Outdoor Pursuits

Great workshops that anyone can sign up for!

 

 How To Register:

– Choose a workshop and click on the link to register your group

– Select a few options for dates that fit your schdule

– Bring friends, family or the kids (a minimum of three is required)

– Have each person in your group complete a registration form

– Anyone else of your choosing can join your group at any time!

– Workshops with  **  can be requested for ages as young as 7 years

 

< for questions or to request one payment for your whole group instead of individuals, please email us at info@earthworksinst.org >

 

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Intro to Ancient Storytelling Workshop**   NEW

Writing in Nature$20.00 / person Max 10 people

2 hours

In this indoor/outdoor workshop, learn the ancient wisdom and secrets of ecology passed down through generations by the indigenous peoples of our land. Their stories help us bridge the understanding between people and the natural world- unifying humans, plants and all that lives within the greater cycle of coming and going. We will journey through nature, listening to Native tales of wisdom to understand their meaning in the natural world. This experience will be supplemented by lessons about plants, animals and survival. By combining these experiences, we can even begin crafting a unique tale of our own. We look forward to sharing this art form and passing on the traditional ecological knowledge to all that wish to join us!

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Friction Fire

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$20.00/person

Max 8 people  (Must be at least  9 yrs of age)

3 hours

Learn ancient friction fire methods used by humans for tens of thousands of years. This class will teach you all of the basic knowledge of carving and fire building necessary to make a fire with you bare hands. We will use time honored techniques and materials collected from the natural world to create warmth, purify water and maybe even sample some wild edibles! Methods taught in the class will include Bow-drill and 2-person drill. Expect a few challenges to up the excitement factor because this class will take place entirely outdoors! Remember to bring rugged, weather-appropriate clothes, wear your boots, and bring water to keep you fueled. We’ll be sure to rekindle that wild spirit!

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Intro to Wilderness Survival

Wilderness Survival 2

$20.00/person

Max 8 people   (Must be at least  9 yrs of age)

3 hours

Take it outside with a wilderness survival workshop. This class covers the basic survival sequence: shelter, fire, water, food including concepts of how to keep the elements at bay, where to look for food and finding your way home. Expect a few challenges to up the excitement factor because this class will take place entirely outdoors. Remember to dress for the weather with rugged cloths (maybe a bring a layer or two), wear your boots/close-toes shoes and bring water/snacks to keep you fueled. We’ll be sure to rekindle that wild spirit! (All programs are held at green space locations within the Rochester area)

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Forest Foraging and Cooking (Fall and Spring) **

Outdoor cooking

$25.00/person

Max 8 people

3 hours

Slow down from the rushed pace of the modern world and step into timelessness. Learn about the joy of food in a way that few people today ever will … with the ancient practice and knowledge of gathering wild edibles. Join us for a delicious and unique experience that connects you to your world in a very powerful way. Developing relationships with wild edible plants brings great meaning to life, and brings health to the body, mind, heart and spirit. There are so many reasons why people love edible wild plants besides the fact that they’re free; a higher nutrition content than store bought food and gathered freshly by in season – it really doesn’t get any better!  This season, come and find and feast on some of the best wild food NY has to offer! (All programs are held at green space locations within the Rochester area)

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Forest Games for Kids**

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$26.00/1st Child   $16/2nd Child  

 Max 15 children

4 hours

Give your child the gift of the wild! In this program we will explore the world through ancient games. From a primitive game of weasel tree, to an exhilarating non-stop running games of fox tails, Fire in the Sun, Predator Prey Capture the Flag and on! Our young coyotes will be howling for more. Our games are designed to teach about the relationships in nature while making sure the excitement never stops. They’ll play hard in the forest and live in the spirit of camaraderie! (All programs are held at green space locations within the Rochester area)

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Shelter Building **

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$15/person

 Max 10 people

3 hours

Protection from exposure in the elements is very important. Shelter not only protects you from adverse weather, but also gives you the mental security that could make or break a survival situation.  Like fire, shelter can give us hope and a sense of accomplishment – shelter becomes sanctuary. This introductory workshop will offer the skills and knowledge that can help you to not only become more familiar with yourself and the natural world, but also to increase your chances of survival. Put down your phones, iPads and video games….and challenge yourself to be at home in the real world. (All programs are held at green space locations within the Rochester area)

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Primitive Tools and Crafts **

Primitive tools

$30/person

 Max 8 people

3 hours

This workshop is about using all the gifts nature has to offer to get creative with survival. We offer the basics of working with animal hides, creating stone tools and, learning how to use plants for baskets, rope and utensils. Whichever skills you choose, you will also be surprised to discover the versatility of fire for more than just keeping warm! Using ancient stories, knowledge and harvest methods passed down through hundreds of generations, we offer a unique leisure time experience in any season. Come explore your woodland home and make some relics to be proud of!   (All programs are held at green space locations within the Rochester area)

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Traditional Spoon Carving

Spooncarving

$30/person

 Max 8 people    (Must be at least  12 yrs of age)

3 hours

Join Earthworks to learn a traditional skill in wood crafting. During this program we immerse ourselves in a forest setting and begin to understand that trees are not just part of a backdrop and ultimately enhance our appreciation of the native woodland. You will be learning tree identification, wood properties, proper pruning and the ethical and sustainable sourcing of materials. Additionally, we teach you knife and axe safety, preparing spoon blanks, tool maintenance and aftercare of finished spoons. At the end of the program, you will have a wooden spoon for cooking or eating that you made! No prior carving/woodworking experience necessary, just a willingness to learn a new craft.

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bow-making

Intro to Bow Making

SPECIAL WEEKEND WORKSHOP

Minimum of 5 /Maximum of 12     (Must be at least  15 yrs of age)

Designed to put real skills in your hands and your phone in your pocket, this sleep away event teaches time honored techniques for carving your own wooden bow (self bow). A tool of many uses, for thousands of years the Japanese have associated the bow with physical, moral, and spiritual development. It is said that a proper understanding of the bow is synonymous with the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty.  With the use of traditional techniques and basic hand tools, you can learn the meditative craft of woodworking – a skill of a thousand teachings and one that lasts forever.  You don’t have to be eco-friendly to enjoy a couple days spent with nature. We offer more than a lesson, we offer experience (and promise a better connection than Wi-Fi). At Earthworks, we teach people not only what it means to survive, but how to succeed in the real world. The only tool required is a willingness to try!

Typical Saturday Arrival begins at 10am

Sample Pricing:

Basic   –   $150.00     Camping     –    Free
Bed   –  add $25.00    All Meals   –    add $25.00

Location: Our overnight workshops usually take place at Shimmering Light Farm in Bristol, NY. This location boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the finger lakes region, with miles of trails and plenty of space to camp under the open sky. If you prefer cozy accommodations, the Farm offers beds in the recently constructed Renewal Center. Please visit  http://www.shimmeringlight.info/  to learn more about this great location.

Meals: Include late lunchtime snacks, dinner and breakfast, we offer a vegetarian menu that includes fruit, granola, yogurt/milk, juice, coffee, tea, veggie burritos, salads, chips and more. We ask that you bring your own setting (bowl/utensils/mug) to help us reduce waste.

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Kyudo, which literally means The Way of the Bow, is considered by many to be the purest of all the martial ways. In the past, the Japanese bow was used for hunting, war, court ceremonies, games, and contests of skill. The original word for Japanese archery was kyujutsu (bow technique) which encompassed the skills and techniques of the warrior archer. Some of the ancient schools, survive today, but the days where the Japanese bow was used as a weapon are long past. From this same practice was born modern kyudo. Known for inspiring zen-related sayings such as, &quot;one shot, one life&quot; and &quot;shooting should be like flowing water,&quot; kyudo is now practiced primarily as a method of physical, moral, and spiritual development. The essence of modern kyudo is said to be synonymous with the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty: 1Truth in kyudo is manifested in shooting that is pure and right-minded, where the three elements of attitude, movement, and technique unite in a state of perfect harmony. Goodness encompasses such qualities as courtesy, compassion, morality, and non-aggression. In kyudo, goodness is shown by displaying proper attitude and behavior in all situations. A good kyudo archer is a person who maintains his or her composure and grace even in times of great stress or conflict. Beauty both enhances life and stimulates the spirit. In kyudo, truth and goodness,themselves, are considered beautiful.
1 Special thanks to Dan and Jackie DeProspero of www.Kyudo.com for providing the content with background and history of kyudo.

 

Tracking and Nature Awareness**

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$10/person

 Max 15 people

2 hours

Learn the time-honored techniques of basic tracking and stalking as you explore one of Rochester’s many beautiful green spaces. This workshop is about tuning into your true primal awareness and reading the signs of the natural world hidden all around you.  If you have never stalked silence like a fox, listened to a forest alarm, or tried to vanish without a sound, this may be the adventure you’ve been waiting for. Let us bring you to a world where your senses are key and nature knows best for survival! (All programs are held at green space locations within the Rochester area).

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3-Day Wilderness Workshop **

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$60/person

 Max 15 people

3 hours each day

This three-day workshop gives you in depth experience into what it means to be one with the forest. With lots of time to trek, talk and learn skills, you will practice the survival sequence: shelter, fire, water, food followed by natural navigation and tool use. In this class we will not only teach you but test your knowledge. Can you keep warm in the cold and snow? Could you find food? Maybe we’ll even challenge you to find your way home. If you’re up for an adventure, come and show us what your made of! Expect to rough the elements because this class will take place entirely outdoors.(All programs are held at green space locations within the Rochester area)

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Special Programs for Families with Little Ones


 

Changes All Around Us

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$10/1 child & 2 parents      $3.00/add child

 Max 15 people   (Must be at least  4 yrs of age)

2 hours

Life is always in transition, and the change of seasons is a great time to notice the myriad changes in the natural world. Cicadas grow and burst through their shells, rocks are worn down by water, and trees fall and return to the earth. We’ll look for the signs of change in plants, rocks, and animals, from growth to decay, happening all around us.

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Getting Ready

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$10/1 child & 2 parents      $3.00/add child

 Max 15 people   (Must be at least  4 yrs of age)

2 hours

As the seasons change, everyone in our region is anticipating the weather and getting ready for what’s to come. Animals, insects, birds, plants, trees, and humans all prepare for the cold or warmth, longer or short days, different wild foods to forage and more. We’ll look for the signs that demonstrate that the animals and plants are getting ready, and think about how we would prepare for the coming season if we lived in wild nature!

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A Bug’s Eye View

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$10/1 child & 2 parents      $3.00/add child

 Max 15 people  (Must be at least  4 yrs of age)

2 hours

 

What does the world look like to an arthropod? What looks like a cozy home, and what looks like a danger zone? Spend some time looking at the world from a different angle, use a magnifying lens to see the world from a bug’s point of view, and observe the insects, arachnids and myriapods that share the earth with us.

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Weird Nature

Growing goodness

$10/1 child & 2 parents      $3.00/add child

 Max 15 people   (Must be at least  4 yrs of age)

2 hours

Ecological relationships exist between all living things and this program will highlight just how interdependent everything truly is. We will explore the common and “weird” connections that exist in nature and ecology including zombie snails, glow in the dark fungus, the relationship between acid rain and ovenbird eggshells, and much more. Prepare to see nature in a new light as we pluck the web in one place and feel the vibration throughout.

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Sensory Walk

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$10/1 child & 2 parents      $3.00/add child

 Max 15 people   (Must be at least  4 yrs of age)

2 hours

Reconnecting with yourself is just as important as reconnecting with nature. What’s better? Experiencing both at once. Join us for a sensory walk complete with periods of deep breathing and sensory experiences: feeling the warm sun and cool breeze, smelling the fresh flora, listening for the smallest rustling of other living creatures. The program is sure to increase your natural awareness and renew your soul. This program is great for the whole family and young kids!

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