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classes

Write: Doe Bay

About four years ago, I wanted nothing more than to visit the Pacific Northwest. I’d been there once, for less than 12 hours, when I was traveling to San Francisco with my friend Bonner in the summer of 2002. We stayed overnight at a hostel in Portland and were up and out early the next morning. No, what I wanted was a full immersion. From the Columbia River Gorge to Astoria and Cannon Beach (Goonies!) right on up to the Olympic Peninsula and the San Juan Islands. So intense was my devotion and consuming desire of the PNW that I’d check the weather forecasts out there, especially when I was pregnant and it was sweltering here and I was miserable, but it was a cool, happy 72 degrees in July on Friday Harbor.

Well, friends. I’m here today to tell you that dreams really do come true. This October, I’m turning my compass (er, jet plane?) west, hopping on a plane (many planes, actually), and making my way to the place I have long dreamed of, pined for, and desired to tromp around in. Not only am I visiting it, though, the crowing glory is that I’ll be doing so while teaching. On Orcas Island. At a writer’s conference. Be still my heart.

The video above gives you a taste of what Write: Doe Bay is all about. Held at Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island, Washington,Write Fall will take place October 9-12, bringing together 25 participants and a handful of alumni. As detailed by the conference’s producers: “Through shared meals and shared housing, a new vision for a writer’s retreat will take place. Community will flourish, walls will break down and love will flow. The workshop bridges genre gaps along the feather of storytelling, where songwriting presents as poetry, poetry as memoir and memoir as narrative song. At Doe Bay, we are all storytellers and we all have a tale to unlock, whichever genre our words choose, and we’ll present the key to unlocking the raw narrative inside.” So, so good, right? Right.

Registration is about halfway full, so now is the time to claim the last few remaining spots. Myself, Claire Bidwell Smith, Jillian Lauren, and Daniel Blue will gather with Write participants to guide workshops in creative writing. While I’ve taught numerous classes on how to raise chickens, can preserves, make cheese, yogurt & butter, and create body care products, I’ve yet to actually teach about the craft of writing. This is a new direction for me, and one which I feel emboldened to embrace. I’m also wanting to dabble in other literary genres myself, and hope to learn a thing or two while there, in addition to teaching. The teacher is the student, and all that.

Come out to Orcas Island, if you can! I would so love to meet you! This event promises to be more than just a writer’s retreat in a gorgeous setting. From all I’ve seen and read, it looks like lives are changed here. Dare to dream, friends!

Home Dairy Class

Home Dairy Class
Do you enjoy the wonder and creaminess and deliciousness of dairy products? Want to learn more about them, and how to make them in your very own home kitchen? Yes, you do. Trust me, you very much do.

Well, your time is nigh! Come out to Villagers, in West Asheville (278 Haywood Rd., to be precise) and let’s dabble in all things dairy. Details are in the flyer above. Hope to see (and meet!) some of you there!

Into The Woods

Appalachian Forests
I’m still here! The rain didn’t carry me away. I wasn’t eaten by the bear on our property (the neighbors called last week, letting us know we’ve got ursine company). I didn’t fall into a ravine in our forests. I’ve simply been writing, elsewhere.

We leave on Saturday for a week in Cancun with my in-laws. My book manuscript is due August 1st. Between those two factors, and also the additional bit about tomorrow being my birthday and really wanting to head up to Pisgah Inn to stuff my face with pancakes while watching the fog roll past before going for a hike somewhere on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I’ve been spending a great deal of time clicking away on the keyboard. Just not here.

BUT, that’s not what I wanted to tell you about here. Really. I’m so not fond of whining, from myself, my toddler, or anyone, really. So, begone, pity! Hello, wonderful information!

Yes, friends. I’ve got some fun news to share. I’ve just sent in my first payment on a forest class of supreme and abiding awesomeness (not its real working name). From its Facebook page, here are the details:

 

MEET OUR APPALACHIAN FORESTS
Come Meet the Plants, Trees, Mushrooms, Birds, Insects, and many astounding beings of our forests!

*Designed to deepen our relationships with the life on our vibrant planet, and to grow our awareness of the special place we live, and our ability to steward it!

*The Forest will be our primary classroom and you can expect to discover new lush and resplendent trails and wild spots around the greater Asheville area.

*Runs two Saturdays a month – August through November, with an optional camp out.

*Our major focuses will be on Trees, Plants, Fungi, their ID, uses and roles in Southern Appalachian Ecosystems. Additional lectures/focuses will include: Birds and Bird Language, an Introduction to Insects, Mosses & Lichens, Key Principles of Ecology, and ,of course, Edible and Medicinal Uses of Forest Species.

*This class meets at the Asheville Botanical Gardens from where we will drive out to forest locations around Asheville.

*Details: About every other Saturday for 7 Saturdays as follows: Aug 17th and 31st, September 7th and 21st, October 12 and 26th and finally our Camp Out Nov 16th and Sunday the 17th.

*Tuition is $300.00, payment plan available.

*Space is limited to 12 students Please register soon!

*To Register: Please call: 804-384-2908 or email to: learningdeer@gmail.com. Checks may be made out to Luke Cannon, and mailed to: 47 Camelfield Rd, Weavervillle, NC 28787 after you have been confirmed.

 

Supreme and abiding awesomeness, yes? YES! I’d love to meet some small measure readers at this class. How wonderful to explore our stomping grounds together! If you do sign up, tell Luke I sent you, and that we’re super pumped!!!!

Class Act

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Hi friends! Want to chat chickens and canning, all up close and personal like? Let’s! Do! It! I’ll be teaching classes on both topics over the summer, and would love to meet some of you kind, dear small measure readers real time. Here’s the details for what, when, where, and why (you already know the “who” ;^) ):

 

What: Backyard Chickens Workshop (UPDATE 6/27: This class has been cancelled). 
When: June 27th, 6-8 p.m., $25/person
Where: Small Terrain, 278 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806, 828/215-9569
Why: Interested in keeping a flock of backyard chickens? This workshop will give you the low-down on all that’s involved. From what to consider in advance, to determining the right breed for your specific needs, to obtaining, feeding, housing, and caring for your flock,  we’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of “chicken-tendering.”

 

What: Canning & Preserving Workshop
When: July 28th, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Free
Where: Williams-Sonoma, 10 Brook St., #140, Asheville, NC 28803, 828/277-3707
Why: Want a quick & dirty introduction to the basics of water bath canning? Then this is the class for you. We’ll chat about the fundamentals of what it takes to create jam and pickles. Attendees will take home a 4-ounce jar of jam. I will have copies of my book, Canning & Preserving with Ashley English, on hand to sell and sign. The class is free, but space is limited to 30. To reserve a space, call the store. Workshop attendees will receive 10% off any purchases made at the store the day of.

 

What: Canning & Preserving Workshop
When: July 31st, 6-8 p.m., $25/person
Where: Small Terrain, 278 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806, 828/215-9569
Why: Want to chat about all things home canning, from overcoming your fears of pressure canning to learning what makes a jam set? This workshop is for you! We’ll do a hand’s on class, creating and canning pickles or jam (not sure which yet!) together.

Wild Foods Walk & Talk

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Ever since I moved out to our property, I’ve been working hard to learn a good deal about the botanicals I share this forested cove with. While I’ve come to identify a fair amount these past 6 years, there’s still a world of green information I’m aching to learn. From tree identification to animal tracks, mushrooms to bird calls, I want to learn it all. More than anything, though, I want to continue educating myself about the edible wild plants that populate our land.

Which is why I am over the moon with excitement to share with you some incredible news today. On Sunday, May 5th, we’ll be hosting a wild foods walk, talk, and eat here in the cove. Woot! Keri Evjy, skilled herbalist and permaculture educator of both Healing Roots Design and Herban Farmacy, will be leading us on a walk through the trails surrounding our home. She’ll share information along the way about what we discover, we’ll gather some edibles en route, and then we’ll return back to the house for a meal and to continue the conversation.

I do hope some of you are able to make it. A few weeks ago, Keri and I walked the property in advance, so that she could get a sense of the land. Though it was cold and windy the day we struck out, and it wasn’t even yet spring, Keri skillfully identified a number of edibles that I’d never before noticed. This lady knows her subject through and through, and delivers the information to her audience with love, awe, and grace. You don’t want to miss this class!

 

Wild Foods Walk, Talk, & Lunch

*My House (address to follow post registration), Candler, NC.
*Sunday May 5th, 10-2pm.
*$35 for lunch and plant walk by Keri Evjy – Educator, Designer, Herbalist for Healing Roots Design
Come walk in the woodlands of our homestead and discover native edibles and medicinals allies of the Southern Appalachians surrounding us. Using our senses, we’ll look, touch, taste, and prepare the local spring bounty underfoot and together enjoy a nutritional farmstead meal with our foraged vitals! The class fee includes the wild fore and meal. If inspired, please bring a homemade canned delight or spring time side with a story to share!

To register, please email me at: ashleyadamsenglish(at)gmail(dot)com.