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Summer and Fall classes 2014

Identify (and eat!) Edible Weeds

NEW CLASS ADDED: MONDAY 8/11/14; 4-5pm!

Sunday, July 20th, 10am – 11am; Location: TBA upon sign up. Cost = $15, or 2 spots for $20. Kids free with a parent.

Common garden weeds are packed with nutrients, adapted to native soil conditions and natural rainfall. Come to my home garden and learn to identify common, edible weeds, the best time to pick them, which parts are edible and how to prepare them. Come home with handouts and recipes, and sample some delicious, easy to prepare treats. Limited to 10 people. Must sign up by Friday, July 18th.

Animas River Plant Walk

Monday, August 18th 4:30 – 6pm. Location: Meet at trail on east side of footbridge behind high school. Cost: $15. Kids free with parent.

The berries are abundant this time of year. Learn all about chokecherries, hawthorne berries, buffalo berries, sumac berries, juniper berries and rose hips. We’ll also see some late-season riparian plants and talk about their medicinal uses, historical uses and more.

Chokecherry Cooking Class

Sunday, August 24th 4-6pm. Location TBA. Cost: $25. UPDATE:  TWO ONE SPOT LEFT

In this class we’ll be talking about the natural history of the chokecherry tree, one of the most important plants historically in the Southwest. We’ll make and take home: chokecherry jelly and chokecherry-apple fruit leather. You’ll learn how to separate the flesh from the seeds, how to use and preserve chokecherries with minimal sugar and come home with a variety of recipes. All ingredients provided.

Intro to Canning Workshop

Tuesday, August 26th. 6:30 – 8pm. Location: Manna Commercial Kitchen in Durango, CO. Cost: $15 UPDATE: THREE SPOTS LEFT  FULL

Come learn the basics of canning, including how to preserve the bounty of the harvest safely, efficiently and deliciously. We’ll do a step by step foray into canning salsa. Recipes and handouts included. Come home with a jar of fresh, local, organic salsa. Supplies provided. To sign up go here: Canning

Yoga and Writing Retreat

Friday, September 19th 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Saturday, September 20th 9am – 1pm, and Sunday, September 21st 9am – 1pm. Cost: $150. Register by Sept 1st: $125. Location: Inhabit Retreat Center, Durango, CO. Vegetarian, GF lunch included.

Yoga unifies the body and mind, opening us to deep 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 our inner critic and delve deeper. Come join myself and certified yoga therapist, Joy Kilpatrick, for a weekend of exploration and practice. In this retreat there will be alternating sessions of writing and yoga suitable for both beginners and longtime practitioners. Vegetarian, gluten free lunch included on Saturday and Sunday. More here

The Art of Fermentation

Tuesday, September 30th. 6:30 – 8pm. Location: Manna Soup Kitchen. Cost: $15 Register here: Fermentation

Learn the history and science of fermentation. Participants will learn what is necessary to make many different ferments, including fruit and vegetable, dairy, vinegars and beverages. Participants will sample many different ferments and take home a pint of kimchi, made in class with local/organic ingredients. Handouts and recipes included. Participants are responsible for bringing 1 pint jar with lid, the rest of the ingredients will be supplied.

Children’s Creative Writing Class

October 1st -29th. 5 Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:45. $75. 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 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. (Middle school class coming in November).

Winter Bow-Making Class with Dan

November – Feb, one weekday night each week. For more information E-mail Dan at daniellumanhinds(at)gmail(dot)com

Over the course of the winter months, turn a local tree limb/trunk into a useable bow under the guidance of an experienced bowyer in a fully equipped shop. Wood included. Some tool purchase may be necessary.

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

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