2016 MAPS MEET the Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering (May 27-30)
May 27, 2016
The Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering (MAPS Meet) is the perfect place to disconnect from the stress of modern life and reconnect to the natural world. If you are a seasoned outdoors person or a novice, we have a host of expert instructors who will teach you on your level of understanding. There are over 100 workshops available in many topics including; primitive skills and technology, food storage, herbalism, bushcraft, hunting, wilderness survival, earth based skills, nature awareness, and more. Take a gander at our schedule of workshops.
The MAPS Meet is a community based event that has met annually for 15 years and is the second longest running skills gathering on the East Coast. Get a taste of the Mid-Atlantic Regions premier Earth Skills gathering from this article featured in The Washington Post Magazine .
The MAPS Meet is held about one hour outside of DC in the scenic Shenandoah Mountains on the border of Virginia and West Virginia along the Shenandoah River.
This gathering has limited spaces available and you must preregister to attend the event.
(if you aren't redirected to your cart after clicking or the button disappears, view your cart on left side)
You and your family will benefit from attending this event in so many ways;
Over 100 different workshops for adults!
Daily Youth Programs
Meet new people with shared interests!
Learn and experience ancient traditional skills at your level of understanding!
Discover skills and abilities you didn't know you had!
Surround yourself in the beauty of the oldest mountains in the world!
Bond with your family and friends over the knowledge and skills of our ancestors!
Breakfast and dinner included!
Make memories that will last a lifetime!
Learn vital life skills that have been passed down for generations!
Experience deep nature connection!
Learn from the experts in the field!
"I couldn't believe how much I learned in such a short period of time. The instructors are very knowledgeable and everyone was so friendly. Next year I am bringing my family and telling friends."
- Tammy - MAPS Meet Participant
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.
Families of four or more can receive 10% off of the total registration! Please contact us for the coupon code.
Fri- Sun or Sat-Mon
One Day Pass (dinner only)
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 $40/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.
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.
Our event has a small budget and we can only offer a stipend to these amazing instructors. Please donate to help support our much valued and needed instructors. Most of our instructors travel many miles to attend and spend countless hours harvesting, transporting, preparing, and storing materials for this event. Your donation is greatly appreciated and 100% tax deductible.
Ancestral Knowledge is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that Needs Your Financial Support! We are a community of naturalists who specialize in native living skills and primitive technology. Using Nature and the wilderness as our classroom, we offer hands-on experiential learning through the study of tracking, awareness and philosophies that support a sustainable lifestyle. The money you donate will aid in the effort to provide affordable programming to the community at-large. All donations are 100% tax deductible.