October 29, 2016 – AGM, new Coordinator invited, looking forward

Greetings!  Past Members and any interested folks are warmly invited to the October 29 Annual General Meeting of the non-profit Heartwood Folk School Society.  Special Invitation:  If you become a Member at this AGM ($5 fee), you can receive free entry to the Cedar Basket Making Class that follows.  In any event, Heartwood is at a […]

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Heartwood summer break, Fall AGM & restart

After a summer break extended by a major challenge (see farewell below), we at Heartwood Folk School are now ready to restart in the fall.  This is to continue our mission of teaching practical, joyful, Earth-caring, and community-strengthening skills – as do other wonderful organizations in our Pender community.  Up next is an October 17 […]

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September 20th, 2015

June, 2015: Food Preservation Classes

Did you know that sometimes you’re not supposed to wash food before you preserve it?  With traditional food fermentation, you’d be washing away the living organisms that preserve the food for you (and make it even healthier too!).  See here for June, 2015 classes on canning, fermenting, and other food preservation methods.

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April 22nd, 2015

April, 2015: Wilderness Skills classes

It’s happening!  We’ve now confirmed 19 interested adults and children, for the April 21, 2015 Wilderness Skills classes.  This full day of classes on Pender is being provided by the Thriving Roots Wilderness School.  The skills to be taught include friction fire making (see below), edible/medicinal wild plants, and forest shelter making.  You can see here […]

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March 26th, 2015

March, 2015: Practical Solar Photovoltaics class

Now we’ve captured a Gabriola Island solar expert for our next sustainable energy classes, in March, 2015.  The focus will be “Practical Solar Photovoltaics – Sample Installation & Creating your own Small Solar PV Home Back-Up System”.  Please see here for more, and you too can have a solar panel or two up on the roof…

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February 19th, 2015

February, 2015: First Nations Weaving / Basketry classes

We are very grateful that on February 21, 2015, an Elder of the Tsawout First Nation is offering two introductory basketry classes on Pender!  The first class is on cedar bark weaving/basketry, and the second class is on more detailed pine needle basketry.  You can see here to learn more, and also below for an Elder kindly helping one of our beginner basket makers!

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January 26th, 2015

Another Coast Salish Knitting Class

Following our 2014 Knitting Learning Day, now Sylvia Olsen of the Tsartlip First Nation is offering another traditional Coast Salish knitting class!   This is on Saturday, February 28, 2015, when Sylvia is coming to Pender to introduce her new book “Knitting Stories” – “a gorgeous book of personal essays, with seven Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns.” The book release is at 2:00 pm at the […]

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January 16th, 2015

New Pender Energy Research Report & 2015 Classes

Following up on Heartwood’s November, 2014 energy classes (see here for more), there is now an updated Pender Energy Research Report.  This is an introductory, practical comparison of solar and other renewable energy options for islanders.  Note:  A professional solar thermal install by March 31, 2015 could be eligible for the CRD incentive/rebate.  Start by checking out the above report!

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January 6th, 2015

January, 2015: Composting & Soil Building Classes

With the CRD’s January 1, 2015 deadline for “no more kitchen scraps” in the nearest landfill, Heartwood Folk School thinks it’s a key time to offer these two January classes:  “Composting Basics” (for homes and small growers) and “Soil & Soil Building – Really Important Tiny Lives”.  We have an expert visiting teacher – see […]

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December 5th, 2014

November, 2014: Solar & Sustainable Energy Classes

Heartwood is happy to announce November, 2014 energy classes on new options for solar and other forms of renewable energy.  See here to learn about “Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic – Intro to New Options & Incentives“, and “Heat Pump, Wind, Water & Geothermal Energy – Intro to Local Options“. (solar water heating image below, courtesy of Pacific […]

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September 20th, 2014

Heartwood AGM & Old-time Baking

Saturday, July 26: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING for Heartwood Folk School Society (11:30 am, brief, with treats!  at Pender Community Hall upstairs) Current Members and anyone interested is welcome to attend our upcoming AGM.  This is where we report on the past year, and talk about which classes we can do next to serve our community.  We invite […]

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July 6th, 2014

June, 2014 – What’s up (surf’s up?) for Heartwood…

HEARTWOOD FOLK SCHOOL update: After our June Herbs and Mushrooms classes (see photos here), what’s next on Saturday, July 26 is classes on Practical & Computer ACCOUNTING, for Local Groups & Enterprises (see here). However, Heartwood is also really keen to offer some Building Classes (e.g. Carpentry for Beginners).  This is once we obtain additional insurance for our non-profit society.

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June 9th, 2014