Winter Semester Workshops

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

About Aprovecho’s Workshops

Whether you’re new to the path of sustainable living or have lived and taught sustainable living skills for years, we have a selection of workshops to enrich and guide you on your journey.

Our workshops develop environmental career skills and homesteading skills, while helping students and teachers cultivate social networks specific to sustainability. All participants can expect to leave the workshop to practice or implement a new skill in their lives, or reach the next level in their skill.

Registration

Please register to reserve your space. You will receive an email confirmation within 2-3 business days. Registration may be on Eventbrite or PayPal, and you may register and pay by sending us a check in the mail for the amount. Please include the workshop name. You can send the check to Aprovecho, 80574 Hazelton Rd., Cottage Grove, OR 97424.

Room and Board

Non-local students who are traveling to attend our workshops have the option to stay on campus on a first- come, first-served basis. If staying on campus, a bed in a double dormitory room is $20 per night. There may be other options available. Please contact us for details. Students are asked to bring their own food and will have acces to a full kitchen. A light gluten-free, organic, vegetarian lunch and refreshments will be offered for each day of the workshop for all students.

RESERVE ACCOMMODATIONS AND REGISTER HERE

Our Workshops

Apart from our internationally-recognized summer residential programs in Permaculture and Sustainable Shelter, Aprovecho also hosts guest instructors during the winter months to teach workshops aligned with our mission and vision. The road to new skills is long and requires patience and hard work. We aim to give people, from beginners to advanced practitioners, the expert knowledge and guided practice they need to develop or advance skills. We offer the best well-known and emerging instructors in the Pacifc Northwest community. Our standards are high, and we strive to make every student’s experience here inspiring, comfortable, and rewarding. Workshop formats vary depending on subject, teacher, and student needs.

Workshop Goals

  • Provide high quality instruction which provides 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.

Making Our Workshops Affordable

  • Student discount with valid ID: 10% off workshop tuition. Refund will be given the day of the event with a valid ID.
  • Register early for the best rate! All workshops have an early-bird rate.
  • If you are attending a longer workshop (5 days) or a series of workshops, please inquire with us about an interest-free Payment Plan to nance your education. Email Maryam Mathieu at maryam@aprovecho.net.
  • Rural Southern Lane County and Cottage Grove area residents, including Drain, Lorane, Dorena, Creswell, and Saginaw, qualify for a 2-for-1 rate for our workshops. So bring a buddy!

REGISTER AND PAY FOR 3 WORKSHOPS IN A SERIES BELOW and RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT!

  • Gardening

    Includes Introduction to Biodynamics (2/11) with Marjory House, and Bed Preparation and Soil Amendements (2/18) and Compost: Making and Use (Including Teas) (3/24) with Andrea Mull.

    Ancestral Skills #1

    Includes Secrets of Wildcrafting Mushrooms (10/21-10/22), Willow Basketry (1/27-1/28), and Friction Fire & the Creative Flames Within (2/24-2/25), offered by Rob Miller.

    Ancestral Skills #2

    Includes Wilderness Survival (3/3-3/4), the Art of Bowmaking (3/5-3/9), and Fur Tanning (3/10-3/11), offered by Shaun Mellor.

    Women-Centered

    Take any three or more workshops offered by Lydia Doleman, Amanda Braun, Venice Mason, or Heather Greene.

 

REGISTER HERE

by-kiko-denzer-for-Intaba-restaurantEARTH, 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. LEARN MORE.

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER/PAY, GO HERE.

1398149_10201196185482578_142553700_oCOBBING 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! LEARN MORE.

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER/PAY, GO HERE.

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). LEARN MORE.

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER AND PAY, GO HERE.

ArctiumLappa3TRADITIONAL 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. LEARN MORE.

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

MATERIALS FEE: $10

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER AND PAY, GO HERE.

woodenwarespoonBEGINNERS 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…

LEARN MORE.

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

MATERIALS FEE: $12

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER AND PAY, GO HERE.

IMG_20161018_101049MEDICINAL 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. LEARN MORE.

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

Materials Fee: $12

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

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. LEARN MORE.

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

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. LEARN MORE.

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

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER AND PAY HERE

13516656_10209723680909624_4649300089734652150_nHABITAT 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. LEARN MORE.

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

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER AND PAY HERE

pregnant-woman-1130612_960_720NUTRITIONAL 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. LEARN MORE.

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

open-fire-885860_640GREENWOOD 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. LEARN MORE.

 

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

15541343_10154733665412092_9045953538321530722_nNATURAL 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. LEARN MORE.

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

BR Farm Office 2INTRODUCTION 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. LEARN MORE.

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER & PAY, GO HERE.

roundpoleroofTIMBER 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. LEARN MORE.

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

emilysawINTRODUCTION 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! LEARN MORE.

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

TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER & PAY, GO HERE.

basket-1055134_1280WILLOW 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. LEARN MORE.

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.

TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER & PAY, GO HERE.

wooden-87157_1920ADVANCED 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. LEARN MORE.

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

Position_reclining_cradleWOMEN’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. LEARN MORE.

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

puzzlebox1THE 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! LEARN MORE.

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE


forest-1818690_1920LIVING 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. LEARN MORE.

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

13516656_10209723680909624_4649300089734652150_nINSTRUCTIONAL 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. LEARN MORE.

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

eco-buildSUSTAINABLE 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. LEARN MORE.

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

13528308_3388297749112_7145107634823912465_oBED PREPARATION AND USING SOIL AMENDMENTS  

Saturday, February 17

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. LEARN MORE.

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

BiodynamicsINTRODUCTION TO BIODYNAMICS

Saturday, February 17th

INSTRUCTOR: Marjory House

In this workshop you will learn about the history of Biodynamics, what it is and what it is not. You will learn about the relationship between Biodynamics and Per-

maculture, about the whole farm system, including the role of animals on the farm or homestead. You will learn about planting by the moon and how cosmic rhythms a ect agriculture. You will hear about the spiritual na- ture of biodynamics along with modern interpretations of the science behind it. Students will get some hands on experience with using the Biodynamic preparations, both spraying them and putting them in the compost pile. If time permits we will make barrel compost. LEARN MORE.

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by January 11th), $100; After January 11th, $125; Last Minute (after January 28th), $150

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER AND PAY, GO HERE.

P1130920FRICTION 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. LEARN MORE.

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

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER AND PAY HERE

Nuno_felt_jacketFELTING 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. LEARN MORE.

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

TarvasjõgiWILDERNESS 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. LEARN MORE.

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

shaunwithbow1THE 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. LEARN MORE.

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

shaunFUR 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. LEARN MORE.

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

10649529_10203942020486737_1460763554059709887_nSEASONAL 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. LEARN MORE.

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

REGISTER AND PAY HERE

beer-barrel-956322_1920BOTANICAL 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. LEARN MORE.

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

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COMPOST: MAKING AND USE (INCLUDING TEAS)

Saturday, March 24th

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. LEARN MORE.

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

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emilysawINTERMEDIATE 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. LEARN MORE.

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

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