Category Archives: Monthly Events

Huron River Day

Huron River Day (May 19) was a great success! With a little help from Permaculture Ann Arbor, we created a John Todd style floating island designed to clean rivers and engaged children to come up with how they would clean the river. Keep your eyes open for our June potluck!

Jim Bates with a floating island

Jim Bates with a floating island

Jim Bates with a floating island

Jim Bates with a floating island

Miss Michigan

Sheldon Smith

Sheldon Smith

System overview

Home-scale shrimp aquaculture eco-machine

Floating park restorers

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Summer Break

2018 - on summer Vacation FLYER

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June 24, 2018 · 9:29 pm

March Newsletter

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March 7, 2018 · 10:29 am

Eco-Challenge Potluck, Sculpting with Cob, and Transition 2.0

March 16th 2018 5:30-8:30 1979 McKinley Ave Ypsilanti MI

Arrive at 5:30-5:45PM for the potluck. Bring your own dish to pass and the recipe for our community recipe book. We will invite you to get food at 5:45PM and will introduce the Eco-challenge topic before we transition to the workshop at 6:30pm.

**This is a family-friendly event – kid’s activity available during workshop.**

6:30 Sculpting With Cob and “Transition 2.0” movie night

Practice sculpting with cob

Curious about cob, but haven’t gotten to a full natural building class? Build a model house, or animal, or anything. Mostly self guided with some basic instruction.

“Transition 2.0”
A 1 hour film about the Transition Movement. A story of resilience and hope in turbulent times. This film looks at things that people from all over the world are doing to help preserve our planet.

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December 2017 Newsletter

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December 20, 2017 · 10:39 am

Eco-Challenge Potluck & The Work That Reconnects Workshop plus Co-counseling

December 8th 5:308:30pm
1979 Mckinley, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(Parking along the street and in the driveway)

Arrive at 5:30-6pm for the potluck. Bring your own dish to pass and the recipe for our community recipe book.

We will invite you to get food at 6pm. Until then, we’ll talk amongst ourselves about the Food Eco-Challenge. What conscious decisions do you make in your life to make low-impact, sustainable food choices? Did you try anything new since the last potluck?

We will reveal the next Eco-challenge topic before we transition to the workshop at 6:30pm.

**This is a family-friendly event – kid’s activity available during workshop.**

Workshop Description:

The Work That Reconnects – An intro to co-counseling and the practices of Joanna Macy.

How can we find the resilience and courage to face the challenges of these times? In this session, we will practice ways of releasing fear and anger and reconnecting to what sustains us. The first hour will be an introduction to co-counseling–a peer process for two or more people to heal past and present hurts, celebrate growth, and make intentional change.  The second hour starts with a brief introduction to eco-philosopher Joanna Macy and her “work that reconnects.” In simple paired conversations, we will share what is in our hearts about the state of our world.

Facilitator Bios:

  • Jeanne Mackey, MSW, is a lifelong musician, community-builder, and change-maker. She was on the organizing team of the first ReSkilling Festival in 2009.
  • Edi Estey is an Herbalist, educator, avid Co-counselor, nature enthusiast, and on the Ann Arbor Reskilling organizing team.

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Ann Arbor – Ypsi ReSkilling: Eco-Challenge Potluck & Earth Plastering Basics

That’s right, we changed our name! We feel this new name reflects our view that community knows no borders.

Come learn more about how we plan to move forward in our community, enjoy good food and company, and participate in a natural building skill share workshop!

October 19th, 2017, 5:30pm-8:30pm
1979 Mckinley, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(parking available on street or in the drive)

Families welcome!

* Please bring a dish to pass (don’t forget your serving spoon) and your own plate, eating utensils, and napkin.

** If you can, bring: Your dish’s recipe (we plan to compile a communal recipe book) & a musical instrument for a bonfire after the event.

Earth Plastering and Cob Basics

Get your hands dirty and help transform a community space by learning basic earth plastering using clay and straw. This two-hour workshop will be the start to transforming a garage into an eco-friendly community work and play space. Learn correct ratios of sand-clay for plastering, how to sift clay, and how to apply over an existing structure.

About the teacher: Jacob Gnath was an intern of Deanne Bednar at the Stawbale Studio in Oxford, MI.  He has 3 months of hands on experience working with natural building. He also loves to play music and wants to teach guitar.

(The event is being put on in cooperation with and featuring Ypsilanti Everything is Free Faire.)

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