Schedule of Events

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.

Saturday

9:00am Registration begins

9:30am Opening Circle

10:00am to Noon First 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.

Knot Tying 

Description forthcoming
Tyler Reid von Oÿ 

Firemaking for Women 

Description forthcoming
Jackie Rainbow Ryan

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!
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. 

Wildlife Tracking

There are always clues created by wildlife for us to decipher, telling a story of their habits and lives. By learning the language of track and sign we gain insight into Nature’s mysteries. Who left this track? How did this feather get here? Why are the birds all calling from over there?
Andy Dobos is a Nature Skills Mentor specializing in helping people connect to the natural world through traditional crafts such as bow making, basketry and spoon carving, and wilderness skills like fire by friction and wildlife tracking. Andy earned an Advanced Completion Certificate from White Pines Programs’ Wildlife Tracking Apprenticeship as well as a level 3 certification in Wildlife Track and Sign from Cybertracker Conservation. He has over 15 years of experience facilitating others in their own journey to deep nature connection. www.forestwolfprograms.com

3:00 to 5:00pm Third Workshop Block

The Earth Can Hold My Sorrow 

As Americans, most of us aren’t taught how to grieve and yet many traditional cultures speak to the importance of grieving as a way to wash the soul and invite in life. Inside of each of us is an ocean of grief. Grief for our losses, grief for others, grief for the future, grief for the earth and grief from past and future generations. Our great mother, the Earth, knows how to grieve. Join us as we plant our grief into the soil with the hope that one day it will flower.
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.

Stories in Our Lives

Do you like hearing stories around the campfire? Reading books? Watching movies? Telling stories? Come join us as we explore the significance of stories in our cultures and throughout time, what makes a good story, and different styles of storytelling! By the end of the workshop (with luck) we will have done much brainstorming, played many related games, and created at least one complete story! Please consider bringing a notebook to record ideas.
Jia-Lin (aka. Loki) is a university student, Two Coyotes alumni and mentor, and is very excited to have the chance to learn with a wonderful group of people! She enjoys such things as music, storytelling and reading, adventures, and naps.

Wild Plant Walk

Our ancestors, recent or ancient, knew the plants and trees in their environment intimately. Food, medicine, fibers, dyes, tools, all could be fashioned from plants. The intimate relationship with plants that all people once had is still possible and quite accessible. Join me to explore, experiment and get to know some of our local wild plants through direct experience.
Andy Dobos is a Nature Skills Mentor specializing in helping people connect to the natural world through traditional crafts such as bow making, basketry and spoon carving, and wilderness skills like fire by friction and wildlife tracking. The pursuit of these skills as well as mentoring by experts in ethnobotany has gained him a deep familiarity with many plants and trees. He has over 15 years of experience facilitating others in their own journey to deep nature connection. www.forestwolfprograms.com

5:00 to 6:30pm Dinner Break

6:30 to 8:00pm Special Evening Block

Red Tent Circle:

Red Tents (or Menstrual Huts) are uniquely Feminine spaces that are found in most traditional cultures throughout the world, and are noticeably absent in cultures affected by colonialism. We consider the Red Tent a sacred space, where we celebrate the beauty, mystery and wisdom of living in a body that menstruates, is no longer menstruating, or has reverence for this process. We will share a talking circle and a Sensual Feminine Movement practice designed to re/connect you with your sacred erotic nature – the source of all life.
*This event is open to all genders who desire to access, reclaim, heal and celebrate their Feminine Nature.
Hadley is a licensed S Factor instructor and Fertility Awareness Educator-in-training. She has an in-depth, nonlinear background in embodied movement, sacred sexuality, menstrual health and women’s/womxn’s issues. Hadley serves to weave these elements together in an embodiment lifestyle that elevates the Feminine. She loves travel, pole dancing, medicinal wild plants, community, cooking, reading and spending time in the outdoors.
https://www.shaktifemininemovement.com/

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

8:30 to 10:30  Special Nightowl Class Block

Sunday

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

Yoga!

Description to be added.
Heather Rems Korwin thebentyogi.com and owner of Sanctuary Power Yoga in Torrington.

9:35am Opening Circle

10:00am to 12:00 First

Workshop Block

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.

Make a Bow Drill

Description Forthcoming
Justin and Ponyboy Avery

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

American Sign Language in Nature.

ASL is a beautiful and extensive language that can be used by anyone and everyone. Have you ever wanted to point out a bird but didn’t want to scare it away with sound?  In this class, you will learn the alphabet and nature related signs so that you can describe the world in a new way.
Sky Norton is a mentor and alumni of Two Coyotes Wilderness School who went on to earn an Associates Degree in Interpreting American Sign Language/English.  She is attending Gallaudet University (a Deaf university using ASL as a primary language) in pursuit of further education. 

Friction Fire Mayhem  

Practice the skill of making fire from sticks!  Led by several highly skilled instructors, participants can try their hand at bow drill, hand drill and other, more exotic forms of fire making. Feel free to drop in at any time during this workshop to participate or just watch. It’s a lot of fun.

4:00 to 4:10 Closing Circle