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Today is April 18, 2019



Traditional Qajaqers of the South
I am very excited to announce the fourth annual Traditional Qajaqers of the South (TRAQS) festival. Our event will be held from March 21-24 at the Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center on beautiful Lake Placid in Central Florida. This will be an immersive Greenland kayaking weekend that includes paddling and rolling skills, presentations, morning yoga, kayak games and exposure to Inuit culture. We will be joined by several prominent instructor/mentors including internationally known mentors Cheri Perry, Alison Sigethy and Greg Stamer. Our special guest this year will be Mia Kanstad Kulseng from Norway. We will also include a full day Greenland paddle making class led by Benjamin Fontenot. All event information, fees and registration are available on our website. Hope you can join us.

When: March 21 - 24, 2019
Where: Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center
Lake Placid, FL 
E-mail edkayakmann@gmail.com

TIPS - Traditional Inuit Paddlers of the Southeast
Annually on the third weekend of May, qajaqers and kayakers come together for several days of learning, fun and sharing friendships. For some it is the opportunity to be introduced to the art of Greenland Style qajaqing; for others, a chance to hone their skills and increase their knowledge of Greenlandic culture. Always exceptional mentors are there to offer their expert tutelage. Anders Thygesen and Jannie Heegaard will be with us this year. Lake Greenwood, SC offers its lovely setting and a 20 mile long lake to paddle. Camp Fellowship offers the comforts of a hotel, ie hot showers, AC, comfortable beds and southern cooking. See our website for additional info and registration details.

When: May 16 - 19, 2019
Where: Camp Fellowship, Lake Greenwood
Greenwood , SC 
Contact:
E-mail traditionalpaddlersretreat@gmail.com

Hudson River Greenland Festival
Hudson River Greenland Festival was founded as a one day event featuring Greenland kayaking technique demonstrations, races and rolling competitions. After two successful years, it was reborn as the multi-day event that it is today. The festival attracts participants of all levels and enrolls many talented and renowned mentors from many different regions, including Greenland. It strives to pass along tradition kayaking skills in a pay it forward method...by observing...by learning...by teaching.

When: June 20 - 23, 2019
Where: Croton-Point-Park,
Croton-on-Hudson, , New York 
Contact: info@hrgf.org
E-mail info@hrgf.org

QajaqTC
QajaqTC is an intimate gathering of qajaq paddlers, rollers, and builders of all levels. The event is limited to 60 people, is located at a paddle-in YMCA camp, and brags about having the best food around. Our activities range far and wide as we explore native Greenlandic culture and skills. Visit our website to learn more about the guests, clinics, and presentations for 2019.

When: August 22 - 25, 2019
Where: Camp Lookout
Frankfort, MI 
Contact: Qajaq TC E4472 State Road M28 Au Train, MI. 49806
E-mail qajaqtc@gmail.com

The Traditional Paddlers Gathering
A casual get together of like minded enthusiasts, The Traditional Paddlers Gathering is a fun filled, educational event that focuses on all aspects of Traditional paddling. Book ending the summer with Qajaq Camp, we hope to bring you not only skilled instruction and detailed learning and practice, but also take aways applicable to the winter season. This year, guest mentor Chuck Smith, of Aluu paddles, will walk us through a specific part of doing a skin-on-frame build. Chuck plans to begin the build, and continue from year to year/event to event until it's completed. Dubside, well known for his first hand knowledge of all things Greenland, will join us again for more fun on the water, the ropes and of course, the yoga and singing! Henry Davies and Pete Kuhn will continue to tweak your strokes and rolling, and our other local mentors will help you get worked and come away with a plan for your builds and practice over the winter! The Boy Scouts will join us again on Saturday, and we are working with the Girl Scouts, to develop a program to bring them on board too. We love the energy of the kids! Look to our webpage www.qajaqmn.org for updates, plans, classes and registration as they become available.

When: September 5 - 8, 2019
Where: Parker Scout Reservation
Nisswa, MN 
Contact: Renee DuFresne
E-mail h2ohgirl@gmail.com



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