We took a year off to reflect on the last eight years and have made some significant changes for 2019.

We are excited to partner with Groundswell Community and Retreat Center to produce a smaller gathering the weekend of July 26-28th, 2019 on their beautiful land just south of Boonville. This year’s event will be limited to fewer participants, so purchasing tickets before the event will be necessary. This will be a non-commercial event.

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Tickets Still Available!

Brown Paper Ticket Sales will close on Friday at noon.

Tickets will still be available for purchase at the gate during the following times:

Friday 4:00-6:00pm

Saturday 8:00-10:00am

Sunday 8:00-10:00am

Groundswell Community Retreat Center

18500 Highway 128

Yorkville, CA 95494

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We look forward to seeing you at the Gathering!

2019 Not So Simple PosterThe Not-So-Simple Gathering, a weekend of hands-on workshops and demonstrations celebrating rural living and homesteading skills July 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2019 at the Groundswell Community and Retreat Center!

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7/3/19 - The 2019 presenters and workshops are now available. Please check back for more detailed information.

7/15/19 - The 2019 Workshop Schedule is now available.

7/15/19 - For 2019, the Not So Simple Living Fair has metamorphosed into the Not So Simple Small is Beautiful Gathering. This well loved offering of workshops and demonstrations celebrating rural living and homesteading skills will be held on July 26 -28 at the Groundswell Community Retreat Center in Yorkville. Groundswell is a small, beautiful, shaded space that implements many of the rural living skills that are the foundation of the event.

More Offerings

Even though our small organizing committee has scaled down the event, in some ways we are offering more. We're excited to partner with our friends at Groundswell. The land has rustic cabins and tent camping with plenty of areas for workshops scattered throughout the woods. All around a central kitchen, dining hall, and campfire where there will be Hosted Campfire Conversations. There is access to Rancheria Creek, a hot tub available, and locally sourced community meals provided by Groundswell's culinary team. Plus, Saturday night will be an Acoustic Band Scramble. So bring your musical instruments!

This Year's Theme

The theme this year, E.F. Schumacher's Small is Beautiful Theory of Economics advocates for the use of appropriate technologies as if people and the planet mattered. This concept blends with the Not So Simple vision because the rural living skills/technologies offered by our presenters encourage self reliant livelihoods in harmony with the land where we live and work, our communities, our bio-regions and beyond.

Keynote Speaker

Jim Tarbell will give the Key Note address. Jim is the founder of the Grassroots Institute whose mission is to give communities skills to strengthen self governance and control corporate power. He is an early advocate of Building the Economy for Our Common Good in Mendocino County. Jim and dozens of workshop participants have spent the past two years putting together the Map of the Economy for the Common Good. He will speak about the vision and purpose of the map and how participants in the Not So Simple Gathering can all be part of it.