Skills Workshops

Over the course of this year we offer adult specific workshops and courses. This is one of our greatest passions, to share the skills to empower our community to become more engaged in food, crafting with our hands, and connecting to wilderness.

Rattan PackBasket

Date: 3/5/22 and 3/6/22
Time: 3/5 – 9am – 3pm and 3/6 – 9am – noon
Cost: $325 (all materials included)
Come weave your very own plaited packbasket made with Indonesian Rattan splints. It will be a very full day of focused weaving to complete this basket. You will go home with a lightweight packbasket for carrying around town, to take to the mountains for mushrooming expeditions, or to shop at the farmer’s market. This style of weaving is very accessible, no previous basketry experience required.

Bushcraft Basics: Knife Skills

Date: 3/19/22
Time: 9am-noon
Cost: $75
The foundation of almost all primitive and bushcraft skills is learning to skillfully use a cutting edge. Many of our workshops require intermediate level knife skills, and this workshop is a place to learn and practice these techniques. Through a series of projects, participants will learn a variety of knife cuts, holds, batoning techniques and sharpening, transforming a sheath knife into the most versatile tool. Students will make feather sticks, pothook, try sticks, and other projects.

Community Skills Share

Date: 3/19/2022
Time: 1-4pm
Cost: FREE (donations are accepted)
Our Community Skills Share is an offering to the community to join together and connect through the world of primitive and ancestral skills. You are invited to bring your family, a skill you are working on, or a skill you would like to practice. Musicians are always welcome. Please note that you are responsible for your children for the entire event. The instructors may choose to teach a skill, but mostly we are excited to offer an event where our community can come together and get to know each other better.

Rattan PackBasket

Date: 3/26/22 and 3/27/22
Time: 3/26 – 9am-3pm and 3/27 – 9am-noon
Cost: $325 (all materials included)
Come weave your very own plaited packbasket made with Indonesian Rattan splints. It will be a very full day of focused weaving to complete this basket. You will go home with a lightweight packbasket for carrying around town, to take to the mountains for mushrooming expeditions, or to shop at the farmer’s market. This style of weaving is very accessible, no previous basketry experience required.

Bushcraft Basics: Knife Skills

Date: 4/9/22
Time: 9am-noon
Cost: $75

The foundation of almost all primitive and bushcraft skills is learning to skillfully use a cutting edge. Many of our workshops require intermediate level knife skills, and this workshop is a place to learn and practice these techniques. Through a series of projects, participants will learn a variety of knife cuts, holds, batoning techniques and sharpening, transforming a sheath knife into the most versatile tool. Students will make feather sticks, pothook, try sticks, and other projects.

Community Skills Share

Date: 4/9/2022
Time: 1-4pm
Cost: FREE (donations are accepted)
Our Community Skills Share is an offering to the community to join together and connect through the world of primitive and ancestral skills. You are invited to bring your family, a skill you are working on, or a skill you would like to practice. Musicians are always welcome. Please note that you are responsible for your children for the entire event. The instructors may choose to teach a skill, but mostly we are excited to offer an event where our community can come together and get to know each other better.

Willow Tension Tray Weaving

Date: 4/16/22

Time: 9-1pm

Cost: $75

Basket-making remains one of the quintessential human crafts, practiced by cultures around the world. Participants will be guided in weaving wild willow into tension trays—a beautiful addition to your kitchen and perfect for holding muffins and cookies right out of the oven!  In addition to weaving tension trays, students will learn about gathering, processing, storing and preparing willow for weaving.

Friction Fire – BowDrill

Date: 4/16/22

Time: 9am-3pm

Cost: $150

Friction fire is the doorway to primitive skills. This is one of the most inspiring skills that we teach, and still after years of practice, one that retains its magic. Over the course of this one-day workshop, students will carve their own bowdrill kit, learn the principles of tinder bundles and various fire lays.

Prerequisite: intermediate knife skills. Experience whittling, our Knife Skills course, or equivalent.

Foundations of Willow Basketry

Date: 4/23/22 and 4/24/22

Time: 9am-3pm both days

Cost: $360

This class is designed to give you a solid introduction into weaving your first willow basket. You will learn to weave a round base, several weaving patterns to build the walls of your basket, and a border to finish it. Students will go home with a completed basket and possibly some extra bases to weave baskets at home. Students will also learn about gathering, processing, storing and preparing willow for weaving. No previous weaving experience required.

Atlatl

Date: 4/30/22 and 5/1/22

Time: 9am-3pm both days

Cost: $300

The atlatl is one of the most elegant and exciting weapon systems used by our ancestors. Found on every continent, it was used to hunt animals as diverse as mammoth to seals to trout to kangaroos. In this workshop, students will learn to make a Basketmaker style atlatl from the Southwest, and darts to match. Prerequisite: intermediate knife skills. Experience whittling, our Knife Skills course, or equivalent.

*Guest Instructor at Dharma’s Garden in Boulder

In addition to the basketry courses offered through Laughing Coyote, Gelsomina will also be offering several willow basketry classes as a guest instructor at Dharma’s Garden this summer. Please keep an eye out for this information on the Dharma’s Garden website. https://www.dharmasgarden.com/events

General Workshop Information

Adult workshops are for participants 15 years of age and above. If it is necessary to bring your child/children to the course, they are welcome, but we will have no childcare provided and you will need to be responsible for them throughout the program. You are welcome to work on your project with your child, however, realize that the instruction will be geared towards an adult audience and many of the courses require high levels of coordination, strength, and attention. If you are looking to do a workshop with your family or children, we would recommend setting up a custom workshop. Please see details below.

How to register: In order to reserve your spot, please contact our program coordinator Marni by email and request your course, please also include your full name and phone number. Marni will then provide you with registration forms and payment details. Payment can be made either by check or Venmo and must be received before the course begins. [email protected]

Custom Workshops for Adults and Teens

The world of primitive skills and bushcraft is vast, and learning the skills is empowering, and fuels inspiration and creativity. If you are interested in setting up a custom workshop with one of our instructors, let us know! Topics can include: friction fire, tracking, primitive weapons, containers, shelter building, cordage, fibrecraft and more!
Costs:
One person: $300/day, $150/half day
Semi-private (2-4): $200/person/day, $100/person/half day
5+: Contact us to set up your dream course.
Overnights: $500/night

Want to learn more?

Please feel free to send over any questions: we love sharing our educational philosophy, programs, and skills. And we hope to see you around the farm in Boulder County’s beautiful Colorado landscape.

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