The chocolate-lovers amongst you will vividly recall Charlie's excitement to find a golden ticket so that he could win a visit to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. While these opportunities might not be as generally exciting, for those of you interested in sustainability, I wanted to share some great events that are coming up in the next month or so!
The opportunity missed was to take my herbal salves and tinctures class, offered on Sunday morning (which is why there was no Sunday post!). The group left happy, full of ideas and knowledge, and with small jars of St. Johns Wort salve), and will be gathering back together to process our mullein tincture (for the lungs), calendula herbal-infused oil (which I will turn into salve with my part), and Dr. Kloss' herbal liniment (the best natural antiseptic!) in a few weeks. I have discovered that the worst part of teaching is not getting any pictures....
August 28 - How To Raise Chickens
Saturday, August 28, 2010, from 10 AM - 2 PM at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center (includes lunch)$15.00 per person; $20.00 per family. Building a coop and preparing for the arrival of chicks or laying hens is an exciting summer project for the family. Fresh eggs and, if you choose, fresh chickens for the table will give you a tremendous sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Your family will never go back to a grocery store for the taste alone!
In this fun and educational workshop, you will learn the fascinating history of the
chicken – what came first, the chicken or the egg? We will also cover the
following topics: how to choose the best breeds to suit your needs, the care
and responsibility of keeping chickens in your backyard, their nutritional
needs and interesting tidbits. A few chickens have gladly accepted the
invitation to show off at the workshop. Participants will have a chance to sign-up
for a tour of Soleil Farm after the workshop. Call 530.292.3174 to reserve a spot.
September 10-12 - A Weekend of Sustainable Living at Ananda Dhiira
This event will start on a Friday evening and run through lunch on Sunday. I will be helping the primary instructor, Gayle Marsh, to teach the sustainable portions while Didi Lalita will be teaching the yoga portions. The curriculum will be drawn from both The Natural Step, and the tenets of Permaculture, and there will be time for yoga sessions, a contemplative nature walk, stargazing and swimming in the South Yuba River. The fee of $250 includes meals and lodgings. If you are interested, contact me back, or Gayle at gaylemarsh AT mac Dot com.
September 3-18 - Peacemaking and Permaculture - a Permaculture Design Certification Course
Location: D-Q University, Davis, California
Instructors: Penny Livingston-Stark, Jon Young, Tom Ward, David Ortiz, Edward Willie and James Stark
On the outskirts of Davis, California, lies a 640-acre farm - the home
of D-Q University, the only Native American university in the United
States not on reservation land. It is a place of great dreams and great
This September, collaboration between the Regenerative Design Institute and D-Q University will bring together an incredible array of permaculture teachers and Native American instructors for two weeks of intensive training in permaculture design, inter-generational mentoring and cultural connections. We invite you to spend two weeks participating in an amazing experience of revitalizing land and people.
The course will introduce the ancient principles of the Great Law of Peace, originally brought to the people of the Five Nations hundreds of years ago to help restore peace to their warring nations. Together with hands-on training in the principles of permaculture, this course will provide an experience of beginning to heal our relationships to the Earth and each other. The gift will be helping to revitalize a site rich in possibilities for future generations of indigenous people. For further information, contact the Regenerative Design Institute.
October 2-15 - Cooperative Permaculture Design Course at Ananda Dhiira
This is a replay (while still being all new!) of the course I took in the spring, with most of the same instructors and material to be covered that will lead to certification while reflecting the new season and the design challenges opening up next. This course is designed within an innovative cooperative framework which allows us to:
* Share in the work, quickly build community, and learn in a hands-on environment
* Invest in this special site and leave behind artifacts memorializing our time together and what we have learned.
* By sharing the work and its fruits, we have the potential to reduce the costs of this course further. As the number of participants crosses certain thresholds, the economy of scale will reduce everyone’s course fee, so tell your friends! Work trade discounts are available.
The practical sustainable living and cooperative working skills built during course are set in the context of the ethics and principles of permaculture design – the principles of natural systems. The website for more information on this offering is here.
Somewhere in my copious email in-box, I have lost the information about a Beekeeping Workshop coming up in September in my region; if I can locate it, I will post it. Our Sustainable Living Skills Workshop Series will continue in October, with a Breadmaking Workshop taught by long-time adobe oven baker, Richard DiKard, who lives in my community. Let me know if you want to come and visit for that!