The Cattail Gathering

June 1 and 2 2019

The Cattail Skills Gathering is a chance to learn about wilderness skills such as friction fire, wildlife tracking, flint knapping, wild edible and useful plants, woodworking, herbalism, campcraft, nature awareness, as well as self-sufficiency and homesteading.  Over the course of the weekend, talented instructors in these areas will lead workshops on the landscape of White Memorial Foundations 4000 acres of diverse forest and wetland.

Having been heavily involved with the Maine Primitive Gathering and the New England Primitive Skills Gathering for many years, the organizer of Cattail created this gathering to continue the tradition of creating community around a mutual love of living and learning close to Nature.

Bring your family, camp out, spend time by the fire, make lifelong friends, learn a ton and feel at home.  We can’t wait to see you and learn from you!

This is a drug, alcohol and firearms free event!

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Cattail Gathering is held at White Memorial Conservation Center’s Mott Van Winkle area.  Look for signs on Whitehall Road in Litchfield, CT.


Find your way to Rt 202 in Litchfield, CT.  From there go to Bissell Road and take a very immediate right onto Whitehall Road.  It will turn to dirt.  Look on left for the Mott Van Winkle building.  Park along the Mott Van Winkle driveway, not on the main driveway.  There is also parking in front of the Museum building. Windmill Hill Camping area is on the right just before the Mott Van Winkle building.  Look for CATTAIL GATHERING signs.  You can use 80 White Hall Rd Litchfield for an address (that is the nearby museum’s address).

Entrance Fee:

The fee for the Gathering is on a sliding scale of $20 to $50 for the weekend (1 or both days.)  Children 12 and under come for free with paying adult.  Those over 60 years are invited to attend free of charge.  You can sign up early at our gofundme page.

You are required to bring your own meals.  Fire pits are located at each campsite and the main area and can be used for cooking (the main fire can only be used to cook when not in use for workshops ie. mealtimes).


Camping fee is $18 per site for Friday and Saturday night at White Memorial Conservation Center’s Windmill Hill campground.  There are campsites pre-reserved for the gathering.
** PLEASE, register with to reserve a site.**

Camping arrival time on Friday starts at 6 pm.  Please come by the Mott Van Whinkle building to check in.

You can sign up early at our gofundme page.  Be sure to state clearly with a return email address if you need a campsite when you donate, campsites are limited.


Classes will be held outdoors with optional indoor classroom space.  Out-houses and drinking water are available as well as tent camping at adjacent campground.  Meals will NOT be provided.


Respect of the land is very important to the Gathering.  White Memorial has graciously allowed us to be on their property which it is a protected wildlife sanctuary.  Please clean up after yourselves, do not damage any structures, dig holes, cut live trees or have fires outside the designated fire ring.

Respect for each other is also very important to us.  There may be people attending with very different views on how to live with Nature.  Please respect these differences and keep in mind that we are here for a common love of the land even if that is expressed very differently.

Nearby learning opportunities:

White Memorial Conservation Center has a great Nature museum everyone will enjoy.  There is also a bird blind and an injured raptor enclosure near the museum building.

This is a drug, alcohol and firearms free event!