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

18 Feb 18 — Knife Sharpening
24 Feb 18 — Flintknapping
03 Mar 18 — Maple Sugaring
Mar — Nukadoko, Japanese Bran Pickles
Apr — Spring Beekeeping
Apr — Basic Carpentry(?)
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

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 75 percent of the registration fees after covering direct costs, which include supplies for the workshop and overhead ($20–40 for insurance depending on the nature of the workshop and $10 towards advertising). For example, if you teach a class on tying flies for fishing to 15 people and the fee is $20 per person, which includes $5 worth of tying supplies, you’d head home with $146.25: (($20 × 15) – ($5 × 15) – $20 – $10) × 0.75 = $146.25. If you buy the supplies, you get reimbursed, of course. We offer discounted registration fees to our members, but that comes out of our 25 percent, as does the reservation system fees, permanent class infrastructure (buildings, chairs, tables, etc.), and hours our staff puts in to advertise, manage reservations, and prepare the workshop space.