Wilder waters Gathering

@ wilderwaterscommunity

Come to our community to experience deep forest connection, indulge in delicious food, and explore the land.

This event will be limited to 40 participants.


Wake up in your tent along Child’s Brook and harvest fresh, wild water from the brook. 

Join us for an organic and local breakfast on the lawn.

After breakfast, choose from two or three ancestral skills experts to learn from.

Enjoy a mid-day break with a hike to Bobcat Ledge (shown above), a dip in the brook, or a picnic lunch.

In the afternoons, have another opportunity to learn from our teachers. 

Indulge in an organic and local dinner on the lawn inspired with wild ingredients

Spend the nights stargazing and conversing around the fire. 

Know that 100% of the proceeds will be used to purchase and protect the wild land underneath your feet and the brook that you drink from. 

Find out more about our conservation efforts HERE


3 Days, 3 Nights @ Wilder waters Community

You will arrive the afternoon of Thursday, July 25th to set up your campsite, eat light refreshments, and participate in opening events. Beginning on Friday and extending into Sunday afternoon, you will learn, eat, explore, bathe, and sleep amongst the forest and 40 of your fellow students. Our classes are primitive skills and nature-connection focused. Learn more about Our Instructors below.

Kids are welcome!

Thursday, July 25 - sunday, july 28

Adults $250 ($275)

child age 5-12 $110 ($125)

Includes 3 organic breakfasts, 2 organic dinners, 1 night 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.

this event will be held at Wilder Waters community in canton, me.

(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 teaching a class on native edible and medicinal plant gardening & restoration.



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.


Tim Swanson

Hang out with "PrimiTim" to learn spoon-carving, shelter building, & fly-fishing. 


Gerald Jacobs

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


Natalie michelle

Natalie is a Penobscot and Passamaquoddy woman who will be sharing stories and knowledge.


bob berg

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



Roger Paul will be sharing Passamaquoddy language and stories.


charlie paquin

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


  • Edible and Medicinal Plants

  • Friction Fire

  • Primitive Pottery

  • Ash Basketry

  • Tracking

  • Archery

  • Knapping

  • And more...

  • Hide Tanning

  • Acorn Processing

  • Wild Rice Processing

  • Fly Fishing


daily schedule


Thursday, July 26th

4:00PM - 6:00PM Sign-in, set-up campsite, & enjoy hors d'oeuvres

6:00PM - 7:00PM Opening events

7:00PM-8:30PM Surprise ice-breaker activity!


Friday, July 27th

8:00AM - 9:00AM Breakfast

9:15AM - 12:00PM Morning Classes

12:00PM - 2:00PM Break

2:00PM - 5:00PM Afternoon classes

6:00PM - 7:00PM Dinner

7:30-8:30PM Community talk by Arthur Haines

Saturday, July 28th

8:00AM - 9:00AM Breakfast

9:15AM - 12:00PM Morning Classes

12:00PM - 2:00PM Lunch break

2:00PM - 5:00PM Afternoon classes

6:00PM - 7:00PM Pig roast

7:00PM - 8:00PM Music Session led by Julieann Hartley


Sunday, July 29th

8:00AM - 9:30AM Breakfast

9:30AM - 12:00PM Morning Classes

12:00PM - 2:00PM Trade Blanket

2:00PM - 3:00 PM Pack up campsite & enjoy hors d'oeuvre

3:00PM - 4:00PM Closing events & good-byes


*Classes are subject to change.*


Kid's camp ages 5-11


There will be engaging activities scheduled for children while 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 are also encouraged to attend 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 event.

organic, local meals provided

Nezinscot Farm 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, Wilder waters community

167 thorne mountain rd, canton, Maine 04221


This location is adjacent to Child’s Brook and is home to Wilder Waters Community. 

  • Parking and tent site included.

  • Central fire pit.

  • Shelter for inclemate weather.

  • Drinking water available.

  • Within 2 miles of Lake Anasagunticook for swimming.


Thursday, July 25 - sunday, july 28

Adults $250 ($275)

child age 5-12 $110 ($125)

Includes 3 organic breakfasts, 2 organic dinners, 1 night of hors d'oeuvres, classes,
tent site, and parking. Lunch is not provided.

(Price increase after May 1st)

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

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