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Piedmont Earthskills Gathering

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!

SAVE THE DATE: First week in April
Shakori Hills Community Arts Center
1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd. Pittsboro, NC

The Gathering is 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 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.


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 are 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.

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

At Abundance we bring people together to cultivate and celebrate community resilience in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Learn more about us and what we do.


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“…We have barely disembarked into life…we’ve only just now been born, let’s not fill our mouths with so many uncertain names, with so many sad labels, with so many pompous letters, with so much yours and mine, with so much signing of papers. I intend to confuse things, to unite them, make them new-born intermingle them, undress them, until the light of the world has the unity of the ocean, a generous wholeness, a fragrance alive and crackling.”
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