Classes/Schedule

Our Daily Schedule is as follows:

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

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

Our Closing Circle is at 5pm Sunday.

We understand that participants would like to 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 2019 class schedule shown below.  Please remember that the schedule is Always Subject to Change. 

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

To see the list of 2019 instructors click here. The list will appear in a new tab in your browser.

To see the 2019 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 beginning outline of our 2019 Youth Class Schedule is available by clicking here. 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 (2/6/2019) - Afternoon

Fuz Sanderson

40 Minute Forks

40 minute forks -
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...
Limit 15 people, Age 12 and above. you will need a sharp knife. And you will feel empowered.

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

Class Size: 15

Alexander Ojeda

Creating Your life Plan with Permaculture

Learn how to apply permaculture principles to your everyday life and build a plan for the future. Use the permaculture toolbox to help you to create the tools you need to solve problems in a beautifully efficient way. Permaculture is a philosophy as well as a real-world, hands-on approach that's designed to help you to prosper by being more connected with nature's processes and turning your life from a consumer to a producer..

Come start the conversation. We can talk about safety and security, homesteading, off-grid living, nutrient dense and non-toxic solutions for food, fuels and energy, safe and clean water capture and storage, home construction, personal relationships, getting healthy and staying healthy and much more.

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

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

CoreyPine Shane

Herbal Pain remedies

Plant medicine can be remarkably effective for helping with pain, but because herbs are more gentle it helps to get as specific as possible with what herb helps with what kind of pain. We'll cover herbs for first aid situations, nerve pain, muscle pain, inflammation and others. We'll also talk about some warning signs ("red flags") that mean more advanced care is needed.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 25

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class is an introduction to knife and tomahawk throwing. We'll cover the basics of thrown weapony, with safety being paramount above all else. All skill levels are welcome, and feel free to bring your own throwables.

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

Justin Marcano

Living in Community

What does it mean to live in a cooperative setting? How can one navigate through all the intricacies of life in community? In this class we will take a look into a suburban residential cooperative known as the Peanut Butter Palace, a community space that has been active for more than 5 years. Originally a co-housing opportunity for students in East Orlando, natural succession has transformed this home into a thriving beacon of community and Permaculture. Some see it as a healing space, where people come to live slow and figure life out, others as an incubator where one can reflect on their dreams, aspirations, and life purpose. As we juggle our personal life with our community life, you can find any one of us working a day job, gardening, producing music, dancing, doing yoga, building community, organizing fundraisers and workshops, cooking dinners, and playing outdoors. We are a group of millennials who are choosing to live in a counter-cultural way. While society has taught us to take the high road into individualism, we have decided to band together to learn how to reduce our collective impact on the Earth. Behavioral changes and cultural assimilation are key components when considering a cooperative life style, where one must evaluate their own way of viewing the world both internally and externally.

Topics of Discussion:
Internal Governance
Co-housing and Property Management
Community Projects
Outreach
Holistic Living
Permaculture

Age Limit: No age limit
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: 15

Hawk Hurst

Rivercane Flute Making - Native American-style

Participants will be taken through the magical process of creating their own Native America-style flute, relying on both indigenous river cane and a variety of Asian bamboos. These pentatonic flutes are end-blown and fairly easy to learn to play. $15 class fee

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $15
Class Size: 8

Sara Hosburg

Weaving Cloth on a 4 Harness 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 loom with warp that includes cotton, wool, and other various fibers donated from a reusable resources center. You will choose your weft(s) from an array of colors and fibers. At the end of class you can finish the edges of your newly made fabric with knotting of your choice.

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. 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.

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

Age Limit: Age 9 and up.
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 3

Thursday (2/7/2019) - Early-morning

Tara Rawson

Flying Thai

Join us to gather together and work out the kinks from travel and camping. Make new friends and build community while stretching and supporting each other. Please bring your own towel, tapestry or mat and get ready to play and be pampered!

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

Class Size: 22

Macon Verteskjall

Songs to Greet the Rising Sun

First Light at Main Fire

Using our whole bodies we will give our praise to the great gift of the day. We'll practice Qi Gong, sacred breath movement in alignment and sing songs to the rising light. This will happen in some way each day of the gathering, so we can start our days fully engaged with our senses and hearts. And help the village begin the great weaving of each unique earth-spin...it's an ancient tradition the world around to greet this sacred time in reverence and praise, please join us!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Fuz Sanderson

The Dawn Chorus: Who is that singing?

The Dawn Chorus: Who is that singing?
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 (2/7/2019) - Morning

Hawk Hurst

Ancient Arts: Games & Stories You Can Share With Others

We will gather around the ancestor fire and share some sacred stories that have a high heart and mind value. We will learn, while playing, some ancient games and activities that teach hand-eye coordination, teamwork, empathy, and laughter. All of which can be shared with others.

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

Class Size: 15

Sara Callaway

Applied Medicine Wheel Teachings - 8 Directions, 8 Shields

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

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 12

Eric Lewis

Beginners plant walk

An introduction to plant identification with an emphasis on edible and medicinal plants.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 45

Alexander Ojeda

Creating Your life Plan with Permaculture

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

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

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

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Cali Janae

Ecology & Ethics for Wildcrafters & Foragers

Using ecological understanding as a framework, this class will discuss the ethical considerations involved in wild harvesting plants. We will discuss ecological principles and apply them to the relationships that plants have with the other beings that rely on them. This discussion will include humans as an element of the ecological conversation. Discussion will ask questions such as: What is my intended impact while harvesting? How can I harvest sustainably? What is my relationship to this specific plant? How can I harvest in a way that increases biodiversity? Finally we will discuss urban crafting and the human ethics and health involved in growing and gathering plants in a city setting. The class will start out as a lecture-style and proceed into a plant walk at the end of the class.

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

Class Size: no limit

CoreyPine Shane

Embodying Healthy Masculinity - Discussion

The patriarchal culture we live in hurts men as well as women. How do we reclaim the healed masculine energy for the betterment of all? How do we grow past the unhealed and immature masculinity that many of us grew up with into a healthy embodiment of masculinity?

This is very much a facilitated discussion as I don't have the answers. So I invite all those who have been working towards this or desire to work on this issue to come join. Though we will focus on healing the masculine, all genders are welcome.

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

Class Size: 25

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: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Mel Beaux

Hide Tanning (3 FULL DAYS)

We will be turning animal skins into soft pliable leather through the wet scrape method and egg tanning. This is a 3 day, ALL DAY, class that does not conform to the regular class schedule and is physically strenuous. This class is weather dependent so it may have to be adjusted based on the weather. Our first day will be wet scraping hair and grain from the hides. The second day will be our softening day. The third day will be our smoking day, to preserve the softening process and finish our buckskins.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: $25
Class Size: 6

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class is an introduction to knife and tomahawk throwing. We'll cover the basics of thrown weapony, with safety being paramount above all else. All skill levels are welcome, and feel free to bring your own throwables.

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

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery

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

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Jan Macario

Test Orange Class

This is a test class.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Macon Verteskjall

Voice as Medicina Para La Tierra

Our own diaphragmatic drums give us abilities beyond scientific measure. We sing and speak, feeling a genuine pulse pushing out into the world from our tongue and lungs.

Meanwhile, the world around us receives and reflects us. With genuine caring intention and action, we can feed and potentiate healing between ourselves and earth. We'll offer that hope in the form of words to the non-human inhabitants of the land that holds us.

Let's practice courtship, prayer and eloquence in a safe space to be vulnerable and explore our linguistic capacity. Calling all magicians, sorceresses and mages, and anyone with an ear towards listening to the holy seen and unseen, living in the deep.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 21

Thursday (2/7/2019) - Afternoon

Maurice White

art of the coconut

Class opens with a friendly game of coconut football. The winning team gets first pick of the coconuts!! Learn these great survival skilsl: Open a coconut with your bare hands. Make a bowl or cup from the inner shell of a coconut. Drink coconut water and eat coconut meat. Share coconut meat with new found friends. Learn how to make coconut milk and oil.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

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: Adult supervision for children under age 12
Class Fee: $5
Class Size: 35

Fuz Sanderson

Drumming: Listening with the left hand

Have you ever been a part of an incredible drum circle? Where the beat seems natural, the energy flows and people can't help but dance? And have you ever been part of a drum circle that was a noisy mess? What's the difference? This class helps to teach you how to be a part of creating that infectious groove, bring your non-dominant hand into drumming to improve your technique. Skills, drills, and time signatures - understanding how to turn random drumming into music!
Please bring or borrow a drum and chair.

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

Class Size: 15

Jeff Gottlieb

Fire Making Tricks for Challenging Conditions

Practice a variety of techniques that will allow you to make a sure-fire successful campfire, even in challenging conditions. Understand some of the physics of fire, special "ultra flammable" materials, and ways to collect, prepare, arrange and ignite materials. Even advanced fire makers will enjoy this class, but beginners can make full use of it!

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

Class Size: 15

Marc Williams

Florida Woody Ethnobotany

Spend a class learning about trees and shrubs. We will go for a plant walk to learn how to identify a woody plant by the leaves, bark and other characteristics. Common and obscure uses for woody plants of the Floridian flora that may support overall health, well-being and sustenance will also be discussed.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 25

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class is an introduction to knife and tomahawk throwing. We'll cover the basics of thrown weapony, with safety being paramount above all else. All skill levels are welcome, and feel free to bring your own throwables.

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

Angie Minno

Naturally Levened Breads

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

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery

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

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Alexander Ojeda

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 do 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: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 10

Jon Handelman

Understanding your Emotions

Your emotions—especially the dark and dishonored ones—hold a tremendous amount of energy and potential to direct your life and relationships, but they can be confusing grounds to navigate. Through experiential exercises covering a full spectrum of feelings from anger, fear, and shame to jealousy, grief, joy, and more, we will have some fun in discovering how to work with our own and others' emotions with fluency and expertise.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Sara Hosburg

Weaving Cloth on a 4 Harness 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 loom with warp that includes cotton, wool, and other various fibers donated from a reusable resources center. You will choose your weft(s) from an array of colors and fibers. At the end of class you can finish the edges of your newly made fabric with knotting of your choice.

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. 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.

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

Age Limit: Age 9 and up.
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 3

Thursday (2/7/2019) - Late-afternoon/ evening

Hawk Hurst

Stories for Everyone - Even You!

We will gather around the Ancestor Fire to celebrate the spoken word! Hawk Hurst will start us off, spinning stories from a variety of ancient cultures, as well as sharing some personal wisdom tales. Everyone is invited to attend, first as a story listener, and as the evening progresses, as a storyteller!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Friday (2/8/2019) - 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

Friday (2/8/2019) - Morning

Eric Lewis

Beginners Mushroom walk

An introduction to the wonderful world of wild mushrooms. we will go over the main groups, key features to look for in the identification process, and how to approach wild edible mushrooms safely and systematically.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 45

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

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

Sara Callaway

Human Life Cycle, Stages of Life, & Rites of Passage

This class focuses on the human life cycle and how our journeys unfold over time. We'll discuss the stages of life, core competencies to develop (nature tasks, culture tasks), rites of passage, and how one's community can impact this experience. Many of these ideas are drawn from the work of Bill Plotkin (Nature and the Human Soul) and Paul Raphael (an Odawa Elder), as well as from personal experience. Life is a continual process of transformation. Learn how to support the changes.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 12

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class is an introduction to knife and tomahawk throwing. We'll cover the basics of thrown weapony, with safety being paramount above all else. All skill levels are welcome, and feel free to bring your own throwables.

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

Justin Marcano

Living in Community

What does it mean to live in a cooperative setting? How can one navigate through all the intricacies of life in community? In this class we will take a look into a suburban residential cooperative known as the Peanut Butter Palace, a community space that has been active for more than 4 years. Originally a co-housing opportunity for students in East Orlando, natural succession has transformed this home into a thriving beacon of community and Permaculture. Some see it as a healing space, where people come to live slow and figure life out, others as an incubator where one can reflect on their dreams, aspirations, and life purpose. As we juggle our personal life with our community life, you can find any one of us working part-time jobs, gardening, fermenting, building relationships with neighbors, organizing fundraisers and workshops, cooking dinners, and playing outdoors. We are a group of millennials, 7 in total, who are choosing to live in a counter-cultural way. While society has taught us to take the high road into individualism, we have decided to band together to learn how to reduce our collective impact on the Earth. Behavioral changes and cultural assimilation are key components when considering a cooperative life style, where one must evaluate their own way of viewing the world both internally and externally.

Topics of Discussion:
Internal Governance
Co-housing and Property Management
Community Projects
Outreach
Holistic Living
Permaculture

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Jeff Gottlieb

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. 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

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery

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

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Alexander Ojeda

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 do 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: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 10

Nathaniel Cajudo

Self defense and evacuation

This class is based on traditional Filipino martial arts and self-defense. It is a reality-based, street combat, survivalist art. We will be exploring movement, body mechanics, footwork and hand to hand contact drills. We will be learning about different options and approaches to disengagement and de-escalation of potentially violent situations, as well as room evacuation. We will touch on edged and impact weapons training with safe training blades and sticks. All levels welcome. Female co-instructor present. Please leave your egos at home. Come to have fun and learn to increase your chances of surviving a dangerous situation.’
(For your optimal benefit, it's recommended that students take 2 or all 3 classes offered, but not required.)

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

Class Size: 25

Sara Hosburg

Weaving Cloth on a 4 Harness 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 loom with warp that includes cotton, wool, and other various fibers donated from a reusable resources center. You will choose your weft(s) from an array of colors and fibers. At the end of class you can finish the edges of your newly made fabric with knotting of your choice.

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. 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.

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

Age Limit: Age 9 and up.
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 2

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

Friday (2/8/2019) - Afternoon

Hawk Hurst

Advanced Flute Making - Pentatonic and Diatonic scales

Participants will learn to create a traditional flute, in either the pentatonic (Native American-style) scale or the diatonic (European and Asian) scale. End blown and transverse (side-blown) type of flutes. $15 class fee.

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: $15
Class Size: 8

Macon Verteskjall

Bedouin-Style Drop Spindle Craft

Learn to make a Bedouin-Style Top-down drop spindle from micaceous clay and pine pitch (I will bring) and a home-carved dowel of your choice (bring your own about the diameter of your biggest finger or I'll have some for you to carve on). Bring a knife, eager hands, hearts and minds ready to speak with the beings we will be crafting with and that's about it. I'll demonstrate use and explain a few things I know about spinning, fibers and weaving.

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

Annie SewDev

Charting the Menstrual Cycle

The menstrual cycle is an integral part of the human experience. Knowing how to chart can aid in the pursuit of pregnancy, birth control, emotional wellbeing, and self awareness. This class will explain menstrual anatomy, how to chart and understand the signs of fertility, and why it matters. If there is time, we will cover herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle tips that are helpful tools for reducing discomfort and supporting the body through various phases and imbalances associated with the menstrual cycle. Contrary to what we are often told, the menstrual cycle can be a gift to participate in. This class is open to all body types, gender identities, and those in all phases of life. Please bring a pen and paper for taking notes, if you'd like.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Jon Handelman

Finding your voice

Singing is one of our most joyous and genuine 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. 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

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class is an introduction to knife and tomahawk throwing. We'll cover the basics of thrown weapony, with safety being paramount above all else. All skill levels are welcome, and feel free to bring your own throwables.

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

Maurice White

Moden Nomadic Economic Housing

There will be a working modern nomadic economic mini house for you to view and ask questions about. This class will cover topics like: sourcing free and discounted materials; economic waterproofing membrane for walls and roof; minimal structural construction for extreme lightweight hauling, home made composting toilet ideal for travel; solar and battery options; food refrigeration; lighting options; AC/DC hybrid energy options; sourcing free canopy material to use for awnings; detailed pictures of the buildout; boone docking hacks; micro home communities; and question and answer dialogue throughout the whole class. If you have ever dreamed of living off the grid in comfort in an inexpensive mobile friendly shelter, you do not want to miss this class!!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Marc Williams

Plant Family Patterns: The Key to See

Plant Family Patterns can greatly aid in demystifying the “green wall” of species around us. Approximately 350,000 species of flowering plants are known to global science. These species have been grouped into around 15,000 genera and over 400 flowering plant families. About 200 flowering plant families grow in the temperate world where it annually frosts and or freezes including all but extreme southern Florida. You will know something significant about the majority of plants that you see in the temperate world if you learn the top 30 families around you. It is often possible to guess whether a plant is edible, medicinal, or poisonous simply by the family it occupies. However, some exceptions are important to know as well. We will engage in a walk and talk around the FL Earthskills locale where we will delve into the major plant families of the Southern USA. Students will reinforce plant identification skills by observing family patterns such as leaf, flower and fruit types. Uses including edibility, medicinality, craft, wildlife promotion and landscape beauty will be discussed. Participants will gain a more holistic understanding of the major plants comprising the Southern US flora and their potential ecological and ethnobotanical applications.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 25

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery

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

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Alexander Ojeda

Super Efficient Fires and starting them with Everyday Things

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

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Elise Damilatis

The 6 Steps of Healing - The Wise Woman Way

Come learn this uniquely empowering and truly holistic and integrative approach to healing. Learn to listen to your body, nourish it, and to use herbs and other healing modalities in a way that supports you as a whole, unique being. This is not your cookie-cutter approach to herbal medicine, but a paradigm of healing.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Friday (2/8/2019) - 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

Jeff Gottlieb

trade blanket

Join us for a Fur Trade Era trade blanket! It has comedy, drama, suspense and treasures! Bring your new and used crafts, especially handmade, books, tools, foods, materials, clothing; anything of interest to outdoorsy Earthskills folks. Everyone has things to trade! Be prepared to split into 2 groups if attendance is too large. Bring a chair if desired. Traders sit in the inner circle and spectators around the outside. Meet at 5pm in the big circus tent.

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

Class Size: no limit

Saturday (2/9/2019) - Early-morning

Tara Rawson

Playshop

What is a PLAYSHOP?

This is a class full of games, partner yoga, trust exercises, vulnerability work, sharing, singing, solo exercises, laughter, and tons of fun. This is community building at it's finest!

Meet new 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 participate with parents.
Please bring your own towel, tapestry or mat.

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

Class Size: 22

Saturday (2/9/2019) - 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: $5
Class Size: 18

Sarah McComb

Drop Spindle Spinning

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

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

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

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class is an introduction to knife and tomahawk throwing. We'll cover the basics of thrown weapony, with safety being paramount above all else. All skill levels are welcome, and feel free to bring your own throwables.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
Class Fee: $2
Class Size: 15

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery Firing

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

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Sara Callaway

Proactive 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 an 8 shields approach to Peacemaking. If you long for greater inner peace, if you deeply desire more peace in your relationships and in your community, this is a conversation you may want to join.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 12

Melissa Desa

Seed Swap!

Join Melissa DeSa from Working Food's Southern Heritage Seed Collective for an all day seed swap. Bring some seeds to share. Swap, donate or just come talk about seeds and gardening! You never know what cool varieties will turn up at a table like this, and what stories will be shared! We will provide information on seed saving and gardening for Florida gardens, and all the fixins for a swap.

Please do NOT bring:

Invasive plant seeds
Seeds older than 5 years old
Seeds that have been kept in poor conditions and may not be viable: i.e. warm, humid, sunny locations.

Please DO bring:

Your seeds! Including extra packets you don't need, or
Seeds you've saved yourself from your own farms or gardens
Information! It's more enticing for others to try your seeds if they know more about the plant.

Even if you don't have seeds, please stop by and see what's available! You don't have to swap to participate.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Nathaniel Cajudo

Self defense and evacuation

This class is based on traditional Filipino martial arts and self-defense. It is a reality-based, street combat, survivalist art. We will be exploring movement, body mechanics, footwork and hand to hand contact drills. We will be learning about different options and approaches to disengagement and de-escalation of potentially violent situations, as well as room evacuation. We will touch on edged and impact weapons training with safe training blades and sticks. All levels welcome. Female co-instructor present. Please leave your egos at home. Come to have fun and learn to increase your chances of surviving a dangerous situation.
(For your optimal benefit, it's recommended that students take 2 or all 3 classes offered, but not required.)

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

Class Size: 25

Eric Lewis

the yoga of plants

In this walk and talk, we will explore wild edible plants, permaculture (a design science for developing sustainable ways of living), and herbalism through the lens of yoga philosophy. This is easily my favorite class to lead! I will be sharing some very simple and profound techniques that make it easy and fun for anyone to learn all the mysteries of the plant kingdom. We will cover:
-the foundational principles of yoga philosophy
-my favorite wild edible plants and mushrooms
-the why and how of permaculture
-the basics of herbal healing
-and more!

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 25

Bill Parravano

Working out the Kinks: Hips & Lower Back

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

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

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

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

Age Limit: Adults only, please
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Annie SewDev

Wound & Injury Care with Herbs

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: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Saturday (2/9/2019) - Afternoon

Jeff Gottlieb

Cordage College

More than you ever wanted to know about fibers, cord making and rope! Examine many specimens of natural fibers, practice techniques for making cordage faster, neater and stronger than ever before, make three ply cordage using multiple methods, and work with traditional tools for preparing, twisting and plying cordage fibers. Fun and satisfying, yet relaxing and peaceful! Cordage book by instructor is available for $10.

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

Class Size: 15

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

CoreyPine Shane

Feeling Hot and Cold - Chinese Medicine basics

Chinese Medicine is not some esoteric mystery. It was invented by people living on the land and using the weather as a metaphor for what goes on in our body. What happens when plants get too much water or not enough water? What happens to the land when it gets very hot or very cold? Noticing this, we can understand what is meant by damp, dry, hot and cold when applied to our body and diseases.

Learning these basics will help you understand more about what's going on in your body and also what herbs can help heal. We'll talk about basic Chinese medicine and some general herbs that can work with each condition.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 20

Sarah McComb

Fringe beadwork earrings

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

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

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

Cali Janae

Introduction to Herbal Medicine Making

There are a wide variety of plant-based medicines that can be made for an equally wide variety of health care applications. This class will begin by introducing these diverse types of herbal medicine, from poultices to cold infusions, from salves to oxymels. We will discuss questions such as "When is it appropriate to make a given medicine?" and "Why would I make a syrup rather than a tincture?" and "What is the best medicine to make out of a specific plant?" After introducing various herbal preparations students will make a tincture and another (yet-to-be-determined) herbal preparation. Tincture making discussion will include folk method as well as more scientific extraction techniques. Students who attend this class will leave with a bottle of the medicine that we made together in class.

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

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery Firing

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

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Melissa Desa

Seed Swap!

Join Melissa DeSa from Working Food's Southern Heritage Seed Collective for an all day seed swap. Bring some seeds to share. Swap, donate or just come talk about seeds and gardening! You never know what cool varieties will turn up at a table like this, and what stories will be shared! We will provide information on seed saving and gardening for Florida gardens, and all the fixins for a swap.

Please do NOT bring:

Invasive plant seeds
Seeds older than 5 years old
Seeds that have been kept in poor conditions and may not be viable: i.e. warm, humid, sunny locations.

Please DO bring:

Your seeds! Including extra packets you don't need, or
Seeds you've saved yourself from your own farms or gardens
Information! It's more enticing for others to try your seeds if they know more about the plant.

Even if you don't have seeds, please stop by and see what's available! You don't have to swap to participate.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Marc Williams

Southeastern Indigenous Ethnobotany

We will explore the various indigenous applications of plants from the southeast and Florida specifically as we walk around the gathering grounds. Tribes such as the Calusa, Timucua, Seminole, Miccosukee and Creek will be a particular focus.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 25

Saturday (2/9/2019) - Late-afternoon/ evening

Eric Lewis

Teaching the teachers: a path to right livelihood with Andy Firk and Eric Lewis

This is a class for anyone who is aspiring to teach earthskills in their community or on the road. We will be discussing strategies and techniques for sharing this knowledge as widely and rapidly as possible, while creating a powerful form of right livelihood. We will also explore some other ways in which plant loving foragers can earn a living through meaningful relationship with plants and fungi.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Jeff Gottlieb

Trade Bazaar

Bring your goods for sale and trade! Lay out your blanket with your treasures, and let's walk around, check out all the goods and talk! This is a great opportunity to support instructors and participants in our community's local economy. Meet at 5pm in the big circus tent.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: no limit

Sunday (2/10/2019) - Early-morning

Tara Rawson

Morning Breathwork & Meditation

Join us for a group sit and let's start our day together with the enlivening energy that conscious breathing brings. I will lead various breathwork exercises that are especially good during the winter months. We will also sing a bit and meditate as the sun rises bringing us bright energy for our day along with a grounded calm. Please bring your own towel, tapestry or mat (unless you love sitting on the morning dew, of course).

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

Class Size: 22

Sunday (2/10/2019) - Morning

Maurice White

3 minute breathing hack for stress reduction

Like a computer, your brain has a restart button. The "monkey brain' can get out of control and you can find yourself in a constant cycle of repetitive thinking that can drive you crazy. Learn about the plasticity of your brain and how this simple breathing and mindfulness tool can help you take control of your thoughts and restore a peaceful sense of wellbeing. This class includes brain anatomy and endocrine function related to stress issues; and an overview of environmental stress factors that exacerbate the "monkey brain" syndrome.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

Sarah McComb

Introduction to Knitting

This introductory class is for folks who have never knit before or who want to get back into the craft. We'll cover a basic method of casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, binding off, and other elements of knitting as time allows. The class material fee includes a set of needles, enough cotton yarn for a washcloth, and handouts to help you keep knitting after the class.

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

Justin Marcano

Living in Community

What does it mean to live in a cooperative setting? How can one navigate through all the intricacies of life in community? In this class we will take a look into a suburban residential cooperative known as the Peanut Butter Palace, a community space that has been active for more than 4 years. Originally a co-housing opportunity for students in East Orlando, natural succession has transformed this home into a thriving beacon of community and Permaculture. Some see it as a healing space, where people come to live slow and figure life out, others as an incubator where one can reflect on their dreams, aspirations, and life purpose. As we juggle our personal life with our community life, you can find any one of us working part-time jobs, gardening, fermenting, building relationships with neighbors, organizing fundraisers and workshops, cooking dinners, and playing outdoors. We are a group of millennials, 7 in total, who are choosing to live in a counter-cultural way. While society has taught us to take the high road into individualism, we have decided to band together to learn how to reduce our collective impact on the Earth. Behavioral changes and cultural assimilation are key components when considering a cooperative life style, where one must evaluate their own way of viewing the world both internally and externally.

Topics of Discussion:
Internal Governance
Co-housing and Property Management
Community Projects
Outreach
Holistic Living
Permaculture

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 25

Tara Rawson

Permaculture Parenthood: Growing up for the Future


How do we raise the next generation to be conscientious, compassionate students and stewards of the earth? This workshop is a conversation among parents, future parents, and those who work with children as we share our stories, ideology and experiences. Topics may include pregnancy and birth, forming healthy attachment, facilitating education, family homesteading, new culture, emotional intelligence, communication and any other specifics brought up within the group. This will be led by Tara Rawson and April Rainstar. Limited to 20 participants.

Age Limit: Age 12 and up only
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: 15

Nathaniel Cajudo

Self defense and evacuation

This class is based on traditional Filipino martial arts and self-defense. It is a reality-based, street combat, survivalist art. We will be exploring movement, body mechanics, footwork and hand to hand contact drills. We will be learning about different options and approaches to disengagement and de-escalation of potentially violent situations, as well as room evacuation. We will touch on edged and impact weapons training with safe training blades and sticks. All levels welcome. Female co-instructor present. Please leave your egos at home. Come to have fun and learn to increase your chances of surviving a dangerous situation.’
(For your optimal benefit, it's recommended that students take 2 or all 3 classes offered, but not required.)

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

Class Size: 25

Jon Handelman

The Fivefold Way to Forgiveness

Holding a grudge can be toxic for your life and community. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It's a risky undertaking, and the practice of forgiving is not easy, doesn't come quickly, and can be damaging if done inauthentically. When one does choose to engage with the process, it produces meaningful and important insights into who we are in relation to ourselves and others. Only an honest confrontation with reality can bring about real healing. Forgiving is not forgetting; it’s actually remembering and not using your right to hit back. It’s a second chance for a new beginning, and an opportunity to avoid repeating what happened.

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

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

Sunday (2/10/2019) - Afternoon

Patrick Walker

Knife and tomahawk throwing

This class is an introduction to knife and tomahawk throwing. We'll cover the basics of thrown weapony, with safety being paramount above all else. All skill levels are welcome, and feel free to bring your own throwables.

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

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery Clay Play

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

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 15

 

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