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.
6pm Campers may register and set up camp.
9:00am Registration begins
9:30am Opening Circle
10:00am to Noon First
Tea-chable Moments: We’re In Hot Water Now, Aren’t We?
Do you enjoy relaxing with a nice cup of tea? Want to know more about uses of local plants? Join us! We will be harvesting, making, and tasting a variety of teas, as well as discussing harvesting practices, properties, and processing techniques of local flora. Everyone will be leaving with their own home-made tea bags and (hopefully) some tea-lightful new knowledge!
Loki (aka. Jia-Lin) and Finn are very excited to be teaching their first workshop at the Cattail Gathering! They are alumni of Two Coyotes, were mentored by the mighty Andy, and are SUPER COOL nerds (we promise!). Finn has studied herbalism at the Fungi Flora Folkschool, as well as Roots VT and Two Coyotes. Loki has studied plants independently and at Two Coyotes, as well as absorbed knowledge through osmosis from many SUPER COOL nerds. Together, they form an unstoppable force of curiosity and creativity.
Noon Lunch Break
1:00 to 3:00 Second Workshop Block
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.
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!
3:00 to 5:00pm Third Workshop Block
Nature Dyed Silk Handkerchief and Earth Art
Workshop will include dying a silk handkerchief with natural dyes and also a brief history and description of the Earth Art movement with visual examples, then try your hand at making something beautiful to leave in nature.
Christa Ferrick Fitts, is a certified pastry chef turned homeschooling mama. She chose homeschooling to nurture the love of learning, and give her children more time to connect to nature. A maker, a gardener, a naturalist and a dreamer, Christa has lead workshops for children on Earth Art and nature dyed fabric and other crafts at Hunt Ridge Montessori School as well as for homeschoolers.
5:00 to 7:00pm Dinner Break
7:00 to 7:30pm “Talent Show”
7:30 to 9:00pm Campfire, Stories and Music
8:30 to 10:30 Special Nightowl Class Block
8:00am to 9:30 Special Earlybird Morning Block
9:45am Opening Circle
10:00am to 12:00 First Workshop Block
Noon Lunch Break
1:00 to 2:00 Trade Blanket
Nature related items traded in traditional format, including gear, materials, hand made crafts etc. No guns, or illegal substances please.
2:00 to 4:00pm Final Workshop Block