Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering

MAPS MEET the Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering (May 25-28)

Date: May 25, 2018

Price: $202.50


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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.

Get a taste of the Mid-Atlantic Regions premier skills gathering when you read this article featured in The Washington Post Magazine .

The MAPS Meet is a community based event that has met annually since 2002.  At 17 years it is the second longest running skills gathering on the East Coast.  The MAPS Meet is conveniently located to MD/VA/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.

Location:  FLOC Outdoor Education Center 671 FLOC Way Harpers Ferry, WV 25425  .

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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." - Tammy - MAPS Meet Participant

10% off Pre-Registration Discount until 12-9-17. Families of four or more can receive 10% off of the total registration! Please contact us for the coupon code (does not apply during early bird discount period)

Event Fees:
Ages 12-70 Ages 7-11 Ages 4-6 Ages 71+
Friday-Monday $225 $150 $40 Free
Fri- Sun or Sat-Mon $175 $125 $30 Free
Saturday-Sunday $125 $100 $20 Free
One Day Pass (dinner only)
$75 $50 $10 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.

MAPS Meet will be held May 25-28th. 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 28th.

Printable Event Information 2018 MAPS Meet registration packet, FLOC Map (more info can be Found in drop down menu above)


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 total. Cabin rental fees are; $20/person/night to reserve a bed (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.

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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 1pm May 23rd through May 30th at 4pm. If you are interested in a work trade position please read, complete, and submit the Work Trade Application


671 FLOC Way
Harpers Ferry,
Map and Directions


Denton Bragg

Denton has been an instructor with Earthskills Rendezvous since the early days at Unicoi State Park, Ga., originally as bowmaking instructor. He regularly conducts wilderness programs for schools, Scouts, and other groups on all aspects of wilderness living skills, primitive and pioneering skills, mostly in the Southeast.

Denton was raised in Tidewater Virginia, where salt-marsh forests and tidal streams resisted the efforts of developers of the period. These pockets of wildness were his boyhood sanctuary where he hunted game and ran a trapline for muskrats and nutria since he was 11. He was a 'Life' Boy Scout, and spent most of his free time in the woods and waters near home. He was mentored starting about that age by Naturalist Roger Rageot, Herpetologist Mike Bishop, and other wildlife experts of that time and was introduced to and had the unlikely friendship of the redoubtable Dr. Doris Cochran, Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Smithsonian. During his 3+ years in the U. S. Army he trained with the 'Falschirmjaeger' (German Rangers) in Bavaria, which added skilled mountaineering and martial arts to his interests. He worked as Asst. Curator of Reptiles at the Atlanta Zoo in the 70's. He is retired from nearly 40 years as a furniture maker/designer and woodworking instructor, switching to building custom guitars, banjos, and repairing of stringed instruments.

When not building guitars, banjos and mandolins or playing his fiddle, he leads wilderness living skills and teaches the making and use of primitive hunting weaponry.

Justin Sutera

suteraJustin Sutera first got interested in primitive living skills when he was 15 after being introduced to 'The Tracker' written by Tom Brown. Since that time Justin has explored primitive skills deeply. He graduated S.U.N.Y. College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a B.S. in Conservation Biology. While still a student Justin founded ESF Primitive Pursuits Club. Additionally Justin has studied at the Tracker School and worked as an instructor at The Children Of The Earth Foundation before joining Primitive Pursuits as a full time instructor in 2012. Justin is particularly passionate about primitive bow (and arrow) making, flintknapping, and hide tanning but truthfully all skills of living with the earth are of great interest to him. Justin currently is the lead instructor for Primitive Pursuits Wilderness Year adult immersion program, where he deeply enjoys leading adults on a journey towards deeper connection.

Charity Cimarron

charityCharity Cimarron is a mother, woodswitch, craftswoman, Waldorf Music and Handwork teacher, and performing musician. She spent many years living alternatively, off-the-grid in a straw-bale house, on a converted school bus, in tents, tipis, and yomes across the country. She loves to spend countless hours hiding out in the underbrush, learning bird songs, eating wild foods, and making medicine. As an accomplished craftswoman she has many years of experience weaving, spinning, hide-tanning, sewing, book-binding and basket-weaving. And in between all of these she squeezes in a little song or two!

Sabrina Squires

I grew up on the side of a mountain in eastern WV, where my parents taught me the value of self sufficiency and living off the land. At fifteen years old, I began teaching myself how to tan hides, a passion that has never left me. I've since become a proficient seamstress, trapper, butcher and more. In an age where nothing seems to last, these skills seem more important than ever and have powerfully shaped my life.

Lindsey - Lead Field Instructor

To me, understanding the connections that we have between ourselves, each other, and the environment are crucial to our survival mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Z has been inspired by nature since she was a little girl in the GREAT STATE of New Jersey. Her fondest memories of her childhood were out in the forest and hiking through streams. She followed her feet to Richard Stockton College of NJ where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology and Environmental Science. Here, she was an active role in the environmental community, organizing clean ups and teaching children water education throughout Atlantic County. Encouraged to pursue education, Z went to Islandwood in Washington State to learn how to be an outdoor educator. Here, she met instructors from the Wilderness Awareness School (WAS) and was introduced to Coyote Teachings and Primitive Skills. She took her excitement for the environment down to California, where she spent six years seasonally working at Whiskeytown Environmental School (WES) in Shasta County. At WES she began fusing her background in Science and teaching with the practical skills of homesteading and ancestral teaching.

She is a new addition to the Ancestral Knowledge tribe, and has shown much enthusiasm towards making cordage and the many uses of bamboo. she has been excited to share the concepts of transmogrification with the students which is having the ability to find more than one use for an object.

In her spare time, Z enjoys knitting, sewing by hand, sewing with machine, animal processing, re-purposing materials for use and art, picking up trash, photography, dancing, singing, roller skating, and just creating things in general.

Todd Elliott

Todd Elliott is a freelance biologist, naturalist, lecturer, primitive skills instructor, and performing artist. His research has focused on studying global biodiversity and interrelationships in nature. These studies have taken him to remote corners of the world and allowed him to learn from indigenous people and to explore diverse ecosystems on six continents. Todd has discovered and published organisms new to science and is currently writing a field guide on the mushrooms of the Southeastern United States for Timber Press. Todd teaches on a range of subjects centered around primitive skills, foraging, ecology, traditional life-ways, and the human interface with the natural world. To learn more about Todd’s work visit: http://toddelliott.weebly.com/

Tim Murphy - Lead Field Instructor

My name is Tim Murphy and I am a newer instructor with AK. I am originally from the Washington DC area and have spent the majority of my adult life exploring the American west. I have a BA in Wilderness Leadership (Prescott College '99) and have guided in both adventure education programs and wilderness therapy. The majority of my carer has been working in various capacities in wilderness therapy. I have guided in Montana, Utah, Colorado, and Vermont. I have over 1300 field days working with groups in the woods. Working with AK I am learning to work with a younger population than I have worked with in the past. I recently returned to the DC are to be closer to family and to attend the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work in the fall.

Josh Ulrich - Lead Field Instructor

My name is Josh Ulrich and I grew up in Arizona climbing, exploring, hiking, throwing dirt clods, rooting up bugs, and filling my parents' pockets with cool rocks. I was the type of kid who would stop cold in the middle of a game of one-on-one basketball with my brother to watch an osprey bring fish back to its nest, or lose track of time trying to sneak up on him in the woods. My love of nature inspired me to get my B.S. in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Delaware. As I started getting involved with the Earth Skills community I realized I'd rather examine an animal's tracks than fit it with a radio collar, or use exotic invasive plants for food and cordage instead of spraying them with herbicide. I love sharing what I've learned with all who share my passion.

Sara Corrigan

Sarah Corrigan- Sarah is an herbalist and primitive skills practioner who has a focus on ethnobotanical studies.  Informed by these land based arts, she finds they offer the rewards of self reliance through skill, responsibility and gratitude through growing and gathering, and the awe and wonder of things through the beauty of the natural world.  In effect, that this interaction can educate us to being more capable, responsible, and healthier human beings.  As a student and an educator, she remains passionate about continous learning, and facilitating a student's relationship to the natural world through supporting their own learning processes.
B.A. Art History, Drew University, 2005
Vermont Center of Integrative Herbalism Clinical Herbalism 3 year program

Brad Salon

Brad Salon - My work at Roots combines my love for wilderness and adventure, hard work with good folks, building with my hands, and constant problem solving.  Although I have a love for all the skills I have devoted possibly too much time to flint knapping stone tools and find ever increasing complexity and challenges to pursue with that skill.  I have a love of bow building, archery, and hunting, a skill that has tested me on every level. The skills of tracking and awareness are brought to bare in every skill I work. The Scout classes are near obsession for me, but you will see that should you attend.  Learning to connect these skills to the present day, to the present conditions of the world, I strive to re-evaluate and grow my perspective. My work is done in the company of friends, all determined in their own ways to make the world a richer, healthier place. I started teaching wilderness skills in 2000. Aside from there skills I have a deep love for telling stories through the mediums of picture and video.
B.A. Individualized Studies, Goddard College, 2006

Julie Martin

Julie Martin has been practicing Primitive & Survival Skills full time for the past 11 years and teaching for the last five. Raised on a farm southern Ontario, animals, wild edibles, organic gardening and traditional food preservation were a daily part of her childhood. After 15 years as an actor, singer & writer, a serious car accident caused Julie to re-evaluate her life and she left the bright lights to re-focus her life around the earth-centered skills of her youth. While friction fire was Julie's "gateway" into Wilderness Survival (and is still her favorite skill), she has developed a passion for flintknapping, plants, pottery, and for passing along the true ease and simplicity of all the skills of our ancestors. Her new “Feral Females” workshops are dedicated to encouraging more women to discover the same joy, excitement, strength and power in these skills that changed her life.
Julie co-founded Practical Primitive with Eddie Starnater in 2007. Together they follow their vision to provide a place where adults can receive hands-on instruction in a small group setting from instructors with a depth and breadth of skills, knowledge and understanding.


Eddie Starnater

Eddie Starnater is one of the top Primitive and Survival Skills experts in the United States, and has been practicing and perfecting Primitive and Survival skills since childhood. Over the past 40 years Eddie has become a Master Flintknapper, competitive archer, expert bowyer, tracker, primitive potter and maker of all types of baskets, containers and primitive weaponry. His expertise in wild plants and primitive traps allowed him to perfect his wide range of Wilderness Survival skills on countless survival outings in many eco-systems around the country, and while living for months at a time in a long-term shelter in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. After teaching primitive skills for over 20 years Eddie tired of the huge class sizes and lecture format of schools that had become more focused on “notebook knowledge” over hands-on learning. Eddie founded Practical Primitive together with Julie Martin in January 2007. Their small-group, adult-only workshops provide an unparalleled opportunity for those who wish to learn quality skills, hands-on, from one who has dedicated the majority of his life to working, learning, and perfecting and passing on the Sacred Primitive Arts.


Wolf Bravo

Wolf Bravo 1Wolf Bravo is a specialist in sharpening all kind of blades and hand tools. From an early age Wolf Bravo spent his summer vacations at his great-grandmother’s farm in Peru, where he developed a special love for hand tools under her tutelage.

For over ten
years, he has been teaching sharpening and safety at the Mid Atlantic Primitive Skill Group In West Virginia. Short after he became a Hudson Valley resident in 2009, he started tool drives to help new farmers, later with the excess tools he started a Tool-Lending Program, known as a Tool Library for residents in the area. He also conducted free tool repair workshops for different communities in Ulster County. In the last four years Wolf Bravo has been a steady volunteer at the Repair Café in Rosendale, his home town, where he also started teaching sharpening workshops and making knives out of recycled blades from scrap knives.

He is an active member of the Hudson Valley Repair Café and the Roundout Valley Permaculture group.

Wolf is an avid proponent of sustainability and redesigning junk as a way to reduce our waste impact on the Earth.

Lauren Jacobs

lauren JacobsA life long lover of mythopoetic narrative, Lauren Jacobs uses surrealism to discuss links between body, emotion, wilderness and architecture in her art. In this discussion between person and place, she has collaborated often with environmental and community outreach programs, and has been involved in wilderness studies and urban permaculture for over a decade.

Jacobs received her Bachelors of Fine Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, after double majoring in sculpture and fiber art, and her Masters of Fine Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she concentrated in fiber sculpture. She currently teaches fine and applied art courses at Art Institute of Washington and Northern Virginia Community College. Her work has been in over 50 exhibitions and counting, and can be seen at the Artist’s Undertaking Gallery in Occoquan, VA, where Jacobs is a co-op member.

Nick Neddo


Nick is an artist, author, naturalist, primitive skills educator, and craftsman.  He has been teaching people wilderness skills professionally since 2000.  He makes his art supplies from materials that he gathers from the landscape, which is the topic of his new book: The Organic Artist. Nick enjoys clean air, water, food and dirty hands.

Josh Roberts

JoshJosh Roberts discovered his passion for wilderness survival skills  in Vermont in 1998. Through Tom Brown Jr's books he was inspired to practice survival skills which lead him to pursue these skills as a vocation.  For over 15 years he has  gained experience in this field with various summer camps, organizations and schools in over ten states. These include The Vermont Wilderness School, The Wild Earth Programs, The Roots School, The Institute of Natural Learning, The Fairview Lake YMCA, The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and The Student Conservation Corp among others. Josh's goal in life is to share his passion for the benefits of wilderness survival skills.   He received his Bachelor of Arts  in Adventure Education and Environmental Studies from Prescott College in Arizona.

Josh has been working with Ancestral Knowledge in the DC area since the spring of 2012. Before moving to the DC area he taught similar survival programs in the Swanguak Mountains of New York. He is currently involved in instructing and  developing Ancestral Knowledge’s home school programs, it’s summer camps and his own survival skills workshops. Josh has been actively involved with Mid Atlantic Primitive Skills youth programs and plans on continuing that involvement.  He enjoys flintknapping as well as pursuing his interests in permaculture, primitive archery, wild edible foraging, guitar playing and snowboarding.He is best known for his warm personality, fire making skills, his mentoring and teen rites of passage programs, as well as his dedication to teaching  wilderness survival skills.

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Wendy Nufer

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Keith Grenoble

Keith has been a product of the Back to the Land movement and the close ties to Native communities from an early age. Knowing that our ancestors made their living from the land, Keith started making stone tools represented in the rich archaeological record of Tidewater, Virginia. He has been teaching earthskills since 1987. Keith is passionate about making simulations of prehistoric cook pots, but still catches a knap here and there.

Eric Stone

eric stoneEric Stone is the founder of The Rewilding School, a nature connection program based in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.  He grew up playing in the woods and never stopped.  Check out him and his work at www.rewildingschool.com


Jan Marcario

Cindy Suter AKA Bluefeather

suterI have been involved with The MAPS Meet (Mid-Atlantic Primitive skills) since the very first event. In the beginning, I helped co-organize the events and am now an instructor. I have become personally fond of working with dried gourds.

At these events I will teach working with a dried gourd to make a beautiful finished bowl. I will also have a few gourds for sale in the trade store.

“I find it so fulfilling to watch young participants return year after year and now come to teach others. It is such an Honor to have met so many kindred spirits and friends. I feel so Blessed to be a part of this.”

Doug Elliott

EPSON scanner imageDoug Elliott is an herbalist, naturalist, storyteller and author. He has spent a great deal of time with traditional country folk and indigenous people, learning their stories, folklore, and traditional ways of relating to the natural world.

For many years he made his living gathering and selling herbs. In recent years he has performed and taught from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN and has conducted workshops and programs at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and the Smithsonian Institution. He has taught regularly at the Gaia and the International Herb Symposiums, the Green Nations Gathering, and Omega Institute. He has trained rangers for the National Park Service and guided people on wilderness experiences from Down-east Maine to the Florida Everglades. He was named harmonica champion at Fiddler's Grove Festival in Union Grove, N.C.

He regularly writes articles for regional and national magazines. He has authored five books and produced a number of award winning recordings of stories and songs.  His first book, WILD ROOTS, An Underground Botany and Forager's Guide, has been around for thirty-five years and is considered an "underground" classic. He is occasionally seen on PBS-TV and the History Channel.    www.dougelliott.com

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Joe Murray - Co-Founder

joe murrayJoe is a degreed anthropologist as well as a professional pilot. He has completed over 18 levels at Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School. He has been an important part of Ancestral Knowledge from the beginning. Joe has studied youth mentoring, naturalist studies and native philosophy with Jon Young, Noguchi, Paul Raphael, Gilbert Walking Bull an Oglala Lakota, and Ingwe an Acomba elder. Joe has been teaching children and adults in these subjects for six years — He has instructed for Tom Brown Jr. Coyote Tracks summer programs for children, ages 8 to 18, for three years, and continues his association with them as an on-call instructor. Joe is also responsible for setting-up Wilderness Living Training for the University of Maryland Outdoor Recreation Center Staff. He has instructed students at the University of Maryland, heads a local Tracking Skills group, mentors individual home school students and teaches at the annual Maryland Area Primitive Skills (MAPS) Meet. In 2004, Joe taught a Primitive Skills Series for the nonprofit organization Boys-To-Men. Most importantly, at the age of 32, Joe is still a kid, and as such, is a favorite instructor for the kids – earning their respect and enthusiasm for the fun-and-games as well as the serious philosophical subjects.

Bill Kaczor - Co-Founder/ CEO 2007-Present

Bill is the CEO and founder of Ancestral Knowledge. Bill has worked and studied intensively with the masters in the fields of; youth mentoring, naturalist studies, primitive technology and tracking. He has been teaching children and adults in these subjects since 1998 — For five years Bill worked as head instructor Children of the Earth Foundations- Coyote Tracks summer camps, and two years as the assistant director. He has instructed students at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, Rivercane Rendezvous, Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering (MAPS Meet), Bill has instructed for 5 years at Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School teaching primitive traps, bow making, flint knapping, pottery and hide tanning. In 1999, Bill chose to leave his skateboard/snowboard business and dedicate his life to teaching these skills. Shortly afterward, Bill designed and was granted an after school and summer program for the 21st Century Learning Community in Public School District 150 in Peoria, Illinois. This program was successful in that it led the children to a respect for nature, respect for themselves and others, self-discipline and adventure. Bill is a specialist in bow making, stone tool technologies, hide tanning, fire by friction and hunting.

Read what Tom Brown Jr said about Bill