Calendar of Courses & Events

The calendar below shows upcoming courses, events, and trainings happening at our campsu, EcoTerra Center. Online courses are available year-round and are not shown on the calendar.


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Ancestral Skills / Preparedness: Simple Blacksmithing

May 19, 2019

This fun, 3-hour interactive workshop is designed for “do-it-yourself” types who want to add this age-old skill to their toolbox of useful knowledge.  After a lecture and demonstration period, you will have the opportunity to apply your new knowledge by experimenting and creating something special.  This is an introductory level workshop.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of the workshop, you will have learned the basics of turning scrap metal into something useful – or maybe something ornamental, if that’s your goal.

Bring your own gloves and safety glasses, wear long pants, non-flammable clothes and closed-toed shoes.

Class size is limited, so sign up soon!

COURSE TOPICS

  • The basic components needed for successful blacksmithing
  • Differences in metals
  • Heating options – pros and cons
  • Building an inexpensive forge
  • Useful tools
  • The basic steps for heating, shaping and fusing metals
  • Performing repairs
  • Safety

INSTRUCTOR

Alex Aragon is an Electrical Contractor specializing in off-grid and back-up renewable energy since 2002. He has raised a family in Willits CA while making renewable energy independence available to more people through business and as an Instructor for the Solar Living Institute. Listen to Alex on the Renewable Energy Hour on KZYX every other Wednesday at 7pm.

Register

Food Preparation: Healthy Treats for Dogs & Cats

May 22, 2019

This 3-hour interactive workshop is designed for anyone who loves a pet and doesn’t want to feed it commercially processed treats that may contribute to health issues.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course you will be able to make delicious and healthy treats your pet will love!  You will also be given guidance to help you determine if your pet has a food intolerance or allergy, and you will walk away with a variety of recipes to make for your loved ones!

COURSE TOPICS

  • Typical ingredients in commercially prepared treats that may damage your pet’s health
  • Indications of food intolerance or allergies
  • How to make treats without fillers, added colors, preservatives, or artificial flavorings
  • Tips & tricks for the best treats
  • If you must buy commercial products… making wise choices

INSTRUCTOR

Interim SLI Executive Director Brad Elliott Brad Elliott has been an animal lover for all his life and is known to be a cat whisperer. He lives with 3 cats (Randy, Mister, and Paisley) and 3 chickens (Sensual Nighttime, Sensual Daytime, and Eggy Pop on an off-grid biodynamic farm in Hopland, CA. In his spare time Brad enjoys working in the vineyards, olive groves, and gardens at the farm. His cat Molly, who recently passed, lived to be 23 years old.

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Intro to Photovoltaics: August 3-4, 2019

August 02, 2019

Learn the basics of photovoltaics (PV).

Register

PV Design & Installation Intensive: August 5-9, 2019

August 05, 2019

5-day intensive solar training.

Register

PV for Professionals: August 12-16, 2019

August 12, 2019

Covers the fundamental knowledge requirements of a solar installation professional.

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PV Design & Installation Intensive: April 8-12, 2019

April 08, 2019

5-day intensive solar training.

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PV for Professionals: April 15-19, 2019

April 15, 2019

Covers the fundamental knowledge requirements of a solar installation professional.

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Gardening: Soils, Seeds, & Nutritional Needs

May 04, 2019

May 4th 1pm - 4pm ::: $45

This 3-hour interactive workshop is designed for the beginning and intermediate gardener and is suitable for ages 12 and older.  Through lecture, exercises, and hands-on practice, participants will learn tips and tricks to successfully germinate and grow seeds, care for seedlings, and nurture young transplants.  Direct seeding tips and tricks will also be covered.

You will be getting your hands dirty in this workshop, so you may wish to bring gloves.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • prepare each seed type properly for best germination
  • prepare soil mixes appropriate for each seed type and for all stages of growth
  • understand when conditions are best for germination and for transplanting
  • utilize methods for heating or cooling soil to best support germination and growth
  • provide young plants with necessary nutrition
  • identify some common problems and know how to correct them
  • get plants off to a good start after transplanting
  • successfully direct sow seeds in gardens or planters

COURSE TOPICS

  • Understanding seeds and their needs
  • Germination tips and tricks
  • Soil mixes for various stages of growth
  • Nutritional needs for various stages of growth
  • Planting containers
  • How and when to transplant
  • Avoiding transplant shock and providing protection
  • Direct seeding
  • Methods for moderating temperature fluctuations

INSTRUCTOR

Landa Roon has been gardening and growing her own plants from seeds for over 40 years.  As an avid gardener and permaculture advocate, Landa is well versed in all forms of plant propagation and enjoys expanding her knowledge through experimentation in her greenhouse, yard, and 1-acre food forest garden.

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Food Preservation: Introduction to Methods

May 11, 2019

May 11th 1pm - 3pm ::: $30

This 2-hour workshop is designed for anyone who is interested preserving food using a variety of methods.  This is an introductory workshop that provides an overview of each method to help attendees determine which methods might work best for them.  More detailed, interactive workshops on some of the methods will be offered later in the year.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course you will understand the basics of preserving food using the following methods:

  • Canning
  • Freezing
  • Dehydrating
  • Root Cellaring
  • Pickling
  • Clamping
  • Fermenting
  • Smoking
  • Curing
  • Waxing

COURSE TOPICS

  • Safe preservation of foods
  • The process of spoilage and how to prevent it (or at least slow it down)
  • Preservation methods requiring no technology
  • Short-term preservation
  • Long-term preservation
  • Tools, equipment, and space needs

INSTRUCTOR

Landa Roon was raised on a farm and has been a life-long proponent of sustainable living practices.  Having lived in many different environments throughout her adult life, Landa has experienced a wide variety of ways to grow and preserve food.  Through this workshop, she is happy to share her knowledge and to hopefully inspire others to increase their level of food sustainability.

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Health & Wellness: Intro to Making Herbal Medicine

May 18, 2019

May 18th 1pm - 4pm ::: $45 + $5 materials cost

This 3-hour interactive workshop is designed for anyone who is interested in making their own herbal medicine utilizing herbs that can be grown at home, wild crafted, or purchased in bulk from retailers.  This is an introductory workshop dealing with how to create various forms of herbal medicine; it is not intended to be a course on specific herbal use for health or healing purposes, although resources will be provided to assist interested participants in gaining further knowledge.  Students will participate in the preparation of the items listed below and will take home samples of some of the products prepared in the course, as well as recipes for a variety of products.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course you will know how to prepare the following:

  • Infusions
  • Decoctions
  • Tinctures
  • Infused oils
  • Salves
  • Lotions
  • Balms
  • Poultices
  • Capsules
  • Pills/Tablets
  • Sprays

COURSE TOPICS

  • Methods of utilizing herbs for health and healing purposes
  • Sourcing of herbs
  • Fresh vs dried herbs
  • Preparation of herbs
  • Production methods and applications

INSTRUCTOR

Landa Roon has been actively engaged in holistic health practices for most of her adult life, always with a focus on self-sustainability, which includes health maintenance.  Landa grows or wild crafts many of the herbs she uses personally, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others.

Register

Ancestral Skills / Preparedness: Simple Blacksmithing

May 19, 2019

This fun, 3-hour interactive workshop is designed for “do-it-yourself” types who want to add this age-old skill to their toolbox of useful knowledge.  After a lecture and demonstration period, you will have the opportunity to apply your new knowledge by experimenting and creating something special.  This is an introductory level workshop.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of the workshop, you will have learned the basics of turning scrap metal into something useful – or maybe something ornamental, if that’s your goal.

Bring your own gloves and safety glasses, wear long pants, non-flammable clothes and closed-toed shoes.

Class size is limited, so sign up soon!

COURSE TOPICS

  • The basic components needed for successful blacksmithing
  • Differences in metals
  • Heating options – pros and cons
  • Building an inexpensive forge
  • Useful tools
  • The basic steps for heating, shaping and fusing metals
  • Performing repairs
  • Safety

INSTRUCTOR

Alex Aragon is an Electrical Contractor specializing in off-grid and back-up renewable energy since 2002. He has raised a family in Willits CA while making renewable energy independence available to more people through business and as an Instructor for the Solar Living Institute. Listen to Alex on the Renewable Energy Hour on KZYX every other Wednesday at 7pm.

Register

Food Preparation: Healthy Treats for Dogs & Cats

May 22, 2019

This 3-hour interactive workshop is designed for anyone who loves a pet and doesn’t want to feed it commercially processed treats that may contribute to health issues.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course you will be able to make delicious and healthy treats your pet will love!  You will also be given guidance to help you determine if your pet has a food intolerance or allergy, and you will walk away with a variety of recipes to make for your loved ones!

COURSE TOPICS

  • Typical ingredients in commercially prepared treats that may damage your pet’s health
  • Indications of food intolerance or allergies
  • How to make treats without fillers, added colors, preservatives, or artificial flavorings
  • Tips & tricks for the best treats
  • If you must buy commercial products… making wise choices

INSTRUCTOR

Interim SLI Executive Director Brad Elliott Brad Elliott has been an animal lover for all his life and is known to be a cat whisperer. He lives with 3 cats (Randy, Mister, and Paisley) and 3 chickens (Sensual Nighttime, Sensual Daytime, and Eggy Pop on an off-grid biodynamic farm in Hopland, CA. In his spare time Brad enjoys working in the vineyards, olive groves, and gardens at the farm. His cat Molly, who recently passed, lived to be 23 years old.

Register

Intro to Photovoltaics: August 3-4, 2019

August 02, 2019

Learn the basics of photovoltaics (PV).

Register

PV Design & Installation Intensive: August 5-9, 2019

August 05, 2019

5-day intensive solar training.

Register

PV for Professionals: August 12-16, 2019

August 12, 2019

Covers the fundamental knowledge requirements of a solar installation professional.

Register


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