Classes/Schedule

Our Daily Schedule is as follows:

Each day at the Florida Earthskills Gathering starts with a community breakfast at around 7:30 (Wednesday's breakfast will be at 8). Morning Circle is at 9:00am (10 am on Wednesday). Aside from a later start on the first day (Wednesday) morning and afternoon classes are held from 10:00 am – 12 noon and from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Lunch is on your own and dinner is served around sunset. Breaks leave time for games, trade circles, and visits to the AnceSTORE. Each morning opens with sunrise yoga, and evenings are rich with live acoustic music, drumming, dancing, storytelling, and friendship around the fire circles.

We’ll ring a bell to let you know when meals are ready, and we’ll blow a conch to open and close workshop blocks. A central info board provides class listings, directions to class locations, and other important information about the gathering.

Our Closing Circle is at 5pm Sunday.

We understand that participants would like to be able to plan to attend the classes that most interest them, however, classes inevitably get shifted around as the schedule takes shape. The tentative 2018 class schedule is listed below, please remember that the schedule is Always Subject to Change.

Sign-up for classes takes place on site the night before, and the day of, the class.

To see the growing list of 2018 instructors click here. The list will appear in a new tab in your browser.

To see the 2018 class description click on the class name.
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Many adult classes permit older children and teens to attend, as indicated by the age limit in the class description. Our Youth Program schedule will also be posted at the event. We have lots of great youth teachers coming back from last year who are looking forward to creating an awesome experience for all ages!

Adult Classes

 

Wednesday (2/7/2018) - Afternoon

Alexander Ojeda

Applying Permaculture Principles to Our Real Life

Learn how to apply permaculture principles to your everyday life. When we solve problems, the permaculture toolbox helps you to create tools as well as use tools that have been created from all over the world to solve these problems. It's a philosophy as well as a real-world, hands-on approach that's designed to help you to prosper by being more connected with nature's processes.

We'll talk about off-grid, nutrient dense and non-toxic solutions for fuels and energy, food production, water, home construction, personal relationships, getting healthy and staying healthy and much more.

We all need hope and hope starts with having a plan. Permaculture is a great way to design that plan.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 30

Tara Rawson

Ferment Your Own Fertilizers

Learn how to ferment your own fertilizers! You can use the plant and animal refuse around you to create microbe rich ferments that will regenerate the life in your soil and make nutrients bio-available to the plant beings in your garden. Our species has depleted the soil for too long and now it's up to us to go back to regeneration. We have to put life back in the soil that feeds us. I will cover several different garden ferments for different purposes. Some for root growth. Some for veg and some for bloom and fruit. We will cover everything from a simple aloe ferment to fermented fish guts! Your relationship with the plants around you is about to get taken up a notch!
*Bring a small container if you'd like to take home samples.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

James Clinkscale

Flintknapping /stone tools

Stone tools manufacture process from start to finish. In this class you will be shown hands on techniques for reducing and shaping stone tools including hammerstones for percussion and pressure flaking with Ishi stick. Advanced knappers can take it to the next level!

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class will be an introduction to the world of weapon throwing, with safety being paramount above all else.
I'm not an amazing thrower myself, I'm really just trying to provide an environment for practice and the satisfaction that comes from being able to accurately toss a weapon where you like.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $1
Class Size: 15

Todd Kershaw

Knife Sharpening

Knife Sharpening. Bring a non-serrated, fixed blade or locking knife. You may also have the option to purchase a sharpening stone to take home with you for $10.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 12

Maria Minno

Magical Methods for Allergy Elimination

A magical treatment to eliminate allergies and autoimmune problems in yourself and your loved ones. We will work in pairs to learn this non-invasive, gentle but powerful technique involving hands-on energy transfer to specific points on the body. Followed by a discussion about nurturing a healthy immune system.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 12

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery

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.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Colleen Casey

The Art of Un Ravel

Fiber Artist Welcomed!!! Do you enjoy working with beautiful fibers; wool, cashmere, angora, and silk? I will show you how to unravel a sweater to recycle the beautiful fibers for your next project. Learn how to unmake a sweater, skein the yarn and prepare it for your next fiber project. This yarn can then be used in some of the natural dye classes offered later in the week. Class fees only apply if you take a sweater to dismantle and keep the yarn.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 15

Joan Candalino

Tipi Living Skills

Learn about the Cheyenne/Sioux style tipi, its construction, set-up, and skills for living in the tipi.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Wednesday (2/7/2018) - Late-afternoon/ evening

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class will be an introduction to the world of weapon throwing, with safety being paramount above all else.
I'm not an amazing thrower myself, I'm really just trying to provide an environment for practice and the satisfaction that comes from being able to accurately toss a weapon where you'd like.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $1
Class Size: 15

Joan Candalino

Tipi Living Skills Discussion

Discussion of skills for living in the tipi, design elements of different peoples, construction elements, adjusting for fire/rain/snow, what goes where, managing fire, ideas for longer term living, etc. around the fire in the tipi in the evening.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Thursday (2/8/2018) - Morning

Dave Cooper

Cooking in a Big Iron Cauldron

We will cook (and eat!) using a big ole cast iron cauldron. We will discuss using and caring for cast iron, cooking over the fire and participants can share some of their favorite recipes, cooking methods and experiences

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Maria Minno

Happy Foods: Nutrition for Mental Health and Well-Being

This will be an informed discussion about the connection between nutrition and mental health. We will share experiences, and discuss how traditional and primitive foods affect our moods and bring joy, happiness and clarity into our life.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class will be an introduction to the world of weapon throwing, with safety being paramount above all else.
I'm not an amazing thrower myself, I really just try to provide an environment for practice and the satisfaction that comes from being able to accurately toss a weapon where you like.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: $1
Class Size: 15

Samuel Thayer

Making Hickory Milk and Nut Oils

Hickory milk is a traditional food of eastern North America that has been consumed for thousands of years. It was a staple before corn was brought to this region, and remained a staple afterward, taking the place that dairy products did in European diets. Pounding whole nuts and making milk is a much more labor-efficient way to consume hickory nuts than cracking and shelling. We'll talk about identifying the different kinds of hickory nuts that are suitable for making milk, how to store them, and equipment for making this delicious drink. Then we'll go through the process of making a batch of our own with a wooden mortar and pestle. We'll also talk about the related but little-known tradition of making oil from hickory nuts and acorns. We'll discuss how to do all of this with modern and primitive methods, and you'll get to taste a sample of hickory oil.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Joan Candalino

Native American style beadwork

Learn lane stitch, edging stitches, and 3 applique stitch techniques to embellish your buckskin. Depending on interest, we may start on a small medallion or other project, to finish through the day.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 6

Colleen Casey

Natural Dyeing: Eco Printing

Eco-printing is a technique where plants, leaves, and flowers leave their shapes, color, and marks on fabric through the application of pressure and heat. We will harvest plant material locally to create our bundles. This class will start in the morning with a short walk to harvest plant material, then participants will create a plant and fabric bundle, wrapped tightly in a string. The big reveal happens after 6 hours or more of boiling to extract the color, shape, and texture of the plant material used in each bundle. Projects will be available to pick up at the following morning circle. Linen scarves, cotton tee shirts, wool squares and bamboo socks will be available to use by participants, fees are based on the item participants use for the project and range from $5 - $10

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 20

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery

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.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Doug Elliott

Spinning Silk from Wild Native Silk Moth Cocoons

Spinning Silk from Wild Native Silk Moth Cocoons

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 10

Maurice White

The Art of The Coconut

The class will begin with a friendly game of Cocoball out in the field near the class station. The winning team will get first choice of coconuts. Once you have your coconut you will learn to break open a coconut with your bare hands, drink the water, eat the meat, and then make bowls, utensils and art from the shell. A real primal experience! Come join the fun and learn a beach skill!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Todd Kershaw

Wood Selection and Tool Handle Making

First Five people to sign up can take this all day class and make their own tool handle. Additional students are encouraged to come to the first part of the class for a demonstration, and to learn concepts about wood selection, harvest, seasoning and care of staves for bow making and tool handles. Bring your own blanks for making tool handles, and the heads of tools you would like to make the handle for. You can buy a blank for $10 and up, price depends on the tool.
No class fee if you bring your own to carve.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: $10
Class Size: 5

Bill Parravano

Working out the Kinks: Neck & Shoulders

Teach your body to recover faster after primitive & homesteading skills.

Got a sore, stiff, tight, achy, or painful neck and shoulders? Then this class is for you!

Learn the secrets of your body's nervous system. You will walk away from this class with a working knowledge of how to eliminate tension in these areas of your body no matter what your age.

Bring your own pillows, blankets and yoga mats to get the most benefit out of this class

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Thursday (2/8/2018) - Afternoon

Kelly Gaskill

Basics of Natural Dyes

In this class we'll be brewing up some magic in the dye pots! Come learn about the wide range of color found in eastern plants and mushrooms and techniques used for color extraction. Most of the plant material will be from WNC, but there will be samples gathered from around the site to experiment with too! We will explore the basic techniques of natural plant and mushroom dyes on silk, wool and cotton using different mordants and modifiers. Some fabrics and yarn will be provided (for a small fee $2-$8), or bring something small to put in the dye pot!

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $2
Class Size: 12

Jeff Gottlieb

Cordage College

Everything you ever wanted to know about making rope and string from natural plant or animal fibers. Book available from instructor for $10 if desired.

Age Limit: 14 and up
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Nicholas Parker

Dumpster Diving Discussions

This class will be an open forum discussion about the moral and physical disgusts related with dumpster diving. We will go into what can be found in urban dumpsters and what parameters one should follow in order to retain a low profile. We will discuss how to ensure the image of one in the dumpster can remain such that allows one to continue without recourse. How does one remain independent when one is thriving on the waste of an unsustainable system? How do we retain our aboriginal mindset without becoming dependent on the very systems we oppose?

Come drop by and discuss the details of how we can recycle, reuse, and still remain primitive.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class will be an introduction to the world of weapon throwing, with safety being paramount above all else.
I'm not an amazing thrower myself, I'm really just trying to provide an environment for practice and the satisfaction that comes from being able to accurately toss a weapon where you like.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $1
Class Size: 15

Sara Callaway

Peacemaking

What is peace? How do we cultivate it? What are the many elements that go into peaceful relations? Come explore an 8 shields approach to Peacemaking. If you deeply desire more peace in your relationships and in your community, this conversation can support your journey. There is an Iroquois legend of an extraordinary man - the Peacemaker - whose vision of peace among his people ended decades of war among the five tribes and established a lasting peaceful democracy that inspired the founders of the United States of America. Come tap into the roots of peace that are our heritage.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery

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.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Samuel Thayer

Seeing the World through a Plants Eyes

This isn't a plant walk to show you WHAT; it's to help you understand WHY. Why are some plants evergreen? What is the purpose of compound versus simple leaves? Why are conifers straighter than hardwoods? Why are plants hairy? Why are some plants edible and others poisonous? Why are some habitats full of food while others have little? You will learn to see plants in a new way, where every feature of their bodies is a clue to their behavior, their needs, and their specialty. Learn to understand their economics. Every plant has a strategy. And everything we know about a plant was learned from someone observing it. Learn to make those observations yourself, so that you can learn beyond what the books teach you, directly from the plants.

Age Limit: 16 and older
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 18

Alexander Ojeda

Super Efficient Fire Starting with Everyday Things

We will learn how to start fires with all manner of things. Lost your lighter and matches? Never fear! We'll learn how to source and store your tinder, kindling and fuel wood. How to get an ember. How to start that FIRST FIRE and then how to make every fire from then on super easy to start! We will build a rocket stove with a shovel and demonstrate some efficient fire making skills while using permaculture principles! We'll also cook up some veggie stew in a camp cauldron and share a snack!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Todd Kershaw

Tool Handle Making

Continuation of morning class. This afternoon session is for working on the tool handles started in the morning.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: $10
Class Size: 5

Thursday (2/8/2018) - Late-afternoon/ evening

Alinahh Ever

Evening Songcircle

We will be singing and sharing songs related to our beautiful earth, songs that connect us to our souls and to eachother. We will invoke the magic of communal singing, celebrating life and opening hearts. The songs are multicultural and tell a story of earth-conscious living. These songs support our own empowerment, strengthen our community, and foster personal and planetary renewal. Through song, we come home to ourselves and our birthright as a singing species. Bring a song or just your lovely self. This will be in the evening around the fire. No singing experience necessary. All ages welcome. No size limit

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Tara Rawson

Womens Circle

Sisters, let's gather together for an evening discussion on self care, herbs for women, stages of life, sexual empowerment and everything that makes us WOMAN! Nothing is taboo and everything is on the table. We will circle up in ceremony and each woman will have the opportunity to share their story. There will be songs shared, tears shed, comfort and compassion extended, and much laughter together.
All ages of maiden, mother and crone are welcome. There will be medicinal chai and herbal chocolate offered for all. Sistren UNITE!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Friday (2/9/2018) - Early-morning

Tara Rawson

Partner Yoga Playshop

Start your day with an energizing yoga practice with your fellow earthlings! We will start this class with trust exercises, strength building and stretches, then move into partner yoga work that involves stacking and flying. This class is designed for all levels and it will connect you to the earthskills community and develop friendships for the weekend and hopefully the rest of our lives! This will be accessible for beginners to learn the basics of acro yoga and more experienced yogis will have a good time calibrating and working on drills. Drills make skills! This class is offered most days of the gathering but each class is different and will have a different focus. It also coincides with breakfast but we will end right on time for you to get your plate of food to eat before opening circle (or during circle). Bring a yoga mat, blanket, towel or tapestry and an open heart ready to connect!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Friday (2/9/2018) - Morning

Raven Moondance

Creating Healing Ceremony: Calling in the 4 Directions

Inspired by Shamanic Native American Traditions, we will explore the cycles of the natural world. The Four Directions and Four Elements are tools for creating a deeper connection to the Earth, to Spirit and for healing ourselves and Mother Earth. Bring any rattles, drums, instruments and together we will co-create a healing ceremony.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Maurice White

Food from coconuts

Learn to make grilled coconut; coconut pulp for smoothies, coconut encrusted meat, fish, etc.; coconut milk; coconut butter; coconut oil, and much more. Learn about the wonderful health benefits of this wonder nut!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class will be an introduction to the world of weapon throwing, with safety being paramount above all else.
I'm not an amazing thrower myself, I'm really just trying to provide an environment for practice and the satisfaction that comes from being able to accurately toss a weapon where you like.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $1
Class Size: 15

Eric Blevins

Knot, a beginner class

Learn some basic knots and hitches that can be used for many applications. In this class we'll learn the figure 8, figure 8 on a bight, bowline, girth hitch, clove hitch and sheet bend.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Marie-Lies Van Asten

Making Cold Process Soap

Learn to make cold process soap using oils, water, sodium hydroxide and natural dyes. Everyone will take a bar of soap home.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $3
Class Size: 10

Dave Cooper

Making Cool Things from Junk

We will discuss using free discarded items to make cool and useful things ... topics include dumpster-diving, reclaimed pallets, plastic advertising signs, zip ties, trash found along roadsides etc. Associated topics: Low cost travel tips, finding free food and how to live in your car.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Colleen Casey

Natural Dyeing: Boil Boil

During this class, we will prepare various dye material harvested from the land to create at least three vats of natural dyes. Participants may want to dye multiple small skeins of yarn in each vat because many colors can be overdyed or modified to change their color. Due to the unpredictability of harvesting from nature, I will bring Osage orange (Yellow), Walnut (Brown), and Eucalyptus (Orange), to use in the event that there are limited on-site resources. I will have skeins of yarn, squares of wool fabric, and linen scarves for the participant to pick from. We will discuss the different processes for mordanting cellulose (linen) and protein (wool) fibers. You may want to bring rubber or latex gloves, pruners, a sharp knife and a seat. Class fee will range based on the materials participants use.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 8

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery

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.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Nathaniel Cajudo

Self Defense and Weapons Disarming

This will be the first of three classes of an introduction into Filipino Martial Arts. It is not required to attend all three courses but it is recommended. This is a reality-based self-defense and survival Martial Art (not a fighting class) based on edged, impact weapons and empty hand techniques. All levels are welcome, no experience necessary. We will review different reality based scenarios of room evacuation, diffusing altercations, surviving a weapon attack, as well as sexual assault defense for women and men. Wear comfortable clothing, please leave your egos behind and empty your cup. If under 13, please bring parent.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for age 12 and under
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

James Clinkscale

Stone tools

Stone tools manufacture process from start to finish. In this class you will be shown hands on techniques for reducing and shaping stone tools including hammerstones for percussion and pressure flaking with Ishi stick. Advanced knappers can take it to the next level!

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Angie Minno

The Abundance and thrift of raw dairy

For many years I've raised pastured dairy animals and have learned to make the most of the abundance of their beautiful raw milk. Here I will share my experiences with successfully making butter, cheese, yogurt, and kefir, with some hands- on demonstration! I also hope to have some kefir grains to share.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Maria Minno

The Magic of the Emotions: Discovering and harnessing the power of your emotions

Your emotions are imbued with deep wisdom and great power. You can tap into this resource. Learn a method for exploring the meaning behind your emotions. Then use a simple energetic technique to harness the power of your emotional body. These tools will help you understand yourself and others better. They will allow you to turn automatic, involuntary behavior patterns into appropriate responses, so you can live in a more natural and harmonious way.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 12

Alinahh Ever

Tuning & Toning

We will work with ancient Essene and Vedic practices that connect us deeply with our hearts and use our voices to tune in to ourselves and all creation. Toning and tuning our voices, we will move into using sacred sounds to soothe the soul and raise our vibration. We will end with beautiful songs in several languages that are intended to heal humans and send our love to Mama Earth. No singing experience or ability necessary. These are practices to honor your self and become a full member of the singing species that we are.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Joan Candalino

Twined Bags

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

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 6

Todd Kershaw

Wood Selection and Tool Handle Making

First Five people to sign up can take this all day class and make their own tool handle. Additional students are encouraged to come to the first part of the class for a demonstration, and to learn concepts about wood selection, harvest, seasoning and care of staves for bow making and tool handles. Bring your own blanks for making tool handles, and the heads of tools you would like to make the handle for. You can buy a blank for $10 and up, price depends on the tool.
No class fee if you bring your own to carve.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: $10
Class Size: 5

Doug Elliott

Woodslore, Weeds, and Useful Wild Plants Walk

Woodslore, Weeds, and Useful Wild Plants Walk

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Bill Parravano

Working out the Kinks: Hips & Lower Back

Teach your body to recover faster after primitive & homesteading skills.

Got a sore, stiff, tight, achy, or painful hips and lower back? Then this class is for you!

Learn the secrets of your body's nervous system. You will walk away from this class with a working knowledge of how to eliminate tension in these areas of your body no matter what your age.

Bring your own pillows, blankets and yoga mats to get the most benefit out of this class

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Friday (2/9/2018) - Afternoon

Sara Callaway

Applied Medicine Wheel Teachings - 8 Directions, 8 Shields

The rhythm of the natural world was once the rhythm that people lived by as well. Deep in our bones and psyches, I think we still expect things to unfold as they do in nature.
As the sun moves through the sky, as the seasons move through the year, energies awaken, increase, peak, decrease, and slumber again. So let's take a look at nature's map for life and see how it can help us navigate this journey. We'll use the lens of the 8 directions, the medicine wheel - a tool many cultures have used through time. We'll look at the energies of the 8 directions and how they are reflected in the natural cycles of a day, a year, plant life, human life, the life of a relationship, the life of a project, and more. And we'll discuss how we can tap into those energies to better understand and design for life experiences.


Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Joan Candalino

Beginner Finger Weaving

Hat band or strap made with a diagonal finger woven technique, using yarn. Bonus skill: cordage fringe. No materials fee if you bring your own yarn.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 6

Raven Moondance

Cord-Cutting Ceremony

A ceremony for cutting energetic "cords" to people, experiences, emotions and unhealthy patterns that may even come from other lifetimes or dimensions. It can serve to free up more energy for ourselves so that we can move forward in our lives and can also release and/or heal relationships. Bring a drum, rattle or instrument.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Sarah McComb

Drop Spindle Spinning

Using a simple drop spindle, learn how to create yarn from wool roving. We'll talk about wool preparation and spinning techniques, and you'll leave with a length of your own handspun yarn!

Drop spindles will be available for the class and can be purchased for $8 if you want to take it home. Drop-ins are fine, and you're welcome to bring your own materials if you like.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $3
Class Size: 10

Michael Adler

Foraging and eating wild yams

We will meet and depart on a field trip to Gainesville, where we will learn to identify and dig up invasive wild yams (Dioscorea alata, white yam/winged yam/edible air potato). We will return with our quarry and cook some of it in the late afternoon session at the teaching kitchen. If we find a lot, you can keep some if you want and cook it yourself later. Last year we dug up a hundred pound yam and students got to take home a lot of food. We will need people to volunteer their vehicles for a car-pool. The class fee will be paid to the drivers to cover gas, etc, as well as for gloves/oil/garlic etc. to cook the yams. Bring gardening-type gloves if you have them (shovels and loppers too).

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $3
Class Size: 15

Annie SewDev

Herbal First Aid

This class is about the role of herbal medicine in first aid, with an introduction to the use of herbs for various infections and wound care. Alongside herbs, we will discuss other tools (like conventional medicines) that are important to consider. This class will also touch on what situations we may want to prepare for when building a first aid kit. Herbalism and first aid go together like two flowers of the Partridge berry!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class will be an introduction to the world of weapon throwing, with safety being paramount above all else.
I'm not an amazing thrower myself, I'm really just trying to provide an environment for practice and the satisfaction that comes from being able to accurately toss a weapon where you like.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: $1
Class Size: 15

Kelly Gaskill

Prayer Flag Design using Natural Dyes

Using the eco-print technique of transferring shape and color from an array of botanicals, this class offers experimentation with a variety of plant material and design methods. We will also discuss the basics of dye plants, mordants and fibers. In the end you will create several squares to string up for your own prayer flags!
***Grab some flower blossoms on the way to the gathering if ya see some, it's fine if they wilt***
***Material fee- sliding scale $2-$8***

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

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery

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.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Nina Lombardo

Roots of Thai Massage

Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient form of bodywork therapy that integrates elements of yoga, massage, Ayurveda, and martial arts into a beautiful dance between giver and receiver. In this class, we will explore the foundations of Thai Yoga Massage through the art of play and movement, learning simple and effective massage techniques and assisted yogic stretches that will enrich our understanding of this ancient healing practice. In this exploration, we will deepen our knowledge of human anatomy, cultivate mindfulness and compassion, and rediscover the power of touch as a tool for growth and transformation.

Please bring a blanket or yoga mat to practice on!

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 30

Alexander Ojeda

Super Efficient Fire Starting With Everyday Things

We will learn how to start fires with all manner of things. Lost your lighter and matches? Never fear! We'll learn how to source and store your tinder, kindling and fuel wood. How to get an ember. How to start that FIRST FIRE and then how to make every fire from then on super easy to start! We will build a rocket stove with a shovel and demonstrate some efficient fire making skills while using permaculture principles! We'll also cook up some veggie stew in a camp cauldron and share a snack!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Todd Kershaw

Tool Handle Making

Continuation of morning class. This afternoon session is for working on the tool handles started in the morning.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: $10
Class Size: 5

Jeff Gottlieb

Wild Basketry

Make a useful and beautiful basket from wild vines, barks and fibers.

Age Limit: 14 and up
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 12

Friday (2/9/2018) - Late-afternoon/ evening

Doug Elliott

Campfire Boogie Stories, Songs, and Lore Celebrating the Natural World

Campfire Boogie – Stories, Songs, and Lore Celebrating the Natural World

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Michael Adler

Cooking wild yams

This is a continuation of the foraging and eating wild yams class. We will return with our yams to cook and eat them.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Raven Moondance

Cord-Cutting Ceremony

A ceremony for cutting unhealthy ties to people, experiences, emotions, and patterns that may even be from a past life or other dimensions. Free up your energy to move forward with a greater sense of empowerment. Often relationships are released and/or healed. Bring a drum, rattle or instrument

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Saturday (2/10/2018) - Early-morning

Jeff Gottlieb

Naturalist Expedition to Paynes Prairie

Join Jeff Gottlieb, Fuz Sanderson and other master naturalists to see birds, plants, geology and hydrology of an amazing unique area.

We will leave from the central fire right after breakfast, before morning circle.

Bring binocs, field guides, walking shoes. There is a small parking fee. We will carpool from camp. Must be able to walk a few miles.

The trip will not be all day, but we will be out through lunch time and will stop for lunch while out. Bring a lunch if desired, or we will stop at a restaurant.

We can split up so folks that want to attend afternoon classes won't be late for them.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: $1
Class Size: no limit

Tara Rawson

Partner Yoga Playshop

Start your day with an energizing yoga practice with your fellow earthlings! We will start this class with trust exercises, strength building and stretches, then move into partner yoga work that involves stacking and flying. This class is designed for all levels and it will connect you to the earthskills community and develop friendships for the weekend and hopefully the rest of our lives! This will be accessible for beginners to learn the basics of acro yoga and more experienced yogis will have a good time calibrating and working on drills. Drills make skills! This class is offered most days of the gathering but each class is different and will have a different focus. It also coincides with breakfast but we will end right on time for you to get your plate of food to eat before opening circle (or during circle). Bring a yoga mat, blanket, towel or tapestry and an open heart ready to connect!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Saturday (2/10/2018) - Morning

Marie-Lies Van Asten

5 Sewing Stitches you Must Know

Learn 5 basic sewing stitches while making a small pouch using felt, buttons and thread. Cost $2

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $2
Class Size: 10

Alexander Ojeda

Applying Permaculture Principles to Our Real Life

Learn how to apply permaculture principles to your everyday life. When we solve problems, the permaculture toolbox helps you to create tools as well as use tools that have been created from all over the world to solve these problems. It's a philosophy as well as a real-world, hands-on approach that's designed to help you to prosper by being more connected with nature's processes.

We'll talk about off-grid, nutrient dense and non-toxic solutions for fuels and energy, food production, water, home construction, personal relationships, getting healthy and staying healthy and much more.

We all need hope and hope starts with having a plan. Permaculture is a great way to design that plan.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 30

Doug Elliott

Bark Basketry

Make a basket out of folded tulip poplar bark using bark lacing and learn how to make basket splints from palm leaf-stems

Age 12+ (younger with parental supervision)

Bring a knife.

MATERIALS FEE $5-$25 (Depending on size)

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 18

Michael Adler

Blade sharpening part 1: theory

This is a serious class for serious students. It will involve a lengthy powerpoint-assisted lecture. This is a pre-requisite for the Blade Sharpening Practice class in the afternoon. Please be on-time because the lecture will take the entire two hours.
Description: Everything you ever wanted to know about sharpening, but didn't know how to ask. This course will cover the theory and methodologies of making metal edges sharp. Topics will include: the nature of, and ways to evaluate, sharpness/dullness, the functions of different types of bevels and edges, the nature of abrasives used in sharpening, the trade-offs inherent in blade geometry and metallurgy, and what happens, at a microscopic level, as a blade is sharpened. Students should leave the class knowing: in detail, what they are trying to accomplish when sharpening, what materials to acquire to sharpen their tools, how to practice sharpening, how to tell if they're doing it right. Bring your preferred equipment for taking notes.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Kelly Gaskill

Eco-Print Design using Natural Dyes

Using the eco-print technique of transferring shape and color from an array of botanicals, this class offers experimentation with a variety of plant material and design methods. We will discuss the basics of dye plants, mordants and fibers. In the end you will create an eco-print silk scarf with your botanical design! *** feel free to bring some flower blossoms or leaves ***

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $10
Class Size: 12

Maurice White

Free Dive Breathing Technique for deeper meditation

The instructor, Maurice White is an avid free diver who lives in the Bahamas. In this special class you will learn the art of breath holding which is very useful in hunting fish. Learn how to expand your lungs, relax your body, train your red blood cells to hold oxygen longer, and enter into a deeper meditative state. When the class is over you will have a greater sense of mindfulness and have a great skill to take with you to help you in times of stress.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Sarah McComb

Intro to Knitting

This introductory class is for folks who have always wanted to learn to knit, or who used to know how and want to get back into the craft. We'll cover a basic method of casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, binding off, and other elements of knitting if time allows. The class material fee includes a set of needles and enough cotton yarn for a washcloth.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 8

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class will be an introduction to the world of weapon throwing, with safety being paramount above all else.
I'm not an amazing thrower myself, I'm really just trying to provide an environment for practice and the satisfaction that comes from being able to accurately toss a weapon where you like.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $1
Class Size: 15

Eric Blevins

Knot, an advanced class

Come learn some more advanced knots and hitches. Some prior knowledge of knots is highly recommended. In this class we'll learn the butterfly, inline 8, trucker's hitch, Prusik hitch, and double deuce.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Dave Cooper

Making Simple Furniture from Pallets

We will demonstrate how to make a simple park bench from a discarded wooden pallet. This bench will be painted and donated to Little Orange Creek Nature Preserve following the gathering. We will talk about how to safely dismantle pallets, the environmental impacts of pallets (the pallet industry is - by far - the largest consumer of hardwoods in North America, and about 50 percent of wooden pallets are used only one time before being discarded), where to find good pallets and other ideas for simple pallet projects for your home, cabin, garden, your community park, etc.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 25

Alinahh Ever

Moontime & Menarche Ceremony

Imagine a world where young women are honored the first time that they begin bleeding (menarche). A world where women on their moontime (menstruation) are supported by the whole community to relax and dream and offer new visions. After experiencing a lot of painful cramps for some years, I decided to create a menarche ceremony for myself. I did research on ceremonies and how other cultures have supported women in this way. It was a beautiful ceremony with my sisters, and since then I have experienced very little pain and lots of joy during my moontime. This convinced me that ceremony is crucial to counter the permeating shame around women's bleeding, and for the healing of our culture. Let's create a ceremony together to honor menarche and our beautiful moontime. We'll include relevant songs and body art. This ceremony will help us heal our own relationship to our bodies and moontime, and deeply honor the maiden in us, as well as support us being there for the young women in our lives as they come into their menarche.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Angie Minno

Naturally Levened Breads

The basis of peasant diets for centuries, naturally leavened breads made from whole grains are a nourishing staple food for many people. Come learn how to properly prepare whole grains in the form of slow-rise sourdough and breads in various forms, and how these preparation methods increase the nutritional availability and flavor. Also including a discussion of making a starter culture and maintaining it, and some time saving alternatives. I hope to have some sourdough starter to share as well.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery Firing

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.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Nathaniel Cajudo

Self Defense and Weapons Disarming

This will be the second of three classes of an introduction into Filipino Martial Arts. It is not required to attend all three courses but it is recommended. This is a reality-based self-defense and survival Martial Art (not a fighting class) based on edged, impact weapons and empty hand techniques. All levels are welcome, no experience necessary. We will review different reality based scenarios of room evacuation, diffusing altercations, surviving a weapon attack, as well as sexual assault defense for women and men. Wear comfortable clothing, please leave your egos behind and empty your cup. If under 13, please bring parent.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for age 12 and under
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Saturday (2/10/2018) - Afternoon

Eric Blevins

Assisted Thai Yoga

Come learn the basics of this ancient healing art that is beneficial to the giver and receiver. It is very interactive and involves a lot of assisted stretching. We will practice working on the feet, legs, hips, back, shoulders and head. Please bring a blanket or yoga mat. Please be aware and notify the instructor of any contraindications that could be affected by the practice, such as injuries, pregnancy, diseases or other medical conditions.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Michael Adler

Blade sharpening part 2: guided practice

This class requires "Blade Sharpening Theory" as a pre-requisite. This is your chance to use some of my equipment and practice, while I watch and coach you. You must bring something to practice on (knife, ax, etc). Scissors and tiny pocket-knife blades are difficult for beginners. I recommend something with a wider blade. This class is 3 hours, so people can drift in and out. I will bring a number of sharpening platforms so many people can work on their tools at once, though I can really only pay close attention to one person at a time. Donations are appreciated to defray the costs of materials I bought for the class but not required.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Todd Kershaw

Fire Making: Egyptian Bow Drill and Tinderless Fire

Learn to make a friction fire with this modification of the bow drill method. You will also learn a method of lighting a fire using charcoal in place of a tinder bundle.
This is a hands on class for ages 13 and up. Bring a sharp knife.

Age Limit: 12 and under with adult
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 14

Sarah McComb

Fringe Beaded Earrings

Using traditional beading techniques like ladder stitch and brick stitch, we'll make a pair of fringed seed bead earrings. These earrings are very lightweight and can be customized to your taste.

Class fee includes beads, thread, needle, and earring wires.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $3
Class Size: 8

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class will be an introduction to the world of weapon throwing, with safety being paramount above all else.
I'm not an amazing thrower myself, I'm really just trying to provide an environment for practice and the satisfaction that comes from being able to accurately toss a weapon where you like.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $1
Class Size: 15

Colleen Casey

Natural Dyeing: Indigo Vat

We will create a chemical Indigo Vat, which will permanently dye protein or cellulose fiber blue.We will go over simple shibori style techniques of folding, pinching or sewing. Participants will be able to dip their project into the vat and watch the magical transformation that happens when the Indigo is exposed to oxygen. Indigo vats are sensitive to ambient temperature. Class Fee is dependent on what item(s) are selected for the Indigo vat: I will bring linen scarves, bamboo socks, cotton tee shirts and yarn.

Participants may want to bring
Chemical Gloves (latex or Rubber) the indigo will stain your hands blue
Small Plastic Bags or a bucket (for harvesting and or moving wet fibers)
Writing material and a notebook


Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 20

Sara Callaway

Peacemaking

What is peace? How do we cultivate it? What are the many elements that go into peaceful relations? Come explore an 8 shields approach to Peacemaking. If you deeply desire more peace in your relationships and your community, this conversation can support your journey. There in an Iroquois legend of an extraordinary man - the Peacemaker - whose vision of peace among his people ended decades of war among the five tribes and established a lasting peaceful democracy that inspired the founders of the United States of America. Come tap into the roots of peace that are our heritage.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery Firing

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.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Cali Janae

Prickly Pear for Food and Medicine

Several species of prickly pear cactus (Opuntia spp.) are common throughout Florida, the Southern United States and Mexico, both in the wild and in landscaping. Learn how to utilize these fascinating plants both as food and medicine. Botany and identification will be covered as well as processing techniques to avoid both the cactus spines and the ubiquitous prickly hairs, called glochids. Attendees will have the opportunity to removes spines and glochids using two different techniques. Please bring leather gloves and a knife to class for this purpose and please wear shoes. We will prepare burn medicine from the prickly pear and sample prickly pear pickles.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $2
Class Size: 15

Nicholas Parker

Primitive Mushroom Cultivation

We will begin with a short understanding of the fungal lifecycle as well as what species are best for home cultivation. We will discuss the basics of remediation and the possibilities it holds in the healing of scarred lands.
Once we have had our fill of fungal basics we will move into basic cultivation.
We will discuss
liquid culture techniques
pasteurization vs sterilization and the needed material differences
sawdust formulas and where to find them
inoculation of grain with liquid culture
inoculation of sawdust with grain/liquid culture
basics of outdoor cultivation (log raft for Reishi and Maitake, totem culture for Hericium and Oyster, Shiitake log stacks, ect.)

When you leave you will have a pint jar of sawdust spawn that we will inoculate in class and will understand how to expand it to larger quantities of fungal food.

There is no fee for this class but any donations towards class supplies is greatly appreciated and always needed.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 10

Maurice White

Shell Tool Making

Learn the ancient art of shell tool making.

This is a primal skill used by the indigenous indians of Florida and coastal regions of the United States and the Caribbean. This class is hosted by Maurice White and taught by the world's leading Caribbean Archaeologist and curator of the Caribbean Archaeology department of the Florida Museum of Natural History, Dr. William Keegan.

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/caribarch/meetbill.htm

This class will also have question and answer time.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

James Clinkscale

Stone tool technology

Stone tools manufacture process from start to finish. Make a projectile point with your own hands!
In this class you will be shown hands on techniques for reducing and shaping stone tools including hammerstones for percussion and pressure flaking with Ishi stick. Advanced knappers can take it to the next level!

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Sunday (2/11/2018) - Early-morning

Tara Rawson

Therapeutic Flying Thai

Start your day with an energizing and relaxing yoga practice with your fellow earthlings! We will start this class with trust exercises and stretches, then move into partner work that involves therapeutic flying and massage. This class is designed for all levels and it will connect you to the earthskills community and develop friendships for the weekend and hopefully the rest of our lives! This is a perfect way to end the weekend as you will get stretched and massaged and it will leave your body feeling better after a few days of travel and camping. It also coincides with breakfast but we will end right on time for you to get your plate of food to eat before opening circle (or during circle). Bring a yoga mat, blanket, towel or tapestry and an open heart ready to connect!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Sunday (2/11/2018) - Morning

Cali Janae

Herbal & Botany Ramble

An on-site plant walk discussing the botany, identification & uses of plants encountered on the trail. Focus will be on the medicinal uses and preparation of plants within the context of ecology and culture. Two of the Florida plants that we will discuss include gotu kola (Centella asiatica) and the prickly ash tree (Zanthoxylem clava-herculis). Be prepared to walk regardless of the weather and dress appropriately.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 30

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class will be an introduction to the world of weapon throwing, with safety being paramount above all else.
I'm not an amazing thrower myself, I'm really just trying to provide an environment for practice and the satisfaction that comes from being able to accurately toss a weapon where you like.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $1
Class Size: 15

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery Clay Play

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!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Nathaniel Cajudo

Self Defense and Weapons Disarming

This will be the last of three classes of an introduction into Filipino Martial Arts. It is not required to attend all three courses but it is recommended. This is a reality-based self-defense and survival Martial Art (not a fighting class) based on edged, impact weapons and empty hand techniques. All levels are welcome, no experience necessary. We will review different reality based scenarios of room evacuation, diffusing altercations, surviving a weapon attack, as well as sexual assault defense for women and men. Wear comfortable clothing, please leave your egos behind and empty your cup. If under 13, please bring parent.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for age 12 and under
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Nina Lombardo

Shakti Embodied: Sexual Yoga for Women

This feminine yogic practice is designed specifically for the attunement of your sexual body the focus being to awaken to, and gain direct access to, the innate force of divine pleasure that emanates from your center channel. In this class we work with breath, sound, and movement, both individually and interpersonally, to acquire the tools to cultivate and express sexual/creative energy (Shakti) in the body, developing a deeper relationship to the embodied Self and the ecstatic nature of your Being~

This class is for you if you are ready to…

* Express the fullness of your sexual energy
* Articulate the richness of your emotional depths
* Cultivate and refine your creative capacities
* Deepen your engagement with everyday life
* Bring a new, awakened sense of intimacy and connection to your sexual relationships

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 24

Alexander Ojeda

Sickle and Scythe for a Quieter, Happier and Cleaner Future

We will learn all about the traditional harvesting tools called a sickle and a scythe. When do we use them? How do we easily use them and get more done? How to we maintain their sharpness? How to source them and their parts? What to look for to get a great scythe and pay the least for it? Take the scythe back from the grim reaper and put 'em to work!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Grandma Koko

The Plan: A Concept in Building Permaculture based Homesteading Community

Live Rent Free, A Safe Place to BE
Homesteading is a community sport, it takes a village. Grandma KoKo is a displaced homesteader with a plan to assist the growth of Homesteading Eco-villages. Planned Homesteading Communities based on sustainable, earth friendly and locally-self-sufficient practices will provide rewarding livelihood and economic security. This is an appealing way to create ‘jobs’ on the local level. The PLAN is friendly, affordable and up-lifting. KoKo manages a web site dedicated to promoting the possibility of an Earth centered set of living arrangements, painting a brighter vision for our future. The Plan is called Live Rent Free, A Safe Place to BE, it offers details of the What, Why and How for Planned Homesteading Communities. Read it on-line or download the pdf file at moretocome.us. We are currently planning for implementing these settlements in Tennessee, Florida and Michigan based on The Plan.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Doug Elliott

Woodslore, Weeds, and Useful Wild Plants Walk

Woodslore, Weeds, and Useful Wild Plants Walk

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Bill Parravano

Working out the Kinks: Fingers, Hands, Wrists & Elbows

Teach your body to recover faster after primitive & homesteading skills.

Got a sore, stiff, tight, achy, or painful fingers, hands, wrists, forearms and elbows? Then this class is for you!

Learn the secrets of your body's nervous system. You will walk away from this class with a working knowledge of how to eliminate tension in these areas of your body no matter what your age.

Bring your own pillows, blankets and yoga mats to get the most benefit out of this class

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Sunday (2/11/2018) - Afternoon

Todd Kershaw

Fire Making: Egyptian Bow Drill and Tinderless Fire

Learn to make a friction fire with this modification of the bow drill method. You will also learn a method of lighting a fire using charcoal in place of a tinder bundle.
This is a hands on class for ages 13 and up. Bring a sharp knife.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 14

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class will be an introduction to the world of weapon throwing, with safety being paramount above all else.
I'm not an amazing thrower myself, I'm really just trying to provide an environment for practice and the satisfaction that comes from being able to accurately toss a weapon where you like.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $1
Class Size: 15

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery Clay Play

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!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Nina Lombardo

Restorative Thai Massage

The last day of the gathering is when we are usually very aware of our bodies' aches and pains. Come release some tension as we learn to exchange this ancient healing art of therapeutic touch. We will be learning massage techniques and assisted stretches that ground, nourish, and relax - with a focus on the low back, shoulders, and neck - so that we can help each other re-emerge into everyday life feeling RESTORED and REJUVENATED!

Please bring a yoga mat or blanket to practice on.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 30

Maria Minno

Using Water for Healing: Herbal Infusions, Mineral Baths, Magic and more

How to make herbal infusions, decoctions, homeopathics, mineral baths and other water magic for specific healing purposes. With Raven Moondance!

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 16

Angie Minno

Wound Care

A class detailing the care of different kinds of wounds with easily available home remedies and herbs, with focus on avoiding infection, best possible healing and an informed discussion about tetanus and antibiotics

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

 

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