Simple Living Skills


Soap making -Tammy Michielson

Beginning Soapmaking - Let's turn water, lye, and a few oils into some hardworking and beautiful bars of soap. Nothing beats handmade and who doesn't want to know what they are putting on their body! Trust me, once you see how easy the process is, you will be making your own soap from now on.

Cheese Making - Rachel Mifsud

(Day 1) Mozzarella: In this class you will learn how to make fresh mozzarella. We will also begin some quick cultured cheeses that we will continue to process throughout the weekend. (Day 2) Goat cheese: In this class we will make goat cheese as well as continue to process the cultured cheeses started on day one. (Day 3) Cultured cheeses: In this class will discuss the process of making cultured cheeses. We will talk about different types of cultures and the different methods for producing different types of cheeses. We will also finish up the cultured cheeses started on day one.

Off Grid Food Preservation - Rachel Mifsud

Off-grid Food Preservation: We will discuss different ways of preserving fruits, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, meats, and dairy products without the use of a refrigerator, freezer, dehydrator, or dehumidifier.

Camp Fire Cooking

Campfire cooking: Campfire cooking doesn't mean you need to be limited to hot dogs on a stick and foil packets. And roasting the perfect marshmallow doesn't need to be a game of chance. This class will teach you to control your cooking fire so that you can do everything from making the perfect s'more to deep frying fish to baking a pizza.

Pine Barrens Edibles and Ecology - Sam Thayer

Pine Barrens edibles and ecology: The Great Lakes Region is home to the most extensive pine barrens in North America, with a small section located near Bruce. Learn what pine barrens are, how they form, and about the unique plant community they support, including a variety of shrubs and trees producing edible nuts and fruits, as well as edible and useful herbs.

Foraging the Floodplains - Sam Thayer

Pine Barrens edibles and ecology: The Great Lakes Region is home to the most extensive pine barrens in North America, with a small section located near Bruce. Learn what pine barrens are, how they form, and about the unique plant community they support, including a variety of shrubs and trees producing edible nuts and fruits, as well as edible and useful herbs. Foraging the Floodplain: Learn about the diverse array of wild food plants characteristic of river floodplains as we hike along the Chippewa River.

Wild Fiber Plants - Sam Thayer

Wild Fiber Plants: We will discuss the major types of plant fibers found in our region--tree barks, bast fibers of herbaceous plants, and roots. We will discuss more than 20 native fiber plants for all sorts of uses, including coarse bindings and lashing, twine, rope, and high-strength uses like thread, nets, and bowstrings. We'll talk about harvest methods and timing, fiber removal from stalks, processing methods like braking, retting, and carding, and cordage making. We'll identify several species in the field and get to harvest fiber and make some reverse-wrap cordage.

Apotheca - Thursday 10/3 ONLY! Gigi Stafne

Your Personal medicines are closer than you think! Along trails, woods, wetlands, the botanical staples of your northwoods apotheca!

Eco-Herbalism and Ethical Wild Crafting - Thursday 10/3/19 ONLY Gigi Stafne

Herbalism and foraging are more popular than ever! First do no harm; a principle for personal health and ecological health. Walk lightly in all practices. Be guardians to plants at risk.

Wilderness Inspiration - Thursday 10/3/19 ONLY Gigi Stafne

Nature inspiring journaling based in botanicals. Bring your journal, sketchbook, and open hands and heart!

Candle Making - Tammy Michielson

Candle Making - Our candle process utlizes lead free wicks, phthalate-free fragrances and fun. We will be making three fall scented candles for you to take home. Bring your energy and let's do an easy project that you can enjoy in the months to come.

Wild Mushroom Identification Walk - Tavis Lynch

Join Tavis on a identification walk looking for fall wild mushrooms!

Mushroom Cultivation Seminar - Tavis Lynch

Learn to manage every inch of your space to its highest value. Grow a mushroom! In the garden, in the backyard, in the bathroom, anywhere you have space, you can fill it with healthy, delicious mushrooms. Learn the basics of mushroom cultivation and walk away with the skills to use your space more wisely. Class limit 40

Alternative Building Techniques Discussion/Demo - Amy Schmidt

Winter Camping - Nick Gordon

Wilderness First Aid - Nick Gordon

Wilderness Canoeing - Scott Oeth

OLD FASHIONED ORCHARDING - Sam Thayer

Growing trees for food is an ancient practice that it's easy, sustainable, and rewarding. Learn the basic steps of growing food trees the traditional way: without pesticides or herbicides. Well cover planning what to grow in different soils and climates, transplanting and Care, pruning, fruit thinning, training, mulching, mowing, propagation, fencing, pest control, disease management, ground cover, managing soil fertility. Visit our Orchard - where we grow 50 Apple varieties, 20 native Woody species, and more than two dozen edible Ground Covers - to see these principles and practice!