Do you ever feel like you’re the only person out there who enjoys learning traditional skills? I do. Seems like a pretty frequent thing actually. In today’s day and age my passions and interests are definitely a little odd. . . Who wants to learn how to do something so outdated and unnecessary?

Me for starters, but sometimes it would be nice to connect with other people who have similar interests. The first time I went to Tracker School was a revelation to me, I had never been to a gathering or school before then and had somehow existed under the impression that– even though people were writing the books I read to teach myself things– I was the only person in the world who had an interest in learning and practicing these skills. Definitely not true! It bears reminding every now and then though, hence this months favorite– Rabbitstick Rendezvous.

Rabbitstick is a week long primitive skills gathering held in September only a couple hours from my house. What’s nice about this gathering (and multiple others across the country), and what sets it apart from period reenactment, is that it has a focus on teaching and learning, there are multiple classes every day all week long, giving you a chance to learn quite a bit. Rabbitstick is the oldest primitive skills gathering and I grew up reading about it in various books and have wanted to attend for the last 15 years or so….. but somehow have never made it up. Time to change that this year! For me, it’s been a few years since I took the time to go to a school or connect with others that are interested in traditional skills so it was a much needed reset to remind myself that there are other like minded folks out there. I could only get away for a day and not the entire week, but I had a great time nonetheless and highly encourage people to consider going to a gathering! Get out and spend time learning and connecting with other people who have similar interests!

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