Instructors

The instructors for the 2018 gathering are listed below.

Aaron Pollitt

Bio

Aaron Pollitt, 30 years old, is a naturalist, environmental activist, and songwriter. He has participated in a variety of earthskills gatherings around the country and has been involved in movements from Keystone to Occupy to Standing Rock. When not working on his homestead in Southern Indiana he can often be found exploring the mountains around Asheville, NC and singing sweet songs with friends around campfires.

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Instructor Photo: Adrian Kasper

Adrian Kasper

Bio

Adrian has always been interested in the art of body movement. Since he was a little boy, he has done many sports such as Nordic walking, rock climbing, skiing, rollerblading, yoga, … Adrian is originally from Slovakia, where he has been an instructor for Nordic walking for 6 years. Due to the fact that Nordic walking is one of the best ways to keep the correct body position and a fantastic way to exercise while improving your health, Adrian enjoys sharing it with others.

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Instructor Photo; Alexander Ojeda

Alexander Ojeda

Bio

Alexander Ojeda was raised in the counter culture of the late 60’s and early 70’s. He was raised with the idea that we need to be more connected with the Earth and conscious of its ecological health. It was expressed that the human world is a very delicately balanced system that is in danger of collapsing at any time. Growing up with these guiding principles, he was never comfortable with the way the world was set up. There was always an underlying itch of concern about the future of our way of life and that of the ecological balance of the planet. One way to combat that concern was to learn the pre-petroleum living skills of people from the iron age to early Tudor life and permaculture living techniques. Many years later Alex is now a permaculture instructor that teaches and designs self-sufficient homesteads under the name of the Starwalker Project. Ever learning the next way to live a modern lifestyle connected to living systems, Alex says repeatedly that the teacher should always be an information hungry student. He is forever grateful for the opportunity to be with like minded people on this same mission!

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Instructor Photo; Alinah Ahh

Alinahh Ever

Bio

I love to sing, dance, and co-create ceremony in community. I have been leading song circles for small and large groups of all ages for many years and I founded & coordinate Singing Alive Appalachia, a gathering of songlovers, now in its 5th year. I have created ceremonies that honor the Earth and her cycles, and been a facilitator of rites of passage for women of all ages (including Growing Goddess program for young women in Appalachia). I love to co-create experiences with others that include all our senses, visual and musical arts, dance & celebration, as well as provide a space for us to express our feelings and to deepen our connection with the Earth.

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Angie Minno

Bio

Angie has studied and used herbal medicines and natural remedies for more than 15 years with her family of five and in caring for and maintaining a dual-purpose beef/dairy herd of Jersey/Devon cattle, and a chemical/antibiotic-free healthy forage-fed goat herd. As antibiotic resistance becomes more and more widespread, knowledge of alternatives to antibiotics, especially in respect to wound care, are vital to our well-being.

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Annie SewDev

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Annie SewDev is an herbalist and EMT in central Florida. She offers donation based herbal wellness consultations, gathers and prepares herbal medicine, teaches at the Florida School of Holistic Living, and offers free herbal first aid in downtown Orlando. With great fondness for the place that she lives, she seeks to practice bioregional herbalism, utilizing local plants to improve the quality of life and reduce suffering. For more information about Annie, visit www.takerootherbarium.com.

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Barron Brown

Bio

Barron has been making object his whole life. Started forging, casting and carving around 1970 and hasn’t stopped since. Earlier than that he started helping his granddad with simple timber frames and other homesteading skills.

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Instructor Photo; Bill Parravano

Bill Parravano

Bio

Bill has over 25 years of martial art and body work experience understanding movement and tensions patterns that lead to physical pain.

Bill believes the nervous system holds the key to the body’s healing. It bridges the gap between what we currently know and the infinite number of possibilities for the body to heal in the realm of what we don’t know. This combination creates the shortest distance between a life riddled with pain to a high quality fully expressed physical life.

“You can’t think your way out of pain. Pain is not rational and doesn’t care what you think. You must feel your way out of pain through comfort. Through the weeks, months and years of injury and compensation patterns built up in your body limiting your movement and making you feel older than you are.” ~ Bill (The Knee Pain Guru)


His unique ability of identifying the blocks that keep people stuck in pain and skillfully removing them allows for lasting change and a new reality for his clients…

Here’s what just a few of his clients had to say...

"Bill's THE MAN. I've had him work on me and teach me for years now. He can do things I honestly didn't think were possible. He's patient, kind and funny and very, very good."

~ Patrick (44) Charlotte, NC

"Bill has a true gift for helping people in pain. I encourage everyone to allow him to share that gift with you so you, too, can get out of pain.”
~ Karen (57) Anchorage, AK

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Instructor Photo; Cali J.

Cali Janae

Bio

Cali Janae is an all-around nature nerd with a deep interest in sustainable living skills including accessible and empowering healthcare for self and community. Cali’s love for the wild was sparked early in life on plant and bird walks with their father in central Iowa. Cali’s training includes a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnobotany from Drake University. Following this up, Cali studied for three years at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, completing the Community Herbalism Intensive and two years of apprenticeship alongside 7Song. During this time Cali worked as a volunteer clinical herbalist at the Ithaca Free Clinic. Cali is currently working as an clinical and community herbalist and botanist in their own practice on a farm outside of Gainesville. In their free time they enjoy spending time with friends, beer-brewing, fermentation and gardening.

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Instructo Photo; Chris Maness

Chris Maness

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Instructor Photo; Colleen Casey

Colleen Casey

Bio

My background is in the arts. I love all things fiber and teach crochet, knitting, sewing, spinning, dying and felting. I taught high school art for 12 years and now I teach fiber all over the country.

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Instructor Photo; Corey Pine Shane

CoreyPine Shane

Bio

CoreyPine is director of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine and has spent over 20 years helping clients by artfully blending Chinese and Western herbal traditions with a focus on local plants. As a seasoned wildcrafter he has extensive knowledge of wild plants as well as medicine making. He has taught at many national conferences, written on herbal medicine, and is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. CoreyPine believes that laughter is an essential part of any medicine chest, which is why he is a part of the “Wise Guy” school of healing. www.BlueRidgeSchool.org

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Instructor Photo; Dave Cooper

Dave Cooper

Bio

Dave Cooper from Lexington, Kentucky is founder of the Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth Friendly Living in Kentucky. He spent 10 years traveling across America as a volunteer on the Mountaintop Removal Road Show, an effort to educate Americans about the tragedy of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. He is also a founding member of Mountain Justice, a direct action campaign led by Appalachians to bring attention to the environmental impacts of mountaintop removal.

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Instructor Photo; Doug Elliott

Doug Elliott

Bio

Doug Elliott is a naturalist, herbalist, storyteller, basket maker, back-country guide, philosopher and harmonica wizard. Whether he's singing about catfish, pontificating on possums, extolling the virtues of Spanish moss, pondering the “nature” in human nature, demonstrating basketry techniques, telling wild snake tales or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune, he is known for his lively presentations as well as his broad, practical, scientific and cultural knowledge of the area's many useful wild plants and interesting critters. He has authored five books, produced a number of award winning recordings of stories and songs, and is occasionally seen on PBS-TV and the History Channel.


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Instructor photo; Eric Blevins

Eric Blevins

Bio

Eric Blevins is from east Tennessee in the Katuah bioregion. He started learning knots in 2006 as part of learning to climb for direct action so he could get in the way of coal companies blowing up mountains. He worked with Mountain Justice in the fight against mountaintop removal for over 10 years. He has taught at the Firefly Gathering, Whippoorwill Earthskills Festival, Florida Earthskills, Mountain Justice camps, Earth First! camps, and other direct action camps. He loves yoga, acroyoga, Thai massage, reading, playing guitar and singing folk songs, collecting vinyl records and seeing live music, contra and square dancing. He currently lives near Nashville.

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Eric Lewis

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Eric is a lover plants and aspiring greenman who dedicates much of his energy to deepening the relationship between people and plants. Inspired by the wise words of world renowned ethnobotanist Frank Cook, Eric is continually encouraging people to respect the plants as individuals and eat something wild everyday.

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Fuz Sanderson

Bio

Fuz is an endangered species biologist, Earthskills teacher, musician and storyteller. He has over 25 years as a wilderness instructor, naturalist, and research biologist for organizations such as 4H, National Wildlife Federation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, US Forest Service, US Park Service, and the Green River Preserve. Fuz coordinated the Earthskills Rendezvous for 8 years, and has now founded the Piedmont Earthskills Gathering in central North Carolina. Go ahead, ask him about birds.

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Instructor Photo, Grandma Koko

Grandma Koko

Bio

Grandma KoKo is a displaced homesteader with a plan to assist the growth of Homesteading Eco-villages, because homesteading is a community sport, it takes a village. Planned Homesteading Communities based on sustainable, earth friendly and locally-self-sufficient practices will provide rewarding livelihood and economic security. This is the new way to create ‘jobs’ on the local level. The PLAN is friendly, affordable and up-lifting. KoKo manages a web site dedicated to promoting the possibility of an Earth centered set of living arrangements, painting a brighter vision for our future. The Plan is called Live Rent Free, A Safe Place to BE, it offers details of the What, Why and How for Planned Homesteading Communities. Read it on-line or download the pdf file at moretocome.us. Plans have already begun for a just such a homesteading community in Tennessee based on The Plan.
Contact:
Gma KoKo on Facebook
gmakoko@gmail.com
moretocome.us
269-543-7433

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James Clinkscale

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Instructor Photo; Jeanette Klopchin

Jeanette Beturyet

Bio

Jeanette is a New York native, but has called Gainesville home since 2008. Her life currently revolves around her beautiful 5 year old daughter, Darva May. They live with their five beloved cats, one free-range rabbit, 1 miracle goldfish and 1 salt-water aquarium. Jeanette has a BS in Zoology and a MS in Environmental Studies. Her experience includes zoo-keeping and animal husbandry, practical and applied biological research, ecological surveying, professional aquarium care, community driven permaculture projects, scientific writing and editing, teaching, extension and outreach, beekeeping and bee-related policy making as well as event planning, organization and a bit of food & beverage experience thrown in the mix! Life's been a blast and its moving fast! She loves a good dance party and is looking for the love of her life! <3

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Instructor Photo; Jeff Gottlieb

Jeff Gottlieb

Bio

Jeff , MS (in Biology), has been a Naturalist, Outdoor Educator and Primitive Skills Instructor for more than 30 years. He works with school groups, nature centers, museums, scout troops and summer camps, builds full-sized wigwams and longhouses and replicates primitive tools and artifacts for display. His areas of special interest include fiber arts, flintknapping, basketry, edible and utilitarian plants, and nature awareness. He travels widely in the Eastern U.S. teaching at rendezvous, gatherings and historic fairs. He has written a how-to manual on building wigwams, and an instructors' manual entitled Teaching Primitive Skills to Children. His new book on natural fibers and ropemaking is available directly from him. He welcomes correspondence and can be reached via email at argskids@optonline.net, or at 245 Red Dog Lane, Whittier, NC, 28789.

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Instructor Photo; Jeremy Goulet

Jeremy Goulet

Bio

Jeremy Goulet is a 4th generation Floridian. He grew up exploring the woods and wetlands of this bio-region. As well as learning from locals, Jeremy has also traveled across North America living in other climates and learning survival and primitive skills from some of the best instructors. He also sometimes teaches classes around Labelle, FL

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Instructor Photo; Jesse Everett

Jesse Everett

Bio

Jesse is a born and bred Mainer with a passion for nature and regenerative culture. She has been a mentor with the Anasazi Foundation, the Children of the Earth Foundation, and Northwood Natural Learning. She has a passion for integrating survival skills into modern living, as well as cultural change through communication, vulnerability, and connection.

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Instructor Photo; Jillian Ross

Jillian Ross

Bio

Jillian has been actively experimenting with traditional fermentation of different foods and beverages for the past 7 years. She was on a quest to self heal, after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. It was then that she discovered, The Art of Fermentation, by Sandor Katz. He is her guru of all things fermented and through his teachings she was able to completely overhaul and restore her body to its optimal health, with zero medications.
Jillian lives in FL, where she enjoys time outside with her hands in the dirt, growing her own food, raising her chickens and wild foraging whenever she get the chance.

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Instructor Photo; 2018 Joan Candalino

Joan Candalino

Bio

A student of primitive and Native American cultural skills since the early days
of the Earthskills Workshops at Unicoi State Park, Joan has taught Native American style beadwork,
buckskin sewing, canvas tentage construction techniques, twined bags, pottery, batik, toothbrush rag rug making, moccasins,
capotes, rainwater catchment, healing with nutrition supplements & herbal medicines, salves, tinctures, lip balms …
and bellydancing. She made her first tipis under the tutelage of Rivercane Rendezvous founder Darry Wood in the 1990's,
and now teaches tipi living skills. Joan and husband, Tom Strode, are building homestead and community in
Hardyville, Kentucky. www.sweetwatertipi.com

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John Kraus

Bio

John Kraus has been a carpenter since 1974. He is a blacksmith instructor for the John C.Campbell folk school, and a tool making instructor for Country Workshops Woodworking School and is involved with this school’s timber frame projects as well.

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Instructor Photo; Jon Handelman

Jon Handelman

Bio

Jon is a world traveling adventurer who has spent his life connecting with others playing music, studying personal growth and inspiring people to be their highest selves. He was director of Montreal's largest children's day camp for 5 years and was a team building coach for high performance athletes. His passion and enthusiasm has inspired bicycle caravan circuses and traveling peace theaters. Jon has trained teachers on how to build connections through play, He has a business degree from Concordia University, and has studied Coaching for Transformation and Non-Violent Communication. Jon is also the co-creator of Awakening Harmony, a musical connection retreat that promotes emotional empowerment. He practices yoga, permaculture, music, acrobatics and woodworking, and grows his compassion with daily practice.

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Josh Fox

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Josh Fox is a plant-enthusiast with a great love for teaching. He is an experienced guide to our local abundance of plant food and medicine incorporating his knowledge of Chinese medicine with nine years of Western herbal studies. He is a licensed acupuncture and herbal clinician and regularly offers plant walks, workshops, and weekend retreats integrating physical and spiritual healing. When he's not working with plants, you might find him dancing, stilt-walking, or singing songs.

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Instructor Photo; Jungle Jay

Jungle Jay

Bio

JUNGLE JAY is a career Archaeologist and Certified Permaculture Designer with academic studies in Secondary Science Education and Evolutionary Biology. His eclectic educational background combined with insights gleaned from over 30 years in the field have yielded a unique perspective that led to epiphany with regard to the long "sweet spot" in our cultural evolution. He is replicating this in microcosm in his local community and exporting this knowledge through presentations at various convergences, like The Florida Earthskills Gathering. In his presentation he will share his story and the hopeful news about recreating a human paradise in a new kind of jungle.

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Instructor Photo, Justin Marcano

Justin Marcano

Bio

Justin is currently acting as one of four program directors for Orlando Permaculture, a community based non-profit organization serving the Orlando area. Alongside its other organizers, this group is pioneering the Permaculture movement not only as practitioners, but also by providing free or low cost education through community gatherings and action days. He also commits his time to Orlando's only active co-housing cooperative known as the Peanut Butter Palace. As a member of this intentional community he participates in the many areas of this cohort, such as community gardening, aquaponics, rainwater and solar harvesting systems, composting, vermiculture, internal governance, and cooperative business development. While exploring the many plant-based foods found in Florida, he enjoys spending his time cooking delicious foods, gardening, and is focused on living a more conscientious life through community involvement.

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Kaleb Wallace

Bio

"Kaleb is a mad scientist who resides in an unassailable mountain stronghold in an Autonomous
District within the region of western North Carolina. He likes canoeing, gaming, starry nights on
the beach and indeed… pina coladas."

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Instructor photo; Karen Newman

Karan Newman

Bio

Karan is in the band the Potluck Poachers

Saturday Night:

"Please join us for the Old-Time/ Contra dance with the Potluck Poachers and caller Susie Rudder. Potluck poachers include Pete Sucsy - guitar and banjo, Eleta Sucsy- penny whistle, Karan Newman - Mandolin and fiddle, Pat Stevens - Guitar and banjo, and Chuck Spitzner on upright bass. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Instructions will be given throughout the dance. Beginners lesson begins at 7:45pm. Dance starts at 8pm. Songs earlier in the set will be geared towards those learning the steps. Bring some water to drink!"

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Instructor Photo; Kathryn Cipriani

Kathryn Cipriani

Bio

Kat Cipriani is a life-long addict to asking the question 'Why.' Her search for answers has led her on an exploratory adventure she calls her life, including everything from sailing the high seas on a traditional wooden tallship (thanks to Pirates of the Carribean for that grand idea!), dressing in medieval armor and whacking on people, absorbing Nature Mentoring through her pores and developing a knack for getting herself into (and out of) what used to be called 'scrapes.' She's taken those skills and translated it into 20 years of teaching children ranging from infant to its-not-polite-to-ask how to do the same. Students have ranged from the normal (does that word really apply?) to those with special needs, for whom the question 'Why' may be the most important one to answer. And she likes fire. Like. REALLY.

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Instructor Photo, Kelly Gaskill

Kelly Gaskill

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Kelly combines her love of the natural world with her joy of crafting and creativity to the dye pot. An exuberant experimenter, kelly has been tinkering with and teaching natural dyes for 5 years. She has developed a vast knowledge of dye plants and mushrooms native to the Appalachian mountains and beyond. Kelly resides in western North Carolina, she has a background as a horticulturist, and more recently spends her days gardening, crafting, exploring new trails, and playing with kids in the woods.

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Instructor Photo; Lee Golos

Lee Golos

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Lee is a biologist and qigong instructor. In teaching Qigong, he seeks to integrate the Taoist and shamanic roots of these practices with a scientific perspective, and to make them accessible to a wide audience. Lee’s other research interests include nutrition, the evolution of the human diet, the physiology of conscious experience, biotransformation of food waste, and the intersections between permaculture and deep ecology.

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Instructor Photo; Liat Bat.

Liat Batshira

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Liat grew up in Florida and now lives in North Carolina. She has spent 1/2 of her adult life off grid and loves winter time for crafts and singing around a fire with friends.

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Luke Cannon

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More than a Botanist, Luke Cannon is a long time pursuer and teacher of the magic and medicine of plants. His passions to study and understand the beautiful ecological intricacies of the natural world have led him throughout the Americas and across the globe. An avid naturalist Luke draws from a diverse pool of knowledge, combining his botanical studies with his life experience in sustainable living, organic farming, permaculture, eco-village design, and rural homesteading. His course of studies include the North East School of Botanical Medicine, the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, Plant Biology at Cornell University, the Karuna Falls School of Permaculture (NZ), and John Young's Art of Mentoring course.

During the last decade, Luke has instructed several wilderness awareness programs, led walks for the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society, and guest taught at the North East School of Botanical Medicine, Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, and the Appalachian School Of Holistic Herbalism. Luke currently lives in Weaverville, NC, studying Appalachian ecology, and making his living as an ethnobotany instructor and environmental educator. He offers regular classes and walks to share his knowledge of the local plants, birds, mushrooms and his enthusiasm for building closer relationships with the wilds around us.

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Instructor Photo; Makeda Meeks

Makeda Meeks

Bio

Makeda Meeks is a Writer, Activist and Educator in Gainesville, Florida. She was educated at the University of Utah with a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis in Social Justice and Critical Race Theory. A native of Live Oak, Florida she grew up on her family's farm playing in the springs and rivers around Suwannee County.

She is Someone who respects life and is intuitively predisposed to defend lives of all species. A person who’s hardly satisfied, because she believes there’s so much to be done and is constantly afraid of running out of time.

An individual who leads with her heart, she looks forward into the future with great optimism and love for people and the planet.

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Mallory Tillotson

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Mandy Phelan

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Mandy Phelan is our Youth Program Coordinator. She has experience with nature-based youth activities and is dedicated to creating an amazing experience for our youngest participants.

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Instructor Photo; Marc Williams

Marc Williams

Bio

"Marc Williams is an ethnobotanist. He has studied the people plant connection intensively while learning to employ botanicals for food, medicine, and beauty. His training includes a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies concentrating in Sustainable Agriculture with a minor in Business from Warren Wilson College and a Master’s degree in Appalachian Studies concentrating in Sustainable Development with a minor in Geography and Planning from Appalachian State University. He has spent over a decade working at a multitude of restaurants, various farms, and travels throughout 24 countries in North/Central America and Europe. Marc has taught hundreds of people about the marvelous world of plants, people and their interface. His greatest hope is that this information may help improve our current challenging global ecological situation."

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Instructor Photo; Maria Minno

Maria Minno

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Maria Minno has a master’s degree in botany from UF and a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from UC Santa Barbara, and is a Reiki Master and Licensed Massage Therapist in Florida. She has done volunteer work as an environmental health advocate, and has been studying alternative healing and traditional nutrition independently for over a decade.

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Instructor Photo; Marie-Lies Van Asten

Marie-Lies Van Asten

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Marie-Lies grew up in Belgium and has been living in Atlanta, Ga for 15 years. She has been making her own soaps and body products for the last 10 years.

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Matt Hansen

Bio

An endless search of meaninglessness within the context of meaning, and how to wrap it around, hang it down, and not throw the baby out with the bath water. What has worked for thousands upon thousands of years is my interest base. Slowly I'm acquiring the epic experiences of a life lived transciently. I like: making things. carving. food. fat. greens. being with people harvesting and processing food. making camp. leaving camp.

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Instructor Photo; Maurice White

Maurice White

Bio

Maurice White is a “lukku kari” (indigenous island indian name for island people). Having lived on the remote island of Eleuthera for over 25yrs, he has learned the island earth skills lifestyle of hunting for fish underwater, growing food in rocky shallow terrain, mastering coconut skills, bush medicine skills and indigenous peoples skills. Maurice has a passion to unite the one world tribe and to assist the tribe in the healing of the environment and humanity.

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Instructor Photo; Melissa Desa

Melissa Desa

Bio

Melissa is the Co-founder and SeedEO of Forage, a non-profit based in Gainesville, FL. Melissa is a self-taught gardener and seed addict, teaching gardening and seed saving to growers of all ages. Through her work with Forage, she also helps promote the advancement of our local food community through a variety of outreach programs and activities. Visit foragefarm.org to learn more about the organization and Melissa.

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Instructor Photo; Michael Adler

Michael Adler

Bio

Michael Adler is an ecologist, and horticulturist, among many other things. He ran the Edible Plant Project (a nonprofit food-plant nursery) for ten years and currently serves in an advisory capacity. He is also the designer and manager of the Tortoise Garden Restoration Area (longleaf pine forest). He currently works for South Florida Engineering and Consulting as an environmental scientist and GIS tech. Michael is also an expert at foraging for wild plants and mushrooms, and at freehand sharpening of metal blades.

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Instructor Photo; Nathan Greaves

Nathan Greaves

Bio

Nathan is inspired by the body and the ways in which it heals. He is passionate to listen on many levels of the hands, mind and heart. Nathan has been working the last 7 years as an LMT and has been incredibly blessed with a world full of inspiration and some very special, dedicated teachers on his path. Nathan believes that touch is both healing and an innate human gift we have to offer each other. He believes deeply that there is medicine in each moment and contact, be it bitter or sweet, if we are willing to find the lessons. Nathan believes that we are in this together in many ways, and can learn ways and skills to become more present and available to one another to truly inspire safety and healing.

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Instructor Photo, Nathaniel C.

Nathaniel Cajudo

Bio

Kuya Guro (big brother teacher) Nathaniel Cajudo Jr. is a certified instructor in Pambuan Arnis, a Filipino martial art, which is based on impact, edged and flexible weapons as well as empty hand combat. With 18 years of training and experience in the same art, he specializes in reality-based self-defense, "dirty" boxing, short sword fighting, close range rape defense and evacuation. In contrast to competitive martial arts, his classes will be based on survival and street combat, edged and impact weapon disarming.

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Instructor Photo, Nina Lombardo

Nina Lombardo

Bio

Nina's work is inspired by her ever-deepening explorations within the field of intimacy, and she is devoted to facilitating learning environments that foster interpersonal connections and deepen somatic awareness. As a licensed massage therapist specializing in Thai Yoga Massage and as an ardent musician, dancer, and bodywork educator, her passion lies in exploring the interface between the expressive and healing arts, and in discovering the infinite ways we are able to connect with one another and our environment through movement, sound, and touch.

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Instructor Photo, Pat High

Pat High

Bio

Pat High has lived off grid raising mushrooms and predatory insects for the past 10 years in the Interlachen, FL, swamp. A Tennessee wild heart with several degrees in Agriculture from UT, Knoxville, MS Environmental Engineer. Land/Community development consultant/specialist for 35 years nationally. Check website pmhigh.com for local Interlachen environmental weekly class schedule. Join us at the 6th Giant Shiitake Mushroom Festival the second weekend in January every year!



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Instructor Photo; Patrick Walker

Patrick Walker

Bio

Patrick Walker, a self-taught blacksmith and throwing instructor out of Tallahassee Florida, teaches at gatherings and private ranges and lives outside 365 days a year, prefering to make a thing, rather than buy it.

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Instructor Photo; Paul Cipriani

Paul Cipriani

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Paul has studied primitive skills for over a decade, with his passions being bowdrill, trapping, blacksmithing and leatherwork. He has taken classes at tracker school, completed the Anake program at Wilderness Awareness School, taught at Primitive Pursuits summer camps, and has run his own homeschool programs here in Florida.

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Instructor Photo; Raven Moondance

Raven Moondance

Bio

For over 25 years, Raven has been studying and practicing various aspects of Shamanism in ceremonies that range from Full Moon and New Moon Ceremonies to Equinox and Solstice Ceremonies to Cord Cutting and Sweat Lodge Ceremonies, as well as wedding and baby blessing ceremonies. And in individual Shamanic Healing sessions.
She has studied with Kyandelas, a Mohawk Iroquois woman from the upstate NY/Canada border; Agnes White Mouse, Lakota Medicine Woman from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota where she became a Pipe Carrier and Sun Dancer; Hawk Little John, Cherokee Elder; Spirit Eagle, Navajo Medicine Man among various other teachers of earth based traditions, ceremony and philosophy.
Raven is also a Reiki Master, Certified Yoga Instructor and writes a newsletter on working with the moon and also an Astrology column based on Moon Astrology.

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Samantha Pope

Bio

An introvert with a deep appreciation and fascination for others, Sam has studied the mind and body through different lenses including psychology, dance, meditation, and massage therapy since 2012. Currently, Sam is a licensed massage therapist specializing in Thai Yoga Massage practicing in Gainesville, FL. When not working, you may find her involved with various dance projects in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Somatic Communication, assisting her teacher in Thai Massage workshops, learning a new skill (right now it is gardening and aerial arts!), reading (and maybe finishing) a book, cuddling cats, and each day working for health and happiness.

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Instructo Photo; Samuel Thayer

Samuel Thayer

Bio

Samuel Thayer is a forager, botanist, and writer who has been teaching
about edible wild plants for more than twenty years. His award-winning
books Nature's Garden and The Forager's Harvest have sold nearly 200,000
copies. Besides writing and teaching, Sam makes his living making maple
syrup; harvesting wild rice, berries, and nuts; and from his small organic
orchard. He lives in northern Wisconsin with his wife, Melissa, and three
children.

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Instructor Photo; Sara Callaway

Sara Callaway

Bio

Sara loves a good conversation about things that matter. Her current passions include conscious communication, peacemaking, leadership, 8 shields, ancestral healing, and dancing. Longtime resident of Athens, GA, she recently relocated to the mountains of North Carolina to do some soul searching and live the homesteading life.

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Instructor Photo; Sara Hosburgh

Sara Hosburgh

Bio

In her spirit, Sara Hosburgh is an artist. In all practicality, she is a maker. She is forever seeking chances to help herself and others experience life through the tactile sense.

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Instructor Photo; Sarah Gott.

Sarah McComb

Bio

Sarah grew up in the primitive skills community and now pursues all things fiber. She is a knitter, spinner, sewist, felter, jewelry maker, and beadworker currently living and making in Charleston.

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Scotty Karas

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Instructor Photo; Searra Jade

Searra Jade

Bio

Searra Jade is a songwriter and performer based in the mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Her "singer-songwriter"-defying music spans many genres and is perhaps best put into a nutshell sounding like "jazzy-philosopholk from the heart of Appalachia." Her song content is equally diverse as her musicality, as she writes about everything from fermentation to composting to healing ancestral grief to contemplating infinity to White-throated sparrows, and seeing Searra perform live is a dynamically interactive and story-filled experience. Beyond performing and writing, Searra is also a private music lesson instructor and facilitates workshops on vocal improvisation and group singing, with the goals of facilitating harmony and tapping into the playful and spontaneous music-maker spirits inside of all of us!
To hear Searra's original music go to www.searrajade.com

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Instructor Photo; Tara Rawson

Tara Rawson

Bio

Tara Rawson has spent nearly 20 years studying all facets of yoga, meditation and herbalism throughout both India and the U.S. She has owned and operated health facilities and taught various holistic health modalities internationally for the last decade.Tara offers classes, trainings, thai bodywork, herbal consults and holistic land design through the Regenerative Living School based in Jacksonville, Florida. It is her sincere love and passion to share her experience and wisdom of holistic health and regenerative living with her community.

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Todd Kershaw

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Todd has lived for 10 years at Wild Roots, a way station for many folks on their journey of learning and practicing primitive skills. Located in North Carolina, Wild Roots is a place dedicated to the honing of these traditional ways. Todd lives and practices these skills on a daily basis while encouraging the development of skills in those who visit this mountain sanctuary.

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Instructor photo; Tree Frog

Tree Frog

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Tree Frog is an off grid swamp dwelling Interlachen movement master. Organic gardener who raises mushrooms, gingers and bottles her own healing drinks: turkey tail teas, kombuchas, 7 gingers ginger beers. Jeweler, redsmith (copper) and teacher. Check pmhigh.com for class times and updates on environmental education classes. Join us at the Florida Mushroom Festival the 2nd weekend in January every year!

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Turn Stone

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Turnstone is a product of the Back to the Land movement and the close ties to native communities he experienced from an early age. Knowing that our ancestors made their living from the land, Turnstone started making stone tools represented in the rich archaeological record of tidewater Virginia. Turnstone is passionate about making simulations of prehistoric cook pots, but still catches a knapp here and there.

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White Eagle

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Yuri Woodstock

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