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The biochar demonstration was great!

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November 2, 2015 · 12:14 am

July 15 – Bike Tour of Urban Agriculture in Detroit

A group of Reskillers will be going on a Bike Tour of Urban Agriculture in Detroit. To sign up for the tour which costs $25 (or $35 includes a bike), go to http://www.wheelhousedetroit.com/tours/

 

 

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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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Call for Presenters

We are excited to announce the Ann Arbor Winter ReSkilling Festival and are again seeking enthusiastic volunteers. Mark your calendars for SUNDAY, February 10th, 2013 (yes, Sunday!). Registration will begin at 10:30am and presentations will run from 11am-5pm at the Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, 48105. See below to get involved.

CALL FOR PRESENTERS 

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We are especially interested in hands-on skills and workshops where people can actively learn skills while at the festival! If you have a sustainable skill or effort you would like to share, please fill out this online form. [See some ideas of cool workshops here]. Please forward the link to friends who may also be interested. We host several different workshop formats — from hours-long, hands-on sessions to 6-minute mini presentations. Diverse expertise levels welcome! We will contact you shortly to confirm the scheduling of your event.  If you have multiple sessions to propose, please submit one at a time through the online survey system. Deadline for session proposals is SUNDAY, JANUARY 20TH.


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS 

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We always need volunteer help the day of the festival — from parking direction, to working at the registration desk, to set up and clean up. Please sign up here if you are able to donate some time the day of the festival. This event can’t happen without your help!

All volunteers and presenters will be invited to a pre-festival gathering to meet each other, eat yummy food, and learn about festival logistics.

We look forward to working with you!

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What is Reskilling?

The Ann Arbor ReSkilling Festival aims to help people learn skills for resilient, low-energy living—from canning to meditation to quilting and starting a garden. The concept of reskilling is about preparing for our low-energy future by acquiring new skills related to what we eat, wear, use and live in. As Transition Towns founder Rob Hopkins points out, “We no longer have many of the basic skills our grandparents took for granted.” Reskilling means providing for ourselves and our communities by growing, preserving, creating, building, and teaching.

Ann Arbor has hosted 5 day-long ReSkilling Festivals since 2009 — with our largest attendance at 225 people. The festivals are free and open to the public, and each one is pretty different! Localizers around the country have contacted us about our success with this event (notice that our event is one of the top google hits when you type in “reskilling”!)

The Rudolf Steiner High School (2230 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor 48105) graciously offers their building and grounds for the festival, and just visiting this high school building nestled in the woods is an experience in itself. During the festival, sessions happen all day long at the school — in classrooms, stone circles, the woods, and old homes on the property. The commons are vibrant all day with food and conversation.

Want to learn more?  Click here for a CTN interview with our very own Laura Smith

See photos from last winter’s festival here, and past Ann Arbor ReSkilling events on our previous blogsite: http://www.a2reskill.blogspot.com/

Want to get in touch with the organizers? Reach us here: a2reskilling@gmail.com

Join us in July 2012 for our next event!

Can’t wait to get started?  There are many opportunities to teach and learn between festivals.  Check these out for ongoing events:

HourSchool: www.hourschool.com

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