Traditional Lifestyles Workshop

The next Traditional Lifestyles Weekend Workshop will be held 2019 - stay tuned!

Eustace teaching about horses

Explore traditional tools, techniques and practices of a sustainable historic economy. This time with Eustace Conway's creation of The Turtle Island experience is an adventure in time travel. The workshop, held on Turtle Island's real working farm, abounds with rich Appalachian tradition. 3 hot meals a day, overnight lodging in a cozy 3-walled, wooden platform shelter, use of hand-tools, & materials are all covered in the sliding scale option from $300-325. Limited to 12 adults. (special arrangements can be made for mature teens and family groups)

This will be a spontaneous interaction with crafts and lore that Eustace practices daily. Philosophy and real life anecdotes will weave into the day's pursuit. A small group intimately sharing like this will glean insightful, inspiring involvement with real live cultural engagement and interpretation. Get as involved as you dare or simply watch the intriguing activities that develop.

Activities may include spoon carving, plant gathering and usage, blacksmithing tools, garden harvesting, cooking with wood, using a log builder's tool kit and much more. The possibilities are endless. Eustace has been practicing these skills full time in a non-electrical alternative lifestyle for over 30 years.


Date/Time: TBD

Available Spaces: limited to 12 adults (no unchaperoned minors)

Cost: $375 online, $360 by postal mail (hot meals & overnight rustic lodging included)

Cancellations: non-refundable deposit (1/2 of total) is retained for all cancellations

Road Conditions: 1.5 miles off-road gravel - watch the video(link is external)

Location: 8 miles east of Boone, NC - Base camp at Turtle Island Preserve is just 2 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway - Bamboo Gap Exit


How To Register:

Option 1: Pay $375 online w/ credit card using the 'Buy Now' button below - and email these forms to: sends e-mail)




Option 2: Pay $360 w/ check or money order by Postal Mail - print and enclose these forms to:

Turtle Island Preserve

Attn. Traditional WeekendRogers Cabin - open air wood floor overnight shelter

2683 Little Laurel Road

Boone, NC 28607



After You've Registered:

Driving Directions

What to Bring on overnight stays

CRUCIAL Orientation Info


ATTENTION ALL VISITORS: Read Before Entering - Be aware that Turtle Island Preserve is NOT LIABLE for your safety, health or any impairment of it. Enter at your own risk. Your presence represents your acknowledgement that you accept full liability for any damage to you/your children’s person or property. This applies to everyone on the premises or associated with Turtle Island Preserve programs.

WARNING:Under North Carolina law, a farm animal activity sponsor or farm animal professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in farm animal activities resulting exclusively from the inherent risks of farm animal activities. Chapter 99E of The North Carolina General Statutes.

WARNING: Under North Carolina Law, There Is No Liability For An Injury To Or Death Of A Participant In An Agritourism Activity Conducted At This Agritourism Location If Such Injury Or Death Results From The Inherent Risks Of The Agritourism Activity. Inherent Risks Of Agritourism Activities Include, Among Others, Risks Of Injury Inherent To Land, Equipment, And Animals, As Well As The Potential For You To Act In A Negligent Manner That May Contribute To Your Injury Or Death. You Are Assuming The Risk Of Participating In This Agritourism Activity.