As many of you may know, Lake Concow Campground, where we hold Buckeye and Pathways for five years now, was in the burn zone of the 2018 ‘Camp Fire‘. When it happened, we had recently decided to rest and re-vision from Buckeye for a ‘Chrysalis’ year, and only run the Pathways gathering week. Since the fire, many factors have pointed us towards an even lighter touch, and showing up in 2019 with a relatively small group to learn about fire ecology and tend to the land as needed. The bigger story is on our fire adaptation page. Please watch that page for updates on what may emerge for us in May of 2019.
What we offer has not always been known as ‘Primitive Technology’, ‘Ancestral Arts’, ‘Wilderness Survival’ or ‘Earth Living Skills’. At one time it was simply LIFE. In all of our histories are ancestors who crafted by the rhythm of the seasons and generations.
To learn from past generations how to thrive sustainably
We were inspired to begin this gathering by the longstanding contemporary community that has been rediscovering this legacy and innovating for decades before us. Buckeye exists in service to the wonderful complexity of simple living and the growing commitment to learn from past generations how to thrive sustainably for generations to come. We invite you to join us this coming Spring as we gather again to learn to integrate older ways, to begin to fathom what a village might be like for us today, and to see where inspiration takes us!
A Family Oriented All-inclusive Event
We encourage a family-oriented, all-ages event that emphasizes skills and materials indigenous to California, while welcoming talents from all over the map as well. Choose from a wide range of classes every day; enjoy the fire and activities together at night; share food, song & dance. The main fire is our camp central, with field and forest for camping in tipis, tents, vehicles, and under the stars.
At Buckeye, you might find craft and skill workshops such as:
plant fiber cordage
primitive first aid
Indigenous Land Management
Traditional Ecological Knowledge
About The Buckeye Gatherings: Buckeye Week, Pathways Week