Instructor: Gabe Garms
Start Date: Ongoing. You can start any time (Class meets once per month either at Raven's Roots campus or at various locations near Bellingham
Class Duration: 10am-12pm
Cost: $20 per class, per student. $180 total per person (9 month package with the option to continue).
How to Register: Contact Tina Martin at the number/email at the bottom of this page.
Since October of 2016 we've been hosting classes for homeschooling families which meet one day per month (for a few hours each day). All classes take place on Fridays, 10-12, unless otherwise noted. Classes are held both in the Bellingham area and at the Raven's Roots campus in Sedro-Woolley. This class is all hands-on and students often go home with medicines, plants, fire kits and much more. Topics and dates for some of our past and future classes are listed below.
Oct. 14- at Ravens Roots farm- The Naturalist World
Nov. 4- at Ravens Roots farm- Herbal Medicines- we will make a tincture and a healing salve. Kids will leave with their product.
Dec. 9- at Ravens Roots farm- Survival skills- focusing on shelter building and fire making.
Jan. Date TBD - at the farm- Permaculture, water harvest, composting, perennial vegetables
Feb. 10 -in Bellingham- Nature walk - exploring local ecologies, edible and medicinal plants, poisonous plants
Mar. 10- Tenant Lake/Hovander Farm- Birds- their behaviors, songs, ID
April.28- Bellingham- plant ID
May Date TBD- Designing a permaculture garden -at the home of one of the class members (we'll need a volunteer for this!)
June 9- the topic will be selected by class members- we can delve into one of the previous topics to a more advanced level, learn tracking, make our own personal care products, make cordage, dyes, or other utility uses of wild plants- or any other topics on the RR website. Location will be based on what we choose.
OTHER NOTES ABOUT THE CLASS:
Gabe stays after for all classes, for questions and further discussion. Families can leave at noon or can plan to stay if desired.
Please let our class organizer, Tina Martin, know if you have any concerns about: your child using a sharp knife, learning to start fires, learning wild edibles, making a tincture that is alcohol based (tinctures are used in very small quantities and most of the alcohol can be burned off by adding to a hot drink).
Gabe would like there to be weekly "home work". He would like the kids to pick a "sit spot" somewhere close to their home where they can spend some time in nature, simply observing what they see every week. Noting any plants or animals, any changes from week to week, new life, new sounds, etc. (a sort of Walden Pond approach) Gabe would like us all to share our observations with him, but the logistics of how that would look will be discussed the first week, so that this is a project that works for everyone.
This is a 9 month course, with the same families learning together. The cost is $180/person, payable monthly ($20), at, or before, each class. Payment is required for missed classes. Parents are required to attend with their child unless your child is under the supervision of another attending adult. It is preferred that parents attend so that learning can continue at home. Parents do pay, younger sibs can attend for free and can participate as much as they are able.
Please feel free to call Tina Martin if you're interested or require more information at 360-734-3134. If email is easier, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.