Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering

2016 MAPS MEET the Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering

Date: May 27, 2016

Price: $225


The Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering is the premier primitive skills gathering for the Mid-Atlantic region.  This is 4 day event focuses on reconnecting with the ancient living skills, sustainability, and homesteading. The gathering is held in scenic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia along the Shenandoah River.

MAPS Meet will be held May 27-30th. Attendees can check in on Thursday evening from 4:00pm or later. A large selection of workshops will be held throughout the day beginning Friday morning, and will continue through the afternoon of Monday the 30th.

In addition to the satisfaction of learning ancient life skills you will be provided with 2 meals each day, and the pleasure of camping in the Shenandoah Mountains for the duration of the event.

This years event is being held the the FLOC facilities in Harpers Ferry WV.


Register for M.A.P.S. Gathering

Printable Information

2016 MAPS Meet registration packet, FLOC Release Form, FLOC Map

Other event information can be found in our drop down menu above.

Register before 4/21/16 and receive $25 discount per person! Families of four or more can receive 10% off of the total registration! please contact us for the coupon code.

Event Fees: add $25 each after 4/21/15
Ages 12-70 Ages 7-11 Ages 4-6 Ages 71+
Friday-Monday $250 $175 $80 Free
Fri- Sun or Sat-Mon $200 $150 $70 Free
Saturday-Sunday $150 $125 $60 Free


Meals Included: Thur Fri Sat Sun Mon
Breakfast 7:30-8:15am
Dinner 6:15-7:15pm
      • Participants provide their own lunches. There is space for coolers to be stored.
      • Additional event details will be provided to all registered attendees prior to the event.


We recommend that you bring your own tent or tipi to the Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering. However, if you don't have a tent for an additional fee there are some accommodations available for groups & individuals.


- Camping- you are welcome to set up a tent in the designated camping areas. Camping fees are included in your registration fee. If you don't have camping equipment tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags are available from FLOC for $20/group of four. (equipment is limited please contact us for availability)

- Screened cabins sleep up to 6 people. cabins are shared not private. space is limited to 48 bunks. Cabin rental fees are; $75/per person to reserve a bed for the whole event and $38/person for the weekend(fee applies to all ages).

      • Cabins must be reserved prior to the event.
      • Cabins come with cots and mattresses. You will need to bring your own sleeping bags, sheets and pillows to use with the cots.
      • All lodgings must be swept and cleaned before you leave.

To reserve lodging you must return to this page after registering for the event and click the button below.

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Work Trade Program

There are 10 Work Trade positions available for the Mid Atlantic Primitive skills Gathering. Work Trade is a great way to participate in the event and support the community and event. When you participate in the Work Trade program you must be available from 10am May 24th through May 31st at 4pm. If you are interested in a work trade position please read, complete, and submit the Work Trade Application.

More About Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering

Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering is an occasion to learn, practice, and share the skills that sustained our ancestors for many millennia. This is an opportunity, at least temporarily, to experience the kind of community that humanity was born into and aboriginal people around the world have lived in for ages. This is a time to have fun, make new friends, renew old friendships, learn new skills, and share what you know about living gently with the Earth. It is a chance to show yourself and your children that there are alternatives to the unnatural modern society that exists all around them.

Come and relax around the campfire and enjoy songs, stories, drumming and dancing. When a group comes together to renew their relationship with the Earth only good things come forth. Come and seek out the day-to-day living skills that allowed our ancient ancestors to live with the Earth in a harmonious and sustainable way.

Please take a look at this wonderful article about Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering in the The Washington Post Magazine.


Click here to learn more about the MAPS Meet instrutors.

Event History

The Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering — originally known as the MAPS Meet — started in 2001 by Kevin Haney, not long after founding the Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Group (MAPS Group) in 1997. In June 2002 Kevin held the first MAPS Meet. Kevin was also a founding member of the Ancestral Knowledge Board of Directors. After several years on the B.O.D. Kevin realized the event fit right in with our mission. In 2007 Kevin entrusted the event to us to carry on its legacy. To this day there is no event in the region that can compare to the Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering.