New moon blooms of Scarlett Runner Beans and Sunlowers along a pea fence.

Greetings Friends……Little Artshram is at an exciting and re-energizing place of new beginnings as a non-profit organization.  The way we look at the end of summer and moving into the beginning of fall, is a time of readying for a new year.

Once we begin the harvesting process in our community (in our gardens, after a busy summer of programs and projects), we bring ourselves together around a table and complete our eco-design process of design or embodying this natural method of organization.  This not only means celebrating the harvest, but also composting that which needs to be, AND, tweaking with a feedback and evaluation process our next round of the cycle.

Our New Year begins in November, rather than January, and this year we are tweaking and seeking to expand and strengthen those who care to sit around the harvest table and join in with their voice and heart as a part of our organization.  Little Artshram calls this a circle of leaders, in legal terms it is called a board of directors and directress.

Currently Little Artshram has four devoted and hard-working, open-hearted official leaders and/or board members who have been tending to the month-to- month and organizational tasks: Rokko Jans, Flint Horton, and Lindy Barnes represent the board of directors/501.c3 needs being met.

Penny Krebiehl, the founder of Little Artshram, is the Directress, charged with the on-going task of developing and implementing art and permaculture programs and projects, including an Urban Farm Project and the annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade celebration.

Flint Horton has taken on this year’s position at the Historic Barns Park community garden as the coordinator, and continuing to set into motion the necessary community building operations of tending a garden site in a public owned park.

It’s time once again, for us to put the offer out into our Traverse City community to invite folks who have an interest in seeing our wonderful, little Little Artshram organization strengthened with your shared passion and interest in art, community gardening, and environmental education through the teachings and tools of Permaculture.

We are looking for people who are interested in setting down at our table, learning about our design process and system, and offering guidance and improvement.  In other words tweaking, and working with what we have, not re-inventing the wheel, so to speak.  Little Artshram has a 19 + year history of creatively responding to change and has been comprised of dozens of thoughtful, sensitive, hard-working, devoted, passionate individuals over the years.

In the past five years, our leaders and board members  have embraced Permaculture as a method by which we operate.  All of the board members and teachers at Little Artshram, once they accepted the position or shortly afterwards have either attended a permaculture design course, workshop or come to our table with a deep awareness and understanding.

We are knuckling-down, buckling down and searching for additional leaders, partners and board members who can contribute to regaining the foot-hand-heart hold of serving our Traverse City community with our wonderful, Little Artshram experiences, and not afraid to BLAST people with permaculture even in this instance!

Here’s a great natural system mimic as in a forest from one of our Edible Forest Garden teachers, Davejacke, where we are creating a pattern to give structure and organization to our Little Arthram system:

(excerpts and bits from EFG Volume 2)….”Dynamic Patches–in terms of disturbance, regeneration and maintenance regimes…..Patch-system theorists base their research on the observation that the fundamental organizational units of any ecosystem, at many different scales, are patches.  Patches derive from many environmental factors….also from the random or non-random influences of disturbances and the subsequent successional processes… Awareness is gained through observing/reading the factors contributing to different influences….which when read, we can design in concert with those with which we must and we can influence the rest effectively….”Structure and manage the garden as a set of overlapping, interconnected, and dynamic patches, each with its’ own influences, conditions, disturbance regime, and successional process. These patches, taken together, create the habitat for the garden.’

If you are interested in finding out more about joining Little Artshram, please contact any of the folks listed above for a personal conversation.

You may also directly email us at: info@littleartshram.org

Better yet, stop by a “Garden Party” fundraiser welcoming author and permaculture teachers Peter Bane and Keith D. Johnson on Friday, August 24th @ 6:00 pm, at the Peace Patch urban garden-farm site, corner of 7th and Oak St., in TC and speak to Little Artshram folk in person!

More information:

info@littleartshram.org

231-510-3491

Putting out while we are putting up…..Harvest-time, begin-again…LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

A couple of spaces still in our last camp of the summer….

We are looking forward to our final week of Summer Camp which begins tomorrow!

You are registered this week:  August 13th-17th and our theme this week is “What’s Happening in the Woods?” where we will be exploring ecosystem insights and permaculture design through activities, games, songs, and stories.  Permaculture provides people with and creates restoration of relationship with the natural world.
One basis of relationship is ECOLOGY–informed observation of the living world; and the other is DESIGN—a positive, creative response to our own needs, and the logic of natural systems.  Through our exploration of ‘what’s happening in the woods’, we’ll take time to consider how the forest provides for food, water, shelter and community.
AND, among other things, we’ll be climbing trees, jumping across creeks and spending the WHOLE day outdoors!

We meet each day from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at our meeting place just across from Higher Grounds Trading and Coffee Shop @ the Village of Grand Traverse Commons.

This is our fourth year of a ZERO-Trash program at our Little Artshram workshop and camps, and each week we will explore the possibilities with our campers about reducing the use of package lunch waste…ZERO-Trash means:  we will have no trash-can on-site.  As in all things sustainable “zero-waste and zero-trash” is a process, not a destination. The goal is for all the waste we humans generate to be either reusable, recyclable or compostable. We are excited about the continued “experiment” of ZERO-Trash, as it is part of our Permaculture curriculum!

Please plan to arrive at our Little Arthshram Camp-site, near Higher Grounds, with the following:

Appropriate, mess–making, hot-weather  or cool-weather clothing (It depends….)
Sun-screen and plenty of fresh-drinking water in re-used bottles or containers (ZERO-Trash means using your own bottled water, not store-bought)
Shoes or sandals that are comfortable to protect your feet while hiking on the Munson Trails.
A good sack lunch and an afternoon snack…..

Here’s the daily-do:

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, and/or work on projects
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.
Friday’s are Family Days and we will determine (during the week) where we will meet (In our Village of GT Commons and Munson Woods neighborhood) from 11:00 until 1:00 pm for a picnic and storytelling/presentation/possible puppet show…

To Register:
info@littleartshram.org
231-510-3491

 

Tree climbing adventures in the Cedar Cathedral...

Tomorrow is a good day for SUMMER CAMP with Little Artshram!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Our final week of Little Artshram Summer Camp is NEXT WEEK, August 13th through 17th…..Still a few places for curious, amazing children and youth, 5 years and older, to join us….This is Here’s the daily-do:

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, and/or work on projects
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.
Friday’s are Family Days and we will determine (during the week) where we will meet (In our Village of GT Commons and Munson Woods neighborhood) from 11:00 until 1:00 pm for a picnic and storytelling/presentation/possible puppet show…

To Register:
info@littleartshram.org
231-510-3491

www.littleartshram.org

 

Summertime Awesomeness For Kids of almost all ages! Little Artshram’s Permaculture Summer Camp….LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

3 DAYS of a Special Summer Northern Michigan Permaculture Happenings, with author and teacher, Peter Bane (The Permaculture Handbook) and Keith D. Johnson.

Peter and Keith are longtime permaculture designers, consultants and teachers. They are co-creators and editors of the Permaculture Activist Magazine. Peter has recently written and had published The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country. Keith has just taught in a second, successful and inspiring Detroit Permaculture Design Course with Larry Santoyo, etal.

Peter and Keith are both delightful and wonderful human beings, who are willing to share their friendship, knowledge and skills during this special weekend visit to Traverse City, so please join us at any or all of these gatherings:
Friday, August 24th, @ the Peace Patch Garden site, 7th and Oak St, “A Garden Party” with Peter Bane and Keith D. Johnson, good food and special music, 6-8 pm, This is a Welcome to TC Fundraiser to support Peter and Keith’s visit, please help us spread the word…..We ask for suggested donation, $20 per person

AND: Saturday, Aug.25th and Sunday Aug 26th, @ O’k Studio and our garden-farm sites, 2-day Intensive: Our Needs: Garden Farming, Local & Global Resources, and a vision of Renaissance Farm (Saturday focus); AND Homesteading skills and off-grid technologies in Urban Garden Farms, with Peter Bane and Keith D. Johnson.

Peter Bane will be signing his book, The Permaculture Handbook on Monday, August 27th @ 6:00 PM at  Horizon Books, Front St., Traverse City.

MANY THANKS to our current sponsors O’k CSA, Continual University, Little Artshram, Oryana Natural Food Co-op and HigherGrounds Trading for supporting our efforts to keep a steady stream of permaculture educational opportunities happening!

Sponsorships available to help cover the minimal costs of bringing these folks to TC, and to help permaculture students in need.  Gracias.

Register in advance by contacting: penny.ok.art@gmail.com 2-day fee: $350.00

Don’t have that many greenback buckaroos?

Well, IF you really wish to attend Peter and Keith’s 2-day intensive/or come for 1 day, contact us for info on reduced fee and work exchange that is available  at our O’k CSA garden-farm sites this fall.

penny.ok.art@gmail.com
231-922-2014

.....el dia de la agua y permaculture con quatro pajaros....

 

Summer Permaculture Intensive in Traverse City with Peter Bane and Keith D. Johnson…LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Little Artshram announces our sponsorship of O’k Puppet Theaters’, original and wonderful, musical puppet play at the Traverse City Film Festival…..

This Friday, August 3, 2012, at the TCFF Kids Fest, in Traverse City,”In the Night Kitchen and Way Beyond” a puppet show paying tribute to the language of lines and the storytelling of Maurice Sendak! At Central Grade School @ 11:00 am!
O’k Puppet Theatre and the Pretty Good Players believe that the ancient art of puppetry and storytelling is a necessary, fun, and, powerfully transformative skill for our present day lives.  As we share this act of designing and performing stories with puppets and masks, we find that theater brings people together.  It builds community while also allowing for creativity to be revived, reconnected and renewed, whether we are performers or audience members.  It is with great respect and awe that we see the power and joy of this ancient art flourish in unsuspecting ways and places.

Since 1998, we have been using water, flour, newspaper, paint, cardboard and unlimited imagination to tell stories that explore the struggles and celebrations of human existence, fusing the arts, natural sciences, history and current events into multi-layered performances accessible to audiences of many ages.

Drawing inspiration from the world’s traditions of puppet and mask theater and its lively roots in transformative ritual and street theater, O’k Puppet Theater is inspired and long-time mentored by Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, in Minneapolis who creates vital, poetic theater for all ages and backgrounds.

In 2011, O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players, debuted at the Traverse City Film Festival performing “Shel is Swell” a tribute to Shel Silverstein at the Kids Fest.  This year, in addition to the artistic vision and design of Penny O’Krebiehl, the company is shaped by the talents of composer and musician Rokko Jans, violinist, Kerry Alspaugh, acting coach Michael Nunn, special guest performer Marian Methner and (pictured above) performers Emma Burns, Zoe Hall, Westley Hullman, and Gwen Mollica.  Gwen also contributed to the set design.

O’k Puppet Theater also conducts residencies, introducing children and youth to the fine-art of mask-making and puppetry, and helps hosts an annual Earth Day parade, creating a story-telling theme, with Little Artshram in their hometown of Traverse City, Michigan.

We invite you to join us and watch our short puppet and mask performance, created and produced in a 2-week “Puppet Camp” at O’k Studio with a small group of 4 budding puppeteers. We hope that you are struck by the visual poetry and elemental presence of the larger-than-life size characters; by surprising transformations from scene to scene; and by the live music that imbues our special tribute to Maurice Sendak as a performance with lyrical energy.

This Friday, August 3, 2012, at the TCFF Kids Fest, in Traverse City,”In the Night Kitchen and Way Beyond” a puppet show paying tribute to the language of lines and the storytelling of Maurice Sendak! At Central Grade School @ 11:00 am!

Brought to Traverse City by the O’k Puppet Theater and Pretty Good Players, with the grateful support of Little Artshram. 

More information:   penny.ok.art@gmail.com or 231-922-2014

A Special Puppet Show at the TCFF Kids Fest in Traverse CityLittleArtshram.org