It’s Monday, July 8th, 2013

Greetings and please share this invitation to get outdoors and learn a little while having a whole lot of fun:

WOW, Cherry Fest really took us by storm—and now, and finally in our Northern Michigan neighborhood, we have a REAL rain and thunder storm happening which is causing a slight delay in the beginning of our present summer camp week.

We’ve decided to turn these little problems into a solution and offering a “special” last minute deal to anyone TODAY who decides to join us tomorrow through Friday, July 9-12th….reducing our weekly camp fee to $115.

If you choose to grab this last-minute rain-delayed deal, please make sure to call ahead and reserve a space for your child: 231-735-8370.

Our theme this week focuses on a learning through a continued permaculture process of a mini forest garden plan for Higher Grounds Trading Company, as we integrate young people’s voices into planning and design of this garden. We’ll also be immersing ourselves in herb and wild-crafting, with opportunities to learn about medicinal plants—both in the “wild” garden and in our home-gardens.

A sampling of topics, in this week’s day-camp, shared through cooperative games, storytelling, hiking and wandering, and visits to familiar and favorite “classrooms” in the Munson Woods: indigenous plants and edible forest gardens, ecological design process, medicinal native plants, harvesting and processing herbs, timing/plant life cycle (whole plant, leaves and blossoms), fruits, barks, roots and root barks, making herbal tinctures, oils and salves, and creating a “Pharmacy in a Pot”, a dozen medicinal herbs to pot!

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Pictured above is our new friend, Grace, who is holding a bundle of medicinal flowers and herbs, including lavender (Calming; flowers and leaves used in tea); yarrow (anti-inflammatory, healing and soothing; leaves and blossoms used in tea.) We also had fun learning about plantain this past hot, Cherry Fest weekend–using it as a poultice or “green bandage” on a few aggravating insect bites!

For more information on Little Artshram’s summer camp-experiences for children and youth go to these links:

Summer Camp info and registration right here: http://www.littleartshram.org/?page_id=982

ALSO, coming up quick is a two-week comprehensive visual and performing art experience with our Puppet Camp registration: http://www.littleartshram.org/?page_id=2028

AND for a view of the camps we offer, check out our photos from our first wild and wonderful week of woods-wandering and forest garden designing….https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152991860720503.1073741826.122677780502&type=1&l=9bb0948ec9

www.littleartshram.org

231-735-8370

Summer Camp THIS WEEK in Traverse City, with a special rainy-day offer…LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 
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Little Artshram Summer Camp, join us for week #2…July 8th-12th…

This is our 9th year in the Grand Traverse area, presenting a Summer Camp program and the 20th year of programming for Little Artshram. The Summer Camps will again take place in our beloved Munson Woods, meeting at Higher Grounds Trading Co. who will be hosting us at the Village of Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City, Michigan. Our “wild garden and outdoor classroom” is connected to over a hundred-acres hard-wood forest to explore, and this year we have plans of designing and building a micro-garden and Edible Food Forest for our hosts at Higher Grounds!

We are happy to share the curriculum and schedule outline with you. Each day we do our best to stick to the “plan”, but also allow for the “it depends” rule to apply to what emerges each day.

The basic intention of our summer camp is to be outdoors ALL day focusing on the following activities: To observe and mimic nature or learn nature’s language(s), including herbalism, and earth skills. Our camps are a creative, outdoor experience focused on discovering the intelligence of nature at work, care-taking the Earth and giving something back, with an emphasis on natural art, cooperative games and hands-on activities.

Registration for Summer Camp here: http://www.littleartshram.org/?page_id=982

231-735-8370

www.littleartshram.org

Little Artshram Permaculture Summer Camp for Children and Youth, July 8-12thLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

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A Summer Adventure not to be missed in the beautiful Munson Woods, and along the shores of our BIG Lake Michigan—in Traverse City, Grand Traverse Bay……Join us for 2 Weeks of Permaculture Summer Camp and with O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players, we are offering 2 weeks of Puppet Camp for Children and Youth with a final original story-telling performance at the Traverse City Film Festival, on August 2nd!

For more information on these two, longtime favorite camp-experiences for children and youth go to these links:

Summer Camp info and registration http://www.littleartshram.org/?page_id=982

Puppet Camp registration: http://www.littleartshram.org/?page_id=2028

AND for a view of the camps we offer, check out our photos from our first wild and wonderful week of woods-wandering and forest garden designing….https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152991860720503.1073741826.122677780502&type=1&l=9bb0948ec9

 

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Join in on wild and wonderful week of woods-wandering, forest garden designing and puppet and mask storytelling……..LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Greetings friends and families of Little Artshram,

We would like to share some news with you.  With a great deal of discussion, feedback and careful consideration, Little Artshram will be “going to sleep” this fall.  We will be putting ourselves into hibernation to re-group organizationally, structurally and apply thoughtful protracted observation to our mission and future in the North West Michigan region.

Along with recognizing the limit to growth and shift from bearing the sole burden of managing the community garden property to supporting a “community garden guild” this very well could mean that our longtime, Summer Camp and the Earth Day Parade and parade building workshops will also be put to sleep in 2014.

We are both feeling proud and at peace that throughout our many years of operation, and the natural succession process, other wonderful, like-minded organizations have successfully sprung up in and throughout the community to share art, environmental and nature awareness based, offerings. Our continued efforts seem now to link very well into strengthening and supporting through collaborations and partnerships, those mimicking and spreading Little Artshram-like love, that we have been so fortunate to share and nourish into being for the past 20 + years in dozens of Michigan communities.

We are wishing to make our efforts and the final offerings of programs and shared projects in 2013–our 20th anniversary and pre-hibernation year–as successful as possible.

With the support of Blackbird Arts and other generous sponsor partners, we had a wonderful spring event in the Earth Day Parade—and now we are reaching out for the sake of our summer programming and also with a very special, state-wide fall event through the sponsorship of the Michigan Permaculture Convergence, we are asking for your support and consideration.

We need your help in getting the word out presently about two summer programs for children and youth:

Summer Camp 2013

It’s our 9TH year of offering one of the BEST and long-time Summer Camp for kids and youth in Traverse City!

Join us for a week of our 2013 SUMMER CAMP, In the Munson Woods, behind Higher Grounds, for children and youth 5 years and older. 9 am to 3 pm

June 24-28th,

July 8th-12th &

August 5th-9th

Registration for Summer Camp here:  http://www.littleartshram.org/?page_id=982

This is our 9th year in the Grand Traverse area, presenting a Summer Camp program and the 20th year of programming for Little Artshram.  The Summer Camps will again take place in our beloved Munson Woods, meeting at Higher Grounds Trading Co. who will be hosting us at the Village of Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City, Michigan.  Our “wild garden and outdoor classroom” is connected to over a hundred-acres hard-wood forest to explore, and this year we have plans of designing and building a micro-garden and Edible Food Forest for our hosts at Higher Grounds!

We are happy to share the curriculum and schedule outline with you.  Each day we do our best to stick to the “plan”, but also allow for the “it depends” rule to apply to what emerges each day.

The basic intention of our summer camp is to be outdoors ALL day focusing on the following activities: To observe and mimic nature or learn nature’s language(s), including herbalism, and earth skills. Our camps are a creative, outdoor experience focused on discovering the intelligence of nature at work, care-taking the Earth and giving something back, with an emphasis on natural art, cooperative games and hands-on activities.

We have 5 areas, or themes that we rotate activities, games and discussions around throughout the week(s): FOOD, WATER, SHELTER, COMMUNITY and OBSERVATION

The main objectives of our Summer Camp curriculum are similar to those that are applied to adult teachings of permaculture, although tweaked and developmentally appropriate for children and the “wild gardens and woods” that we are spending time in. And, they are:

1. To introduce students to fundamentals for sustainability.

2. To teach cooperative dynamics and positivism.

3. To learn about useful plants and ecosystems design.

4. To relate our needs to our local and global resources.

5. To study homesteading skills and off-grid technologies.

Foliage Headgear!

The daily schedule, Monday through Thursday, with a few variables:

8:45-9:00  Campers arrive, sign in, play a big game

9:25-9:55  Gather as a group, meet/greet, story at the Village/HG green space or woods classroom(behind HG)

10:00- 11:00  “Wild” garden time, and/or “wild”craft/art time, either in one big group or in groups

11:00- 12:30  Get into groups, head into woods for curriculum/theme bits, and lunch

12:30-2:30  Finish lunch, wander and play learning as we go.

2:30  Meet back up @ HG green space, and play big group game

2:50  Camp Story of day, Take home permaculture principal challenge and sign out.

The Friday schedule will look something like this:

10:45-11:00 Campers and at least one parent or adult helper (families are invited)

11:00-11:30  Gather as a group, meet/greet, play a big game

11:30-12:30 Hike into woods, to one of our “wild” gardens/classroom sites, share Camp Story of the Week

12:30-1:00  Meet back up @ HG green space, play a closing group game, say so-long until we meet again.

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PLUS! We’re partnering with O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players for 2 weeks of Puppet Camp!  This is our third year of Puppet Camp, which will be held at O’k Art Studio in Traverse City, for children and youth 5 years and older.  Dates:  July 22nd -August 2nd,  9-3, with a performance at the Traverse City Film Fest, on Friday, August 2nd!

AND, what happens in a Puppet Camp?

Puppet Camp is 2 weeks of Summer fun and puppet story-telling, meeting each day, M-F from 9 am until 3 pm, with a full performance at the Traverse City Film Festival on Friday!

O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players, sharing puppet and mask performances since 2010, will be holding a fantastic and special 2-weeks of PUPPET CAMP to prepare for a performance in Traverse City, including building puppets, set design, story-boarding, puppet and mask performance/acting lessons….

This is amazing, local “organic” puppet theater, which includes a week of production and design, with our continued collaboration with Chicago-based composer and musical director, Mr. Rokko Jans.

Registration information for Puppet Camp here:  http://www.littleartshram.org/?page_id=2028

Getting ready for puppeteering!

Share the news and a little summer love with Little Artshram….LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

We are pleased to offer a Permaculture Teacher Training in Traverse City this summer…

“Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Or, a simpler question, which came first, learning or teaching?  Since learning does happen without teaching (it even happens despite teaching) we believe learning to be a priority over teaching.

In fact, this is our basic assumption towards education in general and our approach in this manual. Learning is what we are really interested in, teaching to us is the process of creating an environment in which people can learn. To us, the needs of the learner are more important than the needs of the teacher.”  ~from Skye and Robin Clayfield, authors of Teaching Permaculture Creatively.

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Consider this proposition: 
Events make the best teachers.  The most significant learnings of our lives mostly come from situations we have experienced, and even when people lecture well, they make their presentation an event from which we learn.  Given that events make the best teachers, it follows that effective educators focus their energy on designing effective learning events.  How does this apply to teaching permaculture?

From June 10th-21st, this nine-day intensive Permaculture Teacher Training explores how to create permaculture learning events, applying ecological principles and processes to the design of permaculture workshops, courses, and other experiences.  Learn how to quickly assess students’ learning modalities, eight intelligences, and other niche characteristics; create effective learning environments; design multifunctional, functionally interconnected courses where the whole experience is far greater than the sum of the sessions!

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Each trainee in this course will design and run short classes and exercises, speak in public, plan and budget an event, and co-teach in a week of our permaculture Summer Camp for children and youth, with an opportunity to teach a workshop in a PDC in late summer/early fall.  What do whole learning systems look, feel and sound like? Come find out!  The best way to learn is to do, and to have fun doing it!  Join us!

Limited to 15 folks with a passion for permaculture and working as an educator to pass it on.  Preference will go to those who are certified permaculture design course graduates. Pre-course preparation required.

Registration open until June 8th, 2013.

This training course will be led by Penny Krebiehl, who took this teacher training in 2009 from Dave Jacke and a team of teachers in High Fall, NY.  This course is directly inspired by the training model that Dave, etal designed with the course manual through “Teaching Permaculture Creatively” by Skye and Robin Clayfield. This course is also greatly influenced and inspired by Penny’s experiences with and the mentoring and teaching methods of Starhawk, Penny Livingston Stark, Peter Bane, Keith D. Johnson, Larry Santoyo, Toby Hemenway and a several hundred children, youth and adults.

Other resources used in this teacher training are:

  • Permaculture Teachers’ Guide – a collection of lesson plans from a wealth of experienced teachers, edited by Andrew Goldring
  • Outdoor Classrooms, a Handbook for School Gardens, by Carolyn Nuttall and Janet Millington
  • Thinking in Systems, a Primer, by Donella Meadows.
  • People and Permaculture – Caring and designing for ourselves, each other and the planet by Looby MacNamara
  • Permaculture Design – A step by step guide by Aranya
  • Teaching Creativity, Marvin Bartel, Emeritus Professor of Art, Goshen College.

Since 2009, Penny has taught dozens of workshops and courses throughout the state of Michigan using the principles you will learn in this training.  This is the third teacher training she will lead.

Joining Penny in this course will be well seasoned educators, including local, regional permaculture practioners, as well as, artists, farmers, educators, and designers.

Permaculture Teacher Training, June 10-21st, M-F, 9-5 pm, with some evening presentations

Course fee:  $750.00 does not include food or lodging.

Local currency, Bay Bucks accepted, some work exchange opportunities through the LLOOF program available.  LLOOF positions and scholarships very limited: net proceeds from this course are very tight, so no one will receive a full funding support from us. However, you may qualify for the tuition fee through a work exchange program, so please inquire!

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION for the Permaculture Teacher Training contact Penny Krebiehl:  penny.ok.art@gmail.com

This Permaculture Teacher Training will take place in Traverse City, with our main classroom at O’k Art & Permaculture Design Studio, in the Alley.

Applications still being accepted through June 8th,  contact: penny.ok.art@gmail.com for an application for the 2013 Permaculture Teacher Training.

SUMMER CAMP NEWS for children, youth and their families!

This is our 9th year in the Grand Traverse area, presenting a Summer Camp program and the 20th year of programming for Little Artshram The Summer Camps will again take place in our beloved Munson Woods, meeting at Higher Grounds Trading Co. who will be hosting us at the Village of Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City, Michigan.  Our “wild garden and outdoor classroom” is connected to over a hundred-acres hard-wood forest to explore, and this year we have plans of designing and building a micro-garden and Edible Food Forest for our hosts at Higher Grounds!

We are happy to share the curriculum and schedule outline with you.  Each day we do our best to stick to the “plan”, but also allow for the “it depends” rule to apply to what emerges each day.

The basic intention of our summer camp is to be outdoors ALL day focusing on the following activities: To observe and mimic nature or learn nature’s language(s), including herbalism, and earth skills. Our camps are a creative, outdoor experience focused on discovering the intelligence of nature at work, care-taking the Earth and giving something back, with an emphasis on natural art, cooperative games and hands-on activities.

We have 5 areas, or themes that we rotate activities, games and discussions around throughout the week(s): FOOD, WATER, SHELTER, COMMUNITY and OBSERVATION

The main objectives of our Summer Camp curriculum are similar to those that are applied to adult teachings of permaculture, although tweaked and developmentally appropriate for children and the “wild gardens and woods” that we are spending time in. And, they are:

1. To introduce students to fundamentals for sustainability.

2. To teach cooperative dynamics and positivism.

3. To learn about useful plants and ecosystems design.

4. To relate our needs to our local and global resources.

5. To study homesteading skills and off-grid technologies.

The daily schedule, Monday through Thursday, with a few variables:

8:45-9:00  Campers arrive, sign in, play a big game

9:25-9:55  Gather as a group, meet/greet, story at the Village/HG green space or woods classroom(behind HG)

10:00- 11:00  “Wild” garden time, and/or “wild”craft/art time, either in one big group or in groups

11:00- 12:30  Get into groups, head into woods for curriculum/theme bits, and lunch

12:30-2:30  Finish lunch, wander and play learning as we go.

2:30  Meet back up @ HG green space, and play big group game

2:50  Camp Story of day, Take home permaculture principal challenge and sign out.

The Friday schedule will look something like this:

10:45-11:00 Campers and at least one parent or adult helper (families are invited)

11:00-11:30  Gather as a group, meet/greet, play a big game

11:30-12:30 Hike into woods, to one of our “wild” gardens/classroom sites, share Camp Story of the Week

12:30-1:00  Meet back up @ HG green space, play a closing group game, say so-long until we meet again.

You’re invited, to join us and find out more about the Summer Camps, with  a fun evening at a Summer Kick-off & Open House on Friday, June 21st, 400-5:3:0 pm@ the green space just across from Higher Grounds Coffee Shop, on Red Drive in the Village of Grand Traverse Commons.

Summer Camp Schedule, three weeks to choose:

June 24-28th,

July 15-19th,

Aug. 5-9th

Fee: $150.00 per week

REGISTRATION:

info@littleartshram.org

www.littleartshram.org

Permaculture Teacher Training and 9th Annual Little Artshram Summer Camp!LittleArtshram.org