Buckeye: Pathways

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Buckeye: Pathways
May 10 ~ 16, 2017

After seven years, we are excited to be expanding the Buckeye Gathering. We have been carrying the question of how to grow well, how to grow at a natural pace, for the last six years that we have filled to capacity. This is what has emerged: a smaller, more focused batch of classes, called Pathways. Our first week, over Beltaine, gathers together all ages and has a wide spectrum of both short and long classes.

Pathways offers a deeper taste: spending five full days with one or a few advanced teachers following an intensive pathway in a specific field. For years the Slickrock gathering has been doing this in May in Utah (thanks for sharing the name ‘Pathways’ and the model!). This fits our vision of delving deeper into Ancestral Arts, and represents the future direction of our organization.

You can enroll in either week, or both. If you join us for Pathways, you will enroll in your one class at that time, see descriptions below.

Arrival is on the full moon in May, Wednesday May 10th, and five full days of classes begin the next day. Camp will close and disperse on Tuesday the 16th. We expect to learn a lot this first, experimental year: who knows how all the details will shake out? There will be emergent properties, so come prepared to go with the flow and have some easygoing fun as we learn what this new aspect of village calls for. Most of the Pathways week will match up with what you find on our website about our first week over Beltaine. We will feed you breakfast and dinner, you bring your own lunch. There will be about 180 folks onsite, and less overall activity than the Beltaine week. We will have a small Family Camp.

Let’s just see how that works, shall we? This feels like a pivotal moment in our growth and our place in the community. You are invited to join us for a pretty dang unique opportunity! If you are unsure about jumping in, trust that there are good reasons we have chosen this and years of thoughtful design. Thanks to all the other gatherings, the pantheon of teachers, the dedicated years of students, the Ancestors who came before, and all the forces that help us gather together each spring.

For years the Slickrock gathering has been doing this in May in Utah (thanks for sharing the name ‘Pathways’ and the model!). This fits our vision of delving deeper into Ancestral Arts, and represents the future direction of our organization.

Registering

Registration is open. You can enroll in either week, or both. If you join us for Pathways, you will need to enroll in your selected class at that time; so please peruse the following information to help you make your selection.

Arrival is on the full moon in May, Wednesday May 10th, and five full days of classes begin the next day. Camp will close and disperse on Tuesday the 16th. We expect to learn a lot this first, experimental year: who knows how all the details will shake out? We will feed you breakfast and dinner, you bring your own lunch. There will be about 180 folks onsite, and less overall activity than the Beltaine week.

New! : Two ways to attend Pathways for discounted rates
1. Become an instructor ‘helper’ for your Pathway here ($100 off)
2.  Apply for Financial Aid here

~  Prices for Pathways classes ~

Adults:   $500 ~ $600

Seniors:   $400 ~ $500

Pathway Youth (16 and under):   $300 ~ $400
(see also Youth Camp program info)

We are deeply jazzed and honored to be hosting these advanced teachers!
There is a high level of mastery represented here.

Click on any class to go directly to description or scroll down below.

Blacksmithing ~ Bryce Wood
Bow Making ~ Paul Rodgers
Braintanning Buckskin ~ Jay Sliwa & Karie Lee Knoke
Felting ~ Vicki Hillstrom
Fine Pomo Basketry ~ Corine Pearce
Friction Firemaking ~ Myron Cretney
Plant Medicine ~ John Slattery
Stone Age Tools ~
David Holladay
Tule Boats ~ Caleb Soltau
Weaving ~ Margaret Mathewson

Sorry! but Animal Processing with Jeff Sanders has been cancelled
(he will be teaching animal processing during the Beltaine Week)
Sorry! but Tracking with Meghan Walla-Murphy & Brendan Clarke has been cancelled

2017 Pathways Instructor Bios

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Youth Camp program during Pathways:  We are trying out something new this year.  Though only some of the Pathways are open to youth who are attending with parents, we like keeping all ages in our village setting.  So we will offer a small Youth Camp program, which will include free time, nature based activities, and visits to the Pathways classes; think organic and awesome.  If you are enrolled in a Pathway, you can purchase a ‘Youth Camp’ ticket for your young one.  If your young one is under 5, they are your responsibility, and you will likely not be able to participate fully in your class.  If you are bringing your kid, be prepared to pull away from your class as needed to take care of them.  The details of this camp will depend largely on how many kids and of what ages are registered. 

~ Youth Camp Prices ~

Youth Camp 13-16         $240-$360 

Youth Camp 9-12         $200-$320

Youth Camp Children 2-8      $60-$140 

Click the button to buy youth tickets

Youth Camp

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Let’s just see how this whole thing works, shall we? This feels like a pivotal moment in our growth and our place in the community. You are invited to join us for a pretty dang unique opportunity! If you are unsure about jumping in, trust that there are good reasons we have chosen this and years of thoughtful design. Thanks to all the other gatherings, the pantheon of teachers, the dedicated years of students, the Ancestors who came before, and all the forces that help us gather together each spring.

Pathways Course Information


Animal Processing ~ Jeff Sanders

“Traditional Animal Processing”

Goat hide on rack

Students will to learn to slaughter, skin, eviscerate, butcher and cook a medium sized animal (such as a sheep or goat) in a traditional way, using little more than one’s knife in the process.
The instructor will lead processing the first animal for the first two days & then the students will process a second animal using what they have learned …. with help and questions answered as needed.

This extended workshop that combines the primary and the advanced workshops and gives a chance to test knowledge and reinforce learning by exploring the process independently (but supported) is an extraordinary opportunity.

Uses of sinew, skin , hooves, bone, etc….

Primary goals:

  • learn ways of being in more control of the food they eat by knowing how to process an animal for food; and
  • explore additional ways of using the animal for utility items.

We can then use more of the animal for both a healthier diet and utilitarian items; and thus gain appreciation and respect is for the life that is given.

Spinning intestine into rope

Includes how to:

  • Identify the parts of the animal;
  • Cook edible parts, such as muscles, organs, bones and more;
  • Process non-food parts including hide, sinew, intestines, bones & hooves
  • Make utility items and adornments such as cordage, bone knives or awls, gaming pieces, felt or a fleece sleeping pad

For more information https://thedesertdawn.com/workshops/animal-processing/

Whether you are a person who is living more simply and providing more for yourself or you are a hunter who has pondered what other gifts an animal may provide, this workshop is for you.

Age limit: None specific, but youth would need to be accompanied by parent during slaughter and parent would need to onsite at other times.

Jeff lives a rural lifestyle with his wife and …….. (click for bio)

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Become an instructor ‘helper’ for Animal Processing ($100 discount)

Animal Processing


Blacksmithing ~ Bryce Wood

“Metal Edges From the Ground Up

Making charcoal to fuel forge

This very hands-on class will cover:

  • the basics of building a ground level charcoal fueled blacksmithing forge,
  • useful steel alloys,
  • a brief history of steel,
  • useful steel alloys and recycled sources,
  • tools of blacksmithing,
  • charcoal production,
  • knife blade forging and finishing,
  • heat treatment of steel,
  • shaping and fitting of knife handles from scratch,
  • as well as the instructors theories of knife usage, design and maintenance.

Using bellows for ground forge


Age Limit: 16 years + (with parental consent)

Using an anvil

 

 

Bryce strives to create lightweight edged tools…….. (click for bio)

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Blacksmithing

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Bow Making ~ Paul Rodgers

“Osage Bow Making”

Bow makers and their bows

In this class students will learn the art of bow making with traditional hand tools and emerge with a self crafted weapon they can be proud of.

Topics covered will include:

  • stave harvest and selection
  • how to lay out, cut splices and glue sister billets together
  • scraping, shaping and tillering until the bow bends properly
  • cutting in nocks

    Scraping a bow

  • making a traditional linen bow string
  • and applying a finish

We will also discuss different styles of bows, as well as bow design and performance.
All necessary tools and materials will be furnished.

Shaping staves into bows

 

Materials fee:   $100
(includes a premium Osage Orange stave)
(to be paid to instructor at event)

Age Limit: 18 years +

Paul is always striving to learn something new each time…….. (click for bio)

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Become an instructor ‘helper’ for Bowmaking ($100 discount)

Bowmaking


Braintanning Buckskin ~ Jay Sliwa

Staking hide to soften

In this full brain tanning course, you will go through the entire process of transforming a salted hide into the beautifully soft material of smoked buckskin that has been used for thousands upon thousands of years to clothe our bodies and provide us with a durable and flexible leather used is everyday lives.

This seemingly magical process is also a complicated series of chemical and physical processes which take time, dedication and a certain amount of physical work to unlock and fully understand.

There will be a choice of projects depending on previous experience and the amount of energy you want to devote during the week:

  • Beginners are encouraged to tan one hide.
  • Those that have tanned at least one hide before may choose to tan 2 hides
  • Those with more experience (having tanned 5-10 hides before) may choose to tan an elk hide
    (limited availability, please contact Jay once you have registered to request the elk hide option)

Finished buckskins

One day will be devoted to sewing, stitches, seams and designs for using your buckskin for clothing and other projects.

Includes questions and discussion about bark tanning hides and how the process differs from and compliments braintanned buckskin.

Assisted by Karie Lee Knoke

Materials:
1 hide: no fee,
2 hides: $15 fee or
elk: $45 fee
(to be paid to instructor at event)

Age limit: 12 years +

Jay strives to find ways to live closer to the beautiful wild places he calls home …….(click for bio)

Karie Lee has been teaching braintanning at Buckeye for ……. (click for bio)

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Become an instructor ‘helper’ for Braintanning ($100 discount)

Braintanning


Felting ~ Vicki Hillstrom

“Zin Feltivity”

Raw fleece

We will prep all our wool from raw animal fleece.

In this 5 days we will have much more time for the details of felting that shorter classes don’t have time for such as:

  • How to lay up the fiber in a way that it will finally shrink up the way you want.
  • How to work different fibers like alpaca, buffalo and the different felting breeds of sheep.

We will also work on:

  • needle felting versus wet felting designs.
  • nuno felting (were you can felt to fabrics, for soft but strong clothing like halter tops and skirts for summer wear)

nano felt dress

 

 

We will be focusing on larger projects creating long lasting creative clothing and footwear.

Students don’t need to bring anything but there muscles.

Age Limit: 18 years +

 

Vicki was trained in the art of felting by Jack Fee…….. (click for bio)

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Become an instructor ‘helper’ for Felting ($100 discount)

Felting


Fine Pomo Basketry ~ Corine Pearce

“Fine Coiled or Fine Twined Pomo Baskets”

Fine twined start for medallion

Come learn to weave closed twine or fine coil Pomo basketry techniques.

This class will cover the entire process including harvesting, processing, curing, sorting and the final steps of preparing materials for weaving.

I will be providing cured Redbud, sedge root, and willow for weaving a small basket of either type.

 

Fine coiled start

Please bring a sharp knife, fine point scissors and a comfortable chair.

I will have fine point basketry awls available for use, bring one if you have one, or buy one from me.

Materials Fee: $60$80
(depending on size of project, includes an awl)
(to be paid to instructor at event)

Age Limit: 16 years +

Fresh redbud withes

 

Pomo Basketry Materials : Willow, Redbud, Sedge and Basketgrass

 

 

 

 

Corine began weaving at age 9…….. (click for bio)

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Become an instructor ‘helper’ for Fine Pomo Basketry ($100 discount)

Pomo Basket


Friction Firemaking ~ Myron Cretney

“Fire From Concept to Combustion and Beyond …consistently”

Practicing good hand drill form

Learn how to feel confident with fire in a variety of settings, in a variety of conditions with a variety of materials. Spending an entire week focusing on friction fire, one connects with the spark on a deeper level and becomes much more at home with the craft and process, which is one of the core and most important of all the human life skills.

This class is for everyone (men and women alike, from first-timers to experienced firemakers) and is aimed specifically at learning and practicing techniques to become consistently effective, comfortable and adept at producing friction fire via the hand drill method for those with or without previous experience.

Closeup of hand drill ember

The main focus will be on the hand-drill method of friction firemaking:

  • developing relaxed, natural and efficient technique
  • gathering and ID of materials useful for firemaking
  • learning to read the landscape for firemaking materials
  • creating fire in less than perfect circumstances from found materials
  • making your own high quality kit to take home
  • kit storage and transport

The secondary focus will be on fire itself:

  • anatomy of tinder bundle for best results
  • carrying fire
  • using fire to live and stay comfortable on overnight excursion
  • managing fire for variety of purposes: cooking, smoking, warmth, etc….
  • tending fire
  • other firemaking methods

 

……..all without wearing ourselves out or hurting our hands.

Age limit: 12 years +

Myron likes connecting with the plants, animals and minerals of his world…….. (click for bio)

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Become an instructor ‘helper’ for Friction Firemaking ($100 discount)

Firemaking


Plant Medicine ~ John Slattery

“Becoming a Bio-regional Herbalist”

Learning to become a bio-regional herbalist is as simple as going for a walk. Again, and again. Deep connection through continued observation is the foundation for a bio-regional herbalist. Knowledge is derived from experience, and wisdom through continued practice and observation of one’s environment. Learning about the plants found naturally occurring around us begins to deepen our relationship to place. Little by little, patterns begin to emerge which inform us as to how we can use plants for medicine. Expanding our model to include a variety of information sources, while imbuing each perspective with our own unique experiences cradled from within the landscape, a model of contextual awareness emerges which, when viewed and practiced authentically, can reflect the natural ebb and flow of life around us.

Discussing an individual of interest

This intensive workshop is for those called to develop relationship with the plants around them for food and medicine. It’s also for those who have experience, but are seeking to go deeper to unlock the hidden “mysteries” embedded in the world around them. Further, this is a workshop to empower the individual to create lively relationship with the plants in their local landscape.

In this 5-day workshop we’ll explore the fundamental aspects of becoming a bio-regional herbalist: developing relationship with place and the plants within it. This endeavor leads us to the study of field botany, respectful wildcrafting and participation with our environment, plant energetics, landscape observation, developing and exercising the senses (especially, the feeling sense) particularly in relation to place and plants, herbal medicine making, and applying these medicines for well-being and healing utilizing our knowledge of our homeland and plant energetics.

My approach to herbs and healing is diverse and varied, and is continually being sculpted by the world around me and my awareness of myself and others within it. I’ve been led to work with a 4-directional model of healing which breeds a unique, holistic approach to healing within my given landscape. A model of information gathering which can be applied anywhere on the globe. We’ll be discussing and exploring this model, while also losing ourselves within it through our interactions with the plants and the various experiences I’ll be facilitating for the group.

Brodeia bulb and flower

We’ll also take the time to explore the basics of identifying plants in the field according to the science of botanical taxonomy. This will offer the participant an intimate perspective on the plants we work with while enlivening their curiosity. We’ll also be exploring plant energetics throughout the week as we meet new plants and discuss them while ingesting and creating preparations made from these plants. This workshop is a full immersion in the experience of learning plants as medicine; plants as living entities.

 

 

We’ll be going for hikes, daily, so be prepared. Some days we’ll pack our lunch, but I’ll give advance notice.

 

Materials needed*:
*we may or may not need all of these, participants should bring what they can

  • Canning jar/s (half pint, pint, quart)
  • Honey
  • Alcohol -*I will have some available for sale, if needed
  • Large bowl, cutting board, sharp knife, scale, measuring cup –
    *I’ll have many of these items available for use
  • Glycerine -*I will bring some to share

Age limit: 18 years +

John is passionate about plants……. (click for bio)

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Plant Medicine

 


Stone Age Tools ~ David Holladay

“Tools to Make Tools”

Obsidian core for making simple cutting edges

A week long immersion into the Stone Age… connecting our past to the present by the
production, use and study of pre-metal tools and technologies.

Starting with the earliest tools and using them to slowly work, think, discuss and sing our way to more complex tools.

 

Using stones to grind things

Bring your heart, mind, muscle and maybe a blister kit and some good leather gloves.

Come immerse yourself into the arts & sciences, combined with a lot of physical education (also known as work).

Age Limit: 10 years +

David’s favorite place is “out of town”……. (click for bio)

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Become an instructor ‘helper’ for Stone Age Tools ($100 discount)

Stone Age Tools


Tule Boats ~ Caleb Soltau

Tule boat leaving the shore

Take a personal journey into building and using tule boats.

Students will pair and and build a 2 person tule boat from start to finish with emphasis on connecting with the whole experience and getting to know the Tules & Cattails.

  • Understanding harvesting techniques
  • Habitat awareness
    Bigger picture ethics of harvesting, etc.
  • Boat Design
  • Construction techniques and weaving principals development.

 

 

Gathering cattails to make “tule” boat

Side projects will emphasize another dimension of:

  • Cordage making using Cattails
  • Using basic hand tools
  • Wood working to split it down and carve canoe paddles.
  • Using the boats for transport and harvest

Age Limit: 10 years +

Caleb’s passion has led him into many wild and wet situations……. (click for bio)

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Become an instructor ‘helper’ for Tule Boats ($100 discount)

Tule Boat


Weaving ~ Margaret Mathewson

“Weaving of the World”

Overview of weaving techniques of the entire world and discussion of different weaving regions all over the globe.

photo credit: highway199

A huge teaching collection will be there to look at….examples, split bamboo, cane, willow, birch, lots of grassy and leafy things, barks, roots, you name it……

Materials from all over the world will be available for people to try out and specific topics taught will depend on what individual students want to learn.

Also include dyes and soft string basketry from all over the world.

Some more funny things participants can do for an “Extreme Weaving Series”

  • Part 1- “Walk out and weave”– an excursion with no tools whatsoever to weave plaited, twined, wicker and/or coiling from whatever there is. Secrets to learn will include splitting and harvesting with no tools. (Students caught with tools that day, will be asked to swim across the lake…..)
  • Part 2- “How tight can you make it?” – a class in watertight close weaves and stable, solid open weaves. Bring a project you would like to improve upon in any style. Materials provided for those without a set project. (Hemorrhoidal cream also provided…..).
  • Part 3- “How small can you make it?” for the truly insane weaver. Make tiny, even, tight weaves of many styles and materials. Material provided. Advanced and quiet students only.
    (I reserve the right to dismiss students for sneezing….)

Materials fee: $5.00-30.00 (depending on project(s) selected)
(to be paid to instructor at event
)

Age Limit: 13 years +

Margaret works on many aspects of plant and animal fibers……. (click for bio)

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Weaving of the World

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