Frequently Asked Questions

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Please also see what to bring for a list of what you’ll need at the Earthskills gathering.

What are the facilities like?  Do you have bathrooms and/or showers?
Yes, we provide hot showers and bathrooms.  Due to the restrictions of the site, most toilets are chemical-type porta potties.

Approximately how many skills is one able to attend during the Gathering?
There is some variability in how many skills you can do in a gathering, and it depends on where you choose to focus. Some of these skills, such as hide tanning or bow making, will take the better part of the gathering to complete. In other cases, a class may be very basic and short. The general format for the gathering is a period of classes after breakfast in the morning, and a period of classes after lunch. Occasionally there is a 3rd symposium offered in the late afternoon. You may choose to become familiar with a wide variety of skills during the gathering, or focus on becoming adept at one.

Are all of your classes available everyday of the rendezvous?
Generally there will be more than 20 classes offered on any given day. The diversity of subjects and skills can vary throughout the event. We will, however, offer the “core skills” everyday. Core skills include fire making, flint knapping, and cordage/fiber arts.

Do all of the teachers on your list teach each day?
No, the teachers rotate through, and often teach different subjects on different days. We want them to have a chance to enjoy the event also. Most of the teachers we have are willing to offer one-on-one instruction at any time.

Is the info posted somewhere how long each class lasts?
Information on the classes is posted on a bulletin board at the beginning of the gathering.

Is it possible to car camp?
Yes, we have many car camping options available. We do request that there are no cars in the main circle area though… we are trying to create a unique space.

Is there a place to coordinate rideshare?
Rideshare is organized on Facebook here:  Post by Piedmont Earthskills.

Are the weekends a lot busier than the weekdays?
Yes, but not overwhelming. We will also offer more classes on the weekends.

What are your instructors like?
Earthskills instructors hail from all walks of life and cultures.  We’ve had both women and men descended from Cherokee, Chinese, European, African,  and a host of other backgrounds.  Some are professional teachers and some are living the primitive life.  What’s certain is that, regardless of heritage or profession, our instructors are highly skilled at what they teach.

What are the minimum age requirements for this?
There is no minimum (or maximum) age; we have a full range of ages in camp. Some classes may require adult (parental) supervision.

Do you have overnight facilities?
We do not provide building space or bedding for overnight accommodation  We do offer overnight camping during the gathering for people who bring their own tents (some people bring tipi lodges, yurts or wall tents). What we offer is daily workshops, breakfast and dinner, and evening entertainment around the campfire.

Do you have any work trade positions available?
We have a limited number of work trade/volunteer positions at each event. These positions fill up quickly and are in high demand! Sign up sheets:  for work trade and gift trade here.

If you are interested in work trade or volunteering or if you have any questions not answered on this page, please contact us! We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.