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 Spring/Summer classes 2015

 

Kimchi and fermentation 101 

Where: Durango Natural Foods
When: Wednesday, April 8th 6 – 7:30
Cost: $17/Co-op member $20/non-member. Prepay at the register or call 247-8129. Space is limited. 
[price includes organic produce for to fill you jar with kimchi!]

Learn the history and science behind the ancient art of fermentation + the basics for making many ferments. Learn why fermented food benefits our bodies and boosts our microbiomes. Participants will sample different ferments and take home a pint of kimchi made in class with organic ingredients. Instructional handouts and recipes included.

Please bring your own wide mouth pint mason jar, knife + cutting board.

 

Fermented Drinks: Kombucha and Ginger Ale

taught with Jennifer Smith
Where: Durango Natural Foods
When: Wednesday, May 13th 6 – 7:30
Cost: $17/Co-op member $20/non-member 
Prepay at the register, or call 247-8129. Space is limited.
[price includes organic produce to make a ginger ale starter]
 
Learn the art and science of making the fermented drinks, kombucha and ginger ale. Both are easy, delicious, living, and contain numerous health benefits. In this class you will sample both drinks, go through a step by step process to make each, get information on how to obtain a kombucha scoby, and go home with a ginger ale starter. Scobys [an acronym for Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast] available to first 7 sign ups! Please bring a small jar.

Harry Potter discussion and writing class for kids ages 9-13.

Tentative dates: Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6pm, July 14th – August 11th. I may add another class, so please let me know if you’re interested. $90.

We’ll discuss the classic hero’s journey, the evolution of Harry’s primary relationships, why we’re attracted to the idea of Good vs Evil. We’ll play games, unearth obscure factoids (who can name all the Griffyndor passwords?) and I’ll give the children in-class, related, writing assignments. Must have read all seven books so not sullied by spoilers.

UPCOMING CLASSES:

One day comprehensive Hide Tanning class using traditional brain-tanning methods. Taught by Dan. Details TBA.

Hunting Skills for teenagers, taught by Dan. Details TBA

email if interested

 

Yoga/Writing Retreat

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Taught by Joy Kilpatrick and Rachel Turiel

Friday February 27th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Saturday February 28th, 9am – 1pm, Sunday March 1st, 9am – 1pm. Cost: $160, Register by February 18th: $130, or register with a friend and take a $10 discount each. Organic, GF snack buffet included. Space is limited. THREE SPOTS LEFT

Yoga unifies the body and mind, opening us to our deepest insights, while writing provides a container for this wisdom. Practicing yoga and writing together ignites our creative fire and liberates our authentic voice so we can transcend the inner critic and delve deeper. In this retreat there are alternating sessions of writing and yoga. Suitable to all levels of experience.

Feedback from past Yoga/Writing Retreats:

“The writing exercises helped me see the everyday as worthy and rich material”
“The yoga practice gave my body a chance to stir up energy and get my mind out of the way.”
“I don’t know that I’ve ever felt so in my body.” (after Yoga Nidra)
“This was amazing and opened up an entire realm within me.”
“Outside description really opened up and supported awareness and paying attention.”

Children’s Creative Writing Class: 4th/5th grade

February 5th -March 5th Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:45. $90. Location: TBA 
 
Through writing exercises and assignments, we will explore the magic of language and storytelling. Individual styles are celebrated, as there is no right or wrong way to write, just the cultivation of an inspired practice. No emphasis on spelling, punctuation, or grammar. Participants will have a chance to share and comment on each others’ work in the spirit of support and fun. Open to 4th and 5th graders. Register now. 

Art of Fermentation

Tuesday, February 23rd 6:00pm. Location: Durango Natural Foods. Cost: $20
 
Learn the history and science behind the ancient art of fermentation. Participants will learn the basic protocol for making many different ferments, including fruit and vegetable, dairy, vinegars and beverages. Participants will sample different ferments and take home a pint of kimchi, made in class with organic ingredients. Handouts and recipes included. Bring: pint jar, knife and cutting board. All organic produce provided. Space limited to ten participants. To sign up e-mail: design@durangonaturalfoods.coop or pay at the DNF cash register.

Children’s Creative Writing Class: Middle School

March 30th – March 27th. 5 Mondays, 3:00 -4:15. $90. Location: TBA
 
Through writing exercises and assignments, we will explore the magic of language and storytelling. Individual styles are celebrated, as there is no right or wrong way to write, just the cultivation of a joyful, inspired practice. No emphasis on spelling, punctuation, or grammar. There will be instruction, in-class writing exercises, short assignments, and a chance to share and comment on each others’ work in the spirit of support, fun and personal expansion. Open to middle schoolers. Register now. 

Bow-making Workshop

November – February, up to fourteen weeks. Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm. $20/class. Approx $125 materials fee. Location: The bow-making inner sanctum (Near Needham Elementary). Taught by Dan Hinds. (No class Thanksgiving and Christmas week).
Craft your own bow out of local wood under the guidance of a 14-year bowyer. This class includes: stave selection, tool use, rough-out, backing (with a natural lamination of elk sinew/rawhide), tillering, finishing, and shooting. This class will meet for a maximum of fourteen weeks, geared for each participant to complete their bow. All experience levels welcome! Workshop series could be shorter if participants work on their bows at home between classes. Phone or email consultations are available during the week, between sessions. Limited to 5 participants.

To sign up e-mail me at sanjuandrive(at)frontier(dot)net

 

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