There is a fire burning over the earth, taking with it plants and animals, ancient skills, and visionary wisdom.   At risk is a vast archive of knowledge and expertise, a catalog of the imagination, an oral and written language composed of the memories of countless elders and healers, warriors, farmers, fishermen, midwives, poets and saints.  In short, the artistic, intellectual and spiritual expression of the full complexity and diversity of the human experience.  Quelling this flame, this spreading inferno, and rediscovering a new appreciation of the human spirit as expressed by culture, is among the central challenges of our times.

 ~ Wade Davis


The Buckeye Gathering 2018 WAS A BLAST!! 

Please read this page thoroughly before registering. You will be able to sign up for either week or both weeks. For Pathways you pick which class you want and register for that. The first week is general admission. The registration button is at the bottom of this page. Thanks!

2018 prices are listed below


Buckeye Week; April 29 ~ May 5FULL

Pathways Week; May 8 ~ 14



How to Register

We have done our best in recent years to keep the price of Buckeye affordable, despite the growing student demand that would allow us to raise prices.  So we offer a sliding scale!  What you pay is up to you, but if you can afford to pay more (five days of classes from an amazing field of teachers, plus healthy meals!), this is your chance to contribute to the long-term vision of a sustainable village structure.  Paying more helps the base price stay low.  Thanks, everyone!20140427_Buckeye_0102

 There Are Three Ways to Pay

You can pay by check / money order (our preference), by Paypal, or by credit card (choose Paypal when registering). If you choose to pay offline (check or money order), please write down the amount owed, the address, and send your payment ASAP.  Postmark your payment within one week – 7 days! – of registering in order to keep your registration.  Contact us at if you wish to deliver cash to Sonoma County.

Please Register All Youths!  

We do not have space for folks to arrive with unregistered kids.  Please register no more than 3 youths per one adult.

After you Register

Once your payment is received, you will receive a link to your registration packet.  All the details are in there. After registration, you should receive a receipt by email; this is your confirmation that we know you are coming.

What is Included

Registration includes breakfast and dinner from Sunday night to Saturday morning (Pathways, Tues PM-Mon AM), 5 days full of workshops, camping, and activities throughout the week (less extra activities during Pathways).  There are vegetarian and gluten free options.  Individual instructors may have additional materials fees for classes, from a few bucks to 100 bucks (bowmaking, hide tanning).

Every Year We Meet and Focus as a Village  

We ask you to join us for opening and closing ceremonies and be prepared to stay for the whole week (though it’s ok to come and go as needed).  Like Backtracks events, the class schedule for Buckeye Week will not be available until you arrive. Pathways classes will be posted beforehand since you have to pick your class when registering. Check out our Welcome page or here for a list of past year’s classes to help you get a sense of what to expect.  Only so many of us can fit each year; we fill up.  By purchasing tickets to Buckeye, you enroll as a member in our annual event.

Good News!! Prices will stayed the same as 2017 for the Buckeye Week 2018! And Pathways Week 2018 prices were lower than 2017!


Native/Indigenous and People of Color Scholarships

We have full and partial scholarships available for Native/Indigenous peoples and People of Color. Please spread the word to those who you think might be interested in attending! Click here for full details. Letters of request are currently being accepted. You can also donate to our Scholarship Fund by clicking on the button below!

Donate Now

Refund Policy

We offer refunds and ticket transfers, minus a $40 non-refundable processing fee.  Refunds are available until April 1st, and only under certain circumstances after that.   Contact us at for either.

Our favorite form of payment is by check or money order. It saves us and YOU money!! You can also directly Paypal us to  Thanks!


For any course that is full and says ‘Full’, please put your name on the waitlist.  Every year folks from the waitlist get in as other folks drop out, even right up to the gathering time.  

Register Now next year at the beginning of March