Classes/Schedule

Our Daily Schedule is as follows:

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

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

Our Closing Circle is at 5pm Sunday.

The approximate class schedule for 2017 is available below. We understand that participants would like to be able to plan to attend the classes that most interest them, however, classes inevitably get shifted around as the schedule takes shape.  We will have the tentative 2018 class schedule up in late Fall/early Winter.  Please remember that the schedule is Always Subject to Change. Sign-up for classes takes place on site the night before and the day of the class.  Hope to see you there!

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

Adult Classes

 

Wednesday (2/8/2017) - Afternoon

Liat Batshira

4 strand rag rug weaving

You've all seen a 3 strand braid; for those who have owned a braided rug, you'll know that the thread is the weakest part of the rug. In this class, you will learn and make a rug with 4 strands which makes the rug way more durable. Bring scissors or a knife if you've got them.


Fuz Sanderson

40 minute forks

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

Age 12 and above. you will need a sharp knife.

Todd Kershaw

Fire Making: Egyptian Bow Drill and Tinderless Fire

Learn to make a friction fire with this modification of the bow drill method. You will also learn a method of lighting a fire using charcoal in place of a tinder bundle.
This is a hands on class for ages 10 and up. Bring a sharp knife.

Colleen Casey

Introduction to Natural Dyeing

An introduction to the amazing colors that can be harvested from nature. During this class, we will go over the basics of: harvesting dye material, prepping dye material, prepping your yarn, fiber, and or fabric to receive the dye material, the different methods of prep used on cellulose or protein based fibers and finally the care of your final dyed project.
Intro to Natural Dyes is a lecture class with lots of fiber eye candy; this class can be a stand-alone class. Participants will find the information very valuable if they are intending to participate in the other dye days, when we will be putting this information to practice. Please bring your camera, a notebook and a seat.

Maria Minno

Magical Methods for Allergy Freedom

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

Dave Cooper

Making Simple Furniture from Pallets

We will convert discarded wooden shipping pallets into comfortable park benches and tables, and we will construct some simple shelters using pallets and other readily-available industrial trash. The Park Benches will be painted in festive colors and donated to Little Orange Creek Nature Park. If you like to paint, come and paint a bench - it's fun.

The pallet industry is by far the largest consumer of American hardwoods - our forests are being cut down to make pallets! Many pallets are only used one time before being discarded into landfills or ground into mulch. How wasteful - Pallets can be easily converted into furniture.

Class will review where to find good pallets, how to safely dismantle them and how to make some cool free furniture.

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery

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

Eric Lewis

The Yoga of Plants

This is a talk and walk in which we will explore foraging, herbalism, and permaculture through the lens of yoga. our main focus will be deepening the relationship between people and plants. Yoga means union, so in this workshop we will utilize the technology of yoga to create a sense of oneness between ourselves and the plants that sustain us. Depending on the desire of the group we may share a meditation or some breathing exercises, but we will not be diving into any kind of challenging postures or stretches, so no mat or special clothing is required.

Susan Marynowski

Wild Medicinal and Edible Plants

We be walking over medicine every day. Join long-time local herbalist Susan for a walk on the wild weed side and a look at some of Florida's winter medicinal and edible plants. An emphasis on knowing plant families will be woven into the walk.

Wednesday (2/8/2017) - Late-afternoon/ evening

Sangoma Oludoye

Ancestral Invocation; Opening of the Ancestor Fire

We come together to ignite the fire of our ancestors through songs and stories
that invoke and enliven our cherished memories. We will share the power of
ancestral recall and repair, exploring its purpose and place in nature
reconnection and the support offered to our everyday lives.

Beginning at 7pm

To be followed by the first evening's song circle.

All ages welcome

Liat Batshira

first night song share

Come share your voice! Bring songs to share or come to learn new nature songs. I will be sharing seasonal songs, elemental songs (fire, water, earth, wind), and songs about plants, animals, and living communally.

Marston Blow

Red Tent Activation 5-6:30

Activate your body and women's blood into healing and wholeness. We will gather at the Red Tent and listen to a story of a world where women and their menstruation cycles are honored and valued and then bring it into the present because the time is now. Those who identify as women are welcome. There may be other times during the gathering when those who do not identify as women will be invited to classes and activities at the Red Tent. Thank you for your cooperation.

Thursday (2/9/2017) - Early-morning

Tara Rawson

Acrobatic Partner Yoga

Start your day off with a playful yoga practice! This is a great way to meet other folks at the gathering and connect with your sisters and brothers. Our practice will be a well rounded and all levels acrobatic yoga practice that teaches communication skills, and leaves folks feeling balanced and amazing for their day. No experience needed and no partner needed. Just show up ready to open yourself and play!

Thursday (2/9/2017) - Morning

Joe Pierce

Biochar Production and Application

This is an all-day class focusing on making and using biochar. Biochar is charcoal used as a soil amendment. This technology is also used to produce charcoal for blacksmithing.

Bring a notebook.

Matt McGee

Cold Coal Blacksmithing

Conserve fuel and minimize your carbon footprint with this clay-based class on isolation of mass and how to move material. A great way to learn blacksmithing techniques without the heat of the forge. We can work on the strokes and process of making drawknives (and other knives), rabbits, dragons, and architectural elements. Know what to do before you get to the fire.

Jimmy Gregory Mel Beaux

Deerskin to buckskins

Taking fresh deer skins and scraping layers off, adding brains or egg yolk, streching skin dry then smoking. Class will be 3 long days.

Fuz Sanderson

Didgeridoo making and playing

Fuz Sanderson will teach you how to make and decorate your own bamboo didgeridoo. We'll touch on the cultural history of Australian original peoples and other uses of bamboo. The class will finish with playing techniques and circular breathing.
Age 13 and older

Miranda Coonrod

Drop Spindle Spinning and Fiber fanatics Anonymous

Come explore the drop spindle! a simple hand tool used by people the world over since before time to put twist into fiber of all sorts to make yarn and useable string. They have a long history but are still used today by many traditional people and new spinning crafters. all materials and tools provided but if you have your own drop spindle there is no need to sign up as that is how many spindles there are available. We will discuss different animal fibers and how to process them. Up your fiber intake...warning: you may become a fiber fanatic.

John Kraus

Edge Tools: Knives, Machetes, etc

Learn to sharpen and care for edge tools specified in the class title. Come to ask questions and bring your tools to sharpen!
It is helpful if you bring your own sharpening equipment as well.

Sara Henry

Free Form Vine Baskets

We will start out by going into the forest as a group and harvesting vines for basket materials. Then, we will make free form vine baskets. This style is great for beginners because there us no wrong way to create this style of basket. It can also be a fun exercise for experienced basket makers to try, breaking outside the box of patterns and flowing freely with natural materials. Making free form baskets is a great survival skill because the techniques used can be applied to lots of different materials in all sorts of ecosystems. You can create a vessel to carry wild foods on the fly!

Tara Rawson

Herbal Care For Women

Join with your sisters at the gathering to discuss and nurture our particular needs. We will discuss herbs and everything under the sun for women's needs in different stages of life.

Sara Callaway

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

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

Maurice White

Jewelry design and sea glass pendant wrapping

Come join the fun and learn how to wire wrap pendants. Everything will be provided for you. There is an assortment of beads to choose from ie. coconut shell, ostrich eggshell, glass, and so much more. Learn a new skill that is fun and is an easy way to make something that has trade value. Learn the different tools used for jewelry design and also learn about beads and bead history. Tap into your creative self and join in on the fun conversations that happen in a bead circle!! All ages are welcome.

Kelly Woodhouse

Kitchen countertop gardens -Growing sprouts in jars as living foods

kitchen countertop gardens - growing sprouts in jars as living foods

Join in this workshop where we will explore the basics of growing your own vital enzyme rich nutritious sprouts in jars all year round in the kitchen on a boat or in the forest. wherever you call home.

Jessica Kaufman

Knotted indoor/outdoor plant hangers

Learn decorative knots (macrame) that are also incredibly strong. Using clay pots and hemp twine, we’ll complete one hanger from the bottom to the top, and you’ll leave with what you need to make more on your own time or at home, using whatever kind of twine or cordage you prefer. Lightweight and self-supporting, macrame hangers are a perfect to-go project for your pocket, that you can bust out in any class or workshop to keep your hands busy. Techniques will cover bottom-up and top-down designs, and how to incorporate beads, shells, feathers, and stones. Please bring your own pot (with or without holes) or $5 for one that the instructor brought. There is only a class fee if you need a pot!

Graham Wesley

Meeting Ancient Medicine: Stone Traditions

Explore the powerful healing of stone medicine. We'll consider how and why stone medicine might be beneficial for you and your loved ones. Discover the origins of stone healing in the Taoist tradition. Learn about specific stones you can incorporate into your healing as well as practical applications of stone medicine like elixirs and treatments. We'll navigate what it means to listen to the medicine of the stones, especially the stones present in the land around us, and how they can be allies in healing ourselves, our communities, and our extraordinary planet.

Ages 13 and above are welcome.

Colleen Casey

Natural Dyeing: Yellow

During this class we will prepare various dye material harvested from the land to create at least two vats of yellow dyes. Participants may dye their protein-based yarn in both vats. Participants may want to dye two skeins in each vat because yellow over-dyed with Indigo is one of the ways to get a beautiful green. Due to the unpredictability of harvesting from nature, on a site I am not familiar with, I will bring Goldenrod and Osage orange to use in the event that there are limited on site resources. You may want to bring work gloves, rubber or latex gloves, pruners, a sharp knife and a seat. Possible on site dye plants: Juniper, cypress, jasmine vine, Virginia creeper, English ivy, Hydrangea, Saint John’s Wort, Red Maple Leaves, Coreopsis, yellow is a very common colors in natural dying.

This is an all day class:
am class – short introduction, harvest, prep harvested material, start yarn prep, simmer
lunch
pm class – finish yarn prep, dye yarn.

Supply List for class:
If you have some Florida dye plants native to your area, please bring them!
You can email me at Classes@someart.com
Additional Helpful Items
Latex Gloves
Work Gloves
Small Knife (skinning Bark)
Small Plastic Bags or a bucket (for harvesting and or moving wet fibers)
Pruning Shears
Writing material and a note book
A camera
A seat
An apron

Fees:
$10.00 Propane Fee (for multiple day participants $20.00 for the long weekend)
$5.00 per 50 gram yarn skein of 100% Wool, Alum Mordant and skeined.
You may purchase as many skeins as you would like to use.
If Participants would like to use their own yarn, please stop by our class tent PRIOR to the beginning of the class.

Kat Shaw

Plant Identification 101


In this class we will cover all the basics of plant identification so you can walk away empowered to botanize on your own using a simply key. We will observe the details of plants, and explore the differences and commonalities that help us properly identify plants, recognize their patterns and how they interact with the world around them.

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery

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

Matt Hansen

Survival Basics

survival basics: a discussion and demonstration of my approach to emergency wilderness survival. I want to focus the discussion around an unprepared person's successful survival strategy. the first moments after a disaster can leave one hopeless, especially if in a foreign environment. some rules of thumb, a few skills, and a sense of curiosity will help you to gather the energy to adapt to this new shituation. Or, maybe you have this calling, this romantic sense of adventure and want to learn how to become wilderness, as we once were. the props for the discussion will be sticks and stones, and you will have opportunities to set small traps, make cordage, edges, and fire. no fee but I like tips, financial or educational. zines for sale. 5.00 $.

Jeremy Goulet

Swamp Cabbage Processing

Learn how to process and cook swamp cabbage plants (Sabal palmetto). We'll also go over local knowledge to use this plant for fire making, rope, shelters, and a technique I personally invented for getting the heart out with your bare hands! This is a hands on class, so bring your axe or machete.
# of people: 15

age 18 and up

Please bring an axe or machete, if you have them.

Grant Adkinson

Tai Chi Push Hands and Chi Gung

Tai Chi Tui Shou (Push Hands) basics and exploration. The bridge between Tai Chi form and martial execution. Class will begin with meditation and Chi Gung(energy work) to settle the mind and build awareness and vitality. Then we will work with the 8 Original Energies to put our intention into motion with partners. Will cover some basic patterns and applications from the Yang style of Tai Chi. It is a fun and safe way to explore martial possibilities in a non competitive environment. Come and Play!

Joan Candalino

Tipi Living Skills

We will pitch a Cheyenne/Sioux style tipi and discuss construction and skills for living comfortably in the tipi - including how to put it up, what are smoke flaps, what to do when it rains, how to safely have a fire... Class may be continued in the evening with discussion in the tipi around the fire.

Macon Verteskjall

Voice as Medicine for the Earth

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

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

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

Charly Aurelia

Wayfinding : With Magnetic Forces And Symbols

Wayfinding is a primary skill/relationship. Knowing where you are and perhaps, at least a little about where you may be headed. Come unlearn and learn !

If you hold the belief that you "have a poor sense of direction" this class is for you !, but it is also for everyone, whether experienced or unexperienced.

Please bring a compass-baseplate style preferred-, if you have one (if you are buying one, I suggest a baseplate compass with adjustable declination), and any maps you may have.

Barron Brown

Wooden spoon carving

Take a piece of wood and carve a spoon from it-bring a sharp knife

Thursday (2/9/2017) - Afternoon

Jessica Kaufman

Appalachian Harmony Singing

In this intimate class for folks of most vocal abilities (please be able to match pitch and carry a tune), we will learn as many duets, trios, and rounds as we can pack in. A focus will be on harmonizing with specific taught parts— this is not an improvisational class, but one with set melodies and their accompanying harmonies true to the high lonesome Appalachian sound. Ballads of murder, revenge, loneliness, and longing are on the menu.

Cali Janae

Backyard Bounty: Common Medicinal Plants of North Florida

The botany, identification, harvest, preparation and applications of plants abundant in North Florida. We will cover as many unique species as time allows, including species of special interest to students in the class when possible. Specimens of plants will be provided for study along with prepared medicines for students to sample. We will prepare a tincture and an infused honey from the bark of a Black Cherry Tree (Prunus serontina) during class and students will take home some of the medicine. Please bring you own pair of pruners (i.e. Felcos) and a knife if possible.

Raven Moondance

Creating Healing Ceremony: Calling in the Four Directions

A workshop on calling in the four directions for healing and shamanic purposes, based on Native American Tradition.

John Kraus

Edge Tools: Axes, Hatchets and Adzes

Learn to sharpen and care for edge tools specified in the class title. Come to ask questions and bring your tools to sharpen!
It is helpful if you bring your own sharpening equipment as well.

Marc Williams

Florida Woody Ethnobotany

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

Elise Damilatis

Herbal Medicine Making

Come learn the basics of making your own herbal tinctures, vinegars, oils, salves, and more! You will leave class fully prepared to start making your own herbal medicine!

Dave Shebaba

Making a small buckskin bag

We will each make a small buckskin bag from a provided pattern or from a pattern that you quickly create. We will learn the process of laying out and patterning the buckskin, punching holes, making lacing, and stitching the seams together. You will learn these things and try them all out, but will likely only finish it halfway.

The buckskin, needles, and awls will be provided.

You MUST have a good pair of scissors to cut the lacing with - The scissors on a real Swiss Army knife would work, but flimsy children's safety scissors would not, and Leatherman's scissors would probably also not work. A sharp knife would also be helpful.

Dave Cooper

Making Simple Furniture from Pallets

We will convert discarded wooden shipping pallets into comfortable park benches and tables, and we will construct some simple shelters using pallets and other readily-available industrial trash. The Park Benches will be painted in festive colors and donated to Little Orange Creek Park. If you like to paint, come and paint a bench - it's fun.

The pallet industry is by far the largest consumer of American hardwoods - our forests are being cut down to make pallets! Many pallets are only used one time before being discarded into landfills or ground into mulch. How wasteful - Pallets can be easily converted into furniture.

Class will review where to find good pallets, how to safely dismantle them and how to make some cool free furniture.

Colleen Casey

Natural Dyeing: Yellow 2

Part Two: After Lunch break we will be dyeing the yarn with the botanicals found and prepared during the morning session. Because this time is generally watching a pot simmer, some participants may decide to head to other classes after the initial immersion of fibers. Natural dying usually takes about 2 hours of simmering to achieve rich, then allowing the pots to cool with the fiber still immersed. During the simmering time, it is important to stir and move the fibers gently. We will spend the down time preparing for the following class (those who will be attending all three days) learning about recycling yarns from thrift store sweaters and if interested knitting or crochet help. Please bring along any projects you are working on. For those interested in the process, who we unable to sign up, afternoon sessions will be a great time to stop by and visit, ask question and see what we are working on.

Justin Sutera

Pine Needle Coil Basketry

Learn to make a pine needle coil basket. This focused craft can sometimes test your patience, but the result is well worth it. Pine needle baskets are works of art, and learning the coil method of basketry will open up a world of possibility to explore with different materials and sizes of baskets.

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery

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

Doug Elliott

Spinning Silk from Wild Native Silk Moth Cocoons

Spinning Silk from Wild Native Silk Moth Cocoons

age 12 +

james clinkscale

Stone tools

In this class you will learn techniques of stone tool manufacture using stone, wood and antler implements. Learn percussion and pressure flaking methods of reduction of material to create a usable blade or point! Re-sharpen that dull stone point you created last year!

Nina Lombardo

Thai Massage - Using Our Feet

In this class we will be exploring the endless ways we can use our feet as therapeutic Thai massage tools. We'll play with a variety of techniques that will enhance sensitivity and control of our feet and get us comfortable pouring weight efficiently while maintaining comfortable body mechanics. Let's get creative as we give and receive this ancient, healing form of bodywork...through our feet!

Eric Lewis

The Yoga of Plants

the yoga of plants is a walk and talk in which we will explore permaculture, wild edible and medicinal plants, and herbalism through the lens of yoga philosophy. everything will be discussed in simple terms (with more advanced info interspersed, ie botanical names, phytochemicals, propagation techniques etc), so everyone from beginners to full fledged plant geeks are welcomed to attend.

Charly Aurelia

When There Is No 911 :Patient Assessment

Learn the skill for the Right Now emergencies. There is no time to google for the answer, you can't consult your mentors, the stars, or your power animal, you need to act now. Now what?

My goal is to help empower us to take care of ourselves and each other.

This class will start you off in the fundamental skill of patient assessment in urban, suburban, rural, wilderness, and disaster emergency situations.

Barron Brown

Wooden comb carving

Carve a comb from a piece of wood-bring a sharp knife

Thursday (2/9/2017) - Late-afternoon/ evening

Maria Minno

Cord Cutting Ceremony: Ending Unhealthy Relationships

A ceremony for cutting energetic "cords" in order to free up more energy for yourself, and to mend unhealthy relationships. Shaman Raven Moondance will direct the ceremony. Bring your rattles, drums, etc.

Josh Fox

Heart Healing Ceremony

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

Friday (2/10/2017) - Early-morning

Tara Rawson

Acrobatic Partner Yoga

Start your day off with a playful yoga practice! This is a great way to meet other folks at the gathering and connect with your sisters and brothers. Our practice will be a well rounded and all levels acrobatic yoga practice that teaches communication skills, and leaves folks feeling balanced and amazing for their day. No experience needed and no partner needed. Just show up ready to open yourself and play!

Friday (2/10/2017) - Morning

Leah Van Winkle

An Embodied Exploration of Permaculture Principles

In this workshop, we will explore Zone 00 - what it means to really take care of yourself by : understanding and responding to the needs of your body and learning to harness your body as a tool for interacting and communicating with others. All this through the lens of the permaculture ethics, principles and design framework.

Sangoma Oludoye

Bottlecap rattles

All ages are invited to the ancestral fire to create rattles from tree branches and
bottle caps...as we complete them we will talk about their vibration and use in
calling the ancestors close.

Barron Brown

Bowl carving

Carve a wooden bowl from a block of wood- bring a sharp knife

John Kraus

Edge Tools: Drawknives and Spokeshaves

Learn to sharpen and care for edge tools specified in the class title. Come to ask questions and bring your tools to sharpen!
It is helpful if you bring your own sharpening equipment as well.

Justin Sutera

Hand Drill Friction Fire

Learn how to make fire by friction with one of the most ancient methods, the Hand Drill. Students will learn about material harvest and preparation, proper form, and create their own fire kit from pre-gathered materials. You will leave with your own kit to keep practicing with, and the tools and knowledge you need to keep pushing this skill.

Charly Aurelia

Knives : Use And Defense In Self Protection

Many of us carry knives, and for many reasons.

Come learn use and defense against edged weapons in this 2 day (Friday and Saturday), extensive, fight focused workshop.

You will develop attributes and learn functional skillsets that will increase your chance of survival in any edged weapon involved attack.

This is a powerful, challenging, NO BS, empowering program that you will not forget.

Be prepared to be on the ground, for the weather, and to be working with a diverse group of training partners.

Training knives will be provided for the program.

This is a two day workshop, we will be together and training in the morning, afternoon, and early evening sessions of both Friday and Saturday.
You would best be served by attending the whole two days. This will be an expectation for participants.



It seems all human cultures had some form of personal and community empowerment that included the natural experience and play of learning self protection and the protection of others. This workshop is designed to develop presence in your body, graceful movement, personal confidence, and functional skillsets all while having fun and learning the sacred dance of being a training partner.

Co-Instructor : Johnny SewDev

Eric Blevins

Knot, a beginner class


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

Age 8 and up

Joan Candalino

Native American style beadwork

Learn Applique (one and two needle techniques), Lazy (Lane) Stitch, and Edging methods of applying beads to material, in Native American Styles. Can continue into the afternoon for students who want to use their learned techniques in a project.(please bring a chair)

Colleen Casey

Natural Dyeing: Orange, Grey and Tan (maybe Purple)

During this class we will prep various dye material harvested from the land to create at least two vats of orange, grey and or tan dyes. Participants will be allowed to dye their protein-based yarn in all vats. You may want to bring work gloves, rubber or latex gloves, pruners, a sharp knife and a seat. Due to the unpredictability of harvesting from nature, on a site I am not familiar with, I will bring Eucalyptus, Pear Shaving and Cochineal, Madder or Logwood (these dye materials create red or purple and are not local to Florida and will have to be purchased,) to use in the event that there are limited on site resources. Possible on site dye plants: Spanish Moss, Oak Leaves, Acorns and Oak bark, Prickly pear fruit, Elder Bark, Blackberry canes, ßPokeweed Berries, Rouge Plant berries, Fruit tree bark.

This is an all day class:
am class – short introduction, harvest, prep harvested material, start yarn prep, simmer
lunch
pm class – finish yarn prep, dye yarn.

Supply List for class:
If you have some Florida dye plants native to your area, please bring them!
You can email me at Classes@someart.com
Additional Helpful Items
Latex Gloves
Work Gloves
Small Knife (skinning Bark)
Small Plastic Bags or a bucket (for harvesting and or moving wet fibers)
Pruning Shears
Writing material and a note book
A camera
A seat
An apron

Fees:
$10.00 Propane Fee (for multiple day participants $20.00 for the long weekend)
$5.00 per 50 gram yarn skein of 100% Wool, Alum Mordant and skeined.
You may purchase as many skeins as you would like to use.
If Participants would like to use their own yarn, please stop by our class tent PRIOR to the beginning of the class.Fees:

Fuz Sanderson

Naturalist Excursion to Paynes Prairie

Each year we make this incredible trip to Payne's Prairie. This biologically and geologically unique area hosts over 270 species of birds in diverse habitats, as well as Alligators, Bison, and other critters. Fuz will bring a spotting scope for you to see things up close.
We'll meet after breakfast and before morning circle to carpool to the site.

Class Size limit: As many as we can fit.

Recommended items: Binoculars, Camera, Field guide, jacket.

Rick Fulks

Net Bag Making

Learn to make a net bag. We will be using sisal twine for a $5 materials fee, or bring your own twine.

Please bring a knife.

Sara Callaway

Peacemaking

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

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery

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

Miranda Coonrod

Spanish Moss Spinning and other plant fibers

Did you know you can use a drop spindle to spin all sorts of plant fiber cordage? it is especially useful when trying to make larger ropes when long lengths of cordage are needed... lets spin the Spanish moss! we'll also talk about other plant fiber and try our hands at spinning agave and Nepalese nettle...

Dave Shebaba

Tent and tarp-making intro - a discussion on turning your dream tent into a reality

Canvas, nylon, sil-nylon, sil-poly, etc. Discussion and show-and-tell. We'll see an easy way to measure out your imagined tent and all of its panels. We'll talk about how to select fabric, where to get the fabric and other materials from. We'll talk some about seams and types of sewing machines, but won't get into specific details of how to use a sewing machine. We'll also talk about the advantages and disadvantages of tent designs and features. And whatever else you want to talk about. This is intended for those who haven't made a tent or tarp before, but others are definitely welcome to bring their experience to the discussion.

Elise Damilatis

The 6 Steps of Healing, The Wise Woman Way

Come learn a truly integrative approach to healing - the wise woman way, as taught by Susun Weed. This paradigm brings together energetic, herbal, and industrial medicines in a way that best serves and empowers the individual and the community. Leave feeling empowered in taking charge of your own healing on every level. All humans welcome !

Maurice White

The Art Of The Coconut

The art of the coconut is a class that will teach you everything you need to know about the coconut, how to harvest coconuts from the tops of trees, how to extract water from a coconut, how to extract the meat in coconuts, what is the jelly in coconuts, how to turn the meat of a coconut into pulp and milk, the many different ways to open a coconut (with bare hands or bare hands and a rock, with a machete, train your dog to open up a coconut), how to use the hardened shell on the inside of a coconut for eating utensils or for jewelry making etc, how to use the outer husk as a bug repellent and mulch for your garden, how to make your own coconut butter which is good for a skin lotion and has a SPF10 properties and is great for cooking; the different uses of coconut pulp i.e. coconut encrusted fish, as a protein additive to your smoothies, as a garnish to your salads and so many other amazing uses. This is a hands on class where the participants will be encouraged to open and prepare coconuts. Come join this very fun and useful earth skills class. Class is for all ages.

Katrina Tobin

Tracking 101

Learn basics of animal track and sign identification, and come prepared to crawl through the underbrush as we explore tracks and sign left by the critters sharing our camp with us.

Raven Moondance

Using Water for Healing: Herbal Infusions, Mineral Baths, Magic and more with Maria Minno and Raven Moondance

How to make herbal infusions, homeopathics, mineral baths and magic for specific healing purposes.

Doug Elliott

Woodslore, Weeds, and Useful Wild Plants Walk

Woodslore, Weeds, and Useful Wild Plants Walk

Friday (2/10/2017) - Afternoon

Todd Kershaw

Barktanning

How to make Grain Leather (Used for boots, belts, etc.). This method of tanning hides and animal skins utilizes tannic tree bark and time. This is a descriptive and very thorough class. Bring a notebook so you can try this technique out for yourself later.

Grant Adkinson

Basic Scout Movement and Camouflage

Learn Some of the Basics of Natural Camouflage and Scout Movement. Work both individually and as a small group to move quietly and remain unseen through the natural environment. This will be both fun and informative incorporating concepts through games and exercises. Elements of tracking, awareness and stealth. We will get dirty, dress accordingly.

Pat High

Biological/Natural Insect Control, Water Predator Focus

How to build/develop habitat and use insects that eat insects. Focus on damsel flies and dragonflies, predatory wasps, ladybugs, manits', lacewings/ ant lions, assassin bugs, tiger beetles. The larval stage (caterpillar stage) is the most aggressive and useful.

Barron Brown

Bowl carving

Carve a wooden bowl from a block of wood

Joan Candalino

Buckskin Bags

Making small tobacco style bags out of buckskin, suitable for neck bags or hanging off your belt. We will explore options in cutting, sewing/tying, sinew/artificial sinew/lacing, and buckskin/commercial buckskin. No cost if you bring your own buckskin. There will be commercial buckskin available for a class fee of $5 to $20, depending on the size of your project.

Matt McGee

Cold Coal Blacksmithing

Conserve fuel and minimize your carbon footprint with this clay-based class on isolation of mass and how to move material. A great way to learn blacksmithing techniques without the heat of the forge. We can work on the strokes and process of making drawknives (and other knives), rabbits, dragons, and architectural elements. Know what to do before you get to the fire.

Dylan Tilley

Crochet camp

All skill levels beginning to advanced, learn to crochet hats, bags, clothes, anything you can imagine or learn to model hyperbolic space! Basic Stitches to patterns and free-form.. Hooks and Yarn provided. Learn by doing.

Lena Eastes

Flower Essence Alchemy

Flower Essences are a way to heal our Spirits and come into healthier relationship with Gaia.

Come to connect with the wisdom of our plant friends. We will follow our body radar to a plant or tree that calls to us, and tune into the gifts and teachings of this plant or flower, perhaps receiving a song, dance or gift.

Learn to make your own flower essences to work with the flowers as spiritual and emotional healers and share vibrational medicine with your family and community!

While the flowers and plants are essencing in sweet spring water and sunlight, we will dance, sing and set our intentions into the essences. The water holds the vibration we offer, in community we will witness what the green spirits of the land are telling us.

We will each create our own personal flower essence to bring home and continue deepening the relationship with our plant guides.

GIven that we will be essencing on the day of the full moon we are also going to make a group essence that gets lunarized under the full moon!

Come tune into the magic~

Michael Adler

Foraging and eating wild yams

We will meet at the teaching kitchen and then depart on a field trip to Gainesville, where we will learn to identify and dig up invasive wild yams (Dioscorea alata, white yam/winged yam). We will return with our quarry and cook some of it. The cooking part may run past the official end of this class period. If we find a lot, you can keep some if you want and cook it yourself later. We probably won't cook all of it. We will need people to volunteer their vehicles for a car-pool. The class fee will be paid to the drivers to cover gas, etc, as well as for coconut oil to fry the yams in. Bring gardening-type gloves if you have them.

Annie SewDev

Herbal First Aid

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

Dave Cooper

Making Simple Furniture from Pallets

We will convert discarded wooden shipping pallets into comfortable park benches and tables, and we will construct some simple shelters using pallets and other readily-available industrial trash. The Park Benches will be painted in festive colors and donated to Little Orange Creek Park. If you like to paint, come and paint a bench - it's fun.

The pallet industry is by far the largest consumer of American hardwoods - our forests are being cut down to make pallets! Many pallets are only used one time before being discarded into landfills or ground into mulch. How wasteful - Pallets can be easily converted into furniture.

Class will review where to find good pallets, how to safely dismantle them and how to make some cool free furniture.

Colleen Casey

Natural Dyeing: Orange, Grey and Tan (maybe Purple) 2

Part Two: After Lunch break we will be dyeing the yarn with the botanicals found and prepared during the morning session. Because this time is generally watching a pot simmer, some participants may decide to head to other classes after the initial immersion of fibers. Natural dying usually takes about 2 hours of simmering to achieve rich, then allowing the pots to cool with the fiber still immersed. During the simmering time, it is important to stir and move the fibers gently. We will spend the down time preparing for the following class (those who will be attending all three days) learning about recycling yarns from thrift store sweaters and if interested knitting or crochet help. Please bring along any projects you are working on. For those interested in the process, who were unable to sign up, afternoon sessions will be a great time to stop by and visit, ask question and see what we are working on.

Sara Henry

Pine Needle Baskets

Make coiled pine needle baskets with raffia and pine needles.

Marc Williams

Plant Family Patterns: The Key to See

Plant Family Patterns can greatly aid in demystifying the “green wall” of species around us. Approximately 300,000 species of flowering plants are known to global science. These species have been grouped into around 15,000 genera and over 400 flowering plant families. About 200 flowering plant families grow in the temperate world where it annually frosts and or freezes including all but extreme southern Florida. You will know something significant about the majority of plants that you see in the temperate world if you learn the top 30 families around you. It is often possible to guess whether a plant is edible, medicinal, or poisonous simply by the family it occupies. However, some exceptions are important to know as well. We will engage in a walk and talk around the Little Orange Creek park where we will delve into the major plant families of the Southern USA. Students will reinforce plant identification skills by observing family patterns such as leaf, flower and fruit types. Uses including edibility, medicinality, craft, wildlife promotion and landscape beauty will be discussed. Participants will gain a more holistic understanding of the major plants comprising the Southern US flora and their potential ecological and ethnobotanical applications.

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery

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

Conner Lassiter

Repair and Maintenance of an Earth Oven

We will be repairing the Earth Oven by the Kitchen, all are welcome to watch. Learn how to repair the oven you may build someday and meet Conner, who built this oven for Florida Earthskills.

Alexander Ojeda

Scythe and sickle. Manage the land in silence.

We will learn how to use and maintain a scythe, how to sharpen it with a blade anvil and a honing stone and we will learn all of the parts of a scythe and how to source them. Come learn how to manage your land in silence and in harmony with nature!

james clinkscale

Stone tools

In this class you will learn techniques of stone tool manufacture using stone, wood and antler implements. Learn percussion and pressure flaking methods of reduction of material to create a usable blade or point! Re-sharpen that dull stone point you created last year!

Tree Frog

Tai Chi for Arthritis

Tai Chi for Arthritis

Maria Minno

The Magic of the Organs: Connecting With Your Body to Alter Your Being

Amazingly simple body positions that powerfully connect you with the wisdom of your organs for holistic empowerment, trance-work and healing. Karen Eberly will also be teaching this class.

Eric Lewis

The Yoga of Plants

the yoga of plants is a walk and talk in which we will explore permaculture, wild edible and medicinal plants, and fungi through the lens of yoga philosophy. everything will be discussed in simple terms (with more advanced info interspersed, ie botanical names, phytochemicals, propagation techniques etc), so everyone from beginners to full fledged plant geeks are welcomed to attend.

Searra Jade

Vocal Improv/Play and Expressive Heart Singing

Together we will explore opening the creative portal so that we may sing without being held back by self judgment or hesitation.  The goal is to work towards becoming a channel for creative expression and deep wisdom to pour through.   We will start off with a series of playful sound and movement activities to open our voices and let down our thinking brains, entering a space of free vocal improv play and movement and gradually will move more into verbal singing, during which everyone is given the opportunity to sing what's on their heart, with the support and listening ears of the rest of the group. 

Open to adults, teens and kids!

We will meet at Main Fire and then move to the Cemetery.

Sangoma Oludoye

Wisdomkeeper

As a daughter of February’s Clan Mother, Wisdomkeeper, we will share her
teachings and the importance of the role of Clan Mothers in our village,
communities and family relations. Wisdomkeeper is the protectress of Sacred
Traditions, the Guardian of Remembering. What are the traditions that we keep
and how are they serving us in the arts of Self Development, Expansion and
Friendship? What gifts do we cultivate to access our Planetary memory? How do
we honor the viewpoints of all lifeforms? How do we Honor the Truth?

Friday (2/10/2017) - Late-afternoon/ evening

Sangoma Oludoye

A Full Moon Ceremony and Celebration

Stories of the Moonlodge and its origins
among indigenous cultures to maintain balance between feminine and
masculine energies. Together we create a Vision Lodge for all Beings.

Tree Frog

Astrology Circle

Astrology Circle after Dinner

Doug Elliott

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

Campfire Boogie – Stories, Songs, and Lore Celebrating the Natural World 8:30 pm

Michael Adler

Eating wild yams (reserving kitchen in case previous class runs late)

I expect the class on foraging and eating wild yams will run late, so I'm reserving the teaching kitchen for the next period.

Searra Jade

Song and Story Share

Searra Jade will share songs and invite others to share stories and songs as well. Begins after Doug Elliott's performance. Please join us!

Lena Eastes

Songs around the Medicine Wheel

Let's feed the directions and the medicine wheel with song as we enjoy the blessings of the full moon!

Come share your songs to call in and honor the East, South, West and North, Father Sky, Mother Earth and the Medicine Ancestors, we will make our way around the wheel in this song circle. Your songs may hold the energy of a certain direction, or the element of that direction, maybe even the animal totem of that direction. Be creative and please try to share where the song came from so that we can honor the lineages of the songs. Originals are always welcome!

Song Circle time: after dinner/sunset
8pm

Kai PeaceEagle

Spoken Word Circle

MC Peace Eagle will be sharing some of their moving and insightful raps, then opening the circle for anyone to share rap, slam poetry, flowetry... spoken words of any kind. Come to listen and to share! 7:45pm at acoustic jam fire.

Saturday (2/11/2017) - Early-morning

Leah Van Winkle

Structure & Flow Yoga

This will be a mixed-level yoga class to start the day on a note of strength, empowerment, and centeredness. Please bring a mat if you have one, and plan to be challenged in just the right ways.

Saturday (2/11/2017) - Morning

Sara Callaway

8 Shields Introduction

Many nature connection schools and organizations, including Florida Earthskills, use the 8 shields approach. Come see how an 8 shields approach works. We'll explore the energies of the 8 directions, how they are reflected in the natural cycles of a day, a year, plant life, human life, the life of a project, life of a relationship, the design of a program, and more! I'm a total dork about 8 shields, so after we cover the basics we can explore whatever direction most interests you. The 8 directions offer a map of life - by knowing the map and tapping into the energies available in each stage, we can be more at peace with what's happening and more effective in working with the energy available.

Matt Hansen

all day buckskin sewing

we will be making a small pouch or bag to familiarize the student with basic buckskin sewing. or bring a different project. i have buckskin for sale at 15 dollars a square foot, but will also like trades. while working on projects, lets talk patterns and clothing design, intelligent hide use and the methods of tanning. if you have scissors, an awl, or sharp knife bring those.

Justin Sutera

Awareness Games for Adults

Come get your awareness on! In this class we will stop taking ourselves so seriously for a minute and play awareness games that help open our senses and intuition. We will learn the tools of fox walking and wide angle vision to greatly expand our sensory perception, even when our eyesight is taken away...

Doug Elliott

Bark Basketry

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

Age 12+ (younger with parental supervision)

Bring a knife.

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

Matt McGee

Cold Coal Blacksmithing

Conserve fuel and minimize your carbon footprint with this clay-based class on isolation of mass and how to move material. A great way to learn blacksmithing techniques without the heat of the forge. We can work on the strokes and process of making drawknives (and other knives), rabbits, dragons, and architectural elements. Know what to do before you get to the fire.

Dylan Tilley

Crochet Camp

All skill levels beginning to advanced, learn to crochet hats, bags, clothes, anything you can imagine or learn to model hyperbolic space! Basic Stitches to patterns and free-form.. Hooks and Yarn provided. Learn by doing.

Katrina Tobin

Death and Dying on the Remote Homestead

Explore and learn about ways of supporting people in dying at home, both with and without medical assistance. Includes emotional and spiritual support, pain control, symptom management, supporting the bodily needs of a dying person, and caring for the body after death.

Graham Wesley

Earth Medicine for Embodiment

Embodiment is a powerful resource for us as we navigate healing for ourselves, our communities, and our planet. Gather with us to explore practices that invite us to deeper awareness of our bodies and the integration of body, mind, and spirit. You’ll learn thoughtful tools, including breathing and mindfulness practices for layered integration as well as traditional herbal and stone medicine, to guide you in connecting with self and earth in a holistic way wherever you are. Engage with the medicine of your own being, and ground yourself in the body’s wisdom.

Ages 13 and above welcome. This class will involve gentle movement.

Conner Lassiter

Earth Oven Construction

All Day Class, make your own personal sized earth oven, for baking small pizzas and other dishes. A great way to learn about oven construction for that larger oven you dream of building one day.

Due to the amount of materials needed for each person to come away from the class with their own small oven (one square foot of oven space inside a larger oven with a wooden door), we ask that you make a reservation with Conner at 352-591-8554 as early as possible before the gathering. Plan to stick with this project for a full day.

Materials fee $45

John Kraus

Edge Tools: Chisels and Gouges

Learn to sharpen and care for edge tools specified in the class title. Come to ask questions and bring your tools to sharpen!
It is helpful if you bring your own sharpening equipment as well.

Jeremy Goulet

Egyptian Bow Drill

Learn the ancient cave man skill of making fire with sticks. This is a slight variation of the standard bow drill. Beginners and experts welcome. Bring a sharp knife.

Age 12 and up

Maurice White

Free guitar lessons for beginners and intermediate

All ages welcome Free guitar classes will teach you the simplest way to play guitar. Shortcuts on learning how to play songs. At the end of the class, you will be able to play a song all the way to the end by yourself!!

Cali Janae

Herbal and Botany Ramble

An on-site plant walk focused on the botany, identification characteristics, and uses of plants encountered on the trail. Discussion will focus on medicinal and edible uses and preparations for plants within the context of ecology and culture. We'll keep our eyes and ears out for other creatures, neither plant nor human, along the trail as well. All ages welcome. Be prepared to walk regardless of the weather and dress appropriately. Muddy trails, light rain nor cold will get in the way of our rambling.

Patrick Ironwood

How to find each other after the crash. Building and maintaining hidden time capsules systems for post-apocalypse messaging and map sharing.


Essential for maintaining post-apocalypse social connections, a way we can find each other without civilization's tools.
After the system crashes “we” will want to be able to find each other and communicate over time.
We will fill and make plans to bury a capsule - for practice and just in case.
This is also a creative writing exercise or practice for the real thing- we will write in a journal as though the crash has already happened. We will record what future readers will want to know. And next year we will re-read – evaluate and write more.
What if all event sites had these? It is like a shrine or a time capsule with the maps and journals, and other small useful items and artifacts.
As we prepare for life beyond civilization whether it's tomorrow or in 200 years, whether it's a computer glitch, a monkey wrench or a wooden shoe, our future ancestors will remember us by what we leave behind.

We will cover and brainstorm on at least the following:
*Container types
*Container location marking systems- How to hide and locate (how do only the right people find it)
*What maps to use and then mark on them locations of other proposed sites and paths to them.
*A list of what would be in the containers


If time permits we will go into a discussion of tribal gatherings as a form of revolutionary preparedness. If there were to be massive civil unrest or any of the possible collapse scenarios, local militias with guns and authoritarian control would attempt to rule, the wise amongst them would see the value of practical earth skills and in time our skills of circling, communication and self-government could unite the warring tribes after the eschaton.


Please bring as examples for class:

Lists of what could be in time capsules.
Container types, such as 5 gallon bucket in bucket
Gazetteers for Florida
laminated maps from Nashville to Boone to Gainesville, etc.
water purification tablets
pencils
a journal to be used to record messages from all who have tales to tell about what you have seen, who you're with and where you're going, who you have seen, what you need, are you coming back here- when?….what’s dangerous, where is good food and water?



Eric Blevins

Knot, a beginner class

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

Age 8 and up

Liat Batshira

My body! menstrual taboos and healthy menstruation

Societies' taboos on menstruation have greatly affected how women experience our own bodies, especially during our moon times. We will be talking about where these taboos began, how we can step up and reclaim our natural flow, how our bodies and the environment are impacted by these taboos, and we will discuss more natural ways of taking care of your flow. Also, after the discussion, anyone who wants is welcome to make their own reusable cloth menstrual pads. People of all ages, sexualities, and genders are welcome at this class/discussion.

Colleen Casey

Natural Dyeing: Dark Brown And Blue

During this class we will use black walnut hulls to create a dark brown dye. Depending on the overnight temperature, we will create a traditional fermented indigo vat or if it is colder a chemical indigo vat. Participants will be allowed to dye their protein-based yarn in all vats. I will be bringing all of the material for these dye color from off site.

Supply List for class:
Latex Gloves
Writing material and a note book
A camera
A seat
An apron

$10.00 Propane Fee (for multiple day participants $20.00 for the long weekend)
$5.00 Indigo fee per 50 grams of material.
$10.00 per 50 gram yarn skein of 100% Wool, Alum Mordant and skeined.
You may purchase as many skeins as you would like to use.
If Participants would like to use their own yarn, please stop by our class tent PRIOR to the beginning of the class.

Sangoma Oludoye

Nature, Superpowers and Sacred Activism

Together we will share tools for
deepening our connection to Mother Earth and all our relations. We will review
the uses and applications of Medicine Wheels, Shields as it relates to inspiring
and activating the power of the Sacred in our modern world. Peace Principles
and embodying the Good Message anchors this time together.

Rick Fulks

Net Bag Making

Learn to make a net bag. We will be using sisal twine for a $5 materials fee, or bring your own twine.

Please bring a knife.

Alexander Ojeda

Permaculture. How its changing the world!

Let's talk about Permaculture and how it's being used throughout the world. Learn about how the understanding of permaculture can revolutionize your life and your relationship with the earth. This will be a discussion circle that will state problems and frustrations in the world and how the Permaculture Toolbox can help us to crete the solutions. Hope to see you there!

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery Firing

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

Michael Adler

Sharpening. Part 1: Theory

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

Barron Brown

Spoon Carving

Carve a wooden spoon- bring a sharp knife.

(Kids under age 10 should bring a parent)

Nathaniel Cajudo

Weapons disarming and self defense

This will be a class based on Filipino martial arts.Edged and impact weapon disarming and self defense.Training weapons will be provided.Please wear comfortable clothing. All levels welcome. No experience necessary. Leave your egos at home please.Under 13 years old, bring a parent.

Green Deane

Wild Edible Walk

Learn edible plants in the area on this walk with Green Dean, one of our long time instructors.

Angie Minno

Wound Care

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

Saturday (2/11/2017) - Afternoon

Rusti Poulette

Connecting IRL: Somatic Practices for Building and Stengthening Community

In this class we will use somatic movement, sensory awareness, and collaborative group practice to explore our relationship to the earth and to each other. In this highly experiential and body-oriented workshop, we will examine learned muscular patterns of disconnection and explore possibilities of re-connection.

Nina Lombardo

Contact Improvisation - Exploring Connection Through Movement

In this class we will be delving into the practice of Contact Improvisation, a post-modern dance form that centralizes around the exploration of movement through a point or points of contact with another person or persons.

The practice of Contact Improvisation naturally cultivates our physical reflexes and our ability to respond to the stimuli of each passing moment; it refines our ability to listen, and activates our senses to the now. It also is a great practice in which to explore and cultivate boundaries (defining what does and does not feel safe for us) and intimacy (connecting and sharing ourselves in our vulnerability with others). The information we gather within this form can, and often does, extend into our daily lives, enriching our experiences with new ways of being and relating to one another and our environment.

Dylan Tilley

Crochet Camp

All skill levels beginning to advanced, learn to crochet hats, bags, clothes, anything you can imagine or learn to model hyperbolic space! Basic Stitches to patterns and free-form.. Hooks and Yarn provided. Learn by doing.

Sarah Gottlieb

Drop Spindle Spinning

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

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

Conner Lassiter

Earth Oven Construction Continued

Students from the morning class will continue to construct their mini-Earth Ovens. Come by and watch if you like.

Fuz Sanderson

Hand Drumming: Listening with the left hand


This class helps to teach you how to bring your non-dominant hand into drumming to improve your technique. Skills, drills, and time signatures - understanding how to turn random drumming into music!

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

Please bring or borrow a drum.

Age: 13 and above

Class Size Limit: As many drums as we have

Please bring: Chair and drum.

Leiana Love

Harnessing Intuitive Strength for Survival in a crazy world.

Harnessing your intuition as a survival skill means you have a tool that most people disregard. Our intuitive sense supports us in making the right decision, moving forward and trusting that new someone that just appeared your life, or knowing when to seek more information. When we can access this sixth sense we are empowered, free and independent thinkers. Listening to the body's sensations, gut feelings and energetic nuances are possible and are available to us at all times. It is whether or not we have honed these skills to be at our disposal when needed.

Grant Adkinson

Hunting Basics

Get familiar with the basic principles and practices of hunting game animals for food and clothing. This class will focus on methods, principles and strategies for hunting in the Southeast. Will discuss different game animals from squirrel to white tail deer and the similarities and differences in methodology for each. We will touch on the logistics of hunting licensure and ethical harvesting. We may wander the landscape and practice a few basic stalking and awareness methods. No experience necessary.

Sangoma Oludoye

Keeping the Ceremony in our Everyday Lives

Keeping the Ceremony in our Everyday Lives: is designed to assist those that
seek balance through ancient indigenous rituals and practices. Grounding
ourselves in Nature and accessing our beliefs in this season of unprecedented
change is paramount to maintaining healthy living skills. As with any skill sets
that we are unfamiliar with, the key ingredients are knowledge, wisdom and
practice.

Todd Kershaw

Making Fire: Egyptian Bow Drill and Tinderless Fire

Learn to make a friction fire with this modification of the bow drill method. You will also learn a method of lighting a fire using charcoal in place of a tinder bundle.
This is a hands on class for ages 10 and up. Bring a sharp knife.

Katrina Tobin

Medicine on the Remote Homestead

Learn how to manage acute, serious illnesses on the remote homestead using both plant and allopathic medicine. Includes wound care, physical assessment, some microbiology and pathophysiology, and how to determine when transfer to a clinic or hospital is truly necessary. This is an advanced class. All are welcome, but herbal medicine basics will not be covered.

Colleen Casey

Natural Dyeing: Indigo Shibori Vat

Depending on the overnight temperature, a previous class will create a traditional fermented indigo vat, or if it is colder, a chemical indigo vat. We will go over simple shibori techniques of folding, pinching or sewing. Participants will be allowed to dye their protein or cellulose items in the indigo vat. I will be bringing all of the material for the Indigo vat from off site.
Participants are welcome to bring almost any natural fiber for the Indigo vat,
$10.00 per pair of socks or scarf.
$5.00 per 50-gram weight on participant’s own item (including students over-dying their yarn from the earlier classes), please, nothing larger than a tee-shirt.
$10.00 50 gram yarn skein
You may purchase as many skeins as you would like to use.

Supplies to bring:
Latex Gloves
Small Plastic Bags or a bucket (for harvesting and or moving wet fibers)
Writing material and a note book
A camera
A seat
An apron

Matt McGee

Open Cold Forge

Get help with your blacksmithing skillz using this clay-based practice method. Free range assistance, guidance on your technique and suggestions for the next project you want to create. This is a great way to practice blacksmithing techniques without the heat of the forge. Know what to do before you get to the fire.

Sara Henry

Pine Needle Baskets

Make coiled pine needle baskets out of long leaf pine needles and raffia.

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery Firing

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

Barron Brown

Sharpening a Cross Cut Saw

Learn how to sharpen that tool of tools, the cross cut saw. Co-Taught by John Kraus.

Michael Adler

Sharpening. Part 2: Guided practice

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

Marc Williams

Southeast Indigenous Ethnobotany

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

james clinkscale

Stone drill points.

In this class you will learn techniques of stone tool manufacture using stone, wood and antler implements. Learn percussion and pressure flaking methods of reduction of material to create a usable blade or drill point! Re-sharpen that dull stone point you created last year!

Macon Verteskjall

Wild Food Foresting

Remember what each of our pre-agricultural ancestors know to their core. Before we began guarding our Gardens, there stretched endless miles of ecosystems carefully tended and propagated by humans and other wild creatures to provide food, medicine, shelter; with everyone living according to their own nature.

Now in the midst of an eco-catastrophe called industrial humanity, there exists an amazing opportunity. Millions of acres are bare of trees, they will succeed into forest. Let's consciously dance them into abundance with seeds of species that will grow food for all life.

Come to speak, listen, and share stories around tree crops, Forest Garden design, animal integration, diversity of yields, charcoal production, natural building and much more.

Saturday (2/11/2017) - Late-afternoon/ evening

Liat Batshira

trade blanket

come one come all. bring your homemade goodies and foraged treats to trade. please arrive on time (5pm) if you dont know how this works.

Sunday (2/12/2017) - Morning

Liat Batshira

4 strand Rag Rug Weaving

You've all seen a 3 strand braid; for those who have owned a braided rug, you'll know that the thread is the weakest part of the rug. In this class, you will learn about and make a rug with 4 strands which makes the rug way more durable. Bring scissors or a knife if you've got them.

Pat High

Crystal Meteorites, Ancient Magical Objects

Class will play with 3 types of crystal meteorites, nickel iron, chrondrites and carbacraceous meteorites. We will discuss technical things like chemistry, formation and fusion burn. We will open ourselves to the fact that many ancient magical objects revolve around crystal meteorites from hotter or colder suns. Let's see what we can channel!!!

Barron Brown

finish your projects

This is your chance to finish anything you started earlier in the event

Alexander Ojeda

Fire! Responsibly start a fire with the things you already have.

Fire is an awesome tool to master. It will save your life, but it can take it. We will learn to responsibly start a fire with a bunch of different things and then how to make every fire after that ridiculously easy to start. We will learn to create a fire that has nearly zero smoke, is nearly invisible and once done will be nearly impossible to tell it was there. Come join in the fun!

Sarah Gottlieb

Fringe seed bead earrings

Using traditional beading techniques like ladder stitch and brick stitch, we'll make a pair of fringed seed bead earrings. These earrings are very lightweight and can be made in any color combination you like.

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

Susan Marynowski

Gravedigging and Natural Burial 101

Join the sister- and brother-hood of gravediggers, a forgotten skill in caring for folks at the end of the life cycle. Freddie Johnson, director of the Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery near Gainesville, will join Susan Marynowski, a long-time cemetery volunteer, to work with class participants to dig a grave suitable for human burial. Along the way, we will discuss the legalities and practicalities of natural burial. Class details will apply to Florida law, but the bigger principles apply in any part of the United States. Tools provided. Although this is a serious subject, dark humor is welcomed.

Tara Rawson

Herbal Dental Care

Let's deconstruct everything that conventional dental care has taught us and experience true health. We will cover our dental apothecary and earth based wisdom for oral care.

Kat Shaw

Herbs for the Resistance

In this class we will discuss herbal remedies for common street medic situations, when it is appropriate to use herbs vs. conventional approaches, and how to safely walk that line. Please come if you want to learn how you can better support your friends and community during resistance movements, using the plants that grow around us, our biggest allies.

Miranda Coonrod

Naalbinden: whats that?

Naalbinden is a Scandinavian word that means "needle binding" and refers to a type of looping that using a length of string, one needle, and a human thumb to make fabric for hats, mitten, socks, bags, etc. Examples of this type of clothing were found on the "bog people" and halstaadt salt mine mummies of Austria dating to the bronze age but the oldest have been found in a cave in Israel from the Neolithic period. It is also still a technique that is used today in parts of western Africa and Central and South America. Meaning that this is a technique that has travelled the world and through time linking us back to our own fibery past. And it doesn't unravel or run like knitting or crochet making a truly durable end product. You will learn the basic stitch and how to increase and decrease to make different shapes. All materials provided. this is a beginners class but some hand work experience is helpful but not necessary.

Jessica Kaufman

Needle Felting basics

Using a very, very simple and affordable tool (the barbed needle), learn how to turn natural scoured sheep’s wool into felt without water or soap. That’s right, it’s the magic of felted wool that you can pack up and bring with you easily. Use needle felting techniques to embellish other wool fabrics like shirts, jackets, and packs, or to patch those fabrics. Needle felting is great for creating natural toys for children, or creatures to decorate your space with. Materials fee is $5 to cover your needle and wool roving.

Rick Fulks

Net Bag Making

Learn to make a net bag. We will be using sisal twine for a $5 materials fee, or bring your own twine.

Please bring a knife.

Matt McGee

Open Cold Forge

Get help with your blacksmithing skillz using this clay-based practice method. Free range assistance, guidance on your technique and suggestions for the next project you want to create. This is a great way to practice blacksmithing techniques without the heat of the forge. Know what to do before you get to the fire.

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery Clay Play

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

Searra Jade

Song Sculpting: Weaving the Songs you Need to Sing

Though singing has been medicine perhaps since the beginning of time, in recent times there has been a definite reemergence of song circles and simple singalong medicine songs, and a widening network of cross-pollinating song-catchers to spread them. Songs are winged beings that somehow carry messages, medicine, ideas, right to where they need to go. You indeed carry a unique blend of wisdom, experience and personal voice, and guess what? You need not be an experienced "songwriter" to weave a tune or two of your own prayer.
In this Song-shop we will do some exercises to open the creative portals, then focus on the sculpting and the polishing of the jewels that are pouring through. Through self reflection, listening to nature, and vulnerable sharing and reflection with one another,  we will work both together and alone on crafting the medicine songs that you need to sing in these times - as prayer, as mantra, as personal reminders.
Bring a journal and pen/pencil. Instruments beyond voice not required, though welcomed!

We will meet at main fire then move to the cemetery.

Tree Frog

Turkey Tail Tea Party

Identifying, Harvesting, and Using this magical super healing local mushroom. Tea samples.

Nathaniel Cajudo

Weapons disarming and self defense

This class is based on Filipino martial arts. We will have an advanced training in this class for those who completed the first class, but the first class is not necessary to attend.( beginners and advanced will be separate.) Edged and impact weapon disarming and self defense. Training weapons will be provided.Please wear comfortable clothing. All levels welcome. Leave your egos at home please. If under 13, bring a parent.

Dave Shebaba

What to do in the woods - Intro to Kamana Naturalist Training Program

Learn some of the core routines of the Kamana program and get an idea if this wonderful program is for you. Kamana is a "naturalist training program," self-paced, working from text and audio from the Wilderness Awarness School. Part 1 of their program is a book which gives you a 10-day introduction. Parts 2-4 guide you through the real work, and will take you about 2 years total. This class will introduce some of the core routines and also provide information on the program. If it's raining, bring a poncho or good raingear.

Charly Aurelia

When There Is No 911 : Patient Assessment

Learn the skill for the Right Now emergencies. There is no time to google for the answer, you can't consult your mentors, the stars, or your power animal, you need to act now. Now what?

My goal is to help empower us to take care of ourselves and each other.

This class will start you off in the fundamental skill of patient assessment in urban, suburban, rural, wilderness, and disaster emergency situations.

Doug Elliott

Woodslore, Weeds, and Useful Wild Plants Walk

Woodslore, Weeds, and Useful Wild Plants Walk

Leah Van Winkle

Yoga for Anatomical Empowerment

In this workshop, I offer a guided yoga practice as a framework for coming to deeply understand one’s body. Specifically, the class focuses on really feeling into what your body needs, and what to do with that information. All of this placed within a context of learning to use our bodies well no matter what situation we find ourselves in. In an Earth Skills context, proper body mechanics for any task is so important, especially because those of us in this demographic put a lot of demand for manual labor on our bodies. I seek to share proper movement patterns, informed by your own experience of your body, for moving safely and effectively through this world! If you have a mat, please bring it along, but we'll make it work regardless!

Sunday (2/12/2017) - Afternoon

Rusti Poulette

Affinity-Building and Emotional Safety for Activists

With the likelihood that political protests and mass mobilizations will be happening with more frequency over the next several years, this workshop is designed to explore ways that we can build connection and affinity among groups while taking care of ourselves and each other's emotional needs. Through movement games, somatic awareness, and group discussion, we will reconnect with our bodies and with each other while learning practical somatic skills to support our emotional needs under the pressure of oppressive forces.

Todd Kershaw

Barktanning

How to make Grain Leather (Used for boots, belts, etc.). This method of tanning hides and animal skins utilizes tannic tree bark and time. This is a descriptive and very thorough class. Bring a notebook so you can try this technique out for yourself later.

Jeremy Goulet

Bushcraft Uses for Invasive Australian Trees in the Everglades

Australian trees are slowly invading the swamps of south Florida. Learn how you can use these trees to help you find fresh water in saltwater environments, tricks for starting fires, making shelters, keeping mosquitoes off of you, and much more. This class is a mix of discussion and hands on skills.

Age 12 and up

Bring a notebook if you want to write stuff down

Tara Rawson

Fermentation Station: Making fermented beverages, foods and fertilizers

Learn how to make several fermented drinks such as kombucha, gingerale, ginger beer, water kefir and more. We will make kraut together and I'm bringing other fermented foods, drinks and medicines to share. We are even going to go over making your own fertilizer from ferments if time allows!

Eric Blevins

Knot, an advanced class

Learn some knots and hitches useful for many applications. In this class we'll learn the butterfly, double fisherman, prusik hitch, inline figure 8, trucker's hitch and constrictor hitch.

Ages 8 and up

Matt McGee

Open Cold Forge

Get help with your blacksmithing skillz using this clay-based practice method. Free range assistance, guidance on your technique and suggestions for the next project you want to create. This is a great way to practice blacksmithing techniques without the heat of the forge. Know what to do before you get to the fire.

Eric Lewis

poetry and hiphop exploration

Words are powerful, and by using words skillfully and lovingly we can inspire minds and heal hearts. In this workshop we will explore hiphop, spoken word, and sufi mystic poetry. We will also play with some writing and freestyle exercises. Feel free to bring rhymes, or your favorite poem (whether it was written by you or someone else), and definitely bring a pen and a pad!

Turn Stone

Prehistoric Pottery Clay Play

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

melissa desa

Seed Swap!

Seed Swap!
Stop by the seed swap table to exchange garden seeds with fellow growers! Got extra seeds from retail packs you can't use? Or maybe some you've saved from your own garden that you'd like to pass on? Bring them to share or swap! Please also bring information about what those little seeds will turn into, so the next growers knows what to expect. How do they grow, how do you use them? If home saved, we will want to know if there was any chance of cross-pollination and may ask other questions about how you grew and saved the seed. Forage Farm will be there to host the swap and provide any information about seed saving and variety selection for Florida gardeners. Envelopes, tape, pens and all seed swapping supplies will be provided! Table will be open 1:30-3:30.

Common sense guidelines:

-no seeds older than 5 years
-no seeds that have been kept in poor conditions (i.e. warm, bright, humid conditions)
-absolutely no invasive seed of any kind

Josh Fox

Singing in the Plant Medicine

Many cultures have used stories and songs to share valuable information. Come learn the physical and energetic properties of useful plants/mushrooms embedded into song and narrative. Fox will share both original and collected songs in this entertainingly educational circle. Bring your unfinished crafts, sit back, sing, and enjoy!

Nina Lombardo

Thai Massage for Low Back Pain

In this class we will be focusing specifically on the lower back, learning a variety of assisted yogic stretches and massage techniques to help relieve tension and discomfort in the low back and associated muscle groups. As we reciprocate bodywork and delve into the body, we will begin to understand the relationship between the muscles and connective tissue in our feet, legs, hips, and core and learn how working these areas can contribute to a more balanced posture and diminish discomfort in the low back.

Cali Janae

Trail Medicine

Herbal first aid for common injuries and annoyances that can go hand-in-hand with hiking, camping or otherwise enjoying a lot of time outdoors. We will discuss plant-based medicines to prevent and sooth conditions such as blisters, sunburn, insect stings/bites and seasonal allergies among others. We will address questions such as: "What plants are growing nearby that could be utilized for the problem at hand?" "What herbs should I include in a first aid kit?" "How is my first aid kit going to change depending on season, location and length of time spent outdoors?" An example first aid kit will be provided and contain examples of many of the herbs discussed in class. In addition to herbal remedies, students will learn skills for basic wound care and practice skills for bandaging and wrapping injuries.

 

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