ROOTS Rendezvous

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:00am to Sun, 10/01/2017 - 4:00pm
All ages, below 16 requires gaurdian.

This is a daily course, please bring your own food. Camping is available by request.


 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 we are a part of.
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. 
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, stalking, slings, 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.    
 Kids 12 and under come for free!   We have youth workshops at every block, with other all ages workshops.
The schedule below is from last year's event.  Classes are subject to change, but take a peek below to see what types of workshops are offered.
Feel free to come for one day, the weekend, or all three days.  Walk-ins by the day are more than welcome.


Below is last year's schedule to give you an idea of what goes on.  We will post this year's schedule closer to the event date, so check back in!




Morning 10:00-11:30

Youth Skills  (age 7 and up)

Wildlife Tracking Brad Salon   

Birding Amasa Fiske White

Ninjutsu Ben Goodrich of New England Ninjutsu


Early Afternoon 12:30-2:30

Flint Knapping, Percussion Brad Salon

Rawhide Crafting Nick Neddo

Youth Games  Sarah Corrigan and Eve Bernhard

Bone Tools and Arrowheads Bill Kazor  $2 material fee


Late Afternoon 3:00-5:00

Fire by Friction; Hand drill Jackie Campellone

Stalking Tom Brown III

Hide Tanning Overview Nick Neddo

Pottery Charles Paquin

Youth Activity Eve Bernhard

Kicking it with Kieth Kieth Grenoble


Friday Evening Activities

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






Morning Yoga   8am with Nushi    


Morning 9:30-11:30

Youth Games Ross Doree   (age 7 and up)

Plant Communities Dan Farrell

Nalbinding, Making the fabric Sarah Shapiro Max 6 students

Rice Processing Luke Boushee and Jonathan Shapiro 

Fire by Friction; Bow Drill   Jackie Campallone

Making and using simple stone tools everyday Kieth Grenoble

Bird Language Barry Wyman


Early Afternoon 12:30-2:30

Coal Burning Spoons All Ages John Hunt

Rawhide Crafting Nick Neddo

Ninjutsu Ben Goodrich of New England Ninjutsu

Instinctive Shooting Tom Brown III

Basswood Cordage Luke Boushee

Hunter and Scavenger; roadkill assessment, procurement, and processing Laura Zerra

Buckskin Slings Bill Kazor  $10 material fee


Late Afternoon 3:00- 5:00

Youth Games Johanna Anderson   (age 7 and up)

Our sacred corn Javier Baez 

Tracking Brad Salon

Tree Identification Jonathan Shapiro

Medicinal Plant Walk Naomi Ullian

Vegetable Fermentation Elliot Cluba

Hunter and Scavenger; cooking and hide tanning Laura Zerra

Grafting Workshop  Ben Falk


Saturday Evening Activites

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

Plant Communities Dan Farrell

Mead Making BetzyBancroft of Vermont Center of Integrative Herbalism

Pottery; Micro-firing Charles Paquin

Traditional Nutrition Naomi Ullian

Youth Skills John Hunt    (age 7 and up)

Our sacred corn Javier Baez 

Basswood Cordage  Luke Boushee


Early Afternoon 12:30-2:30

Ninjutsu Ben Goodrich

Instinctive Shooting Tom Brown III

Wet Felting Bags Sarah Corrigan 

Youth Games Dave Porter     (age 7 and up)

Bone Tools and Arrowheads Bill Kazor  $2 material fee

Cooking wiht clay pots Kieth Grenoble


Late Afternoon 3:00- 4:30

Youth games Johanna Anderson        (age 7 and up)

Spoon Carving Ross Doree

Spears Charles Paquin

Paint from Stones Nick Neddo

Foraging for Wild Mushrooms Alan LePage

Nalbinding, Making the fabric Sarah Shapiro Max 6 students

Meadow Medicinals  Graham Unangst Rufenacht

Clean up, Farewll, and Goodbye!
People of all skill levels are welcome to come and participate.  This is an all ages event of adult classes, and family friendly with kid workshops.  Kids 12 and under come for free!
Bows and arrows.   Bring 'em!  We will have targets set up to use at designated times.  Traditional bows only.   
***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.***


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 toliets an clean drinkable water in camp.  There are no showers, but there is 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 along the driveway past the shop towards the cobb oven where the driveway continues and becomes the 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 poison ivy. 
Please note that upon online registration you will recieve an automatic reply that wrongly states that there is no camping as there is a big field where everyone camps. 
Meals are not included in the cost of the program.  Students should bring their own food.  There will be a freelancing foodies making tasty treats in the cob oven Saturday and Sunday.   I'm not sure what it will be, but I know it will be delicious, so bring some cash if you are at all tempted.
We love dogs!  Please don't bring yours though as it adds a layer of complexity that we would like to avoid.
Payment  and Cost
It means the world to us if you can pre-register, so we have discounts if you do and the cost will be $130 for all three days, and $45 for a single day.  If you sign up September 16th - through to the day of, prices will be $160 for all three days and $55 for a single day.  You can pay the day you arrive. We accept cash, traveler’s checks, checks, and money orders, and credit cards online 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.  Thank you!
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 all the time it saves.  If you want to show up with it all in hand, that is 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

Nick Neddo is a sixth generation Vermonter who has been making art since he could first pick up a crayon. He grew up exploring the wetlands, forests and fields of his bioregion and developed a profound curiosity, respect and love for the community of life around him. As a youngster Nick identified primary focuses that would become life-long pursuits: study of the natural world, Stone Age technology (popularly known as primitive skills) and creating art. Trusting the inherent value of these skills, he continues to embrace their pursuit with a ravenous appetite fueled by a genuine love of the living world and the creative process.


Bill Kazor    Ancestral Knowledge

Bill has also studied both youth mentoring, naturalist studies, primitive technology and tracking with Jon Young, Errett Callahan and Charles Worsham. He has been teaching children and adults in these subjects since 1998.


Tom Brown III      Earth Village Education

Tom has been a practitioner and teacher of primitive technology, tracking and nature observation since he has been able to walk. His passion is to educate people in the ways of our ancestors, passing down the skills that were at the forefront of their lives.


Betzy Bancroft      Vermont Center of Integrative Herbalism

Betzy is a teacher, clinical herbalist, gardener, craftsperson and environmentalist who’s had a deep appreciation for the magic of plants since childhood.


Alan LePage     LePage Farm

Alan LePage has been an organic vegetable gardener in central Vermont for over thirty years–long before anyone cared much about organic farming–long, long before words like ‘sustainable’, ‘local’, ‘artisinal’ started being used, ad nauseam. His family has farmed the same piece of land since the civil war. Alan is also an expert mushroom forager, mentor, activist and philosopher.


Ben Falk     Whole Systems Design

Regenerative design, resiliency planning, permaculture design consulting, courses. Transition training, Vermont relocation, sustainable homestead design. Farm design. Permaculture consultant, food security, water systems planning, preparedness. Root cellar, greenhouse design, secure home design, rural relocation. Resilient homes & off-grid design. Vermont permaculture farm.


Ben Goodrich    New England Ninjutsu


Keith Grenoble


Laura Zerra    

Laura's passions include antler hunting, bow hunting, processing her own meat, Crossfit, horse packing, teaching what she loves, and new experiences.


John Hunt      ReTribe

John grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont. He has been enthralled with the natural world since childhood and has a passion for helping others strengthen their connection. He has studied with expert survivalists and trackers including Tom Brown and Susan Morse and has also done extensive research on his own through books and direct exploration He loves working with youth and helping them discover, through nature connection, their unique and beautiful power.


Barry Wyman    Flight and Flame

Born in Maine, Barry has had a life connected to the woods of the North East, spending much of his childhood in both forest and coastal ecology. He currently spends much of his time living in small cabins, wildlife tracking, wandering vast wilderness, practicing primitive skills and playing banjo by the wood stove.


Ross Doree     Slow Oak of Shelburne Vermont


Charlie Paquin

Archaeologist and artist


Sarah Shapiro     Green Heart Massage


Amasa Fisk-White 

Bird Specialist


Dan Farrell      The Nature Conservancy in Vermont


Naomi Ullian      Tiny Pony Apothecary


Graham Unangst Rufenacht      Robinson Hill Beef


Luke Boushee     Woods Craft


Jonathon Shapiro

Johanna Anderson

Dave Porter

Elliot Cluba     Herbs and Arrows





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

-ROOTS School Staff


Recurring Dates: 
Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 9:00am

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Directions, Gear & Logistics

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

Online registrations are preferred, but registration by mail is accepted.

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