Over the course of only a few generations, less and less of us possess the skills and knowledge to survive without the convenience of supermarkets and cell phones. This spring, we will host a series of hands-on workshops to start filling that gap, empowering people to become stronger and more resilient as individuals and as communities. Every skill, whether modern or ancient, opens us up to a much wider range of possibilities, enriching our experience of the world and making us capable of surviving and thriving in the 21st century. All events are free and open to the public.
Sunday, March 20th 1 PM
Canning and Pickling: Jan the KraustMaster will lead a hands-on, information-packed workshop on tried and true techniques of food preservation that anyone can do at home and with only minimal equipment.
Saturday, April 9, 1 PM
General Physical Preparedness: Hutch Valentin, owner and head coach at Ridgewood’s Crossfit Breed, will guide you through essential movements like pushing, pulling, and lifting as well as best practices for form and health that get you on the road to being prepared for everything and anything that can happen in life.
Saturday, April 16, 1 PM
Water Treatment and Storage Systems: Liz and Angola of Biosphere(x) will teach us different methods of filtering, treating, and storing water, whether for emergency scenarios or long-term sustainable living, and will lead the group in the construction of a slow sand water filter with bio-layer.
Sunday, May 1, 1 PM
Digital Privacy and Security: David Huerta, software engineer and organizer with CryptoParty NYC, will lead us through an accessible introduction to phone and Internet security, and he’ll explain what practical steps each of us can take to protect ourselves from government/corporate spying and control in the 21st century.
Sunday, May 15, 1 PM
Community Resilience: Come take the evil but useful RAND Corporations’ online training “Building Community Resilience,” which provides tools for self-organized disaster recovery and planning and more broadly the tools for people to determine the long-term future of their neighborhoods and communities.
Saturday, May 29, 1 PM
Fire Making: Shane Hobel, founder and head instructor at Mountain Scout Survival School in Garrison, New York, introduces us to the many uses of fire as well as ways of reliably and safely lighting fires in urban and wilderness contexts.