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.
May 5th, 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
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.
June 16, 9am - 1pm
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
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
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
SCULPT A RUSTIC CABIN IN RELIEF
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 $15. Reserve a week ahead.
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
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 $15.
Reserve a week ahead.
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.
More workshops will be posted soon!