Harvest Moon 3 Day Educational Festival
Presented by Eco Acres and in association with Rowanwood Farm and Warriors Guild
Come join us at Rowanwood Farm for the Harvest Moon Educational Festival (Sep 9 – 11): a weekend of practice, training and sharing, full of lectures, demos, and workshop time. We will start Friday, Sep 9th at 4 pm and run through Sun, Sep 11th, ending by 7 pm. Currently committed workshops include: fire by friction story and demo, martial arts program, llama meets and greets/farm education, astronomy program, plant tours and more! (Check back for updates.) Participants will also have time to work on any traditional or outdoor skill they choose, so bring any on-going skills and projects (if you have them). Work alongside each other by the stream, use the flint knapping pit, practice tracking in the sand, help caretake a working rescue llama farm, or you may work on a Eco Acres school project with us. (Projects may include creating giant burnout containers, demo traps, and more.) Come spend the weekend and experience more with us (and our growing list of partners).
Admission (Includes amenities and all program fees, and campsite if applicable):
Camp for the weekend – $100 per person ($140 at the door)
Day passes (all days) – $60 per person per day ($80 each at the door)
Space is limited, so register soon!
Amenities: Rowanwood Farm provides a camping space, running water (non-potable but filterable), porta-potty, cooking fire and limited access to electricity/microwave. NOTE: You must bring any and all camping gear you wish to use. There are no gear rentals on site.
Food: Bring your own food. We provide a cooking fire, but you are welcome to bring a camp stove if you prefer. We are also close to town and grocery stores (and a fantastic deli!).
- This is an alcohol and drug free event
- Participants must be age 13 and older (Minors MUST be accompanied by an adult)
- Parking space is limited – Groups, please try to carpool to this event if possible
- Certain cars may get blocked in so we will help plan accordingly with individuals. Let us know when you arrive if you plan to leave early
- Bring all necessary camping equipment and gear to keep yourself comfortable
Rowanwood Farm Location: 31 Chestnut Hill Road, Sandy Hook, CT
Itinerary: Subject to minor changes
Details of Lectures/Workshops:
- Fire by Friction – Lighting – Learn the stories, see the skills, and watch as this fire is lit and will remain so for the entire festival.
- Fireside Workshop – Explore Fire skills, enjoy the fire and work on your skill of choice.
- Reclaim your past – Connect with the ancestors and primal self through drumming, journeying, meditation, and healing.
- Night Skills – We will explore movement at night, understanding silhouettes and using the dark of night as a survival advantage.
- Morning Sit – Sit with baseline in the morning to start the day off connected and in tune with the earth and your surroundings.
- Farm Chores – Help to caretake the operating llama farm and learn what it takes to care for these animals.
- Chi Gung/Martial Arts – Learn traditional body and breathing exercises, martial strategy, hand-to-hand skills and short sword skills.
- Traps – Introduction into the world of trapping for survival, there will be demos and time to carve your own.
- Farm Education/Llamas – Learn about these magnificent animals and get the chance to meet and greet all the farm animals.
- Natural Navigation – Learn to adjust and navigate an ever changing environment, tracking directional movement and surroundings.
- Astronomy/Star Tour – Use the sky map to find time and direction, hear the stories you see above, and look through a telescope.
- The Art of Mother Nature – A new way to see Nature, via sacred geometry, artifacts, drawing & outdoor exploring. Join the hunt!
- Plant Tour – Journey with us as we explore different plants in season, their edible, medicinal, utilitarian and hazardous properties.
- Stone Age Fibercraft – Learn how plants & tree bark can transform into cordage, nets, rope, weaving, mats, baskets, clothing & more
- Open Skills – Work on any traditional/outdoor skill you choose. Bring an on-going skill/project, or work with some of ours.
- Grandmother Nancy – A Native American perspective: songs/drums, stories, legends, and more.
The Harvest Moon Education Festival Educators
- Stephen Kraska – Fire, Night Skills, Traps/Carving, Plants
- Colin James – Fire, Night Skills, Traps/Carving, Natural Navigation, Plants
- Gretchen Sancher – Astronomy, Natural Navigation
- Andy DiGuiseppi – Chi Gung/Martial Arts
- Grandmother Nancy Andry – Native Teachings, Storytelling, and Animal Teachings
- Janet Kroboth-Weber – The Art of Mother Nature, Stone Age Fibercraft, Plants
- Sierra North – Reclaim Your Past
- AJ Collier – Farm Education/Llamas/Fiber Art
For more information on our associates: