The Cattail Gathering by Forest Wolf Programs

June 12 and 13, 2021 IS ON!!!

Location change back to our usual home at White Memorial.

The Cattail Nature 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 will lead workshops in many of these areas, music and stores will be enjoyed beside the fire and a chance for a deeper connection will be abundant.

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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Information for The Cattail Gathering June 12 and 13, 2021



As an organizer of a large event I have many peoples safety to keep in mind, as well as their feelings, many of which are conflict with one another. I have opted to go with caution, as I am not an expert in the field of infections disease and public safety, and hope that people with differing opinions will be understanding of the position I am in and the impossibility of making everyone happy.

Protocols will likely change as we get closer to the event time and The Cattail Gathering will observe the CDC guidelines at the time. Be prepared to wear a mask when within 6 feet of those outside your party. I understand there are often strong feelings around the effectiveness or even usefulness of such measures. Please respect my (Andy Dobos the organizer) decision, however flawed and biased, to go with the CDC’s guidelines in an effort to protect the vulnerable among us. I am hoping by June it will be understood that being outside is enough to keep us safe and we can hug and dance close if we wish without fear or stigma in any direction.



White Memorial Conservation Center’s Mott Van Whinkle area with camping across the street at Windmill Hill Campground.


80 White Hall Rd Litchfield CT

Look for the signs leading you to the Mott Van Whinkle area just up the road from the museum building.

Camping is across the road and back toward the main street from the Mott Van Whinkle area. Please check in at the Mott Van Whinkle area before picking a campsite.

Please call 860 997-3480 for assistance if needed.

Entrance Fee:

The fee for the Gathering is on a sliding scale of $50 to $100 for the weekend (1 or both days.)  Children under 7 come for free with paying adult.  Those over 60 years are invited to attend free of charge.  I have given much consideration to the pricing.and its effect on everyone. I would not want anyone to not attend because of cost. Please reach out to me if cost is an issue or consider volunteering your time either teaching a workshop or helping with set up, clean up or others tasks. Volunteers come for free and i rely on the generous souls that help me out every year.


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).


This years location will include a primitive camping area without designated spots with fire pits or picnic tables. Because of this there will be no fee for camping this year. The rugged nature of the site will create more work for staff and volunteers (setting up and maintaining composting toilets and hauling water etc). Please keep this in mind when considering the sliding scale fee system.


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.  Please clean up after yourselves, do not damage any structures, or make fires outside of designated fire pits. Digging holes, and harvesting plants should be done only with permission of Andy the organizer or one of his staff.

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.

This is a drug, alcohol and firearms free event!