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Join Queer Nature with a series of skillshares for our LGBTQIA* community of all (a)genders!
Queer Nature is working in collaboration with Women’s Wilderness through funding from the Open Door Fund to provide community skillshares for the queer community. This will be a four-part series. You can attend all of them, just one, or a couple!
These events are for LGBTQIA* people ages 16-99+ years old. We ask for a small fee for each class in order to reserve your spot as space is limited. Each skillshare is $10 per person as a deposit to reserve your spot. If you are able, there is a suggested additional donation of $5-$15 to be paid at the time of the class to the instructors to cover material costs.
Additionally: Scholarships are available; contact Pinar for information.
Sunday, January 8th: Pine Needle Basketry and Cordage: “Weaving with Our Emotions”
In this skillshare we will focus on the art of weaving. You will be introduced to the coil-method of basketry required for pine needle baskets, and you will also get to explore the process of making cordage (i.e. rope) from natural materials. We will take advantage of the themes of winter, engaging in an indoor nature-based craft that lends itself well to internal reflection and emotional processing. Creating baskets and cordage in these ancestral ways is a powerful experience for anyone, and crafting taps into our creativity and problem-solving capacities, offering both insight and a practical product!
Sunday, February 12th: Inner and Outer Tracking: “Tracking the Beloved”
In this skillshare we will focus on the art of wildlife tracking. You will be introduced to track identification, movement (re)patterning, and signs of wildlife activity. Tracking requires (and elicits) attention and focus, heightening our senses and awareness. We will also demonstrate the art of inner tracking—the awareness of the movement patterns within us, and how they relate to external tracking. Wildlife tracking was an intimate process for our ancestors. Join us in a deep exploration of self and Other—who knows, you may just fall in love with the intimate details you discover!
Sunday March 5th: Coal-burned Spoons
Coal-burning is an ancient method of using fire to shape wood. With a steady supply of hot coals and a lot of patience, people without access to metal carving tools were able to make bowls and cooking pots out of large pieces of wood. Making wooden spoons is a shorter project that is a great introduction to coal-burning, where coals are used to hollow out the ‘bowl’ portion of the spoon. We will also use knives and rocks to shape and burnish the spoons. We will introduce knife safety and basic carving methods so previous experience with carving is not required.
Saturday April 22nd: Blooms, Bears, and Bitters: Introduction to Herbal Medicine
10 AM – 2 PM
In this class we will talk about how we can call on & accept support from our herbal allies to help us adjust and flow during the transition from winter to spring. We will begin by briefly introducing herbal medicine as a concept, and then dive into the importance of creating connections with plants, how to speak to them, and how to ask & receive their permission to call in their medicina & magic. We will then discuss in detail a handful of plantitas that are perfect for supporting us in the transition of springtime—when things are starting to bloom, our digestive systems are coming out of hibernation, and our minds + spirits could use some extra love. We will finish the class by making our own springtime remedio—a nourishing herbal vinegar
About your Guest Instructor:
Michelle Castor, owner of Agua y Sangre Healing, is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Herbal Educator, and Wellness Promotora. She weaves a passion for healing justice with her background in curanderismo & ancestral magic, western herbal medicina, and massage therapy. Central to her work is compassion and a commitment to providing transformative, empowering, and nurturing care to all people, without judgment. Learn more about her work atwww.aguasangrehealing.com, and find her on IG & FB: Agua y Sangre Healing // https://www.
Sunday May 7th: Self-Defense and Equine Therapy
***ALLIES:*** This event is for the LGBTQIA community only.