The Longest Running Primitive Skills Gathering East of the Mississippi
Earthskills Rendezvous is a primitive skills gathering that happens twice a year in the Southeastern United States. The gathering is a week-long camping event where participants come for a day, weekend, or the whole week to learn ancient skills and experience a different pace of life.
Our 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.
Earthskills Rendezvous, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
April 18-24, 2022
Falling Leaves 2022
October 3-9, 2022
Why Join Us?
Learn dozens of survival skills and primitive technologies from world-class instructors.
Experience how we do things differently, whether through a visit to our Ancestor Fire or attending our board meeting.
Join in a drum circle or fireside dancing session to move your body and celebrate life!
Experience village life for a week, where meals, classes, and evening activities weave together to connect folks of many different ages and walks of life.
Practice heritage arts and crafts with simple, sustainably sourced materials.
Unplug from the rat race and find that sense of connection to land and community that you've been longing for.
"Rendezvous quite literally altered the course of my life. I came looking for skills and stayed for the community."
- Past Participant