Winter Semester Workshops

Our Winter Semester Workshops will be held this year from September 15th, 2017, until March 25th, 2018.

About Aprovecho’s Workshops

Apart from our international-recognized summer residential programs, Aprovecho also hosts guest instructors during the winter months to teach workshops aligned with our mission and vision.  Workshop formats vary depending on subject, teacher and student needs. The goals for our workshops are to:

  • Provide high quality instruction that provide students sustainability-related trade or homesteading skill(s).  
  • Create networks among leaders and students in sustainability-related trades and fields.
  • Honor our guest instructors’ commitment to sustainability and subject expertise.
  • Support promising new instructors to further develop their teaching skills in their sustainability related trade or field.  

This semester’s schedule has just been confirmed, and the following is a list of workshops, teachers, dates, and tuition prices for each. Please stay tuned for more information about each program! Registration coming soon.

Workshop tuition does not include room and board. If you are an out-of-town student, we have optional dormitory space available on a limited basis for $20 night per person for registered students. Please inquire with the Winter Semester Coordinator after you have registered for the workshop to reserve your room.

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Rural Southern Lane County and Cottage Grove area residents qualify for a 2-for-1 rate for our workshops.

EARTH, OVENS, ART! 

Saturday & Sunday, September 16th and 17th

INSTRUCTOR: Kiko Denzer

Build a wood-fired oven using the earth beneath your feet. We’ll cover all the basics of building with this most wonderful and ubiquitous of materials — aka “cob,” “adobe,” “rammed earth,” “wattle & daub,” or just the best stuff ever. Starting with foundations, we’ll cover material ID, testing, sourcing, mixing, shaping, firing, and heat dynamics. We’ll build a quick mini oven to get started, and then build a super-insulated version that can hold heat for hours — even days. There will also be time to talk about cooking in a wood-fired oven — especially bread! (natcherly leavened) — and pizza.

  • Materials & properties: material ID, testing, & sourcing; mixing, shaping, sculpting.
  • Heat: mass, insulation, conduction, resistance
  • Building the oven, from foundation to finish
  • Quick mini-ovens you can build in an hour
  • Principles & steps for whole-grain, naturally leavened bread
  • Fire, heat, temperature, cooking: managing fuel and making fire
  • Heating the oven: fuel, firing, efficiency
  • Baking in the oven: time, temperature, measurement

LOCATION: Aprovecho Outdoor Kitchen

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by August 15th) $200; After August 15th $250; Last Minute (after September 1st): $285

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ABOUT KIKO: I grew up with an artist mom who got me started making things pretty early. At 17, I went to Italy to carve marble; in college, I studied history and politics, and after graduation, I worked as a city bureaucrat in Boston, did carpentry on a remodeling crew, community outreach for food co-ops, managed a community newsletter, taught college students, and worked with various non-profit community developers. I quit my last day job more than 20 years ago to begin an advanced course in the arts of growing food, building with earth, raising a family, and most recently, carving green wood into spoons, bowls, and other useful objects. I also write and publish books, teach workshops, and do contract work. My motto for teaching came from my mom, who got it from Aristotle: “what we learn to do, we learn by doing.” In an age so dominated by social MEEEEEdia, TV, movies, the written word, and addictive consumerism, it can be very hard to live up to such a motto, but I sincerely think that it’s the best and most joyful option available. I wrote a book entitled, Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-Cost Wood-Fired Mud Oven, Simple Sourdough Bread, Perfect Loaves, published by Hand Print Press in 2007.

COBBING FOR FAMILIES

Saturday, September 23rd

INSTRUCTOR: Sara Tamler

Natural Building is a family affair! All ages are invited to learn the basics of building with earth. We’ll get our hands and feet muddy building with adobe and cob, and learning how to sculpt and finish an earthen wall to make it fun, functional and beautiful. Through hands-on work on an earthen playground, students will learn the skills needed to design and build almost anything they can dream up out of earth – their own garden wall, bench, sculpture, or playhouse!

LOCATION: Aprovecho

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by August 23rd) $80; After August 23rd $100; Last Minute (after September 9th): $125

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ABOUT SARA: Sara Tamler is a natural builder and Aprovecho alumni based in the Eugene area. She got her start as a builder working on trails throughout the country and dabbling in conventional construction, but after discovering natural building at Aprovecho in 2014, she has been focusing on honing her skills in mud. Sara now works as a builder and educator, and in the summer of 2017 will be co-leading the construction of the only natural building to be built as a part of a new urban affordable income tiny home village in Eugene. Sara also loves chainsaw carving, exploring wild places, and her geriatric dog Augie.

INTRODUCTION TO OFF-GRID SOLAR

Saturday, September 23rd

INSTRUCTOR: Newt Loken

This will be an overview of off-grid solar electrical systems applicable in the home, shop or anywhere else appropriate for a small-scale electrical system (some grid tie included). Students will study some basic principles of solar design and system planning and see at least two different off-grid solar electric system examples: one high voltage (100 v DC array to 48 volt Bats) and one low voltage (<40 v DC to 12 volt Bats).

Skill building areas include load assessment and efficiency first principle, solar array siting & resource, electricity & wiring basics, conduit choices & use, Balance of system equipment siting and attachment and safety. The student should walk away with an orientation to the broad variety of design and install details and many of the components and tools used to install a solar power system. This is not intended to teach all the knowledge necessary to install your own system.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by August 23rd) $100; After August 23rd $125; Last Minute (after September 9th)$150

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ABOUT NEWT: Newt was always immersed in nature and natural systems growing up. At university in Michigan, he furthered the study of ‘natural resources’ and broadened it to include efficiency, solar, and other renewable technologies primarily oriented towards shelter applications. While working in Colorado, California, and Oregon for other solar contractors in pursuit of better installation methods and system types, Newt pursued technologies from passive solar space heat and water heating to active solar water heating and space heating (radiant floor), finally culminating with starting a business, Solar Assist, that primarily installs solar electric systems currently. Most are grid tie but Solar Assist has installed a variety of solar electric systems that are battery based; some grid back up and some off grid.

TRADITIONAL AND ETHICAL WILDCRAFTING

Sunday, September 24th

INSTRUCTOR: Venice Mason

Learn the basics of bioregional and sustainable approaches to harvesting. Multiple frameworks for appropriate harvesting techniques will be explored and demonstrated, with a focus on establishing a spirit of exchange with local and readily available plant allies. Learn techniques to harvest and preserve roots, leaves, flowers and fruit from the wild abundance of Nature. In the hands-on lab, students will prepare infused herbal vinegar and infused herbal oils from our ethically wildcrafted harvest and take home samples.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by August 24th) $100; After August 24th $125; Last Minute (after September 10th): $150

MATERIALS FEE: $10

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ABOUT VENICE: Celebrating spirit and healing Mother Earth for over 20 years, Venice Mason is a grandmother, seasoned herbalist, and health educator who believes that knowing our spiritual roots helps us step more strongly on our own paths. Education in the ways of our Earth-Loving Ancestors and the empowerment of the individual are paramount. Her work is focused on providing students with the experience necessary to safely incorporate the healing powers of natural herbal allies and ancient ancestral knowledge into their lives. Venice’s own journey has led from the hills of Oregon to Ireland and Appalachia, and now back to the beautiful Northwest again. Trained at Brighid’s Academy of Healing Arts and Western Carolina University, she is a Priestess of the Celtic Traditions, Anthropologist, and award-winning scholar of Cherokee Culture.  Venice’s work is fed through a rich heritage of storytelling along with a multicultural and diverse perspective that is both playful and powerful.

BEGINNERS HANDCARVING TRADITIONAL WOODENWARE FROM GREEN WOOD

Saturday and Sunday, September 30th and October 1st, plus a 4-hour follow up on Saturday, October 21st

INSTRUCTOR: Daniel Yanchury

Come begin your study of traditional woodcraft this fall at Aprovecho.  Instructor Daniel R. Yanchury of Corylus Crafts will guide students through a comprehensive two-day course designed to introduce carvers of all experience levels to a range of vital carving concepts, including:  

  • How and Why we can use Greenwood
  • Scandinavian Knife Techniques
  • Using a Hatchet to Effectively and Safely Shape Wood
  • Spoon design and Function
  • Understanding Sharpening
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Much, much, more…

This is a hands-on course.  Students will leave with a detailed knowledge of many facets of traditional greenwood craft and will have the opportunity to work on a range of small projects with guidance and inspiration from a professional carver.   An included short follow-up class three weeks later will offer students the opportunity to learn about finishing techniques, after their projects have had time to dry and they have had time to practice.  Come join in the fun with woodworking that anyone can do, anywhere.  You have two options for tools:

    • Buy two ready-made knives (MORA 106 and MORA 164) from an internet source
    • Buy better versions of these knives from me on the day of the class.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by August 30th) $250; After August 30th $300; Last Minute (after September 16th) $325

MATERIALS FEE: $12

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ABOUT DANIEL: A father, woodcarver, musician, amateur philosopher, herbalist, and more, Daniel Robert Yanchury is the craftsman and proprietor of Corylus Crafts in Eugene, Oregon.  To him, working wood is just one part of a well-lived life; in tune with the elements around us and constantly improving our ability to work with them is essential to living. Working materials by hand is an act of self-reliance and empowerment that is central to his philosophy of life.

MEDICINAL FUNGI 101: CULTIVATION, INDICATIONS, AND PROCESSING

Saturday, October 14th

INSTRUCTOR: Peter McCoy

In this workshop, mycology educator and author Peter McCoy will guide you into through the vast world of medicinal mushrooms. Starting with the history of medicinal mushrooms in cultures around the world, Peter will then teach you the various medicinal benefits of mushrooms and other fungi, how to cultivate medicinal species on logs, and how to identify several medicinal mushrooms that are common in the Pacific Northwest. At the end of class, students will also help process mushrooms into a medicinal tincture for taking home. For more information on Peter and his work, visit radicalmycolgy.com.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by September 14th) $100; After September 14th $125; Last Minute (after September 30th): $150

Materials Fee: $12

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ABOUT PETER: Peter McCoy is the co-founder of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization that teaches how anyone can work with fungi for personal, societal, and ecological health. He is also the lead cultivation expert for the Amazon Mycorenewal Project and Open Source Ecology, as well as the mycology advisor to Permaculture Magazine North America and a regular guest on the Permaculture Voices Podcast. In 2016, Peter released Radical Mycology, a 650-page book on mushroom cultivation, medicinal mushrooms, and more. The book has since been hailed as one of the most accessible texts on the science and art of mycology, offering unique and cutting-edge insights into the rapidly evolving field. Peter’s work and Radical Mycology have been featured in various news outlets (e.g. Grist, Vice, and Salon.com) and he has presented to organizations around the world. Peter lives in Portland, Oregon.

SECRETS OF WILDCRAFTING AND WILD MUSHROOMS

Saturday and Sunday October 21st and 22nd

INSTRUCTOR: Rob Miller

Wild mushrooms are enchanting, beautiful and abundant sources of free food and DELICIOUS! Join wildcrafter Rob Miller, who has harvested many tons of wild mushrooms for local health food stores and restaurants over the past 15 years, for a fun and engaging weekend of harvesting and eating these delicacies of the Pacific Northwest.

Although you will learn practical skills such as identification, best practices for harvesting and cleaning, etc, this weekend is, more importantly, about the inner workings of “walking as a wildcrafter,” engaging with the forest, sensory awareness and relating to these incredible and fascinating fungal beings. Time in the woods will be interlaced with cooking and celebrating meals of the wild mushrooms we find. The class takes place at the peak of the season in one of the world’s epicenters for wild mushrooms.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Campus

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by September 21st) $200; After September 21st $250; Last Minute (after October 7th): $275

MATERIALS: Participants should bring a harvest basket or clean 2-5 gallon bucket, a folding knife with locking blade or sheath knife.

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ABOUT ROB: Rob Miller is the lead guide, program designer, and director of Cascadia Quest – a local non-profit that provides wilderness rites of passage and other educational and growth activities. He is a wilderness guide, ceremonialist, wildcrafter, council leader, loving parent, and fun-loving instigator of radical and sustainable earth-based culture change. He is a joyful and ethical commercial wild harvester of medicinal herbs and wild mushrooms. For the past two decades he has been living and teaching variety of survival and primitive skills, focusing on them as a tool for personal and ecospirtual maturation.

HERBAL INDULGENCES (Saturday, October 28th) 

INSTRUCTOR: Venice Mason

Learn the basics of herbal self-care. Creating your own herbal products from the ground up—literally! Using readily available and sustainable ingredients, we will explore the best whole plants, oils, and essences for luxurious herbal self-care at a fraction of the cost of commercially available products. In the hands-on lab, students will prepare bath salts and spritzers specifically crafted for their own skin types and take home an herbal product of their choice.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by September 28th) $100; After September 28th $125; Last Minute (after September 14th): $150

MATERIALS FEE: $12

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ABOUT VENICE: Celebrating spirit and healing Mother Earth for over 20 years, Venice Mason is a grandmother, seasoned herbalist, and health educator who believes that knowing our spiritual roots helps us step more strongly on our own paths. Education in the ways of our Earth-Loving Ancestors and the empowerment of the individual are paramount. Her work is focused on providing students with the experience necessary to safely incorporate the healing powers of natural herbal allies and ancient ancestral knowledge into their lives. Venice’s own journey has led from the hills of Oregon to Ireland and Appalachia, and now back to the beautiful Northwest again. Trained at Brighid’s Academy of Healing Arts and Western Carolina University, she is a Priestess of the Celtic Traditions, Anthropologist, and award-winning scholar of Cherokee Culture.  Venice’s work is fed through a rich heritage of storytelling along with a multicultural and diverse perspective that is both playful and powerful.

HABITAT RESTORATION ECOLOGY: THEORY AND PRACTICE IN AGROFORESTRY

Saturday and Sunday, October 28th and 29th

INSTRUCTORS: Abel Kloster and Steve Braun

This workshop will cover the principles of habitat restoration in streams, oak woodlands, and riparian forests from holistic perspectives rooted in the most current ecological best practices. We will tour on-going restoration projects in Aprovecho’s waterways and oak woodlands and restoration practices including check dam installation, oak woodland stewardship, and riparian revegetation will be applied in each of these systems. We will also discuss current funding sources and regional organizations that can assist landowners with their restoration projects. This course is relevant for professionals, students and landowners.  Improve our watershed, get your hands a little dirty, and leave with a concrete framework and strategies for restoring your creek or forest.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Campus

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by September 28th) $100; After September 28th $125; Last Minute (after September 14th): $150

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ABOUT ABEL: A fourth generation Oregon native, Abel is well acquainted with the forests,  fields, and people of the Pacific Northwest where he has farmed, tended land, and indulged in the culture for many years.  Abel has been Aprovecho’s Land Steward since 2006.  He co-teaches and directs Aprovecho’ Permaculture programs and oversees the stewardship of Aprovecho’s 40 acre land trust  In addition to his work with Aprovecho, Abel is on the board of Agriculture and Community Land Trust and co-owner of Resilience Permaculture Design, a whole systems design firm specializing in farm and forestry planning and ecological restoration.  Abel has a B.S. degree in Land Stewardship for Sustainable Communities from Humboldt State University and is currently pursuing a masters in agroforestry from the University of Missouri. He received a certificate of Permaculture Design from Douglas and Sam Bullock of Orcas Island, Washington.  He also holds advanced Permaculture certificates in Permaculture Aid, Permaculture Earthworks, Optical Surveying, and Keyline Design.

ABOUT STEVE: Steve Braun, PhD, is an environmental scientist, educator, brewer, and naturalist. He is the founder of Old Growth Ales, Director of Aprovecho Center for Research and Education in Sustainability, and provides leadership in Oregon’s robust environmental education movement. He currently serves on the Oregon Environmental Literacy Program Council and leads two educational research teams supporting the implementation of Outdoor School for All here in Oregon. A former land steward with The Nature Conservancy, restoration ecologist and education specialist, he has worked on several grant teams including those funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Forest Service, the National Science Foundation, the Gray Family Foundation and Americorps. He has authored publications in the Green Teacher and Environmental Education Research. He has been brewing for over 15 years – combining herbalism and zymurgy to teach ecology and share botanic ales with Old Growth Ales.

NUTRITIONAL THERAPY AND HERBALISM FOR PRENATAL AND POSTPARTUM WOMEN

Saturday, November 11th

INSTRUCTOR: Amanda Braun

What you eat and the environment you live in is literally what makes your baby. Learn how to prepare and serve tasty and nutritious foods to support a healthy pregnancy, populate your baby’s microbiome, and restore your health in the “fourth trimester.”

We will be making, eating, and sipping herbally-infused bone broth, a vegetable ferment, herbal tea infusion, and a nutritious snack. Learn how these foods nurture the “foundations of health” to offer optimal health and energy for mom, baby, and the whole family.

Participants will gain knowledge and inspiration, and leave with recipes, handouts, and something to ferment at home!

LOCATION: Healing Matrix, Downtown Cottage Grove

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by October 11th) $100; After October 11th $125; Last Minute (after September 10th): $150

MATERIALS FEE: $10; Bring a quart mason jar.

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ABOUT AMANDA: Amanda Braun is a Western herbalist and certified nutritional therapist. She is trained in plant spirit medicine and traditional western herbalism. She has been preserving food, making medicine, and practicing homesteading skills for years. Amanda is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) through the Nutritional Therapy Association and a trained Western herbalist through The School of Traditional Western Herbalism and The School of Forest Medicine. Her interest in food and wellness started when living in Peru in search of personal healing. Through her journey, she witnessed the deep relationship that the indigenous communities have with their food, as well as their robust health and energy. She aims to nourish herself and family through properly-prepared, nutrient-dense, whole foods that are satisfying, simple to prepare, and pleasing to the whole family. www.coevolutionnutrition.com

GREENWOOD AND STEEL: MAKE THE TOOLS, CARVE THE WOOD

Thursday, November 29th through Sunday, December 3rd

INSTRUCTOR: Kiko Denzer

Forge your own blade(s), then learn to carve spoons and bowls; includes basic blacksmithing, hardening/tempering, sharpening, knife use/grips/techniques, use of a shave-horse and draw knife, basic principles of carving, sculpture, and design, as well as discussion of traditional and appropriate technologies and their histories. Traditional foot- and/or bow-powered lathes may be available for practice/demonstration.

We’ll start by spending a couple of days making a simple crooked knife to use and to take home. (There may be options to work on an adze blade as well.) Then we’ll sharpen, hone, and shave. When you have gotten the hang of sharpening (and have no arm hair left), we’ll find a suitable tree and/or branches to cut and make into bowls and spoons. Time to make mistakes, to do things over, to work on basic hatchet and knife work — to understand better how and why the tools work (or not). Then, practice — to develop confidence, accuracy, speed, efficiency.

Simple as spoons and bowls are, they embody some very basic design principles, so we’ll make the most of the opportunity to explore the basic relationships and proportions commonly found in nature and in good design — plus, there’s no better sculptural marriage of shapes than a spoon. Plus, if you can carve a spoon, you can build a house.

Then, there’s ornament: to ornament a warrior, you equip them with a sword or a bow. You ornament a woodworker with a knife and a hatchet. Both might ornament their tools by inscribing their names thereon. Perhaps Rose marks the handle of her blade with a floral motif. Such ornament is neither warrior, woodworker, nor tool, but in each case, the ornament enables — and perhaps helps to insure — the right kind of work. This is an old understanding that leads us back to another kind of work — the passing on of the stories of the world — as told in words, symbols, signs, and patterns.

Participants should arrive properly ornamented with a good straight blade, preferably of carbon steel (Mora, Opinel, or equivalent), sharpening kit, a small hatchet or hand axe (don’t spend a lot — get the wood handled, 1.5 lb camp hatchet at your local hardware or thrift store, and we’ll modify as needed). Feel free to bring other appropriate hand tools (no need to bring the whole shop!). Additional metal files and small vices/clamps would be useful. We will use a propane fueled micro-forge to shape and hardening our blades, which will be made from re-purposed and new steel.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall

TUITION:  Early Bird (Registered/Paid by October 29th) $525; After October 29th $625; Last Minute (after November 15th): $655

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ABOUT KIKO: I grew up with an artist mom who got me started making things pretty early. At 17, I went to Italy to carve marble; in college, I studied history and politics, and after graduation, I worked as a city bureaucrat in Boston, did carpentry on a remodeling crew, community outreach for food co-ops, managed a community newsletter, taught college students, and worked with various non-profit community developers. I quit my last day job more than 20 years ago to begin an advanced course in the arts of growing food, building with earth, raising a family, and most recently, carving green wood into spoons, bowls, and other useful objects. I also write and publish books, teach workshops, and do contract work. My motto for teaching came from my mom, who got it from Aristotle: “what we learn to do, we learn by doing.” In an age so dominated by social MEEEEEdia, TV, movies, the written word, and addictive consumerism, it can be very hard to live up to such a motto, but I sincerely think that it’s the best and most joyful option available. I wrote a book entitled, Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-Cost Wood-Fired Mud Oven, Simple Sourdough Bread, Perfect Loaves, published by Hand Print Press in 2007.

NATURAL PLASTERS FOR A HEALTHY, BEAUTIFUL HOME

Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd and 3rd

INSTRUCTOR: Angela Francis

Natural building has been around for as long as humans have existed in relationship with this Earth, as people have ingenuously negotiated how to provide shelter for themselves with what they’ve got in their immediate surroundings, with the ground beneath their feet.

Plasters, made of clay, sand and straw, and applied over the preferred wall system, are not only naturally beautiful but healthy, detoxifying and breathable.

At this weekend workshop, learn the properties, possibilities and potential of these materials;  how to identify and search out what you need for your specific uses; some of the history, tradition and techniques; and how to apply and maintain these finishes.

Whether you want to build something from scratch, or want to improve an already existing building by adding a natural plaster or paint, learn how and then immediately get your hands in the mud by working together on the beautification of the household of a heavy handful of hardworking Aprovecho community members.  We’ll be applying a basecoat over a light straw clay wall on the first day, and then a finish coat over another area of existing basecoat the next.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Shop

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by November 2nd) $200; After November 2nd $250; Last Minute (after November 18th): $275

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ABOUT ANGELA: Angela started working on buildings almost by accident, when she bought a shell of a house in Philadelphia more than a dozen years ago and had to learn how to fix it. After focusing on plasters and restoration of 19th century masonry buildings for several years, she came back to Oregon in 2011 to attend the first year of Aprovecho’s Sustainable Shelter series.  She got her hands in the mud and discovered clay plasters, and ever since has been on the road, a traveling journeywoman, following the mud and trying to get as much experience in various bioregions and traditions in earthen plasters as she can. Last year she spent 6 months in Japan apprenticing with a Japanese Earthen Plasterer.

SEED STARTING

Sunday, January 14th

INSTRUCTOR: Andrea Mull

Planning the planting/harvesting calendar is a crucial component of gardening that is frequently overlooked. We will review how a calendar is devised from simple to more complex. The class will mostly focus on understanding germination requirements for most common annual vegetables and seed starting practices, some of the tricks to success, and then a hands on session developing a seed starting mix (take some home!) and methods of seeding for various seasonally appropriate crops. Direct sowing vs. indoor vs. greenhouse varieties will also be discussed. Bring your questions, wear appropriate clothing and footwear, count on inclement weather; also bring water, gloves, hat or whatever else you need to be comfortable for indoor and outdoor work.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall and Garden

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by December 14th) $70; After December 14th $85; Last Minute (after December 31st): $100

MATERIALS FEE: $12

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ABOUT ANDREA: My gardening experience started when I was very young with my mother’s organic garden back in the 70’s. Since then I have taken many classes and did a year-long internship at a Biodynamic farm, which led to a career of working on many organic farms and my current position at Territorial Seed Co. I have been gardening in the Cottage Grove area for over 15 years and have been gardening in the PNW for over 25. My position at Territorial Seed Company allows me to assist in our Regional Vegetable Trials and seed quality and germination. Previously, I was a Garden Manager/Agroecology Educator at Aprovecho Research Center. While there I had the pleasure to work with the interns and students, running and harvesting the 2 acre gardens and greenhouse for a small CSA and food production for everyone on site throughout the season. Teaching weekly courses on Agroecology and Small Farm Management practices.

INTRODUCTION TO TINY HOMES

Saturday and Sunday, January 13th and 14th

INSTRUCTOR: Connor Anderson

In this Introduction to Tiny Homes course, we will to explore how tiny homes have come into popularity and how the wealth of different designs and applications are helping to change how people think about interacting with their home and the environment. From tiny homes on wheels and modular homes to off grid tiny homes and those made from natural and reclaimed materials. We will talk about the different materials and reasons people decide to take a step into a smaller footprint. We will then tour some of the tiny homes that Aprovecho has on campus as well as a 20ft yurt designed for year round living.

On day two, we will begin to imagine what you will need to make your tiny home practical and comfortable and you will design your own tiny home either in the form of a drawing or shoebox size model! Practice thinking small and learn to decide what you will be willing to leave behind if you want to go big and live small. We will have a talk about the different code requirements for building, how electrical and plumbing fit into the picture and what things you can do to create resiliency in your system.

LOCATION: Aprovecho, Upstairs Classroom

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by December 13th) $200; After December 13th $250; Last Minute (after December 30th): $275

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ABOUT CONNOR: Connor is a 2014 Aprovecho Graduate and he has been involved in Natural Building since 2009, working on a variety of different projects around the world. He works closely with home owner/builders, often using only materials that could be sourced onsite, recycled, or salvaged from the dump. His wife and he have lived in all manner of Tiny Homes during our travels, from 80 sqft trailers in the desert to a 20ft yurt in sub zero Bulgaria. His experience with intuitive building, problem solving, and working in odd or difficult spaces has given him a special insight into creative ways of making functional, beautiful structures using earth, straw, clay, woo, and just about anything he can find to keep out of the junk pile. He worked with Small Earth Builders as a Lime Plasterer in the UK in 2015, and in 2016, he ran a custom furniture shop with his brother in Seattle, WA. As a member of DirtChic Builders, he is lending his expertise and time to build a code-approved, natural tiny home in Eugene this summer within an affordable tiny home village. cjanaturalbuilding.com and 100milehome.org

TIMBER AND ROUND POLE FRAMING FOR BEGINNERS

Monday, January 15th through Friday, January 19th

INSTRUCTOR: Christopher Foraker

Timber framing is a timeless tradition among the owners and builders. In this class you will learn the craft of joining large timbers without the use of metal hardware. Students will learn not only the craft of cutting timber frame joinery, but also the important details necessary to properly layout joinery using both edge and center rule. During this week students will also learn how to cut, peel and prepare round poles for construction as well as the techniques used to layout, scribe, and notch round poles for use in the home.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Shop

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by December 15th) $525; After December 15th $625; Last Minute (after January 1st): $675

TOOLS NEEDED: TBA

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ABOUT CHRISTOPHER: Chris comes from a family of teachers, bricklayers, and biologists. In 2004, he graduated from Montana State University with honors, achieving a B.S. in Ecology and Evolution. During this time, he began his studies of woodcraft, round-pole joinery, small dwellings, and urban ecology. Chris first came to Aprovecho in 2005 and has served the organization in the sustainable forestry and building departments. In addition to his administrative tasks, he coordinates the Natural Building Programs at Aprovecho, specifically the Natural Building Practicum and the Sustainable Shelter Workshop Series.

INTRODUCTION TO CARPENTRY AND POWER TOOLS FOR WOMEN

Saturday and Sunday, January 20th and 21st

INSTRUCTOR: Lydia Doleman

This women’s only weekend workshop is designed to build basic skills and confidence using power tools via hands on experience on a group project. No experience is necessary, or if you have some skills and want to build on those you are welcome to join in!!!! We will focus on tools such as the circular saw, cordless drill and jig saw and a variety of hand tools. With these three tools and the basic knowledge of plumb, level and square participants will feel confident to tackle larger projects.

With an emphasis on safety and fun we will learn a few tricks of the trade and build up muscle memory for working on projects independently in the future. Participants will leave feeling empowered and excited for projects in the future!

LOCATION: Aprovecho Shop

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by December 20th) $200; After December 20th $250; Last Minute (after January 6th): $275

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ABOUT LYDIA: Lydia Doleman is a natural builder and activist currently practicing in Southern Oregon. She has been building since she first stole her sister’s legos at the age of three. For the last thirteen years, her work has been a culminating point for ecology, art, and social justice. Flying Hammer Productions is her natural building construction company focused on pushing the bounds of affordable and energy-efficient housing, training people and communities in various building skills, and infusing the dreary urban fabric with structures that reflect beauty, sustainability, and community. You can usually find her in the mud, wrestling straw bales, laughing or just flying around by the seat of her pants.

WILLOW BASKETRY

Saturday and Sunday, January 27th and 28th

INSTRUCTOR: Rob Miller

Basketry is a timeless art of elegance, simplicity and practicality. Join us for 2 days as we slow down into Nature’s rhythm, practicing the weaves of our ancestors. You will create a medium-sized handled basket from willow, usable for harvest, shopping, storage, laundry and more.You’ll go home with a beautiful and useful basket you can be proud of. Sign up early as this class is popular and limited to only 6 participants.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by December 27th) $200; After December 27th $250; Last Minute (after January 13th): $275

MATERIALS: Fee $20; Materials for participants to bring include a sharp sheath knife or clasp knife with a locking handle, hand pruners, and a comfortable pillow to sit on.

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ABOUT ROB: Rob Miller is the lead guide, program designer, and director of Cascadia Quest – a local non-profit that provides wilderness rites of passage and other educational and growth activities. He is a wilderness guide, ceremonialist, wildcrafter, council leader, loving parent, and fun-loving instigator of radical and sustainable earth-based culture change. He is a joyful and ethical commercial wild harvester of medicinal herbs and wild mushrooms. For the past two decades he has been living and teaching variety of survival and primitive skills, focusing on them as a tool for personal and ecospirtual maturation.

ADVANCED TRADITIONAL HANDCARVING WOODENWARE TECHNIQUES

Saturday, February 3rd

INSTRUCTOR: Daniel Yanchury

Looking for more advanced instruction in handcarving techniques?  Look no further.  In this one day class, carver Daniel Yanchury will share advanced handcarving techniques that will take your work to the next level.  The class will focus on four key areas:

  • Finishing from the tool, without sanding
  • Carved engraving with the Sloyd Knife
  • Proportions, design and function of woodenware
  • Oil sanding, oils for finishing, and techniques for upping your production

Students are expected to have a reasonable skill level before attempting this course; having carved several spoons/projects by hand already. Familiarity with Scandinavian knife technique is also encouraged.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall

TUITION:Early Bird (Registered/Paid by January 3rd) $100; After January 3rd $125; Last Minute (after January 20th): $150

MATERIALS: Fee $10; And you have two options for tools:

  • Buy two ready-made knives (MORA 106 and MORA 164) from an internet source
  • Buy better versions of these knives from me on the day of the class.

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ABOUT DANIEL: A father, woodcarver, musician, amateur philosopher, herbalist, and more, Daniel Robert Yanchury is the craftsman and proprietor of Corylus Crafts in Eugene, Oregon.  To him, working wood is just one part of a well-lived life; in tune with the elements around us and constantly improving our ability to work with them is essential to living. Working materials by hand is an act of self-reliance and empowerment that is central to his philosophy of life.

WOMEN’S GEAR UPCYCLING WEEKEND

Friday, February 2nd through Sunday, February 4th

INSTRUCTOR: Heather Greene

Join us for a weekend of reclaiming renewing, and reworking, to create exactly what you need, want, or would just love to explore. Using a variety of reclaiming tactics and materials, participants will plan, pattern and upcycle bags, pads, baby slings, wallets, diapers covers, carriers, covers, cozies, coats and more. Overnight accommodations available, potluck dinner Friday and Saturday evening at 6pm.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Strawbale Dormitory

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by January 2nd) $200; After January 2nd $250; Last Minute (after February 19th): $275

MATERIALS: Fee $12; Bring your old sweaters, blankets, buttons, buckles…whatever! And pieces in the style that you would like to create, and go home with a pattern that can be used over and over again with upcycled material. Some materials will be provided.

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ABOUT HEATHER: Heather is a scholar-activist, currently completing her MS in Food Systems and Society at Marylhurst University. With a long history of participation in sustainability and social change movements, her focus the last two decades has been on the creation of socially minded, environmentally conscious businesses. She believes that if we all engage in a global holistic imagination that a future of world health and community prosperity is possible. Her experience as a mother of 4, educator, student, artist, and entrepreneur, has brought her to Aprovecho with a broad spectrum of skills and a great enthusiasm for teaching and growing a resilient, connected community. Heather is also an artist and crafter and has enjoyed the mediums of upcycling and felting for more than 20 years. She formally raised Jacob sheep for their fiber and is excited to share the possibilities of felting with the Felting for the Future attendees. Currently, she is accepting donations of and collecting all the materials that she can to create a treasure trove of choices for a fabulous fun filled weekend of fem upcycling!

THE ART OF INLAY AND WOODWORKING: CUTTING A SECRET PUZZLE BOX FOR YOUR VALENTINE

Saturday, February 10th 

INSTRUCTOR: Uli Kirchler

This workshop will explore the ways in which holes and cracks in wood become opportunities.  Each tree has its unique natural tendencies in its growth that cause it to split and crack.  While these pieces are often overlooked and discarded, Uli has been seeking them for over the past ten years.  Each “blemish” in the wood provide spaces for inlaying all kinds of materials: turquoise, eggshells, stone, rocks found while hiking, brass or aluminum shavings, and rice. In this day workshop, the student will learn how to identify opportunities to create beautiful designs with inlay.  Students will each get to work on an inlaying project of their own design with direct instruction from Uli.  They will also learn how to use a scroll saw to make a secret puzzle box, perfect for storing small items.  The cost of materials includes each student going home with their own chisels to continue their practice.  Whether exploring a desire for woodworking or making a gift for your Valentine, this will be a workshop you don’t want to miss!

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by January 10th) $100; After January 10th $125; Last Minute (after January 27th): $150

MATERIALS FEE: $25

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ABOUT ULI: By degrees, after music, travel, marriage, and children, I found my way to the wonderful world of woodworking, the focus of my creative energies over the past ten years, and my work has been recognized and exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. and sought after by private collectors. Most of the wood I use comes from the West–in particular, Oregon and California. It is important that I select each piece, for in each piece lies the art, waiting to be revealed. Once the wood is chosen, I air dry it, sometimes for years.  Many woods have a fungus that causes discoloration of the wood’s tone. Like a painter, I use that color variation to turn plain-looking wood into something far more exotic:  nature and art collaborating!  Other natural tendencies in wood, such as holes and cracks, give me the opportunity to inlay turquoise, branches and twigs, brass and egg shells… into the folds of the wood. I have learned to read rough lumber; my experience has taught me to sense what wood will conceal. It’s always the first cut, though, that exposes the true personality of the wood, its pattern, color, figure, and age. Then, it’s show time! As I work, I determine the shape and form of each piece, always allowing the wood itself to influence my form and design. I cut, shape, and grind my work.  Unlike turnings, none of my pieces is perfectly round or symmetrical. Instead, I passionately carve and sculpt rough wood into a work of functional art, making certain that elements of the natural state and shape of the wood remain. Each piece exudes grace and pristine craftsmanship. Ulikirchler.com


LIVING WITH THE FOREST: AN ECOCULTURAL LAND STEWARDSHIP INTENSIVE

Thursday, February 8th to Sunday, February 11th 

INSTRUCTORS: Tao Orion and Heron Brae

The Willamette Valley region offers a unique mix of conifer forest and oak savanna ecosystems. Although many old-growth conifers and oaks have been cleared to make room for industrial forestry and agriculture, opportunities abound to actively participate in rekindling the biodiversity of these ecosystems. This three-day intensive will use lecture and hands-on projects to delve into the principles and practices of developing a culture of regenerative forest and land stewardship in this special place. We will discuss different approaches to land management, investigate our personal relationship to the land, learn ecosystem assessment skills, and chart a path towards sensitive and sustainable use of forest ecosystems in our region.

LOCATION: Aprovecho

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by January 8th) $400; After January 8th $450; Last Minute (after January 25th) $480

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ABOUT TAO: Tao Orion is a permaculture designer, teacher, homesteader, and mother living in the southern Willamette Valley of Oregon. She teaches permaculture design at Oregon State University and at Aprovecho. Tao consults on holistic farm, forest, and restoration planning through Resilience Permaculture Design, LLC. She holds a degree in agroecology and sustainable agriculture from UC Santa Cruz, and her interest in restoration was piqued when studying botany, wildcrafting, and herbalism at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene, Oregon. She has a keen interest in integrating the disciplines of organic agriculture, sustainable land-use planning, ethnobotany, and ecosystem restoration in order to create beneficial social, economic, and ecological outcomes. When she is not writing, she is busy keeping up with her toddler and wrangling a diverse array of plants and animals on her 6.5-acre homestead, Viriditas Farm.

ABOUT HERON: Heron Brae is an Oregon-born botanist, folk herbalist, and rewilder. She has studied the magic, art, and science of wild plants and landscapes since 1997, and holds a BS in botany and ecology from the Evergreen State College. She teaches programs in botany, herbalism, wildcrafting, and wild food tending at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene. As a rewilder, she has collaborated on community living and forest tending projects with a cultural change focus. Her land-tending work is highly influenced by the work of Hazel (Tom Ward) of Siskiyou Permaculture and Finisia Medrano of The Sacred Hoop, as well as by the wildcrafting ethics and curriculum of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. Her independent research revolves around creating sustainable interdependent cultures grounded in place, with humans remembering how to be an intimately connected part of the ecosystem. Her work as a teacher provides spaces for people to relearn our human place of belonging in the wild through direct experience, practical skill-building, scientific knowledge, nature awareness, and emotional connection. botanicalstudies.net  and heronbrae.com

INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES FOR EDUCATORS IN THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY FIELDS

Saturday, February 17th

INSTRUCTOR: Steve Braun

Its all about education.  Workshop designed for existing and emerging instructors.  Explore the avenues for, and effects of, educational programming in your practice.  Are you an expert in your craft wanting to add an educational component to your work?  Are you an educator wanting to deepen your grasp on relevant pedagogy?  This workshop is for you.  Discover and leave with a firm grasp on several instructional techniques (including simple evaluation, interdependent learning and constructivist approaches) which will improve your teaching practice.  Participants will leave with materials and notes they can use/modify for their practice.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by January 17th) $60; After January 17th, $75; Last Minute (after February 3rd) $95

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ABOUT STEVE: Steve Braun, PhD, is an environmental scientist, educator, brewer, and naturalist. He is the founder of Old Growth Ales, Director of Aprovecho Center for Research and Education in Sustainability, and provides leadership in Oregon’s robust environmental education movement. He currently serves on the Oregon Environmental Literacy Program Council and leads two educational research teams supporting the implementation of Outdoor School for All here in Oregon. A former land steward with The Nature Conservancy, restoration ecologist and education specialist, he has worked on several grant teams including those funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Forest Service, the National Science Foundation, the Gray Family Foundation and Americorps. He has authored publications in the Green Teacher and Environmental Education Research. He has been brewing for over 15 years – combining herbalism and zymurgy to teach ecology and share botanic ales with Old Growth Ales.

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FOR EXISTING BUSINESSES 

Saturday, February 17th

INSTRUCTOR: Heather Greene

Revist☆Rethink☆Revise: Does your business strive to be as socially and environmentally responsible as possible? Are you and your organization creating a resilience plan for the future? In this workshop existing organizations and businesses will evaluate their Business plans and future timelines through the lens of social justice, sustainability and resilience. Participants will increase visibility, create invaluable collaboration and renew community ties.

LOCATION: Healing Matrix

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by January 17th) $65; After January 17th, $80; Last Minute (after February 3rd) $95

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ABOUT HEATHER: Heather is a scholar-activist, currently completing her MS in Food Systems and Society at Marylhurst University. With a long history of participation in sustainability and social change movements, her focus the last two decades has been on the creation of socially minded, environmentally conscious businesses. She believes that if we all engage in a global holistic imagination that a future of world health and community prosperity is possible. Her experience as a mother of 4, educator, student, artist, and entrepreneur, has brought her to Aprovecho with a broad spectrum of skills and a great enthusiasm for teaching and growing a resilient, connected community. Heather is also an artist and crafter and has enjoyed the mediums of upcycling and felting for more than 20 years. She formally raised Jacob sheep for their fiber and is excited to share the possibilities of felting with the Felting for the Future attendees. Currently, she is accepting donations of and collecting all the materials that she can to create a treasure trove of choices for a fabulous fun-filled weekend of fem upcycling!

BED PREP AND USING SOIL AMENDMENTS  

Saturday, February 17 (half day) and Sunday, February 18th (full day)

INSTRUCTOR: Andrea Mull

Learn how to prepare your beds for the Spring. This class is a combined soil science and bed preparation class. I would like to take us through what “good” soil “looks” like and how to maintain (or replenish depleted) soil. We will talk about amendments to use and how they work and run through a sample soil test. Bed prep methods will be discussed and demonstrated (if the weather cooperates, we might be able to try some methods). Methods discussed: double digging, layered beds, no-till, and other methods of getting your garden going. Possibly a new method of carbon sequestering. This will be Moderate to Strenuous if we can get into the field to actually gain some hands-on experience. Bring your questions, wear appropriate clothing and footwear, count on inclement weather; also bring water, gloves, hat or whatever else you need to be comfortable for indoor and outdoor work.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall and Garden

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by January 17th) $80; After January 17th, $100; Last Minute (after February 3rd) $125

MATERIALS: $10; Students will go home with bags of soil amendments discussed in class.

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ABOUT ANDREA: My gardening experience started when I was very young with my mother’s organic garden back in the 70’s. Since then I have taken many classes and did a year-long internship at a Biodynamic farm, which led to a career of working on many organic farms and my current position at Territorial Seed Co. I have been gardening in the Cottage Grove area for over 15 years and have been gardening in the PNW for over 25. My position at Territorial Seed Company allows me to assist in our Regional Vegetable Trials and seed quality and germination. Previously, I was a Garden Manager/Agroecology Educator at Aprovecho Research Center. While there I had the pleasure to work with the interns and students, running and harvesting the 2 acre gardens and greenhouse for a small CSA and food production for everyone on site throughout the season. Teaching weekly courses on Agroecology and Small Farm Management practices.

FRICTION FIRE AND THE CREATIVE FLAMES WITHIN

Saturday and Sunday, February 24th and 25th

INSTRUCTOR: Rob Miller

The ability to create fire, using nothing but the materials Nature provides, is incredibly powerful, empowering and,yes, magical. It touches something deep in our bones. In this class, you will learn how to make friction fire using a bow drill. With guidance you with then go out into the woods and make your own bow drill kit. On a deeper level, friction fire is a metaphor for our inner flames and vision. What does it take to tend our creative, generative fires and keep them burning brightly for ourselves, our community and the world? We’ll explore this together as we learn the ancient, worldwide art of making fire by friction.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by January 24th) $200; After January 24th, $250; Last Minute (after February 10th) $285

MATERIALS: Participants should bring either a clasp knife with a locking blade or a sheath knife.

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ABOUT ROB: Rob Miller is the lead guide, program designer, and director of Cascadia Quest – a local non-profit that provides wilderness rites of passage and other educational and growth activities. He is a wilderness guide, ceremonialist, wildcrafter, council leader, loving parent, and fun-loving instigator of radical and sustainable earth-based culture change. He is a joyful and ethical commercial wild harvester of medicinal herbs and wild mushrooms. For the past two decades he has been living and teaching variety of survival and primitive skills, focusing on them as a tool for personal and ecospirtual maturation.

FELTING FOR THE FUTURE

Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd and 4th

INSTRUCTOR: Heather Greene

From wallet to wall, felt can be utilized for necessity, or adornment. In this 2 day workshop participants will learn to choose animals for their fiber, glean, clean and card wool. Create functional pieces, from pocket-size to area rug size. Wet and dry felting techniques will be explored, and multiple  creations will be completed. Overnight accommodations are available, potluck dinner the first evening.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall, Upstairs classroom)

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by February 3rd) $200; After February 3rd, $250; Last Minute (after February 11th) $285

MATERIALS: Beginning tool and supply packages will be available for pre-purchase, priced at $10-$50, depending on contents desired.

 

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ABOUT HEATHER: Heather is a scholar-activist, currently completing her MS in Food Systems and Society at Marylhurst University. With a long history of participation in sustainability and social change movements, her focus the last two decades has been on the creation of socially minded, environmentally conscious businesses. She believes that if we all engage in a global holistic imagination that a future of world health and community prosperity is possible. Her experience as a mother of 4, educator, student, artist, and entrepreneur, has brought her to Aprovecho with a broad spectrum of skills and a great enthusiasm for teaching and growing a resilient, connected community. Heather is also an artist and crafter and has enjoyed the mediums of upcycling and felting for more than 20 years. She formally raised Jacob sheep for their fiber and is excited to share the possibilities of felting with the Felting for the Future attendees. Currently, she is accepting donations of and collecting all the materials that she can to create a treasure trove of choices for a fabulous fun-filled weekend of fem upcycling!

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL

Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd and 4th

INSTRUCTOR: Shaun Mellor

This class will teach you essential knowledge for tackling a short-term survival situation or just getting into the world of primitive skills to enjoy nature and deepen your relationship with the outdoors.  We will build shelters, purify water, start fires with friction, forage for wild food, make basic stone tools,  carve traps, talk about the order of operations, and as much more as we can fit in a weekend.  Students will leave with the experience of sleeping in their own shelter, an understanding all listed skills, several stone tools they made, and their own bow drill or hand drill kit.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall, downstairs classroom and forest

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by February 3rd) $200; After February 3rd, $250; Last Minute (after February 11th) $285

MATERIALS FEE: $25

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ABOUT SHAUN: Over past few years, I have put a high priority on nature connection and skill-building. I started this journey in 2012 at Alderleaf Wilderness College. After graduating from their nine-month immersion, I went on to spend another nine months at Alderleaf as an apprentice. After my apprenticeship, I taught as an instructor Trackers Earth in Portland, OR. In March of 2016, I travelled to Twisp, WA, to study more primitive skills with Lynx Vilden. There I spent from March to July tanning hides, potting clay, making baskets and bows, harvesting and preserving wild food, building a stone and bone tool kit, turning hides into clothing, and all other preparations needed to go on a three-week, stone age, backpacking trip. Since then, I have continued to teach and further my skills. I am always on the quest to continually grow, learn, and share what I have learned with others.

THE ART OF BOWMAKING

Monday, March 5th to Friday, March 9th

INSTRUCTOR: Shaun Mellor

Making your first bow from start to finish can be a little intimidating, but with the right instruction and some determination, anyone can make a capable bow first shot. In this class you will take a seasoned stave and transform it into a long-lasting bow using only had tools.  We will cover wood qualities, seasoning, and of course all the steps included in making your own bow.  Students will walk away from this class with a competent understanding the bow making process as well as the bow they made in the class.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall, Downstairs classroom)

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by February 5th) $525; After February 5th, $625; Last Minute (after February 19th) $675

MATERIALS:  $25

REGISTER

ABOUT SHAUN: Over past few years, I have put a high priority on nature connection and skill-building. I started this journey in 2012 at Alderleaf Wilderness College. After graduating from their nine-month immersion, I went on to spend another nine months at Alderleaf as an apprentice. After my apprenticeship, I taught as an instructor Trackers Earth in Portland, OR. In March of 2016, I travelled to Twisp, WA, to study more primitive skills with Lynx Vilden. There I spent from March to July tanning hides, potting clay, making baskets and bows, harvesting and preserving wild food, building a stone and bone tool kit, turning hides into clothing, and all other preparations needed to go on a three-week, stone age, backpacking trip. Since then, I have continued to teach and further my skills. I am always on the quest to continually grow, learn, and share what I have learned with others.

FUR TANNING  

Saturday and Sunday, March 10th and 11th

INSTRUCTOR: Shaun Mellor

Fur is both beautiful and functional for clothing. In this class you will learn the basics of brain tanning smaller mammals while keeping the fur on.  Each student will membrane, soften, and smoke their own fox using simple tools. They will then have the option of sewing it into something if they wish.  Students will leave with an understanding of the tanning and smoking process, how to sew furs, and the fox fur they tanned.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by February 10th) $200; After February 10th, $250; Last Minute (after February 24th) $280

MATERIALS: $40

REGISTER

ABOUT SHAUN: Over past few years, I have put a high priority on nature connection and skill-building. I started this journey in 2012 at Alderleaf Wilderness College. After graduating from their nine-month immersion, I went on to spend another nine months at Alderleaf as an apprentice. After my apprenticeship, I taught as an instructor Trackers Earth in Portland, OR. In March of 2016, I travelled to Twisp, WA, to study more primitive skills with Lynx Vilden. There I spent from March to July tanning hides, potting clay, making baskets and bows, harvesting and preserving wild food, building a stone and bone tool kit, turning hides into clothing, and all other preparations needed to go on a three-week, stone age, backpacking trip. Since then, I have continued to teach and further my skills. I am always on the quest to continually grow, learn, and share what I have learned with others.

SEASONAL WELLNESS: NURTURING FAMILY HEALTH THROUGH FOOD, FORAGING, AND HERBAL EDUCATION

Saturday and Sunday, March 10th and 11th

INSTRUCTORS: Amanda Braun, Laura Pacheco, and Kate Coulton

Join Herbalists, Nutritionists and Activists for a weekend of self-care and creative inspiration for the whole family!  We’ll have structured activities for youth and adults while allowing time to explore and connect to the forest. There will be a blend of hands-on cooking activities, plant walks, medicine making, music and sing-alongs at the fire at night. Registration includes nutritious meals, access to showers, activities for youth and adults, and medicine to take home. Activities include: plant walks, wildcrafting, wholesome meals, cooking workshops, arts and crafts, and campfire tunes.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Strawbale Dormitory

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by February 10th) $200; After February 10th, $250; Last Minute (after February 24th) $280

MATERIALS FEE: $75

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ABOUT AMANDA: Amanda Braun is a Western herbalist and certified nutritional therapist. She is trained in plant spirit medicine and traditional western herbalism. She has been preserving food, making medicine, and practicing homesteading skills for years. Amanda is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) through the Nutritional Therapy Association and a trained Western herbalist through The School of Traditional Western Herbalism and The School of Forest Medicine. Her interest in food and wellness started when living in Peru in search of personal healing. Through her journey, she witnessed the deep relationship that the indigenous communities have with their food, as well as their robust health and energy. She aims to nourish herself and family through properly-prepared, nutrient-dense, whole foods that are satisfying, simple to prepare, and pleasing to the whole family. coevolutionnutrition.com

ABOUT LAURA: Lara Pacheco is a Latina mamita, clinical herbalist and community organizer who runs Seed and Thistle Apothecary which is an herbal company that provides education for youth and adults, health consultations and a monthly herbal CSH through home and heart grown medicine. Lara also runs a full year apprenticeship program and is starting a pop up clinic to address access to plant medicine and bodywork to her community in Cully of Portland, OR. When not working with the plants, Lara loves playing music, and spending time outdoors with her friends and family.

ABOUT KATE: As a close friend and ally to the plant world, Kate continues forging an inspired career as an herbalist. Her experience as a youth educator, plant cultivator, and former lead medicine maker at Cascade Folk Medicine provides the guiding force for her work with Seed and Thistle Apothecary’s educational programs. As the owner of Pinion Botanicals, she thrives on discovering the creative beauty of bountiful plant material through natural wool dying, floral design, and concocting herbal remedies. Kate’s ultimate passion lies in the collaboration and integration of plants into all aspects of life.

BOTANICAL ALES: HERBAL BREWING DEMONSTRATION, LORE, AND TASTING

Saturday, March 17th

INSTRUCTOR: Steve Braun, Old Growth Ales

In this class we will learn about health benefits, history and lore of select country wines (herbs + cane-based ferments), Gruits (herbs + grain or seed-based ferments), Methelglins (herb + honey based ferments) and Specialty Herbal Beers. We will start the day wild harvesting a few seasonally available plants and learning about their role in herbal ales.  We’ll spend the second half of the day engaged in a brewing demonstration and tasting where students will get to sample a wide variety of botanic ales: Urtication Ale, Cherry Yarrow Kriek, Elderberry Wine, Mountain Gruit and Ebulon.

Each student will leave with their own gallon jar of ale brewed in the class, along with an airlock to keep the fermentation process going at home. A handout on the herbs and techniques discussed in class will also be provided.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by February 17th) $100; After February 17th, $125; Last Minute (after March 3rd) $150 

MATERIALS: $20

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ABOUT STEVE: Steve Braun, PhD, is an environmental scientist, educator, brewer, and naturalist. He is the founder of Old Growth Ales, Director of Aprovecho Center for Research and Education in Sustainability, and provides leadership in Oregon’s robust environmental education movement. He currently serves on the Oregon Environmental Literacy Program Council and leads two educational research teams supporting the implementation of Outdoor School for All here in Oregon. A former land steward with The Nature Conservancy, restoration ecologist and education specialist, he has worked on several grant teams including those funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Forest Service, the National Science Foundation, the Gray Family Foundation and Americorps. He has authored publications in the Green Teacher and Environmental Education Research. He has been brewing for over 15 years – combining herbalism and zymurgy to teach ecology and share botanic ales with Old Growth Ales.

COMPOST: MAKING AND USE (INCLUDING TEAS)

Saturday, March 24th (half-day) and Sunday, March 25th (full day)

INSTRUCTOR: Andrea Mull

Does composting elude you? Do you have a slimy, stinky mess that makes you gag if you try to turn or use it? Compost is an art which, once you learn the tricks, becomes “almost” effortless. Learn some secrets to success and benefits (too numerous to count) for making and using compost.

We will cover compost micro-biology, methodology, as well as vermi-composting (worms!). Our hands-on will include turning and building a standard compost pile, making layered piles in situ and understanding compost tea making. We will make a quick (non brew tea) which you can take home for use in your early gardens. This class requires Moderate to Strenuous activity for turning and building compost piles, but all abilities welcome, we will get everyone involved. Please bring suitable footwear for a muddy garden and warm, waterproof outdoor wear.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall and Garden

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by February 24th) $80; After February 24th, $100; Last Minute (after March 10th) $125

MATERIALS FEE: $12

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ABOUT ANDREA: My gardening experience started when I was very young with my mother’s organic garden back in the 70’s. Since then I have taken many classes and did a year-long internship at a Biodynamic farm, which led to a career of working on many organic farms and my current position at Territorial Seed Co. I have been gardening in the Cottage Grove area for over 15 years and have been gardening in the PNW for over 25. My position at Territorial Seed Company allows me to assist in our Regional Vegetable Trials and seed quality and germination. Previously, I was a Garden Manager/Agroecology Educator at Aprovecho Research Center. While there I had the pleasure to work with the interns and students, running and harvesting the 2 acre gardens and greenhouse for a small CSA and food production for everyone on site throughout the season. Teaching weekly courses on Agroecology and Small Farm Management practices.

INTERMEDIATE CARPENTRY AND POWER TOOLS FOR WOMEN

Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and 25th

INSTRUCTOR: Lydia Doleman

This workshop is designed for students with familiarity with carpentry and power tools who would like to take their skills to the next level. Each student will learn intermediate techniques for working with wood using power tools by assembling a folding chair that they will get to take home at the end of the workshop.

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ABOUT LYDIA: Lydia Doleman is a natural builder and activist currently practicing in Southern Oregon. She has been building since she first stole her sister’s legos at the age of three. For the last thirteen years, her work has been a culminating point for ecology, art, and social justice. Flying Hammer Productions is her natural building construction company focused on pushing the bounds of affordable and energy-efficient housing, training people and communities in various building skills, and infusing the dreary urban fabric with structures that reflect beauty, sustainability, and community. You can usually find her in the mud, wrestling straw bales, laughing or just flying around by the seat of her pants.