Northern Lights Qajaq Society


There are people who want to know the exact schedule of the Gathering. We sympathize. The truth is, the more or less exact schedule is created on Thursday morning when the mentors meet to hammer out a plan. Here, generally speaking, is what you can count on.

Yoga classes are held Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8 am.

Local and guest mentors conduct rolling sessions during any of the class slots listed in the schedule below. You can find help with rolling throughout the event.

The harpoon contest is conducted on Saturday throughout the day, with the winner announced at the Saturday evening program. New this year, the handline fishing contest will be held early on either Saturday or Sunday morning. Sorry for the hour, but the fish don’t care when you want to wake up.

A skin-boat rescue session is typically held on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday morning we have typically scheduled a Parade of Skin Boats, where we make a short paddle to a broad sand beach nearby and encourage everyone to paddle and compare as many skin boats as possible.

During past years we have also held sessions on forward stroke, boat control and bomb-proofing your roll, plus casual tours of Lake Carlos.

This year afternoon informational presentations will included such topics as how to skinning a Greenland-style kayak, fire starting, Greenlandic rope gymnastics, and demonstrations of Greenlandic hunting gear.

Evening programs usually include films and presentations from visiting mentors. Saturday’s evening session includes our annual silent auction and raffle. You are encouraged to bring items to offer for either or both.

Below, class time slots by day:

Check in Thursday, Sept. 7 after Noon

  • Informal Class Thursday 1:30-4:00
  • Light outdoor charcoal grill 5:30 (for evening meal)
  • Movie or speaker 7:30

Friday, Saturday 

  • Yoga 8:00-8:45
  • Class 9:00-12:00
  • Lunch 12:00-1:00
  • Class 1:00-4:00
  • Light Grill 5:30
  • Movie or speaker 7:30


  • Yoga 8:00-8:45
  • Class 9:00-11:00
  • Empty bunk houses and showers 11:00-12:00
  • Empty kitchen 12:00-1:00
  • Cleaning crew arrives at 12:30