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a primitive skills gathering unlike any other.

All of our ancestors 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 $110 ($125)

Includes 3 organic breakfasts, 2 organic dinners, 2 nights of hors d'oeuvres, classes,
tent site, and parking. Lunch is not provided. (Price increase after May 1st)

No charge for children under 4 years of age.

Options 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

Come join Arthur, author of A New Path, on a plant walk and a forest archery walk!

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Rachel Mackow

Rachel, co-founder of Wild Ridge Plants, will be leading a class on native edible and medicinal plant gardening & restoration.



Tim Swanson

Hang out with "PrimiTim" to learn 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 hand-drill.


charlie paquin

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


Kate Wentworth

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


Joshua Bird

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


Michael douglas

Michael of Maine Primitive Skills School is teaching bow-drill and deep awareness.


AnDREW dobos

Andrew of Two Coyotes Wilderness School. He will be teaching tracking and coal-burned bowls.



Brendan Finnegan

Brendan of Your World Drum Circles is leading a gathering-wide drum circle!


Natalie michelle

Natalie will be teaching about climate change impacts on the Penobscot & Passamaquoddy seasonal harvest wheel.


Steve Byers

Steve Byers is a Clinical Herbalist and teacher. He will be running the wellness tent at the gathering.


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.




Gerald Jacobs

"Butch" Jacobs will be pounding and creating Passamaquoddy baskets.


Frank giglio

Frank Giglio is an expert wild food chef and owner of Three Lily Provisions. He will be roasting a pig on Saturday!



LAuren Morrocco

Lauren is an art teacher who will be teaching pottery & kombucha making.


laura wolfer 

With Laura, you will learn about gut health & fermentation. She will also be teaching and crafting rawhide hand-drums!


emily macgibeny

Come hang out with Emily & learn to transition your kitchen & pantry to include more wild foods!

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



  • 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, & enjoy hors d'oeuvres

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 Pack up campsite & enjoy hors d'oeuvre

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

Nezinscot Farm will be cooking daily omnivorous breakfasts and dinners for all of our overnight campers.


Saturday evening, enjoy a delicious feast of roasted pork, cooked over hardwood by Chef Frank Giglio.

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. 

  • Swimming access to the river.

  • Parking and tent site included.

  • Central fire pit.

  • Shelter for inclemate weather.

  • Drinking water available.


Thursday, July 25 - sunday, july 28

Adults $230 ($255)

child age 5-12 $110 ($125)

(Price after May 1, 2019)

Includes 3 organic breakfasts, 2 organic dinners, 2 nights of hors d'oeuvres, classes,
tent site, and parking. Lunch is not provided.

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