a traditional skills society ~ a gathering ~ a community
FIREMAKER 2016 July 4th - July 10th Camp Gilwell Courtenay, BC - Canada
" We created a community for a week - ate, camped, shared skills, cooked, cleaned together, shared our hearts... I slept to the sound of rushing water all night, bathed in the river each morning and wove baskets by the fire by day, chatting with lovely folk. This is real life."
The Firemaker Primitive Skills Society exists to learn, practice and share ancient skills and technology, the philosophy of honoring and respecting all existence, and acknowledging our place in the circle of life. Our ancestors knew how to live well without modern tools and materials. These ways are not yet lost.
In addition to rekindling the old ways, we embrace new approaches to living close to the earth which are in harmony with the old ways. At our gatherings, we invite instructors to share their skills and love for low-tech or no-tech ways of living and enjoying the outdoors.
Firemaker includes more than just workshops and learning; it’s also about friendship, fun, and community. Each evening there is singing, drumming, games, or story telling around the campfire. Group camping, shared meals and time to chat with instructors or to share the day's experiences with new or old friends add to the feeling. There's also plenty of room for solitude.
Firemaker is run and sustained by volunteers. We encourage and expect all participants to volunteer at the camp to help with various tasks that help the community to function.
Please browse our site for more details on the yearly gathering.