Check back in january for more information on dawnland 2019!


a primitive skills gathering unlike any other.

The Dawnland Gathering will remind people of their ancestral way of being. Our ancestral lineage interacted with their landscape through methods of hunting, gathering, cooking, and a number of other skills. In these daily activities, the people formed deep relationships with the land based on reciprocity rather than extraction. These indigenous ways of living were the most eco-conscientious life-ways ever practiced on our planet, in which the land provided and the people protected the land in which their ancestors resided. We aim to instill these lost connections in our gathering attendees.

Net profits and all donations will be used to conserve wild land.

Find out more about our conservation efforts HERE


3 Days, 3 Nights in Turner, me

For those interested in gaining all the experience possible from incredible ancestral skills mentors you will be most interested in the 3 day 3 night pass. You will arrive the afternoon of Thursday, July 25th to set up your campsite, attend opening ceremony, and eat light refreshments. Beginning on Friday and extending into Sunday afternoon, you will have the option of learning from at least 3 instructors each day. Our classes are primitive skills and nature-connection focused. Learn more about Our Classes and Our Instructors below.

Kids are welcome!

3-Day Pass

Thursday, July 25 - sunday, july 28

Adults $230 ($255)

child age 5-12 $130 ($155)

Includes 3 organic breakfasts & 3 organic dinners, classes,
tent site, and parking. Lunch is not provided. (Price increase after May 1st)

No charge for children under 4 years of age.

Scholarships available for people with little or no income. Please contact us for details.

the dawnland gathering will be held at nezinscot's north farm in turner, maine. 

(Directions may be found below).


Our Team

Arthur Haines

Arthur, author of A New Path, runs the Delta Institute of Natural History. He will be leading plant walks & an archery class.



Maria wyzykowki

Maria is a professional fiber artist. She will be teaching nature weaving, wet felting and needle felting classes. 



Tim Swanson

"PrimiTim" teaches survival skills. He will be teaching spoon-carving, shelter building, & fly-fishing. 


Nick spadaro

Nick is a homesteader and a former instructor of the Maine Primitive Skills School. He will be teaching several hand-drill classes.


charlie paquin

Charlie is an archeologiest and a student of Eric Callahan. He will be teaching a primitive pottery class.


lou falank

Lou runs Mountain Bear Programs. He will be teaching a fire and cooking class at Kid's Camp. 


Joshua Bird

Joshua is a sailor & founder of CrossFit Providence. He will be teaching a natural movement class and a basic knots class.


Kate Wentworth

Kate has been practicing primitive skills deeply for the last 6 years. She will be teaching a leather stitching class. 


Michael douglas

Michael operates the Maine Primitive Skills School. He will be teaching bow-drill and deep awareness.



AnDREW dobos

Andrew is a mentor at Two Coyotes Wilderness School. He will be teaching tracking and coal-burned bowls.



Brendan Finnegan

Brendan is the CEO and co-founder of Your World Drum Circles. He will be leading a gathering-wide drum circle.


Natalie michelle

Natalie will be teaching about climate change impacts on the Penobscot & Passamaquoddy seasonal harvest wheel and a class on rights of passage. 


Ryan McGowan

Ryan is the founder of Laid-back Fitness and is a MovNat trainer. He will be teaching several natural movement classes.


bob berg

Bob owns and operates Thunderbird Atlatl. He will be teaching atlatl making, flint knapping, and cordage making.


david Spahr

David Spahr is an author, naturalist, photographer, forager, and forest farmer. He will be teaching a mushroom class.


trevanna grenfell

Trevanna teaches and consults on nature connection with The Wildwood Path. She will be sharing pine bark basket making, archery, and bird language workshops. 




Mark Young

Mark Young is a bow maker and the creator of Black Ash Pack Basket. Mark will be teaching a black ash basket class.



LAuren Morrocco

Lauren is an art teacher and homesteader. She will be teaching pottery, kombucha making, and a family yoga class.



laura wolfer 

Laura is a biologist, archaeologist, and forager/gardener. She will be teaching pine needle basketry and gut health. 


Gerald Jacobs

Gerald "Butch" Jacobs is a Passamaquoddy basketmaker. He is teaching how to pound and create ash baskets.


Jamiena shah

Jamiena is a midwife apprentice at Northern Sun Family Healthcare. She will be teaching a natural birthing class.  


Noel Cherubino

Noel has been practicing ancestral skills since 1999. She will be doing several classes in KID'S CAMP.

Dr. Marie Photo.JPG


Marie is a mother, naturopathic doctor, nurse, therapist, and  ham radio operator! She is teaching a soap-making class. 



Darlene is a Community Herbalist. She will be teaching medicine making; using the folk method, weaving in spirit medicine.



  • Edible and Medicinal Plants

  • Friction Fire

  • Primitive Pottery

  • Bark Containers

  • Women's Circle

  • Primitive Cooking

  • Animal Processing

  • Fiber Arts

  • Knapping

  • And many more...

  • Hide Tanning

  • Acorn Processing

  • Wild Rice Processing

  • Spoon Carving

  • Fly Fishing


evening events for overnight campers


Participate in the opening ceremony.  

Take part in our “speed dating” game to get to know the other campers.


Arthur Haines will provide a thought-provoking talk on communal living

Participate in a ceremonial sweat lodge guided by Rei.


Enjoy the musical charm and participate in a gathering-wide drum circle facilitated by Brendan Finnegan


Shop the marketplace to find hundreds of local creations designed by our instructors!

daily schedule


Thursday, July 26th

4:00PM - 6:00PM Sign-in & set-up campsite

6:00PM - 7:00PM TBD 


Friday, July 27th

8:00AM - 9:00AM Breakfast

9:30AM - 11:30AM Morning Classes

12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch break

1:00PM - 3:00PM Afternoon classes 

3:15PM - 5:15PM Afternoon classes

6:00PM - 7:00PM Dinner

7:00PM - 8:00PM TBD

8:00PM - 10:00PM TBD

Saturday, July 28th

8:00AM - 9:00AM Breakfast

9:30AM - 11:30AM Morning Classes

12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch break

1:00PM - 3:00PM Afternoon classes

3:15PM - 5:15PM Afternoon classes

6:00PM - 7:00PM Pig Roast by Frank Giglio

7:30PM - 9:30PM TBD


Sunday, July 29th

8:00AM - 9:00AM Breakfast

9:30AM - 11:30AM Morning Classes

12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch break

1:00PM - 3:00PM Marketplace & Trade Blanket

3:00PM - 4:00 PM Early dinner

4:00PM - 5:30PM Closing ceremony & good-byes


*Classes are subject to change.*


Kid's camp ages 5-11


There will be engaging activities scheduled for children while the gatherings' classes are occurring. Participation is not mandatory and the children will be treated as sovereign. In other words, children can come to Kid's Camp and go as they please. Children must know where their caregivers are at all times and how to find them in case they decide not to participate. The children of Dawnland Gathering are also encouraged to attend the gatherings' classes, depending on their level of focus and the individual instructor's wishes.

Children under 4 years of age will need parent supervision in kids camp or must remain with their parents throughout the gathering.

organic, local meals provided

Our kitchen will be cooking daily omnivorous breakfasts and dinners for all of our overnight campers.

There was a time when there were no questions about what you were to eat. Dietary wisdom was part of your cultural heritage. You knew exactly what organisms would be gathered as nourishment, where and when they could be found, and how they would be prepared.... This information was handed down from very early on and became part of the individual’s understanding of their landscape. It was a component of human ecology.
— A New Path

our host, nezinscot farm

River rd off of route 219, Turner, Maine 04282

* Please note this is not the location on Turner Center Road. This location is their North farm off of Route 219 *


This location overlooks the Androscoggin River and is owned by local, organic farmers, the Varneys. 

  • Parking and tent site included.

  • Central fire pit.

  • Shelter for inclemate weather.

  • Drinking water available.


Registration will open in 2019.

Thursday, July 25 - sunday, july 28

Adults $230 ($255)

child age 5-12 $115 ($130)

(Price after May 1, 2019)

Includes 3 organic breakfasts & 3 organic dinners, classes,
tent site, and parking. Lunch is not provided.

Scholarships available for people with little or no income. Please contact us for details.