Wednesday

EARLY MORNING (BEFORE BREAKFAST)

CHI GUNG AND PLANT SENSING (7:30-9 AM) - JEANNIE MCKENZIE

Celebrate our connection with the earth, and the depth of understanding that comes through the plant world with Chi Gung and Plant Sensing classes. The chi gung practice takes movements from ancient medical chi gung practices and focuses the understanding of the gathering and movement of energy in a new way. As we practice, guided imagery and actual images bring our presence into awareness of our larger, eternal energetic structure. From this expanded field, and with additional instructions, we tune into the plant world. We then set timers for 10 minutes, visit with the plants, then come back together after the 10 minutes to share our significant messages and experiences.

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GOAT MILKING DEMO - AMANDA COOK

Mornings and Evenings around 7:30
[separate sign-up for each]

The demo is open for all to watch but only 2 people can actually milk the goats per milking time slot.
Kids will need an adult with them. Bring a container if you'd like fresh milk.

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Wednesday

MORNING

APPALACHIAN FUNGI FORAY - TAL GALTON

On this mushroom foray, participants will be introduced to Appalachian fungal ecology and diversity. You'll learn about saprobic, mycorrhizal, and potentially pathogenic/parasitic species of fungi. We'll cover as much mushroom morphology (structure and function) and taxonomy (organization of families and species) as we can fit into three hours. Though it varies depending on weather conditions, a typical foray in late July at a site like Wild Human Preserve may turn up 100 species of mushroom. We will discuss many of them in depth, and will organize them as best we can in the last 30-45 minutes of the class. Above all, we will marvel at them. We will address human uses (including culinary) of mushrooms, will identify some edible and some poisonous varieties, and will discuss foraging ethics, but the focus will be more on the astounding diversity of ecological roles and varieties of fungi rather than on how we can use them. There are many more mysteries about Appalachian fungi than there are answers, but I'll share as much as I can about what is known about this fantastic kingdom, and will provide resources for participants to continue their studies.

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BIOCHAR FOR SOIL AND PLANET HEALTH - ALEX GRAY

Learn all about biochar! Biochar can be made from waste wood and is a powerful soil regeneration tactic. We'll talk about what biochar is, some of its physical and chemical properties, various methods of making biochar, and how it can be used both in regenerating soils as well as a few other contexts. We will do a small burn to demonstrate the basics of small to medium scale biochar production. We will also talk about how it fits into the greater context of ecosystem and soil restoration as well as climate change mitigation. You can take some biochar home with you when we finish!

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BLACKSMITHING FREE-FOR-ALL - TOD KERSHAW

Choose from a variety of blacksmithing projects such as decorative (and functional) hooks, bracelets, utensils such as spoon or ladle - or something else of your choosing that is reasonable for this class. Knives, axes, things like that are not reasonable for a quarter day class. Each participant will get half the class period at the forge.

CLOSED TOE SHOES REQUIRED!

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BOWDRILL FIREMAKING CLASS - CHARLES ELMER

This class is about reliving the ancient mythology man has with fire - man making fire and utilizing the elements of nature in the process of harnessing the power of fire. We will use bow drilling skills: Making bows, processing nesting, cutting trenching, and blowing coals in the nesting. This class will push people and their ability to focus on the fire-making. Good for all ages 10 and up. Bring something to sit on and any bow drill materials you may already have. If you'd like to take a kit home, I will have bow drill kits for sale for $30.

Bring knives, pocket or garden saws, leather or work gloves if you have them.

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BUCKSKIN HIDE TANNING - PART 1 OF 6 - CALLAN BURTON-SHORE

In this class, we will use oil and smoke to turn raw deer hides into beautiful, soft, usable buckskin. This will be an all day class for 3 days.

Hide tanning is a skill that was practiced by all of our ancestors and is a skill, I believe, we should all know today. It is a chance to combat waste culture (most deer hides are sent to landfills) and a way to show reverence to our animal relatives. Buckskin is a great material for garments, bags, shoes, and more! This class can be physically strenuous.

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CRAFT A FULL SIZE SWEEPER BROOM - ALL DAY CLASS - EMILEIGH ZOLA

Join Emileigh of Rhythm & Ritual for a full day of broom-making.
More than a handcrafts class, Emileigh creates a ritual space for participants to settle in and create with intention.
Everyone will make their own full length sweeper broom.
Participants will have an opportunity to use a drawknife and shaving horse to create a unique handle and learn how to tie their broom, stitch them flat, and plait a beautifully woven cap.
Due to the strenuous nature of this craft, I ask that all participants have moderate hand/upper body strength.

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EAT MORE KELP! THE NUTRITIONAL, MEDICINAL AND CULINARY WONDERS OF SEAWEED - MELISSA HANSON

This class is an introductory dive into the deep world of seaweeds and their myriad benefits as food and medicine. We will cover basic phycology, history, identification and wild harvesting, other ways of ethical sourcing, and basic guidelines for cooking and making medicines with a variety of seaweeds. We will make some yummy snacks with dried seaweeds to enjoy together as well as a medicinal broth mix and seasoning mix for you to take home. Please note there is a separate class for using seaweeds as skin care.

Please bring a chair to sit on, if you'd like!

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EGG TO TABLE: FULL CIRCLE POULTRY STAGE 1/3 HEN HUSBANDRY - ALEA ROSINBLUM

Do you have backyard chickens? Curious about it? This class discusses what it takes to successfully grow, maintain and ultimately harvest these nutritious and charismatic creatures in a fully integrated cycle of life and death. The hobby and homestead chicken project (ideally) bears no resemblance to the food-industrial-complex that brings us the conveniently packaged and nuggetized meals many folks are accustomed to. As we shift away from relying on food factories, we can turn toward a lifestyle that leaves space for more intimate connections with our calories and challenges expectations (eggspectations?). This course will take you on a journey from mating, brooding, hatching, raising, harvesting, cooking, consuming, and finally to re-integrating chickens. This course is not intended for the entrepreneur/production and market based mindset but rather for the casual hobbyist and homesteader. While it is not required, you are encouraged to sign up for all 3 sections: Stage 1: hen husbandry; Stage 2: Safe and sacred slaughter; Stage 3: Chickin-tegration

Stage 1: Hen husbandry topics covered:
Getting started and choosing your desired genetic characteristics
Types of enclosures
Feeding options
Managing detritus and sanitation
Four seasons of chickens
Chicken language
Eggs
Broody hens and raising baby chicks
Health management
Live hens and rooster “meat and greet”

Attendees are highly encouraged to attend the other 2 sections of this course which will cover the following topics:

Stage 2: Safe and sacred slaughter topics covered:
The who, what, when, where and why of killing chickens
Food safety considerations
Slaughter techniques and supplies
Anatomy and butchering
Preservation and storage of meat and eggs
*Note- this class will include a slaughter demonstration and may be difficult for some attendees

Stage 3: Chickin-tegration topics covered:
Cooking the cock
50 ways to eat eggs
Chicken pot-luck pie
Feathers, bones and shells
Soil building with chickens
*Attendees are encouraged to bring foraged, farmed, or purchased ingredients for a chicken and egg based potluck

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FERMENTATION VS. REFRIDGERATION: HOW TO LIVE OFF GRID WITHOUT A FRIDGE - SHAYNA ROSE

Fermentation Topics:
Klabber Cheese
Beet Kvass
Fermented Tea
Wild Fermented Soda Pop
Sourdough
Sourkraut

Discussion: How to live off-grid without refrigeration or running water

Please bring a knife and cutting board to class if possible.

This class will take place twice - on Sunday, we will be able to taste the things we made on Wednesday. If you come to the first class, come back to the second class to do some tasting! In the second class we will still make the same projects as the first. We will just be able to taste what we made earlier in the week.

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FORAGING PIGMENTS AND GRINDING PAINTS - BUBBLES CUCKOO

Do you want to learn how to make your own art supplies? Our ancestors from across the globe have foraged their own pigments and mixed their own paints for many thousands of years. In this workshop we will collect minerals from around the site and turn them into watercolor paints. I will also demonstrate making oil based paints, inks, and lake pigments from plant and mushroom dyes. We will wrap up by sharing our new paints with each other and playing with them. You will leave with a small assortment of natural watercolor paints to take home. No materials fee necessary.

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FREE FORM KUDZU BASKET WEAVING - HOPE WESTALL

This class will teach the participant how to use an invasive vine, kudzu, to weave into a free-form basket! There is abundant opportunity for creativity in both size and shape. Each participant will walk away with the skills and know-how to: identify kudzu, harvest kudzu, and weave kudzu.

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FUR & DEERSKIN HATS - PART 1 OF 4 (ALL DAY CLASS FOR 2 DAYS) - NATALIE SUZANNE

Make a beautiful and cozy hat using naturally tanned deerskin and rabbit fur. While no previous experience is necessary, this class is a mini intensive into simple pattern making and clothing construction and will require dedicated focus for our 2 full days together.

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GIRTH FIRST! - LAABLALLI

We will utilize ropes used in rock climbing to create "girth tails" that wrap around the trunk of the tree connected by with steel caribiners, that ascend up saud tree with a prusik system attached to a climbing harness, one as the "lead", & one for the footstrap. This will be a multiple day class if people wish to hone the skill.

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GOATS ON THE HOMESTEAD - AMANDA COOK

Let's talk about goats. Why keep goats? How do we heal the land using goats for "invasion" plant remediation? We will cover many topics like these and general animal husbandry conversations.

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MAKING FIRE WITH FLINT AND STEEL - SHAWN KELLY

Come learn to use flint and steel to make fire just like they did in the past. I have this listed as an adult class but smaller children are welcome if they are accompanied by an adult

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ORIGINAL PEOPLE FOOD SYSTEMS AND WAYS - BIGWITCH INDIAN WISDOM INITIATIVE

Title: Original people food systems and ways
Presented by: Bigwitch. Indian. Wisdom Initiative.
ᏍᎩᎵᎡᏆᎯ. ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ. ᎠᎦᏙᎲᎢ.

We will never forget.
These are some of the roots that connect the Cherokee people to the land. The Cherokee people who have been rooted in the same communities for centuries, are among the ones that brought earth skills, along with curious earth seekers.
These entities point us to what can be done to Decolonize our food systems, which are delicacies that come from mycorrhizae, the plant nations, the fruits and the berries, and the heritage crops indigenous to the Americas. Allow us to build together for the common causes.

Corn as the mother of food-
Growing and harvesting and preparing: We will demonstrate the skinning of corn (to remove the outer husk softening the kernels for exquisite food preparation).
Secondly, we will manually pound our heritage corn into meal.

“Someday in the future and not too far away, they will come to us and ask us how the earth might be saved. Then our sacred teachings will travel across the land and the world will learn that the earth is not separate from man. And to keep these things from ever happening again we will remember never to forget”
-KSUT tribal radio song

Side topic: POVERTY.
IS not necessarily a bad thing. I was born into poverty and marginalized sociopolitical schematics In this society. In This country. It has been a helpful reminder of an extremely strong foundation of resilience and ingenuity. Who do you want to be stranded on an island with? Susie credit card or the OG Indian mcgyver??

Clanship Constitutionality/ governances:

Clans of the Cherokee.
The Cherokee Seven Clans are a traditional social organization of Cherokee society. Customs of the Cherokee Clans have evolved since ancient times; however, traditionalists still observe clan customs regarding marriage and certain social events. The Cherokee society is historically matrilineal, meaning clanship is passed through the mother. Among the Cherokees, women were considered the head of household, with the home and children belonging to her should she separate from her husband. The knowledge of a person’s clan is important for many reasons; one of those reasons is that among Cherokee traditionalists today, it is forbidden to marry within one's clan as clan members are considered brothers and sisters. Knowledge of a person’s clan is also important when seeking spiritual guidance and in traditional medicine ceremonies, as it is necessary to name the clan.

The Cherokee Seven Clans.
Blue (A NI SA HO NI) - Historically, this clan made medicine from a blue-colored plant to keep the children well. They are also known as the Panther or Wild Cat Clan.

Long Hair (A NI GI LO HI) - Also known as the Twister, Hair Hanging Down or Wind Clan. They wore elaborate hairdos and walked with a proud, twisting gait. Clan members are regarded as peacemakers; and Peace Chiefs were often from this clan. Prisoners of war, orphans of other tribes, and others with no Cherokee tribe were often adopted into this clan, thus a common interpretation of the name ‘Strangers.’

Bird (A NI TSI S KWA) - historically known as messengers. The belief that birds are messengers between earth and heaven, or the People and Creator, gave the members of this clan the responsibility of caring for the birds.

Paint (A NI WO DI) - historically known as prominent healers. Medicine was often ‘painted’ on a patient after harvesting, mixing and performing other aspects of the ceremony. Clan members made red paint and prepared teas for vapor therapy specific to each ailment.

Deer (A NI KA WI) - historically known as fast runners and hunters. Even though they hunted game for subsistence, they respected and cared for the animals while they were living among them. They were also known as messengers on an earthly level, delivering messages from village to village, or person to person.

Wild Potato (A NI GA TO GE WI) - historically, members of this clan were known to be ‘keepers of the land’ and gatherers of the wild potato in swamps along streams. They are also known as the Bear, Raccoon, or Blind Savannah Clan.

Wolf (A NI WA YAH) - the largest and most prominent clan throughout time. During the time of the Peace Chief and War Chief government setting, the War Chief came from this clan. Wolves are known as protectors.

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PRIMAL IMPRINTING (ATTACHMENT PARENTING) - MARION HEARTH

We’ll touch on a wide range of topics : birth, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, elimination communication, and more : all under the umbrella of Attachment Parenting. This is a great intro class for people who are planning to someday have kids or those who want a basic understanding of a more natural way of raising little ones.

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SMALL MAMMAL AND CHICKEN PROCESSING CLASS - JEE WHITE

Have you ever eaten meat and wanted to be connected to your consumption in a complete way? Have you ever driven by something dead on the road and wondered if you could eat it? Or save it's hide? Well, today is your day to get help figuring that out. Roadkill is just as safe as any other meat as long as it's properly assessed, skinned, and cooked. A LOT of my personal meat diet comes from roadkill deer and small mammals that I trap or find already dead. We've removed the predators that used to keep groundhogs in check and every year I have people dropping them off to my house - FREE MEAT, JUST NEEDS SKINNING! In this class we will talk through examples of roadkill, trapping, and shooting animals. I will demonstrate how to skin so the meat is safe and we preserve the hides in case folks want to use them. We will demonstrate scalding and de-feathering as well as gutting for chickens. We will have squirrel and possibly groundhog depending on what the trapping gods provide. My introduction to killing and processing animals was largely online, and I fully understand it involves sensitive emotions... I wish I had had someone to talk with about. So let's talk about killing and what it means to be a part of the cycle of life and death. You'll have the option to watch, and/or participate, as you'd like. Surgical gloves for skinning will be provided and I request folks bring their own sharp (ideally small, 4-6") knives if you want to skin the animals.
Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.
Capacity is 12 for participation, but more are welcome to listen and observe.

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THE JUG SLING KNOT - CHRISTOPHER CRITTER WATTS

Hydration device or ranged weapon? It's both! Learn one of the best ways to carry your water bottle ever invented. Now in conjunction with an optional quick release shoulder strap configured as a sling you will be ready at a moment's notice to hurl objects at great distance. With this easy and versatile system, consisting of only 4 basic knots, you can carry almost any water bottle (with a lip or shoulder below the opening) hands free. Bring a water bottle and rope, paracord, or string. Or, you can purchase some from our stock for a Materials Fee.

Note: if your water bottle does not have even a shallow shoulder beneath its neck ie. a Nalgene, the jugsling will have nothing to hold on to and we will have to resort to making a net bag to hold it, which is more time, skill, and rope intensive at a slightly higher materials fee.

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WISTERIA BARK COIL BASKETS - TOOTSIE JABLONSKI

Learn how to identify, harvest, break down, and create a beautiful basket (or trivet) from the vine of beautiful, yet invasive, wisteria.

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WOODEN SPOON CARVING - BARRON BROWN

Carve a wooden spoon to use for eating

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WORKING WITH BONE AN OVERLOOKED GIFT- AWLS - JOSH BARNWELL

Bone has met material needs for peoples around the world since time immemorial. Harder and sharper than wood, less brittle than stone, bone meets a material niche in ancestral skills and working with it helps us connect with the greater gifts of our animal kin. During this class we will select appropriate bone pieces to shape into awls, an ancient multi tool used for everything from perforating leather for sewing, wedging behind the rim of a basket for weaving, picking your teeth and more!

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Wednesday

AFTERNOON

BAMBOO MEAL KITS - HAZEL

In this class we will explore the structure of timber bamboo by making a full meal kit: a cup, a bowl, and chopsticks. Expect many compliments in the line for food and around camp. Bring a sharp knife!

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BASIC FIRE MAKING - MATT BUKOWSKI

This class teaches fundamental techniques for starting and maintaining a fire in all weather conditions. You will learn about tinder, kindling, sizes of wood, types of wood and tree identification. Learn to make different fires for light and heat, at small and larger scales. There will be a resource hike where you gather materials, and hands-on experience building and lighting your own fire. This class is appropriate for any level of experience, but focused on the needs of beginners.

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BLACKSMITHING FREE-FOR-ALL - TOD KERSHAW

Choose from a variety of blacksmithing projects such as decorative (and functional) hooks, bracelets, utensils such as spoon or ladle - or something else of your choosing that is reasonable for this class. Knives, axes, things like that are not reasonable for a quarter day class. Each participant will get half the class period at the forge.

CLOSED TOE SHOES REQUIRED!

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BUCKSKIN HIDE TANNING - PART 2 OF 6 - CALLAN BURTON-SHORE

In this class, we will use oil and smoke to turn raw deer hides into beautiful, soft, usable buckskin. This will be an all day class for 3 days.

Hide tanning is a skill that was practiced by all of our ancestors and is a skill, I believe, we should all know today. It is a chance to combat waste culture (most deer hides are sent to landfills) and a way to show reverence to our animal relatives. Buckskin is a great material for garments, bags, shoes, and more! This class can be physically strenuous.

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CRAFT A FULL SIZE SWEEPER BROOM - ALL DAY CLASS - EMILEIGH ZOLA

Join Emileigh of Rhythm & Ritual for a full day of broom-making.
More than a handcrafts class, Emileigh creates a ritual space for participants to settle in and create with intention.
Everyone will make their own full length sweeper broom.
Participants will have an opportunity to use a drawknife and shaving horse to create a unique handle and learn how to tie their broom, stitch them flat, and plait a beautifully woven cap.
Due to the strenuous nature of this craft, I ask that all participants have moderate hand/upper body strength.

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DEEP HOLISTIC HEALTH - ELISE DAMILATIS

Often conversations around health are hyper-individualistic, focusing on food and exercise, vitamins and supplements. Let's take a deeper, much more holistic look - are we connected with our bodies? With our human communities? With non-human communities? With the earth? With the spiritual forces we recognize? What do we need as whole humans who are inextricably linked to all other beings in order to truly have deep, holistic health?
This class will be part discussion, part experiential meditation, and hopefully a heart opening, healing, and connective experience!

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FINANCIAL RESILIENCY - SPENCER TWO DOGS

If you’ve done it come and share – if you want to learn come and listen! This class is about creative ways to generate income and find living options that fulfill your desire to be close to the Earth without becoming trapped in the traditional work cycle. Explore your existing skill sets and learn to navigate permitting, licensing, and taxes to bring your creative gifts to the world including teaching, guide services, craft and tool making, art, and modern digital media. We will discuss modern marketing and send you on your way with some tools and a support network to increase financial resiliency. Multiple income streams and financial/living security is an empowering gateway to spending more time helping our world.

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FORAGING FOR NEW FRIENDS - ISHKA SHIR

Many of us have come to this gathering to create community and in hopes of finding new friendships. This class is focused on meeting new people and connecting with them authentically. We will play authentic relating games & share connection activities in hopes of creating positive connections that will grow throughout the week.

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FUR & DEERSKIN HATS - PART 2 OF 4 (ALL DAY CLASS FOR 2 DAYS) - NATALIE SUZANNE

Make a beautiful and cozy hat using naturally tanned deerskin and rabbit fur. While no previous experience is necessary, this class is a mini intensive into simple pattern making and clothing construction and will require dedicated focus for our 2 full days together.

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HAND BUILDING WITH CLAY - SAM WILLIAMS

I will show you how to prepare wild clay so it can be used to make functional objects. Each student will make a bowl along with me. I will talk about techniques for hand building with clay and how to fire it using Open Air method. On the last night of the gathering I will fire the clay pieces.

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HAND-SEWING BASICS FOR MENDING & BEAUTIFYING - JESSICA KAUFMAN

Torn clothing, be repaired! Need to replace or add a button? Easy! Add a patch (over a hole or just for looks), shorten sleeves or pant legs, strengthen a seam that's looking sketchy, take in a shirt so it fits better... all of these things and more will be taught. Bring anything from your shelves or closet that needs help. Your instructor also makes clothes from scratch, so if you want to come just to discuss clothing construction, great! All needles & thread will be provided.

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OPEN FOOD & WISDOM SHARING - BIGWITCH INDIAN WISDOM INITIATIVE

Conversation, food, and wisdom sharing with Tyson Sampson.

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RADICAL REVERENCE: EARTH OFFERINGS AS SACRED ACTIVISM - JUSTINA PRENATT

How does it impact Earth and our ecosystems to be taken for granted, taken advantage of, and otherwise disregarded? How does it impact YOU?
Every living being (and every being is living) needs connection and presence within the sacred circle of care that is the birthright and natural way for the interconnected species of Earth. These practices have been lost in modern Western lifestyles, and the cost is dire for us all. We can reclaim the art of making offerings, in every area of our lives. Our power to make change for ourselves and all we care for is much, much greater than we have been told.
Do you long to take your activism or your magical practices to a deeper level? Come, the opportunity is here. If you ever struggle with wondering what more you can do to create positive change, or if you sometimes have a hard time feeling joy, connection, and inspiration, please join this discussion and intentional time to learn and engage with the magics of acknowledgment, gratitude, and reciprocity. We will explore meaningful, practical, impactful approaches that will bring balance back into our lives. If you have ever found yourself thinking that small and simple strategies are not enough to “save” us from destruction, you are especially welcome to join this shared exploration. Let’s reconnect to the wisdom of hundreds of thousands of years of ancestral tradition and learn just what is possible through practicing Radical Reverence.

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REWILDING THE PSYCHE: NATURE AND MYTHIC CONSCIOUSNESS - SARAH HAGGERTY

This class is for you if you are interested in ecopsychology or earth based ceremony. Discover allies in the living world and explore how human experiences are mirrored in nature. We will have story shares, solo nature time, experientials, meditations and simple ritual practices. You will leave with many ways to engage with spirits of place. Explore synchronicity, symbolic resonance, and meaningful encounters with seemingly ordinary things.

Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.

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SONG AND DANCE PLANTS! - SARAH LOUISE

On this interactive plant walk, we will lovingly touch, taste and smell plants, savoring sensations as pathways to our own embodied expression. How does spicebush feel in your mouth and what sounds does it inspire? What dance emerges when you spot a coralroot orchid amidst the leaf litter? By reframing creativity as a tool to communicate with other species, we not only help heal cultural wounding around expression, but also foster meaningful relationships with plants that can help restore us as a vital keystone species within a healing ecosystem. We are social mammals. Let our songs and dances be acts of remembering!

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STONE TOOLS - JAMES CLINKSCALES

Stone tools have been produced by our ancestors throughout history. In this class we will explore experimental archeology and methods of manufacturing stone tools using stone, bone, and antler to produce blades and projectile points for everyday uses! Make an arrowhead for your arrow or atlatl. Make a knapped stone effigy to complete your primitive necklace! The options are endless!
Safety glasses, gloves and tools are provided.

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TIMBER FRAMING - BARRON BROWN

We will frame a traditional building, possibly for permanent use on the land

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WHAT'S IN YOUR WALLET? BARK TANNED DEER LEATHER CARD HOLDER - GRAY TAYLOR

We'll be crafting a two piece Business card holder from bark tanned deer Leather processed by the instructor (or bought from a fellow instructor).

While we are making holes and threading buckskin through our card holders that have been pre cut out from a pattern, I'll be giving a rundown of the process of making leather from hides using plant materials found in the wild and the impacts of the chemical tannery conglomerate on the planet and why you should tan your own..


The material fee for the business card holder is sliding scale $20-50 CASH (if you need to venmo/Cash app) talk to me before class.

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

Bone has met material needs for peoples around the world since time immemorial. Harder and sharper than wood, less brittle than stone, bone meets a material niche in ancestral skills and working with it helps us connect with the greater gifts of our animal kin. During this class we will select appropriate bone pieces to shape into beautiful, functional needles.

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Wednesday

EVENING

GOAT MILKING DEMO - AMANDA COOK

Mornings and Evenings around 7:30
[separate sign-up for each]

The demo is open for all to watch but only 2 people can actually milk the goats per milking time slot.
Kids will need an adult with them. Bring a container if you'd like fresh milk.

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NIGHTWALK - TAL GALTON

We'll go on a night walk into the forest. Firefly (lightning bug) season is nearly over, but if conditions are right (i.e. wet), we may find a couple species of foxfire (bioluminescent fungi). If there is little bioluminescence, we will use UV flashlights to find natural phosphorescence in fungi, lichen, plants, and insects. I'll explain some of the science behind glowing organisms.

We will meet at 8:30pm and go until ~10pm. Closed-toe shoes are recommended for safety.

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THE MYTHOS OF HERMAPHRODITES - FRANK SALZANO

In honor of Venus's return as evening star we will share some stories about Venus & Mercury, Hermes & Aphrodite, Hermaphrodites.

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Thursday

EARLY MORNING (BEFORE BREAKFAST)

CHI GUNG AND PLANT SENSING (7:30-9 AM) - JEANNIE MCKENZIE

Celebrate our connection with the earth, and the depth of understanding that comes through the plant world with Chi Gung and Plant Sensing classes. The chi gung practice takes movements from ancient medical chi gung practices and focuses the understanding of the gathering and movement of energy in a new way. As we practice, guided imagery and actual images bring our presence into awareness of our larger, eternal energetic structure. From this expanded field, and with additional instructions, we tune into the plant world. We then set timers for 10 minutes, head out (or already be outside if you can be) and gather after the 10 minutes to share our significant messages and experiences.

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GOAT MILKING DEMO - AMANDA COOK

Mornings and Evenings around 7:30
[separate sign-up for each]

The demo is open for all to watch but only 2 people can actually milk the goats per milking time slot.
Kids will need an adult with them. Bring a container if you'd like fresh milk.

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PRACTICAL JIU-JITSU - LAABLALLI

We will focus on practical Jiu-Jitsu that applies to self defense situations! BJJ/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art derivative of judo,that focuses on chokes, submissions & takedowns

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Thursday

MORNING

ARCHERY LESSON AND SHOOT - INTRODUCTORY - ALEXANDRA TAIT

Traditional Archery Lesson and Shoot. We will stretch, go over equipment, maybe talk some archery lore, learn form and shoot arrows.
We will be using low poundage recurve bows and learning "Traditional Field Archery." Basic technique and safety.

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BEESWAX CANDLE MAKING - JT STOKES

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

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

We’ll talk about pouring candles, though our main focus will be dipping taper candles.
Each attendee will dip a taper set (2 candles).

(Children under 13 OK if accompanied by an adult. Max 2 children per guardian.)

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BLACKSMITHED SPOONS - TOD KERSHAW

Blacksmith a handle for a ladle or spoon (personal or serving) and rivet on a copper or steel bowl.
You make all parts.

CLOSED TOE SHOES REQUIRED!

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BOWDRILL FIREMAKING CLASS - CHARLES ELMER

This class is about reliving the ancient mythology man has with fire - man making fire and utilizing the elements of nature in the process of harnessing the power of fire. We will use bow drilling skills: Making bows, processing nesting, cutting trenching, and blowing coals in the nesting. This class will push people and their ability to focus on the fire-making. Good for all ages 10 and up. Bring something to sit on and any bow drill materials you may already have. If you'd like to take a kit home, I will have bow drill kits for sale for $30.

Bring knives, pocket or garden saws, leather or work gloves if you have them.

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BUCKSKIN HIDE TANNING - PART 3 OF 6 - CALLAN BURTON-SHORE

In this class, we will use oil and smoke to turn raw deer hides into beautiful, soft, usable buckskin. This will be an all day class for 3 days.

Hide tanning is a skill that was practiced by all of our ancestors and is a skill, I believe, we should all know today. It is a chance to combat waste culture (most deer hides are sent to landfills) and a way to show reverence to our animal relatives. Buckskin is a great material for garments, bags, shoes, and more! This class can be physically strenuous.

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BUCKSKIN SEWING - LUCKY COIN/ DICE BAG - RAIN HALL

Feeling Lucky? Come design and sew your own small Buckskin Pouch designed to hold coins, dice, buttons, or other special little treasures.

Buckskin is a specific type of natural hide tanning process used for hooved animals. The finished product is softer and has more stretchy tendencies than leather. It also has a distinct campfire like smell from the finishing process of smoking the hide. All hides used for class are hand softened brain tan style buckskin made by me.

Learn as we go:
-Get to Know Buckskin. What is it? How is it made, and how do we use it to make cool crafty things?
-Basic Patterning skills applied to Buckskin Hides
-Patterns provided or design your own!
-Cut Thong for Buckskin Lacing
-Learn the Awl and why
-Buckskin Sewing Stitches - all you need (running stitch), the how to be fancy (French twist), and a touch of nice edging stitch (whip stitch and variations).

All skill levels Welcome. Some Strength and Dexterity of the hands is used in this class. Materials Fee is Sliding Scale $30 - $40 . Preferred Payment method is Cash. Please check in with me in the beginning of class if you need to pay electronically. Age Limit - Under 13 please bring an adult

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BUILDING AND TENDING COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS - STEVE TORMA

From families to workplaces, from shared housing to intentional communities, human beings long for deep and meaningful community. It is this lack of connection that is at the root of most of our individual and collective problems. Based on Steve's 45 years of community living experience and drawing on the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication, this class will explore some of the most important skills for building and tending community relationships. These include: 1- being grounded in self-awareness and self-compassion, 2-sharing honestly and compassionately, 3-listening empathetically, 4-expressing individual and collective gratitude and celebration, and 5-tending to relationship repair. Steve is the former president of Earthaven Ecovillage and co-founder of The REAL Center.

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BURN A BOWL - SHAWN KELLY

Harness fire to make a container: bowl, cup, scoop, whatever you want to make.

Bring a sharp knife (I have some loaners if need be), plenty of water to drink, and a chair to sit on if you like.

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CHIP CARVING - BARRON BROWN

We will be using traditional chip carving techniques to make decorative surface carvings.

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COOKING WITH ACORNS: ACORN PANCAKE BREAKFAST - FREA FORAGER

Join us for an acorn pancake breakfast and discussion on how to use acorns as human food. We will talk about the various processes of harvesting, drying, shelling, grinding, leaching, and preserving as well as different ways to incorporate acorns into your diet. We will also make and enjoy some gluten-free acorn pancakes together! There will be a materials/food fee* of $10-$20 per person. Children under 12 must be with an adult.
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*Pay-what-you-can discount available for members of the global majority and those with extremely low income.
**This instructor may bring up controversial or uncomfortable topics in class, including racism, white privilege, and genocide

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DEBRIS HUT CONSTRUCTION - EMILY MARANTZ

Let's gather and make a simple nest, a nest-like snug little structure that fits people of all sizes and also provides warmth and shelter (these layers of insulation will keep you dry even in heavy rains, and warm even in the winter) in the forest. We will test how waterproof it is at the end by pouring water over the top (with brave souls inside)! Debris shelters are like a tent and a sleeping bag in one, without the plastic. They can be built without much time or effort, without power tools, with natural materials we gather from the generous forest floor. Come learn by doing (the best way to learn how to build)! ALL ages welcome.

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EAT MORE KELP! THE NUTRITIONAL, MEDICINAL AND CULINARY WONDERS OF SEAWEED - MELISSA HANSON

This class is an introductory dive into the deep world of seaweeds and their myriad benefits as food and medicine. We will cover basic phycology, history, identification and wild harvesting, other ways of ethical sourcing, and basic guidelines for cooking and making medicines with a variety of seaweeds. We will make some yummy snacks with dried seaweeds to enjoy together as well as a medicinal broth mix and seasoning mix for you to take home. Please note there is a separate class for using seaweeds as skin care.

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EGG TO TABLE: FULL CIRCLE POULTRY STAGE 2/3- SAFE AND SACRED SLAUGHTER - ALEA ROSINBLUM

Do you have backyard chickens? Curious about it? This class discusses what it takes to successfully grow, maintain and ultimately harvest these nutritious and charismatic creatures in a fully integrated cycle of life and death. The hobby and homestead chicken project (ideally) bears no resemblance to the food-industrial-complex that brings us the conveniently packaged and nuggetized meals many folks are accustomed to. As we shift away from relying on food factories, we can turn toward a lifestyle that leaves space for more intimate connections with our calories and challenges expectations (eggspectations?). This course will take you on a journey from mating, brooding, hatching, raising, harvesting, cooking, consuming, and finally to re-integrating chickens. This course is not intended for the entrepreneur/production and market based mindset but rather for the casual hobbyist and homesteader. While it is not required, you are encouraged to sign up for all 3 sections: Stage 1: hen husbandry; Stage 2: Safe and sacred slaughter; Stage 3: Chickin-tegration

Stage 2: Safe and sacred slaughter topics covered:
The who, what, when, where and why of killing chickens
Food safety considerations
Slaughter techniques and supplies
Anatomy and butchering
Preservation and storage of meat and eggs

*Note- this class will include a slaughter demonstration and may be difficult for some attendees


Attendees are highly encouraged to attend the third and final section of this course which will cover the following topics:

Stage 3: Chickin-tegration topics covered:
Cooking the cock
50 ways to eat eggs
Chicken pot-luck pie
Feathers, bones and shells
Soil building with chickens
*Attendees are encouraged to bring foraged, farmed, or purchased ingredients for a chicken and egg based potluck

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FIZZY FUSION: THE ART OF PROBIOTIC BEVERAGES - JASON WISE

Join me on an adventure in the wonderful world of fizzy probiotic gut healthy delightfulness! In this class, you will learn about the health benefits of Probiotic rich beverages. We will answer the question of 'What is a SCOBY'? Together, we will learn how to make our very own 'ginger bug' culture and wild yeast culture in order to brew our very own delicious brew. I will walk you through the entire steps and make our very own probiotic Beverages on site that you can take with you and continue brewing throughout your festival experience. We will also delve deep into the ocean of Kombucha and/or Jun brewing from beginning to end. Perhaps we will finally answer the question, "Which came first? Kombucha or Jun?" We will also get to taste what we make during class as well as make up a brand new brew that we can let ferment throughout the festival and try on the last day. My students will also leave with starter cultures in order to bring the classroom home. My classes are interactive, fun, sometimes a bit fizzy, but an ultimate Joy! Please bring a few jars to take your cultures home with you.
Please bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.

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FLAT NEEDLE FELTING: PAINTING & PATCHING WITH WOOL - JESSICA KAUFMAN

This is a fantastic skill to have: turning loose wool roving into strong, useful felt WITHOUT needing any water or soap or manual strength for scrubbing/agitating! Using one simple (and very affordable) tool, the barbed needle, we can create with sheep's wool and the barbed needle only. Everyone is successful in this class, and projects turn out better than most folks imagine. This is a popular class because needle felting is so portable: you can bring your project to any lecture class and work away quietly while listening to other instructors. Learn everything you need to create a beautifully felted project. You can repair holes in wool clothing with needle felting, and add decoration to natural fiber garments. Imagine mending pictorially in wool onto your favorite hat, jacket, sweater, or backpack... See you there! Kids 10 and up welcome *with an accompanying adult* (this is not for kids showing up solo; please don’t sign up kids on their own.) No toddlers present, please.

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FORAGING FOR NEW FRIENDS - ISHKA SHIR

Many of us have come to this gathering to create community and in hopes of finding new friendships. This class is focused on meeting new people and connecting with them authentically. We will play authentic relating games & share connection activities in hopes of creating positive connections that will grow throughout the week.

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FREE FORM KUDZU BASKET WEAVING AND TALES FROM THE TRAILS - HOPE WESTALL

This class will teach the participant how to use an invasive vine, kudzu, to weave into a free-form basket! There is abundant opportunity for creativity in both size and shape of the baskets here. Each participant will walk away with the skills and know-how to: identify kudzu, harvest kudzu, and weave kudzu. Bring your imagination! This class will also have a component of the instructor, Hope, sharing personal stories from over 7,000 miles of trails hiked in the past decade both near and far.

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FUR & DEERSKIN HATS - PART 3 OF 4 (ALL DAY CLASS FOR 2 DAYS) - NATALIE SUZANNE

Make a beautiful and cozy hat using naturally tanned deerskin and rabbit fur. While no previous experience is necessary, this class is a mini intensive into simple pattern making and clothing construction and will require dedicated focus for our 2 full days together.

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HOLISTIC GARDEN PLANNING - NATALIE BOGWALKER

Join Natalie Bogwalker from Wild Abundance and the Online Gardening School in this holistic approach to garden planning. We will address what vegetables to grow for your preferences, climate, and garden size, rows vs. beds, what to plant when, and the top 10 veggies to grow that will really feed you. Participants in this class will get free access to our super helpful Holistic Garden Planning online course and our Holistic Garden Planning ebook.

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LETS TALK ABOUT WHITENESS - CALEN VAUGHN

Looking for a supportive space to talk about whiteness? Come join this dive into a history of the creation of whiteness. What is it? When was it created? How was it created? And why is this even relevant to earthskills?

Our goals for this class are to:
- Build shared vocabulary & understanding
- Practice talking about race
- Gain historical context

We’ll invite personal reflection, partner sharing, and large group discussion as we shine light into our understanding of whiteness. This will be a closed container— please arrive on time and plan to stay for the full duration. Please bring a chair to sit on if you would like.

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MINDFUL WRITING WITH THE EARTH - ERIKA HOWSARE

Can writing be a tool to sharpen our awareness? What if we think of writing as a form of meditation or ceremony that can bring us closer to our habitat on Earth? We will probe these questions through a series of experiments with paper and pen. We are not aiming to write anything "finished"; this is about play and process. We might use writing as a way to tune into sound, to focus while taking a slow wandering walk, to get more precise about noticing temperature or seasons, to listen to our bodies. We will tap into all five senses and we will consider what other senses we also possess, a large and exquisite rainbow of information that is available to us as humans. The class will suggest a multitude of ways to write our way into deeper alignment with the realness of what is.

Erika is a writer based in the Blue Ridge of Nelson County, Virginia, and the author of The Age of Deer, a book about the relationship between humans and deer.

Please bring paper and something to write with if you can.

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NATURE CYANOTYPE-MAKING - JULIA O. BIANCO

Join artists Amy J. Tuttle and Julia O. Bianco in an exploration of Reciprocity through artmaking. In this session, we will look at The Honorable Harvest and Indigenous wisdom as the compass for fostering a relationship with Nature based on awareness and mutualism; participants will have an opportunity to also learn about cyanotype printing, one of the oldest photo sensitive techniques, and create their own nature-inspired artwork.

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ORIGINAL PEOPLE FOOD SYSTEMS AND WAYS - BIGWITCH INDIAN WISDOM INITIATIVE

Title: Original people food systems and ways
Presented by: Bigwitch. Indian. Wisdom Initiative.
ᏍᎩᎵᎡᏆᎯ. ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ. ᎠᎦᏙᎲᎢ.

We will never forget.
These are some of the roots that connect the Cherokee people to the land. The Cherokee people who have been rooted in the same communities for centuries, are among the ones that brought earth skills, along with curious earth seekers.
These entities point us to what can be done to Decolonize our food systems, which are delicacies that come from mycorrhizae, the plant nations, the fruits and the berries, and the heritage crops indigenous to the Americas. Allow us to build together for the common causes.

Corn as the mother of food-
Growing and harvesting and preparing: We will demonstrate the skinning of corn (to remove the outer husk softening the kernels for exquisite food preparation).
Secondly, we will manually pound our heritage corn into meal.

“Someday in the future and not too far away, they will come to us and ask us how the earth might be saved. Then our sacred teachings will travel across the land and the world will learn that the earth is not separate from man. And to keep these things from ever happening again we will remember never to forget”
-KSUT tribal radio song

Side topic: POVERTY.
IS not necessarily a bad thing. I was born into poverty and marginalized sociopolitical schematics In this society. In This country. It has been a helpful reminder of an extremely strong foundation of resilience and ingenuity. Who do you want to be stranded on an island with? Susie credit card or the OG Indian mcgyver??

Clanship Constitutionality/ governances:

Clans of the Cherokee.
The Cherokee Seven Clans are a traditional social organization of Cherokee society. Customs of the Cherokee Clans have evolved since ancient times; however, traditionalists still observe clan customs regarding marriage and certain social events. The Cherokee society is historically matrilineal, meaning clanship is passed through the mother. Among the Cherokees, women were considered the head of household, with the home and children belonging to her should she separate from her husband. The knowledge of a person’s clan is important for many reasons; one of those reasons is that among Cherokee traditionalists today, it is forbidden to marry within one's clan as clan members are considered brothers and sisters. Knowledge of a person’s clan is also important when seeking spiritual guidance and in traditional medicine ceremonies, as it is necessary to name the clan.

The Cherokee Seven Clans.
Blue (A NI SA HO NI) - Historically, this clan made medicine from a blue-colored plant to keep the children well. They are also known as the Panther or Wild Cat Clan.

Long Hair (A NI GI LO HI) - Also known as the Twister, Hair Hanging Down or Wind Clan. They wore elaborate hairdos and walked with a proud, twisting gait. Clan members are regarded as peacemakers; and Peace Chiefs were often from this clan. Prisoners of war, orphans of other tribes, and others with no Cherokee tribe were often adopted into this clan, thus a common interpretation of the name ‘Strangers.’

Bird (A NI TSI S KWA) - historically known as messengers. The belief that birds are messengers between earth and heaven, or the People and Creator, gave the members of this clan the responsibility of caring for the birds.

Paint (A NI WO DI) - historically known as prominent healers. Medicine was often ‘painted’ on a patient after harvesting, mixing and performing other aspects of the ceremony. Clan members made red paint and prepared teas for vapor therapy specific to each ailment.

Deer (A NI KA WI) - historically known as fast runners and hunters. Even though they hunted game for subsistence, they respected and cared for the animals while they were living among them. They were also known as messengers on an earthly level, delivering messages from village to village, or person to person.

Wild Potato (A NI GA TO GE WI) - historically, members of this clan were known to be ‘keepers of the land’ and gatherers of the wild potato in swamps along streams. They are also known as the Bear, Raccoon, or Blind Savannah Clan.

Wolf (A NI WA YAH) - the largest and most prominent clan throughout time. During the time of the Peace Chief and War Chief government setting, the War Chief came from this clan. Wolves are known as protectors.

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PAWPAW TREE CARE AND FRUIT TASTING - SEREN PETRICHOR

Come and taste the wonder that is Pawpaw fruit! They are often described as a blend of banana, melon, coconut and pineapple with a custard like texture. Pawpaw fruits are a wonder that have been nearly lost to American culture. They are native from northern Florida to Oklahoma to Canada and yet most people have never heard of them. They have now spread around the world and have been used in mead, ice cream, pies, beer and much more! It's not too late to bring back a magical, delicious and nutritious indigenous fruit to North America and into your backyard. Learn about pawpaw planting, pollination, varieties, seed care, mead making, preserving, companion planting, and bringing trees to successful and abundant harvest.

Will have a limited amount of fruit for tasting and pawpaw trees for sale during the class.

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PRIMAL IMPRINTING (ATTACHMENT PARENTING) - MARION HEARTH

We’ll touch on a wide range of topics : birth, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, elimination communication, and more : all under the umbrella of Attachment Parenting. This is a great intro class for people who are planning to someday have kids or those who want a basic understanding of a more natural way of raising little ones.

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QUICK BREADS AND SIMPLE CULTURING - JAMIE SHANE

You don't need much to make delicious bread and healthy, cultured cheeses. In this workshop, you will learn to make a quick, easy bread with minimal fuss and muss. We will also culture milk to create healthy yoghurt which can then be turned into cheese! Using simple ingredients and time tested methods, you will learn how to create one of life's most historic staples, harnessing the power of nature's own powerhouses, yeast and beneficial bacteria. This experience is both hands-on and observational.
Please bring your own camp chair to sit if you'd like.
Younger than 14 may join with adult supervision.

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RADICLE PERMACULTURE DESIGN FOR URBAN TRANSFORMATION - JUSTIN VETTEL

Radicle (răd′ĭ-kəl) - The part of a seed (plant embryo) that becomes a root.

Cities are changing, and permaculture is on the rise. Right now is a unique time in history for Permaculture designers to connect with developers and municipalities to change the way their cities grow. Exploiting opportunities to grow food in urban areas through guerilla gardening is becoming more and more common, yet, many people still don’t know what permaculture means; by using the tools available to a designer, in very public spaces, we can show people in a tangible way that sustainability can be accessible. Making connections within our communities, to support the work of food equity for all living creatures and species, will help to ensure these trends continue in a lasting way.

Frequently, the idea of permaculture brings to mind backyard food forests with swales and tons of mulch everywhere. Sometimes though, in a city, these ideas are challenged in novel ways. This class aims to broaden our ideas about what permaculture can look like, as well as offer ideas on how we can use the Permaculture principles in different ways.

We'll start the class with some conversation about basic permaculture principles, though our main focus will be on the application of these principles in urban and suburban settings.

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THE RESOURCING BRAID: THREE PATHWAYS TO NERVOUS SYSTEM REGULATION - RACHEL SHOPPER

The human nervous system is as marvelous as it is confounding. We are a blend of ancient wiring and modern culture, and managing stress is one of the most common and persistent challenges many of us face. In this class, Rachel will explain some basics of nervous system regulation and describe three pathways to get back on track in the midst of distress: self-regulation, co-regulation, and eco-regulation. Participants will get to practice an array of experiential techniques to cement these skills and assess what strategies work best for them. Rachel will also discuss some of the common roadblocks that couples in her therapy practice experience in regulating relational distress and how to apply these regulation techniques to these moments.

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TREE GRAFTING 101 - ASTONISHING PRACTICAL SKILL FOR ALL - JEE WHITE

Grafting is the horticultural technique of joining parts of two or more plants so that they appear to grow as a single plant. Humans have grafted trees for 4,000yrs and it's a skill and magical happening all in one. I truly hope everyone can experience grafting in their lifetime as it is wildly useful, fun to learn about, and extremely impactful for positive change on the planet. Come to this class if you love good times, trees, food, yourself, others, and transforming our capitalistic culture into one of ecological understanding and reciprocity. Apartment dwellers and homesteaders alike benefit from the knowledge of grafting by helping spread the knowledge, helping a tree to fruit, preserving a beloved variety, extending the harvest, helping heal tree wounds, grafting varieties for climate change and more. It can be a job, a hobby, or something you can teach others regardless of owning land. For example, I've grafted a store owners' Bradford pears with European pears and thanks to a few hours of work 7 years ago, there are now hundreds of pounds of fruit that I can preserve and give away every year. I've been paid to teach people how to graft their bradford pears giving them a huge caloric producing tree where before there was none. There is also more and more growing need for expertise around Grafting and edible trees as more folks join the local foods movements which have created a need for more local nurseries.

We will walk through grafting techniques with the goal of students understanding the basic concepts necessary to perform a few types of grafts. If that's completed we will discuss best varieties to be grafting and general tree care tips. A notebook, pen, and (*IMPORTANT) a SINGLE BEVELED GRAFTING KNIFE *OR UTILITY KNIFE will be necessary for hands-on skills.

Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.

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URBAN EXPLORATION AND ABANDONED RURAL PLACES - SPENCER TWO DOGS

The child-like excitement of exploring new and forgotten places never goes away. Come and share stories while learning useful tips on how to safely, quietly, perhaps invisibly, explore urban and rural landscapes near you. This skill is useful for scavenging helpful resources, getting in and out of places if needed and honing our existing primitive skill sets. Be prepared for some fun improvisational acting games!

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WILLOW BASKETS (PART 1 OF 5) ALL DAY - TYLER LAVENBURG

Welcome fellow Willow enthusiasts! In this two-day class we will be using locally grown European basket willow to weave up some fine hand/shoulder/picnic baskets. We will be using whole round shoots of willow varieties selected over centuries for industrial strength baskets. Day one we will cover growing, propagating, harvesting, and preparing while weaving our bases and locking our spokes in place. Day two we will weave up the body, turn down the rim, and begin making straps. Strap material will vary in price depending on student's choice of willow or leather. You will learn several different weaves including twining, randing, slewing, waling, and all sorts of other fun words. This class is a full two days at least, and 2.5 days depending on strap/handle style. Materials fee will vary between $50-$100 depending on size of basket and strap material.

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WISTERIA BARK COIL BASKETS - TOOTSIE JABLONSKI

Learn how to identify, harvest, break down, and create a basket (or trivet) from the vine of beautiful, yet invasive, wisteria.

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WOODBLOCK PRINTMAKING: DESIGNING, CARVING AND PRINTING WITH NATURAL MATERIALS. - BUBBLES CUCKOO

Block printing has been around for a very long time. The first evidence of block printing is from nearly 2000 years ago in China. The invention of block printing allowed art and knowledge to be passed on with ease. Come learn some of the roots of printmaking and exercise your creativity in this hands-on workshop where you will carve and, if time permits, print a wood block. We will discuss the tools of the trade, safety considerations, which species of wood are the best to carve, as well as various methods of carving and printing your block. Materials fee: $5 per wood block. I will have a few carving tools available for purchase in case you get hooked like I am and don’t want to stop carving when our time together runs out.

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WOODSLORE, WEEDS, AND USEFUL WILD PLANTS - DOUG ELLIOTT

Come on a magical journey with Ranger Doug through the fields and forests to learn about the old-timey ways and connections to the natural world, hear about our regions heritage and crafts, and become familiar with some useful plants and animals. Not to mention, he might have an entertaining song or a story or two to share...

Whether he’s pointing out poison ivy, pontificating on possums, extolling the virtues of dandelions, telling wild tales, or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune, Doug Elliott is known for his lively storytelling as well as his broad, practical, scientific and cultural knowledge of the natural world. He will be leading a fun, educational ramble around the fields and forests focusing on the useful and interesting wild plants as well as birds, insects and other critters we encounter.

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

Bone has met material needs for peoples around the world since time immemorial. Harder and sharper than wood, less brittle than stone, bone meets a material niche in ancestral skills and working with it helps us connect with the greater gifts of our animal kin. During this class we will select appropriate bone pieces to shape into beautiful, functional whistles.

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Thursday

AFTERNOON

200+ FIRES FROM A DEAD BIC LIGHTER - CHRISTOPHER CRITTER WATTS

Neo friction fire is still a friction fire, and a viable method. There are many discarded lighters laying around all over the landscape, out of gas, but not out of fire. In this class we will explore some techniques for getting a fire from dead lighters, using a variety of materials to assist. We will make fire starting kits you can take home with you.

Bring:
a water bottle for hydration,
a chair if you want to sit in one,
Good attitude,
Questions,
A sharp knife.

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ARCHERY LESSON AND SHOOT - BEGINNER - ALEXANDRA TAIT

This class is for students who have taken the introduction class or have more traditional recurve archery experience. Dive a little deeper into this Art that has been enjoyed for more than 70,000 years. Archers are welcome to bring their own low poundage bows (under 35# draw) and arrows to this class. No compound bows (We are shooting into straw and plywood). We will get more into technique and learn of archery folk heroes and heroines, Gods and Goddesses who use the bow in its many forms as their primary power tool.

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BEESWAX CANDLE MAKING - JT STOKES

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

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

We’ll talk about pouring candles, though our main focus will be dipping taper candles.
Each attendee will dip a taper set (2 candles).

(Children under 13 OK if accompanied by an adult. Max 2 children per guardian.)

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BICYCLE MAINTENANCE 101 - MATTY SEMKOWICH

Have you ever had a flat tire? How about gears that wouldn't shift? Brakes that wouldn't stop? Learn the basic maintenance skills that will keep your bike (and you) happily rolling together! This includes weekly maintenance protocol as well as basic repair/ tune up procedures. Tools used will be minimal by design, allowing you to have a skillset that is catered to bike travel/ minimalist living. Bring your bike (if available), or learn on one of ours and get your hands greasy learning how to be more self sufficient and empowered! Lots of time for bike stories and questions. This class is beneficial for all skill levels; beginners with little tool/ repair knowledge up to adept mechanics wanting to learn new techniques.

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BUCKSKIN HIDE TANNING - PART 4 OF 6 - CALLAN BURTON-SHORE

In this class, we will use oil and smoke to turn raw deer hides into beautiful, soft, usable buckskin. This will be an all day class for 3 days.

Hide tanning is a skill that was practiced by all of our ancestors and is a skill, I believe, we should all know today. It is a chance to combat waste culture (most deer hides are sent to landfills) and a way to show reverence to our animal relatives. Buckskin is a great material for garments, bags, shoes, and more! This class can be physically strenuous.

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BUILDING A COMMUNITY GARDEN AROUND CULTURALLY IMPORTANT CROP - TANIA HESTER

Culture plays an important role in who we are, how we think and what we eat, and yet it is not always put at the center of farming and gardening in the United States. Many new farms and gardens struggle because farming is hard work. While growing food can be the most rewarding experience, not having culturally based food and practices can blind us to the value of locally accessible agriculture. In this class we will explore not only the ground work to starting a garden and how to determine which crops to grow, but how to build community around it using your personal cultural background. A notebook to write down information we discuss during this class is highly encouraged! Bring a chair to sit on, if you'd like.

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CAMP SECURITY - SPENCER TWO DOGS

If you foresee the possibility of being part of a community living off grid or collectively in a non-permissive environment this critical class will cover methods of staying safe. Drawing from early native tribal practices as well as modern theory as it’s applied around the world, students will learn and practice alert systems, evasion and escape, roles and scheduling, language for concise communication of immediate needs, caches, teamwork, threat postures and drills. An example scenario could be a modern forced round up of any group, similar to the 1838 Trail of Tears in WNC where natives were placed in holding facilities and force marched westward. Some elements of the community did not comply and faced continued persecution, starvation, and arrest.

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CATTAIL BASKETRY - FREA FORAGER

Participants will learn about cattail as a basketry material while making a small cattail basket with Frea (FREE yuh) Forager of Wild Earth Crafts. There will be a materials fee collected at the beginning of class of $10-$20 per basket with a pay-what-you-can-option for members of the global majority and those with an extremely low income. This instructor may bring up controversial topics in class including racism, cultural appropriation, white supremacy, and genocide.

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EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE: AN INCENSE MAKING GATHERING - LUCRETIA JONES

I offer my twenty years of experience making artisanal incense to provide a comprehensive introduction to incense making, with hands-on practice, and opportunities for creativity and discussion. We will explore the way incense brings together elements of earth, air, and fire as we connect with the metaphysical and medicinal qualities of aromatic herbs and resins. We’ll begin with the breath, acknowledging and calling upon our intuition to craft a relationship with each ingredient. I will provide red cedar shavings sourced from my family homestead, along with a variety of herbs and resins. There will be space for group discussion and individual contemplation. Participants will have time to spend with each ingredient before creating their own unique blend.

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EATING OUR MEDICINAL HERBS - COOKING ON THE FIRE - IVY LYNN

We will make and eat delicious healing herbs that are often considered weeds and are easy to find or grow. We will cook them on the fire. Please bring a bowl or plate utensil and cup.

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FLINTKNAPPING - JAMES CLINKSCALES

In this class we will learn how to make an arrowhead or spear point from natural materials. Practice shaping and sharpening techniques for stone points and blades.
We will use flint, obsidian, chert, stone and antler to manufacture a usable blade or projectile points. Make an effigy to wear as adornment or primitive bling!

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FOOD & FLOW FOR THE FEMALE HORMONAL RHYTHM - SHERI VETTEL

Discover how to nourish yourself through food and flow, the unique opportunities for rhythms, rituals, and reconnection inherent in every phase of the female hormonal cycle. In this class, we'll review hormonal balance, the physiology of each phase of the menstrual cycle, and supportive holistic nutrition and lifestyle practices. We'll also explore yoga poses and gentle, slow yoga flow that aligns with the phases of the female hormonal rhythm. Participants are encouraged to enrich the session by sharing insights and experiences if they so choose, and will have the opportunity to craft their own sample seed cycling mix to take with them.

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FUR & DEERSKIN HATS - PART 4 OF 4 (ALL DAY CLASS FOR 2 DAYS) - NATALIE SUZANNE

Make a beautiful and cozy hat using naturally tanned deerskin and rabbit fur. While no previous experience is necessary, this class is a mini intensive into simple pattern making and clothing construction and will require dedicated focus for our 2 full days together.

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HARMONY WITH HUMANS ACROSS POLITICAL DIFFERENCES - CARLYLE STEWART

Baffled about how to get along with family members or neighbors who see things differently than you do? Concerned about the political divide? Wish for another choice besides angry argument vs keeping silent about your values? In this class, drawing on tools suggested by Marshall Rosenberg and Byron Katie, members learn and practice skills to enjoy heart to heart connection with people who think and vote much differently than they do.

Key skills (given the time limit, some of these will be practiced, and others merely referenced):
• intention for power-with or heart-to-heart sharing, instead of the culturally conditioned game of power-over or trying to be right
• giving attention to one’s own feelings and needs
• listening for the feelings and needs of another person
• listening for the need behind the strategy
• hearing moralistic judgements as tragic expressions of needs
• expressing feelings and needs
• making powerful requests
• identifying one’s own judgements of the other
• questioning one’s judgements of the other
• techniques for putting oneself in another person’s shoes

I prefer that participants arrive on time, and do not enter more than 15 minutes late, to support creating norms and agreements for safety. Three hours is a brief introduction to this art, so I plan to refer people to resources to support continued learning. Optional: You may bring a chair to sit on and/or a notebook to write in.

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HERBAL FIRST AID - ELISE DAMILATIS

Come learn how to use herbal preparations for basic first aid uses, and what to include in your home herbal first aid kit!

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HERBALISM FOR ANXIETY - DEANNA ROSE

Herbalism for Anxiety is truly herbalism to support your deeper wellbeing in a fast paced world. We will go over herbs that support healing from anxiety tonically as well as acutely in the moment. These tips will support you in having a first aid kit that you take into the world but not for “physical ailments” but for creating a more peaceful path within everyday life. We will make a tea blend for you to take home.

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HOW TO TOOT YOUR OWN HORN! - HAZEL

As humans we have played horns as a form of communication and expression for thousands of years. Conch shell horns, in their form and use, allow us to communicate ideas and emotions across space and time. In this class we will make, learn to play, and customize conch shell horns. Let’s all learn to play them and create a collective conchessness.

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INNER AND OUTER ECOLOGY - KERI EVJY

Inspired by Nature's Intelligence to lead more fulfilling and integrated lives, Permaculture Designer, community weaver and author, Keri Evjy, will guide the class through an introductory conversation of Inner and Outer Ecology. We will explore principles found in nature and apply them to our lives to promote key insights on how to best utilize our time, resources and energy for personal health and wellbeing, growth, social and planetary good. We will meditate, move our bodies, and draw from community experience and resilience to observe ourselves and embrace life's seasonal rhythms as we sift through body, mind and soil.

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MUSIC GARDENING: WEAVING WITH LIFE - SARAH LOUISE

Music Gardening is an emergent system to help groups of people sing together without the need for shared repertoire. Developed by Sarah Louise from nearly two decades of studying animistic music traditions and practicing her own embodied expression, this particular circle will focus on how music weaves into processes to support healthy communities within healthy ecosystems. We will look to traditional music styles like ancient herding songs that wordlessly communicate with animals and examine how restoring these practices can, for example, help us be better stewards in an ecosystem struggling from deer overpopulation. We will also explore how we can further integrate song culture into the skills we practice at Firefly to deepen our relationship with what we make at the gathering. Around the world, song has been used to synchronize collaborative processes like felting wool, for example. Song can also help us honor the beings that gift us with materials to weave and carve. Whether your voice is croaky or crystalline, on pitch or not, we can all contribute to building healthy song culture. Let’s be in practice together listening to our bodies and the greater body of the Earth for how the gift of music can help restore us as a keystone species that supports all life on Earth. We are incredible animals and as much as any bird or whale, we were born to sing. The Earth delights in all our expression!

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NATURAL NAVIGATION STRATEGIES - MATT BUKOWSKI

Have you ever been lost in the woods? Want to learn to navigate confidently without a map, compass or GPS? This class teaches several strategies that can be employed to move around any natural landscape freely, and be able to find your way back, or wayfind new locations and scout resources. Transform your outdoor experience from one dependent on pre-planned trails and technology to one of freedom, spontaneity and connection. Learn strategies that Indigenous peoples have used to navigate successfully across the globe for millennia. The class will include a medium length wander to practice natural navigating the Firefly landscape.

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OPEN FOOD & WISDOM SHARING - BIGWITCH INDIAN WISDOM INITIATIVE

Conversation, food, and wisdom sharing with Tyson Sampson.

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REATTUNING TO NATURE'S WISDOM WITH AYURVEDA - KIMBER JONES

The most effective way to heal your body is to acknowledge that you are a reflection of the natural world. Those of us who live connected to nature understand this concept well: as outside- so within. During the summer months, we may feel hot, oily, acidic, or brash, and our bodies may reflect these sensations. Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, has recognized the importance of aligning oneself with the seasons for thousands of years. Join Kimber, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and 500 hr yoga teacher, for an introductory workshop on the seasonal daily routine according to Ayurveda and the changes to diet, exercise, sleep, and lifestyle that will help you feel refreshed, energized, vibrant, and the healthiest version of yourself. This workshop is your ticket to experiencing your first summer without acid reflux, indigestion, skin rashes, migraines, workaholism, overly competitive and critical tendencies, and a sense of ease and comfort in your own body.


Ayurveda is holistic, individualized, preventative health that originated in ancient India alongside yoga. This will also be a great introduction to Ayurveda- so look out for how to determine your dosha (the original mind/body quiz), HOW to eat being just as important as WHAT to eat, and some Q&A for common ailments that Ayurveda has great resources for- migraines, allergies, insomnia, skin issues, digestive issues- all addressing the root cause instead of just putting a bandaid on the symptoms. Let's become our own healers!

Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.

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SLOW QUILTING: HAND-SEWN HEXAGONS - JESSICA KAUFMAN

Before we had sewing machines and fancy patterns, our Appalachian ancestors used a method brought over on ships called "English paper piecing." See how small scraps of woven cotton fabric easily come together in infinite hexagon shapes, creating a fabric as large or as small as you want/need. From small decorative patches for your clothing or a full-on quilt top to fit your bed, once you learn the few simple stitches, you'll be off and running. All handmade fabrics, needles, thread provided. $5 requested to cover these things.

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THAI BODYWORK - ERIC BLEVINS

This healing art can be beneficial to both the giver and receiver. It is very interactive and involves a lot of assisted stretching as well as pointed pressure into muscles. We will work on the feet, legs, hips, back, shoulders, neck and head. Please wear clothing that allows for full range of motion and bring a blanket or yoga mat to lay on.

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THE HUMAN JOURNEY: DEVELOPMENT, INITIATION AND RITES OF PASSAGE - SARAH HAGGERTY

This class explores the developmental journey from before birth to after death. We will share about the many initiations that happen from conception to elderhood and ancestry. This class will include heart teachings, story shares and facilitated inter-generational dialog. You'll get grounded philosophy about what initiation is, where you are in your life journey and how to help yourself and others move through thresholds of change in their lives.

Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.

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TIMBER FRAMING - BARRON BROWN

Building a traditional timber frame for possible permanent use on the land

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VAN LIFE; CURATING A LOW EXPENSE LIFESTYLE - KENNEDY ONESELF

With 14 years of experience living in three different vans, Kennedy will share all his tips and tricks to life on wheels. This workshop also offers techniques towards reducing our financial dependency.

We’ll discuss practical vanbuild skills: Electrical, insulation, wood paneling, wood finishing, and more.

Kennedy will share his incredible story of how eradicating his expenses and living a frugal and uncomfortable life for 8+ years helped him discover what he loves to do, how to use it to benefit others and how to make it into an abundantly thriving career.

He still lives full time in his van, which has become his nationally touring music chariot, carrying his cozy home and over 60 musical instruments wherever he goes. You're welcome to drop by for a peek.

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WHAT'S IN YOUR WALLET? CRAFTING BARK TANNED DEER LEATHER BILL FOLD WALLET - GRAY TAYLOR

We'll be crafting a three piece Bill fold wallet from bark tanned deer Leather processed by the instructor (or bought from a fellow instructor).

While we are making holes and lacing buckskin through our wallets that have been pre cut out from a pattern, I'll be giving a rundown of the process of making leather from hides using plant materials found in the wild and the impacts of chemical tannery conglomerate on the planet and why you should tan your own.

the material fee for the bill fold wallet is sliding scale $60-90 CASH (for venmo/cashapp talk to me before class)

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WILLOW BASKETS (PART 2 OF 5) ALL DAY - TYLER LAVENBURG

Welcome fellow Willow enthusiasts! In this two-day class we will be using locally grown European basket willow to weave up some fine hand/shoulder/picnic baskets. We will be using whole round shoots of willow varieties selected over centuries for industrial strength baskets. Day one we will cover growing, propagating, harvesting, and preparing while weaving our bases and locking our spokes in place. Day two we will weave up the body, turn down the rim, and begin making straps. Strap material will vary in price depending on student's choice of willow or leather. You will learn several different weaves including twining, randing, slewing, waling, and all sorts of other fun words. This class is a full two days at least, and 2.5 days depending on strap/handle style. Materials fee will vary between $50-$100 depending on size of basket and strap material.

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WORKING WITH BONE, AN OVERLOOKED GIFT - FISH HOOKS - JOSH BARNWELL

Bone has met material needs for peoples around the world since time immemorial. harder and sharper than wood, less brittle than stone, bone meets a material niche in ancestral skills and working with it helps us connect with the greater gifts of our animal kin.
During this class we will select appropriate bone pieces to shape into beautiful, functional fish hooks.

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Thursday

EVENING

COLONIZATION MENTALITY 101 - MAMA TORTUGA

What is colonization? What is colonization mentality? Why is it important to understand this concept? There can be many explanations to this, but addressing how this affects our relationship with plants, territories and our relationships, even as persons of the global majority, can give us a good perspective on how to respect traditional medicine, territories, the plants, and others around the world. This class will be led by Mama Tortuga for persons of the global majority.

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FIREFLIES OF THE APPALACHIANS - A WALK & TALK - WADE BURLEY

**MEET AT 8:00 PM**
Come learn about fireflies, their lives and life stages, and their place in our ecosystem, followed by a walk to meet some of the 19+ species that call our area home. Bring a headlamp with a red, blue, or green light setting, and be ready to walk in the woods.

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GOAT MILKING DEMO - AMANDA COOK

Mornings and Evenings around 7:30
[separate sign-up for each]

The demo is open for all to watch but only 2 people can actually milk the goats per milking time slot.
Kids will need an adult with them. Bring a container if you'd like fresh milk.

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NIGHTWALK - TAL GALTON

We'll go on a night walk into the forest. Firefly (lightning bug) season is nearly over, but if conditions are right (i.e. wet), we may find a couple species of foxfire (bioluminescent fungi). If there is little bioluminescence, we will use UV flashlights to find natural phosphorescence in fungi, lichen, plants, and insects. I'll explain some of the science behind glowing organisms.

We will meet at 8:30pm and go until ~10pm. Closed-toe shoes are recommended for safety.

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WISDOM OF OUR STARGAZING ANCESTORS: PART 1- PERCEPTIONS & MYTHIC PATHWAYS - FRANK SALZANO

These presentations are an interactive storytelling experience that take participants on a tour through the night sky. Through an embodied and animate exploration of star-lore we'll learn about the origins and spread of the world's mythological traditions. We'll dive into the history of the human cultural relationship to the sky, celestial navigation skills, the origins of astrology, ritual and sky omens, and the many other mysteries that illuminate the night skies. These evenings are a mythopoetic remembering of an ancient way of relating to the cosmos & human sojourn. <<>>

WE WILL START AFTER ITS DARK. JUST LOOK FOR THE GENIE LAMP AND THE ASTRONOMY LASER POINTER POINTING UP TOWARDS THE HEAVENS

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Friday

EARLY MORNING (BEFORE BREAKFAST)

BO STAFF AND MEDITATIVE MOVEMENT - SPENCER TWO DOGS

Open the day with breathwork and gentle body movement in the style of Kukishinden Ryu Bojutsu. This 1,000 year old art is a great way to start the day by grounding, rotating, and moving energy through our bodies using the 6 foot staff. Bring your own stick if possible, or, I have extras available in my camp - please stop by to pick one up before class! Please meet at the intructors camp by 7:30 am, we may walk somewhere else together.

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CHI GUNG AND PLANT SENSING (7:30-9 AM) - JEANNIE MCKENZIE

Celebrate our connection with the earth, and the depth of understanding that comes through the plant world with Chi Gung and Plant Sensing classes. The chi gung practice takes movements from ancient medical chi gung practices and focuses the understanding of the gathering and movement of energy in a new way. As we practice, guided imagery and actual images bring our presence into awareness of our larger, eternal energetic structure. From this expanded field, and with additional instructions, we tune into the plant world. We then set timers for 10 minutes, head out (or already be outside if you can be) and come in after the 10 minutes to share our significant messages and experiences.

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GOAT MILKING DEMO - AMANDA COOK

Mornings and Evenings around 7:30
[separate sign-up for each]

The demo is open for all to watch but only 2 people can actually milk the goats per milking time slot.
Kids will need an adult with them. Bring a container if you'd like fresh milk.

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Friday

MORNING

"INVASIVE" PLANTS AND HOW TO USE THEM - HAZEL

Deepen your relationship to the plants that arrived to this landscape with colonialism by understanding their traditional and modern uses. Move beyond the binary of "invasive plant eradication" or turning a blind eye, by engaging them as you would a member of your community. This class will be part discussion and part plant walk. Bring a jar if you can for english ivy detergent!

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ARCHERY LESSON AND SHOOT - INTRODUCTORY - ALEXANDRA TAIT

Traditional Archery Lesson and Shoot. We will stretch, go over equipment, maybe talk some archery lore, learn form and shoot arrows.
We will be using low poundage recurve bows and learning "Traditional Field Archery." Basic technique and safety.

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BILLY CANS (IMPROVISED CAMP COOKING) - CHRISTOPHER CRITTER WATTS

In our current world, garbage is ubiquitous. Even miles into the backcountry, useful discarded objects can often be found.

In this class we will practice some methods for repurposing easily findable articles to cook food or boil water to kill microbes in survival situations.
We will also play with some different methods for suspending them over the fire.

We will make backwoods cooking kits that you can take home, but first we will try them out.

This will involve using basic tools, sharp metal and fire. For these reasons, any children should be old enough and responsible enough to negotiate the risks safely. They must also be closely supervised by a parent or guardian.

This class will involve some whittling, so bring a sharp knife.

Also bring:
A water bottle for hydration,
A chair if you want one,
good attitude,
Questions.

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BIOCHAR BASICS - BURN PITS AND REACTORS - JUSTIN VETTEL

Charcoal is truly a wonderful gift of nature! Throughout our history, it has helped humans change the world. Although, it can be easy to look at a charred piece of wood and not notice the utility and foundational connections to life contained within. Charcoal is a unique material, one that can function as simply as one of humanity’s first writing utensils, and yet be depended on today for the health and wellbeing of humans all over the world. Modern and historical applications include advanced filtration, cosmetics, poison control and soil remediation, just to name a few! In this class we’ll go over some basics about biochar. We’ll dive into the history and use of this versatile material as well as how biochar relates to the chemistry and biology of the soil.

We will be making charcoal with the ancient pit method and I will also show you how to make a basic reactor; enabling any organic material to be turned into char. We'll talk about various inoculation methods and why biochar is one thing that we can and should all leave behind for future generations to come!

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BIRTH: HONORING THE MYSTERY, BUSTING THE MYTHS - JENNA WILSON

Birth is and always will be shrouded in mystery… and we all have our own birth experience, whether or not you plan to give birth yourself. Wherever you are in your childbearing phase, even as a community member/support person/partner, it can be helpful to know some of the basics of birth and postpartum.

In this community inquiry, we will have an opportunity to reflect on our individual impressions of birth, explore questions, and deepen our trust and understanding of the physiological process of birth. Have an experience you are still trying to process and understand? Heard a story or fact about birth that doesn’t quite make sense to you? Let's get into it!

Tap into nearly 20 years of experience as a doula, midwife, and childbirth educator, and let’s get your questions answered, bust some myths, and leave this circle feeling more centered in your body, fertility, and community. And find out the ONE guiding principle that has become the cornerstone of my approach to birth work. Can't wait to see you in this safe, welcoming, and inclusive workshop!

Some of the topics, visual materials, and group shares may not be appropriate for all ages. Parental discretion encouraged.

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BUCKSKIN HIDE TANNING - PART 5 OF 6 - CALLAN BURTON-SHORE

In this class, we will use oil and smoke to turn raw deer hides into beautiful, soft, usable buckskin. This will be an all day class for 3 days.

Hide tanning is a skill that was practiced by all of our ancestors and is a skill, I believe, we should all know today. It is a chance to combat waste culture (most deer hides are sent to landfills) and a way to show reverence to our animal relatives. Buckskin is a great material for garments, bags, shoes, and more! This class can be physically strenuous.

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BUSHCRAFT KNIVES AND HATCHETS BASICS - JOSHUA MILLER

Knives and hatchets are used in the woods and on the homestead for everything. This will be a hands on class for people wanting to handle, use, and maintain knives and hatchets. We will focus mainly on fixed blade bushcraft/campcraft/butchering/skinning knives and hatchets. We will cover basic types, steels, handle materials, safe use, steel maintenance, sharpening, edge geometry, sheaths, and customization. There will be a wide range available to try out, and we will be cutting, whittling, hacking, batoning, etc. in class.

This class is for adults, and children accompanied by an adult for the duration of the class. Feel free to bring your own knives and/or hatchets to add to the table for examples, but they will not be used by anyone else.

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CALLING ALL MERFOLK: SEAWEEDS FOR SKINCARE AND BATHING - MELISSA HANSON

This class is an introductory dive into the deep world of seaweeds and their myriad benefits externally as skin, hair and body care. We will cover basic phycology, history, identification and wild harvesting, other ways of ethical sourcing, and basic guidelines for creating skin care products with a variety of seaweeds. We will enjoy a seaweed facial mask as well as prepare a soothing and healing seaweed based gel. You'll craft and take home a seaweed bath bundle to use at home for a traditional seaweed bath experience!

Please bring a chair to sit on if you'd like!

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CEREMONIAL MEDICINE MAKING - SARAH LOUISE

What goes into the jar? Light from stars our ancestors knew. Flowers our grandparents grew. Smoke from rosemary plants we tended all year. And we seal it all with song. Plants contain the memory of millions of years of life on Earth. And if we listen closely, our bodies instinctively know how to learn from them. Ceremony is a cross-cultural human technology that produces rhythms in our lives that are the opposite of the linear, fast-paced culture of urgency that causes harm to our human and non-human kin. By embodying life-supporting rhythms, we will explore ways to create new ceremonial lineages of herbal medicine by learning directly from plants themselves, while making room to honor the painful emotions that can accompany loss of tradition. While we will have room for important discussion, this class will largely be hands-on, allowing space to be in practice making medicine together that is infused with care and deep listening to our mountain ecosystem. When we show up in our dignity as human animals, this collaborative approach to herbalism can offer the relational medicine our world needs.

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CHILDFREE BY CHOICE: A CONVERSATION FOR US - JESSICA KAUFMAN

In communities where becoming a parent is viewed as being the most important portal of an adult's life, and so many around us choose to not just become parents but fully identify as a parent as their primary sense of self, how and where do we "childfree by choice" people fit in? Where are our safe spaces to not have to answer the same questions of "do you have kids, why not?" and the assumptions of "oh, you must have children!" Was it a difficult or easy decision for you to come to this choice, or are you still on the spectrum of deciding? This discussion is led by a cis-woman in her early 40s who has had a voluntary surgical tubal ligation to take herself "out of the gene pool" once and for all, and who believes in our inherent right to decide for ourselves. No, being a parent is NOT the end-all, be-all marker of importance! Come talk about it!

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COOKING WITH ACORNS: ACORN PANCAKE BREAKFAST - FREA FORAGER

Join us for an acorn pancake breakfast and discussion on how to use acorns as human food. We will talk about the various processes of harvesting, drying, shelling, grinding, leaching, and preserving as well as different ways to incorporate acorns into your diet. We will also make and enjoy some gluten-free acorn pancakes together! There will be a materials/food fee* of $10-$20 per person. Children under 12 must be with an adult.
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*Pay-what-you-can discount available for members of the global majority and those with extremely low income.
**This instructor may bring up controversial or uncomfortable topics in class, including racism, cultural appropriation, white supremacy, and genocide

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COUNCIL-BASED POETICS/STORYTELLING - JULIA O. BIANCO

Join WildHome for an exploration of community, ecology, and the threads that connect us! In this workshop, we’ll guide poetry, storytelling, and council practices to foster a deeper sense of connection with self, community, and place. The practice of council has deep roots in the human experience as a simple way of wisdom-sharing, through listening and heart-centered storytelling. The poetic practices that we’ll offer emerge from mindful listening to the living moment. Let’s enjoy cultivating authentic expression and connection!

Please bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.

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CREATING CONSENT CULTURE - ISHKA SHIR

Lets imagine a community where no one fears a violation of their boundaries and everyone feels safe in their bodies. A place where we are confident in asking for what we want and trust people to give authentic answers. This class aims to help people build positive, reciprocal relationships both physically and emotionally. We will start with a group discussion about consent and why not everyone feels safe & fully respected. Then we will practice consent with interactive games and exercises. Practicing asking for what we want and telling others "NO" makes it easier not to freeze up or go along with something we dont want in real life situations.
We currently live in a coercion culture but together we can help shift the culture to be more respectful so that everyone can get their needs met in a safe way.
This class is for everyone but especially relevant for people who have difficulty asking for what they want, saying no, who have had their boundaries crossed, or who think they may have crossed someone else's boundaries at some point.

Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like!

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EASY PLANT PROPAGATION FOR APPALACHIA - SEREN PETRICHOR

Come and learn about easy ways to make more plants! There are many, many useful plants that thrive in our wonderful portion of the Earth. They can be medicinal, great for pollinators, food producing, darn beautiful, or useful in gardening companionship. Many of them can easily be multiplied with a little care and knowledge. Methods will be discussed and demonstrated including cuttings, layering, splitting roots, seeds, and grafting. Propagated trees, roots, and plants will be offered for sale during the class.

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EMERGENT MYTHOLOGY: BUILDING GROUP NARRATIVE THROUGH CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT - MARY LOUNSBURY

This group creative process combines reverie, expressive arts techniques, chance operations, sharing and discussion.

Using the theme of “Social Mycelium” as our inspiration, we begin with tuning into location, then move into some creative making in a low-risk, relaxed and accepting atmosphere. In sharing our responses, we will see points of connection and divergence. When we spend playful time together following the threads of imagination, those threads naturally begin to interweave. The process does not normally culminate in a finished work-of-art or story, but rather a sense of connection and discovery, and the stirrings of an emergent group narrative.

This is the radical root of mythology. Emergent mythology is simply what happens when we gather and do things together. It happens all the time, whether or not we make it explicit or conscious, but bringing awareness to this natural process is a way of becoming more aware of collective psyche, how it grows and flows around us and through us.

We’ll use pastels, newsprint, pencils, tape, post-its, archetypal oracle cards, and whatever else serendipitously shows up.
You may wish to bring a journal or notebook. Bring a blanket or yoga mat if you’d like to sit on the ground or a chair to sit on.

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FIRE-BUILDING 101 - RACHEL SHOPPER

Come practice the fine art of fire building! Participants will learn about the collection and preparation of fuel materials, benefits and uses of different fire structures, troubleshooting various problems, and how to make fire in wet conditions. This class will be interactive and dynamic. Expect to be met and challenged at your current growth edge with fire!
Note: this is not a friction-fire class, but participants are welcome to bring their own fire kits to use if they wish

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GIRTH FIRST! - LAABLALLI

We will utilize ropes used in rock climbing to create "girth tails" that wrap around the trunk of the tree connected by with steel caribiners, that ascend up said tree with a prusik system attached to a climbing harness, one as the "lead", & one for the footstrap. This will be a multiple day class if people wish to hone the skill.

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INTRO TO BLACKSMITHING - TOD KERSHAW

Basic overview of basic blacksmithing using a coal forge and hand tools. We will cover tools, fuels, materials and methods. The aim is that anyone who takes this class will be able to set up a basic blacksmithing operation for themselves.
CLOSED TOE SHOES REQUIRED!!

Anyone is welcome to come and watch. First 8 to sign up get to pound hot metal.

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INTRO TO SOLAR ENERGY & OFF GRID POWER SYSTEMS - MATTHEW BENNETT

We will discuss passive solar, solar thermal and solar electric power systems. Solar ovens, solar water pumps and a functioning solar PV (electric) system with battery storage will be available for hands-on interaction. The class will discuss the components and design process of off-grid solar systems for independent and remote energy production. Basic strategies for integrating solar energy, thermal mass and super-insulation into residential and agricultural structures will be offered.

Bring a chair to sit on, if you'd like!

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KUDZU FREEFORM BASKETS - TOOTSIE JABLONSKI

Learn how to identify, harvest, break down, and create a beautiful basket from the vine of invasive kudzu.

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LOVE YOUR SOIL - WADE BURLEY

Soil is the new gold. This class is a hands-on introduction to soil from the perspective of a gardener and naturalist, including soil types, life (macro- and micro-organisms) in the soil, and easy low/no cost methods of increasing soil vitality.

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NINJA 101 - KORIE AND SEAN KENNEDY

Come and have fun with a Master Ninja. Sean Kennedy has over 40 years experience in Martial Arts. Through this one of a kind interactive class find out what separated the Ninja from all others. Learn to connect with your whole self and move as a total human. What does that mean? Come and see. It's not just Kicking and punching.

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ORIGINAL PEOPLE FOOD SYSTEMS AND WAYS - BIGWITCH INDIAN WISDOM INITIATIVE

Title: Original people food systems and ways
Presented by: Bigwitch. Indian. Wisdom Initiative.
ᏍᎩᎵᎡᏆᎯ. ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ. ᎠᎦᏙᎲᎢ.

We will never forget.
These are some of the roots that connect the Cherokee people to the land. The Cherokee people who have been rooted in the same communities for centuries, are among the ones that brought earth skills, along with curious earth seekers.
These entities point us to what can be done to Decolonize our food systems, which are delicacies that come from mycorrhizae, the plant nations, the fruits and the berries, and the heritage crops indigenous to the Americas. Allow us to build together for the common causes.

Corn as the mother of food-
Growing and harvesting and preparing: We will demonstrate the skinning of corn (to remove the outer husk softening the kernels for exquisite food preparation).
Secondly, we will manually pound our heritage corn into meal.

“Someday in the future and not too far away, they will come to us and ask us how the earth might be saved. Then our sacred teachings will travel across the land and the world will learn that the earth is not separate from man. And to keep these things from ever happening again we will remember never to forget”
-KSUT tribal radio song

Side topic: POVERTY.
IS not necessarily a bad thing. I was born into poverty and marginalized sociopolitical schematics In this society. In This country. It has been a helpful reminder of an extremely strong foundation of resilience and ingenuity. Who do you want to be stranded on an island with? Susie credit card or the OG Indian mcgyver??

Clanship Constitutionality/ governances:

Clans of the Cherokee.
The Cherokee Seven Clans are a traditional social organization of Cherokee society. Customs of the Cherokee Clans have evolved since ancient times; however, traditionalists still observe clan customs regarding marriage and certain social events. The Cherokee society is historically matrilineal, meaning clanship is passed through the mother. Among the Cherokees, women were considered the head of household, with the home and children belonging to her should she separate from her husband. The knowledge of a person’s clan is important for many reasons; one of those reasons is that among Cherokee traditionalists today, it is forbidden to marry within one's clan as clan members are considered brothers and sisters. Knowledge of a person’s clan is also important when seeking spiritual guidance and in traditional medicine ceremonies, as it is necessary to name the clan.

The Cherokee Seven Clans.
Blue (A NI SA HO NI) - Historically, this clan made medicine from a blue-colored plant to keep the children well. They are also known as the Panther or Wild Cat Clan.

Long Hair (A NI GI LO HI) - Also known as the Twister, Hair Hanging Down or Wind Clan. They wore elaborate hairdos and walked with a proud, twisting gait. Clan members are regarded as peacemakers; and Peace Chiefs were often from this clan. Prisoners of war, orphans of other tribes, and others with no Cherokee tribe were often adopted into this clan, thus a common interpretation of the name ‘Strangers.’

Bird (A NI TSI S KWA) - historically known as messengers. The belief that birds are messengers between earth and heaven, or the People and Creator, gave the members of this clan the responsibility of caring for the birds.

Paint (A NI WO DI) - historically known as prominent healers. Medicine was often ‘painted’ on a patient after harvesting, mixing and performing other aspects of the ceremony. Clan members made red paint and prepared teas for vapor therapy specific to each ailment.

Deer (A NI KA WI) - historically known as fast runners and hunters. Even though they hunted game for subsistence, they respected and cared for the animals while they were living among them. They were also known as messengers on an earthly level, delivering messages from village to village, or person to person.

Wild Potato (A NI GA TO GE WI) - historically, members of this clan were known to be ‘keepers of the land’ and gatherers of the wild potato in swamps along streams. They are also known as the Bear, Raccoon, or Blind Savannah Clan.

Wolf (A NI WA YAH) - the largest and most prominent clan throughout time. During the time of the Peace Chief and War Chief government setting, the War Chief came from this clan. Wolves are known as protectors.

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POSTPARTUM ELATION! - MARION HEARTH

The 4th trimester is a time when new parents need the village more than ever to build a foundation for a thriving family. These first few months set the tone for the years to come. We’ll go into what doesn’t work (which creates depression), what’s actually biologically needed, and how to set up a support system so that families can have a nourished, supported, and euphoric time of baby bliss.

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REGENERATIVE MEDICINE FOR LYME AND AUTOIMMUNE CONDITIONS - PAIKEA CHENG

Acupuncturist and Regenerative Medicine practitioner Paikea has helped many people to improve Lyme, autoimmune, neurodegenerative and other chronic health conditions. In this workshop you'll learn:
1) Peptides as the new "People's Medicine" which is affordable, safe, lowers infection, restores body's function; Stealth Infection such as Epstein Barr virus and Lyme are the root cause for many autoimmune and neurodegenerative conditions: Hashimoto, Psoriasis, ALS, Long covid, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, inability to recover from Mold Toxicity. Covid dysregulates the immune system to allow dormant infections to resurface, so we see a surge of new illnesses or worsening symptoms post Covid.
2) Shift our mentality from "Kill all pathogen" to "Regenerate cellular health", so the body will Restore homeostasis in all organs, and Recover like a healthy ecosystem. Simplified, sensible lifestyle choices beyond fad diets. Reverse inflammation and reset the gut biome with one simple trick.
3) Emotional Resilience: Any long term health problem creates complex PTSD. How to nourish the nerves to heal deeper than a health condition, even find humor in the process.

Bring pen and paper and a chair to sit on, if you'd like.

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RITUAL ASTROLOGY: COURTING THE GODS OF TIME - FRANK SALZANO

In this class we will develop an understanding of how to deepen our ritual lives through honoring the animate planetary deities of time that pre-industrial/pre-enlightenment human beings took so seriously. We will explore traditional Indo-European and Semetic astrological tools and techniques for relating well with the human and more-than-world. We’ll lay down some foundations for ritually integrating the many layers of cosmic time we embody down here on Earth, both in your personal timelines and in how those cycles of time interface with our transiting planetary neighbors. We’ll go practical. We’ll go mystical. We’ll look at some real examples, and share some stories and inspiration. Bring your charts or birth info if you want.

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SIMPLE SPOON CARVING - SHAWN KELLY

Learn a simple safe way to carve a spoon. I have this listed as a morning class but I will be free the afternoon if more time is needed to finish your spoon. You need a sharp knife if possible; if not I have a few I can loan out. Adult class, however kids 10yrs and older are welcome if their adult is present the whole time.

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SPANISH NATURE WALK WITH MAMATORTUGA - MAMA TORTUGA

All Spanish levels welcome! Todas, todos and todes son invitades! Let us spend some time practicing and acquiring new vocabulary that describes nature around Firefly. We will discover the new landscape of Firefly Gathering, while practicing Spanish together. Supporting our brain in language learning is an excellent skill to practice in nature and we can always enjoy a break from the monolingual environment.

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STICK JIU JUTSU - SPENCER TWO DOGS

Many "martial arts" are dangerous in that they can require unnecessary response to aggressive situations resulting in injury or legal consequences. Stick jiu jitsu explores the power of leverage to give students options that limit the use of force while remaining effective at stopping potential violence. Walking sticks, tools, short sticks, even toothbrushes and pocket sticks are allowed in many places and during travel across borders. Students should expect contact and touch as well as discomfort. We will observe consent and boundaries with great rigor and seriousness while having fun with joint locks, takedowns, and chokes.

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THE ALCHEMY OF HERBAL VINEGARS - CRYSTAL WOODLING

In this history & lore-rich interactive workshop, we will explore the wonders of vinegar as both a medicine in its own right as well as a menstruum (a medium for herbal extractions).

Vinegar is an ancient and profound medicinal ally who has assisted humanity in finding healing and wholeness since the earliest days of civilization, going back to at least 5000 BC in Babylon and 3000 BC in Egypt.

Yet, vinegars are often overlooked and dismissed as a means of processing, preserving, and delivering the medicinal potency of our herbal allies in favor of alcohol or glycerites. After you leave this workshop you will think twice before doing so!

In this workshop, we will:
* explore the fermentation process through the lens of ancient folk alchemy;
* discuss ways to interact with and utilize vinegars with our healing herbs and foods, in accordance with their particular healing powers and organ affinities;
* learn how to skillfully combine vinegars with other menstruum, such as honey and alcohol;
* and practice working with our medicines as living, intelligent beings throughout the medicine-making process.

You will leave this workshop with the know-how to:

*create your own vinegars at home
*craft nourishing tonic vinegars with common nutrient-dense "weeds"
*make luscious hair and skin rinses
*create various potent oxymels (a favored medicine of the ancient Greek doctors)
*potentize and enliven your alcohol-tinctures by making them acetous!

You'll also have the opportunity to go home with some vinegar medicine of your own!

(Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like!)

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WILD FIRE TENDING - ERIC SLAUGHTER

As your Wild Land Fire Fighter instructor I will be igniting curiosity and knowledge about the critical role of wildfires in maintaining healthy ecosystems. My teachings will delve into how fire acts as a natural cleanser, promoting biodiversity by clearing out dead vegetation and making way for new growth. I will show you different techniques, hazards, tools and how to use them while tending Wild Fires. You will learn about the fascinating historical practices of Native American peoples, who skillfully used controlled burns for land management, enhancing agricultural productivity and reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires. By blending practical firefighting techniques with ecological science and cultural history, my wish is to empower you to appreciate the nuanced benefits of fire in nature and its sustainable use in modern land stewardship.

I am excited to take the knowledge I have gathered by fighting many Wild Fires across the country, and gifting it to you in a way that is easy to comprehend, retain and apply if the need arises for you and your loved ones as Wild Fires are becoming more and more prevalent in the south east.

Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.

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WILD FOOD AND MEDICINE WALKABOUT - JT STOKES

Let's take a plant walk and talk about the personalities, the "energetics," of the green ones we find.

Which parts are edible and at what stage of growth?
Has this plant been known for centuries to be helpful for a particular ailment?
In what growing conditions is this herb most medicinally potent?
Does this plant preserve better dried or ’wet’?”

In addition to practical human applications, we'll likely get into some tidbits of mythology or folklore. This plant walk will emphasize a traditional ecological lens of bioregional relationship & stewardship.

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WILLOW BASKETS (PART 3 OF 5) ALL DAY - TYLER LAVENBURG

Welcome fellow Willow enthusiasts! In this two-day class we will be using locally grown European basket willow to weave up some fine hand/shoulder/picnic baskets. We will be using whole round shoots of willow varieties selected over centuries for industrial strength baskets. Day one we will cover growing, propagating, harvesting, and preparing while weaving our bases and locking our spokes in place. Day two we will weave up the body, turn down the rim, and begin making straps. Strap material will vary in price depending on student's choice of willow or leather. You will learn several different weaves including twining, randing, slewing, waling, and all sorts of other fun words. This class is a full two days at least, and 2.5 days depending on strap/handle style. Materials fee will vary between $50-$100 depending on size of basket and strap material.

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WISTERIA WEAVING - HOPE WESTALL

This class will teach the participant how to use an invasive vine, wisteria, to weave into a set of either coasters or hot pads! Each participant will walk away with the skills and know-how to: identify wisteria, harvest wisteria, and weave wisteria. All materials are provided.

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WOODEN BOWL CARVING PART 1 - ALL DAY CLASS - BARRON BROWN

Carve a wooden bowl using traditional hand tools

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WOODSLORE, WEEDS, AND USEFUL WILD PLANTS - DOUG ELLIOTT

Come on a magical journey with Ranger Doug through the fields and forests to learn about the old-timey ways and connections to the natural world, hear about our regions heritage and crafts, and become familiar with some useful plants and animals. Not to mention, he might have an entertaining song or a story or two to share...

Whether he’s pointing out poison ivy, pontificating on possums, extolling the virtues of dandelions, telling wild tales, or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune, Doug Elliott is known for his lively storytelling as well as his broad, practical, scientific and cultural knowledge of the natural world. He will be leading a fun, educational ramble around the fields and forests focusing on the useful and interesting wild plants as well as birds, insects and other critters we encounter.

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

Bone has met material needs for peoples around the world since time immemorial. Harder and sharper than wood, less brittle than stone, bone meets a material niche in ancestral skills and working with it helps us connect with the greater gifts of our animal kin. During this class we will select appropriate bone pieces to shape into beautiful, functional needles.

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Friday

AFTERNOON

ANIMAL TRACKING - MATT BUKOWSKI

Learn to see and interpret the tracks and signs that animals of all sizes leave in the forest. You will learn the basics of clear print ID, gait and movement patterns, and ways to get more information out of tracks. We will move through the landscape observing it as the animals do, and let their tracks and signs tell us the stories of their lives.

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ATLATL DART MANUFACTURE - JAMES CLINKSCALES

Atlatl dart making! In this workshop we will be making a usable dart for a spear thrower also known as atlatl. We will be using natural materials like rivercane shafts, turkey feathers for fletching and wooden points on the foreshaft.

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BARK TANNED LEATHER POCKET JOURNAL BINDING - GRAY TAYLOR

You will be instructed how to craft your own pocket journal using partially recycled parchment paper, buckskin thong for binding and the cover of the journal will be oak bark/sumac leaves tanned deer leather which will add a layer of ancestral protection to your thoughts, drawings or daily to do list.

As we work towards punching holes and threading thong through our future journal, I'll be weaving in the tids and bits of bark tanning hides and the ecological destruction caused by the industrial tanning industry.

With your knowledge gained from this class, you will be able to refill your journal after the pages are full.

The class fee is sliding scale $80-120 CASH (if you need to pay with cash app or venmo talk to me before class)

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BICYCLE MAINTENANCE 101 - MATTY SEMKOWICH

Have you ever had a flat tire? How about gears that wouldn't shift? Brakes that wouldn't stop? Learn the basic maintenance skills that will keep your bike (and you) happily rolling together! This includes weekly maintenance protocol as well as basic repair/ tune up procedures. Tools used will be minimal by design, allowing you to have a skillset that is catered to bike travel/ minimalist living. Bring your bike (if available), or learn on one of ours and get your hands greasy learning how to be more self sufficient and empowered! Lots of time for bike stories and questions. This class is beneficial for all skill levels; beginners with little tool/ repair knowledge up to adept mechanics wanting to learn new techniques.

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BLACKSMITHING FREE-FOR-ALL - TOD KERSHAW

Choose from a variety of blacksmithing projects such as decorative (and functional) hooks, bracelets, utensils such as spoon or ladle - or something else of your choosing that is reasonable for this class. Knives, axes, things like that are not reasonable for a quarter day class. Each participant will get half the class period at the forge.

CLOSED TOE SHOES REQUIRED!

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BUCKSKIN HIDE TANNING - PART 6 OF 6 - CALLAN BURTON-SHORE

In this class, we will use oil and smoke to turn raw deer hides into beautiful, soft, usable buckskin. This will be an all day class for 3 days.

Hide tanning is a skill that was practiced by all of our ancestors and is a skill, I believe, we should all know today. It is a chance to combat waste culture (most deer hides are sent to landfills) and a way to show reverence to our animal relatives. Buckskin is a great material for garments, bags, shoes, and more! This class can be physically strenuous.

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CEREMONIAL TECHNOLOGIES - RITUALS FOR CHANGE AND TRANSFORMATION - SARAH HAGGERTY

If you feel stuck or confused, this class may help you find clarity and address patterns of disturbance. We’ll create a ritual space to address life changes and challenges, loss, ambivalence and obstacles in the path. We’ll share songs, meditations and connective practices for emotional release and mental clarity. We will work with elements such as water, smoke and fire which are foundations for ritual practice across cultures. We’ll explore how ceremonial practices support emotional healing, personal and community development. As a gift from the class, you’ll bring home a turkey feather to use for personal prayer, cleansing and other ceremonial purposes.

Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.

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DARWINIAN BEEKEEPING - ANTHONY TROIA

"Treatment-free beekeeping" is an umbrella term for apiculture not relying on honeybee disease treatments. Darwinian beekeeping falls under this umbrella. In this course, we will explore the greatest hurdles facing bees and beekeepers and how a hands-off approach can increase colony survival rates and honey yields while reducing apiary labor and input. Darwinian beekeeping puts nature back in its rightful place -the master- allowing beekeepers to gracefully step back into a position of apprenticeship.

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ECO-COMPREHENSIVE MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICES - JOSHUA MILLER

Anxiety, depression, and neurodivergence can be really hard to deal with; I know as I have worked hard to come across resources to live with these in myself. Come learn about holistic, life-building (and scientifically backed) ways to lessen their impact. All resources and techniques will also have references from cited studies. Topics will range from breath work and herbs, to meditation and psychoactives, with many holistic habits and lifestyle changes in between. Shared from the perspective of a person wholly engaged in living a connected, land based lifestyle, dedicated to finding practices that reflect those ecocentric values, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

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EDGE TOOLS: RECONDITION, SHARPEN, MAINTENANCE, AND USE - JOHN KRAUS

Bring a tool to sharpen, recondition, and learn how to maintain and use. Edge tools = knife, chisel, scraper, drawknife, plane, spokeshave, axe, adze, file, etc.

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EGG TO TABLE: FULL CIRCLE POULTRY STAGE 3/3 CHICKIN-TEGRATION - ALEA ROSINBLUM

Do you have backyard chickens? Curious about it? This class discusses what it takes to successfully grow, maintain and ultimately harvest these nutritious and charismatic creatures in a fully integrated cycle of life and death. The hobby and homestead chicken project (ideally) bears no resemblance to the food-industrial-complex that brings us the conveniently packaged and nuggetized meals many folks are accustomed to. As we shift away from relying on food factories, we can turn toward a lifestyle that leaves space for more intimate connections with our calories and challenges expectations (eggspectations?). This course will take you on a journey from mating, brooding, hatching, raising, harvesting, cooking, consuming, and finally to re-integrating chickens. This course is not intended for the entrepreneur/production and market based mindset but rather for the casual hobbyist and homesteader. While it is not required, you are encouraged to sign up for all 3 courses: Stage 1: hen husbandry; Stage 2: Safe and sacred slaughter; Stage 3: Chickin-tegration

Stage 3: Chickin-tegration topics covered:
Cooking the cock
50 ways to eat eggs
Chicken pot-luck pie
Feathers, bones and shells
Soil building with chickens
*Attendees are encouraged to bring foraged, farmed, or purchased ingredients for a chicken and egg based potluck

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FORAGING PIGMENTS AND GRINDING PAINTS - BUBBLES CUCKOO

Do you want to learn how to make your own art supplies? Our ancestors from across the globe have foraged their own pigments and mixed their own paints for many thousands of years. In this workshop we will collect minerals from around the site and turn them into watercolor paints. I will also demonstrate making oil based paints, inks, and lake pigments from plant and mushroom dyes. We will wrap up by sharing our new paints with each other and playing with them. You will leave with a small assortment of natural watercolor paints to take home. No materials fee necessary.

Students of all ages are welcome

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GET KNITTING! (OR, GET YOUR KNITTING BACK ON POINT) - JESSICA KAUFMAN

Knitting is such a useful skill. You can build the skills you need to knit, purl, make garments, warm accessories like mittens, hats, and socks, fix holes in previously knitted things, and more if you have a good teacher by your side! Come enjoy learning how to knit for the first (or 100th) time with someone who is patient, great at explaining, and has 20+ years experience coaching folks on their knitting journeys. Want to knit for yourself, for others, for fun, or for profit? I have done it all and can’t wait to talk all things knitting with you! Beginner materials will be on hand and available for purchase, but there is no pressure to buy or keep them. Bring a project you’re stuck on (or in love with), or show up empty-handed and learn on class needles & yarn. No acrylic, just the good natural fibers here!

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HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING 101 - ELISE DAMILATIS

Come learn how to make your own herbal tinctures, infused vinegars, oils, and salves! And many more preparations. We will end the class with a mini weed-walk to meet some locally abundant plant allies. Bring a notebook.

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HERBALISM FOR THE WOMB AND HEART - DEANNA ROSE

Herbalism for the Womb and Heart is a class focused on herbs that support womb and heart health through teas, salves, and yoni steams. You’ll first learn about the herbs that support these. Then we will be making a herbal blend that you can bring home for a yoni steam or drink as a tea! The $5 will go towards the cost of the herbs that you create to take home. The fee is optional if you don’t want to make a blend and just want to learn you are still welcome.

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HISTORY OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: APPROPRIATION & APPRECIATION - KENNEDY ONESELF

Learn historical accounts and traditional cultural usages (and get your hands on!) various ancient instruments that are typically associated with the “sound healing” genre of music such as Gongs, Singing Bowls, Celtic Harp(Clairseach), Didgeridoo(Yirdaki), Hulusi, Guzheng, Native American(style) Flute, Kamele N'Goni, Kalimba(Mbira), Handpan(steel drum), aulos, Tuning forks, Shruti Box, Tanpura, Swarmandal, and more.

Every one of these instruments will be at this workshop, so we'll end with a group jam!

We'll start our appropriation conversation with a collectively created prayer of reverence and appreciation to those who carried these magical musical instruments into the present day.

We are in a completely unprecedented modern phenomenon, where we have access to musical instruments from cultures all around the world. And even though several of these instruments were made illegal by oppressors and invaders, punishable by death, today we can play them all without risking our lives. But it’s helpful if we approach them as the powerful tools they are, that have been held sacred by their culture. And to acknowledge where they’ve come from, and our blessing that they are here now.

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LONG STAFF TRAINIG WITH SEAN KENNEDY - KORIE AND SEAN KENNEDY

Long Staff training with Sean Kennedy. Come explore working with a long staff. This weapon is as old as history. See why it was used all over the world. From walking sticks, to tool handles to weaponry. Sean will help guide you in a fun interactive class that deals with this long staff.

Please bring a long stick if you can - at least 5 feet to 6 feet tall. I will have some.

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MINI WHISKS WITH ORGANIC COTTON AND BEADS! - EMILEIGH ZOLA

Join Emileigh of Rhythm & Ritual for a creative exploration into making mini whisks with broomcorn, organic cotton string, and beads!
More than a handcrafts class, Emileigh creates a ritual space for participants to settle in and create with intention.
A variety of styles will be shared and participants will have an opportunity to design and explore their own broom ideas that work great in the wood shop, apothecary, greenhouse, car, or on the yoga mat and altar, etc......
They are incredibly adorable and versatile.

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OPEN FOOD & WISDOM SHARING - BIGWITCH INDIAN WISDOM INITIATIVE

Conversation, food, and wisdom sharing with Tyson Sampson.

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PARTNER ACRO: L-BASING 101 - MICAH ELLINGER

What is acro and who can try it?
What: Acro (partner acrobatics) is a way of balancing and moving with other people. Traditionally, acro involves basing (lifting another) flying (the person in the air), and spotting to balance one another in ways that build strength, flexibility, and connection!
Who: YOU! Anyone can do acro! No partner required! If you like to have fun, meet new people, and want to feel empowered with your body and voice, acro is for you!
This class is perfect for someone that has never tried acro but is very curious about it. Bring a water bottle and clothes that you are comfortable moving in (ideally form fitting).

Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

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POTIONCRAFT & HERB PRESERVATION - JT STOKES

Let’s talk about the basics of brewing internally-consumed herbal concoctions, maximizing shelf life, and building a home apothecary. We’ll discuss considerations like selecting the most fitting solvent for the herb you’re working with, or different ratios to use for dry compared to fresh plants. We may also brush up against spiritual or ethical considerations/options for the herbal medicine maker.

Alcohol is a great preservative, but let's give attention to the other options we have: apple cider vinegar, salt, oils, honey. Fermented beverages, salad dressings, or cordials are unassuming forms of medicine, all of which can be added to enrich regular meals. Let's blur the lines between the apothecary and the kitchen pantry.

We’ll craft up some TBD

Feel free to join us even if you don't plan to craft a potion, but **please save sign-up slots for those who will be using materials.**

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RAWHIDE RATTLES - RACHEL SHOPPER

Bring some skin to life and to sound! Rawhide rattles are beautiful, functional, and offer a wide range of creative options. Bring a special stick for the handle if you have one; if not, we'll have some time to gather one. Also, if you have any beads or tiny rocks that are significant to you, you can bring them to add to the voice inside.

Cost: $20 for materials. Please speak to me before class starts if cost is prohibitive, and we will work something out!

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RELATIONSHIP REPAIR BASICS - STEVE TORMA

Conflict can be incredibly painful and destructive to relationships, families, workplaces, and communities. But when navigated with compassion and skill, conflict can actually build and strengthen relationships. In this class we will practice using tools from Nonviolent Communication to repair from painful conflicts. We will especially focus on a powerful tool called The Mourning Process which is very effective for creating healing and reconciliation. We will also explore how to minimize the escalation of conflicts in order to increase connection and reduce harm. We will especially look at these skills through the lens of transitioning from power-over to power-with dynamics. Steve Torma is the former president of Earthaven Ecovillage and co-founder of The REAL Center.

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SACRED FIRE KEEPING & FIRE DANCING - ALEX ARRIAZA

I am a sacred fire teacher, following the teachings of the fire directly, I have had the honor of sitting with many elders of different traditions from all over the world, learning from them and integrating their wisdom into this practice. I myself come from nahuat-pipil origin in the country of El salvador and also hold Spanish lineage as a mixed person.
However, the offering is non dogmatic and non-religious in nature, although it does touch on the spiritual aspects of fire as well. It is focused on the elemental nature of the personal experience of reality.
The class will be split into 3 sections of 1 hr each.

The main topic is sacred fire keeping and all things that revolve around it.
This includes the actual fire making techniques to easily start and sustain a fire under different conditions. There is an in-length discussion of a sacred fire vs a regular fire and what distinguishes the two. As well as the shared, participatory creation of a ceremonial sacred fire. During this portion we will be splitting wood in different ways and preparing tinder, logs and materials for the fire. Simultaneously, we will have discussion about the different elements and their place within fire-making and the reflections this brings to us for our growth and wisdom.
This is the first hour.

The next section is a cultural discussion of ceremonial fires in various cultures as well as their role in community building and creating spaces of equality and safe expression. Another topic of this discussion is ancestral cultures, oppression and reclamation of rites. In this section we will be diving deeper into the historical and practical applications of the different forms of rituals and magics associated with fire.

There is also discussion and non-dogmatic activity related to ceremonial drumming, singing and dancing in emulation of different emotions or natural energies as a form of self and communal healing.
This is the second hour.

The class offering culminates with an introduction to sacred fire dancing, safety, procedures and the martial art behind it, as well as the spiritual aspect of keeping our inner fire of passion and inspiration lit and helping to light that of others further.
This has been called by many names such as Warrior of light, or Djedi training.
The goal of this section is to empower the participants via a fire related rite of passage in order to help awaken the fire within and return to daily lives with an enhanced sense of well-being and confidence.
This completes the third hour and whole class.

Ultimately, the participants will walk away with a much deeper understanding of practical fire making, sacred fire keeping, and ceremonial fire dancing and song.

Participants are encouraged to bring wood cutting implements of their choice (Hatchets, axes, knives or wedges, no machines). Some tools will be provided, but best to bring one's own.
They are also encouraged to bring blankets to sit on during discussion points, drinking water, and any acoustic instruments they would like to use for the ceremonial portion. (Drums, rattles, flutes, etc)
Incense, tobacco, cedar or other offerings for the fire are also welcome.
If participants have fire dancing tools they are welcome to bring them, but some will be provided as well.

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SPRING WATER MEDICINE- SOURCING, COLLECTING, TRANSPORTING, STORING, AND ENJOYING - CHRIS SANBORN

All of our ancestors had to find and store good drinking water to stay alive. Water is the great connector of all things, and limitless teacher for us all. Contrary to some beliefs, there's still lots of pristine springs that are the absolute best source for drinking water. They are packed with electrolytes, the rainbow crystal beauty mineral silica, and even probiotics! In this class we will learn why spring water is the best source of water, how to find a good source, how to collect it, transport it, store it, and of course enjoy it!

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THAI BODYWORK - ERIC BLEVINS

This healing art can be beneficial to both the giver and receiver. It is very interactive and involves a lot of assisted stretching as well as pointed pressure into muscles. We will work on the feet, legs, hips, back, shoulders, neck and head. Please wear clothing that allows for full range of motion and bring a blanket or yoga mat to lay on.

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THE ART OF COLLECTING CULTURE - JASON WISE

As above and so below. Similar to the cultures that we celebrate among one another in countless diverse and magical ways, so too are the cultures that many of us love to ingest. In this class you will learn how to collect these cultures and turn them into cheeses, krauts, sauces, and lacto fermented vegetables. What to do with all of those zucchinis and summer squash? Ferment them! In this class, we will learn the basics of fermentation and how to make your very own not-so-German kraut; fermented salsa and squash pickles. I will also give you the secret to making lacto fermented pickles and simple farmers cheese. We will end the class with an arrangement of home made fermented vegetables and sauces.
Please bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.

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THE EROTIC AS POWER: RECLAIMING OUR BODIES FROM SYSTEMS OF OPPRESSION, A FACILITATED LISTENING CIRCLE - APHIEME PARSONS

This circle is supported and inspired by an article written by black lesbian writer Audre Lorde entitled Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power. Erotic in this sense describes a spectrum of expressing life force energy, the fuel we use to enact everything from our most basic daily tasks to the work involved in creating a human life. In this facilitated listening circle you will be invited to describe your victories and challenges related to feeling both deeply innocent and erotically alive at the same time.

Lorde describes the relationship between our erotic energy and systems of oppression, "In order to perpetuate itself, every oppression must corrupt or distort those various sources of power that can provide energy for change...this has meant a suppression of the erotic as a source of power and information within our lives." Shame is the primary tool used in the corruption and distortion of our erotic/life-energy power. Shame is THE thing propping up in so many systems of oppression. I invite you to come be witnessed in sharing your experience as a way to reclaim some of that power.

Since this is a huge topic, know that this class is intended simply to provide a doorway or general support on the path of a lot of loving self-work within community, family, partners, healers, and mental health professionals. A basic history and outline of the issue at hand will be provided along with facilitated structure wherein individuals will have an opportunity to share and be witnessed by the group, and in smaller break-out groups, in sharing their own experiences. This class is for 18yrs and up and limited to 13 people, it is a closed container, *please arrive on time*

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THE MESSAGE YOU CARRY - ASIA SULER

Each of us carries a core message, a dispatch of healing that we’re here to embody and communicate on Earth. We’re often living our messages before we even understand them, but the guides in nature want to help you see exactly what your message is. Part nature-writing workshop, part earth-ritual, this class is an experience in animism, nature communication, and self-inquiry that will help you make direct contact with the message you’re here to carry…and begin embodying it. Bring pen, paper and an item for our altar (optional).

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TUNING IN TO NATURE: AN EXPLORATION IN DEEP LISTENING TO ONESELF AND THE NATURAL WORLD - JEANNIE MCKENZIE

Akin to “forest bathing,” we will use this time to deepen our intuitive perceptions of the natural world. Both the ways we are receiving AND being received by the plants, animals, minerals, and all aspects of the natural world, seen and unseen will be explored.. How do we engage more fully in these unspoken conversations?

This is a laboratory where we experiment with a variety of ways of being in dialogue with the natural world. By investigating with our hearts and sharing our perceptions and insights, we will teach each other as we are learning. Bring a notebook, a writing implement, and your unfettered curiosity!

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WEATHER AND MAPS - SPENCER TWO DOGS

This hybrid class examines ancient and modern weather forecasting techniques to look ahead and see what’s coming based on what we observe now. Old sayings and modern science give us tools to prepare our home, camp, or group for incoming weather changes. Mother Earth is always speaking to us in the short and long term, whispering for those who listen. There may come a time when handy weather phone apps aren’t available! The second half of this class will cover map understanding, terrain analysis, basic navigation with a compass, and route planning. For those with loads of experience, this class should be considered basic and will be most enjoyed by those hoping to build a deeper intimacy with our mountain home.

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WHOLISTIC PREGNANCY PREVENTION - IVY LYNN

In this class we look at the fertile cycle, gaining the empowerment of understanding our bodies. We will discuss the responsibilities of both partners and the multiple choices involved, including herbs. Men are welcome. The last part of the class transitions to deep group discussion.

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WILLOW BASKETS (PART 4 OF 5) ALL DAY - TYLER LAVENBURG

Welcome fellow Willow enthusiasts! In this two-day class we will be using locally grown European basket willow to weave up some fine hand/shoulder/picnic baskets. We will be using whole round shoots of willow varieties selected over centuries for ideal industrial strength baskets. Day one we will cover growing, propagating, harvesting, and preparing while weaving our bases and locking our spokes in place. Day two we will weave up the body, turn down the rim, and begin making straps. Strap material will vary in price depending on student's choice of willow or leather. You will learn several different weaves including twining, randing, slewing, waling, and all sorts of other fun words. This class is a full two days at least, and 2.5 days depending on strap/handle style. Materials fee will vary between $50-$100 depending on size of basket and strap material.

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WOMEN'S MIDLIFE CIRCLE - NATALIE BOGWALKER

la da da da da.... going through life.... we are in our late 30's and early 40's and finally we are feeling some understanding of what it is to be an adult, to know our bodies, to know ourselves, and then.... BAM....

Perimenopause, a second puberty, and one that lasts just as long and has just as drastic of effects on our hormones, relationships, and life.

It is dangerous in a patriarchal culture to have empowered wise old women allowed and encouraged to speak for the trees, the earth, the children, women who don't care anymore of approval, who are able to speak their minds and hearts. So the culture makes them invisible. Perimenopause is little talked about in a culture that doesn't much like to talk about old women. We are encouraged to hold onto youth as long as possible in order to not disappear ourselves, to be still desired, to still be seen. Perimenopause is not talked about, and then the signs, or symptoms, hit you like a brick wall. Radical change is upon you, and culture has likely left you unprepared.

This facilitated circle is a time for us to feel into and acknowledge the changes in our bodies, hearts, and minds. There will be writing prompts and sharing. Please bring something to write with.

This work is inspired by the works of Sharon Blackie and Christiane Northrup. Humans of all identities who have menstruated are welcome at this circle.

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WOODEN BOWL CARVING PART 2 - ALL DAY CLASS - BARRON BROWN

Carve a wooden bowl using traditional hand tools part 2

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Friday

EVENING

FIREFLIES OF THE APPALACHIANS - A WALK & TALK - WADE BURLEY

**MEET AT 8:00 PM**
Come learn about fireflies, their lives and life stages, and their place in our ecosystem, followed by a walk to meet some of the 19+ species that call our area home. Bring a headlamp with a red, blue, or green light setting, and be ready to walk in the woods.

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GOAT MILKING DEMO - AMANDA COOK

Mornings and Evenings around 7:30
[separate sign-up for each]

The demo is open for all to watch but only 2 people can actually milk the goats per milking time slot.
Kids will need an adult with them. Bring a container if you'd like fresh milk.

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WISDOM OF OUR STARGAZING ANCESTORS: PART 2- STORIES FROM STARDUST - FRANK SALZANO

These presentations are an interactive storytelling experience that take participants on a tour through the night sky. Through an embodied and animate exploration of star-lore we'll learn about the origins and spread of the world's mythological traditions. We'll dive into the history of the human cultural relationship to the sky, celestial navigation skills, the origins of astrology, ritual and sky omens, and the many other mysteries that illuminate the night skies. These evenings are a mythopoetic remembering of an ancient way of relating to the cosmos & human sojourn.
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WE WILL START AFTER ITS DARK. JUST LOOK FOR THE GENIE LAMP AND THE ASTRONOMY LASER POINTER POINTING UP TOWARDS THE HEAVENS

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Saturday

EARLY MORNING (BEFORE BREAKFAST)

AREPA MAKING CLASS - MAMA TORTUGA

Have you ever eaten arepas? This is a staple food in many regions around Latin-American continent (AbyaYala) and while there are many ways to make them, we will explore how to make a few different types of arepas from Colombia. This will be a hands on class so come ready to make and eat. Vegan options will also be offered. We will delve into the history and the many different types of arepas from different territories. Arepas are mostly made of corn meal which is naturally gluten free. This class is limited to 10 persons. Youth welcome!

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BO STAFF AND MEDITATIVE MOVEMENT - SPENCER TWO DOGS

Open the day with breathwork and gentle body movement in the style of Kukishinden Ryu Bojutsu. This 1,000 year old art is a great way to start the day by grounding, rotating, and moving energy through our bodies using the 6 foot staff. Bring your own stick if possible, or, I have extras available in my camp - please stop by to pick one up before class! Please meet at the intructors camp by 7:30 am, we may walk somewhere else together.

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CHI GUNG AND PLANT SENSING (7:30-9 AM) - JEANNIE MCKENZIE

Celebrate our connection with the earth, and the depth of understanding that comes through the plant world with Chi Gung and Plant Sensing classes. The chi gung practice takes movements from ancient medical chi gung practices and focuses the understanding of the gathering and movement of energy in a new way. As we practice, guided imagery and actual images bring our presence into awareness of our larger, eternal energetic structure. From this expanded field, and with additional instructions, we tune into the plant world. We then set timers for 10 minutes, head out (or already be outside if you can be) and come in after the 10 minutes to share our significant messages and experiences.

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GENTLE FLOW YOGA - CORA SINGER

Ground into your body, breath, and the earth with an early morning yoga class. Suitable for anyone who wants to participate, even those who have never practiced yoga before. Class will be held from 8:00-9:00 am. Please bring a yoga mat or large towel. All abilities welcome!

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GOAT MILKING DEMO - AMANDA COOK

Mornings and Evenings around 7:30
[separate sign-up for each]

The demo is open for all to watch but only 2 people can actually milk the goats per milking time slot.
Kids will need an adult with them. Bring a container if you'd like fresh milk.

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Saturday

MORNING

ANCIENT NUTRITION AND HEALTHY LIVING - JUSTINA PRENATT

What did our ancient ancestors eat? How do modern diets differ and how does that impact our health? Modern humans are experiencing a crisis of chronic health conditions, which are partly caused by how differently we live from the ways our ancient ancestors lived. Hunter/gatherer and forager lifestyles influenced the evolution of the bodies we live in now, and there are ways that even in busy modern lives we can reclaim lifestyle practices that reconnect us to what our bodies truly need. In this class we will explore ancient cultural foodways and modern dietary pathways, including nourishing traditions, paleo, primal, ketogenic, and specific healing diets that take their wisdom from our ancestors. This class will include info on meal planning, recipes, and how to transition from mainstream ways of eating to dietary and other lifestyle practices that may be in service to better health. We’ll discuss other modern influences on our health, such as how we move (or more likely don’t), sleep, think, hold our bodies, and the impact of our increasingly technological existence. We will also prepare and snack on delicious, nourishing, paleo bliss balls!

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BLACKSMITHED SPOONS - TOD KERSHAW

Blacksmith a handle for a ladle or spoon (personal or serving) and rivet on a copper or steel bowl.
You make all parts.

CLOSED TOE SHOES REQUIRED!

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BUCKSKIN BIKINI TOPS - ALL DAY CLASS! - TALCON QUINN

Honor your body by creating a buckskin bikini top.

This class is a top favorite of those who have attended other classes with Talcon. It seamlessly blends Talcon's cheer for body positivity with her love of braintanned buckskin and ethical fashion leatherwork. Students will learn how to properly lay patterns on skins, how to sew with a leather awl and buckskin thong in order to produce a custom bikini top that may also double as a bra.

Folks will work in teams of two, creating patterns of our breasts to craft this special top. This class is all day that requires pertinence, support and respectful of everyone’s bodies and boundaries.

Fee $100-$175 for braintanned buckskin - if you have your own braintanned buckskin - don't sign up, please check in with Talcon.

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CREATING CLOTH FROM KUDZU VINE - NICA RABINOWITZ

Learn to partner with one of the most misunderstood and abundant vines in our region, kudzu. We will discuss the retting process and work with the bast fiber from kudzu vines to weave our own kudzu cloth. We will also cover creating our own basic loom from found materials and traditional and nontraditional methods for working with kudzu fiber.

Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.

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DEEP DIVE INTO OFF GRID SOLAR PV DESIGN - MATTHEW BENNETT

This is a "hands & minds on" class for those who want to design an off-grid solar system. We will discuss components, design criteria and the keys to a successful process from site evaluation through installation. We will assemble a working solar PV system with solar panels, charge controller, battery, and inverter. We will go over the worksheets and calculations for system and component sizing and product selection. Attending the Intro class is recommended but not required.

Bring a chair to sit on, if you'd like!

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EDGE TOOLS: RECONDITION, SHARPEN, MAINTENANCE, AND USE - JOHN KRAUS

Bring a tool to sharpen, recondition, and learn how to maintain and use. Edge tools = knife, chisel, scraper, drawknife, plane, spokeshave, axe, adze, file, etc.

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FLAT NEEDLE FELTING: PAINTING & PATCHING WITH WOOL - JESSICA KAUFMAN

This is a fantastic skill to have: turning loose wool roving into strong, useful felt WITHOUT needing any water or soap or manual strength for scrubbing/agitating! Using one simple (and very affordable) tool, the barbed needle, we can create with sheep's wool and the barbed needle only. Everyone is successful in this class, and projects turn out better than most folks imagine. This is a popular class because needle felting is so portable: you can bring your project to any lecture class and work away quietly while listening to other instructors. Learn everything you need to create a beautifully felted project. You can repair holes in wool clothing with needle felting, and add decoration to natural fiber garments. Imagine mending pictorially in wool onto your favorite hat, jacket, sweater, or backpack... See you there! Kids 10 and up welcome *with an accompanying adult* (this is not for kids showing up solo; please don’t sign up kids on their own.) No toddlers present, please.

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FOREST SCHOOL COUNCIL, AND SONGS FOR/FROM THE FOREST - EMILY MARANTZ

How can we support the next generation in feeling supremely held, interwoven, equipped, helpful and appreciated, free to play and comfortable here (outside)? How can we encourage deep listening to and learning from the world around and within us? How can we support (not direct) each child’s creativity and sense of ease in urgent times? How do we work with our desire to keep children "safe" when they want to go out on a limb (literally), teetering on the edge of their comfort zone? How can we do this (1:1 care and mentoring) while staying responsive to (some would say responsible for) and aware of many children at once? How do we come up with a plan for the day and hold some predictable structure (and why would we), while also following the flow of the kids and the weather? So many questions. We may generate more. I will begin by sharing songs and lessons gathered from my time as a forest kindergarten and home-school teacher. I will also share briefly about my training and experience in supporting neurodivergent children (and adults) in wilderness school. There are simple and effective movements, games and ways we can look out for each other (notice and address signs of stress before it becomes overwhelm) and strengthen group cohesion.
Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like!

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INTO THE DRUM CIRCLE - STEVEN TOWNSEND

There is etiquette and intention that is needed to create a good drum circle. Drum circles are for bringing people together, participation promotes group unity and teaches us how to take turns leading and following, there are many physical and emotional benefits linked and documented to drum circles/ group drumming.
There is more to drum circles than just playing a drum. As a drummer we have a very important mission, to honor West African culture and to carry on an ancient tradition so that it does not die. A drum circle breathes life into its surroundings, makes happy!
Spare drums are available but limited.

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INTRO TO SOLAR ENERGY & OFF GRID POWER SYSTEMS - MATTHEW BENNETT

We will discuss passive solar, solar thermal and solar electric power systems. Solar ovens, solar water pumps and a functioning solar PV (electric) system with battery storage will be available for hands-on interaction. The class will discuss the components and design process of off-grid solar systems for independent and remote energy production. Basic strategies for integrating solar energy, thermal mass and super-insulation into residential and agricultural structures will be offered.

Bring a chair to sit on, if you'd like!

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INTRODUCTION TO DREAMWORK - SARAH HAGGERTY

Explore dreamwork as an art, science and ritual practice. Find out about the whats, hows, whys of tending nighttime dreams.This class will include basic foundations such as dream recall and simple dream tending practices that can help you tend and befriend your dreams. We will also explore deeper mysteries of dreams and animistic styles of dreamwork. You are welcome to bring questions and dream shares. Class participants are also welcome to join a morning dream sharing circle at breakfast where we reflect on dreams from the night before.

Bring a chair to sit on if you like!

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LICHEN EXPLORATION - LAURA BOGGESS

Engage with the wonderful world of lichens! Join cliff ecologist and lichenologist Laura Boggess (Mars Hill University), and lichenologist and artist Nastassja Noell (Radical Mycology) for an introduction to lichens, followed by a lichen walk, and then an exploration of lichens from both taxonomic and poetic perspectives. This workshop format is inspired by the symbioses and emergent properties of lichens, and weaves our mind, emotions, physical body, imagination, and ecosystems similarly to the algae, fungi, yeasts, bacteria, habitat, and deep time do in lichens. Hand lenses provided. Notebook encouraged.

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LIVING IN ALIGNMENT - TUNING INTO YOUR CALLING - SHIRA SAMEROFF

Societal oppressions and conditioning lead us to live out of alignment, disconnected from knowing guides, the earth and our own intuition. Reconnecting with ourselves and each other and living as we are meant to is key to healing our world.

Join me for an interactive, healing space to tune into yourself, your calling and inhabit your powerful, aligned and nourished self.

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LONG STAFF TRAINIG WITH SEAN KENNEDY - KORIE AND SEAN KENNEDY

Long Staff training with Sean Kennedy. Come explore working with a long staff. This weapon is as old as history. See why it was used all over the world. From walking sticks, to tool handles to weaponry. Sean will help guide you in a fun interactive class that deals with this long staff.

Please bring a long stick if you can - at least 5 feet to 6 feet tall. I will have some.

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LOW GEAR CAMPING: PREP AND SHELTER - AMI LE

Low Gear Camping:
This is an absolute beginner class on how to camp with less. Come learn the original ultralight camping a.k.a. being broke! No trip to REI needed.

Have an experienced camper who’s done below freezing survival camping, week long backcountry journeys, and who lived off grid for three years teach you the knowledge to be safe in the outdoors.

We’ll be learning in part 1:

-Pre-planning safety
-Packing only what you need
-Tarp shelter-making
-Ropes and knots
-Camp-site selection
-Tool selection
-Camping hygiene.


Donations are appreciated for training supplies and extra tarps and ropes. Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.

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MAKING FIRE WITH FLINT AND STEEL - SHAWN KELLY

Come learn to use flint and steel to make fire just like they did in the past. I have this listed as an adult class but smaller children are welcome if they are accompanied by an adult

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ORIGINAL PEOPLE FOOD SYSTEMS AND WAYS - BIGWITCH INDIAN WISDOM INITIATIVE

Title: Original people food systems and ways
Presented by: Bigwitch. Indian. Wisdom Initiative.
ᏍᎩᎵᎡᏆᎯ. ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ. ᎠᎦᏙᎲᎢ.

We will never forget.
These are some of the roots that connect the Cherokee people to the land. The Cherokee people who have been rooted in the same communities for centuries, are among the ones that brought earth skills, along with curious earth seekers.
These entities point us to what can be done to Decolonize our food systems, which are delicacies that come from mycorrhizae, the plant nations, the fruits and the berries, and the heritage crops indigenous to the Americas. Allow us to build together for the common causes.

Corn as the mother of food-
Growing and harvesting and preparing: We will demonstrate the skinning of corn (to remove the outer husk softening the kernels for exquisite food preparation).
Secondly, we will manually pound our heritage corn into meal.

“Someday in the future and not too far away, they will come to us and ask us how the earth might be saved. Then our sacred teachings will travel across the land and the world will learn that the earth is not separate from man. And to keep these things from ever happening again we will remember never to forget”
-KSUT tribal radio song

Side topic: POVERTY.
IS not necessarily a bad thing. I was born into poverty and marginalized sociopolitical schematics In this society. In This country. It has been a helpful reminder of an extremely strong foundation of resilience and ingenuity. Who do you want to be stranded on an island with? Susie credit card or the OG Indian mcgyver??

Clanship Constitutionality/ governances:

Clans of the Cherokee.
The Cherokee Seven Clans are a traditional social organization of Cherokee society. Customs of the Cherokee Clans have evolved since ancient times; however, traditionalists still observe clan customs regarding marriage and certain social events. The Cherokee society is historically matrilineal, meaning clanship is passed through the mother. Among the Cherokees, women were considered the head of household, with the home and children belonging to her should she separate from her husband. The knowledge of a person’s clan is important for many reasons; one of those reasons is that among Cherokee traditionalists today, it is forbidden to marry within one's clan as clan members are considered brothers and sisters. Knowledge of a person’s clan is also important when seeking spiritual guidance and in traditional medicine ceremonies, as it is necessary to name the clan.

The Cherokee Seven Clans.
Blue (A NI SA HO NI) - Historically, this clan made medicine from a blue-colored plant to keep the children well. They are also known as the Panther or Wild Cat Clan.

Long Hair (A NI GI LO HI) - Also known as the Twister, Hair Hanging Down or Wind Clan. They wore elaborate hairdos and walked with a proud, twisting gait. Clan members are regarded as peacemakers; and Peace Chiefs were often from this clan. Prisoners of war, orphans of other tribes, and others with no Cherokee tribe were often adopted into this clan, thus a common interpretation of the name ‘Strangers.’

Bird (A NI TSI S KWA) - historically known as messengers. The belief that birds are messengers between earth and heaven, or the People and Creator, gave the members of this clan the responsibility of caring for the birds.

Paint (A NI WO DI) - historically known as prominent healers. Medicine was often ‘painted’ on a patient after harvesting, mixing and performing other aspects of the ceremony. Clan members made red paint and prepared teas for vapor therapy specific to each ailment.

Deer (A NI KA WI) - historically known as fast runners and hunters. Even though they hunted game for subsistence, they respected and cared for the animals while they were living among them. They were also known as messengers on an earthly level, delivering messages from village to village, or person to person.

Wild Potato (A NI GA TO GE WI) - historically, members of this clan were known to be ‘keepers of the land’ and gatherers of the wild potato in swamps along streams. They are also known as the Bear, Raccoon, or Blind Savannah Clan.

Wolf (A NI WA YAH) - the largest and most prominent clan throughout time. During the time of the Peace Chief and War Chief government setting, the War Chief came from this clan. Wolves are known as protectors.

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PAWPAW TREE CARE AND FRUIT TASTING - SEREN PETRICHOR

Come and taste the wonder that is Pawpaw fruit! They are often described as a blend of banana, melon, coconut and pineapple with a custard like texture. Pawpaw fruits are a wonder that have been nearly lost to American culture. They are native from northern Florida to Oklahoma to Canada and yet most people have never heard of them. They have now spread around the world and have been used in mead, ice cream, pies, beer and much more! It's not too late to bring back a magical, delicious and nutritious indigenous fruit to North America and into your backyard. Learn about pawpaw planting, pollination, varieties, seed care, mead making, preserving, companion planting, and bringing trees to successful and abundant harvest.

Will have a limited amount of fruit for tasting and pawpaw trees for sale during the class.

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PERMACULTURE 101 WALKABOUT - WADE BURLEY

Permaculture design is inspired by and based upon natural systems and cultures that live close to the earth. This walk introduces the concepts and principles of Permaculture, as we walk about the landscape observing them in action.

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PRIMAL MOVEMENT-DANCE MEDICINE (WITH LIVE RHYTHM). - GABRIELA MASALA

Dance is an ancient healing salve . It is primal medicine for all of us to savor and enjoy. Playfully, we will land in the brilliance of our bodies in motion. Inspired by live polyrhythmic grooves, we will spiral the joints, explore movement, circulate breath and let our soul dance as we connect with earth and sky. This session is a moving meditation as well as a community play and wellness experience.

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SEW YOUR OWN BUCKSKIN FANNY PACK (ALL DAY CLASS PART 1) - RAIN HALL

This is an All DAY (morning and afternoon) hands on buckskin sewing and crafting class. Take home your own laced classic style buckskin fanny pack, or belt pouch. This pouch should fit a headlamp, snack bar and some pretty rocks. Or a cell phone, small wallet and keys.

Note: in an effort to keep this class more affordable, this includes the Fanny Pack only with fasteners, NO Buckskin or Bark Tan Leather belt is included.!!

I encourage you to also sign up for a weaving class and weave a strap, purchase strap/belt material from camp store, or DIY your very own.
For those of you that just cannot wait to wear and use these, limited amounts of thrift store belts and straps will be available for upcycling to finish off these bags.

Buckskin is a specific type of natural hide tanning process for hoofed animals. The finished product is softer and has more stretchy tendencies than leather. It also has a distinct campfire smell from the finishing process of "smoking the hide".

Learn as we go:
- Get to know buckskin. What is it? How is it made, and how do we use it to make cool crafty things?
- Basic patterning skills and how they apply to the unique fiber of hides
- A Few Pattern Styles Provided
- Cut thong for buckskin lacing
- Learn how to use an awl and why??
- Buckskin sewing stitches! Like the "all that's needed", the "how to be fancy" and maybe a touch of a nice edging stitch!

All tools needed will be provided.
Materials fee ($100) includes hand softened and smoked buckskin made by me, buttons, D or O rings for fastening belts. Preferred payment method is Cash. Please check in with me at the beginning of class if you need to pay electronically.
Skill Level: Intermediate. Some sewing or leather craft experience is suggested but not mandatory.
Some strength and dexterity of the hands is used in this class.

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TREE GRAFTING 101 - ASTONISHING PRACTICAL SKILL FOR ALL - JEE WHITE

Grafting is the horticultural technique of joining parts of two or more plants so that they appear to grow as a single plant. Humans have grafted trees for 4,000yrs and it's a skill and magical happening all in one. I truly hope everyone can experience grafting in their lifetime as it is wildly useful, fun to learn about, and extremely impactful for positive change on the planet. Come to this class if you love good times, trees, food, yourself, others, and transforming our capitalistic culture into one of ecological understanding and reciprocity. Apartment dwellers and homesteaders alike benefit from the knowledge of grafting by helping spread the knowledge, helping a tree to fruit, preserving a beloved variety, extending the harvest, helping heal tree wounds, grafting varieties for climate change and more. It can be a job, a hobby, or something you can teach others regardless of owning land. For example, I've grafted a store owners' Bradford pears with European pears and thanks to a few hours of work 7 years ago, there are now hundreds of pounds of fruit that I can preserve and give away every year. I've been paid to teach people how to graft their bradford pears giving them a huge caloric producing tree where before there was none. There is also more and more growing need for expertise around Grafting and edible trees as more folks join the local foods movements which have created a need for more local nurseries.

We will walk through grafting techniques with the goal of students understanding the basic concepts necessary to perform a few types of grafts. If that's completed we will discuss best varieties to be grafting and general tree care tips. A notebook, pen, and (*IMPORTANT) a SINGLE BEVELED GRAFTING KNIFE *OR UTILITY KNIFE will be necessary for hands-on skills.

Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.

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TULIP POPLAR BASKETS - DOUG ELLIOTT

Learn how to remove bark from a tree and fashion it into a traditional Appalachian bark berry basket that is attractive, functional, and strong enough to last a lifetime. Bring a sharp knife and a $20 materials fee. (Also if you have them, bring pruning shears, a rotary leather punch, a pruning saw, and a chair to sit on.)

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TURNING GARDEN WASTE IN TO GARDEN GOLD - JASON WISE

Are you tired of buying expensive nutrients, soil and supplements for your garden? Did you know that everything you need is likely in your backyard? In this class, we will dive into the fundamentals of collecting nutrients from plants, vegetables, weeds, and even trees. I will be borrowing concepts from JADAM Natural Farming, Korean Natural Farming and those of our ancestors before modern day fertilization. We will go over the steps for making JLF (JADAM Liquid Fertilizer); how to use it and when to use it on what plants. We will also go over the basics of making a huglekulture bed combining both JADAM and KNF (Korean Natural Farming) priniciples for creating a bountiful harvest. To demonstrate some of the concepts of natural farming, we will make our very own JADAM Liquid Fertilizer, Fermented Plant Juice, calcium from roasted eggshells, and magnesium from roasted bones. This is a fun hands on class. We will do some collecting, chopping and cooking to create our nutrient magic. I will share some of my nutrient recipes that I have used on garden vegetables, Hemp, as well as trees as an added bonus.
Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.

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WAILING FOR HEALING - SARAH LOUISE

This circle will offer supportive space to use vocal expression to metabolize grief, send prayers, heal ancestors and clear blockages to our most authentic expression. On a personal level, un-grieved grief can lead to overwhelm that prevents ease and clarity in our lives. And on a collective level, it can create stagnation in our ability to create positive change. While we will spend the bulk of our time vocalizing, we will also explore song traditions for grief like keening and also be in conversation about how we can integrate healing vocal expression into our own communities. What obstacles prevent your community from having healthy grief culture? What grief support do you wish you had regular access to in non-transactional containers? We will also be in conversation about how to tune into the capacities of our nervous systems and how to care for ourselves after outpourings of grief.

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WHISK BROOMS - TURKEY WING STYLE - EMILEIGH ZOLA

Join Emileigh of Rhythm & Ritual for a morning of broomcraft and connection.
More than a handcrafts class, Emileigh creates a ritual space for participants to settle in and create with intention.
Students will learn to craft turkey wing style whisk brooms out of broomcorn hurl. Everyone will make a larger whisk broom and if time allows, materials will be available to make an additional smaller broom.
Moderate hand strength is suggested.

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WILDHOME: SOMATICS/SONG - JULIA O. BIANCO

Join us for a joyful and unique experience of live music and mindful movement/dance. In this workshop, we’ll explore self-expression, connection, and community through authentic movement as we move with amazing instrumentals. All are welcome to join us with their movement or instruments!

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WILLOW BASKETRY: SMALL TRAYS - FREA FORAGER

Participants will get to get create a simple but satisfying small, willow basketry project while learning some basics about working with basket willows from Frea (FREE yuh) Forager of Wild Earth Crafts. This is a great introduction to the craft of willow basketry and also a useful class for outdoor educators or parents looking for an engaging nature-connection activity to work on with older kids (7yo+). Ages 12+ welcome without a parent. We will be working primarily with a variety of cultivated basket willows, but this project can be made with the agreement of many different local plant kin. The materials fee will be collected at the beginning of class and is $10-$25 with a pay-what-you-can fee for members of the global majority and those with extremely low income. This instructor may bring up controversial or uncomfortable topics in class including racism, cultural appropriation, white supremacy, and genocide.

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WILLOW BASKETS (PART 5 OF 5) - TYLER LAVENBURG

Welcome fellow Willow enthusiasts! In this two-day class we will be using locally grown European basket willow to weave up some fine hand/shoulder/picnic baskets. We will be using whole round shoots of willow varieties selected over centuries for industrial strength baskets. Day one we will cover growing, propagating, harvesting, and preparing while weaving our bases and locking our spokes in place. Day two we will weave up the body, turn down the rim, and begin making straps. Strap material will vary in price depending on student's choice of willow or leather. You will learn several different weaves including twining, randing, slewing, waling, and all sorts of other fun words. This class is a full two days at least, and 2.5 days depending on strap/handle style. Materials fee will vary between $50-$100 depending on size of basket and strap material.

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WOODEN SPOON CARVING - BARRON BROWN

Carve a wooden spoon to use for eating

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WORKING WITH BONE AN OVERLOOKED GIFT- AWLS - JOSH BARNWELL

Bone has met material needs for peoples around the world since time immemorial. Harder and sharper than wood, less brittle than stone, bone meets a material niche in ancestral skills and working with it helps us connect with the greater gifts of our animal kin. During this class we will select appropriate bone pieces to shape into awls, an ancient multi tool used for everything from perforating leather for sewing, wedging behind the rim of a basket for weaving, picking your teeth and more!

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Saturday

AFTERNOON

ARCHERY LESSON AND SHOOT - BEGINNER - ALEXANDRA TAIT

This class is for students who have taken the introduction class or have more traditional recurve archery experience. Dive a little deeper into this Art that has been enjoyed for more than 70,000 years. Archers are welcome to bring their own low poundage bows (under 35# draw) and arrows to this class. No compound bows (We are shooting into straw and plywood). We will get more into technique and learn of archery folk hero's and heroines, Gods and Goddesses who use the bow in its many forms as their primary power tool.

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BECOMING REISHI TREES - ASIA SULER

The world around us is dying, but we're here to be midwives for a new world. During this time of great composting, each one of us has a unique gift to bring to the regeneration. In this class you’ll be working with one of the most powerful bioregional medicines of our mountains—Reishi— as you uncover and connect with the gifts that are unique to you. This class will include ritual, meditation, as well as discussions of Daoist alchemy, depth psychology, herbal medicine for end times, and the specific, ancient ecology of the Blue Ridge mountains. Come be a nurse log for this new beginning.

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BEESWAX CANDLE MAKING - JT STOKES

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

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

We’ll talk about pouring candles, though our main focus will be dipping taper candles.
Each attendee will dip a taper set (2 candles).

(Children under 13 OK if accompanied by an adult. Max 2 children per guardian.)

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BICYCLE MAINTENANCE 101 - MATTY SEMKOWICH

Have you ever had a flat tire? How about gears that wouldn't shift? Brakes that wouldn't stop? Learn the basic maintenance skills that will keep your bike (and you) happily rolling together! This includes weekly maintenance protocol as well as basic repair/ tune up procedures. Tools used will be minimal by design, allowing you to have a skillset that is catered to bike travel/ minimalist living. Bring your bike (if available), or learn on one of ours and get your hands greasy learning how to be more self sufficient and empowered! Lots of time for bike stories and questions. This class is beneficial for all skill levels; beginners with little tool/ repair knowledge up to adept mechanics wanting to learn new techniques.

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BLACKSMITHING FREE-FOR-ALL - TOD KERSHAW

Choose from a variety of blacksmithing projects such as decorative (and functional) hooks, bracelets, utensils such as spoon or ladle - or something else of your choosing that is reasonable for this class. Knives, axes, things like that are not reasonable for a quarter day class. Each participant will get half the class period at the forge.

CLOSED TOE SHOES REQUIRED!

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BUCKSKIN BIKINI TOPS - ALL DAY CLASS! - TALCON QUINN

**Continuation of Morning Class**

Honoring your body by creating a buckskin bikini top.

This class is a top favorite of those who have attended other classes with Talcon. It seamlessly blends Talcon's cheer for body positivity with her love of braintanned buckskin and ethical fashion leatherwork. Students will learn how to properly lay patterns on skins, how to sew with a leather awl and buckskin thong in order to produce a custom bikini top that may also double as a bra.

Folks will work in teams of two, creating patterns of our breasts to craft this special top. This class is all day that requires pertinence, support and respectful of everyone’s bodies and boundaries. Bring a mask.

Fee $100-175 for braintanned buckskin - if you have your own braintanned buckskin - dont' sign up, please talk to Talcon.

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CAMP SECURITY - SPENCER TWO DOGS

If you foresee the possibility of being part of a community living off grid or collectively in a non-permissive environment this critical class will cover methods of staying safe. Drawing from early native tribal practices as well as modern theory as it’s applied around the world, students will learn and practice alert systems, evasion and escape, roles and scheduling, language for concise communication of immediate needs, caches, teamwork, threat postures and drills. An example scenario could be a modern forced round up of any group, similar to the 1838 Trail of Tears in WNC where natives were placed in holding facilities and force marched westward. Some elements of the community did not comply and faced continued persecution, starvation, and arrest.

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COMMUNITY DRUM JAM - SOLOMON MASALA

Some Rhythms are irresistible. Some are infectious.
(Gloria Estefan said it well!)

What if you could go from zero, to playing one of these rhythms in as short as one workshop?
For over 20 years we've been offering some of the most immersive, interactive, joyous, community oriented, rhythm experiences in the U.S. We've deciphered the rhythm genome and created an exhilarating way for you - for anyone - to groove like you've always dreamed you could. Even if that wasn't your dream, and you're just curious - you'll be jammin' with no previous musical experience necessary. Come for the play!

Brazilian, West African, Hip Hop, it could be coming out of your hands in ensemble with other spirited beginners.

More than a beginner?
Come expand your chops, your groove sense, and your personal rhythm menu.

Let the rhythm get you, come drum for fun, for energy, for community, for celebration.
ZaBoomBa! You are the Drummer.

No previous experience required.
The session will require full bodied drums (djembe, conga, ashiko, timbau, ngoma, etc.). Traditional First nations hoop or frame drums are not best for this session.
Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like!

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CORDAGE! - JESSICA KAUFMAN

Using very special strips of Alaskan Yellow Cedar, make beautiful cordage (that smells amazing to boot). This slightly sticky inner bark makes satisfying, strong, beautiful cordage that rehydrates quickly and can be used in a variety of ways, including lacings & decorative inclusions in woven baskets. Yellow Cedar has a very straight grain and is resistant to pests and decay. We will discuss cordage from other materials as well, but this class focuses mostly on cedar harvested in the ways of the Haida people of the NW Alaskan coast. You may wish to pack some allergy meds if you have reactions to cedar or pine.

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CRAFT A COBWEB BROOM - EMILEIGH ZOLA

Join Emileigh of Rhythm & Ritual and learn to craft a cobweb broom!
More than a handcrafts class, Emileigh creates a ritual space for participants to settle in and create with intention.
Participants will learn to tie and weave whole pieces of broomcorn onto a wooden handle and stitch them round.
Cobweb brooms are wonderful tools for cleaning walls and ceilings. Come make a beautiful, functional piece of art!

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EDGE TOOLS: RECONDITION, SHARPEN, MAINTENANCE, AND USE - JOHN KRAUS

Bring a tool to sharpen, recondition, and learn how to maintain and use. Edge tools = knife, chisel, scraper, drawknife, plane, spokeshave, axe, adze, file, etc.

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GARDENING FOR YOUR HEALTHCARE - DEANNA ROSE

Gardening for your Healthcare is a class that teaches about creating gardens specifically for your healthcare needs. We will cover herbs, flowers, and vegetables that support your bodies specific needs. For example, we will discuss how you can create a garden section specifically for your nervous system support/ anti anxiety/ relax garden, a garden section specifically for your heart health, womb, colon and more! This class will support you with gardening tips, connecting with plants for your specific health care needs and empowering you to reconnect to your body through gardening.

Please bring a pen and paper. If you have graph paper to draw designs for your garden while taking notes, that would be great but not required.

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GROWING AND PROCESSING CAMELIA SINENSIS - ANTHONY TROIA

All tea (green, black, white, pu erh, etc) is produced from a long-lived shrub called Camelia sinensis. In this class, we will explore bioregional methods for growing and processing your own tea.

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HERBAL COCKTAILS: FEATURING LOVE POTION - IVY LYNN

Most people drink cocktails to lower inhibitions, relax, connect with others and raise our mood. We can do this with herbs using only enough alcohol to preserve the plants. We will make and sample one elixir, discuss variations and you may take some home. We will discuss each herb of this blend and why they fit in an aphrodisiac blend.

Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like!

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INTRO TO ENDOMETRIOSIS AND HERBAL CARE - MAMA TORTUGA

There are many misconceptions and unknowns about this condition. It seems that there are many ways to go from diagnosis to treatment. For those that suffer from this condition or diagnosis, many times finding a way to support their body, mind and soul is utmost important. Join us to have a conversation about different herbal, dietary and functional medicine protocols that seem to help. This class would only be an introduction to talk about this, as it seems the right herbal protocol needs to be highly personalized. Join Mama Tortuga to talk about basic herbal care and dietary changes that can support you navigating this situation.

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INTRO TO WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING - STEVEN TOWNSEND

We will be practicing traditional rhythms, their history, origin and meaning. Also proper technique and phrasing. All skill levels welcomed. Drums available but limited.

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LEATHER WALLET MAKING - SULLY MARTINEZ

We will be using up-cycled leather to make simple wrap around style wallets or bi-fold wallets.
We will use different styles and techniques of stitching using artificial sinew or leather lacing.

Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.

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LOW GEAR CAMPING: FIRE AND COOKING - AMI LE

Part 2 FIRE and SURVIVAL:
This is a partial continuation of the morning class. Feel free to come to one or the other or BOTH!

This is an absolute beginner class on firemaking, survival, and first-aid. Come learn the science of fire from a professional firefighter. We’ll be going beyond just sticks and stones to understand the truth of fire: why it behaves the way it does. We’ll segue into water purifying and cooking as well as emergency survival and basic first-aid.

We’ll be learning part 2:

-Fire-making
-Water purifying
-Cooking
-Emergency survival and first-aid


Donations are appreciated for fire-making training aids and cooking ingredients. Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.

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NINJA 101 - KORIE AND SEAN KENNEDY

Come have fun with a Master Ninja. Sean Kennedy has over 40 years of experience in martial arts. Through this one of a kind ineractive class find out what seperated the ninja from all others. Learn to connect with your whole self and move as a total human. What does that mean? Come and see. It's not just kicking and punching.

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OPEN FOOD & WISDOM SHARING - BIGWITCH INDIAN WISDOM INITIATIVE

Conversation, food, and wisdom sharing with Tyson Sampson.

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PARTNER ACRO: COUNTERBALANCES 101 - MICAH ELLINGER

What is acro and who can try it?
What: Acro (partner acrobatics) is a way of balancing and moving with other people. Traditionally, acro involves basing (lifting another) flying (the person in the air), and spotting to balance one another in ways that build strength, flexibility, and connection!
Who: YOU! Anyone can do acro! No partner required! If you like to have fun, meet new people, and want to feel empowered with your body and voice, acro is for you!
This class is perfect for someone that has never tried acro but is very curious about it. Bring a water bottle and clothes that you are comfortable moving in (ideally form fitting).

Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

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PINE PITCH GLUE STICKS - JAMES CLINKSCALES

Pine pitch recipe. We will be making pine pitch glue sticks for attaching stone points to shafts. We will discuss different applications of pine pitch and variations of the recipes for the task at hand.

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REATTUNING TO NATURE'S WISDOM WITH AYURVEDA - KIMBER JONES

The most effective way to heal your body is to acknowledge that you are a reflection of the natural world. Those of us who live connected to nature understand this concept well: as outside- so within. During the summer months, we may feel hot, oily, acidic, or brash, and our bodies may reflect these sensations. Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, has recognized the importance of aligning oneself with the seasons for thousands of years. Join Kimber, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and 500 hr yoga teacher, for an introductory workshop on the seasonal daily routine according to Ayurveda and the changes to diet, exercise, sleep, and lifestyle that will help you feel refreshed, energized, vibrant, and the healthiest version of yourself. This workshop is your ticket to experiencing your first summer without acid reflux, indigestion, skin rashes, migraines, workaholism, overly competitive and critical tendencies, and a sense of ease and comfort in your own body.


Ayurveda is holistic, individualized, preventative health that originated in ancient India alongside yoga. This will also be a great introduction to Ayurveda- so look out for how to determine your dosha (the original mind/body quiz), HOW to eat being just as important as WHAT to eat, and some Q&A for common ailments that Ayurveda has great resources for- migraines, allergies, insomnia, skin issues, digestive issues- all addressing the root cause instead of just putting a bandaid on the symptoms. Let's become our own healers!

Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like.

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SEW YOUR OWN BUCKSKIN FANNY PACK (ALL DAY CLASS PART 2) - RAIN HALL

This is an All DAY (morning and afternoon) hands on buckskin sewing and crafting class. Take home your own laced classic style buckskin fanny pack, or belt pouch. This pouch should fit a headlamp, snack bar and some pretty rocks. Or a cell phone, small wallet and keys.

Note: in an effort to keep this class more affordable, this includes the Fanny Pack only with fasteners, NO Buckskin or Bark Tan Leather belt is included!!

I encourage you to also sign up for a weaving class and weave a strap, purchase strap/belt material from camp store, or DIY your very own.
For those of you that just cannot wait to wear and use these, thrift store belts and straps will be available for upcycling to finish off these bags.

Buckskin is a specific type of natural hide tanning process for hoofed animals. The finished product is softer and has more stretchy tendencies than leather. It also has a distinct campfire smell from the finishing process of "smoking the hide".

Learn as we go:
- Get to know buckskin. What is it? How is it made, and how do we use it to make cool crafty things?
- Basic patterning skills and how they apply to the unique fiber of hides
- A Few Pattern Styles Provided
- Cut thong for buckskin lacing
- Learn how to use an awl and why??
- Buckskin sewing stitches! Like the "all that's needed", the "how to be fancy" and maybe a touch of a nice edging stitch!

All tools needed will be provided.
Materials fee includes hand softened and smoked buckskin made by me, buttons, D or O rings for fastening belts
Skill Level: Intermediate. Some sewing or leather craft experience is suggested but not needed.
Some strength and dexterity of the hands is used in this class.
Material Fee for this class is $100. Preferred method is Cash. Please check in with me at the beginning of class if you need to pay electronically.

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TARP PITCHING/APPLIED KNOTS - CHRISTOPHER CRITTER WATTS

How to turn a basic tarp into a dry place!

We will look at tarp pitching principles and practice some techniques.

This class is best enjoyed with at least a basic knowledge of knots, although we will do a crash course as we go.

You will need:
* blankets, pads or chairs to sit on if you like
* books, rope, or tarps (optional)
* water
* a good attitude
* questions

This class is open to everybody. Children should be accompanied by an adult unless they are old enough to participate by themselves.

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THAI BODYWORK - ERIC BLEVINS

This healing art can be beneficial to both the giver and receiver. It is very interactive and involves a lot of assisted stretching as well as pointed pressure into muscles. We will work on the feet, legs, hips, back, shoulders, neck and head. Please wear clothing that allows for full range of motion and bring a blanket or yoga mat to lay on.

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TIMBER FRAMING - BARRON BROWN

Building a traditional timber frame for possible permanent use on the land

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VOCAL TONING MUSIC JAM - KENNEDY ONESELF

Allowing the spontaneous freedom of unhindered expression, we will use our voices to vibrate our bodies. We’ll be guided to sing in a way that deepens the breath, that doesn’t stir the mind with verbage or meaning, and that carries us deeper into our present moment. We will begin with gentle breathwork exercises, and soft humming/toning. Gradually we'll explore greater volume and variety of pitch, as well as sound the vowels. We will play with our voices in whatever way feels good, using our sound as a meditation tool.

Harmonizing our spontaneous song with various musical instruments such as~singing bowls, asian harp, handpan, shruti box, flutes etc. we will jump into a free form music jam, with our voices and musical instruments. Participants will also be invited to play with handpan, flute, didgeridoo, guzheng, djembe, shakers, ocean drum, etc. towards the end of class.

Bring drums, shakers, your voice or just your ears.

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WILLOW BASKETRY: BIRD FEEDERS - FREA FORAGER

Participants will make and take home a willow bird feeder while learning about and practicing the spiral weave with Frea (FREE yuh) Forager of Wild Earth Crafts. We will be working primarily with cultivated basket willows. The materials fee will be collected at the beginning of class and is $20-$30 with a pay-what-you-can fee for members of the global majority and those with extremely low income. This instructor may bring up controversial or uncomfortable topics in class including racism, cultural appropriation, white supremacy, and genocide.

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Saturday

EVENING

GOAT MILKING DEMO - AMANDA COOK

Mornings and Evenings around 7:30
[separate sign-up for each]

The demo is open for all to watch but only 2 people can actually milk the goats per milking time slot.
Kids will need an adult with them. Bring a container if you'd like fresh milk.

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Sunday

EARLY MORNING (BEFORE BREAKFAST)

CHI GUNG AND PLANT SENSING (7:30-9 AM) - JEANNIE MCKENZIE

Celebrate our connection with the earth, and the depth of understanding that comes through the plant world with Chi Gung and Plant Sensing classes. The chi gung practice takes movements from ancient medical chi gung practices and focuses the understanding of the gathering and movement of energy in a new way. As we practice, guided imagery and actual images bring our presence into awareness of our larger, eternal energetic structure. From this expanded field, and with additional instructions, we tune into the plant world. We then set timers for 10 minutes, head out (or already be outside if you can be) and come in after the 10 minutes to share our significant messages and experiences.

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DREAM SHARING CIRCLE - SARAH HAGGERTY

A morning dream sharing circle to reflect on dreams from the night before. We will meet at the ancestor fire. The focus will be on the dreams of participants from the Introduction to Dreamwork Class on Saturday but all are invited to attend.

Bring a chair to sit on if you'd like!

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GENTLE FLOW YOGA - CORA SINGER

Ground into your body, breath, and the earth with an early morning yoga class. Suitable for anyone who wants to participate, even those who have never practiced yoga before. Class will be held from 8:00-9:00 am. Please bring yoga mat or large towel. All abilities welcome!

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GOAT MILKING DEMO - AMANDA COOK

Mornings and Evenings around 7:30
[separate sign-up for each]

The demo is open for all to watch but only 2 people can actually milk the goats per milking time slot.
Kids will need an adult with them. Bring a container if you'd like fresh milk.

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PRACTICAL JIU-JITSU - LAABLALLI

We will focus on practical Jiu-Jitsu that applies to self defense situations! BJJ/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art derivative of judo, that focuses on chokes, submissions & takedowns

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Sunday

MORNING

ADAPTIVE EDIBLE AND MEDICINAL PLANTS / TREES - SPENCER TWO DOGS

Adaptive classes are ideal for someone with limited physical mobility. If you'd love to go on a plant/tree walk but are hesitant about steep, bumpy terrain, long walks or difficult environments this class is for you (anyone else welcome as well!) Assisted walkers and wheelchairs welcome! We will have a solar powered slide show and discussion on Appalachian and southeastern plants, trees, and mushrooms, ethical use and harvesting, lore and history, and preparation of salves, teas, tinctures, and storage of hand-made medicines and food. We will also learn about relationships with the plant world and how certain species are ideal for specific tools and practices on the homestead. The instructor will also have a book and video of this class available to support continued learning.

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ALCHEMY OF EVOLUTIONARY MEDICAL ASTROLOGY - FRANK SALZANO

This class is an introduction to integrating astrology into ancestral healing, intergenerational and developmental trauma models, and the correlating personality patterns and relationship strategies. This shit is profound and can go really deep into helping us understand our wounds and healing journey. The model of developmental trauma we’ll look at is called the NeuroAffective Relational Model, and we’ll integrate it with a cross-cultural astrological understanding steeped in traditional western divination and yogic/vedic psychology. Attachment. Attunement. Trust. Autonomy. Love & Sexuality. We will use astrology to illuminate the patterns of our psyches and the timelines of our personal development and evolution.

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AMULET BUCKSKIN BAGS - TALCON QUINN

Learn to make small pouch out of brain tanned buckskin leather scrapes. You will learn how to use an awl and sew a simple running stitch with buckskin thong and how to insert welts for fringe (if you want fringe).
Dexterous youth accompanied with an adult welcomed.

$15-25 materials fee.

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BUCKSKIN SEWING CIRCLE - RAIN HALL

This is a free for all Buckskin/Leather work sewing circle. Didn't finish your project during class? Come hangout and finish up, tools will be available. Have your own buckskin, leather, or furry creature project you are working on? Great! Come on down, let's sew together. Feel free to seek guidance on patterning, stitching, clothing and more!

Brain Tan Buckskin Hides, Pieces and Thong will be available for purchase if any extra is needed for your project, or if you just really want to come start get started on something simple.
Awls, scissors, pencils, and patterning material available for use...
Please bring your own Awl/ Craft Scissors if you have them so there are more tools to go around!

There is no class fee. Materials available for purchase as needed.

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DEFYING THE MODERN WORLD TO RAISE FULFILLED CHILDREN - JUSTINA PRENATT

In modern American culture and our increasingly technological world, kids are facing more barriers to living naturally, being in their bodies, and experiencing true human connection than ever before. In hierarchical school, family, and community dynamics, kids have a hard time receiving the respect, freedom, and connection they deserve and need to thrive. Let's explore the emerging research on the serious problems caused by the loss of free play and the omnipresence of digital media devices and discuss the influence of power-over dynamics and their role in parent and/or teacher/child relationships and disciplinary practices, and how all of this impacts children's developing sense of self, and perpetuates harm in society. We will explore how oppressive ideologies, including consumerism, are inherently woven into American culture and how they influence and diminish our children. More importantly, we will discuss what we as parents, educators, aunties, uncles, and grown up friends can do to support children to grow healthy and strong beyond these challenges. This class is happening only once at Firefly this year, so be sure not to miss it!

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DRUM MAINTENANCE, REPAIR, AND TUTORIAL - STEVEN TOWNSEND

Learn steps to maintain a good sounding drum, also this class is designed for all questions, curiosities, or info you might have or need," a good drop in class." And we can go over learned rhythms and or phrases and techniques.

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FINISH PROJECTS - BARRON BROWN

We will work to finish started projects in any class so you can take completed projects home

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GOAT MILK CHEESE MAKING - AMANDA COOK

Let's make cheese with fresh raw goat milk.
Fresh chevre and ricotta from the goats here on the land. Bring a container for take home samples

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HIGHWAY PACKING (TYING THINGS ONTO VEHICLES) - CHRISTOPHER CRITTER WATTS

Securely tying something down is very important skill for any number of situations. In this class, we will focus on packing things on cars, but these same basic skills can be used for numerous other purposes.

We will practice tying things down securely while taking up tension all along the way. This system can be used for objects of nearly any size or shape. I once used it to tie a kiddy pool to a Prius without luggage racks, but it can also be used for anything from mattresses, to tipi polls.

If a class member needs help getting objects attached to their car for the ride home, please bring the items to class so that we can practice packing up.

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MAKING FIRE WITH FLINT AND STEEL - SHAWN KELLY

Come learn to use flint and steel to make fire just like they did in the past. I have this listed as an adult class but smaller children are welcome if they are accompanied by an adult

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ORIGINAL PEOPLE FOOD SYSTEMS AND WAYS - BIGWITCH INDIAN WISDOM INITIATIVE

Title: Original people food systems and ways
Presented by: Bigwitch. Indian. Wisdom Initiative.
ᏍᎩᎵᎡᏆᎯ. ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ. ᎠᎦᏙᎲᎢ.

We will never forget.
These are some of the roots that connect the Cherokee people to the land. The Cherokee people who have been rooted in the same communities for centuries, are among the ones that brought earth skills, along with curious earth seekers.
These entities point us to what can be done to Decolonize our food systems, which are delicacies that come from mycorrhizae, the plant nations, the fruits and the berries, and the heritage crops indigenous to the Americas. Allow us to build together for the common causes.

Corn as the mother of food-
Growing and harvesting and preparing: We will demonstrate the skinning of corn (to remove the outer husk softening the kernels for exquisite food preparation).
Secondly, we will manually pound our heritage corn into meal.

“Someday in the future and not too far away, they will come to us and ask us how the earth might be saved. Then our sacred teachings will travel across the land and the world will learn that the earth is not separate from man. And to keep these things from ever happening again we will remember never to forget”
-KSUT tribal radio song

Side topic: POVERTY.
IS not necessarily a bad thing. I was born into poverty and marginalized sociopolitical schematics In this society. In This country. It has been a helpful reminder of an extremely strong foundation of resilience and ingenuity. Who do you want to be stranded on an island with? Susie credit card or the OG Indian mcgyver??

Clanship Constitutionality/ governances:

Clans of the Cherokee.
The Cherokee Seven Clans are a traditional social organization of Cherokee society. Customs of the Cherokee Clans have evolved since ancient times; however, traditionalists still observe clan customs regarding marriage and certain social events. The Cherokee society is historically matrilineal, meaning clanship is passed through the mother. Among the Cherokees, women were considered the head of household, with the home and children belonging to her should she separate from her husband. The knowledge of a person’s clan is important for many reasons; one of those reasons is that among Cherokee traditionalists today, it is forbidden to marry within one's clan as clan members are considered brothers and sisters. Knowledge of a person’s clan is also important when seeking spiritual guidance and in traditional medicine ceremonies, as it is necessary to name the clan.

The Cherokee Seven Clans.
Blue (A NI SA HO NI) - Historically, this clan made medicine from a blue-colored plant to keep the children well. They are also known as the Panther or Wild Cat Clan.

Long Hair (A NI GI LO HI) - Also known as the Twister, Hair Hanging Down or Wind Clan. They wore elaborate hairdos and walked with a proud, twisting gait. Clan members are regarded as peacemakers; and Peace Chiefs were often from this clan. Prisoners of war, orphans of other tribes, and others with no Cherokee tribe were often adopted into this clan, thus a common interpretation of the name ‘Strangers.’

Bird (A NI TSI S KWA) - historically known as messengers. The belief that birds are messengers between earth and heaven, or the People and Creator, gave the members of this clan the responsibility of caring for the birds.

Paint (A NI WO DI) - historically known as prominent healers. Medicine was often ‘painted’ on a patient after harvesting, mixing and performing other aspects of the ceremony. Clan members made red paint and prepared teas for vapor therapy specific to each ailment.

Deer (A NI KA WI) - historically known as fast runners and hunters. Even though they hunted game for subsistence, they respected and cared for the animals while they were living among them. They were also known as messengers on an earthly level, delivering messages from village to village, or person to person.

Wild Potato (A NI GA TO GE WI) - historically, members of this clan were known to be ‘keepers of the land’ and gatherers of the wild potato in swamps along streams. They are also known as the Bear, Raccoon, or Blind Savannah Clan.

Wolf (A NI WA YAH) - the largest and most prominent clan throughout time. During the time of the Peace Chief and War Chief government setting, the War Chief came from this clan. Wolves are known as protectors.

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PARTNER ACRO: INVERSIONS & HANDSTANDS - MICAH ELLINGER

What is acro and who can try it?
What: Acro (partner acrobatics) is a way of balancing and moving with other people. Traditionally, acro involves basing (lifting another) flying (the person in the air), and spotting to balance one another in ways that build strength, flexibility, and connection!
Who: YOU! Anyone can do acro! No partner required! If you like to have fun, meet new people, and want to feel empowered with your body and voice, acro is for you!
This class is perfect for someone that has never tried acro but is very curious about it. Bring a water bottle and clothes that you are comfortable moving in (ideally form fitting).

Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

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SOUND HEALING: MEDITATION CONCERT - KENNEDY ONESELF

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

First 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 some of the origin stories of these musical instruments used, such as 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. Participants in this voyage through vibration simply lay down and relax. This absolutely incredible sound journey will instill a remarkable tranquility that lingers long after the last sound. These sonic symphonies are designed to be a foundation for our journey towards greater wellness of spirit.

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TEENY TINY GOURD BASKETS - JESSICA KAUFMAN

Using the sweetest, tiniest Tennessee Spinning Gourds, make small hanging baskets that can be used as jewelry or home decorations. About the size of a golf ball (or smaller), these hollow dried gourds are quick and fun to craft with. Hang one in your car, your window, use on an altar to hold wee stones or special herbs & seeds. We will use a variety of toppers to treat the cut edge of the gourd, from waxed linen thread to willow bark to yellow cedar bark. $10 material fee covers the gourd and all other options for materials.

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TOOL TALK - JOHN KRAUS

Informal discussion of tools, basic tools needed for carpentry and basic woodworking. Anyone interested is encouraged to bring old tools and we'll use them as part of the class.

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WHISK BROOMS - TURKEY WING STYLE - EMILEIGH ZOLA

Join Emileigh of Rhythm & Ritual for a morning of broomcraft and connection.
More than a handcrafts class, Emileigh creates a ritual space for participants to settle in and create with intention.
Students will learn to craft turkey wing style whisk brooms out of broomcorn hurl. Everyone will make a larger whisk broom and if time allows, materials will be available to make an additional smaller broom.
Moderate hand strength is suggested.

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WILLOW BASKETRY: SMALL TRAYS - FREA FORAGER

Participants will get to get create a simple but satisfying small, willow basketry project while learning some basics about working with basket willows from Frea (FREE yuh) Forager of Wild Earth Crafts. This is a great introduction to the craft of willow basketry and also a useful class for outdoor educators or parents looking for an engaging nature-connection activity to work on with older kids (7yo+). Ages 12+ welcome without a parent. We will be working primarily with a variety of cultivated basket willows, but this project can be made with the agreement of many different local plant kin. The materials fee will be collected at the beginning of class and is $10-$25 with a pay-what-you-can fee for members of the global majority and those with extremely low income. This instructor may bring up controversial or uncomfortable topics in class including racism, cultural appropriation, white supremacy, and genocide.

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