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9 events all in a row, pick just one or a group that works for you!



The focus is on hands-on experiences and very little classroom time.

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Sept. 14 &15 , 2019 ~ wild & herby weekend
plant walks, herbal remedies, wild edibles, ferments
click here for more about the wild & herby 2-day

Sept. 16-20 , 2019 ~ wild & herby week
wild edibles, plant walks, herbal remedies, plus poultices, tinctures, herb/food drying
click here for more about the wild & herby 5-day

Sept. 21 & 22, 2019 ~ foodie weekend
food preservation, rocket oven & cookers, haybox cooker, and solar food dryer
click here for more about the foodie weekend 2-day

Sept. 23-27, 2019 ~ soil magic week
gardening, hugelkultur, earthworks, and natural building
click here for more about the soil magic 5-day

Sept. 28 & 29, 2019 ~ gardening & textiles weekend + TOUR DAY 29th
earthworks, gardening/hugelkultur, and textiles
click here for more about the gardening & textiles care 2-day
on Sunday, opt for one or both halves of the tour or stick with woodland care - more about the tour here

Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2019 ~ woodsy week
roundwood, dimensional lumber, and woodland care
click here for more about woodsy week 5-day
optional to come one day early for the tour

Oct. 5 & 6, 2019 ~ woodsy weekend
roundwood, dimensional, and woodland care
click here for more about woodsy weekend 2-day

Oct. 7-11, 2019 ~ rockety goodness week
rockety things, metal, toolcare, natural building
click here for more about rockety goodness week 5-day

Oct. 12-13, 2019 ~ rockety goodness weekend
rockety things, metal and toolcare
click here for more about rockety goodness weekend 2-day

All events will take place at wheaton labs near Missoula, Montana

Add up the number of days you want, and click the proper link to part with coin! We will then contact you to sort out the particulars.
2 days $160
5 days $300
7 days $420 ($40 savings!)
9 days $540 ($80 savings!)
12 days $660 ($100 savings!)
14 days $800 ($120 savings!)
16 days $940 ($140 savings!)
19 days $1,060 ($160 savings!)
21 days $1,200 ($180 savings!)
23 days $1,340 ($200 savings!)
26 days $1,460 ($220 savings!)
28 days $1.600 ($240 savings!)
30 days $1,740 ($260 savings!)


fall a tree, peel a log, make shakes


build a hugelkultur
 

make a club style mallet, carve a spoon


work with roundwood timber


make things out of dimensional lumber

Daily schedule:

   7:00am - everybody starts making breakfast
   7:50am - everybody has eaten and cleaned up
   8:00am - class begins
   noon - everybody makes lunch
   12:50pm - everybody has eaten and cleaned up
   1:00pm - class
   5:00pm - everybody starts making dinner

Food - food will be organic, whole foods staples such as rice, other whole grains, beans, peanut butter and jam, whole wheat bread, plus lots of fruit and veggies. We ask that attendees eat organic or better food when on site. If you have special dietary needs, you will want to bring snacks!

Lodging at wheaton labs - camping is included; or see our rental listing for more options. Additional off-site lodging resources are provided after registration.

Rides - a one way ride (to or from the airport or bus station in Missoula) during normal hours (8am to 9pm) is $15 cash paid to the driver; and during crazy hours is $35.

Sep. 29th tour - this is our last wheaton labs tour of 2019! Tours start at 9:30, break for lunch and continue after lunch until about 5 p.m. There is a lot to see! If you've signed up for the Sep. 28-29 gardening & woodland care weekend, you have the option to take the tour (either half the tour or the full day), or continue with the homestead skills fun. If you're coming to the Sept. 30- Oct. 4, 2019 ~ woodsy week, you're welcome to come a day early and attend the tour on Sept. 29th.

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PSSST!! These skills also qualify you for badges or badge bits in the PEP program - more about that here and in each topic.


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Sept. 14 &15 , 2019 ~ wild & herby weekend

Plant walks, wild edibles, ferments, and tinctures


(image from Mountain Rose Herbs)

Activities could include (these are just the start of the ideas, see the natural medicine PEP badge thread for more):
  • plant walk to see what's available for harvest and drying or for tea:  mint, pineapple weed, oregon grape...???
  • also with an eye for what's available for foraged food in a meal:  dandelion, lambs quarters, rose hips...???
  • create a natural medicine reference journal (bring your own/preferred notebook or journal)
  • make fire cider
  • make calendula infused oil

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    Sept. 16-20 , 2019 ~ wild & herby week

    plant walks, wild edibles, herbal remedies, ferments, tinctures, poultices, herb and food drying


    (from: Herbal Academy)

    Activities could include (these are just the start of the ideas, see the natural medicine PEP badge thread for more):
  • plant walk(s) to see what's available for harvest and drying or for tea:  purslane, burdock root, mullein
  • make a calendula salve
  • make oregon grape tincture
  • make comfrey leaf poultice

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    Sept. 21 & 22, 2019 ~ foodie weekend

    food preservation, rocket oven & cookers, haybox cooker, and solar food dryer



    Activities could include (these are just the start of the ideas, see the food prep and preservation PEP badge thread for more):
  • salt brine ferment or pickle something
  • dehydrate food in a solar food dehydrator
  • make overnight oats in a haybox cooker
  • cook rice four different ways
  • cook and serve sunchokes

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    Sept. 23-27, 2019 ~ soil magic week

    gardening, hugelkultur, earthworks, and natural building



    Activities could include (these are just the start of the ideas, see the gardening PEP badge thread, the natural building PEP badge thread, and the earthworks PEP badge thread for more ideas):
  • build a hugelkultur
  • experience chop and drop gardening
  • try your hand at Ruth Stout style composting
  • make cob to fill in between logs in a wofati
  • create a small dry stack retaining wall
  • take three scoops with an excavator

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    Sept. 28 & 29, 2019 ~ gardening & textiles weekend + TOUR DAY 29th
    On Sunday, opt for one or both halves of the wheaton labs tour, or stick with woodland care - more about the tour here.

    earthworks, gardening/hugelkultur, and textiles



    Activities could include (these are just the start of the ideas, see the earthworks PEP badge thread, gardening PEP badge thread, and the textiles PEP badge thread for more ideas):
  • we might be wrapping up or building additional hugelkultur beds (with or without using an excavator)
  • add a small, simple trail to a berm
  • make twine
  • weave a basket

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    Jocelyn Campbell
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    Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2019 ~ woodsy week
    Optional: arrive on on Sunday, 9/29 for the full wheaton labs tour - more about the tour here.

    roundwood, dimensional lumber/carpentry, and woodland care



    Activities could include (these are just the start of the ideas, see the roundwood woodworking PEP badge thread, dimensional lumber PEP badge thread, and the woodland care PEP badge thread for more ideas):
  • we might be wrapping up woodland care items such as peeling logs downed over the previous weekend
  • make a club style mallet
  • build a crappy birdhouse
  • make a wood burned sign
  • make wood shakes (cleave them with a froe)
  • build or repair junkpole fencing

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    Oct. 5 & 6, 2019 ~ woodsy weekend

    roundwood, dimensional lumber/carpentry, and woodland care



    Activities will be similar to the woodsy week and could include (these are just the start of the ideas, see the roundwood woodworking PEP badge thread, dimensional lumber PEP badge thread, and the woodland care PEP badge thread for more ideas):
  • make a club style mallet
  • build a crappy birdhouse
  • make a wood burned sign
  • make wood shakes (cleave them with a froe)

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    Oct. 7-11, 2019 ~ rockety goodness week

    rockety things, metal, toolcare, natural building



    Activities could include (these are just the start of the ideas, see the rocket PEP badge thread, toolcare PEP badge thread, metal working PEP badge thread, and the natural building PEP badge thread for more ideas):
  • start and operate a j-tube rocket mass heater
  • bake something in a rocket oven
  • sharpen a hatchet
  • make cob
  • make clay paint and paint a wall

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    Oct. 12-13, 2019 ~ rockety goodness weekend

    rockety things, metal, and toolcare



    Activities could include (these are just the start of the ideas, see the rocket PEP badge thread, toolcare PEP badge thread, metal working PEP badge thread, and the natural building PEP badge thread for more ideas):
  • start and operate a different j-tube rocket mass heater
  • clean the ash out of a rocket mass heater
  • sharpen a knife

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    So excited! Very hard to choose.

    Verifying: All of a 2-day, and part of a 5-day is still a 7-day fee, correct?
     
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    Ash Jackson wrote:So excited! Very hard to choose.

    Verifying: All of a 2-day, and part of a 5-day is still a 7-day fee, correct?



    What days are you thinking on coming up? we can help you pick the right price.
     
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    Thanks, Coco;

    I would be there Sept 20-25, though the full jamboree days I'd be participating in will just be 21-24.
     
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    Ash Jackson wrote:Thanks, Coco;

    I would be there Sept 20-25, though the full jamboree days I'd be participating in will just be 21-24.



    if you do the 5 day pay button its only $300 or if you do 2 of 2 day pay button it would be 4 day its $320.
    you save $20 if you do 5 days.


     
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    So much goodness! So hard to choose! Ah! Soil Magic Week sound like my jam if I can find chicken sitters. Foodie Weekend sounds amazing too!
     
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    Allazandrea Cottonwood wrote:So much goodness! So hard to choose! Ah! Soil Magic Week sound like my jam if I can find chicken sitters. Foodie Weekend sounds amazing too!



    Yes! We're excited, too! There is still room!
     
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    I should have commented on this thread sooner.  This event should be awesome!!!  I've been to a PEP event and you get to learn all sorts of skills.  The guides/instructors are wonderful and the site is beautiful.  Tons of permaculture stuff going on and cool homesteading skills abound.  And the people are the bestest.  

    Not sure how to cut down a tree?  Come learn how!

    Not sure if you want to put a RMH in your new yurt?  Come fire a bunch up and see what you think of it!

    Wanna build a hugelkultur but you don't have an excavator?  Use Paul's and see how it goes so you can do one at home quicker when you have to rent one (or do it by hand).
     
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    I'm coming for the soil magic week. It mentions bringing your own tools if you've got them. What tools would be helpful to bring along? I've got some of the basics (broad fork, bed prep rake, small hand tools).

    Also, I know that the days will be jam packed with awesomeness but would it be worth bringing my bike with me for exploring local trails?

    Thanks! So incredibly stoked!

     
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    Allazandrea Cottonwood wrote:I'm coming for the soil magic week. It mentions bringing your own tools if you've got them. What tools would be helpful to bring along? I've got some of the basics (broad fork, bed prep rake, small hand tools).

    Also, I know that the days will be jam packed with awesomeness but would it be worth bringing my bike with me for exploring local trails?

    Thanks! So incredibly stoked!


    Great questions!

    In terms of tools, I think a good minimum to bring includes your favorite/best pair of gloves, and perhaps a good, sharp pocket knife. We actually don't have a broad fork around here, so if that is something you enjoy, it might be an excellent thing to have with you.

    People enjoy biking between base camp and the lab - though it is certainly mountain biking conditions with gravel, dirt, and rough/steep roads! Often, folks enjoy hanging out in the evenings around here (playing a game, or watching a show, or just visiting), and the days are getting shorter, so it really is a huge "it depends" on whether you might like to go exploring in the evenings or on a day (or days) before or after the event.

    I hope that helps! We're stoked to have you join us!

     
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    There is also a stable of mountain bikes at basecamp that may be able to be borrowed for exploration.
     
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    Mike Jay wrote:There is also a stable of mountain bikes at basecamp that may be able to be borrowed for exploration.



    I'll bring my own and see if someone will adventure with me then!
     
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    We are getting closer to this years September-October Homestead Skills Jamboree...... We still have spots open!!! Check it out!

    Photos from our PEP1 event this year






















     
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    Here's a look at mike jay's hugelkultur bed
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    Yay!  Something grew  Thanks for posting the pictures Coco!

    That hugel took less than a day to build with the gear available at Wheaton Labs.  If the excavator was used, I'm guessing it would have gone even quicker.  I had to haul all the dirt about 300 yards a scoop at a time.
     
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