Confirm our 15 re-skillers as participants.
Meet to brainstorm the skills we want to learn.
Decide on commitment requirements.
Assign re-skillers to organize each month’s experience.
Name ourselves the Renaissance Women!
Bread-making, sourdough starters, and gluten-free baking with Tessa, Tanya and Jenn (two of which have apprenticed at True Grain Bread in Cowichan Bay).
Sewing with a machine from a pattern, with Maggie Beischer of Oh So Pretty!.
Beekeeping 101 with Bee Haven Farm in Duncan, BC.
Wild foods with Robert Foucher.
Soap-making with Marni Murphy.
Cookie decorating party and hot-toddy lessons!
Had our “Annual General Meeting” (hee hee) and discussed what we liked about the Renaissance Women and wanted to keep for 2012. We like it a lot, so it’ll stay the same for now.
Met and brainstormed workshops for 2012.
Assigned workshop organizers.
Made pinch pots with Tara of Tara Firma Studios. (So much fun that we decided to go back for a second and third evening and pinch more pots.)
“Ladies Learn to Fish” workshop at the Cowichan River Wilderness Lodge. Learned to fly fish and use a reel line, plus lots of random interesting freshwater fishing facts.
Fitness bootcamp with Sheri Berard!
Canning lessons from the Somenos Women’s Institute. We made apple jelly, peach salsa and pickled vegetables. Amazing.
Life-changing lacto-fermented sauerkraut and vegetables workshop with Holly Howe, aka Bootleg Betty.
Weaving and felting workshop at Leola’s Studio, where we learned to use a loom. Leola emphasized art as a lifestyle, rather than just a hobby we (sometimes) make time for. She got our mojo flowing.
Art month! We were inspired by Leola to take on the challenge of creating a piece of art every day in February, as a group. Check out our results here.
Our “AGM”! We brainstormed a whole new year’s worth of skills to learn, ate Maeve’s award-winning chocolate chip cookies and drank multiple cups of Teafarm tea. Some of our original Renaissance Women members have since moved on to new adventures (and/or cities), which left room to invite some of our more frequent guests to join us as permanent members. The Renaissance Women were excited to welcome Sheila Z., Linda and Cindy!