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Ann Arbor-Ypsi Reskilling Skills Directory — Ann Arbor-Ypsi ReSkilling

Ann Arbor- Ypsi Reskilling is looking for individuals who would like to participate in our skills directory. This is the beginning stages of our branching out into networking like minded individuals to share skills in their neighborhoods, among their peer groups, and throughout the Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit areas. Continue reading →

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April 11, 2019 · 9:05 am

January 2018 Newsletter (Feb events!)

Click anywhere on the newsletter below to see a copy with interactive links!

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Thanks for a great October event!

Thank you to all who made it out to the October Eco-challenge potluck and Earth-plastering skill-share!

This was the first event held in several months and it was wonderful to see so much interest in building the Reskilling community. Guests at the potluck learned about Reskilling’s origins from the Transition Movement and how Ann Arbor – Ypsi Reskilling promotes resilience and builds community.

Guests also learned about the Eco-Challenge and how Ann Arbor – Ypsi Reskilling will be using the challenge as a platform for fueling discussions about how we can make greener choices in our daily lives. (See more about the Eco-Challenge below!)

Basic earth-plastering using clay and straw was taught by Jacob Gnath, an intern of Deanne Bednar at the Strawbale Studio in Oxford, MI. He showed how to sift clay, what the correct ratios of sand-clay are for plastering, and how to apply the plaster over an existing surface.  Guests had a great time getting their hands dirty by helping transform a community space!
We look forward to seeing everyone on December 8th at our next event!


Strawbale Studio

Come learn sustainable living skills!   248-236-5432  Located outside Oxford, MI  ~1 hr N of Detroit. Enchanting thatched & living roofs, strawbale cottage, Hobbit Sauna, Earth Oven, Rocket Stoves  +  Group Discounts & some scholarships available. Hands-on Classes below!  Details at website.

Internship / Worktrade – April thru October & January

Come for a few weeks, or more. Live and work on site, participating in NATURAL BUILDING, sustainable activities & workshops during your stay.

December 9 & December 10, 2017  same class offered 2x! 
CANDLE-MAKING & Holiday Gift Class Enjoy the season by making dipped beeswax candles + other natural gifts. $30 early bird special*/$40 thereafter. Limit of 12. Register soon. 


**SCHEDULE a wksp / tour for your group

Ypsilanti Everything Is Free Faire

Ypsilanti Everything Is Free Faire joined us at our October event to share what they have been working on and how it pairs well with Reskilling!

Learn more about their human-directory project and their ambition to connect community members to share skills and services.

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Tour a local seed farm!

2 – 4pm, Sunday, September 18th  2016

2707 Tessmer, Ann Arbor, MI 48103


Curious about seed saving?

Interested in a tour of a local vegetable farm?

Excited to discuss techniques for growing food organically while building soil?

Join Eric Kampe, co-owner of Ann Arbor Seed Company, on a tour of a local seed farm. seedfarmWalk the farm and talk with Eric about farming for saving seeds! See seed saving in action with a live demonstration of seed saving techniques and equipment based on what activities are appropriate on the day of the tour. Dress for the outside and uneven footing.

Space is limited for this skillshare, please RSVP by September 16 at:

Free, but donations greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs!


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April 16th : Intentional Community for Sustainability

Saturday, April 16th, 6 – 8:30 pm

@ Northside Community Center, 809 Taylor St, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free, but donations greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs!

6:00 POTLUCK ~ Bring a dish to pass & washable plate/cup/fork


Michigan Ecovillage: An Intentional Community for Sustainability

tree on hillMichigan Ecovillage is planned as a rural, multi-generational educational intentional community, economically anchored by an interconnected network of Worker, Consumer and Housing Cooperatives serving a Senior Continuing Care Community (including Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Care); and vertically-integrated ‘farm to table’ organic food production and processing. The Caregivers’ and the food production service workers’ young families with children will co-locate in housing intermingled with Seniors, and share community facilities. A Co-Housing Community for young professional families, as well as, small group homes for autistic or developmentally disabled adults will also be co-located. All community members will share the community facilities of commercial kitchen/cafeteria, child care, exercise facilities, and community gathering center.

EcoKarlCome learn how intentional communities can demonstrate long-term sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaption, and economic viability of urban and rural villages of 150 to 300 people. Presented by Karl Kaufman, Executive Director of Michigan Ecovillage (501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation application in process). For more information on MI Ecovillage, visit or contact Karl at or 810-241-5240.

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Wonderful December event

We had about 33 people. The teachers were fantastic. It was a great evening.

The first two pictures are of Amanda Klain’s Milkweed and Monarch’s class, and the rest of the pictures are of Bobby Hay’s Shoe Repair and Leatherworking class.


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December event – Intro to Leather Working, and Milkweeds & Monarch.

Friday, December 11th 6 – 8:30 pm

@ Northside Community Center, 809 Taylor St, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free, but donations greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs!

6:00 POTLUCK ~ Bring a dish to pass & washable plate/cup/fork

7:00 SKILLSHARES ~ Choose between:

Milkweeds and Monarchsmilkweedpod

Amanda Klain, of the Native Plant Nursery, will teach how to grow milkweed and help the monarch butterflies that depend on them. She’ll introduce the native milkweeds that occur in SE Michigan, and demonstrate how to collect, clean and treat the different species’ seeds to facilitate their growth. There should be enough milkweed for everyone to take home. Feel free to bring your own if you have gathered any pods. Also covered will be how to raise monarch larvae indoors. (Pre-registering at is not required but allows us to bring enough supplies, and to reach you in case of instructor illness.)   *MILKWEED SEEDS MAKE GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS!


shoeIntroduction to Leather Working and Shoe Repair

Robert Hay will share knowledge gained in his work in shoe manufacture and repair. By deconstructing a pair of welted men’s shoes, he will show the assembly of the various parts. He will also teach the basics of working with leather. Participants will try their hand at carving and stamping their own leather bracelets to take home. There is a materials fee of $5. Class size is limited to 8 participants. Pre-register at

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