Primitive Living Skills Gatherings Coming Up

Photographer Cliff Volpe sent us this info about Primitive Living Skills gatherings and some “stone age” projects Cliff may do next summer:


These are week long events where instructors teach a variety of classes that focus on primitive technology, hunter-gather culture, and ancient ways. There are usually a very wide range of classes taught…from the more spiritual inclined to skills focused…such as primitive archery, atlatl manufacture, shelter building, wild edible plants, brain tanned buckskin, basket weaving, footwear/moccasins, felting, roadkill animal processing, diaper-less baby rearing, flint knapping, animal tracking, friction fire, primitive pottery, etc. Here’s a list of primitive living skills gatherings that happen on the west coast:


Summary: Held in May in California, about 500 people attend, I’ve never been but have heard great things about it. Registration filled up early last year.


Summary: Held in September in Washington, nature-oriented, beautiful secluded location, nature-oriented spiritual vibe, small & intimate, amazing food, about 200 people attend, registration filled up early last year. Here are photos I captured last year:!i=1653674676&k=cZRxRm3


Summary: Held in September in Idaho, oldest gathering in USA, a lot of “who’s who” of the primitive living skills movement attend, 400 people attend, an eclectic mix of people from different backgrounds, some celebrities attend such as Cody Lundin of “Dual Survivor” fame, here are photos from previous years:!i=1450367418&k=LJ2852X!i=2166077155&k=86LrwdL


Summary: Held in February in Arizona, put on by the same folks as Rabbitstick, about 300 people attend, I haven’t attended but have heard it’s similar vibe as Rabbitstick.


Here is information about the “stone age” project Cliff is thinking about doing for four months next summer:

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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