Past Meetup

Headwaters Earth Skills Gathering (Camping Event)

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13 people went

Price: CA$40.00 /per person

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Event Details

What: The Headwaters Community started in 2007 with the intention of creating space for like minded people to come together to share skills, knowledge and inspiration with each other. The focus of the gathering is around learning and passing on ancient skill sets of living with the earth as hunters, gatherers, sustainable farmers and stewards ; cultivating a deep relationship with the land and knowledge of the natural environment that supports all life. With this knowledge we can empower our ecological and cultural footprints in the modern world and become more resilient in the face of change, as individuals and as a community.

It is a gathering of focused skill training, workshops, story telling, trading goods, sharing knowledge, and celebrating life. Music and socializing are encouraged but we ask that people DO NOT come for those reasons alone. This gathering is FOR people who wish to learn more about the skills offered in the workshops. It is NOT a music festival or camping get away.

We live by the motto of leaving places better then when we found them. At every Headwaters Gathering the whole community participates in an afternoon of Stewardship on the land where we have a chance to give back to it for providing for us. Activities may include: tree and shrub planting, removing invasive species, doing work on buildings or on the Kimbercote grounds.

Please view the "information" section with gathering logistics and community expectations.

What (workshops are offered): Workshops vary from year to year. Some potential workshops include:
- Children and youth activities/workshops (offered every gathering)
- Friction fire making such as bow drill and hand drill
- Modern & survival fire lighting techniques
- Emergency first aid and medicine
- Wildlife tracking
- Edible & medicinal plants
- Archery and archery competition
- Making musical instruments
- Primitive traps
- Traditional hide tanning
- Blacksmithing basics
- Biodynamic gardening
- Bird Language
- Water Purification
- Primitive weapons
- Leather work
- Martial Arts
- Knife Making
- Stick Bow Making
- Basket Making
- Felting
- Yoga
- And more!

Who (runs it): Headwaters Gathering is run by a volunteer committee, committed to bringing friends, naturalists, and earth based skills practitioners together to spend time learning the ways of hunter, gatherer and sustainable farmer as well as to celebrate all the gifts of nature.

Who (is it for): The gathering is open to anyone (including families, elderly and the disabled) who is interested in these ways regardless of your experience level. Please see the expectations listed above to make sure this is the right gathering for you. It is expected that people attending are coming to learn about and practice the skills offered in the workshops, it is not a social gathering, camping trip or music festival although all of those are part of the weekend.

Everyone comes to the Headwaters Gathering at their own risk and understands there are some risks to camping and participating in the activities being offered. Everyone MUST sign a waiver of liability in order to participate. The Headwaters organizers are not liable for any injuries or damage done to personal property that may occur at the gathering.

Where: Headwaters takes place near Heathcote, Ontario at Kimbercote Farm in the Beaver Valley (approx 2.5 hrs from Toronto & 40 minutes West of Collingwood). Directions can be found on the Kimbercote Farm web page.

How (to get more info): Feel free to ask any questions you may have by e-mailing us at: headwatersgathering(at)gmail(dot)com.

How (much does it cost): The event costs $40/adults, $20/youth (13 - 18) & Free for 12 & under The Family Rate is $90 - Family Rate covers up to 2 Adults and 3 Teens. Each person over that pays full price.

** You may wish to bring a little extra cash as some workshops may have a materials fee such as the knife making workshop or blacksmithing. You may also want to purchase goods from people during the community market.

Your fee goes towards pre-gathering planning and administration such as the web page, Insurance, firewood, use of land, supplies for stewardship project and supplies for hosting the event.

On top of your registration fee 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. All attendees are also expected to help out with the group stewardship project.

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. Here is the link to the registration page -

Here is the Home page of the website:

Note: This is not an official TSG event, however as in past years this event has been posted to make members aware of it in case they are interested in attending.