I made my first ever woven basket, learned about the desert plants and all of their medicinal properties, made a pair of moccasins, a drum, a rawhide bag and so much more. This was the beginning of a huge transformation that I had been calling in for years. I continued to study primitive skills with the teachers in Los Angeles that were sharing their knowledge, Christopher Nyerges, and Delmar Lathers to name a few. I went to countless other primitive skills gatherings over the years deepening my connection with these teachers, the earth and her gifts. I have now learned to tan hides, weave baskets, make shoes, sew my own buckskin clothes, create tools, and now have a deep understanding of many of the plants, their gifts and their medicine. This is just a small handful of what I have learned through primitive skills. I also bought a 16' teepee that I lived in for two years. The possibilities were/are endless! I am completely addicted to learning the primitive ways and have never looked back since that first gathering. I have used the tools and the knowledge learned over and over again throughout the last seven years.
This Summer in Southern California the first ever festival style Primitive Skills gathering will take place. Some of my dearest teachers and friends will be there sharing their wisdom of the land. Many of you have wrote to me over the years asking how you can break away from the 9-5 system. I believe it can start here. Primitive Skills changed my whole outlook on life and the consumerism we surround ourselves with. This way of life is what i refer to as "simple living". I encourage anyone who is longing to step outside of the box to attend this gathering. I am grateful and honored to be teaching at the gathering this year. I will be sharing about ceremonial earth offerings along with classes on buckskin beaded medicine bags. Please come and say hello if you do attend! We head back to Kauai in a few weeks so I am so happy to be leaving California with the Elements Gathering as part of this summer journey!
|Living outdoors under the stars|
|Example of Medicine Pouch class I will be teaching|
|Beautiful wisdom keepers Brooke Medicine Eagle and Suni Baba|
|Saskatoon Circle founders and dear friends Eric and Cameron|
|Handmade shoes I made after learning shoe making skills at the gatherings|
|Primitive pottery with my brother Delmar Lathers|
|Buckskin creations by Johnny Rock|
|A willow woven basket I made along with the amazing Margaret weaving her own magic!|
|Hand Drill fire making|