Jan
17
12:30 am00:30

1/17 Poetry: The Transcendent Narrative with Christina Beck

12:30-4 p.m. Orchard House

$25

Writing poetry  an experience in allowing. In this workshop, participants will be provided with sensory experiences (tastes, scents, sounds) to trigger memories. Using those impressions, craft 3-5 poems that tell stories and express your heart's deep knowing and listen deeply to those of others.  

 

Nov
15
9:00 am09:00

11/15 Tapping the Positive Potential of Conflict with Janet Rowles

10-4 FH Meditation room FH

$70

Learn not only about conflict and your style in conflict, but also how to really deal with it in a productive way and with heart. You will be taught how to welcome difficult discussions, get practice doing so, and open yourself to the closeness and depth of going through something difficult with a loved one.  Sign up individually or feel free to sign up with someone with whom you want to improve your dialogue. A Certificate of Completion is available for those who need the hours for professional development. 

 

Nov
1
10:00 am10:00

11/1 Mini-Altar (Ofrenda) & Matchbox Art for Dia de Los Muertos with Christina Beck

Age 7 & Up

$25 includes all supplies. Feel free to bring pictures or trinkets to represent loved ones who have passed. Children $5 with an adult.

 

In Autumn, when the veil between the worlds thins, many find it comforting and fulfilling to create mini-altars. You can place these on your own altar for remembrance or offer them to the community by placing them in public places.

 

Oct
30
6:00 pm18:00

10/30 Community Meditation with Kara Vangen

6-8 p.m. Meditation Room

$10-$20 donation

 

Sowing seeds of mindfulness in community. Learning to meditate is often fraught with difficulty and can challenge even the most committed human being. And yet there is something that calls us to set our butts down to allow direct contact with all of the layers of our self. As we settle something in us may wake up to support our inner journey more directly, and  we yet we often end up grappling with all of our contractions whether they be physical, mental or emotional.  These struggles often interrupt or completely discourage us from actual meditation practice.  One of our first tasks is to find a way to tolerate and understand what gets in our way and develop tools to work with these barriers. Our second task is to find others like us to sit down with us, knowing that this collective energy provides good holding for our soul.

This class will provide meditation instruction, practices to help the body-mind settle and time together just practicing meditation. It is an open group but please RSVP.

 

Oct
17
Oct 19

10/17-19 Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat with Lindsey Madhavi Ruder

Age: 16+ 

3 p.m. Friday - 2 p.m. Sunday

$290

Meals & Supply Fee- $90 All meals, Ayurvedic oils, digestive spices, neti pot and tongue cleaner to keep (If you have your own and we’ll adjust proportionately)

Retreat & Accommodation-$200 Shared bunk-style rooms

 

Try a seasonal refresher for body, mind and spirit this autumn. Join us in the St. Croix River Valley countryside for a rejuvenating Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat. Immerse yourself in Ayurvedic principles, yogic practices and a healthy cleansing diet. Explore the parameters of your own personal intentions for your life & well-being, and prepare to create nourishing rhythms for the upcoming winter months.

This workshop is designed with the intention of helping you SLOW DOWN, and give yourself ample space to digest simple practices of yoga and meditation. In this beautiful location, you will have time to move inward, cleanse deeply and to allow nature to rejuvenate you thoroughly. This weekend is open to adults (16+), regardless of any previous yogic knowledge or practice, as the retreat will be both practical and experiential.

Over the weekend, you will establish a very simple understanding of the Ayurvedic life science in order to better understand the significance of self-care routines, gentle cleansing practices that may be done at home, and the role of your diet. You will return home with a better understanding of your own own true nature, as well as a commitment to how you will continue this process of discovery and healing.

 

Oct
12
1:00 pm13:00

10/12, 11/16, 12/7, 1/18 Gnothi Seuton (Know Thyself): A Biography Class for Women 18-48 with Christina Beck

1-5 p.m. Orchard House

$100 for 4 sessions and supplies

A bibliography of suggested titles will be provided in advance of the first class

We have much to glean from Rudolf Steiner's characterization of the seven year stages of life's unfolding. Biography work enriches our lives in that it provides tools for investigating the self and understanding others. Being aware of the developmental phases of the human being can lead to greater compassion toward others and a meaningful approach to relationships, teaching, or parenting. In each of the four monthly sessions of this workshop, participants will read, converse, chart, share, make art and journal to gain a deeper connection with and understanding of oneself.

 

Oct
11
11:00 am11:00

10/11 Community Murals with Matt Litwin

All ages

11-5 $50 Outside

 

Explore the art of the spray can in a hands-on session to prep you for further work. You’ll learn advanced spray techniques and can control tips. Work together with the class and, on your own, to brainstorm and bust out a collaborative group mural on the side of a barn or farm outbuilding for the public to enjoy.

 

Sep
28
2:00 pm14:00

9/28 Equinox/Michaelmas Community Celebration- A Knight and A Lady Went Riding One Day

Outside

All are welcome to join as we honor the brave deeds in our world and set the intention to slay dragons of our own. This is a free event; open to the public. Please bring an apple dish or bread to share with our soup. Also remember a picnic blanket, bowls & spoons for your family/friends.      For more information, call 715-294-4048

  • Stone soup (vegetarian) in the cauldron over the open fire

  • Biodynamic preparations for the garden

  • Apple cider pressing & blacksmithing demos

  • Enactment of a story of courage and valor to inspire us toward right action

Sep
27
2:30 pm14:30

1/17-18 Writing by Starlight

Ages 13 and up

$75 includes 2 meals, workshop and accommodations

Orchard House 

Following Bear’s example, we will hibernate at the cozy Orchard House and spend some time looking within. Holding our light through the long dark night on Saturday, we’ll explore both sacred dark, and blessed light through writing, readings, conversation and silence. We’ll take on our journey mythic and archetypal stories, navigational tools such as the I Ching and tarot symbology and ritual making. By morning’s light, we will be prepared to breakfast and return to our homes renewed. 

Nell Morningstar Ubbelohde is a teacher, writer, photographer, filmmaker, doll and puppet maker who dabbles in book arts, natural dyes, and the mythic words at Beltane Studio in St. Paul. She has been exploring this world for more than half a century, and is still in joyous awe!

Sep
25
6:00 pm18:00

9/25 Meditation with Kara Vangen

6-8 p.m. Farmhouse Practice Room  $10 Donation

Sowing seeds of mindfulness in community. Learning to meditate is often fraught with difficulty and can challenge even the most committed human being. And yet there is something that calls us to set our butts down to allow direct contact with all of the layers of our self. As we settle something in us may wake up to support our inner journey more directly, and  we yet we often end up grappling with all of our contractions whether they be physical, mental or emotional.  These struggles often interrupt or completely discourage us from actual meditation practice.  One of our first tasks is to find a way to tolerate and understand what gets in our way and develop tools to work with these barriers. Our second task is to find others like us to sit down with us, knowing that this collective energy provides good holding for our soul.

This class will provide meditation instruction, practices to help the body-mind settle and time together just practicing meditation. It is an open group but please RSVP.

 

Sep
13
9:00 am09:00

9/13 Being an Explorer in the Word with Nell Morningstar Ubbelhode - $75 plus

Being an Explorer in the Word- Nell Morningstar Ubbelhode

9-5 Outside & Orchard House

$75+$7 supply fee and optional $7 farm lunch fee (or bring your own)

Description:    During this all day workshop, we will slow down, take our time, look closely and widely at the natural world around us. We will create a record of our exploration, experimenting with making marks through eco printing, solar printing, tea dyeing, forms of drawing and writing through exercise and prompts to map our encounters. At the end, each of us will have an original hand made booklet to take home as evidence of our experiences. Bring a open mind and heart and a willingness to play.

Add $7 for lunch ($2 discount for children through grade 8)

 

Aug
2
9:00 am09:00

8/2 Fleece to Felt with Liz Dwyer (12-adult)

Description: The basics of felting. We'll begin with raw wool and the story of this ancient, beautiful tradition, and finish with a completed project, a hat or a bag, that you can wear home! Some physical stamina required.

9-5 Outside and Orchard House

$80+$10 supply fee

 

Jul
27
9:00 am09:00

7/27 Body Soul, Earth Spirit: Living an Embodied Spiritual Life- Cara Carlson & Kara Vangen

9-5 FH and Outside

$75

Description: When is the last time you played in the mud, watched a spider spin, jumped in a pile of leaves and put flowers in your hair? Do you long to deepen or reclaim a connection to the Natural world? Do you yearn for practices that support an alive, embodied Spirituality? 

Join us for a day of inquiry and exploration as we engage in the realms of True Nature, within and without. We will co-create our experience with activities that include Ritual, Chanting, Singing, Sacred tool making, and immersing ourselves in Nature.

Open to all women and men who have interest in deepening and integrating the Sacred Feminine. We will gather rain or shine. Please dress for play and bring an extra pair of clothes, a journal, and come as you realllly are…

 

Jul
26
9:00 am09:00

7/26-27 Triangle Weaving -part 1– Judy Goebel

9-5 Orchard House

Triangle weaving is great for handspinners, knitters and crocheters who want to explore weaving without investing in a lot of expensive materials.  It offers the advantage of wasting almost no yarn and not requiring tedious warping before you start to weave.  It is instant weaving gratification!   In this class, you will construct a 40” x 40” x 55” triangle loom using a technique that eliminates  complex carpentry.  You will need to know how to drill holes in wood, install some wood screws and pound small nails.  You will receive  instructions for how to use this sameconstruction technique to build additional looms in other sizes on your own.  You will learn basic techniques for weaving on your loom, how to correct mistakes and principles of designing projects for the triangle loom.  You will have time to weave multiple triangles during the class. 

Materials students will need to bring to the Workshop:     Rotary tool (Dremel or similar) or electric drill that can hold a 3/64” drill bit , small hammer (such as tack hammer) at least 400 yards of worsted weight or heavier yarn  (handspun is fine), a table fork to use for packing yarn as you weave, tapestry needle                                              

Supply fee $35

Lunch $7 per meal

Lodging in shared rooms of retreat house: $10 pp/night

Class fee: $110

Special for all inclusive package: $162- Free lunch on Sunday!

Jul
20
12:00 pm12:00

7/20 Paperless Singing- with Tim Franzich

$40

12-4 FH Meditation Room

Paperless Singing. Just bring your simple voice, courage and an open heart. You do not have to be an accomplished singer to join us. We will sing songs and chants from around the world. We will sing with Shiva, Great Spirit, Buddha, Jesus, Abraham and Muhammed. We will be in good company. You will have a chance to contemplate on your own voice. Why do you sing? Why don't you sing? Why did you stop? Why did you start? This will be a perfection-free zone. We will court both fun and beauty.

Jul
19
10:00 am10:00

7/19 Soften to Scrub- Larysa Fradet


In this workshop we will make natural body products.  There will be room to choose the ingredients based on your skin type and sensitivity. From scrubs made with dried flowers and infused with essential oils, to body butter with a beeswax base, we will aspire to get creative concocting the perfect body product for you. It is a great way to nurture yourself with personal, natural products to have luxurious showers everyday and pamper your skin afterwards.  It is also a terrific gift idea.

Materials fee: $20-30 per person; class fee $25

10 a.m.-noon Orchard House

 

Jul
17
9:00 am09:00

7/17 Fly Fishing Beginner’s Course with Matt McElrath

9-4pm Outside/Sunporch/Offsite

$75

The fly fishing course is intended for beginners.  However, after the day long course, students will feel comfortable preparing gear, tying knots, casting, reading the water, tying two essential flies and other on-the-water techniques. 

Course layout

Start time

1-1.5 hours – How to tie flies – I’ll teach students how to tie an Elk Hair Caddis Dry Fly and a Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph.

1-1.5 hours – How to set up fishing gear, tie knots and casting techniques.  We’ll do this on site/land, before going out to the river.

Lunch break

Out to the river

1 hour – How to read the river – Types of water, insect availability, holding places for fish, etc.

1 hour – Casting techniques – How to cast a dry fly, a nymph and a streamer.  How to use weights and an indicator.  How to mend line and maintain tension.

1 hour – Practice – Also, how to set the hook, play a fish and safely release a fish

 

Jun
28
9:00 am09:00

6/28 Fly Fishing with Ross Brecke

9-3 Outside

$70

This is a fly fishing course for people who are interested in fishing for many different species of fish with their fly rod.  Students will learn about some of the unique options available to them close to home and how to go about catching different fish. This is an Intermediate class and students should have some basic knowledge of how to fly fish. I will demonstrate how to tie some of the flies used when chasing Bass, Northern Pike, Carp, Walleye etc. Class size limited to 8 students.

Itinerary:

2 hours- Fishing for different species of fish and the flies and techniques that are necessary to do so.

1 hour- Q&A and fly tying instruction

Lunch

Out to a river (The river will be determined closer to the date as conditions may vary)

3 hours-Casting Techniques and how to cast different types of fly rods and flies (from the heavy flies to the large flies) Hopefully some instruction on fish handling and release techniques that are best for the health of the fish.

Course materials

Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment including fly tying vices and materials and any of their fishing gear. I will not need a material fee as I have all of the fly tying material needed for the flies we will tie.  I will have a couple extra rod set-ups for people to use as well on the river. I am ecstatic to teach all about the alternative side of fly fishing!

Jun
22
9:00 am09:00

6/22 Tapping the Positive Potential of Conflict with Janet Rowles

9-4 FH Meditation room FH

$75

Learn not only about conflict and your style in conflict, but also how to really deal with it in a productive way and with heart.  You will be taught how to welcome difficult discussions, get practice doing so, and open yourself to the closeness and depth of going through something difficult with a loved one.  Sign up individually or feel free to sign up with someone with whom you want to improve your dialogue.

Jun
16
6:00 pm18:00

6/16 Community Meditation with Kara Vangen

6-8 p.m. Meditation Room

$10-$20 donation

Sowing seeds of mindfulness in community. Learning to meditate is often fraught with difficulty and can challenge even the most committed human being. And yet there is something that calls us to set our butts down to allow direct contact with all of the layers of our self. As we settle something in us may wake up to support our inner journey more directly, and  we yet we often end up grappling with all of our contractions whether they be physical, mental or emotional.  These struggles often interrupt or completely discourage us from actual meditation practice.  One of our first tasks is to find a way to tolerate and understand what gets in our way and develop tools to work with these barriers. Our second task is to find others like us to sit down with us, knowing that this collective energy provides good holding for our soul. 

This class will provide meditation instruction, practices to help the body-mind settle and time together just practicing meditation. It is an open group but please RSVP.