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A. Newly Revised Spring Class Schedule is set including Specific Weekly Themes

Spring Class Series runs through May 20, 2009 and are designed for all ages. Classes run from 6-9 p.m. beginning with a pot-luck dinner. Classes take place at the new Wolf Camp home office at 1313 2nd St., Suite A, in historic downtown Snohomish. Please park across the street or on Avenue E, as there is no parking right around our home office except for those with different ability. Costs vary, so see class descriptions below for details.

7 Every-Other Wednesdays: Permaculture Pot Luck runs February 25th - May 20th, 6-9 p.m.

This is a complimentary event for those who are currently engaged in permaculture projects and who will be preparing pot-luck dishes to share, while the public is also invited to attend at a $5.00 contribution level to learn about permaculture. See our visual calendar for the theme of each class, based on a brainstorm session we had during the pilot run of pot-lucks in January, although these topics may change with group consensus:

  • Mar 11: Baking Breads, Garden Plans, Seed Exchanges, and Soil Fertilization (composting, testing, worm casting, rock dusting, using potash, double-turn hand tilling vs. fucuoca method)
  • Mar 25: Raising Micro-Livestock (chickens, rabbits, guineas, etc)
  • Apr 8: Mycellium & Producing Mushrooms
  • Apr 22: Celebrating the History & Futures of Earth Day & Permaculture
  • May 4: Northwest Native Food Forests
  • May 20: Zone 0 - Bringing Permaculture Home

The 6-7 o'clock hour is a great time to network, discuss questions, share art and music with others, review materials, and ask questions for a better understanding of the principles of permaculture, its goals around sustainability, appropriate technologies and peak oil, climate change, community interaction, the economy, use of earthworks, forest gardening, livestock, and its relation to earth skills. The 7-8 hour will be our time to eat dinner together and to hear about the successes and lessons from actual permaculture projects some have worked on over the previous week. The 8-9 hour will be a time when we discuss our chosen topic, including the themes listed above, and efficiently co-facilitated by two of the attendees of our opposite-wednesday group facilitation classes described below.

5 Every-Other Wednesdays: Cooperative Group Facilitation runs March 4th - April 29th, 6-9 p.m.

The cost is $5.00 for those with excellent facilitation skills who want to review, $10.00 for those with some facilitation experience, $15.00 per class for beginners during this pilot 5 class program, plus significant discounts for additional family members, and receive 10%-20% discounts for paying for the remaining classes in advance. Here are the themes for each class, although the topic may change with group consensus:)

  • Mar 18: Remedial Facilitation Training for Experts & Beginners - Pinpointing the Most Critical Facilitation Skills
  • Apr 1: Practicing the Most Critical Facilitation Skills
  • Apr 15: Preparing to Facilitate a Real Cooperative Meeting
  • Apr 29: Evaluating Your Facilitation Skills

This is a great introduction to group facilitation, and is also a great remedial training for those who have already practiced facilitating groups but who want to work out issues they have faced, or feel they may face in the future. The 6-7 o'clock hour is a great time to discuss questions, review materials, and share art and music with others, while the 7-8 hour will be a lesson on the fundamentals of group facilitation. The 8-9 hour will be a time for you to practice your skills and ask instructor Chris Chisholm questions where he will draw answers from his 20 years of facilitation experience, beginning with his non-violence training as a witness for Wisconsin Chippewa Treaty Rights in the late 80s, his conflict resolution training as housing/homeless advocacy co-chair of the Whatcom County Rainbow Coalition in the early 90s, his youth and spanish-language group counseling at Sea Mar Community Health Centers in the mid 90s, his elementary school teacher training while at the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School in the late 90s, his youth camp counselor training while directing Wolf Camp, and his most recent experiences facilitating internship and apprenticeship programs for young adults while directing Wolf Camp.

7 Every-Other Tuesdays: Earth Skills Study runs February 24th - May 19th, 6-9 p.m

The cost is $5.00 for those who are already teaching in the field of earth skills, or $10.00 for those who are actively studying Wolf Journey or similar earth skills curriculum, $15.00 per class for everyone else, but with significant discounts for additional family members, and receive 10%-20% discounts for paying for the remaining classes in advance. Here are the themes for each class, although the topics may change with group consensus:

  • Mar 10: Top 10 Springtime Plants
  • Mar 24: Critical Springtime Bird Voices
  • Apr 7: Art & Science of Wildlife Tracking
  • Apr 21: Turning Your Knowledge Into Service on Earth Day
  • May 5: Herbal Medicine and the Beltaine Spa Celebration
  • May 19: The Order of Primitive Survival

' This is a great introduction to earth skills education for those unfamiliar, but it is also a chance for earth skills practitioners to gather together and share study site experiences, solve pitfalls of primitive technology, discuss problems that arise with groups in outdoor settings, and more. Throughout the evening, feel free to ask instructor Chris Chisholm questions about nature and survival where he will answer based upon experiences from 15 years of childhood outdoors and 15 years of subsequent experience as an earth skill educator while running Wolf Camp. Bring a pot-luck while we network, discuss questions, review materials from the Wolf Camp library, share music and art, and assist one another to prepare dishes (using wild edibles if anyone brought some) during the 6-7 o'clock hour. The 7-8 hour will be dinnertime as we discuss the problems and epiphanies we experienced over the past week at our study sites and hiking/boating destinations. The 8-9 hour will a lecture on themes such as wildlife tracking, bird voices, herbal medicine, primitive fire, basketry, cordage, carving, etc. focusing mainly on the chosen theme for the day.

6 Every-Other Tuesdays: Art & Music Composition class runs March 3rd - May 12th, 6-9 p.m.

The cost is $5.00 for those who are currently teaching or professionally recording music and art and who have prior composition educational training, $10.00 per class for those with only one of the prerequisites just listed, $15.00 per class for beginners and also intermediates who want to start teaching/recording and if you do, then the price will drop for you, and significant discounts for additional family members, plus receive 10%-20% discounts for paying for the remaining classes in advance. See our visual calendar for the theme of each class, although the topic may change with group consensus.

  • Mar 17: Why You Can Compose Music Easily, plus a Non-Threatening Trick to Sketching Plants
  • Mar 31: Birds Inspire Us To Compose Art & Music
  • Apr 14: Northwest Mammals Inspire Us To Compose Art & Music
  • Apr 28: Composing Art & Music for Community Activism
  • May 12: Sharing & Showing Our Art & Music

This class is a great opportunity to learn the theory behind music composition and nature sketching, plus a great chance to practice writing music and poetry, and drawing creatures from the plant, animal, and elemental worlds. Bring a pot-luck dish to share and eat together during the 6-7 o'clock hour while you can discuss questions, review materials, and practice art and music with others using the sound equipment, piano, guitars, jimbays, flutes, colored pencils and other art materials, then receive a lesson on music and art composition during the 7-8 hour where instructor Chris Chisholm will draw upon his 15 years of childhood music training, 10 years of teaching private piano and guitar lessons, and 5 years of practicing a natural form of visual art that works well for anyone. The 8-9 hour will be a time for you to work on your compositions with help from Chris and others in the class, or to test-perform compositions you worked on over the previous week. You can also try out your compositions on Friday nights at Open Mic Lives! located in the Thumbnail Theater just up the street from the Wolf Camp home office where Chris has some of his sound equipment on loan, and Chris will also help you schedule and promote cover performances of your compositions at the Thumbnail on Saturday nights if you like.

B. Two new overnight camps added back into the schedule for youth and grown-ups, with more being considered on opposite weeks including possible day camps, TBA March 30. Register by Monday, April 6th, for one camp and lock in the $550 spring discount rate throughout 2009.

Almost all camps in 2009 will have the following age groups included: 9-12, 13-16, and 17-107. So if you've always wanted to attend Wolf Camp now is your chance, even if you're all grown up! Take a look at http://www.wolfcamp.com/youthcamps/resindex.html and click through to all the camp descriptions, including:

  • June 14-20, 2009: Pedagogy of Permaculture & Earth Skills Education including Outdoor Mentoring, Risk Management, First Aid & CPR for ages 13 & Up.
  • June 28 - July 4, 2009: Survivors Side of the Mountain for age groups 9-12 and 12-15, no prerequisite, and Living with Primitive Food, Fire & Shelter for ages 10 & Up with prerequisite, while new students ages ages 16 & Up may participate without prerequisite.
  • July 12-18, 2009: Secrets of the Ancient Scout: Intro & Advanced is being added into this week for ages 9-16 and 16 & Up, while we're also running Stone Age Artisans - Years 1 & 2 for ages 9-16, while new students ages ages 16 and up may participate in the Stone Age Hunters camp running simultaneously without prerequisite.
  • July 26 - Aug 1, 2009: Herbal Medicine and the Seaside Spa is being added into this week for ages 9-16 and 16 & Up without prerequisite, while we're also running Hidden Wilderness - Animal Tracks & Bird Voices for age groups 9-12 and 12-15, no prerequisite, plus Advanced Tracking, Birding, Search & Rescue for ages 10 and up with prerequisite, while new students ages ages 16 and up may participate in the the Tracking, Birding, Search & Rescue camp running simultaneously without prerequisite.
  • August 9-15, 2009: Wilderness Wisdom: The Alpine Quest - Wisdom of Wilderness Navigating, Camping & Composing for ages 9-12 and 13-16 while ages 17 and up may participate in the adult group running simultaneously, with one prerequisite of having to have attended a prior program at Wolf Camp this summer or in past years.
  • August 16-22, 2009: Peaceful Nature Cooperative Arts Camp - Painting, Drums, Flutes, Photography, Jewelry, Weaving, Musical Composition, Improvisation and Poetry is being added into this week for ages 9-13 and 13-17 without prerequisite, while student groups age 13-17 and 16 & Up may participate in Advanced Hobo Arts - Buskering the Streets of Seattle running simultaneously, with one prerequisite of having to have attended a prior program at Wolf Camp this summer or in past years.

To register, just call with a credit card or send a check if we already have an old registration form on file, or for new students, print one out at http://www.wolfcamp.com/about/register/apply.html and send it to 1313 2nd St., Ste. A, Snohomish, WA 98290. If you register for even one camp before Monday, April 6th, then all camp weeks in 2009 you decide to attend later will remain at the original early-registration rate of $550. Again, for returning students, all you need to do is call with a visa/mc or send a check for $200 per camp you'd like to register for at this time, along with a note referencing which week(s) you'd like to attend. (The cost per camp if your initial registration arrives after April 6th will run $600 per week, or if your initial registration arrives between after June 15 then it'll be $650 per week.)

Thanks again! - Chris Chisholm 425-248-0253

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