September 16-18, 2016 in the Kawarthas
HARVEST GATHERING 2016
September 16-18, 2016
“I had such a great time. and deep inside my soul, I felt the village spirit, and it felt GOOD.” ~Steve Leckman
“Harvest Gathering is a community based event that builds on each individuals attributes and skill sets to form a rich and diverse network of Nature/Traditional Skills Enthusiasts” ~ Mission Statement
More information about the Harvest Gathering
We come together to share skills that keep us rooted in the natural rhythms of nature and to engage in stewardship/caretaking projects as a way of giving back to the land that supports us. We gather in the fall; in large numbers for the Harvest Gathering. It is a weekend of workshops, story telling, trading goods, sharing knowledge, and celebrating life. The gathering’s emphasis is on both the traditional, and more modern earth-based skills that help us build deep relationships with nature while learning about its cycles and ecosystems through direct interaction. No prior experience is required, just a desire to learn more about the natural world around us, or to share your skills with others.
Harvest Gathering is run by a volunteer committee, committed to bringing friends, naturalists, and earth based skills workers together to celebrate the changing seasons, and to spend time learning from each other.
A family oriented weekend of learning new things, socializing with like-minded people, and enjoying nature at it’s best. A full spectrum of 1-2 hour workshops will be offered over the weekend all run by participants.
Harvest Gathering was originally going to occur throughout Central Ontario. We however found a home in our very first year, and we wouldn’t think of going anywhere else. Our gatherings occur on the same land, outside of Lindsay, Ontario every year (about an hour’s drive North East of Toronto). When you register you will be sent full set of travelling directions. People come from all over Canada to this event, so car pooling is highly recommended, and you can click on the “Rideshare Board” above to facilitate that.
The gathering will start in the Evening on a Friday, However, we can always use help setting up, so people arriving early are a wonderful benefit (we ask no one arrive before 2pm though). Events run until Sunday Evening, and anyone who can is asked to stick around until Monday afternoon to help with site cleanup. The opening fire starts promptly on Friday at 6:30pm. We highly recommend trying to make the entire weekend and being there by Friday night at the latest. This really helps us all come together as a unified village, however if this is not possible for you, then we understand. Why:
Very similar in design to our friends at the Headwaters Gathering, the Harvest Gathering was created to allow those who are in Central East/Eastern Ontario to be stewards in their own area, and without having to travel. Harvest gathering recognizes the need for us to connect with nature during our changing seasons, and that there are not many outlets for us to share our traditional information and skill sets with each other. This is why the word “Community” is so often applied to this organization. We are fostering those connections, and as a result, we are all stronger and more empowered because of it. As a community, we learn and grow together, throughout the year, and we bring the skills and knowledge we’ve gained with us to share, and strengthen us all.
How to Register:
Registrations REGISTRATION FOR 2016 starting soon! Check back often for updates. Registration is important for insurance liability, ensuring allergies/medical info is kept accessible, and to get an accurate count of participants.
We require your donations to purchase and maintain group equipment, including water tanks, pots/pans, firewood, use of land, supplies for stewardship project etc. Also new this year, the donation amount will be set at $35/person, for the entire weekend of activities. Your food, shelter, and personal comforts are not included. We also ask participants to contribute towards our pot luck dinner we have on Saturday. Some workshops may have a cost to cover materials; such workshop costs will be specified on the schedule. If you are able bodied, you are also expected to help with camp chores such as: camp clean up, splitting firewood, setting up washing stations, cleaning outhouses, etc. You will be sign up for a work crew upon arrival.