2019 Workshops & Instructors
2019 Workshops & Instructors
The Basics of Folk Medicine-Making
There is much more to herbalism than chamomile tea. In this workshop we will try and learn about a variety of herbal medicines and talk about the roles and benefits of each. I teach the folk method of medicine making so it’s accessible to anyone who is interested in learning. We will touch on tinctures, soups, vinegars, teas, honeys, salves, and steams, as well as some harvesting and processing basics. Anyone who is interested at the end of class can make an 8 oz herbal vinegar tincture to take home for $5.
Instructor: Aniko Zala, Wild Origins
Aniko is a folk herbalist in Central Ohio. She apprenticed for two years under an ethnobotanist / herb farmer who studied with Rosemary Gladstar and for the better part of a decade she has been growing, working with, and studying medicinal plants. Through Wild Origins she sells herbal products and teaches empowering herbalism workshops. She is especially drawn to the connections between self empowerment, self care, and the natural world.
Wild Mushroom Identification
Learn how to find and identify wild mushrooms, and how to properly harvest edible species.
Instructor: Don King, The Mushroom Hunter
Don can often be found hiking the forests of Ohio and neighboring states in search of wild mushrooms and other delicious and healthy edibles, which he considers to be the pinnacle of sustainable, local foods. Don’s enthusiasm for wild foods stems from his passion for cooking, where he believes that the freshest ingredients yield the tastiest results. This philosophy has led to five Vegan Iron Chef titles, an annual event sponsored by Standing Rock Cultural Arts.
Don loves to share his knowledge of wild foods and how to prepare them through private and group identification workshops and wild edible hunts, as well as video tutorials and other appearances. He has been featured several times on Fox 8’s New Day Cleveland and NPR’s Good Eats with Vivian Goodman. Follow Don on Facebook (The Mushroom Hunter), Instagram (@donthemushroomhunter) and his website, themushroomhunter.com.
Soul Nourishing with Flowers
Make flower crowns out of natural materials, while appreciating the interconnectedness of our ecosystem.
Instructor: Emily Pew
I’m in my fourth season farming, a passion I came to through my love of food and understanding agricultural systems. I grew up in Cleveland, moved around after school and “boomeranged” back home two years ago. I currently work full time at CWRU Farm, where we grow vegetables for the dining halls and local restaurants as well as provide educational opportunities.
I also independently steward land in Geauga County where I grow cut flowers and flax (for linen). I use regenerative farming practices, many experimental, techniques that I love sharing with others! I studied and received a B.A in Psychology and have remained enthusiastic about learning from, and sharing with others because of it.
*For this skill shares’ purposes I would be representing with product and experience from Frayed Knot Farm*
Sock it to ya! Sock puppets for all!
Join us for a creative adventure in puppetry! Come learn to work in the creative in-between space of puppets. In between what? In between self and the other, in between performing and play, in between laughs and more laughs, and serious time. There is a lot of creativity and exploration of ones’ creative mind that can/must be uncovered in order to be both comfortable with a puppet and comfortable with puppeteering. We’ll each use socks, felt, buttons, thread, and glue (at least!) to create new puppets, the whole time learning and sharing the ways to bring these puppets to life. This class is for anyone interested! There will be use of hot glue and/or needle and thread, assistance and help with either of those will be available.
Instructors: Bradley Williams and Zoe Apisdorf
My name is Bradley, I love taking my time and walking at mushroom-speed through the woods — seeing all of my plant, animal, and fungus friends.
Acorn Dyeing with Kids
We will explore different techniques of natural dyeing using acorns! Instructor will supply up to 20 bandanas for kids to dye. Participants are more than welcome to bring shirts, scrap fabric and cloth for additional dyeing.
Instructor: Che Leetch
I’m a mother, co-owner of a family run glass shop, kids yoga & mindfulness teacher, and nature-loving, muddy adventuring, wild and free childhood advocate at heart.
Restore in Nature
Be supported by the Earth! We’ll stay close to the ground, allowing our breath to lead our movements. As we prepare for a few restorative poses, we’ll allow space for the subtle openings. It’s important to meet the bustle of learning and socializing with the balance of rest. Lets breath and be still together!
Instructor: Cassandra Sirl
Cassandra is a mother, partner, movement instructor, birth worker and community advocate. She completed an Embodied Practice training at Abide Yoga as well as the never ending class of self study. Providing spaces for vulnerability in movement and rest are a true passion! As we allow nature to lead the way and inspire our work, there becomes so much room to grow and expand, as well as rest and quietly nurture.
Introduction to Nonviolent Communication
This workshop will provide an introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC). NVC is a language tool and a way of looking at the world which helps people connect compassionately with others, and it can be useful to build community and resolve conflicts. In this workshop, the facilitator will guide you through the basic framework of NVC. You will also have an opportunity to practice using NVC on scenarios that participants bring up during the workshop.
John grew up in Northeast Ohio without a deep exposure to the wild. He studied mathematics and computer science, used computers professionally for a while, and then began to look around and notice that his cybernetic, civilized life was unsustainable, unsatisfying, isolating, and essentially inhuman. He took time to study what he had missed for so long, and grew sad as he saw the broad scope of societal problems, steeped in fear and violence. Now he wants to see the world turn in a dramatically different direction, a turn toward the wild.
For John, the wild world is one of community and trust, and of mutual understanding. One of the tools that he has encountered for fostering these elements is Nonviolent Communication (NVC), which focuses on compassion and aims to help us to build connections with other people, meet our needs, and resolve conflicts. John is excited to use NVC to help foster a general social movement towards intentional communities. He participated in one community experiment in Cleveland Heights several years ago, and he has recently joined an intentional community in Madison, Ohio. He enjoys watching as this community deploys a growing array of wild skills to connect with each other and the land around them.
I will present the philosophy and implementation of Chagrin Valley School and the ways in which it exemplifies permaculture concepts and practices.
Instructor: Kelly Clark
Who Goes There? Reading Track and Sign
You ever wonder what you are missing when you are walking through the woods? Want to know who left that track in the mud? Or how to tell the difference between a coyote, fox and dog track?
Track and sign is a bottomless pit that is hopelessly addicting. In this workshop we will go over the basic rules to ID’ing the tracks of our common mammals. We will also chat about scat, chews, lays, gaits, trailing animals and whatever else folks want to learn. We’ll go to the woods, do some hands-on activities there as well.
As classroom educator for 31 years, Sandy began her career when she graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS degree in Education, followed by a Masters degree in Gifted Education through Ashland University. Sandy has created curriculum and international programs for her district for students K-12. Her favorite program is STEM Expeditions, credit bearing field study courses that included taking students on trips throughout the US and internationally to South Africa. Sandy has been an instructor with Coyote Trails School of Nature since 2006 where she has taught survival and earth-based living skills to youth, adults and families in Oregon, West Virginia and Ohio. She is a Level 2 International Wildlife Tracker, in both the US and South Africa, certified through Cybertracker in track ID and Trailing. She loves to organize adult and student trips to South Africa and has visited there five times. She is looking forward to visiting the Okavango Delta in 2019 and to bringing HS students back to South Africa for science, photography and art courses in 2020.
Sandy lives with her husband Cal and two children in Pataskala, Ohio.
Building an Outdoor Kitchen from Cob
Come learn how to build your very own outdoor kitchen and cooking space. We will be covering the basics of building with cob and how to design an outdoor stove to fit your needs. You can expect to learn about digging and processing your own sandy clay soil, building a foundation, collecting and building with natural materials form the forest, and of course rocket stoves!
A work from Mud “Whatever questions life throws at us, we are surrounded by answers. Beautiful, simple answers in the mud and rocks under our feet, in the trees we think of as weeds, the junk we throw away. Most of the answers require work, but all the best ones also require play. Play fires the Imagination. The Imagination finds answers. Answers that please your soul in a way that the plastic-wrapped answers we buy at the store can’t.
Participants will make atlatls out of river cane. These atlatls are for fun and will not have sharp points on the darts. They are great to use with kids and families while introducing them to the fun of atlatl recreation. Participants will be able to keep the atlatl and take it home. Participants need to be aware that they will be carving with a knife and should bring their own knives. Fixed blades are best.
Instructor: Cal Reed
Growing up on the gulf in Hitchcock, Texas, Cal spent his youth learning primitive skills that would enable him to bring home food to the table. He spent huge amounts of time immersed in nature which naturally led to mastery in many types of primitive skills.
He is a self-taught primitive archer, capable of making a complete archery outfit from materials directly from the landscape. He has taught many earth-based living skills to youth and adults including self-bow making, flint knapping, basketry, hide tanning, primitive cooking, traps, wild edibles and awareness skills, to name a few.
His proudest achievement is when he harvested a deer in 1997 with all home-made materials including an osage bow and a cane shafted flint tipped arrow he flint-knapped and fashioned himself.
As a student, Cal has taken numerous classes from the Tracker School in New Jersey and was a two-time presenter at national Mid Atlantic Primitive Skills Gatherings (MAPS Meet). He has traveled to South Africa and enjoyed traversing the landscape, checking out the knapping ability of the rocks. He explored wood types for bow making and also experimented with wood types for fire by friction methods. He strives to have command of all skills necessary to live purely in nature with no fabricated resources.
He loves being in nature and gives freely of his time to any youth and adults interested in strengthening their connections to the Earth. He is currently a primitive skills instructor for Coyote Trails School of Nature and assists with programming in Ohio and West Virginia.
Taking the Starving out of Artist
A group discussion on how to be strategic, flexible, and organized as you try to make a living from your art. We will explore ideas of local vs universal, community-building as marketing and showing up with curiosity and confidence.
Instructor: Steve Leetch
Steve Leetch has been working with Art Glass for over 25 years. Steve’s work can be found in collections around the globe.
BFA in Art Glass – Ohio State University
MFA in Art Glass – Rochester Institute of Technology
Wayside Weeds and What They Tell
In this class we will talk about common weeds of the landscape and what they tell us about the region we live in. We’ll talk guidelines for respectable foraging, making proper identification, and preparation. We will dive into weeds in the gardens, lawns, and forests with a short walk.
Instructor: John Wright
I’ve been leading workshops based in gardening and horticulture for over 10 years. . My education is in horticulture, permaculture and crop science. I have run farms and gardens from 1-50 acres in size. Some for educational purposes and others for production. I have always strived to be organic or better. I now have a small nursery and farm whose main mission is to educate folks on culturally significant plants of the world.
In recent years consultations have been more prevalent as I work to help folks to grow more of their own food in a holistic way. I am now focused on creating and helping others to create diverse orchards, food forests, and homescale foodscapes for subsistence living.
Finding Empathy Creatively
This workshop, based on Joanna Macy’s work, will pair you up with somebody to talk through the issues closest to your heart in relation to the environment/justice/ways of being in the world. In the process, you’ll also get to write about what you discover.
I teach creative writing & literature at the College of Wooster, where I’m part of the Environmental Studies curriculum committee. My first novel came out in 2010 and I’m currently working on a novel about climate change protesters.
So Ya Wanna Grow Some Pawpaws?
This will be a tiptoe through the process of growing pawpaws.
1) Why do you wanna grow pawpaws? A) Fruit, B) Zebra Swallowtail, C) Cool pyramidal shape. This answer will help determine:
2) Starting from seed versus buying seedlings versus buying grafts versus grafting your own. This will basically be a pros and cons type discussion of all of the above that will include topics like cost, timeframes, trademarks.
3) Pawpaw Peculiarities. Watering, pH, over wintering in containers, landscape fabric, drip irrigation, bringing in pollinators.
I learned to farm in the wilds of Western Cleveland circa 2009, turning some of the worst soils in America into scrumptious rainbow heirloom veggies. After five years of renting land in Cleveland, the uptight suburb of Lakewood, Ohio sold me two 5,000 square foot properties in 2014. This allowed me to pursue my longer term goal of orcharding. Specifically, pawpaws. In the Spring of 2015, 82 grafted trees were planted in three separate rows with asparagus alley-cropped between them. In 2018, me and my peeps who helped me along the way, celebrated the first harvest. Right now in 2019, the trees are loaded with fruit with expected yields around 300 pounds.
But enough about my personal life, professionally I work for Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, where I head our urban agriculture program. The job can be all over the place. In three years, I’ve taught cover crop, soil health, “Gardener’s Guide to Organic Fertilizers,” seed starting, native North American Fruits, tomato stringing, and fruit grafting workshops. Other duties have included growing over a thousand wildflower plugs for pollinator plantings, soil test interpretations for citizens of Cuyahoga County, and rain garden installations.
Somewhere along the way, I got a Bachelor’s of Science in Botany and a MBA from Cleveland State. In 2018, I had the most popular presentation at Pawpaw Fest with my “Growing Pawpaws in an Urban Environment” presentation. I was immediately invited back for 2019.
Making rope from the wilds
In this class we’ll be making cordage from materials regional and exotic. We’ll go over proper harvesting and processing and if we have time we’ll go on a walk and find some local plants perfect for rope making. There will be materials for making cordage and folks will get to take some home.
Weaving Baskets with drip tape
In this class we’ll use a waste material in farming called drip tape to weave a berry basket.
I’m an artist and craftsman and enjoy using scavenged recycled and repurposed materials in my projects.