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Berries, Baskets & Brook Trout Weekend! 2nd Annual!

Attend All, Some or Just One!

(Workshop fees vary…see below)

A Weekend of 4 Wilderness Skills Workshops!

For Families, Adults & Teens

All Workshops are in Conway, MA

BERRIES, BASKETS & BROOK TROUT WEEKEND:

Saturday, August 6, 2016
WS1: Birch Bark Basket Making 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WS2: Wild Edibles & Medicinals 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 7, 2016
WS3: Primitive Fishing 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WS4: Intro to Wilderness Survival 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

REGISTER ONLINE

BIRCH BARK BASKET MAKING

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Join Basket expert Barry Keegan and Earthwork Programs for a day-long, hands-on Workshop!

We will learn:

  • sustainable harvesting techniques,
  • birch bark processing,
  • pine root sewing.

And, we will use raw materials from the land to create one-of-a-kind pieces that will be beautiful and functional.

$60/adult, $30/child with adult–materials included (must be prepaid)

WILD EDIBLES & MEDICINALS

Saturday, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for this unique experience and come away with skills in correct identification of wild edibles and medicinals you can find right outside your back door. Because we specialize in certain plants in depth, there are certain ones we’ll be reviewing from last class as well.

You will learn how and when to harvest by season and in what habitat to seek out your favorite wild edibles.

Possible Focus: Black trumpets, Chanterelles, Chrome foot, different type of suillus mushrooms and field plants, cats ear, dewberries, knotweed, horsetail, milkweed pods, sumac, dock, heal all, etc.

$50/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid (add $10/Workshop if pay day of)

PRIMITIVE FISHING

Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered how our ancestors were able to sustain themselves…not only surviving, but actually thriving? Primitive fishing has been one of the cornerstones of how it is done.

In this Workshop, learn

  • how to make a fish spear and techniques of stalking,
  • a way of making a fish net,
  • designing your own hooks and gorges, and
  • a tried-and-true method of “hand fishing” where we can catch and release and have had great success.

This is a real “game changer”–being able to go from nothing and making all of your own fishing lines, spears, gorges, lures, weirs, hooks and traps with all natural materials.

Join us! This class is for participants of all levels–no prerequisite required!

$60/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid (add $10 if pay day of)

INTRODUCTION TO WILDERNESS SURVIVAL

Sunday, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Are you a hiker, skier or just walk in the woods with your kids? What do you do if you get disoriented or some other unexpected situation arises while you’re out and about? Do you have a survival kit? What are the top 10 things you bring with you when you’re in the wilderness?

Earthwork Programs has been teaching these skills for more than 10 years.

  • Make fire with confidence in wet conditions as well as dry.
  • Learn the power of plants and their uses.
  • Discover ways to bring yourself closer to the land through tracking and awareness.

$45/adult, $25/child with adult prepaid (add $10/person if pay day of)

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10% discount if register and prepay for all 4 Workshops!

Want to stay overnight Saturday? Camping $5/person (bring your own tent & supplies), rustic cabins $8/person (limited). Register by 7/29.

BE SURE TO REGISTER & PAY EARLY FOR THE DISCOUNT

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birch bark baskets

Birch Bark Basket Making Workshop (WS 1)

$60/adult, $30/child with adult–must be prepaid (materials included)

WORKSHOP 1 of BERRIES, BASKETS & BROOK TROUT WEEKEND! (see schedule below)

Join Basket expert Barry Keegan and Earthwork Programs for a day-long, hands-on Workshop!

We will learn:
* sustainable harvesting techniques,
* birch bark processing,
* pine root sewing

And, we will use raw materials from the land to create one-of-a-kind pieces that will be beautiful and functional.

You won’t want to miss this special event!

$60/adult, $30/child with adult–must be prepaid (materials included)

Berries, Baskets & Brook Trout Weekend! 2nd Annual!

BERRIES, BASKETS & BROOK TROUT WEEKEND:

Saturday
WS1: Birch Bark Basket Making 9:00-3:30
WS2: Wild Edibles & Medicinals 4:30-7:30

Sunday
WS3: Primitive Fishing 8:30-12:30
WS4: Intro to Wilderness Survival 1:30-4:30

For Families, Adults & Teens

Want to stay overnight Saturday? Camping $5/person (bring your own tent & supplies), rustic cabins $8/person (limited); kitchen, shower, toilets are available. Register by 7/24.

REGISTER ONLINE: www.earthworkprograms.com Register
BE SURE TO REGISTER & PAY EARLY FOR THE DISCOUNT

Make Your Own Pack Basket Workshop

$60/adult, $30/child with adult–MUST BE PREPAID (materials included)

Basswood Splint Basket by Barry Keegan
In this 1-day long workshop, we will weave splints of pre-prepared basswood outer bark into rectangular baskets of a height of 10 inches. The splints can be facing either way, if you chose to have the outer bark facing out or inner, or a combination for a checkered look. The base is woven like a place mat, and a rectangle formed by hand without wood block forms.

We will loosely weave the weavers for the first 4 rows, which are non-continuous, with an even number of spokes,  placing overlaps of weaver ends at different sides as we weave upward. After the fourth row, all previous weavers will be tightened and the next rows of weavers added up to the final 10 inch height. Then we will double up weavers to make a thick rim. This we will lace back and forth in an X pattern with basswood inner bark to complete the baskets. Weaving pattern for base as well as sides are over one and under one.

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WHO: Adults, Teens & Families
WHERE: Haydenville, MA
HOW MUCH: $60/adult, $30/child with adult–MUST BE PREPAID (materials included)

MONDAY, 4/18 & TUESDAY, 4/19–we will be building a wigwam at Valley View Farm. It’s a community event–time to gather and practice skills together! Please contact Frank if you are interested in helping out!