This full day hands-on workshop taught by naturalist, Luke Cannon, will introduce you to dozens of delicious wild delicacies of our southern Appalachian Mountains. We will meet and eat a diverse array of spring greens, cook up some wild roots and mushrooms, discuss medicinal herbs, and sip on sweet wild teas.
Throughout thousands of years of nomadic life, people have carried just about everything they need in woven baskets. Just as one might develop a relationship with their hiking pack that they have hiked the Appalachian trail with, a pack basket is one of those beautiful and functional crafts that will carry the stories of all your adventures.
The earth is bursting with color!- offering us a vibrant palate to discover and steep into. Golden rod, Blackberry, Osage Orange, Black Walnut to name a few. In this two-day workshop we will explore the diversity and richness of color found in our local plants, mushrooms and lichens. We will slow down, dive deep and connect to earth around us; weaving our creativity with the natural world and the four elements.
The abundance of autumn is one of the greatest joys in homestead life. Whether you are growing this food yourself or harvesting wild foods, the fruits of a year's growth is well earned and most welcomed. Now it is time to think like a squirrel! Did you know that squirrels go so far as to dry mushrooms for winter storage? We humans have spent thousands of years perfecting recipes and methods for preserving most foods we consume throughout the winter months and through the following spring. If you have ever eaten canned blueberry jam or dried meats in February that you harvested months prior, you know how gratifying it truly is to prepare wild and wholesome foods for the eating later on. In this class we explore a few methods (both modern and traditional) for putting by the fall harvest.
We as a species have forgotten how to live on our local landscape. For the vast majority of human history, we have relied on our direct environment for our food, water, shelter, medicine, teachings, myth, and connection. The intention of this class is to experience living as our ancestors did. Through this experience we will gain greater connection to ourselves, each other and the Earth. These are the skills of our ancestors and it is a gift to learn them. We will learn these physical skills while we also learn the greater emotional connection that our ancestors felt that helped them live a life of harmony and balance.
Tulip Poplar Berry Baskets (1 day):
This class is truly the delight of the season. As the tulip poplar flowers begin to swell and open, the sap starts to run in the tree, sending nutrients and water to the upper parts of the tree. In the process of doing so, its bark may be very easily peeled in large sections. This is the seasonal magic that allows this craft to exist. Making poplar baskets is one of the easiest, most accessible forms of basketry. This method requires no weaving, no curing or long soaking of material—we will go from bark on the tree to a finished basket in just a day. Please bring a sharp knife.
Location 38 McDaris Cove Rd. Weaverville NC
Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult
Questions?: Email Luke: HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com