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Harvest Gathering - Traditional Skills Gathering & Camping Event

  • Oct 4, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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We come together to share skills that keep us rooted in the natural rhythms of nature and to engage in stewardship/caretaking projects as a way of giving back to the land that supports us. We gather in the fall; in large numbers for the Harvest Gathering. It is a weekend of workshops, story telling, trading goods, sharing knowledge, and celebrating life.

The gathering’s emphasis is on traditional & ancient earth-based skills that help us build deep relationships with nature while learning about its cycles and ecosystems through direct interaction.  No prior experience is required, just a desire to learn more about the natural world around us, or to share your skills with others.

How to Register: RESISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN.  Please register at your earliest convenience by clicking here.

 

Who:

Harvest Gathering is run by a

volunteer committee,

committed to bringing friends, naturalists, and earth based skills workers together to celebrate the

changing seasons

, and to spend time

learning from each other

What: A family oriented weekend of learning new things, socializing with like-minded people, and enjoying nature at it’s best. A full spectrum of 1-2 hour workshops will be offered over the weekend all run by participants.

Where: Harvest Gathering takes place at different locations across Ontario. When you register you will be sent full set of travelling directions. People come from all over Ontario to this event, so car pooling is highly recommended, and you can click on the “Rideshare Board” above to facilitate that.

When: The gathering will start in the Evening of Friday,October 4th, However, we can always use help setting up, so people arriving early are a wonderful benefit (we ask no one arrive before 2pm though). Events run until MONDAY evening this year (yes, that means an extra day of fun!). The opening fire starts promptly on Friday at 6:30pm. We highly recommend trying to make the entire weekend and being there by Friday night at the latest. This really helps us all come together as a unified village, however if this is not possible for you, then we understand.

Why: Very similar in design to our friends at the Headwaters Gathering, the Harvest Gathering was created to allow those who are in Central East/Eastern Ontario to be stewards in their own area, and without having to travel.

Harvest gathering recognizes the need for us to connect with nature during our changing seasons, and that there are not many outlets for us to share our traditional information and skill sets with each other.

As a community, we learn and grow together, throughout the year, and we bring the skills and knowledge we’ve gained with us to share, and strengthen us all.

Cost: We do not charge for this event, but do ask for donations to purchase and maintain group equipment, including water tanks, pots/pans, firewood, use of land, supplies for stewardship project etc. The suggested minimum donation to cover our expenses is $20 per participant. We also ask guests to contribute towards any pot luck meals we have for the weekend. Some workshops may have a cost to cover materials; such workshop costs will be specified on the schedule. You are also expected to help with camp chores such as: camp clean up, splitting firewood, setting up washing stations, cleaning outhouses, etc. You will be assigned a work crew upon arrival.

We ask everyone register in advance so that the organizers can get an accurate idea of what workshops and programs to run, and what numbers to expect/plan for. Registration also is the only way to receive driving directions, and further information about the weekend. We’re also saving paper and ink resources by using this online format, unlike registration at the event which requires consuming extra materials. All persons attending are asked to register in advance.

How to Register: RESISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN.  Please register at your earliest convenience by clicking here.

Website: http://harvestgatheringcanada.wordpress.com/

Currently accepting new facilitators to our program. Click the Facilitator tab to learn more.

FAQ: Are dogs welcome?

Social and well mannered dogs are welcome, and can be off leash. Owners must ensure that their animals are respecting other dogs, and people's property at all times, and that any scat is taken care of. We also request that if a dog owner is asked to leash their animal because it has become an issue, that the participant will abide by this decision. Beyond that, bring on the pack. 

Website: http://harvestgatheringcanada.wordpress.com/

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  • Colleen

    Cool update (from Darian :)): Check out the new Video combining the broadcast of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show live from HG2013, the AMAZING talent displayed by Carly Jay's Song Circle in the background, and all the community submitted pictures taken from that wonderful four days... all rolled up into one very inspirational playlist!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l8AhVr6KoE&feature=share&list=PLUNbS5rIfQ3J3q-EMcz6pfxw9USL9R87Z

    October 31, 2013

  • Colleen

    Please listen to the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show recorded LIVE by Wolfmaan at the 2013 Harvest Gathering! https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-_3riFZ1gHBTWFQTlMxbVpFSHM/edit?usp=sharing

    October 14, 2013

  • Oldschool

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. So upset that I couldn't make it....stupid back :(

    October 8, 2013

  • Colleen

    Awesome event! It keeps getting better every year! Although I only attended one day (Sat), I feel I got huge value. We had hands on practice skinning a deer and bear with Jeremy, enjoyed leading the bannock workshop with Che, had a fun fungi lesson and hike through the forest with Lucy, saw the end result of the amazing setup Caleb's team did with the Traditional Ojibwa way of life / tee-pee, enjoyed a delicious potluck and finished the evening with an inspirational talk by Jeremy and conversation around the fire with new and old friends. Thanks to Darian for organizing, thanks also to the workshop presenters and the many volunteers that made this event a huge success! Looking forward to next year!

    1 · October 6, 2013

    • Colleen

      PS Photos I took will be posted tomorrow :)

      1 · October 6, 2013

    • Colleen

      Some photos are posted...more coming tonight!

      October 7, 2013

  • Che

    Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. What a great event. Special thanks to Colleen for hosting the bannock workshop on primitive breads, doing such an excellent job of providing participants with a variety of wild/ancient grains/flours and a well-thought out - very informative handout. A very unique and special event that I personally recommend everyone to check out next year.

    1 · October 6, 2013

    • Colleen

      And thanks Che for providing all the equipment: grinders, stove, cutting board etc. we needed to make this workshop a big success! And yes, I too look forward to doing it again next year!

      October 6, 2013

  • Rick C.

    I would love to attend but not sure of my schedule just yet. I also have to work Monday as it is not a holiday. Can I attend last minute and pay at the door?

    September 30, 2013

    • Rick C.

      Gonna have to pass this time... family obligations couldn't get out of. Was really looking forward to it. Am new to the Toronto area and would like to connect with like skilled people to exchange information and spend time with... Hope it works next time, keep me informed of any other get togethers please.

      October 3, 2013

    • Colleen

      Ok will do and i sent you an email with some more information.

      October 3, 2013

  • Andre

    Colleen, I mentioned to you that I wouldn't be coming to USN events until the snow flies but was trying to hang on to this coming weekend. I am behind in my reno work and have help coming on this weekend. It's really important I finish before the winter. Sorry.

    September 29, 2013

    • Colleen

      Hi Andre. Thanks for letting us know. I understand and we'll see you in the winter!

      September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, the pictures are great. Sorry, I can't make this one. I have another commitment.

    September 28, 2013

  • Andre

    Are dogs welcome?

    August 8, 2013

    • Colleen

      Social and well mannered dogs are welcome, and can be off leash. Owners must ensure that their animals are respecting other dogs, and people's property at all times, and that any scat is taken care of. We also request that if a dog owner is asked to leash their animal because it has become an issue, that the participant will abide by this decision. Beyond that, bring on the pack.

      August 9, 2013

    • Andre

      Thanks Colleen, Just need to confirm my attendance and I'll make sure the dogs behave.

      1 · August 12, 2013

  • Bryan

    Have to go to a wedding.

    August 8, 2013

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