow will bring!

What do I need to bring with me?

Here are some basic items you will need:

  • Wind and rainproof shelter (tent or tarp)
  • Insulated sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees or several wool blankets
  • Plate, bowl, cup, and silverware (these are not provided by the kitchen), and a water bottle
  • Layers of clothes - be prepared for ample sunshine, rain, and/or freezing weather
  • Lunch food and snacks
  • A sharp knife (very useful tool for many classes)
  • Flashlight
  • Folding chair
  • Toiletries and towel
  • Daypack, backpack, or sundries bag
  • Journal or notebook
  • Extra shoes
  • Musical instruments
  • Items for the trade blanket
  • Funds for craft shopping

Is it possible to car camp?
Yes, we have many car camping options available. We do request that there are no cars in the main circle area though and there's no driving through camp after dark.

Are the weekends a lot busier than the weekdays?
Yes, but not overwhelming. We also offer more classes on the weekends.

What are your instructors like?
Earthskills instructors hail from all walks of life and cultures.  We've had both women and men decsended from Cherokee, Chinese, European, African American and a host of other backgrounds.  Some are professional teachers and some are living the primitive life.  What's certain is that, regardless of heritage or profession, our instructors are highly skilled at what they teach.

What are the minimum age requirements for this?
There is no minimum (or maximum) age; we have a full range of ages in camp. Some classes may require adult (parental) supervision.

Do you have any work trade positions available?
We have a limited number of work trade/volunteer positions at each event. These positions fill up quickly and are in high demand! If you are interested in work trade or volunteering, please contact us via the form provided on "Contact Us" page of the website and we'll put you in touch with the work trade coordinator. If you have any questions not answered on this page, please contact us! We'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Can I bring my dog?

At Rendezvous, we like to welcome the well-behaved canine companions of our participants, instructors, staff, and worktraders.  We know these animals are important members of your family, so we like to make space for them.  Still, please keep in mind that having your pet attend the event with you is a privilege.  If you and your dog are unable or unwilling to abide by our doggies rules, you may be asked to remove your dog from the premises.

DOGGIE RULES

-LEASH + YOU.  Please have your dog on a leash at all times.  The other end of the leash is attached to a person.  (Or attached to a tree near their owner.) Please stay with your dog.  No dogs wandering around without their people.

-NOISE.  No howling dogs.  Especially no howling dogs left alone in camp for hours, please.  It is really unpleasant for your neighbors, and probably for your dog as well.  If your dog is a howler, maybe Rendezvous isn't the place to bring it.

-AGGRESSION. Limit dog on dog aggression and no dog on person attacks!  If your dog is aggressive, please be vigilant and proactive to prevent any drama, or do not bring your dog.

-POOP.  Pick up pup poop.  Clean grass for all our barefoot folks and their hand-made things.  Bring bags to capture, contain, and dispose of your pet’s excrement promptly.  Right after the poop hits the ground, you should be bagging it.


COMPLAINTS

If your dog is bothering someone, we encourage them to come talk to you and try to resolve the issue.  So please be open to people approaching you to discuss your dog’s behavior.


If someone’s dog’s behavior is bothering you, please gently and respectfully approach the dog owner and let them know how you would like to see things change.  Help them help you. If that fails or if you feel uncomfortable approaching that person, then please report dog issues to the Event Coordinator.


3 STRIKES POLICY

STRIKE 1 - First the owner gets a warning to reel their dog in.  Event participants have complained about your dog’s behavior. Please take action to correct this behavior.

STRIKE 2 - Second the owner gets informed that their dog is continuing to cause issues.  This is your last chance to correct your canine companions behavior. If we have to ask again, we'll ask you to remove your dog from the event site.   

STRIKE 3 - Third, the owner gets asked to remove their dog from the event site now. The person can stay, but the dog cannot.  There are several local dog boarding options in the Seneca, SC area. Some are listed below. The owner is responsible for all costs incurred for boarding their pet offsite.


Local Dog Boarding Options

Foolish Heart Farm.  864-972-3678 info@foolishheartfarm.com

Garrett’s Pet Ranch Grooming & Boarding. 864-933-4901  kbgarr8@yahoo.com

The Pet Spa.  864-710-0277 the.petspot@hotmail.com

DogVacay (local in-home dog-sitting options)  https://dogvacay.com/dog-boarding--sc--seneca

*Please note that many kennels have limited drop-off and pick-up times.