Classes for Everyone

May
23
Sat
DIY Photovoltaics
May 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

DIY Solar O MeterAre you curious about alternative energy or photovolatics and want to know more? Would you like to put solar panels on your house or property? Are you curious about conserving energy, and the costs of alternatives? This course will give you practical, real­ world, and background  information on solar panels, solar electricity, and various PV systems. Each class participant models their own solar project, and collects all information they need to finance, construct, or manage their own solar project. The class comes with a take­ home DIY manual that can be used with any solar set­up, and also includes  lists of resources. There will be a tour of existing working systems, installation basics for roofs and racks, and a means for estimating costs of parts and installations on all systems.

Instructor: Jon Passi

Saturday, May 23, 2015     9:00 AM-4:30 PM

$ 75.00 course registration fee, $20 materials fee

limited to 9 participants

Weekend Wild Edible Campout
May 23 @ 9:00 am

582650_493761490649694_1410796321_nThis two day Spring edibles workshop was inspired by requests for a foraging program that gets more in depth and creates an environment of more thorough experience. As a small group of 6 to 12 participants we will explore many spring edibles in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, feasting on the many plants we are learning and absorbing our lessons through first hand experience with identifying, gathering, processing, cooking and digesting. Much of our cuisine will be procured by our foraging efforts, with wild harvested, local, and organic foodstuffs filling out the meals. This workshop will be a overnite campout (participants can choose alternate accommodations) and so there will be plenty of  woods skills, spring beauty, and participating in rhythms of the wilds involved in the course. Definitely an opportunity to experience foraging at its’ best, with great learning and sharing for foragers new and old.

Instructor: Nicholas WazeeGale

Saturday, May 23, 2015 9:00 AM – overnite- to Sunday, May 24, 2015    4:00pm

$ 180.00 course registration fee, $25 materials fee

limited to 12 participants

May
24
Sun
Agni Hotra: The Art and Science
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

AgniHotra-1-cropped-web2Agni Hotra is an ancient healing and purifying ritual given to mankind from the Vedic Texts. This simple practice, performed at sunrise and sunset has been shown to increase seed fertility and crop yield. It is also said to enhance animal and human health and even to reduce radiation. In fact regular practitioners suffered fewer injuries from both the Chernobyl and Bhopal disasters. We will discuss these findings and examine the science behind the benefits of Agni Hotra. At sunset the instructor will demonstrate the simple ritual.

Instructor: Ann Ralles-Mahan

Sunday, March 22, 2015     6:00-8:45 p.m.

$20.00 course registration will be donation to Driftless Folk School

 

May
30
Sat
Karst Geology
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

The bedrock of our Driftless Area include dolomites and limestones that are continually dissolved by water, creating interconnected cracks and layers. The  resulting “karst” landscape includes sinkholes, caves, disappearing streams,and coldwater trout springs. Deeper  rocks of the Driftless include sandstones that serve as our groundwater aquifers. These formations are now being mined for “frac” sand used to extract oil and  gas from shales in many states outside the Driftless. Unfortunately, our  beautiful karst geology facilitates the passage into our groundwater aquifers of pollutants generated by frac sand mining and careless farming. And once polluted, our  aquifers will remain polluted forever. Join us  to learn about our local landscape. One ­hour lecture­ discussion followed by examination of geologic formations and karst features in the field.

Instructor:  Kelvin Rodolfo

Saturday, May 30, 2015     9:00 AM-4:30 PM

$ 75.00 course registration fee

Contra Dance- May 30th
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:15 pm

IMG_9801Last Contra Dance of the Season

MAY 30th! 7 to 10 pm

Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers and Jesse Downs and Liz Voz callers. Come on out enjoy the sounds, swing your partners and stomp your feet.

Lace up those dancing shoes and come on out to La Farge!  Or just come on out to listen to a great band and share in the joy!

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: May 30th,  Sep 26, Oct 24, Nov 28th
Instruction: 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Dance: 7:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $5, kids over 13 $2
Location: La Farge Community Center, 202 N State Street, La Farge, WI

Jun
1
Mon
Give it a Whirl~Clay~On the Wheel and Off
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Start your week off right. Learn to make functional pottery with Ellen Reyher and Ira Slatter. In four Monday evenings, you can learn to make cups, bowls, plates and more both on the pottery wheel and by hand-building. You will also learn how to glaze and fire in various ways. This series is being offered three times, choose a month for the full series. *Sign up for Raku Rendevous for a discount and have a great time!

Instructors: Ira Slatter and Ellen Reyher

Monday, June 1, 2015  –   Monday, June 22, 2015  
2 hours every Monday for 4 mondays   6:00 PM-8:00 PM

$ 75.00 course registration fee, $20 materials fee

limited to 5 participants

Jun
5
Fri
Hobbit Jars–Advanced Throwing
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm

unnamedThis weekend workshop is for people who feel confident with centering and throwing simple forms on the potter’s wheel and who want to practice more complicated forms. The focus will be on lidded containers and totally enclosed forms that can be altered (see photo of hobbit jar). If you are coming from out of town, and need a place to stay, Nature Nooks Retreat is 2 miles from the studio. Be sure to book early, as they fill up quickly. (http://www.naturenooksretreat.com.)

Instructor:  Maureen  Karlstad

Friday, June 5: 7pm-9pm, Saturday, June 6: 9:00 AM-4:30 PM,  Sunday 9am-12:00pm

$ 150.00 course registration fee, $50 materials fee

limited to 5 participants

 

Jun
6
Sat
Blacksmithing for Kids
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

best blacksmith_Elise KelistThis class gives children the chance to work with the open fire and create with the hammer in hand. Students will be introduced (or re-introduced  for those who are returning) to the forge, anvil, tongs, vises, and other hand tools used in the blacksmithing trade. Along with the physical lessons of forging, patience, awareness, concentration, and safety will be important focus of this class.

Instructor: Robert Schulz

maximum 6 students

Fly Fishing 101 for Women
Jun 6 @ 1:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 4:30 pm

magazineThis is an introductory class for women who have an interest in learning the basics of fly fishing or for those already in the sport who want a refresher. The course will provide basic information on when, where and how to fish that would empower a participant to try fishing on her own and/or feel confident to participate in an intermediate or advanced class. We will also discuss fishing as a means for harvesting a local food source. Classroom instruction will cover fly fishing equipment and gear, an introduction to trout food and flies, fishing strategies and regulations, and trout and stream biology. We will move outside for a casting lesson and guided fishing on a local stream. No experience necessary! Limited lodging is available on-site; please contact the host at 608-637-3318 for rates and availability.

Instructors: Tom Thrall and  Amy Klusmeier

Saturday, June 6th, 1:00 – 4:30
Sunday, June 7th 9:00-4:30

$ 110.00 course registration fee, $40 materials fee

limited to 4 participants

This course requires a Wisconsin fishing license

Jun
7
Sun
Introduction to Wall Plastering
Jun 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Gardner 9-12-015Whether it was the cave, the cathedral, or the farmhouse we humans have been protecting and adorning our walls with plaster. Join us in this workshop for a crash course in the basics of wall plastering. Whether it be plastering a new wall, skim coating an old wall, or even fixing a hole in the drywall, this workshop will cover both traditional and modern plastering materials and methods. Students will be introduced to clay, lime, gypsum, and cement based plasters and learn which ones are appropriate for specific applications. Throughout the workshop students will be mixing and applying plaster to walls and getting the feel of using a Hawk and Trowel. (The materials fee includes a personal hawk and trowel)

Instructor:  Dan Johnson

Sunday, June 7, 2015     9:00 AM-4:30 PM

$ 75.00 course registration fee, $40 materials fee

limited to 5 participants

Fermentation for Better Health
Jun 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

IMG_1924The garden will be bringing you lots of delicious food, but finding healthful and creative ways to preserve this bounty can be a challenge. Fermentation is a wonderful way to not only preserve food, but also add nutritional value and delicious variety to the table. In this course, you will learn how to make your own fermented foods at home such as sauerkraut and brined vegetables, as well as refreshing fermented beverages–just like our ancestors once did. This course will be educational and fun for those brand new to fermentation, or even those who have had lots of practice!

Instructor:  Laura Poe

Sunday, June 7, 2015     1:00 PM-4:30 PM

$ 45.00 course registration fee, $15 materials fee

Jun
8
Mon
Give it a Whirl~Clay~On the Wheel and Off
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Start your week off right. Learn to make functional pottery with Ellen Reyher and Ira Slatter. In four Monday evenings, you can learn to make cups, bowls, plates and more both on the pottery wheel and by hand-building. You will also learn how to glaze and fire in various ways. This series is being offered three times, choose a month for the full series. *Sign up for Raku Rendevous for a discount and have a great time!

Instructors: Ira Slatter and Ellen Reyher

Monday, June 1, 2015  –   Monday, June 22, 2015  
2 hours every Monday for 4 mondays   6:00 PM-8:00 PM

$ 75.00 course registration fee, $20 materials fee

limited to 5 participants

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