HEARTWOOD FOLK SCHOOL for Sustainability & Resilience
(formerly PCT)


Heartwood Folk School (home page)

Teaching practical, joyful, Earth-caring, and community-strengthening skills…

We’ve changed!   Of Pender Community Transition’s 3 years of 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.

a Heartwood logo best small gifHeartwood’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

2.  ENERGY CONSERVATION & RENEWABLE ENERGY

3.  NATURE UNDERSTANDING, CONSERVATION, & SKILLS

4.  MECHANICAL, TECHNICAL, & DO-IT-YOURSELF SKILLS

5.  BUILDING METHODS, DESIGN, & WOODWORKING

  • Carpentry for Women & Other Beginners (future class)

6.  ARTS & CRAFTS (PRACTICAL, TRADITIONAL)

7.  PERFORMING ARTS (MUSIC, DANCE, TRADITIONAL)

8.  WELLBEING, HEALTH, & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

  •  Beginning Meditation for Adults & Children (future class)

9.  COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING & SPIRIT

10.  RESILIENT & SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBOURHOODS (future educational program)

To find out more and get involved, please email info@heartwoodfolkschool.ca.  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!

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