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The Wolf Gathering – 20th Anniversary Celebration & Skillshare Rendezvous

September 9-10, 2017 at Camp Curran near Tacoma WA

Gene Tagaban is being invited to share music and stories as well as facilitate a discussion on the transition of Wolf Camp into a board-directed organization. We’ll also try to get Dana Lyons seen here performing with Gene!

The Wolf Gathering is our Fall Equinox Skillshare Celebration taking place September 10-11, 2017 to enjoy a weekend of camping and camaraderie at Camp Curran, 13220 50th Ave E, Puyallup WA 98446. The gathering is for people newly interested in the earth skills we share, and a community celebration all who have ever attended one of our classes, workshops, camps, expeditions, or apprenticeships.  In fact, you are welcome to join alumni this year who plan to discuss transitioning Wolf Camp from its family-owned business model, into a non-profit organization guided by a board of directors.

The gathering is also a conservation forum as well as skillshare rendezvous. Join us to attend or give presentations, browse crafts or sell wares, share and gain knowledge and skills at workshops, meet our staff or just network with other birders and naturalists, herbalists and ethnobotanists, wildlife trackers and nature photographers, subsistence hunters and fishers, traditional craftmakers and artisans, organic farmers and sustainable builders, political conservationists and environmental educators, and of course those who love and respect wolves.

Designed for adults, couples and families. Please register youth along with an enrolled parent or legal guardian. Just rsvp with an email to guarantee a seat or register at the door. Accommodations include on-site Tent & RV camping, near-by hotels, and daily commuting. Music and other louder activities are welcome if you put them on the schedule in advance, and quiet is paramount between the hours of 9 pm – 7 am.  To schedule an activity of any kind, please register with a note about your activity.

Check back this summer for this year’s schedule. Last year, our evening Keynote Addresses included:

Becoming Wild Book Cover

Last year, Nikki van Schyndel joined us at the gathering on for an edge-of-your-seat presentation on the two-year survival adventure she undertook after 4 years of training at Wolf Camp, now described in her recent book Becoming Wild.

Becoming Wild with author and Wolf Camp veteran Nikki van Schyndel on her two year survival living experience!
Wolves in Washington with special guest from Wolf Haven, International at this tenuous moment when another wolf pack faces state-sponsored extermination.

The Living History of John Muir with storyteller and poet Bill Baroch in character performing  his “Stories of Experience and Place” as forays into nature, mystery and magic.

2016 Skillshare Presentations on Saturday & Sunday included:

Herbal Remedies with Hannah Hynes-Petty
Fishing Rigs with Charlie Borrowman
Wildlife Walk with Nikki van Schyndel
Arrowheads with Torrey Burke-Weeks
Wild Edible Plants with Sarah Inskeep

Fire by Friction with Braden Ploger

Kids Games & Skills with Wren Schmid
Pine Needle Basketry with Lisa Powers (Comanche)
“Stories of Experience and Place” – Nature Storytelling Skills with Bill Baroch
is a foray into nature, mystery and magic. Your experiences have the power to carry that magic into mystery, to inspire, to connect, to share knowledge, wisdom, love, humor, and humility. Come explore how it might be done.

2016 Friday Schedule Included:

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Join storyteller Bill Baroch on Friday from 8-9 PM for the “Living History of John Muir” pictured here with President Theodore Roosevelt, left, on Overhanging Rock at the top of Glacier Point, near which the men camped in a hollow and awoke to five inches of snow in 1903. – US Nat’l Park Service

3:00-6:00 Set-Up & Check-In
5:00-5:30 Community Dinner (either bring your own, cook around central fire or use your own stove, or rsvp in advance and contribute $5 for dinner by Wilderness Chef Charlie Borrowman in the lodge; menu: loaded bake potato soup; vegan thai ginger sweet potato squash soup; bread; salad)
6:00-7:30 Friday Keynote Address on Wolves in Washington with special guest from Wolf Haven, International at this tenuous moment when another wolf pack faces state-sponsored extermination.
8:00-9:00 Friday Keynote Performance the “Living History of John Muir” by storyteller and poet-in-residence Bill Baroch

2016 Saturday Schedule Included:

8:00 Sunrise Potpourri with Wolf Camp Staff
8:30 Water Ceremony with Lisa Powers: Water Is Life (*see description below)
9:00-9:30 Community Breakfast (either bring your own, cook around central fire or use your own stove, or rsvp in advance and contribute $5 for the camp breakfast we serve in the lodge)
10:00-11:30 Session 1 (see above for confirmed skillshare presenters)
12:00-12:30 Community Lunch
(either bring your own, cook around central fire or use your own stove, or rsvp in advance and contribute $5 for the camp lunch we serve in the lodge)
1:00-2:30 Session 2 (choices similar to Session 1; plus the first Legacy Transition meeting to hear from and give feedback to co-owners Kim & Chris Chisholm about “how we got here” and “where we want to go” with Wolf Camp and the Conservation College)
3:00-4:30 Session 3 (choices similar to Session 1; plus second Legacy Transition meeting to brainstorm about options for the future of Wolf Camp and the Conservation College, facilitated by lead Wolf Camp instructor and U-of-O conflict resolution master’s student Patrick Wiley)

the progressive founder of Puyallup who not only emigrated with his wife Eliza on the Oregon Trail in 1952, but re-inacted the journey a couple more times to popularize the historic trail and immediately upon arrival in the Northwest, came to respect the Potlach Culture of the Puyallup Tribe and met most of the region's famous settlers in his travels. Wolf Camp is now based in along Meeker Creek in the home built by Ezra's nephew whom he later adopted.

Join us on Saturday from 8-9 PM for the “Living History of Ezra Meeker” the progressive founder of Puyallup who not only emigrated with his wife Eliza on the Oregon Trail in 1952, but re-inacted the journey a couple more times to popularize the historic trail, and immediately upon arrival in the Northwest, came to respect the Potlach Culture of the Puyallup Tribe and met most of the region’s famous settlers in his travels. Wolf Camp is now based in along Meeker Creek in the home built by Ezra’s nephew whom he later adopted.

5:00-5:30 Community Dinner (either bring your own, or rsvp in advance and contribute $15 adults, $10 kids for dinner by Wilderness Chef Charlie Borrowman in the lodge; menu: hearty chicken pot-pie soup; vegetarian tomato bisque soup; biscuits; salad; chocolate chili cream cups; butterscotch pudding with pinon chile brittle)
6:00-7:30 Saturday Keynote Address on Becoming Wild with Nikki van Schyndel, Wolf Camp Earth Skills Apprenticeship graduate and author of the book Becoming Wild about her 2 year survival living experience with fellow Wolf Camp apprenticeship graduate Micah Fay.
8:00-9:00 Friday Keynote Performance the “Living History of Ezra Meeker” with Wolf Camp founder Chris Chisholm

2016 Sunday Schedule Included:

8:00 Sunrise Potpourri with Wolf Camp Staff
8:30 Water Blessing with Lisa Powers: Water is Life (*see description below)
9:00-9:30 Breakfast Served (either bring your own, cook around central fire or use your own stove, or rsvp in advance and contribute $5 for the camp breakfast we serve in the lodge)
10:00-11:30 Session 4 (see above for confirmed skillshare presenters)
12:00-12:30 Lunch Served (either bring your own, cook around central fire or use your own stove, or rsvp in advance and contribute $5 for the camp lunch we serve in the lodge)
1:00-2:30 Session 5 (see above for choices similar to Saturday; plus third Legacy Transition meeting on the steps for development of a non-profit organization including the board of directors, if yesterday’s meetings go in that direction)
3:00-4:30 Session 6 (see above for choices similar to Saturday; plus fourth Legacy Transition meeting on developing a timeline and delegating tasks for the transition of Wolf Camp and/or the Conservation College into the future)
4:30-5:00 Closing Ceremony with Lisa Powers & Wolf Camp Staff

All Revenues to Scholarship Fund:

Recommended Contribution for Participants & Guests: $95 adults; $45 accompanied youth and children (no matter the length of time you stay, and not including optional meals or tent accommodations – see below)

Presenters, Skillshare Providers & Vendors: RSVP Now for complimentary attendance in exchange for offering one presentation/activity each day during Saturday-Sunday sessions and to be listed on the schedule in advance. Please write a short bio and one paragraph description of the activity you would like to offer, plus which session times you prefer; includes optional website listing and weblink. To add accommodations and meals, you can volunteer to help cook and serve, or see see below for monetery contribution level. If selling wares at the gathering, then contribute additional 10% per sale at end of weekend.

Choose Your Meals: (Optional)

• Add Saturday Breakfast: $10 adults and teens; $5 children
• Add Saturday Lunch: $5 adults; $5 accompanied children
• Add Saturday Dinner by Wilderness Chef Charlie Borrowman: $15 adults; $10 accompanied children
• Add Sunday Breakfast: $10 adults and teens; $5 children
• Add Sunday Lunch: $5 adults; $5 accompanied children

Choose Your Accommodations: (Optional)

• Add On-Site Tent Camping Saturday Night: $5 per each person, includes bathrooms but no showers
• Reserve RV Space: $25 for Saturday Night (no water connection or dump station)

Other Accommodations: Reserve RV Site at Puyallup Fairgrounds (15 mins) or camping at Dash Point State Park (30 mins) or stay at the Tayberry Cottage B&B (10 mins) or a Hotel in Puyallup or Tacoma (10 mins).


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* Water Is Life with Lisa Powers (Comanche): Gather together to honor, resect and give thanks to the Waters of the World in a ceremony of prayer and singing the Anishinabe Water Song in respect of Josephine Mandamin, Elder who walked around the 5 great lakes with prayers in honor of the Water. Ceremony will include time to discuss what we can do individually and as a group to promote further honoring and protecting of our water.