• Hands-On Workshops

    use body and creativity - connect with yourself and the land, past, present, future

    About the workshops - 2018

    November 30 thru December 15

    The workshop listed below are just a few of the possible activities that we may arrange during our Permaculture workshop series, along with those listed on our training page.

     

    These workshops can range from 2-3 hours to a day or a weekend.

     

    We can arrange these or similar workshops specially designed for school classes, team-building workshops, groups of friends, clubs, etc. contact us to learn more!

     

    To express your interest in these and other subjects please do the following:

    1. Review our course offerings at the training page and below and take note of the subjects covered.
    2. Complete our survey.
    3. Reach out using the contact form if you are interested in focusing on a subject not listed specifically on the survey.
  • Earth Construction

    Oven, Stove, Cob, Wattle and Daub

    Learn to build with your hands using mainly sand, clay, dirt, water and straw - things that can be found on or near most sites.

     

    Cob is a monolithic (continuous single mass) construction using small loafs (cobs) of such a material that results in a comfortable, breathable, well-insulated structure that is noise proof and fire-resistant.

     

    Learn the basics of working with this material so that you can build environmentally friendly, low-cost structures for life, leisure, and community.

    Project Variations:

    • Build a cob oven
    • Build a community pavilion with cob walls and benches
    • Build an arch
    • Sculpt and customize with stones
  • Compost, soil treatment and land preparation

    build fertility and improve soil structure

    In this session you will learn about different ways to build rich and well-structured soil to nourish plants and produce nutrient-rich foods. We will cover all the below techniques and get our hands on a few:

    • Sheet mulch beds
    • Worm culture (vermiculture)
    • Hugelkultur
    • Plant ferment fertilizers
    • Vegetable bed preparation
    • Biodynamic preparations

     

    • Basic Skills

      surviving the desert island

      You know all those things you wish you learned how to do, but never did? That's what we will teach in this basic skills workshop:

      • Build a fire and keep it going
      • Make a small rocket stove of clay
      • Make cordage, rope, and net
      • Make a basket
      • Build a basic shelter
      • Find, capture, and purify water
    • Wood Working and Tool Making

      Building Naturally with Wood

      Learn the basics of wood working and experience the process of manipulating this renewable, elegant and versatile material. In this workshop you will:

      • understand the typologies of timber construction as well as the skills, traditions, and management practices that go along with them
      • use crafty chisels and humongous mallets
      • make an authentic mortise and tenon joint
      • learn about other joints and details
      • experience some basic processes and tools of the craft

      Project Variations

      • build bird and bat houses
      • build a top-bar beehive
      • build a solar dehydrator
    • Urban Farming

      Growing in the City

      Having a small garden in the yard, on the roof, balcony, or windowsill is an aspiration of many living in the city.

       

      In this workshop we will get you started with some basic supplies, knowledge, and seeds. We may focus on skills for the apartment landscape.

      • Recycling kitchen waste
      • Wheatgrass
      • Sprouts
      • Micro-greens
      • Fresh herbs
      • Plant ferment fertilizers

      Project Variations

      • Make a small aquaponic system
    • Mushroom Cultivation

      the magic of fungi

      Mushroom are nutritious, medicinal, and delicious. Participants will leave with the skills and resources to start having fun with fungi.

      • What is a mushroom?
      • Media preparation
      • Inoculation from spores
      • Inoculating with spawn
      • Fruit initiation
      • Fruit development and collection
    • Natural Farming

      do nothing farming

      Learn about Masanobu Fukuoka's 'natural way of farming' in a brief lecture, and then hit the fields to try something first hand.

      • Seed preparation with clay
      • Field preparation
      • Seeding
      • Vegetable and food plant selection by observing existing plants using Fukuoka's mandala
      • Yearly crop rotation
      • Follow-up workshops to complete the cycle of crop rotation first-hand
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