Wednesday

EARLY MORNING

PODFLOW ONE YOGA - MAKEDA MEEKS

Classes embody the true spirit of vinyasa yoga, breath-synchronized movement. While podFLOW 1 provides a physical challenge, the class is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Classes begin with an active and intentional warm-up, and progress through sequences designed to build strength and flexibility. podFLOW 1 utilizes set sequences that change with the seasons to honor nature’s inherent rhythms.

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Wednesday

AFTERNOON

FLOW ARTS, BEGINNERS POI, AND SAFETY FIRST FIRE DANCING - ALEX HOWE

Have you ever achieved that thoughtless bliss while dancing or drumming?
There is a state of mind called Flow. Achieving Flow State is one of the reasons we recreate/play, and it is shown to be beneficial for our brains!
I found my moving meditation with poi, which is a native Maori dance of twirling pendulums. In the modern flow art, this is usually done with nice soft sock poi, or... We make them out of chain and Kevlar, soak them in fuel, and BURN THEMMM!
(Safely and while hopefully not igniting ourselves! Fear not, I also teach the burn salve making class...)
You’ll be actively moving and learning beginners poi techniques. This is accessible and gentle exercise that almost anyone can do and would benefit from.

We'll also discuss such things as:
-How to be a good Safety, in detail.
-What to wear (natural fibers or nothing) and Not to Wear (synthetics). You won’t be allowed to spin in unsafe clothing.
-We will practice extinguishing a lit prop.
-If you/we achieve certain things you may spin fire in class! And also potentially during the drum circle.
-Plus we may have other props to play with. If you have fire props feel free to bring!

Youth over 7 are welcome.
Parental consent (directly to my face) required for minors to dance with fire.

Donation: $2 Fee is only for those using fuel.

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BARK TANNING ROUND TABLE - NICO PIEDRAHITA

Come learn about bark tanning! Traditionally practiced all over the world, this method of hide tanning uses tannin-rich plant material such as bark to make leather flexible, rot-resistant and water-resistant. We will start with a short (1 hour) primer from me on my basic method for tanning, including seeing and tasting bark solutions and hides-in-process. Then, since there are as many ways to tan hides as there are hide-tanners, we'll open it up to participants to ask and answer questions. Open to all experience levels! If you have experience, please come and weigh in with the things you have noticed. We will be set up near the Hide Tanning area so that pro tanners Melbeaux and Rain can more easily pop in to offer their knowledge.

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BASIC CARPENTRY SKILLS - ALEX KILGORE

Start learning the basic carpentry techniques of...measuring, cutting, and fastening! Become more empowered to repair, improve and create the spaces around you. The goal of this class is to create a safe space for beginners, who have little or no experience, to Practice using basic tools (tape measures, saws, and drills) and learn safety, technique, and accuracy. This intro class is inspired by the four day Basic Women's Carpentry classes we have been teaching at the Wild Abundance School. This is a two part class: Part two Thursday PM: As a group we build a simple firewood storage shelter for the event kitchen.

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BEDROLLS, BIVY SHELTERS AND BURDEN STRAPS - CAMPERBOB JARRELL

Old School Old Ways for minimalist shelter and travel. Learn to make a traditional bedroll with a canvas ground cloth and a couple of wool blankets and transport your bedroll and gear along with a small canvas tarp with a traditional leather burden strap, also known as a Tump or Tumpline. A great alternative to a smelly synthetic sleeping bag and moldy nylon tent, canvas and wool and leather have a pleasing aesthetic and are made from naturally sustainable materials. I camped for many years using these techniques while guiding canoe trips in the Hudson Bay area of northern Ontario but they are equally applicable to vehicle camping and minimalist vagabond adventuring on foot. We will also cover basic camp practices and gear needs as well as basic history of the early camp movement and its evolution into the contemporary scene we are participating in here at the Florida Earthskills Gathering.

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BEESWAX CANDLE MAKING - JT STOKES

Sacred, mysterious, and incredibly useful - beeswax is embedded in our human story.

Come learn the science of pouring & dipping 100% beeswax candles.
We’ll discuss crucial temperature ranges, safety, and calculating burn time. This workshop will include tips for selecting your wax-to-wick ratio and avoiding surface imperfections. I’ll also cover essential tools and low-waste strategies for this craft.

We’ll talk about tips for pouring ‘perfect,’ single-pour candles in indoor kitchens. Our main focus will be dipping taper candles.
Each attendee will dip a taper set (2 candles).

(Children under 12 OK if accompanied by an adult. Max 2 children per guardian.)

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CORDAGE COLLEGE - JEFF GOTTLIEB

Everything you ever wanted to know about natural fibers and the history, construction techniques and uses of hand made cordage! Relaxing and empowering!

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CROCHET - REBEKAH BOORE

Learn the basics of how to crochet. No experience necessary.

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FLINT KNAPPING - JAMES CLINKSCALES

In this class we will explore bipolar percussion and other forms of the reduction process of flintknapping like direct and indirect percussion, pressure flaking and more!
The ability to make tools is essential for more than surviving but more importantly, thriving!

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HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING 101 - ELISE DAMILATIS

Come Learn how to make your own herbal tinctures, vinegars, oils, salves, honeys, and more! If time permits we can meet a few plants at the end of class. Would be helpful to bring a notebook, as it is a lot of information. Older children welcome.

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HOW TO USE 'INVASIVE' PLANTS - RYAN GINSBURG

Whether or not you like the term invasive, many non-native plants pose considerable land management challenges. In this class we will discuss what is meant by the term “invasive”, a brief overview of management practices, traditional uses for non-native plants, and use plant material onsite to make herbal medicine. Please see me if the materials fee is too high!

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LEATHER BOOKBINDING - SCOTT KARAS

In this class we will be making leather-bound journals. Participants will have the opportunity to make a full size or half size journal using one of a few binding techniques. These are simple journals, able to be made in an afternoon with several signatures or groups of pages.

The leather we will be using is industrially tanned cow leather and I will show some examples of bark tan deer hide leather that I have made.

Materials fee 20-40$ depending on how many materials you use.

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NEEDLE FELTING BASICS - JESSICA KAUFMAN

Using a simple and affordable tool (the barbed needle), learn how to turn sheep’s wool into felt without using water or soap. It’s the magic of felting wool that you can pack up and bring with you easily, to work on when you're sitting around or listening to a talk or watching a show. You can use needle felting techniques to embellish other wool fabrics like shirts, jackets, and packs, or to patch those fabrics. Needle felting is great for creating natural toys for children, or creatures to decorate your space with. Materials fee is $5 to cover your needle and wool roving. Come empty handed and leave with an amazing new craft!

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PREHISTORIC POTTERY - TURN STONE

Prehistoric Pottery class teaches you how to find, assess, modify, build, fire and cook with clays that you can find in the wild as well as with store bought clay. This is a come and go as you wish class. The more time you put in, the more refined and bigger your project can be. If you plan to make a pot bigger than a coconut, you need to start on the first day and then let your project sit for a day (depending on relative humidity and windage) before refining.

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ROCKIN N ROLLIN MASSAGE - ADAM BAILEY

This class will focus on teaching two basic tui na (Chinese Medical Massage) techniques and how to apply them for an excellent whole body massage. The two techniques are the Rocking and the Rolling technique. The techniques are simple to learn and apply, and are the ones I use the most clinically as an acupuncture physician.

The course will begin with the basics of touch and paying attention to what's going on beneath and in your hands and progress from specific techniques to creating waves through the whole body. In addition, we will address applying this type of massage to specific regions. These techniques are generally very relaxing and nourishing to receive, and it's a great way to kick off the gathering after either a long drive or long week of setup!

Some details:
- This style of massage is done fully clothed
- It's done on the ground, so bring a blanket or yoga mat - Florida dirt is sandy and generally not fun to lay on
- Please be comfortable with touching and being touched by other humans...
- ...or bring a specific human with you who that applies to (and vice versa)
- Teenagers are welcome provided they maintain the level of maturity appropriate to learning a touch based healing art

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TIMBER FRAMING - BARRON BROWN

cutting joints in logs to make a shelter frame

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TOOL SHARPENING AND CARE FOR GENERATIONS - MATTHEW COLOMBO

Is your tool not working like it did when you got it, or has it never been working properly for you?
Do you know your tool isn't working right, and don't know how to get it working?
Do you want to know how to take care of your tools and what tools you might want to take care of your tools?
Have your sharpening sessions left you not knowing if your tool was sharper before you started sharpening?
Have some basic sharpening skills but want to sharpen your sharpening skills?

Come on down...

to this hands-on workshop with your tool and create glistening, sharp cutting edges or, for a very neglected tool, a solid start and a path forward to finishing the job. We will also discuss how to take care of your tools so that you can pass them down to your friends, enemies, and family for generations.

This class will be focused on the principles and practice of sharpening tools with one edge. However, if you have basic sharpening skills and have something like a hand saw or chain saw (and have the file and depth gauge for the chainsaw), I can get you going on that project as well.

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TRUTH BE TOLD - GRANDMOTHER, FORMERLY SANGOMA OLUDOYE

This is a powerful eye opening exploration into the Nature and Fullness of our candor...moving forward. Each participant is asked to bring 3 Truths that are critical to the Sacred navigation of your public and private lives. As we gather in the information and unearth the truths buried or hidden from our conscious view we are better able to shift into the adjustments and upgrades that recalibrate...For some, this is a reality check to how dim or bright the Light is in their personal Lighthouse? Still others, find themselves as stuck as they were last year in the stagnation of mind and emotions? Finding ways to articulate, acknowledge and Embrace our Personal Truths is Healing medicine. As wayshowers, we are unable to give to others that which we, ourselves are not in possession of.

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Wednesday

EVENING

MOONLODGE MEDITATION - TARA RAWSON

STORY SHARE - JEFF GOTTLIEB

All ages welcome!! Bring your stories to share. I will make an announcement and invite people to tell an anecdote. Theme might be "Fear in the Outdoors", and what people are doing about it. I am sure it will be spellbinding and entertaining :)

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Thursday

EARLY MORNING

PODFLOW ONE YOGA - MAKEDA MEEKS

Classes embody the true spirit of vinyasa yoga, breath-synchronized movement. While podFLOW 1 provides a physical challenge, the class is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Classes begin with an active and intentional warm-up, and progress through sequences designed to build strength and flexibility. podFLOW 1 utilizes set sequences that change with the seasons to honor nature’s inherent rhythms.

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Thursday

MORNING

BODY MECHANICS IN BOWDRILL - JOSH BARNWELL

Form follows function, but, in the case of bowdrill fire starting, your form FEEDS function. Gain familiarity with friction fire starting through the lens of body mechanics and work smarter not harder!
We will be practicing bowdrill fires with special attention paid to body position and how good form allows a more finessed approach to this magical skill.
Each participant will finish with a solid working knowledge of bowdrill fire starting and their own kit to continue practice on their own.
Bring a sharp knife if you have one, minimal close contact required, mask at your discretion.

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FLINT KNAPPING EFFIGIES - JAMES CLINKSCALES

HAVE TARP NEED SHELTER - JOAN CANDALINO

I have a tarp, now what? Exploring several tarp configurations and learn some appropriate knots for creating shelter.

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HIDE TANNING (3 FULL DAY) STARRING RAIN HALL - MEL BEAUX

6 students will learn to make buckskin out of deer hides using egg solution. Each student will leave with their own finished hide! Please sign up IN PERSON. This is a 3 full day intensive class! Please be ready to devote most of your gathering time to making a beautiful piece of leather. This process is impacted by weather so be ready to work with what nature dishes.
Hide tanning is also an open space for everyone to come and work on hides. All are encouraged to come and observe, chat, help the students, use our tools for your projects, play music for us, check out our leather work, bring your roadkill, and everything hide related. These hides are the so-called "trash" from hunting season that a processor with a good heart saves for us and we seek to honor these wild souls who have fallen in the face of colonial ways of nonreciprocity. Hide tanning is a noncismale led and antiracist space.

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HOW TO TOOT YOUR OWN HORN! - RYAN GINSBURG

In this class you’ll learn the ancient art of crafting a horn from a conch shell. In addition to being a commonly eaten food, the shells of conch have been used as musical instruments and long distance signaling devices for thousands of years. In this class you will learn how to make and play your own conch shell horn and maybe build some confidence along the way. PS- let me know if the materials fee is too much but you really want to take the class

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HUMANURE AND COMPOST TOILETS - MAAYAN CHELSEA

We all poop. That's a fact. Let's gather to learn how to responsibly care for our excrements, grow topsoil and protect the waters!

Learn how to stop flushing your excrements down clean drinking water and help build precious soil by composting "humanure." Composting toilet systems can be successful in both urban and rural areas, are completely safe when done right (we'll discuss what that looks like) and have the potential to preserve precious water! Join us if you've ever considered how ridiculous it is that we go to the bathroom in water and want to learn how you can stop participating in a broken nutrient cycle.

We will sing some songs of humanure and water protection. There will likely be laughter and poop jokes.

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LOVE YOUR SOIL - WADE BURLEY

Dirt is the new gold. This class is a hands-on introduction to soil from a naturalist and gardener's perspective, including soil types, life (microorganisms)in the soil, and easy no-cost/low-cost ways of improving soil vitality.

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NEEDLE FELTING BASICS - JESSICA KAUFMAN

Using a simple and affordable tool (the barbed needle), learn how to turn sheep’s wool into felt without using water or soap. It’s the magic of felting wool that you can pack up and bring with you easily, to work on when you're sitting around or listening to a talk or watching a show. You can use needle felting techniques to embellish other wool fabrics like shirts, jackets, and packs, or to patch those fabrics. Needle felting is great for creating natural toys for children, or creatures to decorate your space with. Materials fee is $5 to cover your needle and wool roving. Come empty handed and leave with an amazing new craft!

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NET TYING - BARRON BROWN

tie a traditional net using natural fibers. Materials fee: $1 unless you bring your own fiber

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NVC BASICS - SARA CALLAWAY

Come learn the basics of NonViolent Communication (aka Compassionate Communication). NVC is a wonderful tool for all kinds of relationships. It can help you better understand what motivates you and others to make the choices you make; it provides you with a method to communicate your needs that makes them more likely to be met; and it can help you see more options - and so much more!

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POTIONCRAFT & HERB PRESERVATION - JT STOKES

Let’s talk about the foundations of brewing herbal concoctions so that we may access seasonal remedies all year. From salad dressings to cordials, the folk ways of medicine making can fold into our lives (and our kitchens) in fun and simple ways.

Learn how different plant medicines align with different preparation methods and get tips for infusing alcohol, vinegar, honey, and water with herbs. We’ll cover the differences between folk and standard preparation methods. We’ll also discuss essential and helpful tools, maximizing shelf life, and tips for stocking the home apothecary.

We’ll craft up some oxymels, a preservation method that utilizes honey & vinegar.


(Class fee or barter/pay what you can).

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PREHISTORIC POTTERY - TURN STONE

Prehistoric Pottery class teaches you how to find, assess, modify, build, fire and cook with clays that you can find in the wild as well as with store bought clay. This is a come and go as you wish class. The more time you put in, the more refined and bigger your project can be. If you plan to make a pot bigger than a coconut, you need to start on the first day and then let your project sit for a day (depending on relative humidity and windage) before refining.

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RIVETING 101: HANDLING FULL TANG KNIVES - GRAY TAYLOR

Come and participate in a hands-on instructional class that will lead you on a riveting journey through one of the many dimensions of knife handling. During our time in class we shall be riveting together a full tang knife into a southern hardwood handle with a copper/brass rivet set. You will leave with a handled knife and one more life skill to add to your wheelhouse.

Knife blanks are hand-forged by the instructor. :)

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TOOL REPAIR - MYCOL STEVENS

Get a handle on things. We will rehandle and refurbish broken tools. The intent is to be resourceful and minimize being a part of our throw away wasteful society. We will have several broken tools on hand and attempt to fix them and rehandle with some local hickory wood.

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TRACKING THE SELF THROUGH ART - SOLEIL OUIMET

Art making is one of the oldest tools used for telling the story of our lives. In this class we will utilize visual art techniques to craft paintings that hold our own self reflections and stories within them. We will use exercises that build on the idea that we can all access and relay details of our lives through the process of creativity and introspection. Students will learn basic visual art techniques that use symbolism, color, line, and form to evoke imagery that is representative of emotion and place. Students are also welcome to engage in a ritual sharing of their paintings at the end of the class. We will use both conventional art supplies and natural pigments. All styles and skill levels are welcome, you do not have to identify as an artist to attend this class. Please bring a journal and writing utensil, all other materials will be provided.

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TRADITIONAL CHINESE TRAUMATOLOGY - ADAM BAILEY

Come learn about the basics of Traditional Chinese Traumatology.

Things that will be covered:
- The Three Stages of an Injury and how to pick an appropriate remedy
- Why the Chinese say "Ice is for dead things" when treating injuries and what to do instead
- Herbal energetics in relation to trauma (physical) healing
- How to use fire to promote healing (Moxibustion)
- The Magic "Red Pill" of Chinese Medicine

This class will cover theory as well as formulas for basic liniments.

While this class will cover some basic herbal first aid, the majority of the course will focus on continued injury care to promote a full resolution.

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TREASURE HUNTERS: FORAGING FOR WILD FOODS AND CRAFT MATERIALS - FREA WILD

One of the best ways to deepen your relationship with the world and land around you is through the practice of foraging. Learning about different foods and materials you can gather for free - be it in the woods, the city, or even while you drive around in your vehicle - will help you develop your latent, ancestral super power known as Treasure-Vision: where you begin to realize treasures and gifts are in fact laying around everywhere for you to discover! Learning to forage for things and honing your treasure-vision can lead to feelings of being on a magical treasure hunt adventure every time you go somewhere! In this class, we’ll go on a foraging walk together while discussing and searching for various wild treasures around us. We'll discuss ways to harvest, process, preserve, and use our foraged treasures.

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Thursday

AFTERNOON

BASIC CARPENTRY SKILLS - ALEX KILGORE

Start learning the basic carpentry techniques of...measuring, cutting, and fastening! Become more empowered to repair, improve and create the spaces around you. The goal of this class is to create a safe space for beginners, who have little or no experience, to Practice using basic tools (tape measures, saws, and drills) and learn safety, technique, and accuracy. This intro class is inspired by the four day Basic Women's Carpentry classes we have been teaching at the Wild Abundance School. This is a two part class: Part two Thursday PM: As a group we build a simple firewood storage shelter for the event kitchen.

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ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION - MYCOL STEVENS

If you haven't noticed, we are basically killing the planet. What to do about it...lets learn how to protect, care for and replant the seeds that are disappearing. We will discuss restoration techniques for both temperate and Fl fire dependent ecosystems. I have native Fl wildflower seeds to share. We might go on a field trip to sow these seeds.

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ECOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY WALK WITH TODD ELLIOTT - TODD ELLIOTT

This class will focus on the interconnected nature of organisms and how these relate to our understanding of the world around us. We will explore the plant, fungal, and animal communities, including identification of mushrooms, plants, and other organisms. A deeper understanding of these organisms makes us more effective foragers and land stewards.

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EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANTS OF SPRING - COREYPINE SHANE

North Florida has similar spring plants to much of the southeastern U.S., just earlier. We will go in-depth about how to identify, harvest, and practically use some of the common plants here for food and for medicine and often both. If you've gone on plant walks in years past, you'll be surprised to see how much difference a few weeks can make.

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FLINT KNAPPING DRILL POINTS - JAMES CLINKSCALES

HAIR ON BRAIN TANNING SMALL HIDES - JADE GRANT

If you identify as a human, you have ancestors that practiced the art of hide tanning. Across the globe indigenous peoples have used animal hides to accomplish many things and thrive. In this class we will honor and explore the ancient and all natural method of brain-tanning fur hides. Each participant will leave class with a fully tanned fur and learn the skills necessary to continue this practice on their own. All hides are ethically sourced from roadkill and the available type will depend on what we have found, but will include raccoons and squirrels and potentially others! This will be a three part class starting Thursday afternoon and going all day Friday. Materials fees start at 15$ for the small furs and go up from there. We are negotiable to trades - just ask us! 


Location meeting will be the hide tanning tent. Class capacity is tentatively set at 10, and anyone who has brought their own fur is encouraged to come for all class periods. More participants are welcome to come and listen, learn, and practice if capacity is full, but would not leave with a fur of their own. Children under 12 are permitted to attend with an adult. Bring one or more knives. 

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HEART HEALING RITUAL - JOSH FOX

Using the power of voice, song, and intention, we will open ourselves up to allow for personal healing and transformation. We will create a safe and beautiful closed container for a group healing journey, exploring the depths of grief and joy that make us feel deeply alive. Please arrive promptly ("doors" will close when we begin).

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HERBAL FIRST AID 101 - ELISE DAMILATIS

Come learn the basics of herbal first aid - what to keep in your first aid kit and how to use it.

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HOW NATURE INFORMS OUR CULTURAL CODES OF CONDUCT - GRANDMOTHER, FORMERLY SANGOMA OLUDOYE

As a Sacred Activist and Spiritual Midwife, we offer these Adventures and Explorations Between Nature , Culture and Spirit...to support those seeking clarity and tangible tools on their journey in Earthschool. We will look at our Divine Blueprints mapped out from the date or birth and proceed with innertracking and innercartography to properly identify our SWOTs... Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Navigating the SWOTs of our Leadership and/or community activism seems less challenging and more exciting as we Vision the possibilities of adventures waiting to be had. Through a similar lens problem solving and conflict resolution becomes MORE approachable as an exploration of what we need to witness in order to embrace the necessary changes. Often the missing parts or blank spaces of ALL relationship building skillsets is the knowledge of How Nature is inspired through Culture and supported by Spirit. In this Season between Candlemas and the Rebirth of Spring, we enter with Grace into the higher cauling of living in harmony and alignment with All our Relations!

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MAKING FRUIT VINEGARS SCRATCH AND FIRE CIDER FROM YOUR VINEGARS - WENDY DAVIS

We will talk about gut bioms and how they are often not given the respect they deserve in keeping the rest of our bodies healthy. Stories of cultural uses and production and the world. Together we are going to start our own apple cider vinegar mother to take home! And then diving in to what is fire cider and how to make it and make our own to take home. Two yummys to share with others!
Wendy has been making her own vinegars, meads, kombuchas, krauts and other naturally fermented foods for well over a decade now. Only recently has she begun learning to use packaged yeasts.. Ask about the exploding volcano mead. Sigh.
Vinegars and Fire ciders are a great way we can produce a good immune boosting medicine at home with ingredients we can grow.

“Make your food your medicine, and your medicine your food”, Hippocrates

Cost of class includes ingredients, containers, resources, time obtaining materials.
25.00
Max class size: 12

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PINE NEEDLE BASKETS - LANEY SULLIVAN

Learn the how to make a basket out of pine needles using coil basketry techniques.

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PREHISTORIC POTTERY - TURN STONE

Prehistoric Pottery class teaches you how to find, assess, modify, build, fire and cook with clays that you can find in the wild as well as with store bought clay. This is a come and go as you wish class. The more time you put in, the more refined and bigger your project can be. If you plan to make a pot bigger than a coconut, you need to start on the first day and then let your project sit for a day (depending on relative humidity and windage) before refining.

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SPINNING IN PLACE - EMMA SAVAGE

Come learn to spin wool on a traditional drop-spindle. Share stories and learn all about the history of different fibers and the ancient practice of weaving.

This is a hands-on optional activity, you are welcome to just come sit and learn. Everyone will receive some roving to work with and practice their spinning skills.

**We are working with Sheep wool so if you have a Lanolin allergy, be aware!**

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TIMBER FRAMING - BARRON BROWN

Making a small timber frame. We will continue making the frame with the intention of constructing a small building.

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YUCCA CORDAGE QUICK & SIMPLE - CAMPERBOB JARRELL

Yucca aloifolia aka Spanish Bayonet is a common plant in much of the Atlantic and Gulf coastal regions that contains strong and relatively easily processed fibers. It can be worked green or dried and spun into a very strong, coarse or fine cordage. Coarse cordage is great for lashing techniques such as those used in shelter building and fine cordage is great for necklaces, bracelets, fishing line, bird snares and trap trigger line. In this class we will learn to process fibers and spin cord from both green and dried yucca. Spinning cordage by hand is one of the core skills of the primitive technology methodology. Easy to learn, easy to make and easy to remember, it belongs in every earth skill practitioner's mental toolbox.

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Thursday

EVENING

TWO PLOT GRAVEYARD - TWO PLOT GRAVEYARD

Conner Bacon and Shanice Richards have combined their eclectic selves into their new project; Two Plot Graveyard. Listeners are sure to connect to their hearty blend of traditional roots music, folk Americana, and originals. 

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Friday

EARLY MORNING

PODFLOW ONE YOGA - MAKEDA MEEKS

Classes embody the true spirit of vinyasa yoga, breath-synchronized movement. While podFLOW 1 provides a physical challenge, the class is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Classes begin with an active and intentional warm-up, and progress through sequences designed to build strength and flexibility. podFLOW 1 utilizes set sequences that change with the seasons to honor nature’s inherent rhythms.

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Friday

MORNING

BAMBOO SPATULAS! - RYAN GINSBURG

Bamboo is an incredibly abundant material with a wide variety of uses. Although it is similar to wood in many ways, it also has unique properties that set it apart. In this class, we will be taking advantage of some of those properties to make a cooking utensil that works well with almost every pot and pan. Throughout the processes we will discuss and practice some of basics of working with bamboo and how we can help it achieve more balance in our environment. Bring a sharp knife, a hatchet (if you have one), and gloves (optional). Please see me if the materials fee is too high :)

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BASIC FINGERWEAVING - JOAN CANDALINO

Have fingers and fiber? Weave a strap, belt, or hat band using a basic finger weaving technique used by the Native American people in the Northeastern and Southeastern US. We will use yarn, waxed cotton, or hemp string.

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BOWL CARVING - BARRON BROWN

carve a wooden bowl

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DEMYSTIFYING FATS - WENDY DAVIS

This class is going to be really fat! And fats have traditionally been a staple in food preservation and cooking. They can be made shelf safe in a process called rendering. Which simply means to remove the water. Together we are going to talk about the different types of fats, which animal makes what sort of fats, which cuts have the best fats, and their different uses. Then we are going to render our own lard from pork. Preferring classes where everyone can make and take, everyone will go home with some rendered lard for their own use!
Materials fees include fat from a humanly raised pig, jars, knowledge, and finished product to take home. 20.00
Max class size 12

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FACING ACTIVIST BURNOUT FOR THE PERPETUALLY FERAL BEING - LORE ...

This workshop gives attendees the option to consent to an exploration of the burnout that has debilitated activists as individuals, thus weakening radical movements throughout history. It is so easy to lose hope as an environmental or social justice activist, especially when we have faced trauma - whether it be physical violence, such as police brutality, or emotional trauma, such as seeing our families and loved ones not care about liberations that our hearts pound for. This workshop is for all beings who care - whether you have been on the front lines or tend a garden in resistance, whether you write radical literature or occasionally make a post on social media - there is not shame or hierarchy in what it means to be an activist and no limits to the sorrow and grief we may carry.

Attendees can expect aspects of Non-Violent Communication Workshops, Grief Workshops and other workshops that explore grief, compassion and trauma in a closed container.

No Cellphones, Cameras, or Recording Devices of any sort please.

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GREENWOOD SPOON CARVING - NICHOLAS PARKER

We’ll be taking a regular piece of wood and turning it into a beautiful spoon.

Bring your own tools if available(hatchets, knives, gouges, hook knives, ect.)

If you don’t have your own knife(Kaleb sells Mora knives for a good price on the store.)

5$ per piece of wood.

Age limit is dependent on ability to be self aware while using a potentially dangerous tool. Younger then 12 allowed at instructor discretion.

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HAIR ON BRAIN TANNING SMALL HIDES - JADE GRANT

If you identify as a human, you have ancestors that practiced the art of hide tanning. Across the globe indigenous peoples have used animal hides to accomplish many things and thrive. In this class we will honor and explore the ancient and all natural method of brain-tanning fur hides. Each participant will leave class with a fully tanned fur and learn the skills necessary to continue this practice on their own. All hides are ethically sourced from roadkill and the available type will depend on what we have found, but will include raccoons and squirrels and potentially others! This will be a three part class starting Thursday afternoon and going all day Friday. Materials fees start at 15$ for the small furs and go up from there. We are negotiable to trades - just ask us! 


Location meeting will be the hide tanning tent. Class capacity is tentatively set at 10, and anyone who has brought their own fur is encouraged to come for all class periods. More participants are welcome to come and listen, learn, and practice if capacity is full, but would not leave with a fur of their own. Children under 12 are permitted to attend with an adult. Bring one or more knives. 

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HAND DRILL FRICTION FIRE - JUSTIN COOK

In this class we will make friction fire with two sticks and our hands. Learn tradition fire making techniques with Justin Cook

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HOW TO START AN INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY - KRISTIANA MCKINNON

Have you ever dreamed of starting or living in an intentional community? Have you envisioned a life of greater connection, belonging, collaboration, sustainability and purpose? In a world of increasing environmental destruction, and human disconnection, the communities movement offers an alternative to the mainstream narrative.

Come learn from an experienced community founder about how you could start your own intentional community. I will go over practical aspects such as finding the right group, finding the right land, setting up your legal structure, creating agreements + maintaining relationships and community health. I will share resources and best practices based on experience.

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KOMBUCHA & OTHER FERMENTED BEVERAGES - JILLIAN ROSS

Come join me for a discussion on how to start and maintain a variety of Fermented beverages.

We'll explore Kombucha, Dairy Kefir, Vegetable Kvass, Ginger Bugs and Fruit Sodas, etc.

I will have Kombucha scobies to share and different fermented beverages to taste!

Please bring a drinking vessel for tasting and travel container for a Kombucha culture if you would like one to take home.

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LOSE YOUR MIND; COME TO YOUR SENSES - NICO PIEDRAHITA

Our minds filter out so much of the information we receive through our senses. Our habitual distraction and worry prevent us from being fully aware of what is happening inside and around us. When we focus on that awareness, worry and distraction will start to fall away, leaving us present in this moment. Come and learn the skills of Owl Eyes, Deer Ears, Raccoon Hands, Fox Walking, and Sense Meditation that can carry you down the path to awareness. Don't worry, we'll have fun, too! Come ready to sit still, to crawl, to sneak, to get dirty, to laugh, and most of all to feel the thrill of aliveness running through your body! This is an all day class.

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MEDITATIONAL FITNESS - NATHANIEL CAJUDO

In this class, we will explore movement, body mechanics, weight shifting, as well as the three movements missing from our kyphotic culture, compression, contortion, and extension. Beginners are welcome, and each individual will be expected to challenge themselves through resistance, training, moderate/high intensity, anaerobic training and regaining an understanding and connection with our bodies.

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NATURALIST EXPEDITION - JEFF GOTTLIEB

Go offsite to explore unique, beautiful and ecologically fascinating natural areas with master naturalists Jeff Gottlieb, Fuz Sanderson and whoever else wants to join in! There might be swimming and snorkeling, and much botany and bird study!

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PREHISTORIC POTTERY - TURN STONE

Prehistoric Pottery class teaches you how to find, assess, modify, build, fire and cook with clays that you can find in the wild as well as with store bought clay. This is a come and go as you wish class. The more time you put in, the more refined and bigger your project can be. If you plan to make a pot bigger than a coconut, you need to start on the first day and then let your project sit for a day (depending on relative humidity and windage) before refining.

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RIVETING 102: MAKING SHEATHS FOR SHARP OR POINTY THINGS - GRAY TAYLOR

Bring whichever tool you possess that needs protection from the elements, during your time we shall layout patterns for said tool, cut rawhide and vegetable tanned leather for your sheath and talk about several different sheath construction styles in which you may choose to construct your own sheath.

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WILD WEAVING: FORAGING BASKETS (FULL DAY CLASS) - FREA WILD

This is a full day class in which participants will make and take home a small foraging basket woven of wildcrafted materials. This weaving class has something to offer the total beginner as well as the experienced basket maker. We will be discussing how to forage for, harvest, and process wild basketry materials. Our baskets will have stakes/spokes and we will finish the pieces with a nice, strong border at the top. There is a materials fee of $20- $40 which will be based on income level and project size, and a materials fee of $5 for BIPOC persons and people of the global majority. Please find instructor ahead of time to pay your materials fee in advance if you would like to guarantee your spot in this class. Otherwise, please come prepared to pay materials fee at the beginning of class. Bring a sharp knife, sharp garden shears, and an awl or bodkin if you have them. Instructor will also have tools on site. Ages 12 - 16 will need instructor’s approval beforehand. This class will require focused attention and work using your hands.

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WOODSLORE, WEEDS, AND USEFUL WILD PLANTS WALK - DOUG ELLIOTT

WORKING WITH BONE, AN OVERLOOKED GIFT - AWLS - JOSH BARNWELL

Bone has met material needs for peoples around the world since time immemorial. harder and sharper than wood, less brittle than stone, bone meets a material niche in ancestral skills and working with it helps us connect with the greater gifts of our animal kin.
during this class we will select appropriate bone pieces to shape into awls, a useful tool to further shape our world
Minimal close contact required, mask at your discretion

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WRITING DOWN THE BONES: FREEING THE WRITER WITHIN - IVANNA PENGELLEY

In this workshop, we will use Natalie Goldberg's book, "Writing Down the Bones" to explore ways writing can bring us back to ourselves and into deeper connection with others. Join us for a session designed to unleash wild and untamed creativity through a variety of reflection, movement, and writing exercises! Participants will be invited to continue writing throughout the weekend, and gather again on Sunday morning for an informal meet-up during breakfast to share what has emerged. Bring a notebook and pen if you have one, but additional supplies will be provided.

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Friday

AFTERNOON

ARTISAN SALVE MAKING: FOR HUMANS WITH SKIN - ALEX HOWE

Salve/Balms have four basic ingredients: nourishing oils, infused with plant medicines, thickened with raw beeswax, plus essential oils. Similarly, Bread also has very few ingredients. Yet, you know the great variety of breads and cakes in the world. The same is true for salve.
Salve making has been my "bread and Shea butter" for many years and I am going to teach you how to make truly superlative salve. Total beginners are totally welcome, but this class is so packed with hacks that it is valuable to all levels. We're going to go deep, get oily, dabble in the science of fats, and everyone will have a great hair day tomorrow!
Best part is you get to take home our own class co-creation! I'll have many rare exotic carrier oils, and oodles of essential oils to delight your senses!

Free to attend.
$5 - Personalize your own custom salve to take home.
Special family pricing for additional volumes.
Trades encouraged!

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 18

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ATLATL DART PRODUCTION - JAMES CLINKSCALES

In this class will be crafting darts for atlatl including feather fletching and hardwood point. Stone points will also be discussed. All materials provided for construction of a dart with wooden tip

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BEEKEEPING - ELISHA BIXLER

Beekeeping for beginners and intermediate: Come learn basic and intermediate beekeeping knowledge. I will have equipment options you can see to get an idea of what is necessary to keep bees, harvest honey, wax and propolis. We will discuss common issues and solutions. This will be an open discussion so bring all the questions you have!

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BOWL CARVING PART 2 - BARRON BROWN

finish your wooden bowl

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HAIR ON BRAIN TANNING SMALL HIDES - JADE GRANT

If you identify as a human, you have ancestors that practiced the art of hide tanning. Across the globe indigenous peoples have used animal hides to accomplish many things and thrive. In this class we will honor and explore the ancient and all natural method of brain-tanning fur hides. Each participant will leave class with a fully tanned fur and learn the skills necessary to continue this practice on their own. All hides are ethically sourced from roadkill and the available type will depend on what we have found, but will include raccoons and squirrels and potentially others! This will be a three part class starting Thursday afternoon and going all day Friday. Materials fees start at 15$ for the small furs and go up from there. We are negotiable to trades - just ask us! 


Location meeting will be the hide tanning tent. Class capacity is tentatively set at 10, and anyone who has brought their own fur is encouraged to come for all class periods. More participants are welcome to come and listen, learn, and practice if capacity is full, but would not leave with a fur of their own. Children under 12 are permitted to attend with an adult. Bring one or more knives. 

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LOSE YOUR MIND; COME TO YOUR SENSES - PT 2 - NICO PIEDRAHITA

Our minds filter out so much of the information we receive through our senses. Our habitual distraction and worry prevent us from being fully aware of what is happening inside and around us. When we focus on that awareness, worry and distraction will start to fall away, leaving us present in this moment. Come and learn the skills of Owl Eyes, Deer Ears, Raccoon Hands, Fox Walking, and Sense Meditation that can carry you down the path to awareness. Don't worry, we'll have fun, too! Come ready to sit still, to crawl, to sneak, to get dirty, to laugh, and most of all to feel the thrill of aliveness running through your body! This is an all day class.

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LUNATIONS, CYCLES, AND SEASONS - GRANDMOTHER, FORMERLY SANGOMA OLUDOYE

Grounding ourselves in Nature and accessing our beliefs in this season of unprecedented change is paramount to maintaining healthy living skills. As with any skill sets
that we are unfamiliar with, the key ingredients are knowledge, wisdom and practice. Finding, maintaining and sustaining our core values is IMPERATIVE for Living and thriving in Seasons such as this!


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MAKE HANDMADE PAPER & CAST FUNCTIONAL OBJECTS - EMILY HEMEYER

We will be using a simple papermaking setup you can replicate anywhere. Pull handmade paper sheets to craft a bowl or object of your choice. All materials including casting molds will be provided. $10 to cover supplies and pulp.

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MAKE PAINT FROM THE LANDSCAPE - SOLEIL OUIMET

Supplement your home art supplies with beautiful environmentally safe pigments made from stones, plants, and more from the landscape! Together we will survey the lands for color and enjoy the tactile process of paint-making. We will test our pigments through explorative art making at the end of our class. Students will take away knowledge on paint binders, ethical harvest practices, and information on the entire paint-making process. Please come prepared to move around during this class. Bring a journal if you have access to one.

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PLANT AND MUSHROOM GEEKING OUT - MYCOL STEVENS

Lets explore and go on a nature treasure hunt! We will geek out on plants and mushrooms and maybe go find the secret sinkhole. Lets have fun and learn a thing or 3.

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PREHISTORIC POTTERY - TURN STONE

Prehistoric Pottery class teaches you how to find, assess, modify, build, fire and cook with clays that you can find in the wild as well as with store bought clay. This is a come and go as you wish class. The more time you put in, the more refined and bigger your project can be. If you plan to make a pot bigger than a coconut, you need to start on the first day and then let your project sit for a day (depending on relative humidity and windage) before refining.

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SLEEPY-TIME HERBS - COREYPINE SHANE

Trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep are very common, and herbal medicine can be helpful, along with sleep hygiene and other practices. We will discuss common herbs to help with different kinds of sleep issues - trouble getting to sleep, trouble staying asleep, and sleep that isn't refreshing. We'll also talk about how to tell if the problem is from nervous system excess or deficiency (common in chronic sleep issues), and how that changes what you can do.

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SOIL MAGIC - SCOTT KARAS

Come learn about the magic of the earth under our feet. Delight in the mystical interconnected web of life of which we are a part and learn practicalities of how to feed and nourish the soil that feeds us.
This workshop will cover:
~Soil biology and chemistry
~Composting - kitchen compost, compost tea, humanure
~Biochar
~Growing nutrient-dense food
-No-till gardening
-Soil food web

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SONGS OF SOLIDARITY - ALINAHH EVER

Our souls are music. We communicate through this universal language of music. It transcends borders and cultural differences. It is a source of comfort and a method of unification. It is a means of survival...a vehicle to move the pain out of the body. For this reason, music is our resilience...our hope. Singing is our birthright as a species. Like the birds, we are meant to sing and to sing with others. Singing is good for the body, mind, heart & soul. Singing is especially needed in challenging times. In these times of uprising and struggle for justice, we bring songs that uplift our hearts. Songs of Solidarity, Spirituals, and March Songs from the Civil Rights era. Uplifting songs that make us feel part of something bigger than us and help us continue the work of creating a more beautiful and just reality. Songs that heal our own hearts and that of a broken collective culture. Songs are medicine always, especially in these times. Join this circle to sing together and to take back to your communities and to the streets.

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SURVIVAL FISHING - BOB LINDE

We will explore a number of methods for catching fish in survival situations. We will look at the use of Jamaican Dogwood and Beautyberry for stunning fish, fibers to catch fish, trapping and other easy to create methods of catching fish.

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THE GIFT OF MAIZE : HOMEMADE TORTILLAS & GROWING CORN - MAAYAN CHELSEA

Do you love tacos? Me too! Join Maayan Chelsea, in the kitchen at SunSong Community to learn how to make handmade tortillas with homegrown corn!!

We will gather in circle to sit with the generous spirit of maize, the life-giving seed of this continent. We will meditate on the teachings that this plant has to offer us: generosity, resilience, collaboration and interdependence. We will discuss growing corn as a staple crop in your home garden and the many uses in the kitchen. We will learn about the process of nixtamalization (cooking corn in alkaline solution to prepare for making tortillas), hand grind the corn and press them into tortillas on the wood cook stove.

Together we will enjoy a snack of homemade tacos with beans & homegrown salsa. Bring a taco topping to add to the spread if you want! Please bring $5-10 for ingredients. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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THE YOGA OF PLANTS - ERIC LEWIS

A walk and talk in which we explore foraging, herbalism, and permaculture through the lens of yoga philosophy.

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TOOL SHARPENING AND CARE FOR GENERATIONS - MATTHEW COLOMBO

Is your tool not working like it did when you got it, or has it never been working properly for you?
Do you know your tool isn't working right, and don't know how to get it working?
Do you want to know how to take care of your tools and what tools you might want to take care of your tools?
Have your sharpening sessions left you not knowing if your tool was sharper before you started sharpening?
Have some basic sharpening skills but want to sharpen your sharpening skills?

Come on down...

to this hands-on workshop with your tool and create glistening, sharp cutting edges or, for a very neglected tool, a solid start and a path forward to finishing the job. We will also discuss how to take care of your tools so that you can pass them down to your friends, enemies, and family for generations.

This class will be focused on the principles and practice of sharpening tools with one edge. However, if you have basic sharpening skills and have something like a hand saw or chain saw (and have the file and depth gauge for the chainsaw), I can get you going on that project as well.

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TWINED BAGS - JOAN CANDALINO

Small bags of cotton, waxed cotton, jute, or hemp warp, and yarn, waxed cotton, or hemp weavers - using the two weavers technique called Twining.

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WILD WEAVING: FORAGING BASKETS (FULL DAY CLASS) - FREA WILD

This is a full day class in which participants will make and take home a small foraging basket woven of wildcrafted materials. This weaving class has something to offer the total beginner as well as the experienced basket maker. We will be discussing how to forage for, harvest, and process wild basketry materials. Our baskets will have stakes/spokes and we will finish the pieces with a nice, strong border at the top. There is a materials fee of $20 - $40 which will be based on income level and project size, and a materials fee of $5 for BIPOC persons and people of the global majority. Please find instructor ahead of time to pay your materials fee in advance if you would like to guarantee your spot in this class. Otherwise, please come prepared to pay materials fee at the beginning of class. Bring a sharp knife, sharp garden shears, and an awl if you have them. Instructor will also have tools on site. Ages 12 - 16 will need instructor’s approval beforehand. This class will require focused attention and work using your hands.

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Friday

EVENING

HOLY RIVER - HOLY RIVER

MEDICINE SONGS - JOSH FOX

Music is medicine. Come receive healing from sacred medicine songs in the form of blessings, chants, ninguns, icaros, sing-alongs, and other prayer songs. Bring prayers for yourself, others, and the world to weave into these songs.

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SONGS WITH SAMARA - SAMARA JADE

Dinner line performance by songstress Samara Jade, sharing original songs of earth-connection, healing, and transformation. Singalongs galore!

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TRADE BLANKET - JEFF GOTTLIEB

Not a class but an 1820s Fur Trade Era trade blanket ceremony. Bring crafts, books, foods, natural specimens, craft materials etc, anything useful or desirable to outdoorsy people and a chair. It feels like a cross between an auction and a poker game. Remember that one person's junk is another person's treasure!

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Saturday

EARLY MORNING

PODFLOW ONE YOGA - MAKEDA MEEKS

Classes embody the true spirit of vinyasa yoga, breath-synchronized movement. While podFLOW 1 provides a physical challenge, the class is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Classes begin with an active and intentional warm-up, and progress through sequences designed to build strength and flexibility. podFLOW 1 utilizes set sequences that change with the seasons to honor nature’s inherent rhythms.

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Saturday

MORNING

8 DIRECTIONS - WHEEL OF LIFE - SARA CALLAWAY

The 8 directions are a useful and helpful map of life drawn from nature. Each direction has a particular energy that supports particular actions. Understanding the map can help one understand (and plan for) what's happening - in nature, in the cycle of the year, in the cycle of a project, and in your own life. Come nerd out about the 8 directions with me and see how they can support you on your journey.

Deep in our bones and psyches, we still expect things to unfold as they do in nature. So let's take a look at nature's map for life and see how it can help us navigate this journey.

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BARK BASKETRY - DOUG ELLIOTT

Make a basket out of folded tulip poplar bark using bark lacing and learn how to make basket splints from palm leaf-stems. Bring a knife. $5-$35 depending of size of basket.

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BUSH NINJA'S MEDICINE BLANKET: A TASTE AND SMELL SHOW AND TELL. - ALEX HOWE

Welcome to my Medicine Blanket, my favorite offering of my global travels. This is a free flow practical Herbalism jam session. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions, get nerdy on the nuances, or just sit and learn about a bunch of different topics we’re going to touch on. I will also offer a small menu of topics including: My favorite and most efficacious medicines, with a special shout out to bee propolis, neurological/brain beneficial medicines, herbal smoking blends for pleasure and reduction of tobacco and cannabis consumption, more complex extraction methods.

We’ll have open sharing about our personal experiences, as well as my journeys in Southern Africa.
I’ll introduce you to ancient and ancestral plant medicines of Southern Africa, their use, the cultures and tribes that carry these medicines, and the mysticism surrounding them. These are medicines that humanity itself evolved alongside. Some are unique in their action, and can help us in this very day and age.

You'll get to try them!
Such as:
An uplifting little succulent with serotonin retaining effects that was used in all-night sacred dancing rituals, and has huge potential for anxiety and depression.
A rare white root that gives you dreams and regenerates nerve/brain tissue.
A powerful digestive tonic and detoxification medicine that is the oldest recorded plant medicine on earth...as well as possibly the most bitter taste you've ever experienced. (It's great!)
And more!

Free to attend, sample, and share. Drop ins welcome!
Donations accepted.
Trades and Purchases available.
Weather dependant, to be rescheduled if it's raining.

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COMMUNITY WRESTLING - NATHANIEL CAJUDO

Community wrestling is a fun and exciting way to blow off steam safely. Based on the Filipino martial arts, we will start with a dynamic warm-up, mobility exercises and continue to explore movement, positioning, and take down defense. This is a full contact class/activity. Beginners welcome! This activity is very measured and without malicious intent. Bring an open mind and playful spirit.

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INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE - ERIC LEWIS

A walk and talk in which we will explore the design science known as permaculture. This class will be centered around how we can create gardens that provide us with everything we need to thrive, while increasing soil fertility, biodiversity and community resilience.

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KNOT: A CLASS - ERIC BLEVINS

Learn several knots and hitches that are useful for a variety of applications including but not limited to tarps and vehicle tie-downs.

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MAKING NATIVE SURVIVAL FOOD: PEMMICAN (WITH DISCUSSIONS OF HISTORICAL IMPLICATIONS AND FUTURE USES) - WENDY DAVIS

Food and the ability to preserve it is what has enabled humans to travel through regions bringing their supplies with them. To stop and stay in one location despite the current weather. Or to sustain themselves in times when things aren’t going so well.. And as we continue to talk about disruptions in the world today, these techniques may be the thing that keeps your family thriving instead of just surviving. Putting by your own foods, is really the only way to make sure you have the best quality food that is not factory farmed and without compassion and awareness to its impact to the planet.
Pemmican is in simple terms - if jerky and granola bars came together and decided to have a union. All the bests of the worlds, the nutritional value creating more of a whole meal, high in the proteins, fats and natural sugars your body needs to keep on moving. Historically was one of the traditional foods of the Great Plains Assiniboine Tribe that they shared and traded with the original Europuen frontiersmen and trappers. This led to a long drawn out war called the Pemmican Wars. Which affected the tribes and settlers of the area very drastically and only fueled over the greed of capitalism. An issue we deal with still today… The recipe was used and spread throughout the world as a storage safe survival food.
In this class we will be making our own Pemmican! Discussing the variety of possible ingredients, ratio balances to the recipe, and get to learn more about the history of this traditional food. And the main tribe that is known for its production and trade. Each person will get to participate in the making of the pemmican, and get to take home their very own sample! (Attending the demystifying fats class (Friday) will build on part of this lesson but not required)

Class limit 12
Class fee 20.00 (meat is expensive and includes rendered lard and dried fruit, time in preparing these ingredients and your take home!)

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MULTI-WRAP BOW DRILL - NICO PIEDRAHITA

Come learn the multiple-wrap style of bow drill. Often called "Egyptian bow drill", this style uses multiple wraps around the spindle to address string-tension and slippage issues. We will talk about multiple body positions for people with different strengths, and then end the class by learning the coal-to-coal method for turning your coal into a fire with no tinder bundle! Class is free, and you can buy your kit at the end for $25.

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PREHISTORIC POTTERY FIRING - TURN STONE

Saturday firing all day with mostly self directed clay play... Those who made clay objects and would like to fire theirs can work with me. Pottery is a fire building skill.

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PREPARING FOR MENOPAUSE: LEARN HOW HERBAL MEDICINE & LIFESTYLE ENHANCEMENT CAN SUPPORT US THROUGH THIS BIOLOGICAL CHANGE. - TARA RAWSON

QI GONG FOR BEGINNERS 8 PIECES OF BROCADE - BOB LINDE

We will learn the benefits of this ancient practice to maintain health. We will practice basic warm up exercises as well as the 8 Pieces of Brocade. This set can be safely practiced by any fitness level and requires no special equipment or clothing. This simple set was originally created to keep soldiers in prime fighting shape when they were not in battle. It is for both nourishing the qi or life force as well as ensuring that it moves smoothly through the body and preventing injury.

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SONGS FROM THE HEART OF THE LAND: DEEP LISTENING & PLACE-BASED SONG-MAKING - SAMARA JADE

I like to imagine that many of our eco-centric ancestors were skilled in deep listening and sang songs as a form of praise, gratitude, expression, and courting and honoring the spirits - and that those songs emerged out of the landscape they resided in and interacted with.
In this workshop we’ll practice ways of making songwriting an intuitive and playful collaboration between your soul and the soul of the earth on which you stand. We’ll do exercises of listening and writing and singing to bring us closer into this relationship. Bring a journal and pen. No musical experience necessary!

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SOUTHEASTERN STYLE MOCCASIN MAKING - JEFF GOTTLIEB

Session 1 of a two part class. We will learn about this amazingly comfortable, beautiful custom fitted footwear, measure our feet and make a pattern. Learn how to choose buckskin, lay out patterns and cut out material.

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SPOON CARVING - BARRON BROWN

carve a spoon from a piece of wood

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THE JOYS OF TOUCH - JOSH FOX

Join Fox and Sophia for a safe, connective, and empowering exploration of human contact.
We will explore the practices of touch and free-form contact dance that joyfully nourish this deep human need.
We will also cultivate our powers of consent, boundary-making, and empowered-asking.
Open to all peoples who are open for fun connection!

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TOP 10 PLANT FAMILIES TO KNOW - COREYPINE SHANE

Learning plant families is a huge shortcut to identifying plants and also getting some idea of whether they might be medicinal or edible. I don't know of any poisonous plants in the mint family while the buttercup family may have one or two species that are somewhat edible. And of course we all need to be careful with the parsley family which has some of both - many edible and medicinal plants and some of the most deadly poisonous plants in North America. Learning the top ten families will get you close to having a head start on knowing half the plants you see in North America.

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WILD FERMENTATION - JILLIAN ROSS

Come join me for a discussion and demonstration on utilizing the Fermentation method for preserving a variety of perishable food items from your home gardens or local farmers/markets.

We will go over how to use salt/brines to store vegetables without ever needing refrigeration.

There will be a variety of items to taste so come with an open mind and a willing palate!!

If you have any Ferments that you enjoy making, it's encouraged to bring along to share.

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WORKING WITH BONE, AN OVERLOOKED GIFT - NEEDLES - JOSH BARNWELL

Bone has met material needs for peoples around the world since time immemorial. harder and sharper than wood, less brittle than stone, bone meets a material niche in ancestral skills and working with it helps us connect with the greater gifts of our animal kin.
during this class we will select appropriate bone pieces to shape into needles, a useful tool to further shape our world
Minimal close contact required, mask at your discretion

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Saturday

AFTERNOON

BEESWAX CANDLE MAKING - JT STOKES

Sacred, mysterious, and incredibly useful - beeswax is embedded in our human story.

Come learn the science of pouring & dipping 100% beeswax candles.
We’ll discuss crucial temperature ranges, safety, and calculating burn time. This workshop will include tips for selecting your wax-to-wick ratio and avoiding surface imperfections. I’ll also cover essential tools and low-waste strategies for this craft.

We’ll talk about tips for pouring ‘perfect,’ single-pour candles in indoor kitchens. Our main focus will be dipping taper candles.
Each attendee will dip a taper set (2 candles).

(Children under 12 OK if accompanied by an adult. Max 2 children per guardian.)

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BLACK STEATITE SOAPSTONE PENDANT NECKLACE - CAMPERBOB JARRELL

Black Steatite Soapstone is a durable and easily worked stone that can be shaped and polished into a beautiful pendant necklace, bracelet, animal spirit effigy, rear view mirror bangle or fire drill spindle stone. This class will provide you with an appropriately sized piece of high-grade steatite and all the necessary items to go from roughly sawn pre-form rectangle to finished work of art, and your choice of (animal or vegetable) free range, organic cordage material to tie it to whatever you deem fitting. For those students interested in the more abstract qualities of existential and ontological representation of conceptual imagery the instructor will also be sharing what he has learned in some forty some-odd years of studio stone carving and art making in general.

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DEER HUNTING BASICS, ETHICS, HONORING AND PRESERVING THE WHOLE ANIMAL - ALEX KILGORE

Discussion style class so bring your notebook if ya got one. We'll talk all about this amazing animal and all the different ways to honor its body, whether it be harvested consciously or roadkill. How do we hunt in a better way than the cultural norm? How do we get started if we do not have a teacher? How, why, when and where do we choose to hunt? How do we make the most of what has been taken and what are all the options?

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ECOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY WALK WITH TODD ELLIOTT - TODD ELLIOTT

This class will focus on the interconnected nature of organisms and how these relate to our understanding of the world around us. We will explore the plant, fungal, and animal communities, including identification of mushrooms, plants, and other organisms. A deeper understanding of these organisms makes us more effective foragers and land stewards.

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FLINT KNAPPING - JAMES CLINKSCALES

In this class we will explore bipolar percussion and other forms of the reduction process of flintknapping like direct and indirect percussion, pressure flaking and more!
The ability to make tools is essential for more than surviving but more importantly, thriving!

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FORAGING IN RIGHT RELATION: AN HONORABLE HARVEST - EMMA SAVAGE

Come learn what it means to engage in an "honorable harvest," and discuss the basic concepts of sustainability and reciprocity through the lens of Indigenous foraging practices.

If you are looking to deepen your relationships to plants as relatives, learn about the metaphysical/conscious properties of Nature and the Elements, or step-up your intentions and offerings as forager/herbalist/permaculturist, this might be the class for you!


What to bring:

Something comfy to sit on
An open mind
Maybe a cup for tea
Offerings for the fire are welcome (Tobacco/cedar/sage/sticks, etc.)

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MEADMAKING: MYTH MAGIC MIRTH AND MEDICINE - WADE BURLEY

Mead (honey wine) may be the first fermented beverage enjoyed by early homonids (humans). It is more than a drink; it is a story woven from a web of many connections to nourish our gratitude, wonder, and wildness.

Along with some history and folklore, we will make a class mead, with hands-on instruction and step by step process for aspiring alchemists. Carboys and honey will be available to make your own mead for an additional materials fee of TBD.


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MEDICINAL PLANT WALK - BOB LINDE

Bob will explore the local trees and plants with an emphasis on medicinal and spiritual properties of the plant. Bob brings his 25 years of clinical practice and life time of living in the tropics. We found a range of interesting plants last year and each year something unique will reveal itself. Bring camera or note pad to record finds. or book to press samples. Dress for weather and terrain

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NATURAL SOAP MAKING - LEIGH-ANN DRAHEIM

Learn artisan soap making!
In this hands-on class, we will be making a batch of all-natural cold-process soap. We will go over safety, equipment, ingredients, recipes, and procedures. While we stir up the batch, we will discuss “add-ons” to customize your recipes, and ways to make your soap fun and pretty. Soap is vegan-friendly although we can discuss the use of other oils/fats etc. 
Participants will take home a "cupcake" bar of soap. Older kids are welcome with adult supervision, we will be working with lye which can cause burns if one is not careful! 

Long sleeves and eye protection (sunglasses are fine!) are recommended and gloves too if you have them (all optional). If you have essential oils you want to use to scent your soap, bring those as well (I will also have some available to use)
Once you learn the basics, you can experiment with other fun combinations, and never buy a bar again!

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PREHISTORIC POTTERY CLAY PLAY - TURN STONE

Prehistoric Pottery Clay Play class teaches you, through discussion with Turnstone, how to find, assess, modify, build, fire and cook with clays that you can find in the wild as well as with store bought clay. This is a come and go as you wish class. The firing has already happened, so come and play with clay!

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PRIMITIVE TRAPS AND SNARES - JUSTIN COOK

We will make some snares , traps , and deadfalls. Bring A sharp knife and some cordage.

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SELF-LOVE CEREMONY - ALINAHH EVER

We will talk about and experience elements of a self-love ceremony such as a marriage to one’s self. The need for this rite of passage seems to grow more and more. As we struggle with being in healthy happy relationships with each other, especially intimate ones, we come to the realization that loving ourselves is a crucial foundation. Being witnessed and supported in this rite grounds it in much deeper. I have married myself several times (and once in a larger group ceremony where we each had the opportunity to be witnessed in speaking vows) and they have been powerful touchstones for me and my life’s journey. We’ll support each other to plan a ceremony and we’ll participate in a visualization to receive support from beloved ancestors. And we’ll have some time in nature to write vows. We’ll also sing some beautiful self-love songs.

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SMALL HAND BROOMS - EMILY HEMEYER

Make a small handheld broom with homegrown broomcorn and natural fibers. Discover what kinds of fiber can be used to make brooms. We will use broomcorn I grew myself, some commercial varieties, and other foraged materials. There will be an option to add additional trinkets and special objects. $20-$35 depending on materials chosen.

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SOUTHEASTERN STYLE MOCCASIN MAKING - JEFF GOTTLIEB

Part two of all day class. We will take our buckskin pieces and learn to apply the three stitches using buckskin lacing and a needle awl. By the end of the day students should have soft, quiet, beautiful well-fitting footwear to show off!

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STORYTELLING MEETS TRUTHTELLING - GRANDMOTHER, FORMERLY SANGOMA OLUDOYE

As we gather in the information and unearth the truths buried or hidden from our conscious view we are better able to shift into the adjustments and upgrades that recalibrate...where we are going and how to get there with Grace, ease and innerpeace. These offerings are designed for those that are wise in and in season to tune "up" their inner PGS! Isn't it time for an upgrade to your Personal Guidance System?


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THAI BODYWORK - ERIC BLEVINS

This interactive healing art can be beneficial to both the giver and receiver. We will work on the feet, legs, hips, back, neck and head. It includes assisted stretching and giving pressure to certain parts of the body. Please bring a blanket or yoga mat to lay on and wear clothing that allows full range of motion. Certain injuries or other contraindications such as pregnancy may may prevent participation in some or all techniques taught in this class.

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TIMBER FRAMING - BARRON BROWN

continuing work on the timber frame

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VAN LIFE: CURATING A LOW EXPENSE LIFESTYLE OF SPONTANEITY - KENNEDY ONESELF

Curating a Low Expense lifestyle that connects us with nature and the spontaneity of life

With nearly 13 years of experience living in three different vans, Kennedy will share all his tips and tricks to making life on wheels smooth and exciting. This workshop also offers techniques towards reducing our financial dependency, which creates a more flexible life(e.g. His $26/mo unlimited data smart phone plan). When we learn how to spend less time earning for our expenses, we naturally explore our true passions.
Kennedy will share his incredible story of how eradicating his expenses and living a frugal and uncomfortable life for 6 years helped him discovered what he loves to do, how to use it to benefit others and how to make it into an abundantly thriving career. He still lives full time in his van, which has become his nationally touring music chariot, carrying his cozy home and over 60 musical instruments wherever he goes. He's chosen this because it makes nature feel more accessible, it supports spontaneity and exploration, it reduces life expenses, and because it's just so darn good.
Kennedy recently upgraded to a newer van, and now has even more information and insight to share about proper build out. Electrical, insulation, wood paneling, wood finishing, and more.
Instructors camp, white ford transit w/ wrap around windows.

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Saturday

EVENING

CAMPFIRE BOOGIE STORIES, SONGS, AND LORE CELEBRATING THE NATURAL WORLD - DOUG ELLIOTT

Join Doug and Todd Elliott for an evening of stories and songs.

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Sunday

EARLY MORNING

PODFLOW ONE YOGA - MAKEDA MEEKS

Classes embody the true spirit of vinyasa yoga, breath-synchronized movement. While podFLOW 1 provides a physical challenge, the class is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Classes begin with an active and intentional warm-up, and progress through sequences designed to build strength and flexibility. podFLOW 1 utilizes set sequences that change with the seasons to honor nature’s inherent rhythms.

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Sunday

MORNING

ART AS A PRACTICE OF OBSERVATION - SOLEIL OUIMET

In this class we will begin the practice of taking in information about the landscape that surrounds us in the form of artistic expression in a playful, explorative, and collaborative way. Students will take away a basic understanding of using nature connection, light, line, and color to create expressive landscape paintings and botanical drawings. We will use both conventional art supplies and natural materials. This is NOT a scientific precise drawing class, although all styles and skill levels are welcome and encouraged! Materials will be provided.

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BEGINNER MUSHROOM ID (NOT A WALK) - EMILY HEMEYER

Learn the basics of fungi identification by focusing on key characteristics. We'll examine preserved specimens from the Wild Seed Field Museum and fresh fungi (if available). You'll learn how to do a spore print and do basic preservation- dehydrating, tinctures, canning, etc. Other uses for fungi will be discussed, including Wild Seed's fungi for dye research. Zines and class material provided.

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COMING OF AGE: A CONVERSATION & CELEBRATION OF GIRLS GROWING INTO WOMANHOOD. - TARA RAWSON

FINISH PROJECTS - BARRON BROWN

don't go home with unfinished projects

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GRAFTING 101 - ERIC LEWIS

An introduction to grafting! We will go over several types of grafts and students will have the opportunity to graft their very own avocado ($10 fee if you want to take home a grafted avocado)

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INTRODUCTION TO FOOD PRESERVATION TECHNIQUES - WENDY DAVIS


In this class we will go through a variety of food preservation techniques and the tools you need to do each. This will be an introductory class to get you familiar with the tools you do or do not need, since each process can be many classes long about all the different recipes and methods.
Some of the techniques we will discuss and cover: solar and machine dehydration, smoke house (or box), water bath canning, pressure canning, lacto-fermenting, meads, vinegars, tinctures, brining or pickling. Whew. And there are still more!
The purpose of this class is to give ideas of when each techniques are best used and for what foods, and dispell some of the fears and pressures surrounding learning how to do these things.
Bring your questions and ideas, spoons and cups. There will be tasting! What a great way to nourish our bodies and minds on a Sunday morning….
Suggested donation of 10.00 towards sampling foods from our family pantry
Class limit 15

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MUSIC, MEDITATION, BREATH-WORK & TONING - KENNEDY ONESELF

We’ll discuss the practice of becoming more conscious in the present moment, and connecting to the inexhaustible inner well-spring of peace.
We’ll use breath-work and vocal toning as meditation techniques, and then listen to the sounds of instruments from around the world as we play with our consciousness to see if we can encourage the mind towards stillness. We’ll be bathed in sound by African and Asian harps, various flutes, didgeridoos, singing bowls, handpan and more, by nationally touring sound bath artist, Kennedy OneSelf, who has devoted more than a decade to meditation music.

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NATURE AWARENESS GAMES - SCOTT KARAS

Games for all ages! In this class we will play games that use play as a method to hone in our nature awareness skills. Learn to sharpen your senses, deepen your connection to nature, and develop your intuition all while having fun! Children 8 and up welcome as well as adults with inner children. Through games and play, we will discover ways of being and moving in the world that bring us into deeper connection with ourselves and our environment.

I will also go over tips for leading these games so you can bring them back to your families and communities.

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PINE PITCH RECIPE - JAMES CLINKSCALES

Pine pitch was first used by neanderthals for hafting stone tools to wooden shafts.
In this class we will discuss other uses for pitch glue like making sandpaper, drinking vessels and make pine pitch glue sticks with a proven recipe!

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PREHISTORIC POTTERY CLAY PLAY - TURN STONE

Prehistoric Pottery Clay Play class teaches you, through discussion with Turnstone, how to find, assess, modify, build, fire and cook with clays that you can find in the wild as well as with store bought clay. This is a come and go as you wish class. The firing has already happened, so come and play with clay!

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RIVETING 102: MAKING SHEATHS FOR SHARP OR POINTY THINGS - GRAY TAYLOR

Bring whichever tool you possess that needs protection from the elements, during your time we shall layout patterns for said tool, cut rawhide and vegetable tanned leather for your sheath and talk about several different sheath construction styles in which you may choose to construct your own sheath.

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SPINNING WHEEL BASICS (DEMO) - JESSICA KAUFMAN

Using a wooden spinning wheel, enjoy a talk on the history of humans spinning wool fibers into usable yarn, the science of twist & plies, different characteristics of animal & plant fibers (microns) and how those qualities relate to the finished looks, feel, and structure of the yarns they create, their dyeability, and a little into the chemistry of dyeing cellulotic (plant) fibers versus protein (animal) fibers. The essential parts of the wheel will be introduced, demonstration of how to spin and how to ply, and interested folks can have a go at it. A small number of drop spindles will be available for folks to play with, but this is not a drop- spindle class. There will be finished yarns for folks to examine & compare, plus wool fibers in various phases of their processed states.

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SPOON CARVING WITHOUT BARRON - NICHOLAS PARKER

We’ll be taking a regular piece of wood and turning it into a beautiful spoon.

Bring your own tools if available(hatchets, knives, gouges, hook knives, ect.)

If you don’t have your own knife(Kaleb sells Mora knives for a good price on the store.)

5$ per piece of wood.

Age limit is dependent on ability to be self aware while using a potentially dangerous tool. Younger then 12 allowed at instructor discretion.

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SURVIVING IN THE WILD - JUSTIN COOK

A tutorial in surviving off the landscape, the gear needed and how to use it. This class is based on my experience surviving 21 days in the Arctic forests of Norway. Bring your gear!

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THAI BODYWORK - ERIC BLEVINS

This interactive healing art can be beneficial to both the giver and receiver. We will work on the feet, legs, hips, back, neck and head. It includes assisted stretching and giving pressure to certain parts of the body. Please bring a blanket or yoga mat to lay on and wear clothing that allows full range of motion. Certain injuries or other contraindications such as pregnancy may prevent participation in some or all techniques taught in this class.

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TOOL SHARPENING AND CARE FOR GENERATIONS - MATTHEW COLOMBO

Is your tool not working like it did when you got it, or has it never been working properly for you?
Do you know your tool isn't working right, and don't know how to get it working?
Do you want to know how to take care of your tools and what tools you might want to take care of your tools?
Have your sharpening sessions left you not knowing if your tool was sharper before you started sharpening?
Have some basic sharpening skills but want to sharpen your sharpening skills?

Come on down...

to this hands-on workshop with your tool and create glistening, sharp cutting edges or, for a very neglected tool, a solid start and a path forward to finishing the job. We will also discuss how to take care of your tools so that you can pass them down to your friends, enemies, and family for generations.

This class will be focused on the principles and practice of sharpening tools with one edge. However, if you have basic sharpening skills and have something like a hand saw or chain saw (and have the file and depth gauge for the chainsaw), I can get you going on that project as well.

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WILDERNESS FIRST AID WITH FLORIDA PLANTS - BOB LINDE

This class will look at the unique plants of Florida and there effective use in acute first aid issues. We will explore some of the lesser known yet common plants found in Florida and the Caribbean. We will explore plants such as Gumbo Limbo, Mahogany, Castor, Lignum vitae, ground mimosa, Spanish Needles and many more.

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