Archive for the ‘education’ Category

composting in tight quarters workshop

April 6, 2011

That is one ginormous compost pile.

Curious about compost? Come to a workshop I’m leading next Saturday, April 16 at the New York Botanical Garden Midtown Campus!

Mastering the Urban Garden Saturday: Composting in Tight Quarters
Experience the alchemy of composting. Learn how to create nutrient-rich amendments for your garden bed while diverting food and yard waste from the landfill. Explore a variety of methods and uses for diverse settings, including indoor vermicomposting (worm composting) for small spaces and a range of outdoor bin systems.

Saturday, April 16
12:45 to 2:25pm

NYBG Midtown
20 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036 (btwn 5th & 6th Aves)
Tel. 718.817.8747

$31 for non-members, $28 for members

Reserve your spot in the class!

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diy body care workshop – april 20

April 5, 2011


Wednesday, April 20

Natural Beauty: Make-it-yourself Body Care

I’m leading this workshop which is hosted by The Good Life’s Melissa Danielle!

Are you ready to get crafty making luxurious lotions, polishing cleansers, and other body care products? In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the simple art of mixing up your very own customized goods that enhance your natural beauty. Many of the ingredients we’ll work with can be found in your cupboard, or are easily located at your local grocery store.

Everyone walks away with 3 products (all-over body cream, facial cleanser, body scrub, deodorant; subject to change).

Please bring: three 4-oz. glass containers (mason or baby food jars work great.) We will also have containers on hand to purchase if need be.

The Brooklyn Free School
372 Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Wednesday, April 20
Workshop begins 7pm, ends at 9:30pm

Cost
– $35 for Non-members
– Free for Members of The Good Life

Register here

More info about The Good Life

composting in tight quarters

October 7, 2010

Do you feel a pang of guilt every time you throw away food scraps? Are you looking for a way to have a positive impact on your local ecology? Do you want to create rich, healthy soil to nurture your garden, houseplants, or street trees? Are you curious about composting, but don’t know where to start?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, sign up for Composting in Tight Quarters, a workshop I’ll be teaching at the New York Botanical Garden’s midtown campus. You’ll learn about the various ways you can create black gold from food scraps and yard waste. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of the methods city dwellers use to create compost both indoors and out.

Composting in Tight Quarters
Saturday, October 23
3pm to 5pm
NYBG Midtown Center
20 West 44th Street (5th & 6th Aves)
Manhattan

Sign up here!

eco fun in greenwood, brooklyn

July 7, 2010

Come out to Greenwood Brooklyn this summer for some fun hands-on workshops for kids of all ages!

I’ll be co-leading a workshop on worm composting on Saturday, July 17. We’ll show you how to set up an indoor composting bin and how to care for your new friends, the red wigglers.

new workshop: how to reduce petroleum use

June 26, 2010

Petroleum has made our lives incredibly convenient and comfortable, but at what cost? At no time has the evidence been more immediate to Americans that our hunger for oil has catastrophic consequences.

Join me and Julia Frodahl of Deer Stop Yoga in a discussion about how we can move beyond fossil fuels to discover a fulfilling and regenerative way of life. Ninety minutes of workshop time will be followed by 30 minutes of asana.

ECOLOGICAL LIVING WORKSHOP #2: How to Reduce Your Use of Petroleum
Thursday, July 15, 2010
7:00pm – 9:00pm
@ Deer Stop
455 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY

REGISTRATION

This workshop is $25 and requires registration. Please email julia@thisiswherethedeerstop.org to register. Also, please consider re-posting this event for your friends. (Visit our facebook page)

DEER STOP: http://www.thisiswherethedeerstop.org/

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world” ~John Muir

urban permaculture opportunities

June 16, 2010

I am heartened at the increasing number of offerings and growing interest in permaculture design courses in the city. It tells me that more and more people are becoming mindful of our connection to the earth and the great impact we can have – positive or negative – on it. Some friends new to the method have been asking where they could study the triple-bottom-line principles of permaculture. I always respond, it’s not really a matter of where you study, but who you study with. Who we learn from and the context in which we learn should reflect how and where we practice permaculture. While I’d love to go to the country to study, the skills I learn may not apply to the urban setting in which I live and will practice. As the saying often used in permie circles goes, “it depends.”

If you or someone you know is interested in an urban permaculture design certification (PDC), check out these offerings in the city this summer, listed by teacher.

Andrew Faust

Andrew puts the state of the world into perspective by focusing on its evolutionary history and the leverage points that matter – reducing our personal and environmental exposure to toxins, cultivating more diverse & beneficial heirloom plants & heritage breed animals, and building strong communities. (NB: I have a bias, I did take Andrew’s PDC!)

Classes begin: August 14 (11 sessions, Saturdays & Sundays through October)

Cost: $1000 (due to the hard economic times, he’s extending the early bird discount to all attendees)

More info and registration

Ariane Burgess

According to the Open Center class description: Ariane “teaches Gaia Education’s Design for Sustainability courses in Findhorn, Scotland, and Thailand. Her research focuses on best practices for transitioning human settlements into resilient and regenerative ones. She is the founder of Regenerative Culture, which is dedicated to the education and design of regenerative communities.”

Classes begin: July 17 (12 sessions, Saturdays & Sundays through October)

Cost: $1225, unless you’re an Open Center member, in which case it’s $1180. (Payment plan is available.)

More info and registration

Claudia Joseph

If you want to get your hands dirty learning DIY skills in a historic setting from a woman who has been involved in agricultural and ecological education since the 90s, take this class.

Classes begin: July 17 (12 sessions, Saturdays & Sundays)

Cost: $1,150  5% discount before July 1
Scholarships & work-trade available on a limited basis by application process

More info and registration

why are costa ricans smiling?

January 29, 2010

From what I’ve read and heard from friends who’ve visited Costa Rica, it is the happiest nation on the planet. Why is this?

According to the New Economics Foundation’s Happy Planet Index, Costa Rica ranked #1 out of 143 countries across the globe. The NEF measured national happiness based on the ecological footprint and the health and happiness of a nation’s citizens. Perhaps not surprisingly, the US ranked #114.

Yes! Magazine reported on the happiness of Costa Rica last year, pointing out that the nation dissolved its military in 1948 to focus their spending on health and education.

The focus on education is not just about academic achievement. From the Yes! article:

Central to Costa Rica’s promotion of peace is the Rasur Foundation, which organized the summit and lobbied for the creation of the Ministry of Justice and Peace. Rasur is a teacher in a Costa Rican poem who tells a group of children, “Before directing the lightning in the sky, we must first harness the storms in our own hearts.” Through its Peace Academy, the Rasur Foundation works with the Costa Rican Ministry of Education to introduce techniques of conflict resolution and “being peace” in Costa Rican schools.

Read more…

Considering the emotional wealth of the country, it seems this major shift towards health, education, peace and environmental stewardship has paid off.

And I’m about to find out firsthand. This here blog is going to be quiet for the next week – I’m heading to Costa Rica!

Stay tuned for my observations and photos, and in the meantime, check out these videos about environmental education and stewardship in Costa Rica from explore.org:

will barter for skills

January 28, 2010

This post is also featured on Greenopolis.

Skillsharing is hot right now. Maybe it’s because most everyone is on a budget or perhaps there’s been a great awakening where people feel compelled to share resources, time, and abilities.

If you’ve never been to a skillshare, here’s the gist: A group of people with various skills come together in the spirit of sharing. The skilled people teach a group of eager learners who either pay a small fee (like $10) to learn new skills or barter with their own skills or services.

Back in October, I attended the Brooklyn Skillshare and learned some great skills which I’ve since applied at home: upcycling glass bottles into vases, drinking glasses (and more) and making butter and ricotta. (You can check out the results here.)

Learning how to cast silver jewelry at the Brooklyn Skillshare.

If you’re interested in trying out one of these skillshares and you live in NYC, you’re in for a treat. From now until February 28 at Grand Opening (139 Norfolk St), you can learn a new skill every night at Trade School – as long as you’re able to give (barter) in return. There are some really cool skills being offered up, including foraging and preserving foods, fabric-making, community engagement, and composting.

Once you’re bitten by the skillsharing bug, it’s hard to quit. In fact, last year, after learning how to make soap, I felt compelled to teach others at a soap-making party. You can read more about my case of soap fever on the Handmade Soap Coach blog.

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upcoming events at 388 atlantic

January 25, 2010

There’s a budding new meeting space in Brooklyn. It’s at 388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt & Bond) and there are some great events happening that I thought you should know about…

388 Atlantic Ave – Brooklyn – closest to A, C & G, but near the B, M, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5, and F

Andrew Faust Ecological Literacy vs. Environmental Education
Tuesday, January 26 (tomorrow!)
7-9 pm
Suggested donation: $10

We need to embrace our responsibility for the well-being of each other and the entire web of life. This new worldview requires a whole new philosophy of education.

homebiome.com

Beekeeping: Find out how to get ready for spring; making it legal
Saturday, January 30
1:30-3:30 pm
Suggested donation: $10

John Howe, founder of the Brooklyn Bee, lives in Fort Greene where he has three beehives on his roof. The bees make honey that John sells; he also makes soap, lip balm and candles from beeswax. Come learn how to keep bees. Plus, this is the week that the City Council holds hearings to legalize beekeeping in NYC (Wednesday, Feb 3). Just Food will speak briefly about the legislation and what we can do to make sure it passes.

thebrooklynbee.com

Staying Healthy through the Seasons: Thriving in Winter Workshop
Sunday, January 31
3-5pm *optional potluck after
“recommended exchange”: $10-15

Curious about staying healthy this winter? Come learn tips for how to live in balance during the cold winter days with food, yoga, and herbs!
In this workshop we will discuss natural cold and flu prevention and care, eating in balance with the seasons and with your Ayurvedic constitution. Learn cheap recipes and how to eat well, fresh and local during the dreary winter months. Abby will teach you some great yoga poses to keep your energy up and blood flowing and Liz will enliven your spirits with great herbal teas and foods.
Come join Abby Paloma and Liz Blake for an educational and fun gathering!
bring a mug for tea!

behivethrives.com

Also, mark your calendar for the New York premiere of an inspiring new film:

The Turning Point: a film about the importance of local networks and connections
Friday, February 19
7-9 pm (film is 45 minutes; discussion afterwards)
Suggested donation: $10

From Findhorn, Scotland, a positive and inspiring film about our transition to a low carbon future. Featuring visionary leaders and pioneers in the fields of Human Ecology and Global Transition, this film takes an inspiring look at our potential to create a life-sustaining society as we face the twin challenges of Peak Oil and Climate Change. “The combination of serious, funny and beautiful was perfect!”

theturningpointfilm.co.uk

evidence of action: check out my fellow permies!

January 13, 2010

Hey everybody!

Want to learn a little bit more about what this permaculture thing is all about? Check out the presentations put on by my classmates in last year’s permaculture design certification course with Andrew Faust.

You can see my presentation about 1/3 of the way down the post.

Enjoy!

Me and my ‘assistants’ holding up my permaculture site design.