Teaching practical, joyful, Earth-caring, and community-strengthening skills…
We’ve changed! Of all Pender Community Transition’s activities to date (see Past Events), our skills-teaching has had the most powerful impact and interest. This is why on February 8, 2014, the non-profit PCT society voted to shift to a total educational focus, by becoming the Heartwood Folk School for Sustainability & Resilience! You can see here for more background, about this evolving Folk School from Pender Island, British Columbia.
Heartwood’s Mission: The mission of Heartwood Folk School is to be a non-profit educational society, offering local and visiting experts to teach adults and also younger folks about practical, joyful, Earth-caring, and community-strengthening skills.
Key subjects include: food growing, energy conservation, nature skills, mechanical & building skills, traditional arts & crafts, wellbeing, community capacity-building, and more!
See 1. to 10. below for past and future educational activities, which Heartwood seeks to offer in cooperation with other valuable educational resources from the Gulf Islands of BC, and beyond. If this interests you, we invite you to contact us and/or come to a class. Let us know which skills you would you like to learn or teach, at the Heartwood Folk School for Sustainability & Resilience!
Next classes: Saturday, March 22, 2014 – Knitting & Wool Learning Day, with Coast Salish visiting teachers Joni, Sylvia and Adam Olsen. Please see here for ongoing updates, and email us or call 259-629-3825 to pre-register. Thanks!
1. FOOD GROWING, PRESERVING, & COOKING
- Beekeeping & Pollinator Support (future class)
- Fruit Tree Growing Workshop (June 1, 2013)
- Poultry Raising Workshop (January 19, 2013)
- Seed Saving Workshop (September 29, 2012
- School Nut Tree Growing (January/February, 2012)
- “Let’s Grow More Food on Pender” event (March 5, 2011)
- Food References, Tips, & Skills
2. ENERGY CONSERVATION & RENEWABLE ENERGY
- New Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Options (UPCOMING MAY, 2014)
- 2nd Pender Energy Day (November 17, 2012)
- Solar Water Heating Education & Energy Group
- 1st Pender Energy Day (November 12, 2011)
- Pender Energy Resarch Report (April, 2011)
- Energy References, Tips, & Skills
3. NATURE UNDERSTANDING, CONSERVATION, & SKILLS
- “Nettlefest” Plant Workshop & Dinner (March 9, 2013)
4. MECHANICAL, TECHNICAL, & DO-IT-YOURSELF SKILLS
- Small Engine Basics & Repair (future class)
- Do-It-Yourself References & Tips (see also Energy & Food)
5. BUILDING METHODS, DESIGN, & WOODWORKING
- Carpentry for Women & Other Beginners (future class)
6. ARTS & CRAFTS (PRACTICAL, TRADITIONAL)
- Knitting & Wool Learning Day w/Coast Salish (UPCOMING MARCH 22, 2014)
- Youth & Elder Educational Film/DVD (June, 2012)
7. PERFORMING ARTS (MUSIC, DANCE, TRADITIONAL)
8. WELLBEING, HEALTH, & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
- Beginning Meditation for Adults & Children (future class)
9. COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING & SPIRIT
- Computer Accounting for Local Groups/Enterprises (UPCOMING JUNE, 2014)
- Innovation & Social Enterprise Seminar (February 9, 2013)
- Get What We Need on Pender! education program
- supporting Pender Community Groups
10. RESILIENT & SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBOURHOODS (future educational program)
To find out more and get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also have a peek at some inspiring Pender children and adults (below), learning about food growing while they plant hazelnut trees for a brighter future!