Workshops

We offer workshops on a variety of topics. We are currently accepting proposals for workshops taught by local experts. If you have experience in a traditional or sustainable technology and would like to earn a little money while sharing your skills, please contact us.

Homesteading 101 Series

The institute is committed to supporting the skills we need as individuals and communities to be self-sufficient without major fossil-fuel inputs. In that light, we’re looking for instructors to teach courses on skills in the following three categories: food propagation and storage, structure construction and maintenance, and producing clothing and other useful items. For example, these can range from caring for and raising animals to planning gardens and propagating plants, building skills and home water systems, and permaculture and energy audits. Really any skill that is useful on a homestead — and there are many — would be welcome. Please read the Homesteading 101 description and contact us to pitch your class and see below for how it works to teach a class with us.

Scheduled Workshops

22 Apr 18 — Apple Planting, Grafting, and Pruning
28 Apr 18 — Garden Tool Use and Care
12 May 18 — Basic Carpentry, Aldo Leopold Bench
18–20 May 18 — Working Zen Retreat
26 May 18 — Grape Vine Establishment and Care
May — Spring Beekeeping
Jun-Jul — Shibori, Japanese Fabric Dying

Upcoming Workshops

Chicken Coop — Spring
Canoe Building — Spring
Beehive Inspection — Spring
Beehive Building — Spring
Bread Baking — Summer
Honey Extraction — Late Summer

Previous Workshops

03 Dec 16 — Bread Baking
22 Apr 17 —  Beehive Inspection
13 May 17 —  Basic Carpentry
29 Jul 17 — DIY Solar Water Heating
12 Aug 17 — DIY Solar Water Heating
28  Oct 17 — Cordial Making
29 Oct 17 — Walipini Greenhouse I: Foundation and Earthbags
04 Nov 17 — Walipini Greenhouse II: Earthbags
11 Nov 17 — Snowshoe Building
12 Nov 17 — Walipini Greenhouse III: Earthbags and Superstructure
02 Dec 17 — Venison Butchery
18 Feb 18 — Knife Sharpening
24 Feb 18 — Flintknapping
03 Mar 18 — Maple Sugaring
25 Mar 18 — Nukadoko – Traditional Japanese Pickles

Information for Instructors

You send us an email at lowtechinstitute@gmail.com with your name, contact info, a 2–4 sentence description of the course, your qualifications, some possible dates, and suggested price. Also please note what type of facilities you’d need on hand (e.g., work benches, chairs, outdoor space, and audio/visual set ups). Once we’ve got the details hammered out, the institute staff will promote the workshop on local social networks, take reservations and fees, and get everything set up for the course. You come out, teach the course, and head home with $25-50 per class hour (dependent on attendance) plus reimbursement for direct costs (e.g., handouts, samples, take-home items for students). For example, if you teach a sold-out three-hour class on tying flies and provide $25 worth of tying supplies, you’d head home with $175 ((3 hr × $50/hr) + $25). We will work together to decide on the cost of the class and minimum number of attendees. For our part, we provide insurance, space and infrastructure for the class, reservation coordination, fee collection, and staff hours to advertise, coordinate, prepare, and facilitate.