Registration for our 2017 events is now open. The following events are currently scheduled:
An Introduction to Fire Making – (Saturday, March 25, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.) In this day-long class, you will learn the basic science of how fires burn, how to build and maintain a fire, and even how to get a fire started when it is wet outside. This class will give you the confidence to consistently start a fire with a single match using only natural materials you can find in the wilderness around you. Learn how to select tinder and kindling, how to build a safe fire pit, and how to set up your fire to light and burn cleanly. We will also cover fire safety and how to make sure your fire area is safely out when you are done. The class concludes with the class cooking dinner together over the fire. Students have the option of camping on-site Saturday night.
Advanced Fire Making: Fire by Friction – (Sunday, March 26, 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.) For students who have completed the first fire class, this course takes things further by teaching many advanced fire techniques, including how to keep a fire going during heavy rain, cooking and purifying water by rock-boiling, and starting a fire via friction with the bow drill. Prerequisite: Introduction to Fire Making class or equivalent experience.
Bird Language Weekend – (Saturday, April 1, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) Birds communicate with each other with a rich and nuanced variety of sounds, marking out territory, attracting mates, and warning each other of danger. Just by paying attention, we can learn to tap into this information network and have the curtain pulled back on the many things that are happening in the forest just outside of our normal perceptions. We will start on Saturday morning and work through a series of experiential exercises that will have you starting to hear and understand things you never noticed before. Students have the option of staying on-site Saturday night so they can get up with us a bit before sunrise to discover the amazing dance of animals and birds that happens just as the sun is coming up each morning.
Soil Fertility: Compost, Compost, Tea, and the Soil Food Web – (Saturday & Sunday, April 22-23, 8-5 daily) Healthy soil is the basis for healthy food and a great garden. Join us for this hands-on experience in creating compost and aerated compost tea, while learning to understand the variety of microbes that do all the magic in the soil. We will build compost piles, brew compost tea, and learn to use the microscope to see what is really happening in the soil.
Aquaponics Greenhouse Tour – (Saturday, May 20, 8:30, 9:30, or 10:30 a.m.) The system of aquaponics, which combines fish and plants into a single productive ecosystem, has exploded in popularity over the past few years. Come take a free tour of a brand new, world-class aquaponics greenhouse that was designed to feed a family year-round while using minimal water and energy.
Hands-on Aquaponics Training – (Saturday & Sunday, July 29-30, 8:00am-5:00 pm) Come take the full 16-hour course that will take you from a complete beginner to a confident operator of your own Aquaponics system, taught by the person who developed the system.
Eldenbridge Fall 2017 PDC – (Six weekends starting Saturday, August 26) Join us for the full 72-hour Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) course, covering all the materials required to achieve this internationally-recognized certification. Learn a comprehensive design system that will equip you to help create a more sustainable and regenerative world.
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