What to Bring

What to Bring to Heartwood Gathering

Below is a list of some suggested items you may need to best enjoy your weekend.  Common sense and being prepared for a variety of weather conditions is the best approach.

Please bring the following items with you to Heartwood:

  • Travel Mug
  • Water bottle
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Cash for vendors and/or snacks from Canteen (there is no internet on site, so no digital payments)
  • Personal medication and small travel first aid kit (bandaids, disinfectant, etc.)
  • Rain gear
  • Sun hat, sunscreen
  • Protective shoes and clothing for plant walks

Optional Items

  • A festive frock to dance about in for Saturday Night Feverfew!
  • Wild Food & Herbal Elixir Contest Entry
  • Yoga Mat for morning yoga
  • Camping chair for extra comfort at outdoor activities
  • Camera or recorder

Please do not bring; pets, drugs, alcohol or a bad attitude


For those staying in Indoor Accommodations

Please bring all the above-mentioned items as well as;

  • bedding and pillow for room – there are no extras onsite
  • towels and toiletries
  • ear plugs
  • small fan to keep room cool

Please note that most washrooms are shared, but there are a number of private washrooms and private shower stalls.


For those Camping

Please bring all the above-mentioned items as well as;

  • tent or hammock, tarp and/or ground sheet
  • sleeping bag, pillow and mattress or mat
  • flashlight or headlamp
  • towels and toiletries
  • ear plugs

Please note that tenting area is an approximate 2 minute walk from parking area. Campers are able to use inside washrooms and showers. There is also a centrally located outhouse. The Ganaraska Forest Centre is open to the public so please keep valuables at home, in your car or on your body.


Bringing your own food?

If you are not on the Meal Plan and are planning on bringing your own food for the weekend please be prepared to be self-sufficient in regard to cooking and food storage. Although there are fire-pits onsite, we are reserving these spaces for classrooms and socializing and ask that you do not prepare food in these spaces. Bring a camp stove to heat your food. We are in a natural area so we ask that you keep your food in your car overnight to protect it from animals. We will have shaded storage available for your coolers during the day as cars are located in full sun, but it will be in a public area and you do so at your own risk. You will not have access a fridge or freezer so please plan accordingly. Heartwood will provide a location to wash your dishes and access to drinking water. There will be a small canteen selling snacks and drinks to supplement your meals and you can find it in the Tea Salon.