ROOTS Rendezvous

Course Information

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 9:00am to Sun, 09/29/2019 - 4:00pm
Fri, 09/27/2019 - 9:00am
Sat, 09/28/2019 - 9:00am
Sun, 09/29/2019 - 9:00am
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 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, 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 camp under the stars.    
 Kids 12 and under come for free!   We have youth workshops and/or all ages workshops at each block.
Feel free to come for one day, the weekend, or all three days.  
Limited attendance!  We will have open rolling registration until we reach maximum capacity.  Register soon!  
Walk-ins by the day are welcome unless we are full, which we will note here. 
Please note, all folks attending are welcome to camp for the duration of the event, and are welcome to camp on the land Thursday night through Sunday night to help with travel plans.  
Early Bird!  If you register between now and August 31st,  and pre-pay for all three days there is a discount price of $160, and $65 for each single day.  
Prices will be $185 for all three days and $75 for a single day after early bird registration.  


Take a look at last year's schedule to get an idea of what the event looks like.  We will be posting this years schedule closer to the date of the gathering.



2018 schedule          
Morning 10:00-11:30
Wildlife Tracking Brad Salon   
Tree ID through fire making   Keith Grenoble   (All Ages)
Rabbit processing  Sabrina Squires
Youth Skills  George  (age 7 and up)
Early Afternoon 12:30-2:30
Ninjutsu Ben Goodrich
Bittersweet Vine Baskets Pt.1     Zack Rouda
Introduction to Primitive Pottery  Charlie Paquin
Twenty uses for Japanese Knotweed; Survival, Medicine & Craft Jamie Maloof
Youth Games George (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
Bittersweet Vine Baskets Pt.2     Zack Rouda
Simple Stone Tools  Charlie Paquin  (all Ages)
Working Rawhide Nick Neddo
Hot rocks for cold weather   Keith Grenoble   
Youth Games George  (age 7 and up)
Friday Evening Activities
There will be a fire going, fireside chats, and music to celebrate!
Rice Processing (Probable being weather dependent) Luke Boushee and Lucian Avery
Morning 9:30-11:30
Tools from the Creek; Basher, Chopper, Drill and Slicer Keith Grenoble
Basswood bark splint pack baskets  Barry Keegan   ($25 material fee)
Women’s Fire Class Jamie Maloof
Youth Games  Caleb (age 7 and up)
Paint from Rocks Nick Neddo  (All Ages)
Rabbit processing  Sabrina Squires
Early Afternoon 12:30-2:30
Cedar Bark Knife Sheath   Zach Rouda  ($5 material fee)
Ninjutsu Ben Goodrich
Skull and Bone Identification Mike Pewtherer
Knitting Sunniva Dutcher
Fire by Friction; Bowdrill and Tinder Bundles  Elliot Cluba
Traps Luke Boushee
Making Huarache Sandals Dave Muska
Youth Games, Archery  Rosse Doree  (age 7 and up)
Late Afternoon 3:00- 5:00
Youth Games  Yard  (age 7 and up)
Tracking Jonathon Shapiro
Wooden Knife Handle Making Lucian Avery
White Pine Bark Pouches Katie Grove
Vegetable Fermentation  Elliot Cluba
Wild Plant ID and Habitats Dan Farrell
Basswood Rope Luke Boushee
Making Mead Sarah Corrigan
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
Primitive Pottery Firing  Charles Paquin
Pine Bark Rattles  John Hunt  
Rawhide Knife Sheaths  Lucian Avery
Fire by Friction; Hand drill and Tinder bundles   Len Mackey
Miniture Twined Baskets  Katie Grove
Principles of Survival Mike Pertherer
Tree ID Walk Jonathon Shapiro
Mushroom Log Innoculation Rowan Cignoni
Youth Games George (age 7 and up)
Early Afternoon 12:30-2:30
Reading the Forested Landscape Chris Grataski
Cooking with clay pots Keith Grenoble
Fundamentals of Mushroom Id Dave Muska
Natural Movement  Camillo Gaston-Greenburg
Youth Games Yard  (age 7 and up)
Knitting Sunniva Dutcher
Wild Medicines for Survival   Jamie Maloof
Sewing Techniques  Sabrina Squires
Coal Burning and Fire Side Crafting Bowls and Spoons  John Hunt    (All Ages)
Late Afternoon 3:00- 4:30
Ninjutsu Ben Goodrich
Flint Knapping; Open pit time Brad Salon
Coffee Can Rocket Stoves  Zack Rouda
Spoons and Knives, Compression Halfting Keith Grenoble
Spear Throwing Charles Paquin  (All Ages)
Youth games    (age 7 and up)
Clean up, Farewell, and Goodbye!
Clean up, Farewell, 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.***




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.  There will be a food truck making delicious meals and treats by the cob oven Saturday and Sunday.  Smokey D's barbecue!

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 15th,  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

Chris Grataski    Stone River Homestead

Zach Rouda    ReWild Maine

Barry Keegan    

Ben Goodrich    New England Ninjutsu

Dave Muska   Ondatra Adventures   

Keith Grenoble

John Hunt     ReTribe

Ross Doree     Slow Oak of Shelburne, Vermont

Rowan Cignini Burlington Permaculture

Charlie Paquin    Archaeologist and artist

Amasa Fisk-White   Bird Specialist

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





 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.