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Work Trade & Scholarships

The Gathering is made possible by many people, organizations, and businesses that apply the permaculture principle of sharing the surplus.

Our philosophy of sharing combined with keeping our costs down allow for the Gathering to be affordable.

Work Trade Policy


Work trade reduces the full weekend ticket price to $80.00 and includes Thursday night camping.

Work trade positions entail 4 hours of work in addition to the one hour per day required by all participants.


Most work trade positions will be asked to arrive on Thursday by 2 pm.


All work trade positions should plan to be available on Sunday for clean-up and break-down starting at 2 pm.

Application Acceptance


Upon acceptance, work traders will receive a coupon code to adjust their ticket price in the registration cart.

Work Trade Positions

  • 4 Kitchen Assistants

Work with our kitchen lead to prepare the Saturday communal meal. Includes dish washing, chopping veggies, etc.


  • 1 Ceremony & Ritual Support

Assist one of our elders in the vision and execution of the Saturday night ceremony. Includes planning, design, and facilitation.


  • 2 Check-in Attendants

Greet participants as they arrive and guide them through orientation, signing up for volunteer shifts, and answering questions as needed. Assistant as needed for the Registrar.

  • 1 Firewood Logistic Support

Clean up of brush, splitting and moving firewood, use of basic tools, general labor as the gathering requires. Fire tending Friday and Saturday nights.

  • 1 Kids Program Assistant 

  • Work with the Kid's Program director to facilitate an engaging and educational experience for the wee ones that come to the gathering. Hours are during open space blocks.

  • 1 Campground Host

  • This position is for someone who is a light sleeper and will be car camping.  The camping area borders a private residence and we need to honor a 10 pm quiet time.  This job is to enforce that policy.

  • 2 Meal Monitors

  • Folks need to have a wristband to go through the meal line.  These folks need to be able to turn folks away who are not wearing one.

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Work Trade Application

Please complete the form to apply for a position with us.

In which Work Trade Positions are you interested?

Thanks for submitting!


We are excited to offer scholarships to help bring folks to the Gathering who might not otherwise be able to attend. 


We require scholarship applicants to also apply for a work-trade position, unless the applicant is unable to work.

If you are unable to do a work-trade, please contact the registrar for a scholarship application.

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