ROOTS Rendezvous

Course Information

Sat, 09/04/2021 - 10:00am to Mon, 09/06/2021 - 4:00pm
All ages, below 16 requires gaurdian.

 Roots Rendezvous

A gathering of people. A huge variety of workshops and skills to choose from. Bring family and friends to come have a great time with others who share a passion for the natural world.  Leave knowing more about the beautiful world which we inhabit.
This gathering is grounded in the idea that we as people can become more conscious, stronger, effective, and capable stewards of the land by learning new and old skills of interacting with the natural world.   These three days have multiple workshop blocks, ongoing demonstrations, and night time celebration. 

Double Early Bird Discount!  $155 for all three days if you sign up between now and April 30th.

There are three days of workshops offered by a diverse group of experienced teachers. Come for any day or all of them.  There are a wide array of topics, including; stone tools, herbal medicine, weaving, tracking, pottery, bows, naturalist studies, ninjutsu, self reliance, and more.  
There are multiple class offerings that happen at the same time so you get to choose your own adventure, and if you come with friends and family you can split up for workshops and come back together and share. It is up to you when you come; you can come for one day, two days, or all three days and to learn, share in the good times with like minded folks, and camp under the stars.    
Feel free to come for one day, the weekend, or all three days.  Walk-ins by the day are welcome unless we are full, which we will note here. 
Limited attendance!  We will have open rolling registration until we reach maximum capacity.  Register soon!  
Please note, all folks attending are welcome to camp for the duration of the event, and are welcome to camp on the land the night before and the day after for ease of travel.  
We are excited to post 2019's schedule to give you an idea of how much happens at this event.  We'll announce this years schedule closer to the date.  Please note that things are bound to change up until the start of the event.  We will also only be holding a youth block first block of each day.


2019 schedule          

Morning 10:00-11:30

Wildlife Tracking Brad Salon

Tree ID through fire making Keith Grenoble (All Ages)

Introduction to Knitting Sabrina Squires

Stalk to Fiber; Milkweed and/or Dogbane Sarah Corrigan

Wide Angle Hearing Amasa

Willow Rib Baskets Tessa Scheele and Zac Fittipaldi (Part 1, Five person limit, sign up through email prior to the start of the event to reserve your spot)

Youth Skills  (age 7 and up)



Early Afternoon 12:30-2:30

Ninjutsu Ben Goodrich

Introduction to Pottery Charlie Paquin

Cattail and Grass Coil Basketry Jamie Maloof

Bone Tools Bill Kazor

Willow Rib Baskets Tessa Sheele and Zac Fittipaldi (Part 2)

Black Ash Basketry Penny Hewitt

Bundle Bows Zack Rouda

Rabbit processing Sabrina Squires (All Ages)

Youth Games (age 7 and up)



Late Afternoon 3:00-5:00

Traditional Hand Percussion Len Mackey

Pound and Peel Basswood for splints or cord Barry Keegan

Paint from Rocks Nick Neddo (All Ages)

Pottery Keith Grenoble

Willow Rib Baskets Tessa Scheele and Zac Fittipaldi (Part 3)

Black Ash Basketry Penny Hewitt

Simple Useful Stone Tools Charlie Paquin (all Ages)

Coal burn Spoons Caleb Genereaux

Hot rocks for cold weather Keith Grenoble

Youth Games   Kyle Deschamps (age 7 and up)



Friday Evening Activities

There will be a fire going, fireside chats, and music to celebrate!

APPLE Celebration!  It is a boom of a year!  Bring apples for the press, and we can crank out sweet sweet juice.  To share! Bring pies, sauce, butter, and all the other apple goodies you love and make and we will delight in it all.




Morning 9:30-11:30

Arrow Making Bill Kazor (All day)

Basswood bark splint pack baskets Barry Keegan ($25 material fee/All day)

Tools from the Creek; Basher, Chopper, Drill and Slicer Keith Grenoble

Black Ash Basketry, Part one  Justin Sutera

Women’s Fire Class Jamie Maloof

Rabbit Processing Sabrina Squires

Introduction to Birding Amasa

Youth Skills & Games; Primitive Glue and Wooden Amulets Ross Doree (age 7 and up)


Early Afternoon 12:30-2:30


Ninjutsu Ben Goodrich

Fire by Friction; Bowdrill and Tinder Bundles Elliot Cluba

Pine Bark Rattles John Hunt

Black Ash Basketry, Part two Justin Sutera

Traps Luke Boushee

Tree ID Walk Jonathon Shapiro

Plant Based Cordage & Carabiners Zack Rouda

Survive like a Boss; Survival Tips and Common Mistakes Mike Pewtherer

Herb Plant Walk Betzy Bancroft

Youth Games Colton Francis (age 7 and up)



Late Afternoon 3:00- 5:00

Track and Sign Jonathon Shapiro

Land Navigation Dan Farrell

Basswood Rope Luke Boushee

Axe Craft for Women Tessa Scheele

Working Rawhide Nick Neddo

Making Mead Betzy Bancroft

Youth Games (age 7 and up)



Saturday Evening Activities

The Trade. Bring a blanket and a few things to trade. There are no limitations here, just guidelines. Nothing is too big or too small, we have seen bags of acorns to canoes. Trade for something unexpected and great. This will be a time where you can put your goods out, walk around to check out other goods, and barter in a light-hearted natural manner. This is easiest working in small groups. Raw materials are wonderful, wild edibles and medicine are fantastic, baskets are a plus, hides are always desirable, and really anything handmade is stellar ...but leave that scratched cd that you found on the way here under the car seat where it was discovered though.

There will be Music! People, bring your instruments!

There will be Fire!

There will be a Home Brew Circle! Bring out your home-brewed concoctions and celebrate with others.






Morning 9:30-11:30

Wild Plant ID and Habitats Dan Farrell

Pottery, Fire it Green Keith Grenoble

Tracking Skulls Mike Pewtherer

Flint and Steel Firemaking  Charlie Paquin 

Fire by Friction; Hand drill and Tinder bundles Len Mackey

Herbal Alchemy, Teas and more... Elliot Cluba

Bittersweet Vine Baskets Pt.1 Zack Rouda

Youth Games Caleb Genereaux (age 7 and up)


Early Afternoon 12:30-2:30

Pottery Pit Firing Keith Grenoble

Pottery; Part Two Charlie Paquin

Mushroom Identification Dave Muska

Coal burn and carve spoons and spatulas Caleb Genereaux

Camouflage Nick Neddo

Fire Saw Bill Kazor

Trees: Edible, Medicinal, First Aid Jamie Maloof (bring a mug!)

Bittersweet Vine Baskets Pt.2 Zack Rouda

Youth Games Ross (age 7 and up)



Late Afternoon 3:00- 4:30

Ninjutsu Ben Goodrich

Flint Knapping; Open pit time Brad Salon

Axe Craft Zac Fittipaldi

Kicking it with Keith Keith Grenoble

Spear Throwing Charles Paquin (All Ages)

Youth games (age 7 and up)


People of all skill levels are welcome to come and participate.  This is an all ages event of adult classes.   
Kids 12 and under come for free!  We will have morning workshops for kids but not in the afternoon.  Instructors will at times make it clear if kids are welcome to attend their workshop or not.  Please exercise your best judgement and responsibility for their behavior so as to not be a negative distration to the instructor or other students.
Bows and arrows.   Bring 'em!  We will have targets set up to use at designated times.  Traditional bows only.   Check in with us at the event about shooting.
Early Early Bird!  If you register between now and February 14th,  and pre-pay for all three days there is a discount price of $135.  
Early Bird!  If you register by April 30th,  and pre-pay for all three days there is a discount price of $155.
Prices will be $185 for all three days. You are welcoem to come for any individual day at $75.
Kids 12 and under come for free.
*Please note that the above right hand column wrongly states that there is food provided as that is not the case, so please feel free to pack a cooler.  There will be camping sites available as there is a big field where everyone camps.*




For more information, please check the Logistics page here.

Food and Camping

Camping is included in the cost of admission and is limited to tents and tarps.  There is a field that is well marked and has plenty of space for you to lay out your tent/tarp/bivy.  There is access to portable toilets and clean drinkable water in camp.  There are no showers, but there is a private space to bring hot water and wash down and a gorgeous river to dip into, but know that the river is at your own risk, so please don’t act like a dummy, and be sure to go with a buddy.  Upon arrival, there shall be signs to point out where camping is.  To get there, walk past the shop towards the cobb oven where the driveway continues and becomes River rd.  As you walk down River rd. you will pass a yurt on your left and not much further up the trail you will see a right turn into a field with a sign marked for camping.  This is Crescent field.  Walk in and find a place to set up, and be wary of the edges and bottom/east part of the field has some poison ivy.   

You are welcome to come the night before to camp, and camp the night after attending for ease of travel.

Please note that upon online registration you will receive an automatic reply that wrongly states that there is no camping, but rest assured there is. 

Meals are not included in the cost of the program.  Students should bring their own food.  We hope to bring in a food truck to provide delicious meals and/or treats during the weekend.  

We love dogs!  Please don't bring yours though as it adds a layer of complexity that we need to avoid. 



Payment and Cost

It means the world to us if you can pre-register. 

Early Bird!  If you register between now and August 31st,  and pre-pay for all three days there is a discount price of $160.  

Prices will be $185 for all three days and $75 for a single day after early bird registration.  

You are welcome to pay the day you arrive if we are not full, which will be noted on this page above. We accept cash, traveler’s checks, checks, and money orders, and credit cards online  ahead of time only. You can pay in full or by the day, any day, and includes enrollment to all workshops that day.  Deposit is included within the price of admission.   Kids under 12 years old and younger can come for free.  Please contact us if you have any questions.  Please register and pay ahead of time if you can!  If you don't, please be sure to check in at the registration table.  We don't prorate days.    We will have open rolling registration until we reach maximum capacity., so eegister soon!



Registration and Waiver

Check in at the registration table upon arrival. We strongly recommend that registration, both the form and payment, are handled before arriving for huge amount of time it saves.  If you want to show up with it all in hand, that is also the best!  Otherwise we are happy to pass you a blank copy to fill out. 







Brad Salon and Sarah Corrigan   Roots School 

Nick Neddo     The Organic Artist

Zach Rouda    ReWild Maine

Barry Keegan    

Ben Goodrich    New England Ninjutsu

Dave Muska   Ondatra Adventures   

Keith Grenoble

John Hunt     ReTribe

Ross Doree     Crows Path

Bill Kazor Ancestral Knowledge

Betzy Bancroft Vermont Center of Integrative Herbalism

Mike Pewtherer Woodland Ways

Rowan Cignini Burlington Permaculture

Charlie Paquin    Archaeologist and artist

Amasa Fisk-White   Bird Specialis

Dan Farrell      The Nature Conservancy in Vermont

Luke Boushee     Woods Craft

Jonathon Shapiro

Jamie Tyler Maloof   O.W.L.S Outdoor Wilderness Learning and Survival and Dancing Moon Girls

Len Mackey

Elliot Cluba

Tessa Scheele

Zac Fittipaldi

Caleb O'Conner Genereux

Sabrina Squires





 Thank you.  We look forward to a great gathering!!

-ROOTS School Staff


Recurring Dates: 
Friday, September 27, 2019 - 10:00am

Register Online!


Directions, Gear & Logistics

Logistical information about what to bring for your class, camping during overnight courses, directions and so forth can be found here.

Registration Forms

Online registrations are preferred, but registration by mail is accepted. Either proceed online above, or mail in the forms below with a check for the deposit.