Re-skilling

I’m excited to let you know that I will be teaching a Felting workshop at the Regenerative Design Institute on October 31st as part of their Re-skilling Series.

Re-skilling is a term used by the Transition Town Movement to revive the art of traditional craftsmanship. As we transition away from global consumerism and towards localized, earth friendly economies, we need to reclaim these skills for ourselves and for our community. Beyond just providing for our personal or family needs, these essential skills can provide the basis for emerging cottage industries that can revitalize the local economy with genuinely “green” principles and technologies.

Re-skilling requires that we connect more deeply to the natural world. It involves cultivating (or foraging) plants for basketry, building materials, medicine, general body care, dyes, food and clothing. It invites us into a closer relationship with domestic and wild animals, and asks that we pay more attention to the changing of the seasons and the cycles of the natural world. It also fosters a deeper gratitude for all that nature continues to provide us.

Workshops will focus on hands-on learning, and will include topics like fiber arts, rustic furniture making, soap-making, herbal medicine, mushroom cultivation, and more. This fall, RDI will be hosting several fiber arts workshops – the first in a series on how to transform raw local materials into beautifully hand-crafted clothing. Read more about the Re-skilling Series and the Fiber Arts workshops.

Advertisements