The Maine Primitive Gathering was started in 2004 with the idea of bringing primitive/bush skills schools in Maine together to promote what they do. As the word got out, more and more folks from all walks of life have found their way to the MPG. We now have an instructor staff who return year after year that has been instrumental in building a community of primitive skills practitioners that has become a family. We welcome everyone (except pets, drugs, and alcohol) and are especially family friendly.
The first two years the Gathering was held at Earthways in Canaan,
Maine thanks to Ray and Nancy Reitze. The next two years it was held at
the Delta Institute in Bowdoin, Maine with the help and support of
Arthur Haines. The following year (2008) we were going to hold the
Gathering at a farm in Lebanon, Maine when one of their horses got
equine encephalitis, and we had to make a snap decision to either find a
location nearby or shut the whole thing down. Luckily, our neighbors
John Cavaretta and Randy Coulton, who own the Oliver West Farm, were
gracious enough to let us use the field abutting the road to our farm,
and it has become the permanent home for the Gathering. In return, we
donate 10% of our gross receipts to the Animal Welfare Society of
Kennebunk. We also have restored the field and cemetery and work every
year to maintain, improve, and steward the land we are so luck to be
able to use. Thanks John and Randy!