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Piedmont Earthskills Gathering

April 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - April 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


Learn primitive living skills, homesteading, wilderness survival, and exploration from top-level instructors who live what they teach.  Camp out and recreate an ancestral village experience where music, stories, and celebrations are brought back to life.   All ages and experience levels welcome!


April 4 – 8, 2018
Shakori Hills Community Arts Center
1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd.  Pittsboro, NC

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The Gathering will be a 5 day and 4 night event that offers in-depth learning for individuals and families. This educational/enrichment program will focused on Primitive Living Skills and Homesteading. Top quality instructors will teach dozens of ancestral and heritage primitive skills such as matchless fire making, edible and medicinal plants, stone tool creation and use, ancient weaponry and basket making, just to name a few.

Earthskills gatherings are events where new friendships are forged, old friendships refined, and the empowering knowledge of pioneer, survival, native and traditional primitive skills are shared. These programs give participants the opportunity to 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 us 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 at any one of the 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.



At the Gathering, participants will…


  • Experience learning from top-level instructors who live what they teach
  • Come away with projects you have made with your own hands and abilities
  • Learn the arts of matchless fire making, edible and medicinal plant identification, hide tanning, knife honing, stone tool creation and use, ancient weaponry, basket making, and much more
  • Join people from across the southeast who share similar passions, skills and interests
  • Recreate an ancestral village experience where the ancient sounds, stories and skills are brought back to life
  • Gather around the fires in the evening for storytelling, dancing, and traditional music



Both primitive camping and RV space will be available onsite.   There are no hookups for RVs, just plenty of space to park.  Some participants bring tipis or other alternative shelters.  These are welcome and encouraged. Hotel lodging is also available in nearby Siler City or Pittsboro.

Breakfast and Dinner will be provided as a hospitality to participants and is covered in the registration cost.   Participants bring their own lunch food. There may also be lunch available for purchase by food truck vendor.  The meals provided are simple, wholesome foods prepared in an outdoor kitchen by our crew.  We will do our best to provide for special dietary considerations.  Please indicate your dietary needs during registration.

This event is family friendly and bringing your kids is highly encouraged!


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For more information, visit the piedmont earthskills gathering website!


The mission of the Piedmont Earthskills Gathering is to provide a learning experience which empowers people through the development of skills and inspires a deep appreciation of inter-connectedness, cultural heritage, and ecological respect.


April 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am
April 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm