So far, the best part of running workshops with EartHand Gleaners is being able to continue learning and sharing with the people in my community. This weekend Marina Szijarto- one of the people I love to work with- is going to lead ‘Community Immunity’ a workshop on making herbal medicinals and I am so happy to be participating in it! In general I like that I get to ask myself the question- what do I want to learn? and what do I want to share?- and then plan the events to make that happen, how lucky is that?
We have just gotten our 2016 workshops ready to roll into Spring, the next one that I am excited about is learning diagonal plaiting shoes with Rebecca Graham, as one can never have enough pairs of slippers in a home with concrete flooring. As Rebecca and I thought about what workshops we wanted to do this coming year we realized the need to continue building a link between what is generally seen as the creative act of making and where the materials come from. So we have imbedded the plant stewardship and harvest into many of the programs for this coming year and that feels like such a smart way to both get the garden work done, and continue building the awareness of where our materials come from, and the work and skill required before that creative act “officially begins”. Check out all the workshops on offer and register though our EartHand Gleaners Urban weaver retreat page here.
All the best for 2016, may we all have a peaceful year of health, creativity and building local connections.