MAPS Meet Instructors

All aboriginal societies depended heavily on the art of mentoring, where the people who painstakingly learned their skills over a number of years passed them down to their students, who in turned passed them down to others. In keeping with that ancient and sacred tradition, we have a group of highly skilled instructors coming from around the country who are very eager to share their vast knowledge and experience with you.

Rod began his exploration of the natural world soon after college.  After meeting fellow students and teachers through the old Greenbelt tracking club, Rod was a founding board member of Ancestral Knowledge and has taught various small groups in his free time while living as far afield as Germany and South Sudan.  His fermentation is based on keeping things as simple as possible, and gathering the herbs fresh the morning he begins the process.




Becky Beyer started her crazy love affair with all things homesteading while growing up on a farm in central New Jersey. After getting her BS in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont, she moved to Asheville, North Carolina to explore all the amazing work being done in this beautiful bioregion. She teaches spoon carving, all aspects of organic farming, is a practitioner of natural horsemanship, a burgeoning illustrator and musician. She has taught at many primitive skills gatherings including Falling Leaves Rendezvous, Florida Earth Skills Gathering, Firefly Gathering, and Whippoorwill Gathering. Want to know a crazy historical fact about a plant? Ask her, she just might know.  You can get Becky’s take on folk magic, rewilding and local plantlore by visiting her blog at



Nick Neddo 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.













































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