There’s some cool stuff happening in Northeast Ohio this summer. We are planning on checking out the Reeds and Roots Skillshare – we hope you will too! Looks like the folks at Reeds and Roots Skillshare have a lot of great learning/sharing/activities planned for their event. From their webpage: “Reeds & Roots is organized by a dedicated group of volunteers working to build community ties while promoting a sustainable lifestyle and a strengthened connection with our natural environment. Through our annual skillshare gathering in northeast Ohio, we bring people and families together to share vital skills for Earth-friendly living.” Here at Green Triangle we like what they have to say!
If you have interesting permaculture-related events coming up, please let us know – we are are always excited to hear what is going on in the area and can possibly help spread the word through our Facebook page or website.
Happy Spring, Happy Summer, Happy Gardening, Happy Farming, Happy Homesteading!
Katrina Blair, author of the “Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival” and Founder of Turtle Lake Refuge in Durango, CO, will guide us to identify, harvest and appreciate the wild plants around us. She teaches us how to integrate these wild, nutrient-dense foods and medicines into our daily practices and demonstrates their nourishing qualities in delicious recipes.
Joining Katrina, will be Tyler VanGemert, LAc, Owner of Mountain Medicine Acupuncture in Durango, CO. Tyler uses ancient breath-work, meditation, and movement practices from Taoist and Cherokee traditions to lead us into an inner alignment of indigenous consciousness. This intuitive depth prepares us for opening our mind and bodies to the plants’ wisdom.
We will be hosting two events!
Friday, October 20, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm is an evening lecture and book signing at Pilgrim Congregation UCC (2592 W 14th St, Cleveland, OH 44113). This event will include: a slide show of 13 Wild Weeds for Human Survival, Wild Green Juice, and Centering Movement. Cost is $5 per person and space is limited to 90. Registration is required. Katrina will only bring a small number of books for sale, so feel free to bring your own copy!
Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 1pm to 5pm (with an optional potluck afterward) is a hands-on workshop where we will explore the woods and cultivated areas of Oxbow Orchard, a farm in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (6885 Canal Rd., Valley View, OH 44125). This is your chance to dive deeper into the wild foods and centering movement with our guests! Day will include: immersion in our natural environment, hands-on experience connecting with the edible and medicinal plants, sacred movement practices, and celebrating with a wild foods potluck! Cost is $40 per person and space is limited to 25. Registration is required.
Ben Falk, author of The Resilient Farm and Homestead says this about Katrina’s book: “This is the kind of information that should precede gardening and farming. Katrina Blair expertly shows that before picking up a hoe or spreading a single seed, we can turn to our yards, fields, and forests for so many of the foods and medicines we need to live well.” Sandor Katz says “Her recipes have inspired me to experiment with new ingredients in my ferments.”
Special thanks to our partners and funders!
Join us for the first Northeastern Ohio screening of Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Pilgrim UCC in Tremont. This full-length feature will be followed by a special conversation with the filmmaker, Costa Boutsikaris.
Space is limited! Tickets are $10 and are available at:
Special thanks to Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for helping make this event happen!
Sat, November 5, 2016
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
@ Possibilitarian Regenerative Community Homestead (PORCH)
2909 E 117th St, Cleveland
Have you ever wondered how to spin thread or to weave, or where fabric comes from? Ever admired all the various colors of yarn and wondered how they got to be that way?
If so, this workshop is for you! With demonstration and guidance from textile & weaving master, Cat Lee, learn basics and beyond about natural fibers, spinning, weaving and natural dyes. Cost is $50 and registration can be made through Eventbrite. Space is limited.
More about Cat Lee:
Since she was a kid, Cat has been playing with child sized knitting machines and looms. She has worked cross-stitch, crewel, latch hook, knitting, crochet, macramé, and finally weaving.
In 1998, she was able to pursue a lifelong dream, and bought a small 10 acre farm with her husband David in Central Ohio. A couple of city slickers, neither had any idea what they were doing. Mowing and weed whacking got them nowhere, soooo, they bought 5 little angora goats. They had the pasture cleaned up in no time at all! So, off they went to The Little House in Clyde, Ohio and purchased the first of several spinning wheels. She joined Malabar Farm Spinners and Weavers guild, and learned about spinning, weaving, and natural dyes.
Cat and her husband moved back to the Cleveland area in 2004, where Cat started teaching at a local yarn shop. She teaches spinning, weaving, and some dye classes.
She is a member of the Textile Art Alliance, an affiliate group of the Cleveland Museum of Art and sells her work at some art galleries and the occasional art show, focusing primarily on functional (kitchen) art pieces and fabric for clothing.
Workshop registration investment includes the cost of take home materials.
Dress appropriately for the weather! Workshop will happen RAIN or SHINE. Bring a smile, a lunch, an open mind, boots, a sun hat, an umbrella, and a water bottle. Green Triangle will provide light snacks.
Free on-site parking.
This workshop is made possible with generous support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, in partnership with Possibilitarian Regenerative Community Homestead (PORCH) & Possibilitarian Garden.
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Saturday, October 15th
11 – 3 pm
@ PORCH, 2909 E 117th St, Cleveland
Facilitators: Morris Ervin & Diana Sette
Workshop is free to attend, but registration is required.
Currently in Cleveland, OH, and across the US we are experiencing patterns of degeneration like the increasing social isolation, gun violence, police brutality, bigotry, misogyny, racism, classicism, and gentrification, among other disheartening and destructive relationships. Looking through the permaculture lens, we believe the problem is the solution, which is why ‘Spirals of Regeneration: Social Permaculture Application” is all about people being with people.
Co-led by facilitators Morris Ervin & Diana Sette, we will explore a framework for applying permaculture principles to social systems while diving deep into the spiral practice to uncover, renew and regenerate our humanity. This engaging hands-on session is an opportunity to engage in the process, and become more self-aware as we sit with our beliefs, conscious, and unconscious biases. Participants will engage in the basic principles of mindfulness, non-violent communication techniques, restorative practices, and embodiment through individual reflection, small and large group processes.
Please join us with your full selves and open heart, and be ready to go deep in practicing social permaculture design. All welcome, no experience required- except being human.
We have committed to offering this workshop for free to anyone committed to engaging, though registration is required (registration is not officially open yet- stay tuned!) as to ensure limited numbers for a more intimate gathering. The session will be at PORCH, 2909 E 117th St (just South off Buckeye Rd), Cleveland. On-street parking, and bus 58 & 11 stops are one block away. The house is two blocks from the Shaker/116th RTA Rapid Station.
Light snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring a journal, and water. Depending on the weather, we may spend time outside; please, dress accordingly.
If you have any questions about the workshop, feel free to contact the facilitators listed below…
Morris H Ervin, Jr. is an educator, entertainer, motivational speaker, and Youth Development Professional committed to helping the youth, families, communities, and institutions “turn fear into strength, and pain into passion.” Morris is the founder of Mansa Consulting and he has provided assemblies, workshops, mentoring programs, and leadership retreats to thousands of students in over a dozen school districts across the country. The core of Morris’s philosophy is deeply rooted in Social Emotional Learning, Contemplative Education, and Restorative Practices. Morris started meditating about ten years ago, and became interested in practicing Mindfulness about four years ago. He continues to learn and grow by participating in mindfulness trainings and retreats in Cleveland, New York, and California. He actively teaches mindfulness in schools and after-school programs to disenfranchised youth. In 2014, he became a Mindfulness instructor for the Connor Integrative Medicine Network at University Hospital.
Diana Sette is a passionate community cultivator, enthusiastic educator, urban ecologist, writer, and designer. She is a co-founder and collaborative member of Possibilitarian Regenerative Community Homestead (PORCH), an intentional community and permaculture garden based in the Buckeye neighborhood of Cleveland, OH, and is a contributing writer for Permaculture Design Magazine. She brings a diverse range of experience from working with youth in transformative spaces to living in community on a 200+ acre homestead and performing across the world as a resident puppeteer of the radical political puppet theater company, Bread & Puppet Theater. She has lived and engaged in a variety of communities, and been involved in numerous direct action projects grounded on food justice and community building. She serves on the board of several permaculture-based non-profits that support thriving communities, and is a Certified Permaculture Designer & Teacher, and racial justice facilitator. She current supports grass-root community leaders as the Graduate Support Manager of Neighborhood Leadership Development Program. She believes in people’s ability to restore, renew, and transform themselves, each other and this planet in a positive way.
This workshop is made possible with generous support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, in partnership with Green Triangle and Possibilitarian Regenerative Community Homestead (PORCH).
Sunday, October 9
11 am – 4 pm
Instructors: Christine Cassella & Jocelyn Kirkwood
$50 Registration includes take-home materials. Scholarships available.
Register on Eventbrite here
Ever wonder how herbs can benefit your health and well-being but don’t know how to begin to incorporate them into your life? For beginners and herbal enthusiasts, we will cover some basic uses of common herbs growing in your yard and garden, different herbal preparations, and how to use herbs safely. Learn some of the history of herbal medicine and what roles herbs play in permaculture gardening, and engage your intuition and senses. Come learn how herbal medicine can be your guide in preventing and healing disease and how they can do the same in your garden. Come with curiosity and questions.
Topics include: Using herbs medicinally; Starting your own herbal apothecary; Herbal safety, Teas, infusions, decoctions; How to incorporate herbal food remedies into your meals; Medicinal plant garden tour; Herbal Medicine making: Oils, salves, tinctures and more!
Christine M. Cassella(Chardon, OH) is a biologist, community herbalist, and permaculturist on a mission to help people reconnect with the natural world. After spending her early career as a zoo biologist, Christine came to realize that she really needed to “be the change” and is now following her passion running a small herb farm and learning center called Light Footsteps in Chardon. Christine has been studying and connecting with nature since she was a young girl, but has studied herbalism more formally with teachers such as Rosemary Gladstar for the past 6 years. She received her PDC from Midwest Permaculture. Christine teaches classes, writes, and sells botanical wellness products to her community while helping to grow her family’s 23 acre permaculture homestead which houses chickens, bees, goats, and many medicinal plants.
Jocelyn Kirkwood is a community herbalist and social justice activist from Cleveland, OH. Co-founder and herbalist at the Lake Effect Free Alternative Health Clinic. Jocelyn specializes in chronic conditions, harm reduction, first aid, LGBTQ health, and mental health. She is also a part of Gather ’round Farm–an urban permaculture garden in Cleveland, and gets great joy in growing and wild harvesting most of the herbs that she uses in her practice. Jocelyn loves connecting people with plants through the incredible world of herbal medicine and permaculture gardening. She began studying herbs formally in 2006 at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine where she completed the certificate programs and apprenticeship. She most recently studied with Ola Obasi at the Well of Indigenous Wisdom School in Pittsburgh, PA where she now resides. Jocelyn believes that people can be empowered in their health care through the use of herbal medicine.
Workshop registration investment includes the cost of take home materials. For more information please contact Josh Koppen at 216-952-8280 or firstname.lastname@example.org Green Triangle’s website at www.greentriangle.org. Scholarships available for residents of the Greater Buckeye neighborhoods- contact Diana at email@example.com for more info.
Dress appropriately for the weather! Workshop will happen RAIN or SHINE. Bring a smile, an open mind, boots, a sun hat, an umbrella, and a water bottle. Green Triangle will provide light snacks.
Free on-site parking.
This workshop is made possible with generous support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, in partnership with Possibilitarian Regenerative Community Homestead (PORCH).