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.
Instructor: John L. Clark
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.
Chagrin Valley School as Social Permaculture
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