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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Vendors

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This year, we’ll be opening up the auditorium to local vendors.  As this is the ReSkilling Festival, each vendor will be prepared to teach you one-on-one how they do what they do, from sample steps to a full walkthrough of the process.  A portion of vendor profits will go toward supporting the Festival, so a purchase from them will not only help support local artisans, but it’ll also help keep the Festival going in the future.  Please don’t forget to bring some cash with you on Sunday!  Below is a list of the vendors we’ll have at the Festival:

  • A2DIY - Sarah Collins
  • All Natural, Gourmet & Homemade  Dog Goodies - Paula TenBrink
  • Bead Jewelry - Ashley Cook
  • Bottle Art - Orian Zakai
  • Dog Coats, Cat Toys and Knit Goods - Marla Swartz
  • Handpainted Handbags - Melissa Phythian
  • Handspun Yarn and Finished Goods - Marge Mills
  • Homemade Baguettes - Suzanne Murray, LaBaguetteA2.com
  • Indoor Growing Equipment - Andrew Billing, Growing Hope
  • Isha Craft - Jennifer Young
  • Mushroom Growing Kits - Chris Wright
  • Raw Catfood - Christina Guldi
  • Used Books (with a focus on topics relevant to this festival) - ReadersForum

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Freecycling

Freecycle LQThis Festival we will once again offer a Freecycling table.  If you have clothing, books, tools, anything you no longer use, bring it to the Festival so it can find a good home with another ReSkiller.  If you find your items still on the table at the end of the day, please feel free to take them home again.

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Zero Waste Festival

Recycling

The ReSkilling Festival is going Zero Waste!  With your help we will try to recycle, reuse or compost all the potential waste generated by the festival.  One way you can help us is to bring your own cups/bowls/spoons for lunch.  We will also offer 100% biodegradable options for a small suggested donation,  but this small effort will go a long way to making the ReSkilling Festival truly sustainable.

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Acoustic Accompaniment

Pat Predd

We are proud to once again host Detroit Singer/Songwriter Pat Predd at this year’s festival.  Come to the commons during lunch to grab some delicious food, network with other ReSkillers and enjoy Pat’s acoustic set.

Patrick Predd

Since 2005, industry pros and peers alike have been dishing the compliments about the songwriting style and vocal chops of this Detroit-area singer/songwriter. Finalist for 2008 ISSA Singer-Songwriter of the Year, a grass-roots fan base is steadily building for his passionate and personal live performances since his first public outing in Spring of 2008.

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