The mission of the Piedmont Earthskills Gathering is to provide a learning experience which empowers people through the development of Earth skills and inspires a deep appreciation of our common Human heritage, interconnectedness, and ecological respect.
- To increase the appreciation of the lives and skills of our ancestors – all of our ancestors – whether they came from the plains of Africa, the caves of Europe, or the woodlands of Turtle Island.
- To instill a greater appreciation of the natural world upon which we all depend.
- To expand knowledge of Piedmont flora and fauna.
- To inspire an ethic of care-taking towards the natural world.
- To cultivate the qualities that support community-building, which include an attitude of service, a sense of gratitude, embracing human diversity, the ability to listen actively and speak plainly, personal responsibility and a belief in the value of peacemaking.
- To inspire discovery of the interconnectedness of the natural world, one’s individual inner spirit and the growth of personal virtues.
“With the learning of a skill comes self confidence, and with that self confidence we become a more fully alive Human Being.”
– Darry Wood, Co-Founder of Earthskills Rendezvousz