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

Nov1

Gardening with Spirit

Wednesday, November 01, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:00 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:

  • Free will: A free will donation is requested at each gathering. Suggested donation: $5 - $10.
  • One-time payment: Pay $35 for all sessions. Register here.
  • Members: All sessions are free to Backyard Abundance members.
  • Work trade: Contact us for details about donating time in exchange for sessions.

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: Plant Communication

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

Nov 1: Monarch Gardening

You've planted plenty of milkweed so where are the monarchs? We will explore ways to prepare your spring garden for monarchs and other butterflies. Bring your favorite ideas for attracting our fluttering friends and establishing monarch gardens in your landscape.

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.