Skill Share

Skill ShareWe are surrounded by an abundance of creativity, knowledge, time, and resources, but our current culture confuses and coops us with stories of individualism, scarcity, and fear.

Let’s build a positive future together with new stories that:

  • Emphasize sharing knowledge and materials
  • Help us explore and express our deeply held beliefs
  • Encourage us to find our community niche and grow to reach our full potential

Lasting and personal change happens when we observe others, see what works, and try it ourselves. Experiences and passions are sought, not expertise. This is Skill Sharing.

Contact us if you would like to host a gardening or landscaping educational experience and we will help promote the event.

Organization and Coordination

You will be responsible for organizing and leading the event, but we will provide tips and ideas for success. In general, be sure adequate space is available, work roles are identified, and tools and materials are ready.

Please see our Educational Implementation service if you prefer that Backyard Abundance assist with organizing and coordinating the event.

Timeframe and Venue

Skill Shares are typically 1-3 hours. Venues can be anywhere, but outside for hands-on learning is best.

Cost

Skill Shares are always free to Backyard Abundance members and are usually free to non-members. A small fee ($5 - $15) may charged to non-members to help pay for materials, speaker fees, or venue rental.

 

Upcoming Skill Share Events

May3

Gardening with Spirit

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Gaia's Peace Garden | directions

Connect with the spiritual side of nature through playful gatherings the first Wednesday of each month.

Most everyone has experienced a divine presence in nature. Deepen these spiritual experiences through hands-on gardening and in-depth discussions in our shared outdoor cathedral.

Together we will explore many topics and questions…

  • How can natural settings increase the benefits of prayer, journeying, ritual, and meditation?
  • What are effective responses to the Pope's Eco-Encyclical, an urgent call for personal actions that mitigate climate change?
  • What is the human role in nature?
  • How can we collaborate with unseen beings to become a beneficial, healing element in ecosystem health?
  • <Insert your big spiritual question here>

The gatherings are open to any spiritual practice, but an inquisitive mind and compassionate heart are required.

Fee

You have several payment options:

Time

A short grounding ritual begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get settled before the grounding begins.

The gatherings officially end at 8:00 pm, but the fluid and exploratory nature of each event may allow for people to stay well beyond this time for chatting and supplementary activities.

Topics

Unlike formal classes, our gatherings depend mostly on the collective wisdom of the group. Experienced participants will be available at every session, but they will encourage their knowledge to be augmented by everyone.

Apr 5: Seed Swap

Bring seeds that make your heart sing and spread their goodness to other gardens.

May 3: Vegetable Gardening

Lots of information exists about planting gardens according to the physical needs of plants, but what about a plant's spiritual needs? Together we will explore ways to understand where a vegetable or herb would like to be planted using its internal messages.

Jun 7: Fruit Tree Companion Planting

Everyone needs friends, including fruit trees. Ecological designer, Fred Meyer, will describe ways to give fruit trees allies that will improve yields and reduce pests.

Jul 5: Fairy Gardening

Learn creative ways to invite fairies, gnomes and other spiritual beings into your landscape.

Aug 2: Midwest Native Plants

Learn about common native plants, their benefits and how to establish them in your landscape.

Sep 6: Herbal Remedies

Bring your favorite herbal remedies to share with the group. Samples are welcome!

Oct 4: Monarch Gardening

You've planted plenty of milkweed so where are the monarchs? Bring your favorite ideas for attracting our fluttering friends and establishing monarch gardens in your landscape.

Nov 1: Plant Communication

Bring ideas for ways to form heartfelt, mutualistic relationships with our plant friends.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Jun7

Gardening with Spirit

Wednesday, June 07, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Gaia's Peace Garden | directions

Connect with the spiritual side of nature through playful gatherings the first Wednesday of each month.

Most everyone has experienced a divine presence in nature. Deepen these spiritual experiences through hands-on gardening and in-depth discussions in our shared outdoor cathedral.

Together we will explore many topics and questions…

  • How can natural settings increase the benefits of prayer, journeying, ritual, and meditation?
  • What are effective responses to the Pope's Eco-Encyclical, an urgent call for personal actions that mitigate climate change?
  • What is the human role in nature?
  • How can we collaborate with unseen beings to become a beneficial, healing element in ecosystem health?
  • <Insert your big spiritual question here>

The gatherings are open to any spiritual practice, but an inquisitive mind and compassionate heart are required.

Fee

You have several payment options:

Time

A short grounding ritual begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get settled before the grounding begins.

The gatherings officially end at 8:00 pm, but the fluid and exploratory nature of each event may allow for people to stay well beyond this time for chatting and supplementary activities.

Topics

Unlike formal classes, our gatherings depend mostly on the collective wisdom of the group. Experienced participants will be available at every session, but they will encourage their knowledge to be augmented by everyone.

Apr 5: Seed Swap

Bring seeds that make your heart sing and spread their goodness to other gardens.

May 3: Vegetable Gardening

Lots of information exists about planting gardens according to the physical needs of plants, but what about a plant's spiritual needs? Together we will explore ways to understand where a vegetable or herb would like to be planted using its internal messages.

Jun 7: Fruit Tree Companion Planting

Everyone needs friends, including fruit trees. Ecological designer, Fred Meyer, will describe ways to give fruit trees allies that will improve yields and reduce pests.

Jul 5: Fairy Gardening

Learn creative ways to invite fairies, gnomes and other spiritual beings into your landscape.

Aug 2: Midwest Native Plants

Learn about common native plants, their benefits and how to establish them in your landscape.

Sep 6: Herbal Remedies

Bring your favorite herbal remedies to share with the group. Samples are welcome!

Oct 4: Monarch Gardening

You've planted plenty of milkweed so where are the monarchs? Bring your favorite ideas for attracting our fluttering friends and establishing monarch gardens in your landscape.

Nov 1: Plant Communication

Bring ideas for ways to form heartfelt, mutualistic relationships with our plant friends.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Jun10

Mushroom Foray and Campfire Chef Demo

Saturday, June 10, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Lake MacBride State Park | directions

Join us for the quintessential fresh, local and seasonal experience: Edible Outdoors Mushroom Foray and Chef Demonstration.

We will present a short program detailing mushroom hunting and identifying tips. Favorite mushroom books will be discussed, and edible mushrooms will be listed. Then we head into the woods.

Foraging in Small Groups

We will split into smaller groups, each lead by a Prairie States Mushroom Club member. We will meet back at the trailhead to discuss our fungal finds. Scientific names will be assigned to all fungi that we can identify. Edible and poisonous mushrooms will be compared as some look quite similar to each other.

Cooking Demo

After our discussion, we will learn some great mushroom cooking techniques from esteemed Chef David of the Motley Cow. Tastes to follow the demonstration!

Instructors

Our foray instructors are from the Prairie States Mushroom Club (PSMC). PSMC promotes scientific and educational activities related to fungi and fosters the appreciation of wild and cultivated mushrooms. PSMC advocates the sustainable use of mushrooms as a resource and endorses responsible mushroom collecting that preserves natural areas and their biologic diversity. 

Chef David Wieseneck of the Motley Cow Cafe in Iowa City will share some tips and treats from the forest. The Motley Cow believes in fresh, local and seasonal foods. 

Location

The class is held at Lake MacBride State Park.

Drive past the entrance sign then turn right into the first parking lot. 

Registration

Class fee: $20. Register for the event

Please register soon: the class is limited to 20 people and is likely to fill up fast.

Full scholarships are available. Contact us to learn more and apply.

What to Bring

Please wear standard outdoor attire that allows you to get a little dirty. 

Edible Outdoors

Edible OutdoorsEdible Outdoors is a community of people dedicated to learning about foraging, hunting and fishing in the active classroom of the outdoors. We explore the true nature of what our land can provide in a respectful and sustainable way. Our mission is to connect people to people, land and our resources in a way that benefits nature.

Learn about all Edible Outdoors events.

Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationNew PioneerCommunity Foundation of Johnson CountyDepartment of Natural ResorucesEarthview Environmental

Jul5

Gardening with Spirit

Wednesday, July 05, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Gaia's Peace Garden | directions

Connect with the spiritual side of nature through playful gatherings the first Wednesday of each month.

Most everyone has experienced a divine presence in nature. Deepen these spiritual experiences through hands-on gardening and in-depth discussions in our shared outdoor cathedral.

Together we will explore many topics and questions…

  • How can natural settings increase the benefits of prayer, journeying, ritual, and meditation?
  • What are effective responses to the Pope's Eco-Encyclical, an urgent call for personal actions that mitigate climate change?
  • What is the human role in nature?
  • How can we collaborate with unseen beings to become a beneficial, healing element in ecosystem health?
  • <Insert your big spiritual question here>

The gatherings are open to any spiritual practice, but an inquisitive mind and compassionate heart are required.

Fee

You have several payment options:

Time

A short grounding ritual begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get settled before the grounding begins.

The gatherings officially end at 8:00 pm, but the fluid and exploratory nature of each event may allow for people to stay well beyond this time for chatting and supplementary activities.

Topics

Unlike formal classes, our gatherings depend mostly on the collective wisdom of the group. Experienced participants will be available at every session, but they will encourage their knowledge to be augmented by everyone.

Apr 5: Seed Swap

Bring seeds that make your heart sing and spread their goodness to other gardens.

May 3: Vegetable Gardening

Lots of information exists about planting gardens according to the physical needs of plants, but what about a plant's spiritual needs? Together we will explore ways to understand where a vegetable or herb would like to be planted using its internal messages.

Jun 7: Fruit Tree Companion Planting

Everyone needs friends, including fruit trees. Ecological designer, Fred Meyer, will describe ways to give fruit trees allies that will improve yields and reduce pests.

Jul 5: Fairy Gardening

Learn creative ways to invite fairies, gnomes and other spiritual beings into your landscape.

Aug 2: Midwest Native Plants

Learn about common native plants, their benefits and how to establish them in your landscape.

Sep 6: Herbal Remedies

Bring your favorite herbal remedies to share with the group. Samples are welcome!

Oct 4: Monarch Gardening

You've planted plenty of milkweed so where are the monarchs? Bring your favorite ideas for attracting our fluttering friends and establishing monarch gardens in your landscape.

Nov 1: Plant Communication

Bring ideas for ways to form heartfelt, mutualistic relationships with our plant friends.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Aug2

Gardening with Spirit

Wednesday, August 02, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Gaia's Peace Garden | directions

Connect with the spiritual side of nature through playful gatherings the first Wednesday of each month.

Most everyone has experienced a divine presence in nature. Deepen these spiritual experiences through hands-on gardening and in-depth discussions in our shared outdoor cathedral.

Together we will explore many topics and questions…

  • How can natural settings increase the benefits of prayer, journeying, ritual, and meditation?
  • What are effective responses to the Pope's Eco-Encyclical, an urgent call for personal actions that mitigate climate change?
  • What is the human role in nature?
  • How can we collaborate with unseen beings to become a beneficial, healing element in ecosystem health?
  • <Insert your big spiritual question here>

The gatherings are open to any spiritual practice, but an inquisitive mind and compassionate heart are required.

Fee

You have several payment options:

Time

A short grounding ritual begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get settled before the grounding begins.

The gatherings officially end at 8:00 pm, but the fluid and exploratory nature of each event may allow for people to stay well beyond this time for chatting and supplementary activities.

Topics

Unlike formal classes, our gatherings depend mostly on the collective wisdom of the group. Experienced participants will be available at every session, but they will encourage their knowledge to be augmented by everyone.

Apr 5: Seed Swap

Bring seeds that make your heart sing and spread their goodness to other gardens.

May 3: Vegetable Gardening

Lots of information exists about planting gardens according to the physical needs of plants, but what about a plant's spiritual needs? Together we will explore ways to understand where a vegetable or herb would like to be planted using its internal messages.

Jun 7: Fruit Tree Companion Planting

Everyone needs friends, including fruit trees. Ecological designer, Fred Meyer, will describe ways to give fruit trees allies that will improve yields and reduce pests.

Jul 5: Fairy Gardening

Learn creative ways to invite fairies, gnomes and other spiritual beings into your landscape.

Aug 2: Midwest Native Plants

Learn about common native plants, their benefits and how to establish them in your landscape.

Sep 6: Herbal Remedies

Bring your favorite herbal remedies to share with the group. Samples are welcome!

Oct 4: Monarch Gardening

You've planted plenty of milkweed so where are the monarchs? Bring your favorite ideas for attracting our fluttering friends and establishing monarch gardens in your landscape.

Nov 1: Plant Communication

Bring ideas for ways to form heartfelt, mutualistic relationships with our plant friends.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sep6

Gardening with Spirit

Wednesday, September 06, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Gaia's Peace Garden | directions

Connect with the spiritual side of nature through playful gatherings the first Wednesday of each month.

Most everyone has experienced a divine presence in nature. Deepen these spiritual experiences through hands-on gardening and in-depth discussions in our shared outdoor cathedral.

Together we will explore many topics and questions…

  • How can natural settings increase the benefits of prayer, journeying, ritual, and meditation?
  • What are effective responses to the Pope's Eco-Encyclical, an urgent call for personal actions that mitigate climate change?
  • What is the human role in nature?
  • How can we collaborate with unseen beings to become a beneficial, healing element in ecosystem health?
  • <Insert your big spiritual question here>

The gatherings are open to any spiritual practice, but an inquisitive mind and compassionate heart are required.

Fee

You have several payment options:

Time

A short grounding ritual begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get settled before the grounding begins.

The gatherings officially end at 8:00 pm, but the fluid and exploratory nature of each event may allow for people to stay well beyond this time for chatting and supplementary activities.

Topics

Unlike formal classes, our gatherings depend mostly on the collective wisdom of the group. Experienced participants will be available at every session, but they will encourage their knowledge to be augmented by everyone.

Apr 5: Seed Swap

Bring seeds that make your heart sing and spread their goodness to other gardens.

May 3: Vegetable Gardening

Lots of information exists about planting gardens according to the physical needs of plants, but what about a plant's spiritual needs? Together we will explore ways to understand where a vegetable or herb would like to be planted using its internal messages.

Jun 7: Fruit Tree Companion Planting

Everyone needs friends, including fruit trees. Ecological designer, Fred Meyer, will describe ways to give fruit trees allies that will improve yields and reduce pests.

Jul 5: Fairy Gardening

Learn creative ways to invite fairies, gnomes and other spiritual beings into your landscape.

Aug 2: Midwest Native Plants

Learn about common native plants, their benefits and how to establish them in your landscape.

Sep 6: Herbal Remedies

Bring your favorite herbal remedies to share with the group. Samples are welcome!

Oct 4: Monarch Gardening

You've planted plenty of milkweed so where are the monarchs? Bring your favorite ideas for attracting our fluttering friends and establishing monarch gardens in your landscape.

Nov 1: Plant Communication

Bring ideas for ways to form heartfelt, mutualistic relationships with our plant friends.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Oct4

Gardening with Spirit

Wednesday, October 04, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Gaia's Peace Garden | directions

Connect with the spiritual side of nature through playful gatherings the first Wednesday of each month.

Most everyone has experienced a divine presence in nature. Deepen these spiritual experiences through hands-on gardening and in-depth discussions in our shared outdoor cathedral.

Together we will explore many topics and questions…

  • How can natural settings increase the benefits of prayer, journeying, ritual, and meditation?
  • What are effective responses to the Pope's Eco-Encyclical, an urgent call for personal actions that mitigate climate change?
  • What is the human role in nature?
  • How can we collaborate with unseen beings to become a beneficial, healing element in ecosystem health?
  • <Insert your big spiritual question here>

The gatherings are open to any spiritual practice, but an inquisitive mind and compassionate heart are required.

Fee

You have several payment options:

Time

A short grounding ritual begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get settled before the grounding begins.

The gatherings officially end at 8:00 pm, but the fluid and exploratory nature of each event may allow for people to stay well beyond this time for chatting and supplementary activities.

Topics

Unlike formal classes, our gatherings depend mostly on the collective wisdom of the group. Experienced participants will be available at every session, but they will encourage their knowledge to be augmented by everyone.

Apr 5: Seed Swap

Bring seeds that make your heart sing and spread their goodness to other gardens.

May 3: Vegetable Gardening

Lots of information exists about planting gardens according to the physical needs of plants, but what about a plant's spiritual needs? Together we will explore ways to understand where a vegetable or herb would like to be planted using its internal messages.

Jun 7: Fruit Tree Companion Planting

Everyone needs friends, including fruit trees. Ecological designer, Fred Meyer, will describe ways to give fruit trees allies that will improve yields and reduce pests.

Jul 5: Fairy Gardening

Learn creative ways to invite fairies, gnomes and other spiritual beings into your landscape.

Aug 2: Midwest Native Plants

Learn about common native plants, their benefits and how to establish them in your landscape.

Sep 6: Herbal Remedies

Bring your favorite herbal remedies to share with the group. Samples are welcome!

Oct 4: Monarch Gardening

You've planted plenty of milkweed so where are the monarchs? Bring your favorite ideas for attracting our fluttering friends and establishing monarch gardens in your landscape.

Nov 1: Plant Communication

Bring ideas for ways to form heartfelt, mutualistic relationships with our plant friends.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.