Aug 14th Reskilling: weaving cattail mats & a mending Bee

6-9 p.m. –  Potluck, Skill-Share, & Clothing Swap at the Yellow Barn

6:00 Potluck:  Bring a dish to pass and your own plate and utensils.

6:30 pm:  While we are eating, Ryan Gourley of A2share.org will let us know about the great “sharing economy” opportunities in our area, and Laura Ruth Pasek will introduce the exciting new Ann Arbor Time Bank.

7 pm: Break into skillshare groups—here are the options:

  1. Join Rowena Conahan of the Nature Learning Community for a demonstration of how to sew a cattail mat for roofing a hand-built shelter.  These beautiful mats are easy to make from abundant, local materials, and are also easy to transport.  Great Lakes peoples covered homes with mats like these for many generations, and sewing them is a sensory delight.  Participants will get hands-on experience sewing mats.
  2. Or, join Barbara Lucas and friends for a “Mending Bee”—bring any clothes, socks, etc. that have holes or need buttons and we will work on them together!  (If you don’t have anything that needs fixing, come anyway—we’ll have extras on which to learn basic darning and mending skills.)

This month the A2Reskilling meet-up will include a clothing swap—bring your extras so they can  find a new home!

The Yellow Barn is located at 416 W. Huron (map). There is parking on-site, but in case it fills up, there is plenty of parking on Miller Ave just one block north of the Yellow Barn.

See you there!

from Rowena Conahan

cattail mat roofing

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July 10th ReSkilling : Bikes & Circuits

Join us on July 10th for a potluck and reskilling presentations at The Yellow Barn!

Arrive at 5:30-6pm for the potluck.  Bring your own plates, bowls, cups and utensils, as well as a dish to pass if you can.

Right about 7pm our two workshops will start:

Learn to Solder

All Hands Active Makerspace will conduct a Learn to Solder demonstration.  Equipment and safety glasses will be provided for anyone who wants to try this basic electronic skill.  AHA accepts donations.

Bicycle Repair and Maintenance

Volunteers from Common Cycle will teach some basics of bicycle repair and maintenance.  If desired, people can bring their bike to work on as time permits.

Join us for these great sessions, potluck and great conversations on July 10th, from 5:30-8:30 !

The Yellow Barn is located at 416 W. Huron (map). There is parking on-site, but in case it fills up, there is plenty of parking on Miller Ave just one block north of the Yellow Barn.

See you there!

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June 12th ReSkilling Event

Join us on June 12th for a potluck and reskilling presentations at The Yellow Barn!

Arrive at 5:30-6pm for the potluck.  Bring your own plates, bowls, cups and utensils, as well as a dish to pass if you can.

Right about 7pm our two workshops will start:

Cooking with Venison – Andrea Matthies

Andrea is promoting deer as a locally-harvested, lean, antibiotic-free alternative to beef—with a very small carbon footprint.  Bring your appetite, she will be serving Chili.  Andrea is the president of the Ann Arbor Wild Ones.

Green Drinks – Amanda Klain

Green drinks are soul food, they make your heart sing and everything good happens when you ingest fresh green foods. If dandelions to spinach, tart cherries, apples to peaches, sunflowers to hazelnuts sound like things you would like to eat more of, come check this class out; Amanda will demonstrate a couple of drinks and we will taste and experience together some exquisite bouquets of green grandeur.  (Sample smoothies will be limited, so arrive early & secure your spot, if you want to insure you get samples)

Join us for these great sessions, potluck and great conversations at the Yellow Barn (map) on June 12th, from 5:30-8:30

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And We’re Back!

Ann Arbor Reskilling is warming up again with monthly events at our new location: The Yellow Barn!

We would be delighted if you could join us at for our first monthly event on June 12th at 5:30pm for a potluck followed by two ReSkilling workshops at 7:00. The event will be open to the community and free to participants with a suggested donation to support the Yellow Barn and the future of ReSkilling.

Where is it?

The Yellow Barn is located at 416 W. Huron.  There is parking on-site, but in case it fills up, there is plenty of parking on Miller Ave just one block north of the Yellow Barn.

What should I bring?

If possible, bring anything you’d like to the potluck, as well as a small donation to help support the Yellow Barn and to keep these monthly events going.  Please bring reusable dishes and utensils for the potluck to help us cut down on waste.

Workshop details coming soon!

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Handouts Posted

Here’s a much belated but heartfelt thank-you from the ReSkilling Festival Organizing Committee.  This year’s festival was a great success in terms of both attendance (nearly 400!) and quality of presentations.  Without the many hours of volunteer service from our fantastic presenters and volunteers, this couldn’t have been possible.  And thank you all for attending, we hope you had a lot of fun and took home some useful skills.

In case you weren’t able to take home a workshop handout or you had to miss a one altogether, we have (also belatedly) posted some handouts on the sessions’ respective pages.  Click here for a list of the February 2013 Festival workshops to quickly find them.

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The Festival is Here!

TODAY, Sunday Feb. 10th  

Doors open at 10:30, classes 11-5
drop-ins welcome
2230 Pontiac Trail
Today is the day of the Ann Arbor ReSkilling Festival!  Don’t forget to check our Directions page for transportation and parking info, as well as a list of what to bring to the Festival.  Hope to see you there!

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Natural Building & Rocket Stoves

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Deanne Bednar will be showing slides of the buildings & projects at the Strawbale Studio ~ located one hour north of Detroit on wooded rural land: the new timber-framed thatched roof Retreat Cabin, the Strawbale Studio, Earth Oven, Wood Shelter with round poles and a living roof, Cob Rumford Fireplace & more.  Also covered will be the principles of designing & building a Rocket Stove heated bench, and Rocket Outdoor Cooker.

 Deanne Bednar – Strawbale Studio

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Deanne has been doing natural building since taking a course from Cob Cottage Company in 1996, and for the last 10 years has been teaching natural building & sustainable living skills at the Strawbale Studio outside Oxford, MI. She is the Illustrator of the Hand-Sculpted House, The Natural Plaster Book and the Cobbers’ Companion. Deanne has a Masters in Social Ecology from Goddard College with a focus on earthen plasters & sculptures and roof thatching with reed grass.

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