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Organize your own festival

Are you interested in organizing your own ReSkilling Festival in your town, church, school, neighborhood? We have documented our process for organizing this festival. Check out the document here! We are also happy to share resources such as Excel, Word, and Google templates that we use in the organizing process. Contact us at or call Laura at 312-399-3918. We would love to see ReSkilling Festivals happening everywhere!

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Help us publicize!

It is 1 month away from the big event and we need your help publicizing! Our final event schedule — with all of the amazing workshops — will be posted within the week. Until then, show some love by RSVP’ing on Facebook! Please also use Facebook to forward the event to as many people as possible. You can also print this 8×11 flyer to put up in your workplace or anywhere you frequent!

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Simple Origami

Handout – Simple Origami Packet

Learn how simple and fun origami can be! We will cover the basic folding techniques used in almost all designs, as well as how to read origami diagrams so you can continue the fun on your own. In the class you will make a box (perfect for little gifts, like the homemade candy boxes!) and a few simple animals. If time allows, we will also fold an envelope using standard letter-sized paper. Hopefully, you will leave this session feeling confident to do origami on you own, and realizing that you don’t need special paper to do it!

Rebecca Streng

I am a project enthusiastic who has a particular interest in arts and crafts. I have done origami off and on over the years, but got re-inspired by it about a year ago. I love using it for gifts and card enhancements, especially since I can reuse all types of paper for my projects.

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Change Starts with a Passion

Handout – Change Starts With a Passion

Handout – My Passion Worksheet

Handout – My Passion Wrkst Examples

“The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow.” Many of you may have heard this quote and while its a great idea, we disagree. The youth of today not only have the power to be leaders today, but they need to be leaders today as well. As youth we must call out those who are not engaging in sustainable practices because they are threatening our future as well as the future of the entire planet.

As 6th graders Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva discovered that Girl Scout Cookies contained palm oil, an ingredient that results in rainforest destruction, endangers thousands of species and contributes to human rights abuses. They have spent the past five years working to convince this organization to live up to the social and environmental responsibility they preach by removing palm oil from their cookies. In this session they will use their project as an example to illustrate the ways youth have the power to follow their passions and create change. Participants of all ages will learn how to find their passions and then become successful advocates for their cause.

Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva

In 2007, as 11 year olds, Madison and Rhiannon earned their Girl Scout Bronze Award by raising awareness about the endangered orangutan and their rapid diminishing rainforest habitat in Indonesia and Malaysia. After learning that the Girl Scout Cookies they had sold for so many years contained palm oil, an ingredient that results in rainforest destruction and human rights abuses, the two girls launched a variety of campaigns in order to convince the Girl Scout organization to remove this ingredient from their cookies. They worked to educate consumers about the impacts of palm oil and motivate them to take action by demanding deforestation-free products. Now juniors in high school, Madison and Rhiannon have finally gained the opportunity to enter a dialogue with the Girl Scout organization and are committed to ensuring that Girl Scout Cookies are produced in an environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible way. After a recent trip to Colombia to learn about the human rights abuses occurring as a result of palm oil corporations, the girls have made it their mission to not only advocate for the rainforest that are destroyed for palm oil but for the inhabitants of these tropic forests whose livelihoods rely on this invaluable resource. As youth, Madison and Rhiannon have fought to make their voices heard and to show other youth the tremendous power they have to make a difference. It is their belief that with courage, passion, and perseverance, any person, regardless of their age, can create change within their local and international communities.

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Water Conservation With Olla Irrigation


Handout – Parts and Sources for Olla Irrigation

Subsurface garden watering by means of unglazed clay pots has been used for thousands of years by a number of civilizations to conserve water. This session will show how to construct “ollas” (Spanish for “pots”) out of common terra cotta clay pots, and build a gravity-fed irrigation system which can greatly reduce the amount of water and watering labor used in the garden. Participants will learn how to construct olla watering capsules out of clay pots and silicone caulk and how to develop a gravity fed watering system which can be supplied via city, well, or rain water.

Tom Bowes

Tom Bowes is an organic gardener, trained permaculturist, and energy educator who lives in Warren, Michigan. He has developed training courses for electrical professionals in photovoltaic system design and electric vehicle charging station installation. He has taught technical classes nationally for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and is a skilled fabricator who often repurposes odd electrical items for garden use.

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Preserving Fruits and Vegetables Through Home Canning

Handout – Preserving Fruits and Vegetables Through Home Canning

This session will introduce you to the basics of canning, address safety concerns, and give you the confidence to start canning on your own. Participates will learn the basics of canning fruits and vegetables, which includes: materials and equipment needed, steps and hands-on practice for preparing the fruit or vegetable, and canning jars using the hot water bath method.

This session will have a $2 fee.

Amanda Garzio-Hadzick and Zane Hadzick

Zane and Amanda are a husband and wife team who love good food, gardening, and home canning. Amanda grew-up helping her parents can homemade tomato sauce, salsa, and hot peppers. Currently, Amanda and Zane mainly preserve summer fruits to enjoy year-round.

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Introduction to Home Funeral & Green Burial

Handout – Green Burial

Handout – Green Burial – Michigan Instructions

Home Funerals and Green Burials are environmentally friendly and natural opitons for those who want to simplify their lifestyle and “death style.”  Learn how to plan ahead and talk with your family and friends about these options, which are inexpensive and available locally. Through the use of handouts and hearing the presenters personal story, participants with know what is necessary to plan their own home funeral and where green burial is available locally.

Beth Barbeau & Laura Bailey

Beth Barbeau (Midwife/Owner of & Laura Bailey (doula) are sisters who had a home funeral with their mother in 2009.   They found this natural ending to be healing, affordable and to be unexpectedly beautiful.   They’ve since helped others with their family’s journeys and home funeral.

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