WITH OKSANA PIKUSH
Petrykivka is a traditional Ukrainian decorative style of folk painting named after the village it originated in, Petrykivka in central Ukraine (Dniporopetrovsk province). It was traditionally used to decorate village homes. Since houses were made of natural cob, and whitewashed, they provided a perfect surface for the cheerful and lively flowers and plant motifs distinctive to this style.
In this workshop, you will learn about the meaning, cultural significance and health benefits of authentic Petrykivka style folk painting, which has become a hallmark of Ukrainian culture around the world after being inscribed by UNESCO onto theRepresentative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
WITH SHELLEY THOMAS (NY)
Led by critically acclaimed vocalist and vocal coach Shelley Thomas, the Bulgarian Vocal Workshop will include in-depth instructions and demonstrations on advanced Balkan vocal technique. The workshop will focus on linguistic accuracy, harmonic blend, pitch precision, ornamentation, tambre, storytelling, stage presence, and improvisation.
Shelley will teach traditional diaphonic folk songs from various regions of Bulgaria, as well as harmonically complex repertoire from the rich Bulgarian choral tradition, made known by the famed national choir Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares.
Shelley has performed and studied intensively the folkloric songs of the Balkans for 14 years. She has traveled to Bulgaria and worked with many native speakers and teachers to master the techniques and stylistic nuances of Bulgarian singing.
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.
WITH ADA DAHLI
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, (though the grass and earth are just as wonderful!) and an open mind. Morning and Afternoon sessions
WITH NATALKA BUCHOK
Learn how to make traditional breads and cakes, many of them using a sourdough starter (wild yeast used as rising agent). Eastern European sweet bread - kolach (aka challah bread), delicious dark rye that will have you running for sauerkraut and pickled herring, honey cake sweet with the nectar of bees, and then for the finale, the queen of all breads, the korovai - a festive wedding bread, decorated with ancient symbols of abundance and love.
FINNO-UGRIC MYTHOLOGY AND WORLD VIEW
WITH DALVA LAMMINMÄKI (FINLAND)
The Finno-Ugric peoples of Northeast Europe, North Asia and the Carpathian Basin who speak languages of the Finno-Ugric group, Finns, Karelians, Estonians, Hungarians, and several others, share an ancient past rooted in a common mythology and worldview. Dalva Lamminmaki, carrier of the myths and traditional teachings of Karelia & Finland will weave together her knowledge of this particular worldview, shamanic tradition, the Kalevala, and folk healing in this workshop. Be awash in story and sound, as you let the old ways of these people and the sound of their drum fall upon your ears.
WITH JOHNNY SUDERMAN
If you’ve ever wanted to carve your own wooden spoon- this class is for you!
Class instructor, and generalist, Johnny Suderman believes in the magic of handmade spoons, and that this magic may just keep a spoon always in your pocket, on the ready! He has made an agreement with a golden birch and he will be bringing her to Folk Camp to work with and create many spoons, with any luck, in time for Friday’s feast!
Using simple hand tools such as an axe, a saw and a knife, students will be guided through the process that is taking a log and removing everything that doesn’t look like a spoon. The focus will be on carving a small strong spoon that will fit in your pocket, but the techniques are versatile and will leave students with the knowledge to bridge into spoons of all shapes and sizes, and things that aren’t spoons at all!
WITH CASSIE NORTON
Our summer camp will be offering a number of activities designed with younger people in mind, but with no age limit on participants. These activities include: pottery, body percussion & vocalizing, theatre and so much more.
All activities are flexible and will be guided by the interest of the participants.
WITH JOHANNA KOESLAG
Learn the basics of spinning wool into yarn. Learn about wool and its preparation, from combing and carding, to felting. You'll be guided in spinning on a wheel, but drop spindles are also available. No experience necessary. Beginners welcome.
THE DANCE FIDDLER
WITH TEILHARD FROST
Fiddle tunes were primarily used for dance accompaniment. There are thousands of tunes, some more hypnotic than others. Specializing in what are commonly referred to as “cross tunings” or open tunings, Teilhard will have each participant sounding like three fiddlers playing at once. These tunings, very common prior to the advent of electricity, help increase volume and remove the notes which don’t fit within the scale you are using. The bow patterns found in “old-time” Mountain fiddling also add an element unlike many other styles, hypnotizing the dancers and driving them forward.
Bring your own fiddle.
WITH TEILHARD FROST
Adding a percussive element to music doesn't have to be complicated and can be as simple as tapping your foot. We will explore and practice the art of hambone (body percussion), simple clogging, rhythm bones and spoons.
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...
WITH BLAIR RICHARDS-KOESLAG
Drawing on several traditions of horticulture, including permaculture, this workshop will present methods of working with the land and its plant life in a way that both honours the natural rhythms of nature and brings the benefits of food and medicine to the human caretakers- the gardeners. You'll be introduced to the camp garden where you'll learn more about tilling (or no-till), composting, mulching, and succession planting. You'll also be introduced to the scythe and the craft of scything, or mowing grass. You'll learn how to hone and peen the blade and tend to this traditional tool. Finally, you'll be guided in harvesting and drying herbs from the camp garden to take home for future enjoyment!
WITH JOHANNA KOESLAG
Weaving in Ukraine has been done with flax, hemp or woolen threads for many centuries, for clothing, housewares, and ritual towels (rushnyky), much of it in the home, on wooden floor looms. In this workshop you'll have the opportunity to work on a similar floor loom and explore simple traditional Ukrainian patterns made with overshot weaving. No experience necessary.
As an apprentice, you’ll be committed to focusing on one particular craft by serving as an assistant to the craftsperson teaching that craft.