Are you interested in learning basic carpentry skills for putting to use in your home or garden? Have you been uncertain about using hammers, saws, drills, or power tools? Do you have little to no experience with these things but want to learn? … More Upcoming Workshop — Basic Carpentry, May 12, 1–5 p.m., $45-50
It’s been a busy two weeks at the Low Technology Institute. After some unseasonably cold temperatures and a late snow storm, the chicken coop is complete enough for the hens to take up residence. This has been the top priority as we ran into an “Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” situation: we had to … More Last Two Weeks at the Institute — Apr. 8–21, 2018
If you’re in the Madison area, stop by our booth at the Nelson Center Earth Day Conference. It promises to be a day full of informative presentations as well as a hall full of sustainability-minded organizations. We’ll be tabling in the exhibitor hall. Stop on by and learn about memberships and upcoming workshops. We also … More Visit us at the Nelson Center Earth Day Conference in Madison, WI
The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming novel EcoGuerrillas. Energy The solution is easy to articulate but nearly impossible to implement: stop using fossil fuels immediately. We realize that this sounds alarmist, but we see no other single action that could have as broad an impact as the complete cessation of the use of … More Basic Stances — Energy: Electricity
Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water; after enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. People often think of Zen meditation as something done sitting on a cushion in a sparse room, but in some traditions of training, meditation is considered to be manual labor. The focus on breath and sensation of gravity in the body during … More Working Zen Retreat, May 18–20
The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming novel EcoGuerrillas. Humans are a product of the interplay of their genetic propensities and surroundings. Before the neolithic revolution, 10,000 years ago, when humans first started settling down to an agricultural way of life, they were hunter-gatherers, moving throughout a region in search of seasonally available … More Basic Stances — Infrastructure
It’s a common trope in cartoons that the wheel was the first major invention of humankind (I would put a Far Side cartoon here, but they are notoriously litigious about internet use, so follow this link to see the image). Nevermind that most of these depictions show some “caveman”-type person using a hammer and chisel … More Ancient Technology: Reinvent the Wheel?
UNFORTUNATELY THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELED PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR UPCOMING EVENTS Many people believe that if a tool crushes through a twig that its good enough, but good pruners and gardeners know that a clean cut is vital to the recovery and health of the plant. Plus, a sharp pair of pruners makes the … More CANCELED — Upcoming Workshop: Maintaining and Using Garden Shears, Pruners, Clippers, and Loppers, April 28, $50–60