From 14th to 17th May in Eisenbach at the Bogensport hotel run by Hubert Wurstenhorn was the 2nd annual instinctive archery meeting, “Gathering of the Clan” .
The original idea for the Clan Gathering was born out of the sheer passion for instinctive archery and the aim was to bring together instinctive archers from all around the world to enjoy their common interest together.
The incredible possibilities that the social media network offers can only be appreciated after experiencing amazing events like the Clan Gathering and spending a few days with its members…
Instinctive archery has its epicenter here in central Europe.
This is where we created the amazing history of instinctive archery and it can be traced to all parts of Europe.
(and many other countries that belong to Europe)
From a simple crazy idea many archers from different countries set about turning the faces and the stories they has seen on social media into reality. There are so many special and incredible stories and people to talk about that there just isn’t room here to include it all.
Its no fun shooting in the rain but on Friday the “Waldläuferparcours” in Donaueschingen was on the agenda and nobody wanted to miss out on shooting at this wonderful course. Despite the rain we will enthuse about this day for many years to come! We experienced 6 extremely wet hours shooting arrow after arrow. The rain just didn‘t stop but neither did we!!!
We were there on this hellishly wet and cold shoot!
There was something completely special about this day.
In the shooting hall later on and late into the night these archery crazy people were still letting the arrows fly. Even long after midnight they still had a bow in hand and shot arrow after arrow! In the informal and relaxed atmosphere you could really sense the magic of archery.
On Saturday we held the Clan tournament on the extensive Bogensporthotel Bad course. There were 48 shooting stands in total and we shot 2 arrows per target. Scoring was 2 points for a kill or 1 point for a body shot (Hunter Round).
Here we go again spending another 7 hours shooting arrow after arrow and really enjoying the course. With each shot the casual and relaxed atmosphere of the meeting was ever present. What a tremendous day with bow and arrow for all the participants!
Pic John Ryan
Thousands of pictures were taken through the course of the day
After the last breakfast together on Sunday morning the Clan Gathering was brought to a close and it was time for the participants to make their way home. Some Clan members were taken to the airports but others had extra nights booked with Hubert at the Bogensporthotel.
Everyone found saying goodbye extremely damn hard! We hung around on the car park telling all the fantastic stories about our crazy time together and not really wanting to leave.
What the members from all of the different countries had experienced was some of the magic of instinctive archery.