June 4th and 5th, 2022

The schedule is being added to right up until the very day of the Gathering so please check back to see what interesting new workshops have been added.

 

Friday

6pm  Campers may register and set up camp.

7pm Special Pre-Gathering Performance

DIRT: The Secret Life of Soil 
by Arm of the Sea

White Memorial Conservation Center – Activity Field
Litchfield, CT
Friday, June 3, 7pm

**In case of rain, the performance will move to the Activity Shed** 

FREE

Where does food “come from” and from what is it made? Here’s a lively primer for urban bumpkins and upcountry gardeners of all ages. Fusing cutting-edge science and age-old puppetry, DIRT takes audiences on an extravagant journey of discovery into the Great Underneath—revealing the epic alchemy of plants, the fungi’s dance of mutual delight, and the microbes’ herculean labors. Featuring live music and a myriad of puppet figures ranging from 12 inches to 12 feet tall, the show reminds earthly residents of all ages how profoundly essential is the ground beneath their feet. Bring your picnic blankets and folding chairs for this outdoor spectacle. 

Trailer – CLICK HERE

Arm-of-the-Sea is an award-winning arts ensemble –and Jim Henson Foundation grant recipient– based in New York’s Hudson River Valley.

This FREE outdoor performance is presented as part of the 2022 Cattail Gathering.

RSVP HERE.

 

Saturday


9:00am Registration begins


9:30am Opening Circle


10:00am to Noon First Workshop Block


Hide Tanning & Sewing Show & Tell

Hide Tanning & Sewing Show & Tell — In this class, we will be going over the steps for brain tanning hides. We’ll have a show and tell of different hide clothing and items. We will also go over the basics of stitching and you’ll be instructed in trying a few stitches during the class.

Sara Moore Sara Moore is a beginner herbalist, registered Maine guide, & grief practitioner. She has been studying grief work under Stephen Jenkinson’s tutelage at Orphan Wisdom School for 5 years. Sara is the co-founder of Wilder Waters Community, a non-profit protecting land in central Maine.

Arthur Haines author of A New Path and Ancestral Plants, has been teaching in the field of human health and human ecology for over 20 years. As a research botanist for the New England Wildflower Society, he recently completed a comprehensive flora of the New England region entitled Flora Novae Anglicae and has authored over twenty publications in peer-reviewed journals and books, including naming species of plants new to science. He runs the Delta Institute of Natural History and his popular classes focus primarily on foraging, herbal medicine, and ancestral lifeways. His foraging books and series of YouTube videos has inspired thousands of people interested in wild edible and medicinal plants. Arthur currently resides at Wilder Waters Community in Maine. 

Forest Theatre

Have you ever wondered what’s happening in nature when you’re not there? What are the trees, birds, plants, rocks, and other beings doing? Join us for an opportunity to increase our awareness for the things around us. This interactive show will be a series of skits representing bird language, baseline behavior and the forest community. All ages are welcomed and encouraged. Come play or watch with an open mind and your imagination! Children 7 and under please be accompanied by an adult.

Tom Varga and Tatiana Rivera are mentors at Two Coyotes Wilderness School. They enjoy being outdoors and growing awareness for what’s happening around them. Tom and Tatiana strive to encourage others and share their experiences with awareness to deepen nature connection. 

Meet your leafy green neighbors! 

Because *now more than ever* Knowing How to Identify Basic Food & Medicine is a REALLY, REALLY, REALLY Good Idea! Expensive herbal supplements burden your wallet ~ Toxic prescription drugs burden your body… all the while there’s medicine growing… right beneath your feet!! Take some of your personal power back!! 
Free Food & Medicine are YOURS to Receive! Weed Walks With HerbaLisl!! Join this FUN hands-on class and learn to recognize and positively identify a wide variety of useful plants throughout the year. We’ll be listening to bird language, observing animal tracks, nibbling wild edibles, and identifying trees and plants with medicinal value. Learn how to gather sustainably, get hints for a variety of different uses, recipes and much more information in this evening workshop. “HerbaLisl” is a nationally board certified herbalist with a lifetime of herbal experience. Natural tick repellent, water, a phone for capturing images, and a notepad/pen are suggested.

Lisl Meredith Huebner, Dipl. CH (NCCAOM), RH (AHG) “HerbaLisl” is a nationally board certified Chinese Herbalist and a nationally Registered Herbalist in private practice for over twenty years. Ms. Huebner specializes in treating patients who have been diagnosed with a variety of complex conditions such as Lyme disease, severe migraines, fibromyalgia, anxiety, sleep disorders, and chronic pain. Using the paradigm of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lisl has helped hundreds of people achieve better results than what they were able to get from western medicine. Lisl also offers workshops in Herbal Medicine, Weed Walks and certification courses in Auriculotherapy and Medicinal Aromatherapy. In addition to health evaluations and personal consultations, Lisl offers phone and Skype sessions and welcomes your questions.   www.HerbaLisl.com  

Nålbinding: Weaving Like It’s 6500 BC.

Nålbinding is an ancient fiber art that predates knitting, one so durable that the oldest known fragments of it are dated over 8,000 years old. While we can’t guarantee that all your nålbinding will last quite that long, we can teach you this ancient form of pre-knitting that can be applied to make bags, hats, blankets, shoes, sweaters and just about anything else you can think of. In this class, we will teach the Oslo stitch, a quick, versatile and durable stitch that can be used for anything you feel like making. Unlike knitting, nålbinding doesn’t unravel when cut or left partially finished, and it’s frankly both useful and just fun.
Maximum Participants: 6 per session. Age: 12+
Please sign up for a session at main tent.

Scott M. Baker was trained since birth (or slightly after) at Two Coyotes (and other places), Scott now enjoys such things as: Nature! Fire! Plants! Parkour! Being Awesome! Writing in third person! Mentoring people!  And, most importantly, helping folks BE AWESOME!
Grant Norton was raised by humans in their natural habitat of Tellus, Orion Arm, Milky Way.  At the age of 16, they learned nålbinding at Roots Rendezvous.  Since then, they have trained at this ancient fiber art and its many applications to bring it to you today. 

Kids Nature Games!

Fun games for kids (under 7 should be accompanied by and adult). One or more of our favorite games such as Run Rabbit Run!, Bear Salmon Mosquito, and/or Fire in the Forest will be facilitated in the nearby lawn area. Each game has a little lesson about the Natural world hidden in it.

Gabby Dobos, life long time participant in Nature skills gatherings and leader of our kids games for the last few years. Gabby has been an assistant instructor with Forest Wolf Programs and is currently a performer and student entering her senior year at Region 16 Highschool in Beacon Falls.

Lunch Break


1:00 to 3:00 Second Workshop Block


Heart-centered Accountability & Liberation Circle

What does it mean to practice nature connection on stolen land? How can we cherish the gifts of these practices while stepping into our accountability?
Join us for a somatic, heart-centered practice exploring the ways in which colonialism and racism come up in the nature connection and survival skills movement. This is a space for each participant to safely and bravely explore their own feelings and ideas about racial accountability and decolonizing work and to be lovingly witnessed in that process regardless of where they are on this journey. 
During this session, we will tune into our bodies, connect with our grief and our joy, reflect by journaling, and practice heart-listening in small groups. Music, movement, and nature will ground and uplift us.


Karolina Ksiazek (she/her and they/them) is a dancer, writer, educator, and organizer. They have worked as a nature mentor, an urban planner, a movement facilitator, and a harm reduction advocate. Karolina dreams of supporting folks in healing journeys rooted in belonging, social justice, nature connection, play, and rest

Herbal medicine making

Learn how to make herbal tinctures and salves in this class. You will walk away with a wild harvested larch bark 1 oz tincture as well as a balsam poplar bud salve. Information regarding medicinal properties will be shared as part of the class. Materials fee: $25. (Folks are welcome to listen in without paying the fee.)

Sara Moore and Arthur Haines

Arthur Haines: author of A New Path and Ancestral Plants, has been teaching in the field of human health and human ecology for over 20 years. As a research botanist for the New England Wildflower Society, he recently completed a comprehensive flora of the New England region entitled Flora Novae Anglicae and has authored over twenty publications in peer-reviewed journals and books, including naming species of plants new to science. He runs the Delta Institute of Natural History and his popular classes focus primarily on foraging, herbal medicine, and ancestral lifeways. His foraging books and series of YouTube videos has inspired thousands of people interested in wild edible and medicinal plants. Arthur currently resides at Wilder Waters Community in Maine.

Sara Moore is a beginner herbalist, registered Maine guide, & grief practitioner. She has been studying grief work under Stephen Jenkinson’s tutelage at Orphan Wisdom School for 5 years. Sara is the co-founder of Wilder Waters Community, a non-profit protecting land in central Maine.

Native American Hand Sign Language

Storyteller and Song Catcher Evan Pritchard will present a workshop focusing on the ancient art of Native American hand sign language. Starting with the sign for heart, Evan wil build a basic non-verbal vocabulary in a  form of sign that came before ASL (American Sign Language) one that uses both hands, but no letters. Then after this brief tutorial, he will involve us in both stories and songs of Native American origin that use these signs. 

Evan Pritchard (Mi’kmaq descendant) is the founder of Center for Algonquin Culture and has been a professor of native studies at Marist, Pace and Vassar, and has been a guest speaker all over the eastern USA and Canada and is often called to be a storyteller both of ancient lore and  of  recent history. He has written over seventy books including Native New Yorkers now in print for its twentieth year as well as No Word For Time (now in print for its 25th year) He can be reached via www.algonquinculture.org.

PuppeTrees!

What stories does nature have to tell us? Make a nature puppet with Cheryl Blaylock and find out! Could this pinecone or that sweet gum seedpod hold the secrets to the universe? Could they be the pieces and parts of a creature who could tell us? Bring the kids and build the characters, the puppets and the story of your adventure in nature, make a video and take your unique creation home. Max 20 participants

Cheryl Blaylock has worked extensively in film and television as a puppeteer. Favorite projects include Blue’s Clues, Eureeka’s Castle and Sesame Street. With Jim Henson Productions she designed, built and performed, winning an Emmy for her work on Sesame Street. She has acted on stage, television and film in various projects from drama to commercials to cartoon voices. Her award-winning documentary film, “In Vienna They Put You in Jail: The Max Birnbach Story” is distributed by the Cinema Guild. Cheryl originally developed the “PuppeTrees!” program along with other tree-related environmental programs for youth of all ages for the non-profit, Trees New York.

Folded Bark Containers

Tree bark is an amazing material for the trees and for ourselves. It is flexible when wet and goes stiff as wood when dry. Peel bark from logs to fold into beautiful containers stitched together with more tree bark in patterns traditional in both North America and Europe (and likely many other places).

Andy Dobos and others. Andy has decades of experience in fire making and other wilderness skills and 15 years as a Nature connection mentor. He offers programs in many Nature related skills such as fire making, bow making, wildlife tracking and more at Forest Wolf Programs.

3:00 to 5:00 Third Workshop Block


Rewilding Practices

The earth is calling us home. Rewilding practices help us return to a lifestyle more aligned with the way our species evolved to live. Practicing rewilding helps you and your family to live a more vibrant life, filled with community and meaningful traditions that are in right relationship with other humans and the more-than-human world. Become a part of this presentation and discussion of rewilding practices that explore ways that connect us to nature, build community, create healthy traditions and mark life passages.

Justin Pegnataro is dedicated to helping people live vibrant healthy lives filled with connection and purpose.  Justin is an ecotherapist, nature mentor and writer. Over the course of his career, Justin directed Two Coyotes Wilderness School and has mentored hundreds of adults and teens in discovering who they are, claiming their personal power and in finding a deep sense of belonging within their own communities and the more-than-human world. Justinwildheart.com

Friction Fire Mayhem

Demos, hands on time, and coaching for several friction fire techniques including bow drill, hand drill, fire saw and more. Informed and practiced instructors will move throughout offering guidance and showing off their own skill with this timeless method of making fire.

Andy Dobos and others. Andy has decades of experience in fire making and other wilderness skills and 15 years as a Nature connection mentor. He offers programs in many Nature related skills such as fire making, bow making, wildlife tracking and more at Forest Wolf Programs.

Cycle With Your Seasons:

Understanding the Menstrual Cycle as a Reflection of Nature’s Rhythms
Let Nature’s gentle, steady patterns help you reclaim your body’s rhythms – whether you are currently in your cycling years, have yet to begin or have moved beyond your bleeding times.  The Earth moves through seasons of hot and cold, feast and famine, fecundity and scarcity.  This effortless pulse is built into the innate wisdom of bodies that cycle.  We will explore our bodies’ dynamic relationship with seasons of the year, phases of the moon, and circadian rhythms.  Come discover for yourself what wisdom your cyclic seasons hold –  at any life stage!  
All ages and genders are welcome!

Hadley Gallen is a Sensual Embodiment Guide and a soon-to-be-certified Fertility Awareness & Sexual Health Educator (FAE/SHE).  Hadley is passionate about elevating the Feminine in all of us, and guiding people back into authentic ownership of their sexuality, their body sovereignty and the innate wisdom of their cycles.  Hadley’s speciality is with women & female bodies but welcomes all genders – because everyone is welcome in the embrace of the Goddess. shaktifemininemovement.com

Natural Cordage

Knowing how to create string or rope from natural fibers is a fundamental skill. Cordage is used in lashing, fishing, clothing, trapping, bow drill, for jewelry and 1000 other applications. Learn how to do a reverse wrap technique using different natural materials from our local, and maybe not so local landscape. We’ll discuss the plants that work well and experiment with a few, including something almost everyone in this part of the world can find growing right now, likely within a mile of your local hardware store. Skip buying rope and come learn how to make your own.

Steph Niles has been working with natural materials and teaching since she became a mother almost two decades ago. She is the owner of Jack Rabbit Archery, the program director for Two Coyotes Wilderness School, an art teacher in the homeschooling community. She loves to share her love of art, crafting and the excitement of being close with nature with all ages of learners.
Tatiana Rivera has a passion for the relatively tiny beings and loves all that encompasses them. Fascinated by life cycles and connections, she studied Forest Health at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Aside from being an outdoor enthusiast, Tatiana enjoys learning and making crafts.

5:00 to 6:30pm Dinner Break


7:30 to 9:00pm Campfire, Stories and Music


8:30 to 10:30  Special Nightowl Class Block


Grief work

This class will start off with a brief explanation of grief. Then, we’ll do a check in and some simple somatic exercises. We will then partner up to do some grief work. And for the last third of the class, we will have a group discussion and a chance to story tell about the grief work we did with our partner. (This class is inspired by teachings from Stephen Jenkinson, Martin Pretchel, and David Goldstein.)

Sara Moore is a beginner herbalist, registered Maine guide, & grief practitioner. She has been studying grief work under Stephen Jenkinson’s tutelage at Orphan Wisdom School for 5 years. Sara is the co-founder of Wilder Waters Community, a non-profit protecting land in central Maine.

Sunday


8:00am to 9:30 Special Earlybird Morning Block


 

9:35am Opening Circle


 

10:00am to 12:00 First

Workshop Block


 

Walking with the Standing People

This outdoor walk will explore the local area to locate wild plants and discuss various aspects of these beings that pertain to food and medicine. Identification, nutritional information, and medicinal actions will be highlighted, along with eco- conscientious methods of interacting with the plants that we gather. Historical use, lore, and names will be included where appropriate.

Arthur Haines: author of A New Path and Ancestral Plants, has been teaching in the field of human health and human ecology for over 20 years. As a research botanist for the New England Wildflower Society, he recently completed a comprehensive flora of the New England region entitled Flora Novae Anglicae and has authored over twenty publications in peer-reviewed journals and books, including naming species of plants new to science. He runs the Delta Institute of Natural History and his popular classes focus primarily on foraging, herbal medicine, and ancestral lifeways. His foraging books and series of YouTube videos has inspired thousands of people interested in wild edible and medicinal plants. Arthur currently resides at Wilder Waters Community in Maine.

Blacksmithing Demonstration

Jerrod will be doing beginner-level demonstrations, showing how to forge metal hooks and fire pokers.

Bear Iron Forge is a veteran-owned nonprofit, and affiliate forge of Black Horse Forge. Bear Iron’s mission is to provide veterans, active duty servicemen, and first responders a place to learn something creative and therapeutic, while also allowing them to have an outlet to help cope with PTSD and TBIs. Bear Iron Forge offers classes and workshops on Knifesmithing, toolmaking, and more creative applications of the blacksmithing trade. Classes are offered to all not just servicemen and first responders. 

Jerrod, the forge’s founder, has been practicing blacksmithing and bladesmithing for over 5 years. Along with being a mechanical engineer, and a Veteran of the US Navy, he is a member of the Artists-Blacksmith Association of North America, CT Blacksmiths Guild, and the New England Blacksmiths. He works daily to pass the craft to not only his children but other members of his community.  He crafts with the purpose of keeping parts of history alive. Today Jerrod will be doing beginner-level demonstrations, showing how to forge metal hooks and fire pokers. If you or someone you know may be interested in signing up for a class please call 8603872914 or email us at Bearironforge1@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook and Instagram  @bearironforge 

The Rabbit and the Moon

Go on a scavenger hunt to find elements of nature to create your own unique puppet creations and tell the ancient story of The Rabbit and the Moon with the guidance of Adelka Polak, professional puppeteer and actor from Sova Theater. Try out movement and storytelling techniques, puppetry tips, and character development in this exciting class. This amazing story of the “Rabbit & the Moon” is a story originating in North America for many generations and involves the endangered Whooping Crane who saves the day, helping rabbit achieve the dream of going to the moon. 

Adelka Polak Sova Dance and Puppet Theater celebrates humanity and the environment by engaging audiences through live performance, communicating that which cannot be described in words, making art accessible to communities around the globe. Sova mean “owl” in Slovak. www.sovatheater.com

With the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal ARPA.

A Nourishing Naturalist Moment

Come nourish your body, heart, and soul while gently quieting your mind. Revitalize yourself and learn about the ‘sense meditation’ and ‘sit spot’ practice which increases your naturalist knowledge while also increasing your health and wellbeing. It is an amazing way to become part of the landscape where you can see creatures and witness interactions you would normally miss. We will do a sense meditation which awakens your entire being to the present moment, enabling you to notice more in nature. After doing a sit spot practice, we will come together and share our experiences, harvesting our learning and expanding our awareness. The sense meditation and sit spot practice over time creates an inner oasis of peace and joy that you can take with you into the rest of your day and life. Join in with the magic of nature and foster an oasis of peace and joy inside you at the same time!

Karianna Rosenberg is passionate about weaving a deeper interconnected world among humans and all of nature, and bringing the earth into harmonious balance. She sees connection as the heart of life. When nurtured, connection nourishes our whole being, enabling us to be more resilient, innovative, and creative. Over the past two decades, Karianna has been involved with the nature connection movement, and the healing power of storytelling.She loves weaving them together to create opportunities for others that fosters transformation and new awareness to increase their health, happiness, and vitality.  She has worked with hundreds of children and adults as a Deep Nature Connection Mentor at Two Coyotes Wilderness School for the past 15 years and locally and internationally at events and courses in person and online for the past 10 years. She is now offering courses for adults through her own business ‘Earth Song Transformations,’ guiding deeper connections to nature, oneself, others, and one’s spirituality. She integrates her gifts as a dancer, healer, basket weaver, naturalist, and Advanced Connections Practitioner into her work. 

Noon Lunch Break


1:00 to 2:00 Trade Blanket


2:00 to 4:00pm Final Workshop Block

Blacksmithing Demonstration

Jerrod will be doing beginner-level demonstrations, showing how to forge metal hooks and fire pokers.

Bear Iron Forge is a veteran-owned nonprofit, and affiliate forge of Black Horse Forge. Bear Iron’s mission is to provide veterans, active duty servicemen, and first responders a place to learn something creative and therapeutic, while also allowing them to have an outlet to help cope with PTSD and TBIs. Bear Iron Forge offers classes and workshops on Knifesmithing, toolmaking, and more creative applications of the blacksmithing trade. Classes are offered to all not just servicemen and first responders. 

Jerrod, the forge’s founder, has been practicing blacksmithing and bladesmithing for over 5 years. Along with being a mechanical engineer, and a Veteran of the US Navy, he is a member of the Artists-Blacksmith Association of North America, CT Blacksmiths Guild, and the New England Blacksmiths. He works daily to pass the craft to not only his children but other members of his community.  He crafts with the purpose of keeping parts of history alive. Today Jerrod will be doing beginner-level demonstrations, showing how to forge metal hooks and fire pokers. If you or someone you know may be interested in signing up for a class please call 8603872914 or email us at Bearironforge1@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook and Instagram  @bearironforge 

Communing with nature- The wild world is speaking to us, can you hear?

For many of us, modern humans have lost the ability to be part of the greater conversation of life. Come and learn how to experience the wild world as a community of living beings and become a part of the greater conversation with all life. Explore practices that reconnect us with the beauty, power, grief and belonging that comes from communing with nature.

Justin Pegnataro is dedicated to helping people live vibrant healthy lives filled with connection and purpose.  Justin is an ecotherapist, nature mentor and writer. Over the course of his career, Justin directed Two Coyotes Wilderness School and has mentored hundreds of adults and teens in discovering who they are, claiming their personal power and in finding a deep sense of belonging within their own communities and the more-than-human world. Justinwildheart.com

Cycle With Your Seasons:

Understanding the Menstrual Cycle as a Reflection of Nature’s Rhythms

Let Nature’s gentle, steady patterns help you reclaim your body’s rhythms – whether you are currently in your cycling years, have yet to begin or have moved beyond your bleeding times.  The Earth moves through seasons of hot and cold, feast and famine, fecundity and scarcity.  This effortless pulse is built into the innate wisdom of bodies that cycle.  We will explore our bodies’ dynamic relationship with seasons of the year, phases of the moon, and circadian rhythms.  Come discover for yourself what wisdom your cyclic seasons hold –  at any life stage!  

All ages and genders are welcome!

Hadley Gallen is a Sensual Embodiment Guide and a soon-to-be-certified Fertility Awareness & Sexual Health Educator (FAE/SHE).  Hadley is passionate about elevating the Feminine in all of us, and guiding people back into authentic ownership of their sexuality, their body sovereignty and the innate wisdom of their cycles.  Hadley’s speciality is with women & female bodies but welcomes all genders – because everyone is welcome in the embrace of the Goddess. shaktifemininemovement.com

Kids Nature Games!

Fun games for kids (under 7 should be accompanied by and adult). One or more of our favorite games such as Run Rabbit Run!, Bear Salmon Mosquito, and/or Fire in the Forest will be facilitated in the nearby lawn area. Each game has a little lesson about the Natural world hidden in it.

Gabby Dobos, life long time participant in Nature skills gatherings and leader of our kids games for the last few years. Gabby has been an assistant instructor with Forest Wolf Programs and is currently a performer and student entering her senior year at Region 16 Highschool in Beacon Falls.

Nålbinding: Weaving Like It’s 6500 BC.

Nålbinding is an ancient fiber art that predates knitting, one so durable that the oldest known fragments of it are dated over 8,000 years old. While we can’t guarantee that all your nålbinding will last quite that long, we can teach you this ancient form of pre-knitting that can be applied to make bags, hats, blankets, shoes, sweaters and just about anything else you can think of. In this class, we will teach the Oslo stitch, a quick, versatile and durable stitch that can be used for anything you feel like making. Unlike knitting, nålbinding doesn’t unravel when cut or left partially finished, and it’s frankly both useful and just fun.
Maximum Participants: 6 per session. Age: 12+
Please sign up for a session at main tent.

Scott M. Baker was trained since birth (or slightly after) at Two Coyotes (and other places), Scott now enjoys such things as: Nature! Fire! Plants! Parkour! Being Awesome! Writing in third person! Mentoring people!  And, most importantly, helping folks BE AWESOME!
Grant Norton was raised by humans in their natural habitat of Tellus, Orion Arm, Milky Way.  At the age of 16, they learned nålbinding at Roots Rendezvous.  Since then, they have trained at this ancient fiber art and its many applications to bring it to you today. 

 

4:00 to 4:10 Closing Circle