Traditional Arts, Primitive & Survival Skills, Simple Living Skills Gathering

September 30th - October 4th, 2020

Join us in Northwest Wisconsin!!

THREE TREES EARTHWAYS GATHERING brings together the intertwining knowledge from three trees of knowledge : Traditional Arts, Primitive & Survival Skills, and Simple Living Skills. Join us for hands on workshops from passionate skilled instructors, all on Leisure Lake, at the Washburn County Youth Camp near Trego, Wi.

Registration Information

Registration for this event includes 4 nights accommodations in either our group cabins or space for your tent in our group camping areas, 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners, and participation in workshops and presentations.


2020 Pricing Table & Registration

Participant Interest 2020

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Event Participant Adult (ages 13 and older)


Event Participant Youth ( ages 9-12)


Daily Event Day Pass Adult (No meals)



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2019 was amazing because of our outstanding instructors! If you would like to join our 2020 instructing crew please fill out this application form. We cannot consider your application if it is not fully completed. All instructors will be asked to do a minimum of 10 hours of instructing or volunteering in lieu of paying for registration.

2019 Gathering Gallery

2019 Classes

Class Schedue (Updated 9/27/19)

Class Schedue (Updated 9/27/19)

This is the class schedule for 2019. This is however still subject to change do to weather and our instructors!

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General Schedule

General Schedule

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Primitive and Survival Skills

Birch Bark Containers - Ferdy Goode

Combining natural materials from the forest including cedar bark and wood, birchbark and spruce roots; simple tools are used to create a Native Style Bark Container! Material fee $40

Birch-bark canoes 101 - Ferdy Goode

An Introduction to the birchbark canoe

Native Style Traditional Snowshoes 101 - Ferdy Goode

An introduction to Native style snowshoes

Black Ash Gathering Baskets -Tim Ewert

Join Tim as he shares his knowledge of black ash basketry. From prepping the natural materials to a final beautiful basket, Tim will guide you through making your own black ash gathering basket. Material fee $25 Class size 5 (will be run multiple times to allow more folks to learn from Tim!

Stone Pendant Necklace - North Winds Wilderness School

There is significant evidence to support the idea that when humans started decorating themselves, was around the same time that spoken language, and sense of self came into our lives. Archaeological evidence from Blombos cave puts this around 90,000 years ago. In this workshop we will discuss the history of human decoration, and we will work with soapstone, and both stone age and modern tools to create our own beads and pendants.... $5.00 Material Fee This is a 4 hour workshop( 2 sessions)

Brain Tanning - Derrik Walker

Derrik will be demonstrating all the steps involved in tanning deer hides in a traditional way.

Flint Tip Arrows - Andrew Minnick

FLINT TIP ARROWS Andrew will take his expertise in knapping to show primitive arrow making with flint tips. Participants will be able to make and take their own arrows!

Raw hide Containers - Amy Schmidt

Learn the principles of working with raw hide to form usable containers and vessels. Folks will make a small vessel during class. Class limit 10. Please bring extra scissors. Material fee $5

Processing Wild Rice - Steve Gorg

Chippewa River Canoe Tour - Scott Oeth

Chippewa River Canoe Tour Scott from Bull Moose Patrol will lead a short canoe cruise on the historic Chippewa River. Here's a chance to practice your technique, and enjoy the local waterways. This event is weather dependent. It may be moved to a flatwater lake location, or cancelled all together if water levels, wind, and temperatures are not suitable for an on-water paddle. Limit 10 participants.


Tim has many many years of experience to share with you as he will be holding an open Bow Making Demo session which will show you how to make a traditonal bow, its string, and arrows!

Saami style Coffee Bag - North Winds Wilderness School

The famous Saami style coffee bag is so widely used for a good reason. It is not only very attractive and easy to make, but it is very versatile. I use them for my fire kit, I use them for coffee, I use them for fishing kits, and several other things as well. In this 3 hour workshop, you will make your own deer hide Saami style Coffee Bag, and you will also bring home a pattern and a list of ingredients to make more on your own. You will learn the basics of leather craft, as well as sewing, and pattern use.

Simple Living Skills

Atlatl Darts - Victor Adhearne

Come make an atlatl dart to go with your new survival atlatl! Class size 15

Throwing the Atlatl - Victor Adhearne

Learn how to use your newly made atlatl and dart. Full explanation of physics and the importance of developing proper form. Class size 15

Bush Guns - George Hedgepeth

Bush Guns: This will be an in-depth look at selecting fire arms for long term use in all environments, from the arctic to tropical jungles. A rubric will be developed to allow each student to fit a gun to their needs, whatever the conditions they will be experiencing. Classic authors like Calvin Rutstrum, Finn Aagard, Horace Kephart, and Townsend Whelen will be consulted for their experiences.

Flint Knapping Demos -George Hedgepeth

Flint Knapping Demonstration: George will demo the production and use of several types of tools from stone. There was bushcraft before there were Moras and Silky saws!

Survival Atlatl - Victor Adhearne

Learn to make a survival atlatl from the local trees. Learn how to pick the correct branch, harvest it, and carve it. Class size 15

Meat Foraging- George Hedgepeth

Meat Foraging: Somewhere between picking berries and hunting moose is the realm of meat foraging, the art of putting protein in the pot from all sorts of non-conventional sources. Crickets, frogs, mice, and other small meat things will be thoroughly explored.

Selection and Management of Backwoods Sharps - George Hedgepeth

Selection and Management of Backwoods Sharps. How to pick bush tools that will work for you, keep them in prime condition, and use them efficiently. This is aimed more at beginners, but all are welcome. We will be making a sharpening system to take home in this class. Class size 20. Material fee $3.00

Stalking and Natural Camouflage - North Winds Wilderness School

Stalking and Natural Camouflage: Moving silently in a natural environment. Blending in with your background. There are so many reasons to move silently in the bush. Learning to move with the wind, stepping between sticks and blades of grass. These are the ways that you get closer to wildlife. You become a part of the background. When you are a part of the baseline animals will stop noticing you, and you can get closer than ever. Whether this is for hunting, photography, or just to be a part of it all. In this workshop we will get dirty, we will crawl and stalk, and hide. We will work with clay and mud to create a natural camouflage that will far surpass anything that you can buy in the store. You will learn walking postures that are in alignment with nature, You will learn how to blend with the background using natural horizon lines, and shadows. You will also learn how to see what might be hidden by reversing the ideas of hiding. This class is very fun, very hands on, and very in the dirt. Class size 10.

Simple First Aid Herbs - Thursday 10/3/19 ONLY!! Gigi Stafne

Along the meandering medicine trail, discover what is close on hand to help your body with common ailments and injuries.

Abo Flint Knapping - Andrew MInnick

ABO FLINT KNAPPING Learn the ancient ways of chipping stone knives, projectile points with stone, bone, antler, and wood. Hammerstone, soft percussion, indirect percussion, and pressure flaking techniques, with antler will be explored in depth, as well as tips and tricks in maximizing results with natural tools. Andrew has been knapping exclusively with primitive tools for over five years, and enjoys replicating and experimenting with stone tools in the field. Class size 8.

Bucksaw Build - Ben Piersma

Bucksaw Build: Learn how to build a 24" bucksaw with basic materials to help process your firewood needs.

Flint Tip Arrows - Andrew Minnick

FLINT TIP ARROWS Andrew will take his expertise in knapping to show primitive arrow making with flint tips. Participants will be able to make and take their own arrows!

Safe Camp Axe Use - Ben Piersma

Safe camp axe use : Learn the 4S's of axe safety and how to fell, buck, limb and split fuel for your fire.

Wilderness Camp Setup

Wilderness camp set up: Learn how to set up a quick lean to tarp, build a raised super comfortable bough bed, and build a pot suspension system for cooking over a fire.

Rabbit Pelt tanning -Amy Schmidt

Learn how to take a raw fur and turn it into a beautifully soft, usable material. This class utilizes domestic hides and will discuss wild rabbit uses.

Knots to Know - Steve Gorg

Psychology of Survival - Sam Larson

Hear from Sam based on his experience on the History Channel Show ALONE, as he survived by himself for 55 days in British Columbia, and 60 days in Northern Mongolia.

How to Teach Bow Drill - Sam Larson

How to teach the skill of making fire by bow drill method effectively to students of all ages and groups of all sizes, learn the tricks to be a success instructor, and pick up some tips and tricks to add to your personal success!

Primitive Trapping and Snares - Sam Larson

Learn primitive trapping and snaring techniques that Sam has used during his survival experiences.


What are the sleeping accommodations?

Trails End Youth Camp has RUSTIC group cabins. This means bunk beds with sanitary mattresses. These cabins are unheated, so bring necessary bedding to be warm!!

What food is provided?

Each Participant is provided with 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners. On Sunday there is one meal, breakfast/brunch. The meals will be delicious and hearty made from organic, local, and foraged foods.
On arrival day, Wednesday, we will be having a potluck for dinner, so please bring a small dish to pass!
It's a great way to meet and greet participants and instructors!

Are there kids activities?

At this point there are a few set kids activities. Kids 9 and up can participate side by side with parents/guardians during classes. Kids younger than that are welcome and encouraged to come, but should be supervised. This event has innate hazards, such as moving water, fires, and sharp objects. 

Is alcohol allowed?

This is a drug and alcohol free event. 

Are pets allowed?

We love animals but they can be very distracting! Trails End Youth Camp has policies of no pets in cabins and leashed at all times. Again, no UNLEASHED DOGS anywhere on our grounds. QUIET, LEASHED dogs and service dogs are welcome. So we will be leaving our pooch at home (since there's no way for her to be quiet and leashed) please consider finding other arrangements for your animals.

Can I have camp fires?

Yes but only in our designated fire pits. You are welcome to cook on the fires or bring your own propane stove for meals.

Do classes have a material fee?

Yes, some classes will have a material fee to cover costs for instructors. 

Are the classes listed on website guaranteed to happen?

To the best of our ability we will try our to keep our information current. The instructors and classes are however subject to the availability of people. If there is someone listed as an instructor they have confirmed to be part of the gathering, with exceptions of emergencies.



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