SKIP is a curriculum of experiences you can complete to prove you can do permaculture. While a PDC teaches you how to do permaculture design and analysis, SKIP is hands-on. You are making things.
When you complete several things, you earn a badge. Sixteen badges will make you PEP1 certified. After several years of progress, you can be PEP3 or PEP4 certified. At that point you are basically self-sufficient and can prove it. Many older homesteaders don't want their property to turn into a strip mall or subdivision. This program will connect qualified candidates with those landowners so you can skip the rat race and skip the debt.
Feel of the Event:
In this program, you will gain and demonstrate new skills. It isn't about training, classroom time or lengthy discussion. It's about pounding out actual projects. This event will be heavily focused on giving attendees the ability to complete badges. It's our third event like this.
There will be a guide/facilitator for all the planned work. The attendees will be focused on a given task for each time slot. If they complete it quickly, there is time to complete additional badges.. If they want to take their time, that is fine, but they may not complete as many badges during the event.
Below is the schedule we had for 2021's SKIP event. Since we are in the Super Early Bird stage of planning, we do not have the details hammered out for the 2022 event. And, you get a discount for buying tickets while we plot our new schedule!
Day 1-3: Woodland Care: Felling trees, peeling and bucking, splitting wood, making a junkpole fence, cleaving shakes
Day 4-5: Gardening: Making a hugelkultur garden, planting, chop and dropping, mulching
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Day 4-5: Textiles: Sewing, knitting, darning, basket making and twine making
Day 6: Animal Care: Bird house, bee house, insect hotel, toad and snake habitat
Day 7: Day Off!
Day 8: Food Prep and Preservation: water bath canning, vinegar brining, salt brining
Day 9: Foraging: Harvest berries, mushrooms, greens; dry some for storage, make seed balls
Day 10: Natural Medicine: Dehydrate herbs, make a salve, poultice, vinegar infusion, oil infusion and water infusion
Day 11: Community: Brand a location, create public art, create a map
Day 12-13: Earthworks: Make a dry stack retaining wall, make a trail, maintain a trail, use an excavator, improve a berm, use the tractor loader
Day 14: Homesteading: Trailer backing, make a rock jack
Mike Haasl --Instructor Mike Haasl is a mechanical engineer, woodworker, blacksmith, and permaculture homesteader in northern Wisconsin. He constructed a sweet greenhouse, builds with pallets and upcycled material, and experiments with compost heat. He is developing a demonstration site for permaculture homesteading, and collaborating to create the SKIP program.
Paul Wheaton -- Host/Instructor Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture, is an author, producer, and certified advanced master gardener. He has created hundreds of youtube videos, hundreds of podcasts, multiple DVDs, and written dozens of articles and a book. As the lead mad scientist at Wheaton Labs, he's conducted experiments resulting in rocket stoves and ovens, massive earthworks, solar dehydrators and much more.
Lara Bigotti -- Event Coordinator Lara became interested in Permaculture while living and teaching English in Japan. She worked on an organic vegetable farm in her hometown for two years after returning to the U.S., and then fulfilled her longtime dream of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. After participating in Wheaton Labs Bootcamp in September 2020, she returned to Missoula in February 2021 to take on the role of Event Coordinator and Rental Manager for Wheaton Labs. She is excited to learn more about gardening, natural medicine, photography & videography, and building.
Josiah Kobernik -- Instructor Josiah cobbled together a diverse background in commercial agriculture, horticulture, market gardening, raising livestock, homesteading, and other general build/fix skills before landing at Wheaton Labs in 2019. Since moving to the labs, he has taken to working with roundwood timber framing, earthen plasters, videography, rocket contraptions, and any other inventions he can get his hands on
Jennifer Richardson --Instructor Jennifer Richardson is a former cattle rancher and current resident of Wheaton Labs. She is participating in the boot camp and living in Allerton Abbey, the first wofati, in order to test the thermal inertia of the structure.
Fred Tyler -- Instructor Fred has lead the Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs for three years now. He's directed and taught skills ranging from organic gardening to woodworking to natural building.
Melody Rothwell -- Chef Melody Rothwell is an avid and creative cook, a world traveler, a free spirit, and a connector of people. She is an apprentice herbalist and yoga teacher, a life coach, & an Enneagram and Human Design practitioner. When she's not experimenting in the kitchen you can find her nerding out reading books on fermentation, learning to forage, and spending time outside. She's excited for the opportunity to bring her love of food and community to Wheaton Labs this summer.