Folk Camp
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2018 WORKSHOPS

2018 SUMMER CAMP WORKSHOPS

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NATURAL DYE WORKSHOP

WITH EMMA MANCHESTER

Learn the basics of natural dyeing over the course of this five day workshop, including learning how to prepare fibres for dyeing, how to mordant, and how to use modifiers to create variations of natural dye colours.  We will work with an assortment of locally grown dyestuffs, as well as a few imported ones known for their high quality pigments and light fastness. Come away with several sample skeins of wool or silk in a range of colours for use in your embroidery or knitting projects.  Limit 10 students.

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LIAL'KA MOTANKA

WITH LARISSA RAPHAEL (NYC)

Make your own motanka doll, or lial’ka motanka! A motanka is not merely a toy but primarily serves as a talisman against evil and bad luck and preserves fertility and family prosperity. Always faceless, the dolls often have a thread cross on the face to symbolize the sun’s energy. In this workshop, participants  will learn about the rich symbolism and ritual functions of these dolls. Participants will craft their own dolls through the traditional no-needle winding method and can explore ways to incorporate natural materials, embroidery, and other traditional elements. Making a motanka is a deeply personal and powerful expression of intention and positive thoughts - as a result, each motanka doll carries her own energy and personality.

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INTRO. TO BUTTON ACCORDION

WITH JOHN DAVID WILLIAMS

A workshop for beginners: instruments provided and no experience necessary! Get started on playing the diatonic button accordion (AKA melodeon). The workshop will progress from how to hold the instrument to learning some simple folk melodies, and how to play chords to accompany other musicians or to accompany yourself singing. 

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FORGING

WITH ROK

Delve in to a week-long learning experience in the art of reshaping metal with fire, hammer and an anvil. Forging is an ancient art form and craft that combines all four elements that results in creating a structural and artistic items solely limited to one’s imagination.

 

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FIBRE SPINNING

 WITH BLAIR RICHARDS-KOESLAG

Learn the basics of spinning wool into yarn. Learn about wool and its preparation, from combing and carding, to felting. Make a Turkish drop spindle and practice spinning wool onto your spindle. No experience necessary. Beginners welcome. 

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FINNISH SINGING

KALEVALA: FINNISH BALLAD SINGING WITH MATTI PALONEN

The workshop participants will learn to sing and play the kantele in the Kalevala tradition, focusing on songs collected between 1850 and 1925. Participants will gain an understanding of poetic devices unique to the structure of the Finnic languages, as well as the importance of improvisation, and the influence of surrounding Slavic traditions. Lyric sheets and some kanteles will be available. For this year, I will include material from north and south Karelia learned from Emmi Kuittinen.

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GEORGIAN POLYPHONIC SINGING

WITH ANDREA KUZMICH

In this workshop, songs from the millennia-old tradition, which vary in complexity and range from drinking and horse riding songs to meditative chants, will be chosen depending on skills of the workshop participants and the duration of the workshop. Songs will either be taught by rote and/or by lead-sheet. We will also explore and develop the specific vocal techniques used in Georgian songs. If time and willingness permit, some round dance movements may be incorporated into the songs. All songs taught will be contextualized with respect to Georgia’s regional styles, genres, and historical narratives.

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FUNGI FORAGING & WILDCRAFTING

WITH JENN FEDUN

The cultural legacy of foraging has been foundational to human culture - this includes an understanding how to seek or maintain physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing. In this workshop, participants will be encouraged to become more attuned to the ecosystems in which fungi thrive, and to appreciate the proliferation of mushrooms all around them.

Through consideration of personal testimonies from those who have practiced or who have been in direct contact with foraging as a practice of both subsistence and of knowledge-keeping, we'll discuss fungi foraging as pursued in the latter quarter of the 20th and into the 21st century, and take our own forays into the fields and woods around camp to see what we may find. Participants will have a chance to document their finds with spore-prints and sketches, and also dabble in making dyes for paper using fungi extracts.

 

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FOLK ENSEMBLE

(INSTRUMENTAL CLASS)
WIITH EMILYN STAM

Calling all instrumentalists of many levels - let's form a camp trad band! In this workshop we will learn folk tunes from various traditions and make exciting arrangements as a group. Learn a bourrée from France, a jig from Ireland, a waltz from Germany, a polka from Ukraine and a sirba from Hungary, plus more! We'll have the opportunity to perform the music for the entire camp at some of the camp dance events. Bring your fiddle, mandolin, accordion, guitar, whistles...

FERMENTATION

 WITH BLAIR RICHARDS-KOESLAG

Twelve years ago Blair happened upon a copy of Wild Fermentation, by Sandor Katz, and has been bubbling and brewing ever since.  In this workshop, participants will learn how to collect wild yeast out of the air to create a local sourdough culture, make home made kombucha, saurkraut, kimchi, herbal beers and more... inspiring in you a fearless desire to play with culture!

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HUNGARIAN FOLK DANCE

WITH KAROLINE FARKAS

Hungarian folk dances are very specific to the regions they derive from. There are men’s dances, women’s dances, partner dances. Some bouncy, some not. The dances that Karoline teaches with Csángó Unchained, her Toronto band, come from a historical region in Romania known as Moldavia. Unlike most regions in Hungary where the dances are done in partners, Moldavian dances are mainly done in a circle. Each Moldavian dance is similar to the next, yet each has an aspect that makes it unique. Some jumping, some spinning, and a whole lot of stomping. Once you get the hang of it you don’t want to stop!

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YOGA

WITH JOHANNA PAQUIN AND WITH KASSANDRA PRUS

Yoga is a union of body and breath. These sessions are designed for an ever-curious beginner and well-seasoned yoga folks alike. Please bring your mat, blanket/towel and an open mind. Morning and Afternoon sessions.

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BODY PERCUSSION & VOCALIZING FOR KIDS  (and those who are kids at heart)
WITH ANDREA KUZMICH

Drawing on her wealth of experience from running innovative music programs for  8 – 14 year olds at MusiCamp, Andrea will introduce participants in this workshop to cool rhythms that can be performed with the body and voice. This is a physically active music workshop, where layers and layers of rhythm are overlapped to make some serious groove. The singing component involves vocalizing rhythms as well as singing songs and riffs, sometimes in harmony. Participants will come out with a stronger sense of rhythm and the exceptional experience of creating music together. 

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BALFOLK DANCE

WESTERN EUROPEAN DANCE
WITH ORIANE EDWARDS

Get moving and travel around Europe in this social dance workshop! Every day we will learn the basics from various European social folk dance traditions. This kind of dancing is non-performance oriented, and is open to people who have no experience dancing. We will learn Ukrainian village dances, Balkan ‘kolo’ line dances, energetic mixer dances and groovy couple dances from western Europe, plus Breton chain dances from the west coast of France. This class will be accompanied by live music! Attending this workshop will prepare you and give you a head start to the fun that will be had in our evening dances.