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!


Upon arrival:

**Directions will be sent as it gets closer to the gathering. It is the same location as last year.

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 $0-50. One of the ways to support instructors is by purchasing their crafts (ie. tanned hides, beadwork, 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.

Kids: This event is a family-friendly gathering because we know how important it is for our youth to experience this type of event! We are excited to welcome and involve youth of all ages so they can take the skills and experiences they gain from this gathering into the future. We offer a dynamic kids program where we have instructors who are experienced with youth and offer specific youth classes. There are lots of games and activities available for all ages.

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.