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.
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.
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.
UKRAINIAN POLYPHONIC SINGING
WITH NADIA TARNAWSKA (OH)
Using folk songs from a variety of regions from Ukraine, Nadia will lead participants through a series of exercises to help them find a healthy way to produce their folk sound. In singing, the entire body is the instrument, so focus will be placed on accessing resonance throughout the body. In addition to healthy singing, the historical context of the songs will be presented as well as working with ornamentation and styles specific to the region and genre. Ability to read Cyrillic or musical notation is not required and all are welcome!
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.
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.
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...
American “Camp Meeting Songs”. There was a movement around the turn of the 19th century called the “Second Great Awakening” when large groups of Protestants gathered and camped out in the wilderness together for days on end—these were “Camp Meetings." It’s like in that song we taught at folk camp last year: “we read, we sing, we preach and pray and find the lord most precious”. These camps were of the “low church”, ideologically nonhierarchical, and unusually diverse for their times, with African Americans and women preaching to men and women, slaves and slaveholders alike. From these meetings, various political movements aimed at improving society gained momentum—from abolishing slavery, to granting women’s social and political rights, to prohibiting alcohol. In addition to having this utopian-egalitarian germ in a bunch of these songs, a lot of them are musically very beautiful, and we’ll spend most of our time basking in this beauty and the feeling of unity these songs create.
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!
WITH JOHANNA PAQUIN
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.
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.
WITH CASSIE NORTON, ELIZABETH LAPRELLE, ANDREA KUZMICH
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.
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.