Gift Tide: East Coast Field and Community

August 22-28, 2021

Location: Northeast US (White Mountains and/or Green Mountains and/or Adirondacks)

Meetup: TBD (Syracuse, NY or Burlington, VT)

Application: January 5 – April 15

Instructors: Kerri Rosenstein and Felipe Delfino

Cost: $950 (includes food, transportation, camping and entry fees). Two partial ($475) scholarships are available.

Activities: Backpacking, camping, hiking

Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Some rugged terrain with unpredictable weather conditions. Some days will involve carrying a camping backpack for distances averaging 4-6 miles.


Everyone comes into the world with a job to do –– we were all given gifts to share, even the animals, even the plants, minerals, clouds… all beings. – Joy Harjo ( from Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings)

Our first-ever East Coast trip will be a one-week Wide Open Studios course in the ecoregion of the White Mountains, Green Mountains, and Adirondacks. We will combine several days of backpacking and car camping with site visits to immersive permaculture projects. Visiting artists and land stewards will inform our experience about what it means to tend to a place. Deep listening will be at the heart of engaging in dialogue pertaining to regional ecology, cultural history, climate crisis, regenerative land practices and food systems. We will cook locally grown foods and hopefully harvest some ourselves. In a spirit of reciprocity, there will be hands-on integrative opportunities to collaborate on projects within the communities we visit, as well as support to focus on personal artistic response.

As we travel in Wabanaki Country and/or neighboring Mohawk land, a world of gifts will surround us: firefly luminescence, the sweet nectar of maples, fluorescent eft salamanders, the healing medicines of reishi and elderberry, a chorus of frog song, and an abundance of water orchestrated by beaver brilliance. Through collective labor and wisdom sharing, we will reflect on how we can apply our gifts and build an interdependent approach to place that goes beyond our journey.

COVID considerations: Signal Fire designs safe programs in coordination with rural and tribal communities, trip leaders and participants, outdoor recreational industry leaders, and regional and national health guidelines. This rigorous evaluation applies to seasonal risks such as wildfires, as well as novelties like COVID-19. Signal Fire maintains open communication with program participants and emergent needs will be addressed transparently. We are grateful to our trip leaders, staff, Board, community and program partners who tirelessly collaborate with us to manage these risks. To learn more, contact your trip leader or Our Director of Field Programming,