Ash Jackson wrote:Rockety stuff is my Jam!
Cookin', lightin', cleanin', boilin'.
I always wanted to be a Steam Locomotive when I was a kid, and after that, a Rocket Scientist.
Mandy Launchbury-Rainey wrote:If I were able to go, I would like to do basket weaving and make my own coffin - segway!!!
Mike Jay wrote:I think the weekend stuff could work for someone in a neighboring state. In my personal experience, if you're traveling a decent way to attend, the 1-2 week ones would be better.
I like the idea of having a 4 week PEP event that is made up of:
First weekend: Orientation and Tool Care (Freecycles on the Friday prior)
First week: Woodland Care and Round Wood Woodworking
Second weekend: Woodland Care and Round Wood Woodworking
Second week: Gardening and Earthworks
Third weekend: Metalworking
Third week: Rocket Stove and Natural Building
Fourth weekend: Natural Building and Wild Harvesting
Fourth week: Animal Care and Food Prep/Preservation
Last weekend: Natural Medicine
There are many ways to roll from one topic to another, this is just one. Hopefully the topics are ordered so that the average person who'd be interested in two weeks of PEP is lucky enough that the two weeks adjoin. Or a weekend warrior can do enough on a weekend to feel good about the journey. Also, this allows you to arrange instructors/projects that match the topics without too much chaos.
Notice how I put woodland care and round wood woodworking together since you need the wood to do the wood working And the gardening and earthworks both use the excavator and could all be done at the lab. And metalworking is a single project that several people could easily knock out in a weekend as a standalone workshop. And rocket stove and natural building both probably require a mix of Lab and Base camp. And wild harvesting is done just before food prep. But there are dozens of ways to meld from topic to topic and allow folks to pick the week(s) and weekends that work for them.
Stephanie Sager wrote:Hello,
I would be coming as a single mom with two young kids, two year old and a four year old. So, of course the amount of labor/ learning I could do would be reduced to their needs. But I think I could still do a lot, as I do have a background in gardening as a wwoofer, and I've also taken about a year's worth of survival skills including wild foraging.
Stephanie Sager wrote:A question then is, could we come as guests with the opportunity to learn as much as possible, whatever may be taught at the time that we are there. I'd love to earn some PEP badges.
Stephanie Sager wrote:What could be my best option for a living arrangement?
Stephanie Sager wrote:I can come for a week or more in September.
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:click the thumbs up on this post if:
please include food
Stephanie Sager wrote:Though, I would like to visit, perhaps as a WWOOFer? Would you accept a WWOOFer with kids, adjusting for the decrease in labor due to the demands of little people? I know you can't presuppose how much work I'll be able to accomplish, and perhaps adjusting food/housing rations after arrival is far too complicated.
Stephanie Sager wrote:Let me ask this, perhaps, when you say, "workshop", are we making improvements to the land? Or, just watching a teacher create something? Is it more hands on? I suppose in the case of knitting or mallets, we might take home our creations. I'm most interested in buildings and stoves. Perhaps you can let me know specifically when that workshop will happen (though, I believe I read October, and I'm starting another class at that time, unfortunately).
Stephanie Sager wrote:I could come as a guest and rent one of your fancy Chambers and pay $20 an hour to be taught by one of the locals may be my only other choice?
Stephanie Sager wrote:Ok.. that was all sort of stream of consciousness garble.. I have two kids, you know. :).
If, perhaps, the workshop being taught utilized manual labor to make improvements on the land, such as a work party, would there perhaps be a reduced cost (free exchange of labor for education/housing/food AKA WWOOF).
I suppose a very large difference between what you're proposing and WWOOFing, is that the reciprocity is more in earned badges, and coins, and, eventual land... Just wrapping my head around it.
I've been reading your forum and ideas for the last few days and been generally intrigued, introducing you to several others.
I'm trying to find a way to make this happen, to visit, with the kids, learn a thing or two, consider returning after I've completed my carpentry class, Master's Gardener class, ecopsychology cert, possible master's in education here in California, and sold my house to seek sort of an eco-village community. Would you say your vision is heading in that direction?
At this point, I'm quite curious. The problem is, with flight and car rental, and not being able to bring all my camping gear on a plane, thus needing a bed, it's a bit cost preventative for me.. unless, I'm missing an option?
Stephanie Sager wrote:Any of your ants want to make extra $$$ doing childcare? Do any of them have children? Clearly you need me there to start your local forest school. How far are you from the city any how?
Lee Jenkins wrote:Did this one generate enough interest to grow legs and happen?
(I'm sure there's a minimum attendee cutoff to make something like this worth your cost/time/brain damage)