Yippee! It’s our 9TH year of offering the BEST Summer Camp for kids and youth in Traverse City!
Summer Camp 2013
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

June 24-28th,

July 8th-12th &

August 5th-9th

PLUS! Little Artshram is partnering with O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players for 2 weeks of Puppet Camp!  Held at O’k Art Studio in Traverse City, for children and youth 5 years and older,
July 22nd -August 2nd, with a performance at the Traverse City Film Fest!
More information on our summer programs below….
Photo: Yippee! </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>It's our 9TH year of offering the BEST Summer Camp for kids and youth in Traverse City!</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Join us for a week of our<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />2013 SUMMER CAMP, In the Munson Woods, behind Higher Grounds, for children and youth 5 years and older</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>June 24-28th,<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />July 8th-12th &<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />August 5th-9th</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>PLUS! We’re partnering with O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players for 2 weeks of Puppet Camp!</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Held at O'k Art Studio in Traverse City, for children and youth 5 years and older</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>July 22nd -August 2nd, with a performance at the Traverse City Film Fest!</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Summer fun in Traverse City, Michigan!</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Registration information available:<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />info@littleartshram.org<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />www.littleartshram.org<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />231-735-8370
What do we do in our Permaculture Summer Camps for kids and youth?
Little Artshram Summer Camp offers a curriculum based in a creative, nature awareness inspired approach, also known as Permaculture – which embodies the ethics of caring for the earth, caring for other people, and giving something back. Our programs are guided by an ecological design process, with permaculture principles demonstrated through projects, and skill-sharing, creating an empowering and paradigm-shifting experience. We spend 99.5 percent of our time outdoors!

In the garden we learn how to turn waste into compost, guild-building, planting-tending-harvesting, and more; We’ll be learning about trees, “tame and wild” food and plant identification; Bird language; Shelter building; Cartooning and nature sketching; Experiment with mapping and navigation skills; We’ll explore and wander in our nearby woods; Play games, sing and write songs; Make trusting friendships, Learn from inspiring mentors; Have fun with nature games and storytelling; Learn herbal remedies and harvest edible plants and gardening like the forest, and more.
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….Here’s a bit MORE of the Puppet Camp news:

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

We hope you will join us and share in so much summer fun in Traverse City, Michigan!

Registration information available:




BIG Fun in Traverse City! Summer Camp and Puppet CampLittleArtshram.org

Little Artshram was nominated for a NMEAC award in the Educator, Agriculture and Grassroots Group category and even though we don’t know who will be “named” as the recipient of that award—-from a distance we send our gratitude for just being in the running!

Greetings from another place—

Good morning! I’m in Minneapolis, invited to dig deeper in my continued education and the learnings of community art and street theater with two weeks of work as a guest giving back to the puppet people at In the Heart of the Beast and their annual Mayday event.

The beauty of this long-term mentoring and relationship with HOBT was seen in the result of the 24th Annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade held just last Saturday in Traverse City, with a four week residency with one of their longtime puppeteers, George Meyer working alongside of me and all the friends of Little Artshram that presented our storytelling parade to the TC community!

I wish to share a heap of gratitude and appreciation to the community, including Bob and Sally of the Neahtawanta Center–who invited me to lead a mask-making workshop in 2000— and also to the NMEAC organization for the tenacious-persistence and commitment of honoring all the great folks doing great and good work in our bio-regions in North West Michigan.

Our continued belief in each other with our work and the way in which we do our earth-care, people-care and fair-share tasks is indeed a very basic and understandable need. We need each other through our individual work and self-actualization process as a human species–choosing to do that kind of good necessary work—And also as we re-build basic systems that bring humbling, sensibility, balance, hope and trust into our lives as a human community connected to all the other communities that make up OUR BLESSED planet earth.

The recognition that you are giving to Little Artshram’s efforts as educators—with admission that we are all students and all teachers—As a supporter of and recognizing that agriculture could use a good composting and turning to become in actuality what it needs to be: “im-permaculture”—And your support and understanding that as a “little” grassroots organization one of our valued roles has and will continue as a catalyst for other guild-like structures to branch off, grow their own and remember to keep–focusing on children, youth and families who do care about tending, mending and doing the right thing for our planet.

Little Artshram and myself are deeply honored to be a part of all of the folks being honored and recognized in the 2013 NMEAC awards and if I was actually there—I’d lead a rousing version of “Skinamarink-a-dink-a dink” for you ALL!

We are still working to cover the costs of the 2013 Earth Day Parade.  Can you support us with a gift of $20 or more?

We will gratefully accept any amount, and ask that you send it to us via mail at the address below OR go to the top right corner of this page and just beneath the crow and sunflower you can donate on-line via our Causes account.

Thank you for your support and belief in our work!


`penny Krebiehl

Little Artshram Directress and Founder

Little Artshram

P.O. Box 844, Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Making of the Seeds Circle

Gratitude, Thanks and keepin’ on keeping on…LittleArtshram.org

O'k CSA and LLOOFLittle Artshram is supporting the work of O’k CSA as they develop the LLOOF(Learning Local on Organic Farms) project, which presently fills the niche for part of our Summer 2013 apprentice and intern needs:

We celebrate O’k CSA and the Market Garden’s 7th year as Traverse City’s first Urban CSA involving area youth and adults as market garden-farmers.  We have exciting changes in this year’s Market Garden and CSA program, which is part of the Urban Farm Collective and includes 3 additional, neighborhood and community gardens in Traverse City. AND, also celebrating the second year of the LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) program that provides a work-exchange and permaculture training for green-collar jobs planning, planting, tending and harvesting the CSA gardens!

IMG_4154REGISTRATION IS OPEN, from February 1st, until March 1st, 2013 to apply for the 12  LLOOFing positions that will be offered during this growing season.

This project is based on both a  CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, and inspired by WWOOF, the world-wide version of what we are bringing you locally through LLOOFing.

Basic HOW-to become a LLOOFer:  LLOOFers fill out an application (Feb-March 2013) and sign an agreement that informs them of their work schedule/hours; the garden-farm lesson and Intro. to permaculture training schedule; and PDC certification schedule.  While the Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design is a prerequisite to earning a Permaculture Design Certificate through O’k CSA and Permaculture Design, to earn a PDC requires no less than 72 hours of class time plus a group design project, field practice and a final test.  The value of the six-month training for each LLOOFer who completes the work-exchange agreement (commitment ) is offered as follows:

  • Garden-Farm mentoring (10 lessons/HOW-to’s focused on urban-neighborhood/back-yard gardening)  $300.00
  • Intro. to Urban Perm Design Training (40 hours, focused on Effective Permaculture Design-Step-by-step, People/Social permaculture system design, w/ themes of food-forest and garden-farming pattern language)  $650.00
  • CSA weekly food share (July-Sept)  $350.00
  • Permaculture Design Course towards certification(72 hours) $1,250.00

After the 2013 growing season in Traverse City, our vision is to expand and offer LLOOF throughout Michigan, dividing into regions.  Each region’s organization will exist independently within the LLOOF network and the original LLOOF Project located in Traverse City will organize a low annual membership fee–in any combination of the following economic forms of: money, gifting, bartering, trade or work-exchange.

In order to meet the pre-season and post-season work schedule for our CSA and Market garden, we’ll be staggering the LLOOF positions to cover a full-six months of Permaculture and Garden-Farming experiential learning, beginning in April through September 2013.  LLOOFers who complete 285 hours of work exchange hours, (with work hours fully documented) are eligible to receive all or part of the above offerings.

Contact:  penny.ok.art@gmail.com   231-922-2014 (Please leave a message)

Application & Agreement – http://www.littleartshram.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/LLOOF-application-and-agreement-2013.pdf

Download a brochure to become a shareholder in O’k CSA here: http://pennyokart.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Ok-CSA-Brochure-2013.pdf


Get LLOOFing!LittleArtshram.org
Sleeping Bear Dunes: Photo used by Little Artshram with permission from Ken Scott.

Photo used by Little Artshram with permission from Ken Scott.

GREETINGS from the freezing North West land along the edge of Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay!Many thanks for your participation and/or interest in the planning of a Michigan Permaculture Convergence for Fall of 2013.  Please forward this email to anyone you know who may also have an interest.
We invite everyone from ALL the Michigan/Great Lakes regions to join in.

Our second meeting is:

Monday, January 28th, 6 pm 
O’k Studio, 514 Second St., In the Alley, Traverse City, MI 49684 


-To stay connected and informed, SIGN-up and be a part of planning the convergence, checking in through forums and a calendar of convergence info/ and permaculture events happening in Michigan through the new Michigan Permaculture Convergence website here:  www.permaculture.littleartshram.org

-For a quick chat/updates, as we build our Michigan and Great Lakes Permaculture network join us on the Facebook group, Just click on the link here: 
and you will be taken to the page if you belong to Facebook.
-Build an outline of criteria for choosing the convergence site.
-Add your site recommendation here:  http://www.communitywalk.com/michigan_permaculture_convergence_site
The site & method by which we choose the site, will be a primary point of discussion on the 28th.  

-Skype and techno hookups provided for our farther away folks t/b/a via Bill Palladino

-Webpage status: Flint Horton and Zach Power

Webpage hosted by our fiduciary Little Artshram at the address:www.permaculture.littleartshram.org


Penny Krebiehl will continue to admin the FB group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/MichiganPermacultureConverge/

-Legislative action
Betsy could help?  What do we want to achieve and in what timeframe?  Are there active considerations we want to support or oppose?
-Email:  Lish Brown  lish@growsharefeed.org

Consider other topics for Monday’s meeting – please email Lish or Penny to add items to the agenda.
You are receiving this email because you have an interest in permaculture.  If you do not wish to receive emails about the planning of this event, please email me, Lish Brown at lish@growsharefeed.org and I will remove you from this planning committee list.
We are currently keeping this list of emails private.  We will determine as a group how we will proceed.  If you have a preference to keep your email private from others, please let me know.  
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me and I will do my best to help.  You can also email Penny Krebiehl at penny.ok.art@gmail.com.
Thanks again.  We look forward to seeing you at O’k Studio and/or talking with you next Monday at 6 pm!  Please pass it on.
Michigan Permaculture Convergence 2013 planning continues in our Winter-Wonderland-January-FreezeLittleArtshram.org

A plan is underway for a Michigan/MidWest Permaculture Convergence to take place perhaps somewhere in the beautiful North West Michigan area in the Summer of 2013.

The idea of this convergence is to offer a new community-building/community-training vision, We will select a site and invite the permaculture designers in the area to create a space for the event to showcase permaculture elements.

When the convergence is over the infrastructure will be left behind for the community to use. This also creates a low impact event on the land being used for the site. It will also serve as an example for the community of a large event with a very small footprint.

Next year, the convergence will move to a new Michigan community and repeat the process.

Join us for the upcoming meeting on Jan. 14th in Traverse City, @ 514 Second St., in the Alley 6 pm—-just behind Salon Verve and to the east off the corner of Oak/Second/Randolph Sts. Parking available behind the empty chiropractors’ office.

Monday, January 14, 2013 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Little Artshram in Traverse City, Michigan

& via Skype

Meeting Facilitator: Betsy Coffia

Little Artshram is honored to participate and act as Convergence fiduciary.

We are working toward the objective of hosting the first Michigan-area Permaculture Convergence. We want & need your participation to do the initial brainstorming and planning to define this event. Please join us!

This is an enormous opportuIMG_1313nity to fuse and highlight the incredible permaculture activity throughout Michigan and possibly the multi-state region.

Please keep inviting and linking others in the Michigan and Mid West regions to join the Facebook  group to enter into discussions and check out notes and organizational progress and get involved: https://www.facebook.com/groups/582546135104494/

First Michigan Permaculture Convergence Planning meeting, Monday 1-14-13 in Traverse CityLittleArtshram.org