Classes for Everyone

An Introduction to Practical Hand Sewing
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Hand Sewing

A “Housewife” Sewing Kit

In this class we will be making a “housewife” (a traditional 19th century sewing kit). This manageable project will teach the basics of hand sewing. Students will go home with a basic sewing kit and the knowledge to repair and create sewn items. Jared will also have examples of items he has sewn by hand to show and can answer questions about the techniques and planning that went into them.

Instructor: Jared Torkelson

Saturday, April 18, 2015      9:00 AM-4:30 PM

$ 75.00 course registration fee, $15 materials fee

limited to 6 participants

Baking with Sourdough Bread
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

bread classLearn the art, craft, and science of baking bread with a wild sourdough culture.  The air around us and the skins and leaves of many plants are full of wild yeast cells.  Under proper cultivation, this natural bounty can be used to leaven breads and pastries in the same way humans have done for thousands of years.  In this class you will learn how to capture, care for, and use your own wild sourdough culture.  Participants will learn how to knead dough and shape it into several types of loaves and how to bring to moist and flavorful perfection in the oven.  Each participant will receive a sourdough starter culture to take home.

Instructor: Jacob Hundt

Saturday, April 18, 2015     1:00 PM-4:30 PM


Hammered Copper Basics
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

imagesWhat you need to know to make simple hammered copper projects around the home.Learn about the some of the properties and types of copper, where to get copper, the basic tools needed to do some household copper hammering, some of the things you could make at home, and then make your own hammered copper switch plate

Instructor: Martha Buche

Saturday, April 18, 2015     1:00 PM-5:00 PM

$ 45.00 course  fee, $12 material fee

limited to 9 participants

The Writer’s Journey: Shamanic Techniques to Grow Your Flow
Apr 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Writer's Journey image - Marcelle RichardsThis class is designed for writers looking to enhance their creative process through tapping into their own essence by means of shamanic journeying. Participants will learn to connect with a power animal, design a personal ritual, and incorporate journeying as a means to strengthen their writing process through a spiritual lens. Please bring a pen and notebook or laptop to journal during class, plus a piece of writing-in-progress, as we will be journeying into one’s writing during class

Instructor: Marcelle Richards

Sunday, April 19, 2015     9:00 AM-1:00 PM

$ 45.00 course registration fee

minimum 8 participants, maximum 15


Songwriters Lab, Tools for Crafting a Song
Apr 19 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

1342729243_RisingStarKnown to most as The Reverend Eddie Danger, Ed is an award-winning singer/songwriter, playwright, multi-instrumentalist, wedding officiant & story teller. Ed plays the guitar, didgeridoo, piano, pump organ, flute, sax, various percussion instruments, ukulele, and more. Ed is sharing his knowledge and skill at songwriting. Bring a pen, journal and an instrument (if you compose with one)..

Instructor:  Ed Lemar

Sunday, April 19, 2015     1:00 PM-8:00 PM (dinner voucher included)

$ 75.00 course registration fee

Family Fun with Horses
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

P1010328Families that learn together prosper in their endeavors. Learn to read a horse’s body language, how to be safe with a horse with skills in haltering and leading a horse, grooming, and play games with your horse from the ground.

Instructor: Michelle Rasmussen

Saturday, April 25, 2015     9:00 AM-12:00 PM


$ 45.00 course registration fee

limited to 5 participants

Ramp Fest
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

10369220_10100495096515145_4087777334569494302_nRampFest is an annual camping and folk skills weekend held on the last weekend in April celebrating ramps, local wild foods, the coming of spring, and community at B & E’s Trees: Forest Foraged Foods & Farm outside Newry, Wisconsin. The farm is a working commercial maple syrup operation that is full to the brim with natural flora and fauna and, you guessed it, ramps!  Throughout the day, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about sustainable ramp harvesting (and help dig ramps in a sustainable wild harvest), spring ephemeral and tree identification, maple syrup production, spoon carving, starting a fire with a bow drill, and more from a variety of Driftless Folk School instructors.  Lunch and dinner included, primitive camping available on site, arrive after 5 pm Friday, depart Sunday by 10 am.

Bring your own camp dishes (cup, plate, bowl, utensils), washing area and campfire available.

Instructor/Organizer: Bjorn Bergman

Saturday, April 25, 2015     9:00 AM-8:00 PM

$50 adults (18 and up)
$25 teens (13-17 years)
$10 kids (12 and under)
$110 family (2 Adults and their children)

limited to 50 participants

Contra Dance-Live Music & Callers
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:15 pm

IMG_9801Contra Dance Series
Denise Benoit: Organizer & Fiddle Player

Lace up those dancing shoes and come on out to La Farge! You’re invited to the Driftless Folk School Contra Dance Series in La Farge, Wisconsin, every 4th Saturday. What is contra dancing, you ask? Contra dancing is simply social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to Live Music and great Callers. The rest is just details. Instruction provided, no experience required, singles welcome, and homemade treats! Please check our website we will be holding some earlier dances for the whole family throughout the year.

Dates: Feb 28, Mar 28, Apr 25, May 23, Jun 27, Jul 25, Aug 22, Sep 26, Oct 24
Instruction: 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Dance: 7:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $5, Under 10 free
Location: La Farge Community Center, 202 N State Street, La Farge, WI

Applied Shamanic Journeying for Beginners: Power, Guidance, and Spiritual Connection
Apr 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Applied Shamanic Journeying image - Marcelle RichardsThis beginning level class will offer participants to explore shamanic journeying, an ancient technique of entering into a non-ordinary state of consciousness to forge direct contact with spirit teachers, power animals, and one’s own essence. No previous experience required. Students will also learn about the history and applications of shamanic journeying, which can strengthen one’s mind-body-spirit practice by contributing to a sense of centeredness and empowerment. Shamans across the globe work with a spiritual geography: the upper world, lower world, and middle world. This class will take us to the lower world to meet a power animal, and then to the upper world to meet a teacher in human form. For those who already have met one or both, people often have several, so feel free to come and meet someone new! The last portion of class will be a journeying topic personalized to the needs of those in attendance.

” The window shot with the drum, rattle, etc. show some of my basic tools. Drumming is used to drive the shamanic journey so I think it’ll be nice to show people the drum.”

Instructor: Marcelle Richards

Sunday, April 26, 2015     9:00 AM-1:00 PM

$ 45.00 course registration fee

minimum 8 participants, maximum 15 participants

Songcrafting: Finding Your Creative Voice
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

dodieIs there a song inside you just bursting to come out? Inspired by the burgeoning Community Singing Movement, this class addresses the question: Where do songs come from? Using simple melodies, sounds and syllables, we will work together through improvisation and harmony to craft original vocal music utilizing both our unique imaginations and the combined creative ideas of the group. No experience is necessary, but feel free to bring a favorite poem, sentence or melodic fragment. Students may also choose to bring home a finished product in the form of a simply notated piece of music if desired.

Instructor: Dodie Whitaker

Sunday, April 26, 2015     1:00 PM-5:00 PM

$ 45.00 course registration fee


Homebrew Wind Power
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – May 2 @ 4:30 pm

home brew windWind Turbine design and construction, also sometimes titled ‘homebrew wind power’. Students learn the theory, physics, math behind wind energy and how it works. Theory includes basic electricity and alternator theory. Then we start with raw materials ~ steel, magnets, copper wire and wood and build a sizable/practical efficient wind turbine from scratch. This involves lessons in layout, coil winding, metal fabrication, wood carving, sharpening tools etc. Lots of fun!  6 Day Course, Lunches included. Check out

Instructors: Dan Bartmann, Roy Rakobitsch

Unleash Your Soil’s Fertility
May 2 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

RootCellar3The aim of biodynamic farming and gardening is to revitalize nature, grow nourishing food and advance the physical and spiritual health of humanity. Each biodynamic farm or garden is conceived of as an organism with its own individual qualities and diversity of  life. Reliance on home produced compost, manures and animal feeds is a key objective and external inputs are kept to a minimum. Dig-in and learn to start a spring garden plot with bio-dynamic soil preparations. You will witness the difference in the soil structure and vitality. Preparations will also be shared for your own garden plot.
Instructor: Brian Wickert

Saturday, May 2, 2015     9:00 AM-1:00 PM

$ 45.00 course registration fee

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