Sautee Nacoochee, GA


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Sautee Lunch and Learn (SLL) has a long history at Sautee Nacoochee Center. Join our informal group for a wonderful potluck lunch, camaraderie, and special speakers who elaborate on all manner of topics - Blue Suede Shoes to Global Warming, with a healthy dose of local history and community issues thrown in.

We meet in the historic gym at 11:30am on the first Tuesday for 8 months of the year: September to December and February to May. We do not meet in January. After the blessing and announcements we have lunch. Our speaker is introduced at 12:30pm and the meeting wraps up at 1:30pm.

Due to Covid, everyone has the option to bring a dish to share or a packed lunch for yourself. Or just come to enjoy the speaker.

NOTE: Sautee Lunch & Learn takes a summer break during the months of June, July and August.

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Upcoming Programs

October 4, 2022, 11:30am

The Ancient Ways of the Cherokee
and How We Can Use Them Today

Mark Warren, owner of the nationally renowned Medicine Bow Wilderness School in Dahlonega, GA, has been teaching nature and survival skills of the Cherokee to adults and children for half a century.

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Mark believes today's society can - and should - learn some valuable lessons and skills from those native people who inhabited this continent hundreds of years before European explorers ever landed on its shores.

He will discuss how some of the most common native plants and trees were used by the Cherokee for food, medicine, insect repellent, crafts, shelter and fire. Mark will bring along some plants and handmade crafts for viewing and discussion.

Quote from Mark: "All of us who live in Southern Appalachia reside on land that once belonged to the Cherokee. While these native people led lives of intimate daily interaction with their natural surroundings, most folks today have reduced nature to a backdrop of scenery. The great deficit in this scenario is our lack of understanding that we still depend upon nature. Air to breathe, water to drink, energy to consume for our daily actions. These are commodities that are easy to take for granted. If these gifts are taken for granted, humans will have no reason to respect and conserve the pieces of the puzzle we call ecology."

Mark has packed 50 years of teaching and knowledge about the Native Americans' everyday life skills into a four-volume series of books titled Secrets of the Forest, which he wrote with three purposes in mind:

  1. To provide clear instructions in primitive survival skills for anyone wanting to better his/her self-sufficiency in the wilderness . . . by learning the old Indian ways of living comfortably in the forest.
  2. To offer parents, teachers, scout leaders and outdoor educators a guide to engage their students in nature . . . at a time when our young ones so desperately need this connection, as does nature itself.
  3. To win over a new generation of environmental advocates who will look after this world.

Mark's Secrets of the Forest book series will be available for purchase at this event. Find out more about Mark Warren on his website at