What are Earthskills?
What are Earthskills?
Earthskills equip our communities with knowledge and practices that bring us closer to nature and allow us to meet our basic needs for free. Gathering people together to share these skills provides us access to information and real-world-experience often not found elsewhere. Earthskills give us the opportunity to create the things we need and use ourselves, or within our local communities, thus building resilience.
Earthskills gatherings are educational events geared for all ages, and are useful in both rural and urban settings. Teachers share skills in workshops focusing on earth-friendly living, including topics such as gardening, herbal medicine, alternative technology, cooperative skills, natural building, basket-making, social justice, wild mushroom ID, fiber arts, blacksmithing, foraging, pottery, woodworking, hide tanning, fishing, fermentation, food preservation, and much more! Gatherings also often feature music, arts, community-building activities, overnight camping, and shared meals.
Here are workshop topics taught in the past (see links in top menu to prior events for more)
How to Make Salves, Ointments, and Balms
Herbal Hair and Skin Products
Uncle Mud Presents: Building with Local Natural Materials
Cooperation During Crisis
Wild Mushroom ID
Beginning Hand Spinning
Intro to Fly Tying: Tying Your First Fly
Racial Equity in and through Cooperative Economics
Mythical Mushrooms: The Legends and Lore from the Forest Floor
Using Plants and Herbs from Your Yard
Present Minded Conveyer of Emotion Through Movement
Making Cordage with Plant Fibers
SKY Breathing Break!
Useful Trees, Shrubs, and Vines
The Power of Poo… and Showers, Too!
Natural Beekeeping: Introducing the Warre Hive
Civil Disobedience Training
Acorn Processing for Food & Medicine
Zero Waste 101
Natural Husbandry of The Dairy Herd – Caprines Well-Kept
Gifts from the Hive: Honey as Medicine
Democratic Schools as a Model for Social Permaculture
Building Your Own Herbal Apothecary
Direct Action 101
Chain Stitch Introductory Crochet For Kids
And much much more!!
Examples of non-workshop activities we’ve had:
Children’s activity: Making a Hand Bound Natural Journal
Children’s Junk Parade! Make a parade from junk!
Evening Talent Show
Performances by musicians, dancers, comedians, acrobats!
And much much more!