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The Wolf Gathering – Annual Celebration & Skillshare Rendezvous

October 27, 2018 at Camp Curran near Tacoma WA

The Wolf Gathering is our Fall Skillshare Celebration designed as 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 those who love wolves.

With a Masters in Arts in Education, Cyndi “Soup” Elliott is a teacher, artist and performer who enjoys sharing her life-long love of Nature.  Her dogs and horses have always been among her dearest friends. Cyndi Soup is currently the featured performer at Remlinger Farms in Carnation, WA. She and Tim recently bought 17 acres in rural Snohomish County to start an environmental learning center they’re calling The Pond Beyond. They will share their original musical composition of that title as part of their keynote address focusing on how we can keep future generations in touch with the music of nature and a life outdoors.

Sept 9, 2017 Saturday Schedule

9 AM Complimentary Breakfast with preview of Blue Skye Farm video produced by LPN Media

10 Informational Meeting for prospective Board Members and others interested in hearing Chris & Kim‘s vision for transitioning Wolf Camp to a non-profit outdoor institute.

12 Pot Luck Lunch with preview of summer camp photography produced by LPN Media

1 PM Earth Skills Rendezvous Session 1 – Choose:

• Making Herbal Remedies
• Wildlife Discovery Walk
• Flintknapping Arrowheads

3 PM Earth Skills Rendezvous Session 2 – Choose:

• Effective Fishing Rigs
• Wild Edible Plant Walk
• Making Fire by Friction

5 PM Salmon Bake & Fish Fry with Wild Chef Charlie Borrowman

7 PM Keynote Presentation with Tim Noah & Cyndi Soup

Tim Noah grew up in rural Neuwaukum in western Washington and from an early age, demonstrated a passion for art, music and theater.  He is an Emmy award winning songwriter and producer, nationally acclaimed recording artist, and star of stage and screen. He has appeared on HBO, The Disney Channel and the BBC. In 1986, ABC invited Tim to New York for two performances at Lincoln Center and in 1987, he wrote and recorded the soundtrack and starred in Daredreamer, an independent feature film. In 1995, Tim received the Parents Choice award for Supertunes, an album released by A&M records. In 1998, he began co-producing a music magazine show for children entitled “How ‘Bout That!”  In two seasons, How ‘Bout That won a dozen Emmy awards and critical acclaim.

In 1989, Tim moved back to the country, where he tapped into his rural roots and rediscovered a knack for storytelling. It was during this time that he wrote and recorded the album, Kaddywompas – still a favorite among his fans.  In the year 2002, Tim and true love, Cyndi “Soup” Elliott met and began the transformation of a hundred-year-old church into Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater – “The Pacific Northwest’s Cozy Home for the Performing Arts” in Snohomish, northeast of Seattle. Tim and Cyndi co-produced “Cyndi Soup and the Critter Choir at the Imagine Inn”, an album of songs for the whole family recorded in Nashville. Tim also recorded One Fell Swoop, an album of original Americana recorded in Nashville and released in 2007.

Tim’s musical journeys have taken him to Lincoln Center in New York. Tim & Cyndi have also worked with teachers and students in the high Himalayan villages of Ladakh, India. They continue to perform concerts, visit schools, write songs, produce and direct shows. Now they have bought a property to start an environmental learning center they’re calling The Pond Beyond. Their keynote address will focus on the journey from a childhood outdoors, to how we can bring similar experiences to future generations.

Sept 10, 2017 Sunday Schedule

9 AM Complimentary Breakfast with viewing of 2017 Film Camp videos produced by LPN Media
10 Earth Skills Rendezvous Session 3 – Choose:
• Effective Fishing Rigs
• Wild Edible Plant Walk
• Making Fire by Friction
12 Pot Luck Lunch with preview of Survival Camp Training video produced by LPN Media

1 PM Earth Skills Rendezvous Session 4 – Choose:

• Making Herbal Remedies
• Wildlife Discovery Walk
• Flintknapping Arrowheads

3 PM Meeting to nominate board members for the new non-profit organization taking over management of Wolf Camp in 2018-19.

4 PM Thanksgiving Circle, Songs & Stories with Chris

5 PM Clean-Up

Register Now – All Revenues after expenses go to our Max Davis 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. 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 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.

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. Just rsvp with an email to guarantee your participation .

Choose Your Meals: (Optional)

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

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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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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Last year, storyteller Bill Baroch shared 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.

Last year, Chris Chisholm shared 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-enacted 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

* Water Is Life with Lisa Powers (Comanche): Gather together to honor, respect 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.

We are inviting the inspirational Helen Thayer as a keynote speaker for the next Wolf Gathering. In the scope and significance of accomplishments achieved by women, Helen Thayer stands alone. Author of Three Among The Wolves, Polar Dream & Walking The Gobi, she travels without guides or support teams. At times she has overcome incredible obstacles to reach her goals through dedicated planning and problem solving. In a career that spans the planet north to south and east to west, her diversity and experience are without compare. Named one of the Great Explorers of the Twentieth Century by National Geographic and honored in a ceremony at the White House, Helen is truly “one-of-a-kind.” She uses her vast experience to convince young and old that all great triumphs are realized by total commitment to a goal, to planning for success and finally determination to reach the top. She explains, “I’ve been there and here’s how I did it.”

We are also inviting the inspirational Gene Tagaban as a future keynote speaker:

Gene Tagaban performing llve with Dana Lyons

The Dalai Lama listening to Gene Tagaban at Key Arena