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    Skill Swap
    Skill Swap
    Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology GATHERING
    Sat, June 01, 2019
    THIS EVENT IS 100% FREE!

    The Skill Swap invites you to share community, partake in a joined meal and learn from your neighbors and friends. Gather with other curious folks, engage in skill building and moonlight dance at Earthwork Farm.


    Crosshatch, along with Earthwork Music and Human Nature School, present a full day of hands-on workshops. Choose from 20+ classes in the categories of Earth, Art, Tinkering, the Real Home Ec, Human Nature School and Community Circles. All condensed courses are taught by the community for the community.


    After a day of swapping skills, stick around for an on-farm, locally procured dinner featuring chef Loghan Call of Planted Cuisine. A full concert in the barn beginning with a contra dance hour, followed by music by Mady Kouyate and Samuel Nalangira rounds out the event. Camping passes on the farm are included in the all-access pass.


    Early bird pricing is available until April 4th.

    Early Bird, Skill Swap only (9 am to 6 pm) - $50

    Early Bird, All Access Skill Swap (includes on-farm dinner, concerts and camping) - $75


    Regular pricing is available from April 5th to May 26th.

    Regular, Skill Swap only (9 am to 6 pm) - $75

    Regular, All Access Skill Swap (includes on-farm dinner, concerts and camping) - $100


    Youth:

    Youth (12 -17 years old), Skill Swap Only - $20

    Youth, (12-17 years old), All Access Skill Swap (includes on-farm dinner, concerts and camping) - $35


    Online Registration will close May 27th

    On-site Skill Swap only (9 am to 6 pm) - $100

    On-site, All Access Skill Swap (includes on-farm dinner, concerts and camping) - $130


    Optional Add Ons:

    Add on Friday night camping - $25.00 

    Add on Saturday lunch box - $16.00

    Add on dinner to Skill Swap only ticket (concerts or camping NOT included) - $20.00


    Registration: Open
    All times are Eastern Time (unless otherwise specified)
    Event Date
    JUN
    01
    SATURDAY
    Registration Closes
    May 26, 2019 @ 12:30 am
    Location
    Address
    Earthwork Farm
    4399 N 7 Mile Rd.
    Lake City, MI  USA
    Selection Options
    US Dollar
     
    adult registration
    Skill Swap + Dinner + Music + Camping
    Skill Swap + Dinner + Music + Camping
    $ 100.00 


     
    Skill Swap Only
    Skill Swap Only
    $ 75.00 


     
     
    youth registration
    Youth Ticket: Skill Swap + Dinner + Music + Camping (12-17 years of age)
    Youth Ticket: Skill Swap + Dinner + Music + Camping (12-17 years of age)
    $ 40.00 


     
    Youth Ticket: Skill Swap Only (12-17 years of age)
    Youth Ticket: Skill Swap Only (12-17 years of age)
    $ 30.00 


     
     
    add ons
    Friday Night Camping
    Friday Night Camping
    $ 25.00 


     
    Saturday Box Lunch
    Saturday Box Lunch
    $ 12.00 

    Roasted Vegetable Salad w/ Spring Mix & Roasted Chickpeas (with optional bread)

     
    Saturday Dinner to Skill Swap only ticket (does not include concerts and ca …
    Saturday Dinner to Skill Swap only ticket (does not include concerts and ca …
    $ 16.00 

    Mushroom Pho Broth with a smorgasbord of toppings including rice/rice noodles, black lentils, tofu, mushrooms, sprouts, peppers, lime, cilantro, mint, basil etc (based on seasonality and available come June 1st!) 

    This will be a create your own pho bowl dinner that will be allergen friendly for everyone. 


     
     
    choose session 1 (1 per person)
    ART: Songwriting with Seth Bernard
    ART: Songwriting with Seth Bernard
     

    From going over the basics to, tips from pros, to actually writing a song as a group, this workshop will be an empowering experiential journey through the songwriting process.

     
    EARTH: Tea Foraging
    EARTH: Tea Foraging
     

    Walk through the fields and surrounding woods and learn how to forage for plants and flowers to make your own tea—right from your Northern Michigan surroundings. 

     
    REAL HOME EC: Natural Beeswax Wraps
    REAL HOME EC: Natural Beeswax Wraps
     

    Learn from farmer and beekeeper, Libby Hiser, how to make beeswax food wraps. She will cover cutting fabric of different sizes, mixing proper ratio of beeswax, pine resin, and jojoba oil, melting, and mixture and spreading on fabric. Learn how these wraps can be used for personal use!

     
    TINKERING: Functional Knots
    TINKERING: Functional Knots
     

    Learn the art of knot tying. Participants shall tie (and untie) several useful knots: bowline, double hitch, rolling hitch, square, farmer's loop along with other knots of interest. Attendees will also discuss common rope fibers and practice joining two ropes.

     
    HUMAN NATURE SCHOOL: Buckskins Part 1
    HUMAN NATURE SCHOOL: Buckskins Part 1
     

    Most deer hides are thrown away each hunting season. Working a hide into buckskin can be a great way to honor the animal, deepen our relationship with them and tap into the knowledge of our ancestors. Our first session will focus on scraping and cleaning the hide. When finished it will be in a rawhide state, able to use for drums, rattles etc, 

     
    CIRCLE: Knitting
    CIRCLE: Knitting
     

    If a session isn't your speed, join a circle. This circle will be a 90 minute knit-in. Bring your projects and knit with your peers. Or, if you've always wanted to learn, stop by and learn a basic stitch.

     
     
    choose session 2 (1 per person)
    ART: Basic Contra Skills
    ART: Basic Contra Skills
     

    Learn the basics of contra dance, its structure, common elements/components, and organization; then help create a dance or three for us all to try later in the evening.

     
    EARTH: Wayfinding
    EARTH: Wayfinding
     

    Learn how to navigate your surroundings using only a compass and the world around you. Jason Stephens will be instructing participants on orienteering and wayfinding using man-made and natural tools (like the sun!).

     
    REAL HOME EC: Visible Mending
    REAL HOME EC: Visible Mending
     

    Visible mending is a nod to the traditions of prolonging the life of our clothes and our fabrics through the art of caring for them. Students will see examples of visible mending, talk about mending techniques and mend a piece of fabric to then make into small pouch. Suitable for all skill levels.

     
    TINKERING: Chainsaw Basics
    TINKERING: Chainsaw Basics
     

    Chainsaw safety is the basis for this session. Learn how to use a chainsaw, how to do it safely and get some experience with hands-on demonstrations.

     
    HUMAN NATURE SCHOOL: Buckskins Part 2
    HUMAN NATURE SCHOOL: Buckskins Part 2
     

    In this session, we'll learn how to grain, ring and stretch our hide, softening it into buckskin. (Note: our final step of stretching our hide could take all day, you are welcome to stay after the workshop to help or you can just check back in at the end of the day to see the final product!)

     
    CIRCLE: Non-Violent Communication Basics
    CIRCLE: Non-Violent Communication Basics
     

    If a session isn't your speed, join a circle. This circle will be a 90 introduction into non-violent communication. 

     
     
    choose session 3 (1 per person)
    ART: Therapeutic Art Journaling
    ART: Therapeutic Art Journaling
     

    Each person will use 2-3 pieces of watercolor paper for journaling using mixed media. Participants will explore shapes and images seen in the paint that they can later abstract and examine how those images relate to feelings deep within their subconscious.

     
    EARTH: Successful Cider Making
    EARTH: Successful Cider Making
     

    Learn the craft of making fermented (hard) cider. We will discuss apple and juice selection and preparation, fermentation management, use of additional ingredients like fruit and honey, and strategies for packaging and storage. Cider samples included. 

     
    REAL HOME EC: Basic Knife Skills for the Kitchen
    REAL HOME EC: Basic Knife Skills for the Kitchen
     

    Learn the basics of how to sharpen knives and safely use them in the kitchen along with different techniques to cut various kitchen items.

     
    TINKERING: To be announced
    TINKERING: To be announced
     


     
    HUMAN NATURE SCHOOL: Plant and Tree Walk
    HUMAN NATURE SCHOOL: Plant and Tree Walk
     

    Through tuning into our 5 senses, playing games and sharing lived experiences we will deepen our awareness, connection, and relationship with the plants and trees. Please Note: although we will naturally be sharing some names and information about the plants and trees, dispensing information is not the focus of this workshop.

     
    CIRCLE: Kaleidoscope Conversation
    CIRCLE: Kaleidoscope Conversation
     

    If a session isn't your speed, join a circle. This circle will be a 90 minute introduction into Kaleidoscope Conversations where only questions can be asked.

     
     
    choose session 4 (1 per person)
    ART: Peace Poetry
    ART: Peace Poetry
     

    This lighthearted, meditative, creative session will inspire you to write from a place of presence. Attendees will begin by reading poems by Frank O'Hara, then wander around Earthwork Farm, and finally write, share, and perform our own healing poetry for the group. Come unprepared, open for spiritual exploration!

     
    EARTH: Basics of Home Garden Irrigation
    EARTH: Basics of Home Garden Irrigation
     

    How much water does your garden need? And what's the best way to get it to them? In this workshop, we'll explore a variety of irrigation solutions, including adapting methods common on small farms to your back yard.

     
    REAL HOME EC: DIY Home Bitters and Elixirs
    REAL HOME EC: DIY Home Bitters and Elixirs
    4/20 LEFT  

    Join Angie Jackson, The Traveling Elixir Fixer and Midwest Brand Ambassador/Educator for Grand Traverse Distillery for a Wildcraft journey that will feature juniper berries, cardamom pods, bittering agents and other botanicals used in creating your own style of gin, bitters and medicinal tinctures. You will sample these elixirs and take home the recipes and a botanical kit to begin crafting.

     
    TINKERING: Making Biochar
    TINKERING: Making Biochar
     

    You will get an introduction to the millennia-old technique of using biochar as a soil amendment. Learn the multiple benefits biochar can bring to soil.


     
    HUMAN NATURE SCHOOL: Fire By Friction
    HUMAN NATURE SCHOOL: Fire By Friction
     

    Learn several ways of making fire and the plants and trees that can support you as you deepen your relationship with the element of fire. Get hands-on time working with a bow drill and a variety of other fire starting techniques. Some participants may even get their first coal and get to blow it into flame!

     
    CIRCLE: Tea Ceremony
    CIRCLE: Tea Ceremony
     

    If a session isn't your speed, join a circle. This circle will be a 90 minute introduction into a traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Enjoy a silent ceremony and discussion following with tea and sweets. Come to learn, or come to commune.

     
     
    dietary restrictions
    Gluten Free
    Gluten Free
     


     
    Dairy Free
    Dairy Free
     


     
    Grain free
    Grain free
     


     
    Nut Allergy
    Nut Allergy
     


     
    Vegan
    Vegan
     


     
    Vegetarian
    Vegetarian
     


     
    Other Allergies (event coordinator will contact you)
    Other Allergies (event coordinator will contact you)
     


     
     
    accessibility
    Yes, please have the coordinator contact me about disability access
    Yes, please have the coordinator contact me about disability access
     


     
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