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Little A and Friends, May Skill-share….

Saturday May 17th, Skill Share:
A Creative Leap from Community Gardening
to Wandering in the Woods
Traverse City, Michigan

The focus areas of this skill-share are:   Food, Water,
Shelter and Community, with an invitation to expand our creative minds
through an introduction of Permaculture’s basic and ancient wisdom.

This one-day of workshops will integrate the topics of: Permi-Arts through storytelling and music-making;
Building a Community Garden or growing your food in your backyard;
Wandering in the Woods–fine-tuning our Nature Awareness and Primitive Skills;
and, to offer simple
ways to become more self-reliant and earth-friendly.

WHERE:  The TC Community Gardens and Art-Farm Workshop,
and the nearby Munson Woods, in Traverse City, Michigan

TIME:  9:00 AM until dusk,
This is an all-day affair!
SO, bring a sack lunch and something to drink, and a dish to share for the evening potluck.

(P.S. ZERO-Trash please. Pack it in, Pack it out)

COST:  $5.00 donation per workshop, thanks!
PLEASE, R.S.V.P. by REGISTERING for the workshops of your choice.

Sponsored by:  Little Artshram, The TC Primitive Skills Core Group,
The Herbal Alliance of Northern Michigan & Community Garden friends…

For more information and registration form:

Here’s the mighty wonderful schedule so far…..

9AM-introduction, on-going all day,  Permi-Puppet Theater
A family-friendly basic hands-on workshop of Permiculture’s ethics and principles. Pull your puppet troupe together, and join in on a day-long, mini-design Puppet and Mask theater project.  Permi-Puppet Theater performances will be presented during our evening potluck and music gathering.

9:30-introduction, on-going all day,   Rewilding
Edible plants including a salad mix and teas…Water demonstration of improvised filtering techniques.  Also rock boiling, the solar still, the transpiration bag, and more….Debris hut shelter, and other examples…..Friction fire demonstration/workshop.

10-11 AM   Gardening for “Squares”  with Lou Blouin

This workshop will teach you basic intensive gardening techniques that allow you to grow way more vegetables in less space with less watering and weeding. Through an understanding of soil conditioning, efficient garden planning, and techniques like mulching you’ll learn how to grow a compact backyard garden that’s more productive than you ever thought possible.  

10-11 AM  Fairy Finding Fundamentals with Nadia & Sonja Daniels Moehle( & David and Amy)
(Re)learn to walk in nature from a child or fairy’s perspective.  Create outdoors works of art that disappear into nature.  We’ll walk and collect and create.  Equipment needs:  Imagination. 

12 Noon demo, on-going   Seed Bomb-makin’
Definition: (noun) Tidy packages composed of seeds mixed with dense, fertile compost, wrapped in a protective coating of mineral-rich clay.

1-2 PM  Compost Building and Compost Tea

Always wanted to learn compost?  Let Bev Howes help you start your free soil-building system and brew up some tasty tea.

2-3 PM  Nature Journaling
Learn a simple book-binding technique with recycled and natural found objects, with a “how-to” cartoon/illustrate as you record and practice the careful study of observing natural patterns.

2-3 PM  Family Herbal with by Kathy Bartell

Nature teaches us that plants, animals and people all depend on each other and that all things in nature work together. An herb plant is commonly known as a useful plant for flavoring, tea or medicine. This workshop is focused on herbs and understanding the interdependence and responsibility that they provide.  We’ll make a Living Spice Rack & Natures’ Medicine Chest. 

3-4 PM  The Wonderful World of Soil

with Kirk Waterstripe

4-5 PM  Frog Walk

with Steve Lagerquist

4-6 PM   Plant Swap
Sponsored by the Herbal Alliance of Northern Michigan.  Bring a plant, take a plant….Bring two plants, take two plants….Seed and seedling sharing also.

6 PM until ?  Potluck with Puppet Shows and Music-making afterwards!


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TWO Great Workshops, one after the other, April 19th!

Grass Roots: Herbal Healing for Everyone with Herbalists: Joyce Wardwell and Jim McDonaldApril 19th at the Traverse District Library, 9 AM to 4 PM

Pre-registration required $35-50 sliding scale.

Joyce Wardwell is an herbalist of 35 years, teacher, storyteller, writer and promoter of the power of self-care. Her eclectic background encompasses Western, Chinese, Native Armenian and kitchen knowledge and she makes herbalism understandable and simple. For many years Wardwell published the herbal newsletter called “Herbal Voices”, and is the author of “The Herbal Remedy Book: Simple Recipes for Tinctures, Teas, Salves, Tonics, and Syrups” .

Jim McDonald, lives in Michigan, and offers a perspective of herbalism that blends western folk and indigenous views of healing with the vitalist traditions of 19th century western herbalism. He has offered classes throughout the Great Lakes bioregion and nationally, hosts the website:, and is currently writing “A Great Lakes Herbal”. Jim is a community herbalist, a manic wild crafter and medicine maker, and has been an ardent student of the most learned teachers of herb craft….the plants themselves.

Sponsored by the Herbal Alliance of Northern Michigan

For printable registration form contact or pick one up at the Traverse Area District Library.


Earth Day Tree Walk guided by Bruce Holland-Moritz aka The GreenMan

Saturday, April 19th, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

The Earth Day Tree Walk is being offered as a basic appreciation and learning identification methods, as well as understanding some of the edible, medicinal, and ecological importance of the trees that are our neighbors in our Northern Michigan home-place.

Meet at the ArtCenter of TC, and we’ll wander around Bldg. #50 grounds learning about the unusual trees collected and planted by Dr. Munson, and then, for those who wish to take a heftier hike, we will head back on the Munson Trails to consider native trees in the natural areas.

This is a free event, welcoming all ages. Donations will be gratefully accepted, and go towards the Earth Day Parade.

Please RSVP at the number below, or by emailing:

Sponsored by: Little Artshram and The Primitive Skills Core Group

For more information on the Earth Day Tree Walk:

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