What to Expect and Bring
Be ready to camp under the stars, learn and share skills, meet amazing people from all over the west coast and beyond, and surround yourself with a natural landscape!
**Directions will be sent as it gets closer to the gathering. Located along the Central Coast of California. It is on private land. Airports to fly into are Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Los Angeles. Please email if you have more specific questions.
Welcoming: Participants arrive Monday, March 26th. Then, Monday after dinner we will do our first welcoming to start the week. Tuesday morning we will do our official opening and you will hear more details about the classes/activities for the week.
Classes: Instructors come from all over the U.S., West Coast and locally. They come to share their passion and knowledge through teaching ancestral, primitive and earth-based skills. Every instructor offers a plethora of wisdom. Many prepare to come to the gathering for months prior. They collect and make materials for participants to use during their classes. Some of the materials take a very long time to gather and prepare, thus some classes require a matierals fee. You will be able to talk about this exchange at the gathering with the instructors. Many of the classes are free. Those that have materials fees range from $0-$30, while certain fees are $50-$100 for bowmaking or mocassin making, for example, because of the immense amount of time to prepare the materials. One of the ways to additionally support instructors and add new handmade items to your life/home is by purchasing their crafts (ie. tanned hides, beadwork, baskets, fire-making kits). Please bring cash.
Parking/Camping: Road access is good to the site from the entrance if you stay on the roads marked for Acorn. There will be designated areas for parking during the gathering and for vehicle camping. There are no hook ups and no generators... We wanna hear the birds. There's drinking water that can be refilled into water bottles and jugs. There is plenty of space for tent camping. Upon arrival you will be able to drop off your tent camping gear and park your vehicle in the parking area. Cars will stay out of the main gathering area throughout the duration of the gathering to maintain a sacred space (unless there is an emergency).
Weather: During late March on the Central Coast in CA we can often expect light breezes, sunshine, but possibly some rain. We will have some emergency structures for everyone to stay dry in if we do have rain, such as tipis, and large canvas tents. The evenings can be cool because we are in the mountains, so prepare for cool/cold nights. During the day, often this time of year is vibrant with fresh new growth on plants and even some first spring blooms. THIS GATHERING IS RAIN OR SHINE.
Some important things to bring:
*Bowl/plate, cup/mug, utensils for meals (*mandatory-- we will NOT be providing them)
*Personal camping gear (for tent or car camping)
*Clothing-- prepare for sunny and cool weather with layers
*Food for Lunches since they are not provided & any personal snacks (coolers are great!)
*Camp Chair or blanket to sit
*Knife/Awl (optional: some projects may require one)
*Flashlight (although the moon will be getting full)
*Musical instrument if you have one
*Homemade crafts to trade/sell during the Barter Fair on the last day
*Personal items (personal tea, medicine, medications, sunscreen, etc.)
*Journal/pen/pencil for taking notes
*Cash for extra materials fees for instructors
*And anything else you feel you may need!!
Note: Awls and knives will be for sale at the gathering
Food: We will provide 2 meals a day. Please refer to the “Schedule” page for an outline of the week. We are going to do our best to provide healthy, organic meals. We will be using as much local organic produce as possible (from Roots Organic Farm) and keeping our meals wholesome and full of delicious and simple flavors. We will have cowboy coffee, tea and hot water available for tea in the mornings and evenings. We cannot accommodate all dietary needs, but we will do our best to accommodate everyone. For example, for our main meals together, most meat/protein will be served in a separate dish for those that wish to partake and dairy will be available on the side. If you have needs beyond these, please bring your own food to ensure that you have what you need.
Health: We will have a Health Tent available. There will be a certified Nurse present at the gathering. Some classes will involve the use of sharp tools, such as knives, which may have risks. Please be careful and cautious when using these tools, but if an injury does occur please go to the Health Tent and inform any staff. Throughout the gathering, we ask that you be aware of your personal hygiene. Wash your hands before every meal. We will have areas for handwashing. Our dishwashing station will provide ways to clean and sanitize eating utensils.
Youth: This event is a family-friendly gathering! We are excited to welcome and involve children and youth of all ages so they can take the skills and experiences they gain from this gathering into the future. At The Acorn Gathering we will have at least 5 instructors that specialize in nature-based FUN activities and skills for all children. But, our Kids Program will not be a babysitting service. We need parents to be responsible for their children throughout the entire gathering. We ask that children ages 5 and below always have an adult present. Parents of older children need to check in with instructors to see if it is necessary for them to be present for the class their child is participating in. We ask you to participate and assist in the activities with your child/children. This is a collective experience. Jump in and learn too! While we are all together, we ask that we consciously respect every child, and that all children respect every adult. To maintain a village community vibration, we ask that everyone help out one another, especially if a child is in need of an adult at any time.
Lend a helping hand: Throughout the gathering we may need some extra help. If we do, we will ask you to volunteer yourself. Giving in this way helps The Acorn Gathering flow smoothly and is what makes a community and village flow in a good way. Be mindful and helpful to one another.
Note: THIS IS AN ALCOHOL AND DRUG FREE EVENT
This is NOT a festival. It is a skill share gathering of all ages and walks of life. We hold a safe and neutral space for all to feel welcome and be able to connect as humans.