Classes for Everyone

Give it a Whirl: Clay, On the Wheel and Off (August)
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Start your week off right. Learn to make fun 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, August 3, 2015  –   Monday, August 24, 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

100 Mile Meal Class
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

IMG_7268Have you ever wondered what it would be like to open a farm-to-table restaurant? Have you ever dreamed of transforming a space for one night into adining destination? Our 100 Mile Meal Workshop and Dinner will take you behind the scenes to meet the farmers who grow the menu, work with chefs to transform the seasonal ingredients and allow 60 paying guests to have a dining experience that will not be forgot! Class participation is required- in fact, this is as hands on in a professional kitchen as it gets! All featured ingredients will be sourced from within a 100mile radius of the dinner location and will feature some of the finest farms in the Driftless Region.  Even all of the ingredients in the cocktails are sourced within 100 miles!

Instructor: Luke Zahm, Dani Lind, Waleed Mahmoud

Saturday, August 8, 2015     9:00 AM-4:30 PM

$ 75.00 course registration fee

AVPageView 11022015 10155 PM-001Viroqua Food Cooperative owners eligible for $10 discount if VFC Owner ID is provided when registering.

Build a Classic Finnish Masonry Heater
Aug 10 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm
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stucco surface similar to heater for class

Masonry heaters originated in Northern Europe where winters were cold and fuel wasn’t always plentiful. The natural response? Create a wood-fired presence that was at once incredibly efficient and highly attractive, capable of generating abundant heat and ideal for cooking/baking. Masonry heaters are built with fire bricks and utilize their high mass to radiate heat for 12 – 24 hours, a feature which means they only need to be fired once or twice per day. Students in this course will build a classic Finnish masonry heater (approx 36″ wide x 31″ deep and 72″ high). This masonry heater will be built with a Solid Rock Masonry Heat Core System. We will finish the outside of the heater in 4” solid concrete blocks with a 3 part plaster system. This heater will also have a heated bench and a side chimney.

masonry heater

design similar to class heater, surface will be different

Students will  experience building and discussing heater design, sizing options, brick selection, cooking oven integration, door and hardware installation, code considerations, and tool use.

Class cost $425.

Material cost $25 for resource packet including plans, links, material list etc.

Lunch fixings provided.

Work Clothes-come prepared to get dirty with bricks and mortar.  Bring your own safety glasses, gloves and ear plugs.

Instructor: Eric Moshier

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Spoon Carving Circle 2nd Thursday every Month
Aug 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

spoon helpingThe night before Valentine’s Day, 2014, six people gathered in Driftless Folk School’s intimate little office space in The Ark in Viroqua for the first monthly Driftless Folk School Carving Circle. We ran the gamut of ages and experience, from veteran spoon carvers and a promising young new carver, to a curious onlooker – turned – carving convert.

The latter purchased a “sloyd” and a “hook” knife from another participant and was … hooked. Mostly, people worked on spoons they had already started, shared techniques, tips and stories, and had a grand old time. All carving projects are welcome; bowyers, chip carvers, whittlers… spoons just happen to be the most common. Bring some wood, a carving tool or two, and a Band Aid, and a good joke wouldn’t hurt either. If you don’t have any wood or tools, come anyway. There’s a good chance someone might be able to share wood, or even sell a couple tools.  Spoon Gathering in September!

Dates: Second Thursday every Month:  Jun 11, Jul 9, Aug 13, Sept 10, Oct 8
Time: 6:30 p.m. ­ 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $2 per person to cover space use fees
Location: The Ark, 401 East Jefferson Viroqua, WI- Summer months we will meet at our Campus-check Facebook


Herbs for Health, Nourishment and Fun! Meet and Eat The Plants
Aug 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

herb_nocredit-001Join veteran herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun and inspiring workshop. Participants will be lead through the process of identifying wild plants for food and medicine. We will use both sensory experiences as well as a scientific approach to meeting the plants. Going through a myriad of fun exercises we will meet the plants on their terms, Identifying their nutritional and healing abilities. A delicious and nourishing wild and whole food lunch, that participants help to prepare will be included!

Instructor:  Linda Conroy

Saturday, August 15, 2015     9:00 AM-4:30 PM


$ 75.00 course registration fee

Root Cellar Tour
Aug 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

_SAM1405One of the most time honored ways of keeping your summer produce through the winter is the root cellar. Come along on a tour of 4 root cellars in Eastern Vernon County. Each cellar is unique in it’s construction but they all have one thing in common, the consistent cool and humid environment that the ground provides. Whether you want to build your own or you are just curious, visit with the owners of the root cellars to see how they built, maintain, and use their root cellar. We will end this tour at Bear Creek Farm and have a tour of the DFS campus.

Instructor: Andrew Gorrill

Saturday, August 15, 2015     9:00 AM-4:30 PM

$ 75.00  course registration fee

AVPageView 11022015 10155 PM-001Viroqua Food Cooperative owners eligible for $10 discount if  VFC Owner ID is provided when registering.

Chicken Butchering
Aug 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

IMG_9436Raising a few meat chickens can be the easiest way to grow your own meat. Chickens  are easy to start and relatively cheap to raise. They  have a short lifecycle and can be kept on a small plot of land. To bring this process to a happy conclusion,  however, the would-be poultry grower must be ready to butcher as well. This half-day class will teach the basics of chicken anatomy and meat sanitation and provide hands-on experience with killing,scalding, plucking, and gutting

Instructor:  Jacob Hundt

Saturday, August 15, 2015     1:00 PM-4:30 PM

$ 45.00 course registration fee $15 material

Harvesting Elderberries , From Plant to Destemmed Berries in the Freezer
Aug 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

elderberriesHarvesting cultivated Elderberries is fun and easy (?) but there is still the destemming and cleaning of the berries that is time consuming and boring. Fortunately, with our new destemmer this job is much easier. Whether you are a wild harvester, a backyard grower or a potential commercial grower you will see how elderberries can be healthy and profitable. We will take the elderberries from the bush to the freezers quickly and easily.

Instructor: Michael Beckel

Herbal Medicine Making: Create a Family Herbal Kit
Aug 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

fennel-38017_640Join veteran herbalist Linda Conroy for this hands on fun program. We will work with the plants that grow around us, first learning about their healing qualities and then exploring ways to transform them to promote health and provide healing. We will take plant walks and choose the plants that we would like to work with. The day will be spend learning to make preparations for both topical as well as internal consumption. Everyone will leave with a medicine kit to begin using at home! Bring a small box to carry your items home in! A delicious and nourishing wild and whole food lunch, that participants help to prepare will be included!

Instructor:  Linda Conroy

Sunday, August 16, 2015     9:00 AM-4:30 PM

Song/String Circle
Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

hanksfamilyphoto2-1The song/string circle is held the Third Wednesday of every month at the ARK .It is open to musicians and singers who enjoy performing in a friendly and relaxed setting where the emphasis is on having fun as well as learning to play in an ensemble. Guitars, banjos, mandolins, fiddles, harmonicas are especially welcome, but you can come just to listen and learn too. Various well-known traditional folk and pop tunes will be used with simple chord/lyric song sheets provided. Bringing your own music stand is a plus. In addition to the familiar batch of songs, there will be a central theme for each month, looking deeper into the works of seminal artists from mid-late 20th century such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan whose legacies help define what is called Americana music today. Jim Stacho, an alumnus from Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music and now an area resident, will host each session.

Upcoming themes include:
Wednesday, February 18 : Academy Award Songs of the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s
Wednesday, March 18 : Johnny Cash
Wednesday, April 15: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes
Wednesday, May 20: John Fogerty and CCR
Wednesday, June 17: Songs From 1975



A Taste of Earth and Fire
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

P1100814Join us in this exciting half day class that introduces the fundamentals of working with clay on the pottery wheel and hand building. Students will be able to create projects that can be fired and glazed at a later date in either an electric kiln or during a Raku firing class. 

Instructors:  Ira Slatter and Ellen Reyher

Saturday, August 22, 2015     10:00 AM-1:00 PM


$ 45.00 course registration fee, $10 materials fee

limited to 10 participants

Raku Rendevouz-August
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

raku rendevousTry your hand at an ancient art form of Wood Fired Raku. Glowing-hot pots, smoke, flame, and nearly  immediate results (compared to a typical 10 hour kiln firing cycle. Raku produces bright metallic colorings, and  crackling effects with slips or glazes. There is always a sense of magic as each piece is unique and wears its own branding from the fire.

Instructors: Ira Slatter and Ellen Reyher

Saturday, August 22, 2015     10:00 AM-5:00 PM

$ 75.00 course registration fee, $10 materials fee

limited to 6 participants

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