Kids Program

Here is a taste of the instructors and classes we will have at the gathering! Stay tuned for updates.


The kids program at The Acorn Gathering is intended to support the children in their exploration with hands-on and experiential-based learning. With the support of our Kids Program instructors and you, as parents, a sacred and playful space will be provided for the little ones to get their hands on various crafts and skills. We work with other instructors at the gathering on how to include the children in experiencing or witnessing the classes that involve learning more complex skills. We want to support every child to explore skills they feel called to. There will be instructors supporting 4-7 year olds and 8-12 year olds (give or take on the age). Teens and all youth who feel ready will be encouraged to join adults in classes. Integration is key!

We will have specific instructors offering classes for youth to explore a craft or skill, or have their parent join them to give the instructor support. This will all be announced at each Morning Circle after breakfast.



Caleb Soltau

Caleb Soltau was born and raised in a rural Oregon coastal town. From a young age he was immersed in the natural world of the rainforest. He has been guiding and mentoring youth in the wilderness for the past 15 years. He is now living along the Trinity river in Northern California where he teaches primitive skills, hosts youth skills camps and wilderness retreats.

He has a love of the wild world and the skill set to help inspire the mysteries of the natural world to come alive in our youth. Caleb has been trained in the Art of Mentoring, The Way of Council, and various wilderness youth therapy programs. He enjoys immersing himself in and facilitating awareness games, spending time wandering in the wilderness, crafting by the fire, raising his son and running his homestead.

Jim Langell

Jim Langell enjoys fishing and hunting. He is a father and grandfather and loves helping children connect with using bows and arrows. Jim puts a lot of time and effort into making template bows for kids of all ages. He is an extremely generous man and is very much appreciated by The Acorn Gathering Crew for his support and love to make this event happen!

Betty Seaman

Betty has taught workshops all over the U.S. on natural building, such as at The Cobb Cottage Company in Oregon. She has worked with many families and communities to help them build different structures with the Earth so that they can enjoy the tranquility of what natural building has to offer. Betty is an artist of many modalities, such as beading, leathercraft and cooking. She has so much knowledge to share!

Miriam Grace

Miriam was brought up in a community in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and was immersed in nature from a very young age. Joseph Cornell, author of "Sharing Nature with Children", was a member of the community and his teachings were very much instilled into her foundation throughout childhood. She studied and interned at the Tracker School in New Jersey, and has helped lead youth programs in Italy, Northern and Southern California, Colorado and Washington. She believes that direct connection to our environment, what these Earth skills bring, is one of the most important ways to understand our world and how we can harmoniously integrate ourselves into it once again.

Marley Peifer

Marley is a tracker, archer, and illustrator who is passionate about learning, practicing, and teaching primitive skills. He always aims to see the fundamental patterns and connections in nature, culture, and community. Marley currently lives in Sonoma County where he cultivates biological and intellectual diversity; inoculating others at every opportunity.

Natalie Bartlett

Natalie Bartlett has spent over the last decade of her life deeply immersed in land-based culture and has a passion for learning the stories, music and skills of traditional peoples around the world. She is a dedicated craftsperson and musician, and is a long term land steward and director of the Wild Series at Quail Springs Permaculture. She is deeply at home in the enchanting beauty of the piñon-juniper high desert, and also spends part of the year in her home town of Oakland song-catching and singing with the acclaimed vocal ensemble, Kitka. Natalie is excited to be sharing beadwork at this year's gathering.

Maya Kokatay

Maya Kokatay is a doula, craniosacral therapist, musician, dancer, and mother of two. She has been supporting families during pregnancy, birth and postpartum for 14 years. She combines her love of children with her love of music and dance and facilitates weekly children's song circles in Ojai California. 

Madelyn Sullivan

Teaches huaraches inspired barefoot sandals. For 8 years she's been refining her designs both selling and teaching sandal making. She was inspired by what she learned through ancestral skills to enter into a conversation with the landscape around her by being able to feel and sense all that was around her. 
She grew up in the rockies of Colorado and now lives in Encinitas, CA where she spends her time teaching, paint, writing, and surfing. Madelyn is committed to empowering people through their own innate creativity and her dream is to make a pair of sandals that is made out of materials that are beautiful and of benefit to the natural world, the people that make them, and the people that wear them.