2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

To attend a workshop at the Shawangunk Nature Preserve, please call 315 826 7405 a week ahead for crafts workshops, and a day or two ahead for all others. Workshops are free except for materials fees as noted. Instructors are generously donating their time and skill, and donations from workshop attendees are also appreciated, but not required.
There is a good possibility that other workshops will be offered as the year unfolds, or changes may be made to this schedule. Please consult this website, call, or watch for newspaper notices.
 


April 22nd, 10:30am-Noon
SYMBOL OF SPRING - A Pussy Willow Wreath

This miniature wreath is woven with sweet, wild willow twigs adorned with soft, downy catkins. Dried flowers may be added for extra color and texture, and we can create a little nest in the center to hold a pretty artificial bird or eggs, making a delightful symbol of spring to enjoy year round! Materials $10


April 29th 10:30am - Noon
THE PLEASURE OF POETRY

You can express your thoughts and feelings with a poem, essay, reflection, song… Share something you’ve written with our group, and get tips on how to face that blank page and express yourself. No fee.)


May 6th, Two Workshops 10:30am - Noon
AN AVIARY ABODE

Build a home for our feathered friends using a gourd and parts from pine cones, twigs, mosses and other natural embellishments. We can size and position the entrance to suit a particular bird species. Our decorative technique options will include, wood burning, gluing, carving with a Dremel or hand gouge. It will be so beautiful; you may want to keep it indoors! Materials $20. Reserve a week ahead.

EDIBLE WILD FOODS
Meet a man who has successfully done his own foraging on a daily basis here in the wilds of the north country for many years. He’ll show you how to identify the edible plants at this time, and how he likes to eat them. No fee.


May 13th, Two Workshops 10:30am - Noon
THE ESSENCE OF LIFE

Discerning this has been and is still sought by nearly every thoughtful person. Discuss this ephemeral concept and hear what time tested philosophical and theological systems have to contribute to our understanding and experience. The leader has studied philosophy and world religions for 57 years. No fee.

ORGANIC TREASURE HUNT!
! Have some family fun on a treasure hunt in the wilderness! Bring your children and each participant will receive a picture booklet nature guide of fun facts which we will use to help us discover nature’s treasures along a relaxing ramble in the woods on a lovely trail. Take time to share the joy of discovery and exploration with the young for whom everything is so new. Our guide, Natalie Parent is a resident naturalist at Shawangunk Nature Preserve as well as a dedicated land preservationist at Spring Farm CARES Nature Sanctuary. She has taught children's art programs in Washington, D.C. and Utica, NY. Bring a magnifying glass & binoculars if you have them for a closer look at nature. No fee.


May 20th, Two workshops at two different times.
FOREST SPIRIT PLANT STAND 9:00AM - Noon

Enjoy the challenge and delight of miniature wood construction and playing with the unique shapes and colors of natural tree branches in this creative piece of furniture that will display your houseplant with extra charm. Materials $10. Reserve a week ahead.

EVENING NATIVE PLANT WALK 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Join “RESEED” for a lovely stroll on our Red Pine Trail through meadows and hardwood forest for an evening of native plant identification and sowing of a woodland wildflower mix as part of our efforts at diversifying and restoring the native plant communities. RESEED is a community organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of native plants as well as their habitats in central New York.


May 27th,, 10:30am - Noon,
A WALK IN THE WILD

Enjoy some time in the woods and an opportunity to view the bursting of spring flowers and hear the songs of arboreal/woodland birds. This meditative walk will focus on the Present, with conversations limited to our ongoing observation and reflections of our experience of presence in the bower of nature. No fee. Waterproof footwear is recommended.


June 3rd, 9:00 - Noon
NATURAL WILLOW SERVING BASKET

I frequently use this wide, round, shallow basket with handles to comfortably and safely carry a hot casserole dish to share at family gatherings. It’s also great for serving breads. Learn traditional European style wicker techniques such as “randing, pairing, upset, rapping…” as we weave with richly hued, locally grown basketry willow. Materials $25 Must reserve one week ahead so we have time to sort and adequately soak your materials. You may BYO lunch to eat at the Picnic Park next to Misty Brook.


June 10, 10:30 - Noon
COPING WITH STRESS

Our resident certified NYS Counselor will share time tested techniques for dealing with the difficult challenge of coping with the anxiety, depression and fears caused by stress. Free-association; meditation; reflective listening; writing; good health practices are only a few of the options available that we can consider drawing upon when we are dealing with this alone, or trying to help others. No fee.


June 17, 9:00am - Noon
BARK TOOL BASKET

Whether it’s stationary, mail, kitchen utensils or tools, you’ll love the lovely scent and rusticity of this sturdy, natural balsam-tree bark-basket hanging in your home. We’ll peel the bark fresh from a tree; score it; bend it into shape; stitch with decorative techniques; and weave a hanging handle. Hands are guaranteed to become sticky and fragrant with balsam sap, but don’t worry; it washes off with warm soap and water! Materials $15. Reserve a week ahead. You may BYO lunch to eat at the Picnic Park next to Misty Brook.


June 24th, 10:30 - Noon
SOLAR POWER ON A SMALL SCALE

Yes, you can set up a small solar electric system without a huge investment that may be enlarged as need and finances allow. See what’s required, where to get supplies and how to maintain a free source of power that’s wonderful for back-up when the grid goes down, or for buildings far away from hook-up. No fee.


July 1st, 9:00am - Noon
RUSTIC TRELLISES

A graceful structure that mimics the abandon of flourishing vines is just the kind of utilitarian ornament you’ll enjoy in your garden. We’ll use fresh branches that can be intertwined and nailed to posts in a design of your creation that you can easily insert into your soil where tall plants will need support. Bring a charged up portable drill, bits, pruners, small bow saw, hammer. Materials Fee $20.


July 8th, 10:30 - Noon
WISDOM IN A NUTSHELL

Increase your wisdom pool with a session of proverb sharing, including modifications of old proverbs to reflect the emergent evolution of morality. No fee.


July 22nd, Noon - 1:00
CELTIC MUSIC WITH SCONES & TEA

Bring your own lunch or nibble on home-made scones and mint tea while listening to a short program of Celtic music on harp and other instruments among the flowers and vegetable garden at Shawangunk. No fee.


July 29th, 10:30 - Noon
HOLISTIC HEALTH AND LIVING

Led by a healthy, 80 year old Counselor. Learn how to maximize your health with simple, every-day habits that can significantly improve well-being so that you live longer & healthier with lower health-care costs. No fee.


August 12th, 10:30 - Noon
TOOL AND MACHINE MAINTENANCE

With proper care, precious tools and machines can last almost indefinitely with appropriate sharpening, oiling, storage… We’ll show you how we do it. No Fee


August 19th, 9:00 - Noon
SCULPT A RUSTIC CABIN WITH ANIMALS IN THE WOODS

We’ll use tree fungus, pine cones, a wee bit of lumber and human made whimsical creatures attached to a burlap covered plaque to create a charming scene in relief. This always gets admiring looks from our visitors, and now you can make your own. Materials $20. Reserve a week ahead.


August 26th, 10:30 - Noon
WAYS TO GREATER SELF-UNDERSTANDING

Dreams are pathways to the unconscious which, if handled with gentle wisdom can help us deal with life’s stresses. It’s the feeling they evoke more than the content that is important and can help us understand and adjust our conscious behavior to improve our lives. Find out how to use this precious tool. Guided by a Certified NYS Counselor.


September 2nd, 9:00 - Noon
STAINED GLASS FOR BEGINNERS

Create a sweet little 5 x 7 “window scene as you learn how to cut, smooth and shape stained glass into the appropriate pieces for the scene of your choice. We will not be soldering or using lead, simply adhering colored glass onto clear glass in a tiling technique and filling spaces with grout if desired. Materials Fee $20. Reserve a week ahead.


Sept 9th, 10:30 - Noon
EMERGENCY SELF DEFENSE

Don’t be a victim! Everyone should know some self-defense techniques that will deter an aggressor. You don’t have to be an athlete or super strong if you know what to do, as well as how to minimize the possibility of needing self-defense. No Fee.


September 16th 9:00 - Noon
GOURD TISSUE HOLDER

Turn a humble garden gourd into an art piece that also serves as a tissue dispenser! With a hinged lid, a hole for the tissues to be pulled through and Indigenous American designs burned on, you’ll be proud to have this anywhere in your home. Materials $20. Reserve a week ahead.


September 23rd 10:30 - Noon
FAMILY MEETINGS & NEGOTIATIONS

Many families could be living more harmoniously with some simple, fair and effective problem-solving methods that will be taught. These methods have been used globally in big businesses. Led by a NYS Certified Counselor. No fee.


September 30th, 9:00am - Noon
A BASKET WRAP

Turn your lotion, soap or water bottle into a work of art instead of a signpost for the manufacturer. We’ll take natural materials and weave them into an attractive sleeve to place the bottle in while you’re using it. Bring your own, cylindrical bottle. Materials $7.50 Reserve a week ahead.


October 21st, 9:00 - Noon
KOKOPELI MOON GOURD

Celebrate the beginning of the new moon! Using a carving gouge or a Dremel, you’ll create a moon design on a round gourd with a dancing Kokopeli. Choose among many colors for your dye, and take home a lovely piece of craftsmanship for your home. Materials $20. Reserve a week ahead.


October 28th, 10:30 - Noon
THE POWER OF OBSERVATION

Spend some quiet time in nature practicing the subtle art of observation and meditation, then sharing the experience with others. Some simple meditation techniques will be offered. No fee.


November 4th 10:30 - Noon
A HARVEST CORN DOLLY

This ancient symbol of fertility and harvest will be woven with beautiful, natural wheat. These beautiful weaves are not only decorative, but originally meant to keep the living spirit of grain alive symbolically until planting time in the spring. Many designs are possible. You’ll have a choice to fit your pleasure, ambition and time. Materials $10. Please reserve a week ahead.


November 11th, 10:30 - Noon
MANAGING OUR DIFFICULT SELVES

We can have a lot of them; the Frustrated Self, the Polite Self, the Angry Self, the Mean Self, the Sad Self, the Selfish Self, the Depressed Self, etc. Some are more difficult to deal with than others, but they are all part of being human. We can accept and deal with them in ways that are not harmful to ourselves and others by cultivating an aware, mediating Coach. Led by a Certified NYS Counselor and Minister. No Fee.


November 18th, 10:30 - Noon
BLUEBRASS BANJO

No matter what tune I play, the sound of the banjo makes people smile. I think it’s easier than guitar and if you come, you’ll learn three basic chords and a couple of different techniques that will inspire you to go up into the attic, dust off Grandpa’s or Grandma’s old banjo and try some tunes! No fee.


November 25th, Choose one hour between 9:00 and Noon
BALSAM WREATH, KISSING BALL OR CENTERPIECE

Fresh, fragrant balsam from the Shawangunk Preserve can be worked into your choice of decoration. Call ahead to reserve your time slot and materials. Please dress warmly. Materials $15.


December 2nd, Choose one hour between 9:00 - Noon
BALSAM WREATH, KISSING BALL OR CENTERPIECE

Fresh, fragrant balsam from the Shawangunk Preserve can be worked into your choice of decoration. Call ahead to reserve your time slot and materials. Please dress warmly. Materials $15.
 


 

 

















 

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