MPG 2016 Schedule of Events

  • Friday
    Robert Riversong
    7am - 8am
    Four Directions Day Greeting
    A slow-moving meditation based on the Medicine Wheel and Tai Chi.
    8am - 9am
    Opening Ceremony
    Join us around the central fire as we open our circle for the weekend. The gathering rules and daily events will be announced.
    Mark Young of Black Ash Pack Basket
    Ongoing
    Basket Making
    Learn to make a gathering basket. This will be a come and go as needed workshop throughout the weekend. If you'd like to go home with a finished basket, you will need to dedicate a good amount of time to do so. There is also a $25 materials fee for those that want to sit in for the full class throughout the weekend.
    Chris Wood
    Ongoing
    The Making of a Self Bow
    In this class we will start from a log and get you started on your bow-making journey. Making a traditional self bow is a longer process, and can take approximately 10 hours or so. There will be someone making chips in the bowmaking tent most of the weekend. If you have a dusty unfinished bow at home, bring it and we can all try to help you with it. Bring your recently sharpened tools, but there will also be some tools available.
    Bob Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl
    9am - 11am
    Atlatl Making with Stone Tools
    Learn the ancient art of making atlatl's with stone tools with Bob. Materials fee $5 or listen for free
    JennyJosh Fecteau
    9am - 11am
    Guided Plant Walk
    Meet some of the wildflowers, shrubs, and trees who call this land home.
    Justin Sutera
    9am - 11am
    Hand Drill Friction Fire
    Come learn how to make Hand Drill friction fire. Craft your own kit to take home with you from pre-gathered materials, as well as explore what the landscape has to offer us this time of year.
    Colby Smith - MPSS InstructorNathan Bears
    9am - 11am
    Wild Rice Workshop
    Wild Rice Processing Wild rice can be found in great abundance in Maine. Learn all you need to find, sustainably harvest, and process wild rice into a delicious and nutrious wild food larder
    Gary Peters - Archer
    9am - 11am
    Archery Range
    Archery instruction and range practice. Free, bring your equipment if you have some.
    Mike Douglas MPSS
    9am - 11am
    Bowdrill Friction Fire
    Learn the art of rubbing sticks together to make fire.
    12pm - 1pm
    Lunch Break
    Bob Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl
    1pm - 3pm
    Bamboo Atlatl Dart Making
    Learn how to make a atatl dart out of bamboo. Materials fee $7 for those making darts. Free to listen.
    Colby Smith - MPSS Instructor
    1pm - 3pm
    Quick Tanning Small Creatures
    Learn how to process a small furry creature into a tanned hide. A quick way to preserve animal skins. Other hide tanning questions and knowledge welcome. If you have a skin you've been working or need advice on, bring it!
    Murphy Mountainsong
    1pm - 3pm
    Traditional Ax Skills
    Learn basic ax skills: bucking, limbing, and splitting, plus care and sharpening of your ax. Bring an ax or try one of ours. Open to beginners.
    Zack de la Rouda
    1pm - 3pm
    Pine Needle Baskets
    We'll sit, share space and learn to make beautiful [smaller] baskets using an abundant natural material: pine needles. We'll make a basic basket or three while exploring various techniques and styles. $5 suggested donation (optional)
    Photo of Willa Moore
    1pm - 3pm
    Massage and Bodywork for Wellness
    Discuss bodywork as a primitive skill. Learn easy massage and energy work techniques to benefit yourself and/or friends and family.
    Joy Many
    1pm - 3pm
    Afternoon Kripalu Yoga
    A 90-minute moving meditation to cultivate compassionate self-awareness and connect more deeply with the beings that share this earth. All are welcome, if you have a human body, this is the practice for You.
    Anthony PonoLauren Morrocco
    1pm - 3pm
    Fermentation: Mead & Kombucha
    This is a class about fermentation! Lauren will discuss her experience with making kombucha and Anthony will discuss his experience with making mead! We are relatively small-scale producers, and work entirely out of our homes. If you are interested in improving your digestion and and health with kombucha, or you want to learn how to make a delicious alcoholic drink like mead, please stop by! There will be samples of yummy things to try! We would love to share our knowledge with you!
    Nathan Bears
    3pm - 5pm
    Arrow Making
    Learn to make a simple arrow from local materials.
    Lou Falank of Mountain Bear Programs & Guide Service
    3pm - 5pm
    Coil Baskets (intro)
    Enjoy some time in the shade working on basic coil basket technique. We will be using raffia and metal needles for ease of use. We will discuss And checkout other available materials that can be used.
    Jenny
    3pm - 5pm
    Nature Journaling
    Start your own nature journal! No experience necessary. Bring your own sketch book or buy one for $4 or less. Colored pencils will be provided.
    Gary Peters - Archer
    3pm - 5pm
    Archery Range
    We'll practice at the static range, or shoot the 3D course. Beginners welcome.
    Robert Riversong
    3pm - 5pm
    Knot Tying & Lashing
    This will be a broad introduction to a useful toolbox of knots, bends and hitches, as well as basic lashing techniques.
    Nick Spadaro
    3pm - 5pm
    Bow Drill Basics
    Come join us to learn the quintessential wet weather friction fire method. We will go from A-Z and learn bow drill from the ground up. The work shop will cover materials selection, kit construction, and spend most of our time on proper technique. Sets will be made from Thuja occidentals and will be the bomb. Bring tinder and p-cord if you have it!
    Tim Swanson
    3pm - 5pm
    Coal Burning
    Hungry? Did you just make a delicious rabbit stew but forgot your spoon and bowl? No worries, in this class we will make wooden spoons and bowls by using coals from the fire and other simple tools! Bring a knife! And sandpaper if you have it :)
    Bob Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl
    5pm - 7pm
    Trade Blanket
    Join us around the trade blanket where we will be putting our wares up for trade.
    Murphy Mountainsong
    7pm - 9pm
    Sacred Hunt Conversation
    Gather around the central fire for an open discussion of The Sacred Hunt. What does it mean to be an ethical hunter? What makes a hunt sacred? How is hunting a part of our spiritual connection to the land? All are welcome in this respectful conversation, from vegan to lifelong hunter.
    Robert Riversong
    7pm - 9pm
    Flowering Tree Ceremony – A Vision Quest Experience
    In this ceremony, you will have an opportunity to converse with the Standing People - the trees - to receive guideposts for your life's journey.
  • Saturday
    Joy Many
    7am - 8am
    Animal Yoga
    Animal forms yoga for children of all ages! Greet the new day with some breathing and movement, inspired by the beauty of our surroundings.
    Gary Peters - Archer
    7am - 8am
    Blood Trail
    A false blood trail will be laid through the swamps and the willie's. At the end will be the bloody horn. This is an advance level skills test.
    8am - 9am
    Morning Announcements
    Mark Young of Black Ash Pack Basket
    Ongoing
    Basket Making
    Learn to make a gathering basket. This will be a come and go as needed workshop throughout the weekend. If you'd like to go home with a finished basket, you will need to dedicate a good amount of time to do so. There is also a $20 materials fee for those that want to sit in for the full class throughout the weekend.
    Chris Wood
    Ongoing
    The Making of a Self Bow
    In this class we will start from a log and get you started on your bow-making journey. Making a traditional self bow is a longer process, and can take approximately 10 hours or so. There will be someone making chips in the bowmaking tent most of the weekend. If you have a dusty unfinished bow at home, bring it and we can all try to help you with it. Bring your recently sharpened tools, but there will also be some tools available.
    Deneen Bernier of Three Red Trees
    9am - 11am
    Wild Sun Tea for Kids
    Join us as we wander the landscape to add ingredients to our Wild Tea. The sun will steep it with its powerful heat and we'll meet up later in the day at meal time to celebrate its deliciousness. Class is designed for children. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join us.
    Bob Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl
    9am - 11am
    Make Your Own Stone Tool Kit
    Make Your Own Stone Tool Kit: blades, scrapers, hand ax, sickle, graver, drills and more. Materials fee: 0 to $10
    JennyJosh Fecteau
    9am - 11am
    Guided Plant Walk
    Meet some of the wildflowers, shrubs, and trees who call this land home.
    Justin Sutera
    9am - 1pm
    Primitive Arrow Making and Hafting
    Learn to make wooden arrows for your selfbow. This seemingly simple project quickly becomes expansive, and this workshop will take the mystery out of making quality arrows.
    Colby Smith - MPSS Instructor
    9am - 11am
    Quick Tanning Small Creatures
    Learn how to process a small furry creature into a tanned hide. A quick way to preserve animal skins. Other hide tanning questions and knowledge welcome. If you have a skin you've been working or need advice on, bring it!
    Robert Riversong
    9am - 11am
    The Medicine Wheel – A Map of the Journey
    The Medicine Wheel is a map of the universe, a circle of the seasons, and a set of guideposts for your life's psycho-social and spiritual journey. Join me to discover how the ancients understood our lives to be contained by the circle-of-all-things, and where both dysfunction and health reside.
    Mike Douglas MPSS
    9am - 11am
    Bowdrill Friction Fire
    Learn the art of rubbing sticks together to make fire.
    Bob Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl
    11am - 12pm
    MPG Auction
    A crowd favorite, the MPG Auction. Bring something to auction off, buy something amazing. Every year, we never know what Bob will rattle off but we know it will be awesome. All proceeds go towards supporting MPG and helping us raise funds to cover the cost of running the gathering.
    12pm - 1pm
    Lunch
    Colby Smith - MPSS InstructorNathan Bears
    1pm - 3pm
    Wild Rice Workshop
    Wild rice can be found in great abundance in Maine. Learn all you need to find, sustainably harvest, and process wild rice into a delicious and nutritious wild food larder.
    Will Sampson
    1pm - 3pm
    Making Flemish Twist Bow Strings
    Learn how to make Flemish twist bow strings using a simple jig to size the string to your bow.
    Zack de la Rouda
    1pm - 3pm
    Pine Needle Baskets
    We'll sit, share space and learn to make beautiful [smaller] baskets using an abundant natural material: pine needles. We'll make a basic basket or three while exploring various techniques and styles. $5 suggested donation (optional)
    Andy Dobos of Three Red Trees
    1pm - 3pm
    Wildlife Tracking Excursion
    Come hone your tracking brain! We will explore what to look for when coming across animal tracks and signs and how to use what you see to answer your own questions about what we find.
    Sarah Hamill
    1pm - 3pm
    Song Share Circle
    Come gather together to learn some new songs and share ones you treasure!
    Will Sampson
    3pm - 5pm
    Blacksmithing Basics / Portable forge
    Learn blacksmithing basics including how to make an inexpensive portable forge and blower.
    Jenny
    3pm - 5pm
    Nature Journaling
    Start your own nature journal! No experience necessary. Bring your own sketch book or buy one for $4 or less. Colored pencils will be provided.
    Gary Peters - Archer
    3pm - 5pm
    Archery Range
    We'll practice at the static range, or shoot the 3D course. Beginners welcome.
    Robert Riversong
    3pm - 5pm
    Rigging for Mechanical Advantage
    This workshop will introduce you to various simple techniques, using ropes, rollers, pulleys & levers, to expand your power to move otherwise immovable objects.
    Photo of Willa Moore
    3pm - 5pm
    Mini Bodywork Sessions
    Sign up for a ten minute mini bodywork session with Willa, a licensed massage therapist and polarity therapist. Quartz crystals and various plants for smudging will be used. Sessions will vary based on individual needs. Watch while you wait, and in between sessions Willa will explain what she is doing and answer questions. $5 suggested donation (optional)
    Stephanie Niles
    3pm - 5pm
    Nature Games
    For kids of all ages. Come play some classic wilderness games and maybe learn a new one. We'll become otters, eagles, deer and fire, camouflage and sneak. Kids who are old enough to attend without a parent are welcomed. Little ones should bring an adult or teen. Grown up children should come play too!
    5pm - 6pm
    Primitive Potluck
    Please bring a healthy dish to share and your personal eating implements. The kitchen clan will be making a big pot of homemade chili, corn bread and various desserts to share with everyone. In order to make enough food to feed everyone, we need people to donate meat and veggies for us to cook with. We prefer locally raised meat and vegetables from farmers you trust. Hunters and farmers, you always bring great stuff so keep it up. Here is what we need: Meat: beef, bear, pork, moose, deer Veggies: garden fresh tomatoes, peppers, jalapenos, onions, zucchini Beans: bags of dried beans - kidney, black beans, white beans Fruit: apples, peaches, berries Misc: butter, organic oats, raw cane sugar or natural sweeteners like local honey or maple syrup Cooking supplies: large Pyrex baking pans (we need at least 5), dutch ovens, mixing bowls, and measuring cups. Bring items that don't need refrigerated anytime to the kitchen. Feel free to donate what you have. The kitchen clan will try to use everything and what we can't cook, we donate to attendees on Sunday. Please remember this is carry in, carry out. After dinner, everyone, except the kitchen crew helps clean up. Yay!
    7:30pm - 9:15pm
    Women's Red Tent
    Join a circle of women in the ancient practice of gathering together to connect and relax in what we call a "Red Tent". Take some time for yourself to deepen your relationship with the land, your community, and your own power as a woman. Be resourced and inspired as we co-create an evening of story, song, ceremony, and sharing with one another! This circle is open to girls who have gone through puberty, babies in arms, and all who identify as women, female, or feminine-of-center. If you have a questions about the circle and whether it's right for you, get in touch with Trevanna!
    7:30pm - ....
    Drumming, Storytelling & Dancing
    Bring your instruments, songs, and stories and join us around the fire as we celebrate our last night together.
  • Sunday
    Deneen Bernier of Three Red Trees
    7am - 8am
    Nature Yoga
    Class for all ages & abilities. Wake up with the peaceful sounds of the morning as you stretch and breathe into the new day. Allow the grass to be your mat or bring a towel, blanket or yoga mat.
    Robert Riversong
    7am - 8am
    Four Directions Day Greeting
    A slow-moving meditation based on the Medicine Wheel and Tai Chi.
    8am - 9am
    Morning Announcements
    Mark Young of Black Ash Pack Basket
    Ongoing
    Basket Making
    Learn to make a gathering basket. This will be a come and go as needed workshop throughout the weekend. If you'd like to go home with a finished basket, you will need to dedicate a good amount of time to do so. There is also a $20 materials fee for those that want to sit in for the full class throughout the weekend.
    Chris Wood
    Ongoing
    The Making of a Self Bow
    In this class we will start from a log and get you started on your bow-making journey. Making a traditional self bow is a longer process, and can take approximately 10 hours or so. There will be someone making chips in the bowmaking tent most of the weekend. If you have a dusty unfinished bow at home, bring it and we can all try to help you with it. Bring your recently sharpened tools, but there will also be some tools available.
    Robert Riversong
    9am - 11am
    The Medicine Wheel – A Map of the Journey
    The Medicine Wheel is a map of the universe, a circle of the seasons, and a set of guideposts for your life's psycho-social and spiritual journey. Join me to discover how the ancients understood our lives to be contained by the circle-of-all-things, and where both dysfunction and health reside.
    Andy Dobos of Three Red Trees
    9am - 11am
    Bow Drill Experiments
    Practice bow drill at whatever level you've reached; beginner to advanced. We can try out different natural cordage, spindle and hearth materials, tinders, etc. This is a good opportunity to get past any hurdles you may be encountering.
    9am - 11am
    Plant Allies for Allergies
    I will introduce you to the close plant ally that has helped me live without hay fever symptoms for years. You’ll get to know this and several other herbs recommended by herbalists to treat allergies, as well as learn about proper identification, and explore respectful harvest practices through deep connection to the plants. Some of the topics I will cover: -What are allergies, sensitivities, hayfever, etc? -How to respectfully harvest and use Goldenrod, and why so many people believe that they are allergic to it -How to build a close relationship with a plant so that you can benefit from using it more fully -How to choose herbs based on your symptoms -A list of helpful plants including nettles, barberry, and other plants that grow wild here -How to learn more about working with herbs for food, medicine, and spiritual support
    Nick Spadaro
    9am - 11am
    Hand Drill Experiments
    Come take your Hand Drill prowess to the next level. Any skill level is welcome. From "I can't get a coal" to "Alan Halcon." We will work with many different materials including exotic species from the desert south west as well as cover controversial techniques like floating and protracted drilling. Bring Tinder and band-aids if you've got them!
    Michele Cabral
    9am - 11am
    Yoga Anatomy
    We will move as we absorb how certain postures unlock key human emotions we tend to record in our bodies. Discussion will be about the physical, mental, and energetic healing that occurs during a yoga practice. Whether you practice yoga with a teacher, in a gym, at home with a video, or just organically as you move through your day, this practice will help you become more intentional in your movements. Our practice will take an hour and a half. Wear cool, loose clothing, and bring a thick towel, cool blanket, and/or a yoga mat, and water. There will be a hand-out and time at the beginning of class to take notes so bring a pencil. No previous yoga experience necessary.
    Mike Douglas MPSS
    9am - 11am
    Bowdrill Friction Fire
    Learn the art of rubbing sticks together to make fire.
    Gary Peters - Archer
    11am - 12pm
    Archery Tournament
    Archery Game's! We say it's a serious tournament, yet it each year devolves into fun archery games! Come and see how your skills fare. As the ladies have won this the past two years, we are doing away with prizes and awards! Come shoot a quick scoring round. Winner will be recognized at Closing circle.
    12pm - 12:30pm
    Closing Circle

Tickets

  • Full Weekend
    75.00 USD

    Join us for an entire weekend of sharing skills and living in community. This ticket includes the fee for all three days, camping from Thursday to Sunday, and Saturday Potluck.

  • One Day Only
    35.00 USD

    Can’t come the entire weekend? No problem purchase a ticket for one day online. Friday and Saturday tickets are $35 and Sunday is $20 for half a day.

  • Free Tickets for…

    Elders, Veterans, & children under the age of 16 can come to the gathering for Free. We ask that all attendees have a ticket for the gathering so we can keep track of who is on premise. Elders are any adult over the age of 60.

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