2018 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 14th, 10:30am - 11:30
EVERYONE'S EVERYDAY EXERCISE

A healthy and experienced PE teacher will share simple fitness movements that are extremely effective if done regularly; that can be done without leaving home, or spending a lot of (boring) time, and money. No fee.


April 21st, 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 28th, 10:30am - 11:30
HARMONIZING with HARMONICA

It’s the “peoples’ instrument”; versatile, portable, affordable, and doesn’t require years of study to master. Bring yours and learn some techniques while playing a few tunes with a pro. No fee.


May 5th, 10:30am - 11:30
GOURDSKIT

Learn a totally new craft concept! Turn a gourd into a beautiful basket. This workshop will include preparation, designing, drafting, dying and cutting to prepare your gourd for a beautiful basketry pattern in a weaving material of your choice. Materials: $20


May 12th, 10:30am - Noon
ASSERTIVENESS THAT HEALS AND HELPS

Learn how to use assertiveness in a kindly manner not only with other’s when necessary, but with oneself. Led by a NYS Certified Counselor. No fee.


May 19th, 9:00am - Noon.
PLAYFUL FAIRY GOURD BIRDHOUSE

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, painting, gluing, carving with a Dremel or hand gouge. It will be so beautiful; you may want to move in yourself! Materials $15. Reserve a week ahead.


May 26th, 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..


June 2nd, 9:00 - Noon
FOREST SPIRIT PLANT STAND

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. You may BYO lunch to eat at the Picnic Park next to Misty Brook.


June 9th, 10:30 - 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. No fee.


June 16, 9am - 1pm
FISHING CREEL

We’ll make this classic basket out of round reed in the traditional D shape that fits on the side of the body comfortably. Some previous basketry experience is really necessary to accomplish this basket today, or a particularly astute crafts person. Straps are not included. Materials $25. Please register at least a week in advance. You may BYO lunch to eat at the Picnic Park next to Misty Brook.


June 23rd, 10:30 - Noon
THE PLEASURE OF POETRY

You can express your thoughts and feelings in 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.


June 30th, 9:00am - Noon
BARK BASKET

You’ll love the lovely scent and rusticity of this sturdy, natural balsam-tree bark-basket in your home. We’ll peel the bark fresh from a tree; score it; bend it into shape; and stitch it with decorative techniques. 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..


July 7th, 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 14th, 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 21st, 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 28th, 10:30 - Noon
CONCERT IN A WOODLAND GARDEN

Enjoy your own bagged lunch while listening to a short program of Classical and Celtic music on harp and other acoustic instruments among the flowers and vegetable garden, accompanied by the woodland birds at Shawangunk. No fee.


August 11th, 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 18th, 9:00 - Noon
RUSTIC FURNITURE MAKING

Using fresh, local branches and twigs you’ll learn how to attach them to a board to form a small bench or table which may then be decorated with a mosaic of different colored twigs. Bring a portable drill, 1/8” drill bit(s), Phillips head screwdriver and Phillips head drill bit, a small pruning saw, hand pruners. Materials $20.


August 25th, 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.


Sept 1, 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 8th, 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 15th 9:00 - Noon
WILD APPLE TASTING BIKE TOUR

If we have a good year for wild apples, this is a really fun bike trip to take nearby to scout out and taste test the many varieties of wild apples that grow here. If you find one you like, fill a bag to take home. No Fee. (We have a three wheel bike to loan anyone who isn't comfortable with a two wheel bike.)


September 22nd 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 29th 9:00 - Noon
RUSH SEATED STOOL OR CHAIR SEAT

Bring a chair or stool that needs a rush style seat (Materials @ $10) or start from scratch by purchasing our Rush Seated Stool Kit ($27) and learn this valuable technique that will help you maintain other rush seats in your household or even become a side business. Register a week in advance to assure materials..


October 13th 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 3rd 10:30 - Noon
PAPER AIRPLANES!

Ok, maybe you thought they’re just made out of those simple diagonal folds that you used to turn your homework into to make school study hall or lunch time more interesting. Today you can learn about and try one of the many other fascinating varieties of paper flying machines that can be made. We’ll have special paper and interesting colors to make them with. Come soar with us! Materials $2


November 10th 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 17th 10:30 - Noon
BLUEGRASS 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 the old banjo and try some tunes! No fee. No Fee.


November 24th Choose 1 hour between 9am and Noon
BALSAM WREATH, KISSING BALL OR CENTERPIECE

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


December 1st Choose 1 hour between 9am and Noon
BALSAM WREATH, KISSING BALL OR CENTERPIECE

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



 


 

 

















 

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