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. Mornings may open 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 plan to attend the classes that most interest them, however, classes inevitably get shifted around as the schedule takes shape.  We are currently working on the 2020 class schedule shown below, so continue to check back as we add more instructors and classes.  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 list of 2020 instructors click here. The list will appear in a new tab in your browser.

To see Youth Village Programming click here.

To see the 2020 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.  The Youth Program is still taking shape. We will have the completed version posted on the info board at the gathering.  We have lots of great youth teachers who are looking forward to creating an awesome experience for all ages!

 

Adult Classes  

 

Wednesday (2/5/2020) - Afternoon

Fuz Sanderson

40 minute forks

Need sharp knife or can purchase one in class. Don't eat your salad with a spoon! This a wood carving gateway skill, we'll make a fork you can use in the wilderness, or in the office.

Age Limit: 13 and up
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 14

Matt Colombo

Animal Processing for Meat, Hides, and Life

Death feeds life, and life feeds death…come and be a part of this beautiful and ancient spiral. There are many ways to come upon an animal that may become part of your sustenance: hunting, the farm, the store, the side of the road. We will be processing an already dead squirrel and/or raccoon and/or possum in an honorable way. You are invited and encouraged to get hands on! The methods we use apply to larger mammals as well. We may start processing the hides if there is time and interest. Please bring a knife.

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

Class Size: 8

Eric Lewis

Beginners plant walk

An introduction to plant identification, wild edibles, and beginners botany.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Alex Howe

Beginners Poi, Flow Arts, and Safety First Fire Dancing

Have you ever achieved that thoughtless bliss while dancing or drumming?
There is a state of mind called Flow. Achieving it is one of the reasons we recreate, and I believe it is medicine 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...)
We'll discuss such things as:
-How to be a good Safety, in detail.
-What to wear (hint: natural fibers or nothing) and Not to wear (synthetics)
-We will practice extinguishing a lit prop.
-If you/we achieve certain things you may spin fire in class, or even at the main fire!

Youth over 7 with real interest are welcome.
Parental supervision to dance with fire required.
Fee is only for those using fuel.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $3
Class Size: 8

Ryan Ginsburg

Compost 101

Explore the world of controlled decomposition (composting) to use the natural or post-industrial/consumer materials around you to generate soil amendments, heat/hot water, cooking fuel and more! Erase the word waste from your vocabulary and rethink the sources of many types pollution.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 30

James Clinkscale

Flintknapping

Flintknapping basics. In this class we will practice different forms of reduction including percussion and pressure flaking. We will use stone,bone, antler and wooden tools for the reduction process. If you are already a flintknapping enthusiast you can step it up a notch and perhaps learn some new techniques! All levels are welcome!

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 15

Alexander Ojeda

How to think Permaculture

Learn to understand how to see things through the permaculture lens. When you have this lens, you can see everything from the perspective of a permaculture designer. Learn to build the tool that you need to solve problems for a better chance at the best possible outcome.

Energy efficiency, producing food and other needs, relationships, deciphering information

Come have a talk and see if we can start building a better future. It all starts with a plan.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

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: no limit

Adam Bailey

Rockin N Rollin Massage

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

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

Class Size: 12

Elise Damilatis

The 6 Steps of Healing

Come learn a truly integrative and holistic approach to healing and how to build a solid foundation of health from the bottom up. No silver bullets here - instead we are looking for lasting results. There will be a guided meditation, specific instructions on how to replace your vitamins nourishing herbal infusions, and a non-biased approach at integrating natural health with industrial medicines to get the best of both worlds. This class is the opposite of the band-aid approach to health and it is my desire that you leave feeling completely empowered.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Sara Hosburg

Weaving Cloth on a 4 Harness Floor Loom

Weaving on a floor loom is a whole body experience that can be rhythmically meditative and an efficient means of creating artistic fiber goods. The focus of this workshop will be learning the basics of how to weave with a 4 harness floor loom but other tidbits are included such as bobbin winding and set up. There are two patterns to try and you keep the piece of cloth that you have made. I have preset the warp on the loom with cotton and various other fibers donated from a reusable resources center. You can choose your weft(s) from an array of colors and fibers.

I have divided the class into one hour time slots so that each student's experience is one-on-one. Afternoon classes have 3) one hour time slots, one student can sign up for 1:30 to 2:30, one for 2:30 to 3:30, and one for 3:30 to 4:30. Students are welcome to stay and watch during the other students' time slots or leave to do other things. At the end of the class session, all of the students' cloth will be cut off of the loom and be ready to pick up.


Students are welcome to bring their own weft yarn but are required to bring nothing.

Age Limit: Age 9 and up.
Class Fee: $3
Class Size: 3

Wednesday (2/5/2020) - Late-afternoon/ evening

Jon Handelman

Stories of our Lives

Come join us at the ancestor fire as we tell stories about our lives. Have a story about how you became who you are? A love story? One of passionate daring adventure? Whatever you are called to share, join us at the fire, and feel free to ask our musicians to enhance the mood or to ask friends and participants to act it out to bring some dramatic flair.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 30

Thursday (2/6/2020) - Early-morning

Ami Le

Meditation Through Knife Honing

Join us at the Spearhead tent every morning to hone your mind for the day.

Sharpening stones provided.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Fuz Sanderson

The Dawn Chorus

We’ll take a moment to listen and appreciate the world coming alive at Dawn. This is part meditation and part identification of who is singing. Bring binoculars if you have them, and a pad to sit on would be helpful in case the ground is wet. Meet before the sun rises at the ancestor fire. If you come a little later, look for us quietly searching for birds nearby.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Thursday (2/6/2020) - Morning

Lore ...

#buslife, Hypocrites of the Highway

While there is no ethical consumption under capitalism, there are workable solutions involving direct actions used to offset the scales of consumption. Participants will learn ways to resist patriarchal conditioning related to capitalism, and how to use this resistance as a tool for activism. This class will also address the ups and downs of DIY bus life and build outs, income ethics, and offer participants information on how to build working relationships that allow us to source materials and resources without engaging in retail level consumerism.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Ryan Ginsburg

Bamboo Cutlery Making

Many of us plagued by invasive plants on our properties or in our communities. One strategy for managing these plants is to find uses for them (to fill the role of their natural predators). One of the most prolific invasive plants is bamboo. Learn about the structure and uses of bamboo by making simple crafts. Come with a sharp knife and leave with a pair of chop sticks and a spatula. (If you do not have the $3 materials fee, trades are accepted)

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: $3
Class Size: 15

stephanie davis

Basic mending: come learn how to revolt against societies obsession with commercialism

Basic mending is a skill we should all have! Change the world by repairing what you already own or fixing something used from the thrift store and stop the environmental effects of fast fashion! Bring your holy pants and we will stop those drafts! Plus I have a very cool quilters knot to teach you all to wow your friends with...
materials fee cover sewing supplies for each student but no one will be turned away. This skill can help you in many other fields of knowledge and truly believe it is one of the vital ones!
Ten and above definitely welcome with an adult companion.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $10
Class Size: 10

Grant Adkisson

Blacksmithing Basics

Learn Basic Forging and blacksmithing techniques. Will learn to tend the forge, use tongs and hammer safely with intent and some of the basic forging techniques of tapering, bending, fullering,and cutting etc. Students will make useful items like S Hooks, and Fire pokers or other items depending on aptitude etc. 20$ material fee, may be open to barter if agreeable goods are offered and arranged before class.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $20
Class Size: 4

Bill Parravano

Body Reflex Hacking: Speed Healing From New Injuries & Old Accidents

Do you believe sore achy painful joints are just a part of "getting older?"

Do think you're just stuck with the way your body feels?

Have you accepted you'll just have to live with that "bum knee," "tricky ankle" "back issue?"

Well, think again! Learn the secrets to tricking your body to let go of pain, tension and discomfort from new injuries and old accidents through reflex hacking.

Every student will walk away from the class with a deeper awareness and understanding how to keep their body feeling young anywhere and anytime.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Michael Adler

Butchering the wild cabbage palm and eating its heart

Learn the ancient art of butchering the majestic cabbage palm, to rip out its still-beating heart, and feast on its pale crunchy flesh. The cabbage palm is a formidable foe, guarding its delicious heart with thick armor. You will learn the appropriate weapons to use and how to find the weak links, so that you too will be able to cleave asunder this mighty beast, and devour the tasty morsels within! This class includes a distinct possibility of encountering yummies. Donations appreciated.

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

Class Size: 15

Becky Beyer

Carving Crochet Hooks, Knitting Needles and Nalbinden Needles from Wood

Join Becky Beyer for a look at selecting wood and making a variety of small fiber craft tools. Crochet hooks, knitting needles, and nalbinden, or Norwegain needle binding needles will be shown alongside the various techniques of their creation. Make one or all three! Most tools provided. Please bring a sharp carving knife if possible.

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

Class Size: 15

Dave Cooper

Cooking with a Cast Iron Cauldron

We will cook over an open fire using a large (8 gallon) cast iron cauldron and a simple tripod. Participants will learn how to cook with and care for large iron cookware, how to make a tripod and some easy recipes for soups, chili etc. that can feed large groups and gatherings on a budget. We will have two big iron cauldrons and we will make one meat and one vegetarian. Participants may eat after the workshop. We will also discuss and demonstrate some simple rocket stove designs.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Jon Handelman

Finding your Voice

Singing is one of our most joyous expressions as humans, but we have stepped away from this for fear of being judged, and many of us believe we cannot sing. In truth, singing is your birthright, and the depth of your voice presents an amazing opportunity to connect with others, and explore your own courage and vulnerability as well. We will have personal group shares mixed in with creative and engaging songs and activities, as we intimately share the music inside of us.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Luke McLaughlin

Fire from the Landscape

Fire is all about the right materials and good preparation. Join Luke McLaughlin on a short hike around the land to learn what to look for when making a fire. Students will learn how to read the landscape and find materials that will make fire starting and tending much easier! Furthermore, students will also learn plant allies, and where to look for tinder, fat-wood, and other fire necessities.

Age Limit: 10 and up
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 25

Jillian Ross

Gut Health and Fermented Foods

This class will be a discussion on how to incorporate fermented foods/beverages to help heal various digestive/health issues within the body. Fermenting foods and beverages increases the bioavailibility of vitamins and minerals, as well as provides many different living strains of good bacteria (aka pre/probiotics) to help recolonize the intestinal tract.

There will be items to sample during the class.

Please bring a small cup/bowl and pen/paper to take notes

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Mel Beaux

Hide Tanning 3 day intensive

6 students will do a 3 FULL DAY intensive class on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, for both class sessions. This class is weather dependent and may change or drag into non class session times. Students will learn wet scrape method using deer hides. This class is an intensive and can take up most of your gathering time but it is super fun too and each student will leave with a finished buckskin! Everyone is welcome to come and learn regardless of if you have a hide! Sign up on Wednesday in person!

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $25
Class Size: 6

Emily Hemeyer

Knotless Netting

This versatile ancient weaving technique can be used to wrap objects, make nets, and forms. We'll cover the basics as you wrap an object of your choice. The class fee covers cord and a river stone. I'll have an assortment of objects to choose from for an additional fee. Prices range from $5-$20.

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

Sara Callaway

Life Mapping - Medicine Wheel

The rhythm of the natural world was once the rhythm that people lived by as well. 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. We'll use the lens of the 8 directions, the medicine wheel - a tool many cultures have used through time. We'll explore 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 our life's unfolding.

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

Class Size: 12

Mycol Stevens

mushroom cultivation

Oliver Moore and I have been propagating mushrooms for many a year...and there are tricks to the trade. We are focusing on non high tech sterile conditions, so we will be demonstrating things such as oyster, stropharia, and shitake logs that are easier to grow. We will demonstrate some of these techniques for you.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Potter

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: no limit

Eric Lewis

the yoga of plants

In this walk and talk, we will explore wild edible plants, permaculture, and herbalism through the lens of yoga philosophy. This is easily my favorite class to lead! we will not be doing any special postures or exercises so no particular type of clothing, or mats will be necessary.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Barron Brown

Wooden spoon carving

Carve a wooden spoon from a piece of green wood

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

Class Size: 12

Thursday (2/6/2020) - Afternoon

Fuz Sanderson

1 Match Survival Fire

Need a sharp knife or can purchase one in class

Age Limit: 13 and above
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 12

James Clinkscale

Advanced Flintknapping

Flintknapping basics. In this class we will practice different forms of reduction including percussion and pressure flaking. We will use stone,bone, antler and wooden tools for the reduction process. If you are already a flintknapping enthusiast you can step it up a notch and perhaps learn some new techniques! All levels are welcome!

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $05
Class Size: 15

Sangoma Oludoye

Adventures and Explorations in Nature, Culture and Spirit

This offering explores our journeys around the Medicine Wheel of Life and the Season we are Living through.
How are we tending the fires and Gardens of the communities we are called to serve?.
What is the necessary Balance between our Public and private selves? What are the Gifts of Nature connection that best support Healing of our social divides...?
What Adventures await you inside Your Superpowers in Nature?

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Alex Kilgore

Basic Knife Sharpening

Learn the basics of knife sharpening.

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

Class Size: 6

Eric Lewis

beginners mushroom walk

in this walk we will go over the basics of mushroom identification and see what kinds of fantastical fungi we can identify on the land.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Dan Durica

Building with Natural Materials

In this class I'll draw from my own experience at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage building my own strawbale house and working on other natural building projects. We'll talk about the gamut of natural building techniques, from strawbale to earthen plasters, from cob to cordwood. We'll even talk a little about the local version of natural building tabby, made with oyster shells and lime. The building industry is rife with offgassing, toxic, synthetic chemicals and materials that can do more harm than good in your home. At Dancing Rabbit people try to build with natural materials because they are local, organic, reusable, and even compostable when you are done with them. In a world of climate chaos, natural building materials have far less embodied energy and usually little to do with fossil fuel, so they have a smaller footprint. But for me and many others the best thing about natural buildings is their beauty. They make houses like none you've ever seen.

Age Limit: 14+
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Barron Brown

carving a celtic knot in wood

Learn to layout and carve a simple Celtic knot. Bring a small sharp knife. Wood will be provided.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $1
Class Size: 12

Michael Adler

Coconuts!

Mo is unable to be your coconut guru this year, so I will provide myself as a substitute. Mostly the coconuts will be at the tea tent until they run out, like usual, but with less oversight. Mo is usually there all the time to help everyone, but I will not be doing that. I will hold one official class, but I'd like to ask others who have taken Mo's class in the past and anyone taking this class, to help out if you happen to notice someone in need of assistance throughout the gathering. We have two rules: 1) Be safe - please take care not to injure yourself while opening coconuts. 2) No wasting! If you take a coconut, take all of it or find someone who wants the meat. Just drinking them and tossing the rest is forbidden.
Class fee: Not really a fee, but donations are appreciated. The class is really the whole festival until the coconuts run out, but there will not always be a teacher present, and I can't actually collect fees under such circumstances, but donations are appreciated to compensate for wear to my tools that will be available for your use.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $1
Class Size: 20

Makeda Meeks

From Emotions to Advocacy- Dismantling the Tools of Oppression

Empowering individuals to be allies and advocates when they experience racism in the community. A class for individuals who have done the developmental work of diversity and privilege and are looking for ways to be the change they want to see in the world.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Cheng Liu

Functional Medicine for The Modern Healer

Whether you are a clinician or just seeking better control of your own health, this workshop will empower you with practical knowledge and tools:

- The latest from Anti-aging research and Biohacking movement, Cellular/mitochondria optimization. These are super active fields and bringing out the next level of healing, and changing our illness focus to a mentality of Thriving.
- Order your own lab tests, including When to do genetic testing and what’s the deal with MTHFR;
- "The Body Never Forgets How to Repair itself". So long as we recognize many hidden epidemics are the root cause of chronic illness, such as mercury from amalgam and how to test them;
- Demystify digestive disorders such as Leaky Guts/SIBO/Candida/Parasite/Biofilm
- Educate ourselves of common medications, Herb-drug interaction. Hands on demo of cheap home devices, such as Glucose monitor, Oura ring for sleep tracking.
Bring a pen!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Joan Candalino

Have Tarp, Need Shelter

Some alternatives for configuring a usable shelter if you have a tarp and some rope. Includes knots and lashing.

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

Class Size: 15

Alexander Ojeda

How to think Permaculture

Learn to understand how to see things through the permaculture lens. When you have this lens, you can see everything from the perspective of a permaculture designer. Learn to build the tool that you need to solve problems for a better chance at the best possible outcome.

Energy efficiency, producing food and other needs, relationships, deciphering information

Come have a talk and see if we can start building a better future. It all starts with a plan.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Sara Henry

Pine Needle Baskets

Learn the traditional craft of coil basketry, embraced by basket makers around the world. We'll use the locally abundant long leaf and slash pine needles to coil in spirals until we end up with a beautiful, functional vessel. There is a wonderful history of making pine needle baskets in Florida, as well as similar sweetgrass baskets. The Florida Museum of Natural History has some beautiful examples of Seminole baskets. It will be my pleasure to pass on this heartfelt craft which was passed down to me by my dear friend and teacher, Cherokee elder Nancy Basket.

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

Emma Savage

Plants as Teachers/An Honorable Harvest

Discussion on how to ally ourselves with the earth as a marginalized body. Attendees will learn the main steps of an Honorable Harvest, including how to ask the Earth for consent, make an offering, and engage in balanced relations in order to prevent/resist the systematic abuse of nature. Through the sharing of indigenous values and wisdom, this class covers personal beliefs about plants as living entities and healing forces, the potentials of gift economies and money-free exchange, as well as the illusion of convenience under capitalism / systems of oppression. The final goal of this course is to discuss the ways in which we can work together, using decolonization to create positive change, and reclaim our roles as tenders of the Earth.

Meet at the BIPOC space, bring a blanket, and we will walk to a comfy spot to sit together with nature

Age Limit: 15+ (Parents with babies are welcome to attend as well)
Class Fee: none

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: no limit

Tracy Weiss

Privilege Walk & Talk

Participants will address power, privilege, and oppression, bringing awareness through interactive group activity and discussion. Discussion will focus on diversity and inclusion, as well as the feelings and experiences that may arise during the activity. The end goal is to encourage participants to see that we can use our privileges individually and collectively to work for social justice. Participants will be guided through this activity in a Safe Space by a trained counselor.

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

Class Size: no limit

Gray Taylor

Riveting 101: Full Tang Knife Handles w/o glue

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. Materials fee - Depends on size of knife($50-100)

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: $50
Class Size: 5

Adam Bailey

The Most Common Mistake Herbalist Make

While the title of this course might come off as a bit negative, the class itself will be anything but. Having spent the last seven years as a practicing clinical herbalist as well as herbal instructor, there is one thing that gets missed more often than any other (and I still miss it from time to time). It is a simple aspect of healing that is easy to miss, but can have a profound impact on whether or not a person recovers fully or their issue lingers for an extended period of time. I will cover how this oversight effects both acute and chronic issues, and the simple ways to resolve it. This concept is based in Chinese Herbalism, but it transfers very well to any herbal system.

While this class is tailored for experienced herbalists, anyone with a basic knowledge of herbs and their properties could benefit from it. The class won't spend a lot of time on specific herbs to use although some of them will be covered. It will focus more on how to think about the human body and how herbs interact with it..

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

Class Size: 25

Kennedy Oneself

Van Life: Curating a Low Expense lifestyle

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

With ten years of living in 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 money dependency, which allow us to live without the need for stable income(e.g. His $20/mo unlimited smart phone plan). This freedom encourages us to live our truest passions and offerings to the world around us, even if they are not prosperous right from the start.

Kennedy will share his incredible story of how eradicating his expenses, and living an extremely frugal and uncomfortable life for years helped him discovered what he loves to do, how it can benefit others and how to make it into an abundantly thriving career. He still lives in his van, which is his instructors camp, and currently his tour mobile, even though he could afford rent on his musical career. He's chosen this because it connects him to nature, it supports travel and exploration, and because it's just so darn good.

If you've ever been curious about van life, come check out this extremely organized and well decked out van, full with kitchen area, bed for two, space to stretch and 60+ musical instruments.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Sara Hosburg

Weaving Cloth on a 4 Harness Floor Loom

Weaving on a floor loom is a whole body experience that can be rhythmically meditative and an efficient means of creating artistic fiber goods. The focus of this workshop will be learning the basics of how to weave with a 4 harness floor loom but other tidbits are included such as bobbin winding and set up. There are two patterns to try and you keep the piece of cloth that you have made. I have preset the warp on the loom with cotton and various other fibers donated from a reusable resources center. You can choose your weft(s) from an array of colors and fibers.

I have divided the class into one hour time slots so that each student's experience is one-on-one. Afternoon classes have 3) one hour time slots, one student can sign up for 1:30 to 2:30, one for 2:30 to 3:30, and one for 3:30 to 4:30. Students are welcome to stay and watch during the other students' time slots or leave to do other things. At the end of the class session, all of the students' cloth will be cut off of the loom and be ready to pick up.


Students are welcome to bring their own weft yarn but are required to bring nothing.

Age Limit: Age 9 and up.
Class Fee: $3
Class Size: 3

Becky Beyer

Wild Medicine: Foraging for Medicinal Plants

Join professional forager and founder of the Sassafras School of Appalachian Plantcraft Becky Beyer for a discussion and short foraging walk to explore simple herbs and trees for medicine. We'll explore the ethics of wildcrafting, sustainable harvest techniques, culturally sensitive plant uses and more from the Southern Folk Medicine perspective and that of Western Herbalism. We'll briefly explore basic medicine making of teas, tinctures, vinegars, salves, oils and more and see how a wild foraging practice can bring us closer to our animal nature and to a more sustainable, bioregional lifeway. We'll learn to make a medicinal vinegar and if you'd like to take some home, please bring a 5$ donation for materials.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 25

Ami Le

Youll definitely need this class - A Class on Consent

This is a class about all the things your mama wanted to tell you about relationships, the world, and the people in it, but didn't have the words to say it.

This is a class for anyone whoever had a child or a teen ask them that tough question and they didn't know how to respond.

This is a class for anyone who's trying to navigate a more nuance world and is confused by it.

This is a class about topics that you'll use everyday.

Covering: consent, healthy relationships, boundaries, and more.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 8

Thursday (2/6/2020) - Late-afternoon/ evening

Didi Wildrover

Open Mic with DiDi

 

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Josh Fox

Sacred Songs

All cultures from around the world have used music as medicine. Come receive healing from sacred medicine songs in the form of blessings, chants, ninguns, icaros, sing-alongs, and other prayer songs.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Ami Le

The Art of Storytelling

"It happened on my first hunting trip. Somewhere, on the mountain top maybe, the sun was peeking over the horizon, but in the deep valley I was hunting, everything was still shaded in that murky half-darkness where illusions were still possible.

I had gone out poorly prepared. Frost was nipping at my toes. My fingers were permanently curled around my bow string too cold to unravel.

I was in a lot of pain from the cold and was about to quit when I heard a snap of a twig. Closer then I could ever imagine. From the corner of my eye, I saw movement. My first thought was 'that's no deer'..."



Everyone has a story to tell. We're all born to tell stories.

Come out to this discussion to explore the art of storytelling and refine your skills.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 6

Friday (2/7/2020) - Early-morning

Tara Rawson

Interactive Yoga

Partner yoga, trust exercises, vulnerability work, sharing, singing, solo exercises, laughter, flying, and tons of fun. This is community building at it's finest!

Meet your fellow sisters and brothers in the southeast and let's build a better today+tomorrow together. Please join us as we come together and connect in a supportive and playful way. Kids are welcome to attend with parents.
Please bring your own towel, tapestry, or mat and let's play!

Age Limit: Under 18 with guardians written permission, under 12 with adult supervision
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 22

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

Class Size: 22

Friday (2/7/2020) - Morning

Angie Minno

An Abundance Of Milk

For more than a decade 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

Alex Howe

Artisan Salve Making: For Humans with Skin

Salve and Balm have four basic ingredients: Skin nourishing oils, infused with potent 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. 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 play with.

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

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

Grant Adkisson

Blacksmithing Basics

Learn Basic Forging and blacksmithing techniques. Will learn to tend the forge, use tongs and hammer safely with intent and some of the basic forging techniques of tapering, bending, fullering,and cutting etc. Students will make useful items like S Hooks, and Fire pokers or other items depending on aptitude etc. 20$ material fee, may be open to barter if agreeable goods are offered and arranged before class.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $20
Class Size: 4

Jillian Ross

Brewing Kombucha & other Fermented Beverages

This class will cover the method of brewing your own Kombucha(a fermented Tea) as well as various other beverages such as Kefir (water/Dairy), Kvass, Ginger/Turmeric Brews etc. We will discuss how to get started, what issues may arise during the brewing process as well as how to flavor your brews with a secondary ferment process.
I will have various flavors of Kombucha to sample.

Scobies (Kombucha Culture) and other cultures will be available for a small fee or bartering.


Please bring a cup and pen/paper to take notes!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Dan Durica

Building with Natural Materials

In this class I'll draw from my own experience at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage building my own strawbale house and working on other natural building projects. We'll talk about the gamut of natural building techniques, from strawbale to earthen plasters, from cob to cordwood. We'll even talk a little about the local version of natural building tabby, made with oyster shells and lime. The building industry is rife with offgassing, toxic, synthetic chemicals and materials that can do more harm than good in your home. At Dancing Rabbit people try to build with natural materials because they are local, organic, reusable, and even compostable when you are done with them. In a world of climate chaos, natural building materials have far less embodied energy and usually little to do with fossil fuel, so they have a smaller footprint. But for me and many others the best thing about natural buildings is their beauty. They make houses like none you've ever seen.

Age Limit: 14+
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Sara Callaway

Compassion in Action

All actions stem from trying to meet a need. What that means is that we all have good reasons for doing what we do, whether or not someone else likes it. And when we can understand that about one another (and ourselves), we have much more access to compassion and to relating in a way that leads to positive change. At the core of compassion is respect for others (and ourselves) as human beings. Come dig in to the roots of respect and compassion.

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

Class Size: 12

Cheng Liu

Focus in a Distracted world - A discussion on Getting things done without stress

Being intentional And effective with one's time, is a learned skill. We are not trained How to focus in school, yet our challenge is unprecedented at this time in human history: 10 years of Internet and smartphones have sucked all of our free time, and wired the brain to *want* distractions.

Quality of Attention = Quality of life. Both for work and personal social lives. Focus and Consistency may be the new superpower, above IQ and EQ. In this workshop We'll reveal dark secrets of the attention-grabbing industry, along with the science of nueroplasticity, of procrastination having little to do with will power, nor productivity require long hours. We'll practice caring for our physical emotional needs, as the foundation for focus and resilience. We'll learn simple tools to manage time and distractions, translate passion into daily habits, and keep them low stress. May you go far, and have more fun on the path of Self mastery.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 10

Bill Parravano

Functional Movement Breathing & Relaxation

This class is all about your nervous system and the tension we train it to hold onto (or not)!

We will cover the importance of functional movement, breathing and relaxation in the context of primitive/homestead living.

Be prepared to move in ways you never thought possible and gain flexibility through breathing that is both dynamic and exhilarating.

You will move away from the class with a deeper understanding of your body and the role your nervous system plays in how you feel.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Makeda Meeks

Harriet Tubman- Black Wilderness Woman

Join me on this story-form journey into the life of Harriet Tubman. We will explore how one woman survived being hunted in the wilderness from Maryland to Canada all while saving the lives of over 70 individuals, suffering from narcolepsy, hearing voices and navigating by the stars.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Ami Le

Instinctive Archery 101

Learn how to hit a ping-pong ball.

The art of instinctive archery. No sights,no releases, no pulleys. Just you, a bow, and your target.

Equipment provided.

Please read range rules ahead of time.

Due to limited equipment, we are limited to 8 students.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $10
Class Size: 8

Fuz Sanderson

Naturalist Expedition

Explore with a team of master naturalists! Find and identify birds, reptiles, insects, trees and other plants, and spellbinding natural phenomena. Location to be determined, but will likely be off-site, so please plan on car-pooling. We will be late in returning, and it may cut into afternoon class time a bit. We may go out to lunch and swap nature anecdotes! Depending on location, there may be a small parking fee.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Scott Karas

Nature Awareness Games

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. Bring these simple and engaging games home to your families and communities and keep the spirit of play alive!

Age Limit: Ages 8 and up
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Lore ...

Off-Grid Systems: Tiny Homes, Buses and Solar Power

Over the past 6 years, Lore has transformed their bus into a livable home on wheels; complete with solar power, hot water, full kitchen, a space-saving bed on pulleys, storage and more. They also have installed numerous off-grid solar setups and are currently working on a long term homesteading project in Western North Carolina. The class is designed to reflect the learning desires of those attending it - and can adjust the primary focus to preferred subjects ranging from solar power, tiny home design, off-grid living, homesteading, to diesel / gas engine maintenance, repairs, sourcing material and more.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Emma Savage

Plants as Teachers/An Honorable Harvest

Discussion on how to ally ourselves with the earth as a marginalized body. Attendees will learn the main steps of an Honorable Harvest, including how to ask the Earth for consent, make an offering, and engage in balanced relations in order to prevent/resist the systematic abuse of nature. Through the sharing of indigenous values and wisdom, this class covers personal beliefs about plants as living entities and healing forces, the potentials of gift economies and money-free exchange, as well as the illusion of convenience under capitalism / systems of oppression. The final goal of this course is to discuss the ways in which we can work together, using decolonization to create positive change, and reclaim our roles as tenders of the Earth.

Meet at the BIPOC space, bring a blanket, and we will walk to a comfy spot to sit together with nature

Age Limit: 15+ (Parents with babies are welcome to attend as well)
Class Fee: none

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: no limit

Becky Beyer

Sacred Smoke: Fumitory Herbs to Address Cultural Appropriation

All cultures used smoke in ritual and medicine. Today there are many hard conversations about the sustainable use of White Sage specifically and other threatened sacred plants used by indigenous peoples in North America. There are plants that people of non-indigenous ancestry can happily use for the purpose that White Sage has come to occupy and also to combat the destruction of sacred plant populations and the continuous disregard for the needs of indigenous peoples and their cultural and religious life.

We'll meet a plethora of plants used for their sacred smoke from many countries that grow abundantly around us. Please join us for this complex and important conversation and learning opportunity. A booklet on the plants will be available for purchase in paper or for download with email sign ups.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Alexander Ojeda

Sickle and Scythe for a Quieter and Cleaner Future

We will learn all about the traditional harvesting tools called a sickle and a scythe. 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 back to work!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Searra Jade

Singing into the Edge of the Unknown: Improvisational Playshop

The word “improvisation” comes from the latin improvisus “unforeseen,” based on provedere - to make preparations for.
In this playful and group-oriented journey, we will explore what it feels like to show up to the moment with full presence and listening and offer our unforseen expression. Tapping into the uninhibited inner child inside all of us through sound and movement exercises, and learning some fundamentals of vocal improv, we will weave together our voices to create spontaneous works of sonic art.
No matter what your musical experiences or abilities are, you can show up in the perfection of wherever you’re at with the courage to meet the unforeseen. THAT is the essence of improvisation - it is a practice of riding the crest of one’s ever-expanding edge!
And let’s not get too serious here, they don’t call it “playing” music for no reason - we’re here to have fun, folks!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Eric Lewis

the power of poetry w/Eric Lewis & Olivia Verhoye

a series of poetry exercises to open our minds and hearts, and help us to connect with and appreciate nature through the power of written and spoken words. please bring a your notebook and pen if you have one and any poetry you might like to share.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Adam Bailey

Traditional Chinese Traumatology

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. I will also have liniments for sale for the different stages for anyone interested.

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.

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

Class Size: 25

Mycol Stevens

wild mushroom walk

Oliver Moore and I have co-taught weekend long mushroom intensives back in the day. I usually remember when someone teaches me a mushroom, plant, bird, sea macroalga etc! Oliver first taught me the Gyroporus castanea and train wrecker probably 12 or 13 years ago. If you learn one thing from us...that's a major knowledge nugget! FYI, we are experienced old school fungifiles...I'm not keeping up much with the recent DNA name changes, but the mushroom remains the same! I'll have some of my books on hand and we will go over what we see. If we think we have something figured out, we can always then cross check it on line. I do believe the best way to learn a shroom being is in person by using all your senses...sure there are apps out there and facial recognition programs...but we haven't died yet! (there are few old bold mushroom hunters to rely on such things!) We will be going over in field characters (spore print and macroscopic features to key in on). We will try to key out a mushroom to get your feet wet in the nomenclature. Please do join us...bring some actual shrooms you find from off site that you want us to name (cell phone pics of mushrooms aren't so appropriate as its tough for a group to crowd around a phone).

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Barron Brown

Wooden bowl carving

All day class carving a wooden bowl from either pine or poplar using traditional hand tools

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

Class Size: 12

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

Friday (2/7/2020) - Afternoon

Eric Blevins

Assisted Thai Yoga

Come learn about this interactive ancient healing art that is beneficial to both the giver and receiver. We'll practice techniques that work on the feet, legs, hips, back, shoulders, neck and head. Please bring a yoga mat or blanket and wear clothing that allows free range of motion. Please notify the instructor of any contraindications such as injury or pregnancy that may limit your ability to participate.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Alex Kilgore

Basic Knife Sharpening

Learn the basics of knife sharpening.

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

Class Size: 6

Scott Karas

Deep Ecology: An Introduction into the Work that Reconnects

Have you ever felt the pain and despair of living on this planet at this time? With the state of climate change, environmental destruction, and social injustices it is easy to feel down and out about the present state and future of humanity and life on earth. This workshop is about building our capacity to feel the loss and pain of our times and to use those feelings to create positive change. By allowing our sense of self to expand to include other people and the natural world around us, we both become compassionate to global suffering and injustices as well as gain the ability to draw strength from our human and non-human allies. We will use the Spiral of The Work that Reconnects formulated by Joanna Macy to Come from Gratitude, Honor our Pain for the World, See with New Eyes, and Go Forth with renewed inspiration, dedication, and motivation.

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

Class Size: 15

Nina Lombardo

Exploring the Sacred Feminine Arts

Join us for this workshop centered around accessing and liberating your Feminine power. Explore the art of ecstatic surrender and experience your blissful, embodied connection to the creative, erotic, and emotional depths of your Being.

Dive into ancient and modern practices that awaken your intuition, pleasure, and innate body-wisdom. Feel nourished and supported by powerful group dialogue, ritual, and sacred ceremony as you activate your Wild Woman nature.

Come if you're ready to:

+ Embody more love
+ Increase your vitality
+ Embrace your erotic and sensual nature
+ Unlock the oracular wisdom of your body
+ Enhance your capacity to experience pleasure and connection
+ Articulate the richness of your emotional depths
+ Cultivate and refine your creativity
+ Attract a partner who meets you at a soul-level
+ Magnify passion and desire in your intimate relationship(s)
+ Experience the freedom and ecstasy of devotional surrender

Additional notes about this workshop:

+ This class is designed for those who identify as women.
+ There is no nudity or sexual contact in this workshop.
+ Please wear comfortable clothing and bring water to stay hydrated.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 18

Emily Hemeyer

Handmade Paper Bowls and Casting

Learn about the history and process of making paper with a focus on up-cycled materials. We’ll explore paper casting with a focus on bowls with an option to try other shapes.

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

Mikaila Herold

Introduction to Ethology- Understanding the emotional lives of animals

The goal of this class is to help you develop a sense for animals as living, sentient individuals; as opposed to automatons executing genetic programming. Not only will we look at the scientific evidence available which shows that animals live very complex emotionally conscious lives but we will also look to the traditional beliefs on what animals can teach us about healthy relationships. Understanding animals, their abilities of perception, and connection to their environment are at the forefront of helping us to better understand things like intuition and the synergistic relationships that make up the natural world.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Patrick Walker

Knife and Tomahawk Throwing

In this class we'll cover the basic of thrown Weapons, have some fun, and practice our skills while keeping safety paramount above all else.

The class is listed as adult, but accompanied minors will at least be considered provided their guardian is present.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: $2
Class Size: 15

Sangoma Oludoye

Living in the Caul

Thanks to the Great Turning of the wheel and our wake call to Nature and the Truth of our Authentic selves.
Our Divinity is a soothing healing balm for this community of Earth Mages and Magicians. Co-creating our circle of Truthtelling we will gift ourselves and each other with an exchange of the tools that best serve our forward progression, and is time well spent. Where does the empowerment of Sacred Activism Live and Thrive in realms of Nature Connection education? What games of the Soul, Adventures and explorations in Nature are stored in our Leadership Lighthouses.
(conversations waiting to BE had around the Ancestral Fire)

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Dave Cooper

Making Benches from Wooden Pallets

The pallet industry is - by far - the largest consumer of hardwoods from American forests. Many pallets are only used once before being thrown into the landfill or ground into wood chips. How wasteful! We will discuss the many possibilities of converting discarded wooden shipping pallets to make simple furniture and other useful items for home and garden. We will talk about the environmental impacts of the wood pallet industry, the best places to find good pallets etc. We will deconstruct some pallets using basic hand tools and review ways to do this without injury. In the workshop we will build several park benches - participants can help build benches or just watch. Artistic people at the Florida Earth Skills Gathering are invited to paint the benches in colorful designs, all paints and materials will be provided. We will donate the finished painted benches to the site or to a local community park or walking trail.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Sara Henry

Needle Felting

Needle felting is any easy and fun way to shape wool into beautiful, three-dimensional forest creatures such as wildlife, gnomes and faeries. We'll discuss the basics of how to create a body form with undyed wool, then wrap over it with colored wool and form fibers into figurines. Follow your imagination as you dive into this intuitive craft! The fee is $10-20 depending on the size of the project and whether or not you would like to take some materials with you to keep working on your project.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $10
Class Size: 6

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: no limit

Gray Taylor

Riveting 101: Full Tang Knife Handles w/o glue

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. Materials fee - Depends on size of knife($50-100)

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: $50
Class Size: 5

James Clinkscale

Stone tools

Flintknapping basics. In this class we will practice different forms of reduction including percussion and pressure flaking. We will use stone,bone, antler and wooden tools for the reduction process. If you are already a flintknapping enthusiast you can step it up a notch and perhaps learn some new techniques! All levels are welcome!

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $05
Class Size: 15

Alexander Ojeda

Super Efficient Camp Fires and How to Light Them

Making a super-efficient fire is easier than you think. We will learn how to start these super-efficient 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!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Luke McLaughlin

The Ancient art of Hand Drill

Fire from rubbing two sticks together. This most simple, and ancient art seems easy enough, but to pass this fire test, the fire-gods require determination, awareness, strength, skill, and teamwork. Come and learn the ancient and most sacred art of hand drill friction fire. In this class students will learn what plants to use, how to find them, physical tips and tricks, and technique. Bow to the sticks and humble yourself in this amazing skill. Bring a sharp knife.

Age Limit: 14 and up
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 15

Becky Beyer

The Basics of Double Eaxtraction: Mushroom Medicines and Beyond

Double extraction is the art of making a medicinal extract using both water and alcohol soluble compounds in hard bodied medicinal plants, fungi and lichens that is potent and shelf stable. Learn the basics of this important medicine making skill and meet some medicinal mushrooms and lichens in the "flesh". We'll discuss and demonstrate the whole process with samples for tasting.

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

Class Size: 15

Grant Adkisson

Viking Knives

Create a simple but effective Viking style neck knife. Use basic forging techniques and simple tool steel to create your own one of a kind tool. This type of knife can be created quickly and made to hold a keen edge and is small enough to easily carry with you always. We will cover the basics of what tool steel is and how to scavenge it from everyday items. Also most importantly how to utilize the complete heat treating method in order to transform it from "knife shaped object" into a useful and sharp tool. 25$ materials fee, open to barter but you must make arrangements well ahead of class for agreeable items or goods. Also know that the process may take longer than class time allows for, be prepared to come back later to complete the process or to work on sanding/filing outside of class time.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $25
Class Size: 4

Sara Hosburg

Weaving Cloth on a 4 Harness Floor Loom

Weaving on a floor loom is a whole body experience that can be rhythmically meditative and an efficient means of creating artistic fiber goods. The focus of this workshop will be learning the basics of how to weave with a 4 harness floor loom but other tidbits are included such as bobbin winding and set up. There are two patterns to try and you keep the piece of cloth that you have made. I have preset the warp on the loom with cotton and various other fibers donated from a reusable resources center. You can choose your weft(s) from an array of colors and fibers.

I have divided the class into one hour time slots so that each student's experience is one-on-one. Afternoon classes have 3) one hour time slots, one student can sign up for 1:30 to 2:30, one for 2:30 to 3:30, and one for 3:30 to 4:30. Students are welcome to stay and watch during the other students' time slots or leave to do other things. At the end of the class session, all of the students' cloth will be cut off of the loom and be ready to pick up.


Students are welcome to bring their own weft yarn but are required to bring nothing.

Age Limit: Age 9 and up.
Class Fee: $3
Class Size: 3

Matt Hansen

wilderness survival

Let's explore the grounds with calories on the mind and imagine ourselves without the basic needs typically met by consumerism (if yer american). Maybe, even, we are taken by surprise and unable to return to the relative safety of home. How do we relate to, build upon, and prepare for the disasters created by capitalism and neo-colonialism? Bring nothing but what you typically carry on your person. We will wander-ponder wilderness survival and potentially get lost!

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

Class Size: 15

Barron Brown

Wooden bowl carving part 2

finishing the wooden bowl started in the morning

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

Class Size: 12

Annie SewDev

Wound& Injury Care

In this class, I will share herbal & conventional tools and protocols for wounds and injuries, from bites to broken bones. Herbs can be an important part of preventing or treating infection, and speeding the healing process. Herbalism and first aid go together like two flowers on the Partridge berry! Consider bringing a pen and paper for note-taking.

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

Class Size: no limit

Friday (2/7/2020) - Late-afternoon/ evening

Doug Elliott

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

At Main Fire

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


Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Saturday (2/8/2020) - Early-morning

Tara Rawson

Morning Movement, Breathwork & Meditation

Rise and shine! Greet the day with mindful movement to work out the kinks from travel and camping. Begin with breathwork to build your heat and energy for the day and we'll finish with meditation to stay clear and calm. It's the perfect way to stay the day.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 22

Saturday (2/8/2020) - Morning

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

Bring a knife.

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



Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $20
Class Size: 20

Joan Candalino

Basic Fingerweaving

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.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 8

Searra Jade

Birthing Your Own Musical Medicine

A primitive technology, humans have been singing together and passing wisdom and stories down in song for longer than we know. With all that we take in and experience in these ever-changing times, it helps to have a good song to hold on to and to get you through. And it can be even more potent if you create it - a perfect distillation of the medicine you are and you need.
Through group, partner and solo exercises that include free-flow singing, empathetic listening and reflecting, and journaling, participants will tune into their heart space and get the creative juices flowing so they may create and craft their own songs, as well as some collaborative group songs.
Singing and songwriting are powerful healing tools for expressing truth, percolating wisdom, and reframing and integrating life experiences into lessons that serve your growth, so lets come together and sharpen these intangibly relevant tools!
Bring a journal. Musical instruments are welcomed, certainly not needed.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Matt Hansen

Buckskin Sewing

Start a small project with traditionally tanned buckskin i provide. This could be a belt pouch, pocket, small bag, or journal. I'll have samples of those and various clothing items to demonstrate pattern and design. If you got tools please bring 'em. Any awls, scissors, perma-lock needles, glover's needles, applique, scrap leather, fur, etc. are definitely welcome. Have metal, bone, and stone materials for you to play with, make a button maybe. $20 dollars a square foot for buckskin. i may be open to trades and projects will range in size/price...its up to you! The leather is from roadkill and tanned with brains(or egg yolk), smoke, and reverence. In the afternoon there will be a more generalized sewing circle (All projects welcome) where we can finish what we started and discuss larger projects like making clothing and tanning leather.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: $20
Class Size: 15

Grant Adkisson

Carving Knives and Craft Tools

Hand Forge your own Carving or Craft Knife. Make a small utility blade with carving, crafting or specialty use in mind. We will use the forge to rough out blade shape, file and shape blades. Then discuss and implement the heat treat process and sharpen/Haft our knives with simple handles. Students will need to do some work on their knives after class in order to complete handles, sharpen etc. open shop time for knife students on Sat afternoon.. We may make multiples depending on time and willingness to work longer etc... $20 material fee

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $20
Class Size: 4

Matt Colombo

Creating a Fire with Friction ALL DAY CLASS

*This is an all-day class, if you sign up for it you will need to come for the morning and afternoon sessions*

How do you think your ancestors were making fire before matches, lighters, remote-control fireplaces, or stove tops? Connect with them! You just might be the first in your ancestral line to make fire with sticks for many, many generations. Create fire using only a knife, string, and natural materials. This full day workshop focuses on friction fire by the bow drill method, and will be a wholistic class that includes fire building and tending, knife use and safety, and fire history. You do not need to be super strong or athletic to do this and don’t need to do it alone! No prior experience at all is necessary and we will focus on a few different methods to find the ones that work best for you. You will leave with your own hand-crafted bow drill kit! Please bring a sharp, fixed blade knife or you can buy one from me at cost (~$15).

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

Class Size: 9

Nina Lombardo

Creating Conscious Intimacy

What does it take to create intimate relationships grounded in passion, polarity, and deep soul-connection? What must we learn, let go of, cultivate and/or refine in order to consciously build relationships rooted in trust, devotion, and spiritual-sexual harmony? In this workshop we will explore these topics and more through group dialogue and direct embodied practice.

Bring a partner, a friend, or come solo. Come prepared to connect openly and whole-heartedly with one another as we safely explore new terrains of love, play, and vulnerability.

Open to all genders and sexual orientations. There is no nudity or sexual contact in this workshop.







Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 18

Ami Le

Instinctive Archery 101

Learn how to hit a ping-pong ball.

The art of instinctive archery. No sights,no releases, no pulleys. Just you, a bow, and your target.

Equipment provided.

Please read range rules ahead of time.

Due to limited equipment, we are limited to 8 students.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $10
Class Size: 8

Mikaila Herold

Introduction to Animal Training with a focus on Positive Reinforcement

In this class we will cover the basics of behavior modification in animals. Why do animals do certain behaviors in the first place? What are some ethical and educative ways we can alter these behaviors for harmonious living? We will talk about the differences between intelligence and trainability as well as between classical and associative conditioning. We will also learn the basics of clicker training and the value of positive reinforcement in general. Lots of time for Q&A regarding your own animals and training regardless of species.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Eric Blevins

Knot: a class

Learn a variety of knots and hitches for many applications such as climbing, tarps, vehicle tie-downs.

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

Class Size: 20

Makeda Meeks

Listen In - A Prioritization of POC Voices

An opportunity for People of Color to sit together in a space that prioritizes their voices, and have leaders and representatives of Earth Skills listen ONLY to their collective experiences.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Eric Lewis

mead making

learn the magic and mystery of turning honey water into wine! its not as challenging as you may think, and after going through the process step by step you will be ready to create amazing libations for your friends and family.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Alex Howe

Mhuti, Medicine Plants, and Mysticism of South Africa. A taste and smell show and tell.

Come to Bush Ninja's medicine blanket to hear about ancient and ancestral plant medicines of Southern Africa, and the mysticism surrounding them. Medicines that humans evolved alongside. Some are unique in their action, and can help us in this very age.
You'll get to try them!
There's an uplifting happy little succulent with serotonin effects that was used in sacred dancing rituals.
A rare white root that gives you dreams and regenerates nerve tissue.
Powerful digestive tonic and detoxification...as well as the most bitter taste you've ever had. (It's great!)
And more!

Free to attend, No limit
Trades and Purchases available

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 18

David Ahlgren

Permaculture Basics (The Art and Mindset of a regenerative design in Life and land)

Permaculture is observation of patterns in nature to create intentional design that is in harmony with nature. This intentional design is regenerative, building abundance as we work with nature. In this class, we will cover the basic ethics of permaculture and its thinking patterns. We will also cover some basic methods that have proven throughout history to be regenerative and harmonious with nature.

NOTE: This class may walk around to look at different nature systems and discuss the role we as humans can play.
Suggested classes after this one: Large Scale Permaculture and Permaculture Earthworks (classes will build on each other)

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Mycol Stevens

Plant propagation

Oliver Moore is a 3rd generation plant grafter and we have co-taught this most important skill several times in the past. I started grafting by reading an IFAS publication about 20 years ago with a dull knife and plastic grocery bags...needless to say I've gotten better! We will be doing ground work ahead of time by potting up some rootstock plants. We will then be showing how to graft on these...hopefully some of you can take a plant home with ya. Our intention is to have you graft yourself with our guidance...thats how you learn! We will also discuss and hopefully show other plant propagation techniques (layering, cuttings etc). If anyone has plant materials to share, please bring scion wood (btw I can use some asiatic persimmon scion wood). I will also share some native seed from my restoration efforts from my homestead and discuss some seeding techniques of natives too.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

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: no limit

Alexander Ojeda

Sickle and Scythe class: Scythe for a Quieter, Happier, Cleaner Future

We will learn all about the traditional harvesting tools called a sickle and a scythe. 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 back to work!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Dan Durica

Sustainable Alcohol from Local Ingredients: Winemaking

Wine is just sugar, water, some flavoring, and yeast. I have my own vineyard and make my own organic wines because I drink alcohol, and if I have to drink alcohol, I want it to be local. In this class, I'll be talking about winemaking with grapes using my vineyard as an example. I'll also cover winemaking from other kinds of fruits, and even talk about some other spirits. We'll explore a little history of winemaking and we'll cover the different processes of winemaking, ingredients, equipment, sanitation, and additives. We'll also start some fruit wine going with some basic ingredients.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Nathaniel Cajudo

Understanding Violence in our Community

In the first half of this class we will explore and analyze who, what, when and why of social violence, anti social violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and self harm. We will have an open discussion on how it affects our communities, how to avoid and prevent violence, as well as conflict resolution and emotional trauma care. As a warning, We will be talking about content that could be disturbing to some participants.

The second half of this class will be physical activity based on Filipino martial arts. We will explore movement, body mechanics, range, evasion as well as the many factors of violence and surviving a violent encounter. We will focus on disengagement, evacuation and escape. This will be a contact class. Children NOT permitted without parent full attendance.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Barron Brown

wooden spoon carving

 

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $1
Class Size: 12

Ami Le

Youll definitely need this class - A Class on Consent

This is a class about all the things your mama wanted to tell you about relationships, the world, and the people in it, but didn't have the words to say it.

This is a class for anyone whoever had a child or a teen ask them that tough question and they didn't know how to respond.

This is a class for anyone who's trying to navigate a more nuance world and is confused by it.

This is a class about topics that you'll use everyday.

Covering: consent, healthy relationships, boundaries, and more.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 8

Saturday (2/8/2020) - Afternoon

Eric Blevins

Assisted Thai Yoga

Come learn about this interactive ancient healing art that is beneficial to both the giver and receiver. We'll practice techniques that work on the feet, legs, hips, back, shoulders, neck and head. Please bring a yoga mat or blanket and wear clothing that allows free range of motion. Please notify the instructor of any contraindications such as injury or pregnancy that may limit your ability to participate.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Scott Karas

Council of All Beings

In this class we give voice to the more than human world. The Council of all Beings is a ritual developed by John Seed and Joanna Macy as part of The Work that Reconnects. Each participant will choose, or be chosen by, a plant, animal, ecosystem, or nature element (sky, river, coral reef etc.) that they will represent. The ritual is a council where each of these non-human allies gets a voice in the circle, explaining the joys, sufferings, and changes they are experiencing at this time. By expanding our consciousness to become the other and live in their "shoes" we build our capacity to understand and have compassion for the more than human world. Seeing the world through non-human eyes gives us a new perspective on how our actions impact the whole, and how we can live in right relationship. This ritual can be powerful and emotionally moving. Please come on time and ready to stay the entire length of the class period.

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

Class Size: 30

Matt Colombo

Creating a Fire with Friction ALL DAY CLASS

*This is an all-day class, if you sign up for it you will need to come for the morning and afternoon sessions*

How do you think your ancestors were making fire before matches, lighters, remote-control fireplaces, or stove tops? Connect with them! You just might be the first in your ancestral line to make fire with sticks for many, many generations. Create fire using only a knife, string, and natural materials. This full day workshop focuses on friction fire by the bow drill method, and will be a wholistic class that includes fire building and tending, knife use and safety, and fire history. You do not need to be super strong or athletic to do this and don’t need to do it alone! No prior experience at all is necessary and we will focus on a few different methods to find the ones that work best for you. You will leave with your own hand-crafted bow drill kit! Please bring a sharp, fixed blade knife or you can buy one from me at cost (~$15).

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

Class Size: 9

Fuz Sanderson

Didgeridoo Making and Playing

Fuz Sanderson will teach you how to make and decorate your own bamboo didgeridoo. We'll touch on the cultural history of Australian original peoples, bamboo ecology, other uses of bamboo and how to use the tools of the trade. The class will finish with playing techniques and circular breathing. Sliding scale materials fee of $10-$20 and you get to take your hand-crafted Didgeridoo home!

Age Limit: 13 and up
Class Fee: $10
Class Size: 12

Jeanette Klopchin

Discovering Our Native Pollinators

Native Bees and other Pollinators;
We will focus on Florida's 316 species of bee pollinators and their nectar/pollen food sources, how to identify them, how they nest, and how to help protect and identify their nesting locations as well as how to construct them for our own gardens & landscapes.

Weather permitting, we will scout for specimens :)

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 35

Nathaniel Cajudo

Dumog Filipino Combat Grappling

Dumog is traditional Filipino wrestling. In this class we will explore movement, body mechanics, range, timing, takedown defense and evasion. This is a full-contact class. The second half of this class we will playfully and safely tool spar. A very controlled wrestling match utilizing specific techniques that we have trained. Bring an open mind, leave your ego behind and prepare to have fun and get dirty.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Alex Kilgore

Edge Tool Sharpening

Bring your edge tools: hatchets, draw knives, adze, chisels, etc., and we'll work on getting them sharp!

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

Class Size: 6

James Clinkscale

Flintknapping

Flintknapping basics. In this class we will practice different forms of reduction including percussion and pressure flaking. We will use stone,bone, antler and wooden tools for the reduction process. If you are already a flintknapping enthusiast you can step it up a notch and perhaps learn some new techniques! All levels are welcome!

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $05
Class Size: 15

Patrick Walker

Knife and Tomahawk Throwing

In this class we'll cover the basic of thrown Weapons, have some fun, and practice our skills while keeping safety paramount above all else.

The class is listed as adult, but accompanied minors will at least be considered provided their guardian is present.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: $2
Class Size: 15

Matt Hansen

Leather Sewing Circle

An open invite to bring sewing projects, leather working tools, and finished work to a circle of fellow crafters. The morning class will have this time to finish their projects. It's at this time we can discuss clothing, patterning, design, stitches, the different tanning processes and maintenance of buckskin. All abilities welcome, kids with an adult, and a project in hand isn't necessary. It would be awesome to have someone who tools leather give us a demonstration or other fiber artist to join our circle.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Dave Cooper

Making Park Benches from Pallets

The pallet industry is - by far - the largest consumer of hardwoods from American forests. Many pallets are only used once before being thrown into the landfill or ground into wood chips. How wasteful! We will discuss the many possibilities of converting discarded wooden shipping pallets to make simple furniture and other useful items for home and garden. We will talk about the environmental impacts of the wood pallet industry, the best places to find good pallets etc. We will deconstruct some pallets using basic hand tools and review ways to do this without injury. In the workshop we will build several park benches - participants can help build benches or just watch. Artistic people at the Florida Earth Skills Gathering are invited to paint the benches in colorful designs, all paints and materials will be provided. We will donate the finished painted benches to the site or to a local community park or walking trail.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Elise Damilatis

Medicine Making 101

Tinctures, vinegars, salves, oh my! I aim to demystify the process of medicine making and send you home with all of the information you need to start your own apothecary. This is a beginners class, but there will be some advanced information offered as well. This will be mostly a lecture, however if time permits I like to end with a short weed-walk (learn about the most abundant medicinal plants around!) and we can make an herbal vinegar together.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Sara Callaway

Peacemaking

What is peace? How do we cultivate it? There are many elements that go into peaceful relations, including communication approaches, structural setups, power dynamics, internal tracking, and personal priorities. At the heart of it all is respect. Come explore the holistic map of peacemaking.

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

Class Size: 12

David Ahlgren

Permaculture Earthworks (Ponds, swales, dams...The Art of Shaping soil for harmony and healing the land)

The application of earthworks over recorded history has created a foundation for harmony, abundance, and regeneration. We will cover observation, design, implementation, maintenance, and expected benefit over 1000+ years. This class will start with an on site design of the existing grounds for this event. We will meet with the land steward and do a site evaluation. We will work with the existing vision and long term plan of the site to establish a solution and symbiosis for the future. Teacher David Ahlgren has workshops and consults on large sale earthworks around the world.

NOTE: Everyone is welcome, but keep in mind this class is considered an advanced class and will move quickly though permaculture design in action. If you do not have a basic understanding of permaculture, I would suggest taking permaculture basics offered on Saturday morning at Turquoise Flag Teaching Camp: Tent 1 ANCESTRAL SKILLZ.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Sara Henry

Pine Needle Baskets

Learn the traditional craft of coil basketry, embraced by basket makers around the world.  We'll use the locally abundant long leaf and slash pine needles to coil in spirals until we end up with a beautiful, functional vessel.  There is a wonderful history of making pine needle baskets in Florida, as well as similar sweetgrass baskets.  The Florida Museum of Natural History has some beautiful examples of Seminole baskets.  It will be my pleasure to pass on this heartfelt craft which was passed down to me by my dear friend and teacher, Cherokee elder Nancy Basket.

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

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: no limit

Cali Janae

Prickly Ash Medicine: Wildcrafting & Medicine Making

The prickly ash or toothache tree is a mid-sized tree endemic to the Southeastern United States. In addition to its ecological value, it has both culinary & medicinal uses to humans. In this class we will harvest prickly ash from a tree on site. This tree is ideal for an ethical harvest and will be used as an example to dicuss ethical and ecological ideas to consider when harvesting this tree species. After harvesting we will process and prepare a tincture from the bark of the tree. Attendees will leave the class with one ounce of prickly ash medicine. Discussion will focus on medicinal applications of prickly ash and include traditional uses from diverse cultures and culinary uses.

Please bring pruning saws, pruners, loppers & knives to class if you have them. Note $5 class fee; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 15

Gray Taylor

Riveting 101: Full Tang Knife Handles w/o glue

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. Materials fee - Depends on size of knife($50-100)

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: $50
Class Size: 5

stephanie davis

Shibori techniques in an indigo dye vat

Come learn the traditional Japanese techniques of creating patterns in fabric called shibori in an indigo dye vat! Please bring white or light fabrics made of natural fibers to dye. There is a materials fee of 10.00 to cover costs of dye, sewing and tying materials.
Children 10 and up welcome to join with an adult.

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $10
Class Size: 12

Becky Beyer

Southern Folk Medicine

Learn the fundamentals of Southern Folk medicine as a living practice. What makes our region and folk healing practices unique? Things like the broad cultural influences from European humoral medicine, diverse indigenous practices and African spiritual traditions. Key plant species used and classic remedies will be covered and we'll sample a few ourselves. Come ready to taste, mix, touch and smell barks, powders, teas and syrups.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Kennedy Oneself

Spontaneous Freedom: Collaborative Musical Exploration

Allowing the spontaneous freedom of unhindered expression, we celebrate the moment and explore our inherently musical nature through toning, drumming and playing, or just listening, dancing or stretching. We will begin with breathing together, and gentle humming/toning. Gradually we'll explore greater volume and variety of pitch. We will play with our voices in whatever way feels good. We will also harmonize with various musical instruments such as~singing bowls, asian harp, handpan, shruti box, flutes etc. Participants will also be invited play with handpan, flute, didgeridoo, guzheng, shakers, ocean drum, kalimba and more.

With the freedom to explore your voice, your rhythm, and also to listen deeply to others, we will create a musical tapestry that is liberating and inspiring, both to listen to and to co-create.

Bring drums, didgeridoos, shakers, flutes or just your ears and voice.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Josh Fox

The Joys of Touch

Join Fox and Nina Lombarto 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!

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 25

Grant Adkisson

Throwing Knives

Forge a simple and effective throwing knife, Bo shuriken or other similar type projectile from scratch. Learn basic forging techniques while creating a balanced and well tapered tool. Technique could be applied to many other applications. Forge and file to rough finish and edge. Material Fee 15$. Barter possible but must be agreed on beforehand.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $15
Class Size: 4

Barron Brown

Traditional net tying

 

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

Class Size: 15

Sara Hosburg

Weaving Cloth on a 4 Harness Floor Loom

Weaving on a floor loom is a whole body experience that can be rhythmically meditative and an efficient means of creating artistic fiber goods. The focus of this workshop will be learning the basics of how to weave with a 4 harness floor loom but other tidbits are included such as bobbin winding and set up. There are two patterns to try and you keep the piece of cloth that you have made. I have preset the warp on the loom with cotton and various other fibers donated from a reusable resources center. You can choose your weft(s) from an array of colors and fibers.

I have divided the class into one hour time slots so that each student's experience is one-on-one. Afternoon classes have 3) one hour time slots, one student can sign up for 1:30 to 2:30, one for 2:30 to 3:30, and one for 3:30 to 4:30. Students are welcome to stay and watch during the other students' time slots or leave to do other things. At the end of the class session, all of the students' cloth will be cut off of the loom and be ready to pick up.


Students are welcome to bring their own weft yarn but are required to bring nothing.

Age Limit: Age 9 and up.
Class Fee: $3
Class Size: 3

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

Saturday (2/8/2020) - Late-afternoon/ evening

Possum Poachers

Contra Dance!

Please join us for the Old-Time/ Contra dance with the Possum Trot and caller Andy Kane. Possum Trot includes Pete Sucsy - guitar and banjo, Eleta Sucsy- penny whistle, Pat Stevens - Guitar and banjo, Tim Stevens and Laura Price. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Instructions will be given throughout the dance. Beginners lesson begins at 7:45pm. Dance starts at 8pm. Songs earlier in the set will be geared towards those learning the steps. Bring some water to drink!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Tara Rawson

Moon Lodge

Sistren, gather together in the red tent with Sangoma and Tara for an evening of circle, support, insights and togetherness. We'll hold space for each other in a woman's circle and sleep over moon lodge. Drink tea with fellow goddesses and dream together. We'll wake early together and share stories of dreamwork and more.

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

Class Size: 15

Jon Handelman

Passion Super Show!!

Join Jon Handelman for an open mic around the main fire. Bring your poems, songs, stories, and passion!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Sunday (2/9/2020) - Morning

Barron Brown

finish your projects

don't go home with unfinished projectsso hang out and we'll get them done

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

James Clinkscale

Flintknapping

Flintknapping basics. In this class we will practice different forms of reduction including percussion and pressure flaking. We will use stone,bone, antler and wooden tools for the reduction process. If you are already a flintknapping enthusiast you can step it up a notch and perhaps learn some new techniques! All levels are welcome!

Age Limit: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $05
Class Size: 15

Emily Hemeyer

Growing and Foraging Color: Fungi, Lichen, and Plants

Overview of natural dye with an emphasis on how to grow and find your own color. We’ll discuss the dye process, mordants, and how to test for color. $5 material fee

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 15

Eric Lewis

intro to permaculture

A relatively brief overview of permaculture, a design science that empowers us to live in a way that is conscious, connected and regenerative. we will discuss the basic concepts and principles of permaculture and then take a walk around the land to identify various challenges and opportunities of the gathering site as a potential permaculture project. note taking materials will definitely be useful as we will cover a lot of dense information.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Matt Hansen

Leather Circle

All right! All day, i'll bring my tools, you bring yer ideas or/and completed projects. i.e. journals, hip-packs, sheaths, bags, miniatures, clothing, lets figure it all as a group and show our work. We can discuss brain/bark tan, patterning, construction, and wear. All ages, all skill levels, stop by for even just a moment. It's 20 $ a square foot if you purchase buckskin from me, but its not necessary to take the class. I will have other things to sew as well.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Kennedy Oneself

Mystical Music Meditation Journey

A profoundly potent symphonic orchestration of acoustic vibration that guides us to the stillness that exists beyond all thoughts.

We'll talk about the many methods of meditation, and how it is applicable and beneficial to everyone. We'll discuss how sound has been used to support meditation by mystics all around the world. We'll learn about the different musical instruments used, such as hulusi, guzheng, didgeridoo, gongs, crystal bowls, shruti, handpan, and more

And then we'll lay down and relax while being serenaded in harmony by musical instruments of many cultures. Listening without any effort of any kind. Not even trying to clear the mind of thoughts...Simply becoming a witness to all that rises and falls. When you can listen with conscious alertness, just noticing the melodically pulsating conversation, a deeper serenity arrives with a blanket of sound.

At ease, we begin to notice the small gaps of stillness between thoughts. Gradually, we find it natural to reside in this immensely peaceful silence. We are simply creating the right circumstances for peace to make a home in us, for meditation to happen to us. These harmonic vibrations are designed to become a foundation for our journey towards blissfulness.

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

Class Size: no limit

Mandy Phelan

Nature Immersion with Nico and Soleil!

Nature Immersion with Nico and Soleil! Fire focused day! Today we’ll learn the basic tips and tricks to creating a successful fire and then put our knowledge to the test with a fire challenge that builds and builds our skills!


Sign in to youth village and then adventure with the group away from youth village.

Nature immersion instructors will be taking children out on adventures!
Please let your instructor know if your child has any medical or emotional needs that might arise!

Send them prepared with proper clothing, a filled water bottle and a healthy SNACK all in a little backpack or bag that can be carried by your child.
HYDRATION IS SO IMPORTANT!

We will remind your child to drink water OFTEN.
If a medical need arises your child will be taken to first aid (if necessary) and you will be contacted with the information/location you provide!
Please let us know where you will be!

Thank You!

Age Limit: 7-12
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

David Ahlgren

Permaculture and Money

New Economies of abundance from intentional design and reshaping the economy using the patterns we see in nature. Successful Permaculture designer and Educator David Ahlgren will lead a discussion and bring stories and methods of reshaping the current landscape the be in economic harmony with all.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

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: no limit

Joan Candalino

Rocket Stove Basics

More efficient fire = Quicker Coffee. Basics of what makes an efficient fire, what makes it a rocket stove, and how to take those principles and use the fuel and materials you have (bricks, cans, earth)to cook your food. It's not rocket science, it's rocket stove science.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Nina Lombardo

Thai Massage for Everyone

Come learn the ancient therapeutic art of Thai Massage! Originating in India over 2,500 years ago and later developed and preserved in Thailand, this bodywork modality integrates yogic and Ayurvedic principles into a comprehensive system of healing. Discover simple and effective techniques to alleviate pain and tension, clear stagnant energy, and relax the body/mind. Nourish yourself and each other in this beautiful dance of giving and receiving.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Grant Adkisson

The Blacksmith is In

Open Shop time for Knife making students to complete previously started projects. Heat treatment, sanding, filing, sharpening and handling any knives made in previous classes. May be some forging and general discussion of blacksmithing as well as demonstration but no new projects will be offered. Anyone welcome to observe etc but returning students will take priority of space and teacher's focus.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 10

Becky Beyer

The Magic of Vinegar: Oxymels, Shrubs and Medicinal Vinegars

?Vinegar has been used for medicine for thousands of years by many nations of people. We'll explore remedies and recipes for vinegar tonics, sippable shrubs and Appalachian and Southern folk medicines made from one of the simplest, yet effective home remedies. Learn about all the health benefits of different kinds of vinegar, how to make alcohol-free tinctures with it, along with tonics and shrubs, a delicious health-boosting beverage made with herbs, vinegar, and honey. We'll forage ingredients for vinegar based medicines and learn the history and how-to with all things vinegar. Take home your own handmade herbal vinegar tonic.

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

Nathaniel Cajudo

Understanding Violence in our Community

In the first half of this class we will explore and analyze who, what, when and why of social violence, anti social violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and self harm. We will have an open discussion on how it affects our communities, how to avoid and prevent violence, as well as conflict resolution and emotional trauma care. As a warning, We will be talking about content that could be disturbing to some participants.

The second half of this class will be physical activity based on Filipino martial arts. We will explore movement, body mechanics, range, evasion as well as the many factors of violence and surviving a violent encounter. We will focus on disengagement, evacuation and escape. This will be a contact class. Children NOT permitted without parent full attendance.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Sara Hosburg

Weaving Cloth on a 4 Harness Floor Loom

Weaving on a floor loom is a whole body experience that can be rhythmically meditative and an efficient means of creating artistic fiber goods. The focus of this workshop will be learning the basics of how to weave with a 4 harness floor loom but other tidbits are included such as bobbin winding and set up. There are two patterns to try and you keep the piece of cloth that you have made. I have preset the warp on the loom with cotton and various other fibers donated from a reusable resources center. You can choose your weft(s) from an array of colors and fibers.

I have divided the class into one hour time slots so that each student's experience is one-on-one. Morning classes have 2) one hour time slots, one student can sign up for 10:00 to 11:00 and one for 11:00 to 12:00. Students are welcome to stay and watch during the other students' time slot or leave to do other things. At the end of the class session, both of the students' cloth will be cut off of the loom and be ready to pick up.


Students are welcome to bring their own weft yarn but are required to bring nothing.

Age Limit: Age 9 and up.
Class Fee: $3
Class Size: 2

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: 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

Sunday (2/9/2020) - Afternoon

Jeanette Klopchin

Beekeeping: A-Z, then to now; when, why & how.

Beekeeping: A-Z, then to now; when, why & how.

bio, eco, equip, extract, all that - and more.

Lots of show and tell, Q & A; all welcome; novice, new-bee, all the way up to actual keeper - all are welcome :)


all welcome, but supervised children are encouraged b/c of lots of moving parts.

sliding scale donation encouraged for those who would like to take home a small jar of freshly extracted honey..OR..bring a small clean container for a sample.
honey MAY be for sale at the class (or store...depends on January harvest).

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 35

Luke McLaughlin

Bow drill for smaller bodied humans (and all others too!)

Are you a smaller bodied human and feel intimidated by the process? Are you still having a hard time starting a fire with your bow-drill kit? Come on out and learn the sitting bow-drill technique! This technique allows us to use more of our bodies and less of our muscles to generate down pressure for starting a friction fire. No matter how young or small you are BOW-DRILL FIRES are for you!

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

Cheng Liu

Functional Medicine for The Modern Healer

Whether you are a clinician or just seeking better control of your own health, this workshop will empower you with practical knowledge and tools:

- The latest from Anti-aging research and Biohacking movement, Cellular/mitochondria optimization. These are super active fields and bringing out the next level of healing, and changing our illness focus to a mentality of Thriving.
- Order your own lab tests, including When to do genetic testing and what’s the deal with MTHFR;
- "The Body Never Forgets How to Repair itself". So long as we recognize many hidden epidemics are the root cause of chronic illness, such as mercury from amalgam and how to test them;
- Demystify digestive disorders such as Leaky Guts/SIBO/Candida/Parasite/Biofilm
- Educate ourselves of common medications, Herb-drug interaction. Hands on demo of cheap home devices, such as Glucose monitor, Oura ring for sleep tracking.
Bring a pen!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Mikaila Herold

Introduction to Ethology- Understanding the emotional lives of animals

The goal of this class is to help you develop a sense for animals as living, sentient individuals; as opposed to automatons executing genetic programming. Not only will we look at the scientific evidence available which shows that animals live very complex emotionally conscious lives but we will also look to the traditional beliefs on what animals can teach us about healthy relationships. Understanding animals, their abilities of perception, and connection to their environment are at the forefront of helping us to better understand things like intuition and the synergistic relationships that make up the natural world.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

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: no limit

Tracy Weiss

Privilege Walk & Talk

Participants will address power, privilege, and oppression, bringing awareness through interactive group activity and discussion. Discussion will focus on diversity and inclusion, as well as the feelings and experiences that may arise during the activity. The end goal is to encourage participants to see that we can use our privileges individually and collectively to work for social justice. Participants will be guided through this activity in a Safe Space by a trained counselor.

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

Class Size: no limit

Jillian Ross

Wild Fermentation 101

This class will cover the basics of various fermented foods and beverages such as: Sauerkraut, pickled veggies, kimchi, etc. We will discuss what fermentation is and how it is used to preserve various fruits and vegetables for long term storage with or without refrigeration. We will go through the process of preparing a ferment and each person attending will get to take home what they make. There will also be several items to sample throughout the class.

**Bring ferments to share if you are currently fermenting something!!!

Please bring a knife suitable for chopping vegetables, a small bowl/cup and fork to sample items and pen/paper to take notes

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 12

 

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