Life Stream Folk School

Spring Crew

Life Stream Folk School 2017

∞ A Four Elements Experience in Permaculture Living ∞

Spring – 5/22-6/30; Summer – 7/24-8/31; Fall – 9/18-10/26

Program Cost = $3,500

We live in an exceptional time when the old maps are failing to guide us towards leading healthy, balanced, meaningful lives that contribute to the growth of a life affirming culture. Traditional educational models tend to prepare us for the old paradigm. When our eyes and minds are open, it is clear that new approaches are being called for to address how humanity feeds, clothes, and houses itself and stewards the resources that facilitate our survival. We know that the human and earth exploitive paradigm of modern civilization is unconscionable and threatens the possibility of our future existence; it is time to move past this. Fortunately, there are many of us that feel called to be effective change-makers, visionaries, activists and solutionaries. We wish to kindle the flames of hope that many carry– that we were born to touch lives in ways that uplift, inspire, educate and nurture.

What is the tool kit of skills, capabilities and characteristics that will best help us to serve Life? This is a question that we have held in deep inquiry for decades here at Seven Seeds Farm that had led us to develop the Life Stream Folk School. We have discovered through the pursuits of homesteading, farming, seed saving, natural history, botany, medicine making, animal care, ancestral skills, natural building, food preservation, wilderness immersion, fiber arts, permaculture, biodynamics, bee keeping, community building and group process, folk dancing, ceremony, self-awareness; that these skills can be distilled into four elements: Food, Clothing, Shelter and Culture.

Since 1998 we have hosted full season interns. While many participants are interested in farming as a life-style, others find that they are more passionate about many of the complimentary skills listed above. Hence, after considering how to make our apprenticeship program more relevant to the times that we find ourselves in, we have created the Life Stream Folk School.   This is a series of 3 seasonal residential intensives. Each 6 week session is a deep dive into hands-on mentorship in a range of skills that address Food, Clothing, Shelter and Culture, all set in the context of a mature, productive Permaculture Farm and Bioregional Seed Bank. This program will provide a poignant opportunity to slow down and hone life skills from mentors in the essential life arts that we feel represent a crucial distillation of what is needed to renew human culture.

Participants will become part of our small farm village at Seven Seeds Farm. They will live in a Yurt dormitory on the farm and participate 4 days per week in the Life Stream Folk School program. Mornings will be focused on the hands-on learning of life skills through instruction and practice; afternoons will be spent working with the farm crew tending and growing our food and seed crops. Each 6-week session will begin and end with a overnight backpacking trip and natural history study in the adjacent Klamath Siskiyou wild lands, where the final night out is a solo experience. The three days off per week will allow students time for rest, integration, practicing new skills and the flexibility to engage in other educational and social opportunities in the vibrant rural community of Williams.

 

In addition to basic homesteading skills, our residential staff and guest teachers will bring awareness to:

∞ our health, wellness and daily practices

∞ our songs, dances, stories and traditions

∞ our moral compass and sense of purpose

∞ our nutrition and contribution to kitchen magic

∞ our own unique vernacular style of self expression

∞ our sense of place, and belonging to the circle of creation

∞ our confidence that we can handle whatever life presents us with

∞ our authorship in writing a new story for humanity

 

Upon completion of the program you will feel confident to do the following:

Food:

  • Start an organic garden from seed
  • Cook your meals without fossil fuels in a solar oven
  • Tend beehives, harvest wax & honey & make beeswax candles
  • Grow flour corn and process it into tortillas

Clothing:

  • Clean, card and spin wool into yarn & learn to knit, crochet & felt
  • Make a willow basket
  • Learn brain tanning of leather and rawhide crafts

Shelter:

  • Build with round poles
  • Design and install gravity rainwater catchment systems for your home
  • Design and maintain composting toilets

Culture:

  • Learn basic wild & medicinal plant botany
  • Become a song-keeper of traditional circle songs
  • Cultivate a daily 5-element Qi Gong practice
  • Go on a solo wilderness vision quest

 

The emerging world that we help to create as we move forward in our lives will demand that each of us cultivate a remarkable level of discernment and emotional maturity. The Essentials for Life Program welcomes people who are looking to acquire the super powers that embody devotion to skill, excellence and purpose in life. Our hope and prayer is that the exposure to a diverse array of complimentary Earth skills and mentors will spark a passion for life and a desire to be in service to the Earth, the elements and all of life. We are confident that this experience will help connect participants to their purpose and stoke the fires that drive each one of us to thrive.

Program Cost = $3,500

– Early bird discount of 10% off ($350) if paid in full 2 months before session starts. (Session 1: 3/22, Session 2: 5/24, Session 3: 7/18)

Non-refundable deposit of $1,750 is due 1 month before session; please make checks payable to “Seven seeds Farm”,

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Who are we?:

   Stacey Denton commercially grows cut flowers and flower seed while raising fruits, vegetables, and herbs for home use with her grade-school daughter on their small homestead in Williams, OR. She is fascinated by the exquisite beauty and vibrant color of the natural world, and her work and hobbies reflect this admiration through her interests in floral design, spinning and dyeing natural fibers, and hiking in the wilderness. Stacey helped found, teach at, and administrate Woodland Charter School in the Applegate Valley. Being a Waldorf-methods school, Woodland holds truth, beauty, and goodness as it central principles, and these tenants guide and inspire Stacey through her life as well. She translates these principles into action through compassionate communication, facilitating group process, artistic activity (dancing, drawing, singing, cooking), and community service. Stacey also co-founded White Oak Farm and Education Center in Williams, a non-profit farm dedicated to teaching about organic agriculture and sustainable living skills. She has over a decade of experience in non-profit management and organizational design, and looks forward to sharing her skill and passion with others through the Life Stream Folk School.

Don Tipping farms at Seven Seeds Farm, a small, organic family farm in the Siskiyou Mountains of SW Oregon. We produce certified organic fruits, vegetables, seeds, herbs, wool, eggs, and lamb.  Seven Seeds helps to mentor new farmers through internships and workshops including the biennial Seed Academy. Seven Seeds has also been active in USDA Western SARE, Organic Seed Alliance and other seed initiatives to advance the development of open pollinated organic seeds.   In 2009 we began Siskiyou Seeds, a bioregional organic seed company operated from the home farm.  Don helped to found the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative which manages a 300 share CSA, commercial seed growing, an equipment co-op and internship curriculum among 12 cooperating farms.  He also co-founded the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative, a seed grower, marketing and distribution cooperative comprised of 10 western organic farms.

Spring Session– 5/22-6/29

 

Day 1, Monday, May 22: Orientation, Tool Care, and Farm Tour

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 2, Tuesday, May 23: Intro to Permaculture (Zone, Sector, Ethics, Principles) Woodland Care, Pole Peeling

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Don

 

Day 3, Wednesday, May 24: Sheep Shearing and Wool Cleaning

Four Elements Theme: Clothing

Instructors: Dave Barker and Stacey

 

Day 4, Thursday, May 25: Making Sauerkraut and Oak Leaf Wine

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Special Event: Sunday, May 28-Monday May 29, Oregon Caves – Williams Backpacking Trip

 

Day 5, Monday, May 29: Return and Integration (All Day)

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Don, Stacey and James Haim

 

Day 6, Tuesday, May 30: Willow Basketry

Four Elements Theme: Clothing

Instructors: Don

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 7, Wednesday, May 31: Beekeeping

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Joy & Eric

Day 8, Thursday, June 1: Pole Building

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Don

 

Day 9, Monday, June 5: Botany, Harvesting Herbs, and Making Salves/Teas/Herbal Pestos

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Stacey

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 10, Tuesday, June 6: Qi Gong

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Kyle

 

Special Event: Evening lecture with Kyle (7pm)

 

Day 11, Wednesday, June 7: Making a Drop Spindle and Spinning Wool

Four Elements Theme: Clothing

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 12, Thursday, June 8: Light Clay Straw and Earthen Plasters

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Stacey

 

Day 13, Monday, June 12: Caring for Garden Tools

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Don

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 14, Tuesday, June 13: Cordage and Knot Tying

Four Elements Theme: Clothing/Shelter

Instructors: Don and Inka Rein

 

Day 15, Wednesday, June 14: Song Keeping and Folk Dancing

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Windsong Martin and Stacey

 

Day 16, Thursday, June 15: Harvesting Fruit and Jam Making

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Stacey

 

Day 17, Monday, June 19: Home Water Catchment Design and Implementation

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Don

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 18, Tuesday, June 20: Harvesting Herbs, Biodynamic Preps and Tincture Making

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Special Event: Evening Lecture in Biodynamics (7pm)

Four Elements Theme: Food/Culture

Instructor: Don

 

Day 19, Wednesday, June 21: Making Knitting Needles and Knitting

Four Elements Theme: Clothing

Instructors: Stacey

 

Day 20, Thursday, June 22 : Building Rocket Stoves

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: TBD

 

Special Event: Saturday-Monday, June 24-26: Summer Solstice Backpacking Trip with One Night Solo

 

Day 21, Monday, June 26: Return Trip and Integration (All Day)

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 22, Tuesday, June 27: Three Sisters Day, Corn Breeding, Corn Processing, Nixtamalization, Tortillas

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 23, Wednesday, June 28: Split Ash Basketry or Cordage Based Baskets

Four Elements Theme: Clothing

Instructors: Mark & Beth or Louisa

 

Day 24, Thursday, June 29: Cob Building Around Rocket Stoves

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Don

 

Special Event: Friction Fire, Cob Oven Pizza Party and Folk Dancing (6pm)

Four Elements Theme: Shelter/Food/Culture

Instructors: Adam Larue and Stacey

 

Summer Session– 7/24-8/31

 

Day 1, Monday, July 24: Orientation, Tool Care, and Farm Tour

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 2, Tuesday, July 25: Intro to Permaculture (Zone, Sector, Ethics, Principles) A frames, surveying and swale making

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Don

 

Day 3: Wednesday, July 26: Milking and Cheese Making

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Stacey

 

Day 4, Thursday, July 27: Wool Processing– Felting Cores for Pillows

Four Elements Theme: Clothing

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Special Event: Sunday, July 30-Monday, July 31, Arnica Harvest and Backpacking Trip

 

Day 5, Monday, July 31: Return and Integration (All Day)

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Don and Stacey

 

Day 6, Tuesday, August 1: Willow Basketry

Four Elements Theme: Clothing

Instructors: Don

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 7, Wednesday, August 2: Animal Care and Butchering

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Don

 

Day 8, Thursday, August 3: Jerky Making

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Stacey and Don

 

Day 9, Monday, August 7: Food Preservation – Juices and Dehydration

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Stacey

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 10, Tuesday, August 8: Qi Gong

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Kyle Shinners

 

Special Events: Evening Lecture with Kyle (7pm)

 

Day 11, Wednesday, August 9: Wool and Feather Pillows

Four Elements Theme: Clothing

Instructors: Stacey and Don

 

Day 12, Thursday, August 10: Light Clay Straw, Earthen Plasters

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Stacey

 

Day 13, Monday, August 14: Coppice Management, Prepping Basketry Materials, Wattle and Daub Construction

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Don

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 14, Tuesday, August 15: Building a Dehydrator & Solar Cooking

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Stacey & Don

Day 15, Wednesday, August 16: Song Keeping and Folk Dancing

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Windsong Martin and Stacey

 

Day 16, Thursday, August 17: Hide Tanning

Four Elements Theme: Clothing

Instructors: Adam LaRue

 

Day 17, Monday, August 21: Raw Hide Crafts

Four Elements Theme: Clothing

Instructors: Michelle

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 18, Tuesday, August 22: Biodynamic Preps in the Compost

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Don

 

Special Event: Evening Lecture in Biodynamics (7pm)

Four Elements Theme: Food/Culture

Instructor: Don

 

Day 19, Wednesday, August 23: Additional Barn Siding Methods

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Don

 

Day 20, Thursday, August 24: Garlic Braiding and Wreath Making

Four Elements Theme: Food/Culture

Instructors: Stacey

 

Special Event: Saturday- Monday, August 26-28: Wild Flower Seed (or Medicinal Plant Collection) Harvest Backpacking Trip with One Night Solo

 

Day 21, Monday, August 28: Return Trip and Integration (All Day)

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 22, Tuesday, August 29: Intro to Seeds and Seed Cleaning

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Don

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 23, Wednesday, August 30: Harvesting and Fruit Jams and Chutneys

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Stacey

 

Day 24, Thursday, August 31: Soap Making

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Stacey

 

Special Event: Friction Fire, Cob Oven Pizza Party and Folk Dancing (6pm)

Four Elements Theme: Shelter/Food/Culture

Instructors: Adam Larue and Stacey

 

Fall Session- 9/18-10/26

 

Day 1, Monday, September 18: Orientation, Tool Care, and Farm Tour

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 2, Tuesday, September 19: Intro to Permaculture (Zone, Sector, Ethics, Principles) Coppice Management – Willow Harvest for Baskets

Four Elements Theme: Clothing

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 3, Wednesday, September 20: Apple Harvest, Sorting & Dehydrating; Acorn Harvesting/processing

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 4, Thursday, September 21: Composting Toilets – Design & Management

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Special Event: Sunday, September 24- Monday September 25, Wild Flower Seed Harvest and Backpacking Trip

 

Day 5, Monday, July 31: Return and Integration (All Day)

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Don and Stacey

 

Day 6, Tuesday, September 26: Harvesting Wax and Honey, Making Beeswax Candles

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Joy and Eric

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 7: Wednesday, September 27: Gravity Water Systems Design and Implementation

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Don

 

Day 8: Thursday, September 28: Wool – Processing, Carding and Felting

Four Elements Theme: Clothing

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 9: Monday, October 2: Food Forest Lecture and Care; Making a Wattle Fence

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Don

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 10: Tuesday, October 3: Qi Gong

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Kyle Shinner

 

Special Events: Evening Lecture with Kyle (7pm)

 

Day 11: Wednesday, October 4: Home Butchering (sheep)

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 12, Thursday, October 5: Hide Tanning

Four Elements Theme: Clothing

Instructors: Adam or Michelle

 

Day 13: Monday, October 9: Jerky Making & Hide Tanning (continued)

Four Elements Theme: Food/Clothing

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 14: Tuesday, October 10: Small Engine Mechanical Overview – Operation and Care of Chain Saws, Mowers, Weed Whips and More

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Don

 

Day 15: Wednesday, October 11: Song Keeping and Folk Dancing

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Windsong and Stacey

 

Day 16: Thursday, October 12: Tool Care, Handle-Making, Awl Making

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Don

 

Day 17: Monday, October 16: Corn Braiding, Making Nixtamal for Tortillas, Parching Corn & Garlic Braiding

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Stacey

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 18, Tuesday, October 17: Biodynamic Preparation Making

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Don

 

Special Event: Evening Lecture in Biodynamics (7pm)

Four Elements Theme: Food/Culture

Instructor: Don

 

Day 19: Wednesday, October 18: Rocket Stove Building

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Don

 

Day 20: Thursday, October 19: Digging Roots for Herbal Medicine Making, Decoctions and Tinctures

Four Elements Theme: Food/Medicine

Instructors: Stacey

 

Special Event: Saturday and Monday, October 21-23: Backpacking Trip with One Night Solo

 

Day 21, Monday, October 23: Return Trip and Integration (All Day)

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 22, Tuesday, October 24: Wool – Spinning & Plant Dyes

Four Elements Theme: Clothing

Instructors: Stacey

 

After Lunch/Evening Heart Circle, Song Keeping

Four Elements Theme: Culture

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 23: Wednesday, October 25: Earthen Plastering

Four Elements Theme: Shelter

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Day 24, Thursday, October 26: Apple Cider Making and Canning Juice

Four Elements Theme: Food

Instructors: Stacey & Don

 

Special Event: Friction Fire, Cob Oven Pizza Party and Folk Dancing (6pm)

Four Elements Theme: Shelter/Food/Culture

Instructors: Adam Larue and Stacey