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Classes

The Resiliency Institute offers courses, classes and events that empower people to live, grow, and build resilient lifestyles, landscapes and communities. Take courses like Permaculture Forest Gardener, Bioregional Herbalism, and Edible Wild Plants. Join us for Nature Rx with Shinrin-yoku/Forest Therapy, and Forest Yoga. Women can connect monthly during WILD Woman Project Circles. Find us throughout the Chicagoland area speaking and exhibiting about fruit tree guilds, permaculture, growing food security, renewable energy, and resiliency. Enjoy opportunities to connect at our plant sales, Permablitzs, potlucks, fundraisers and more.

May
14
Thu
Permaculture Plants – Vines, Groundcovers, Fungi
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

NEW MAY DATES Due to COVID 19!

Finally a class to learn about the permaculture plants used in edible forest gardens and food forests. Begin to integrate these plants into your own garden. In May you’ll explore the lower layers of a permaculture forest garden – fungi, groundcovers, and vines!

Permaculture edible forest gardens typically consist of at least seven layers – fungi, groundcovers, vines, herbaceous, shrubs, sub-canopy trees, canopy trees. Over the course of four months, learn about the plants commonly used within each layer including varieties, care and maintenance, ecology, best application, harvesting, and uses. For each layer we’ll discuss 15-40 plants empowering you with the knowledge and confidence to effectively incorporate a full range of tasty, functional species into your permaculture garden!

 


THURSDAYS:

May 14 – VINES – annuals, perennials.

May 21 – GROUNDCOVERS – sun and shade + Fermenting 101.  Fermenting is a necessary skill for preserving your bounty.  Learn some basic fermenting info and techniques.

May 28 – FUNGI – inoculate a mushroom log (bring a drill)
Fungi are a critical component to any forest garden, and are perfect for shady areas.  Learn how to inoculate a log with mushroom spores, then take it home and watch them grow!

TUITION*:
Take the Series for $95 (single, Bring a friend for $80) or take them individually
Vines: Single – $35; Bring a friend for $25
Groundcovers: Single – $30; Bring a friend for $25
Fungi:  Single – $45; Bring a friend for $35

Instructor: Connie Kollmeyer


*Your enrollment makes our Growing Food Security programming possible – Thank You!

May
21
Thu
Permaculture Plants – Groundcovers, Fungi
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Strawberries-chives-plant-sale-picNEW MAY Dates due to Covid 19

Finally a class to learn about the permaculture plants used in edible forest gardens and food forests. Begin to integrate these plants into your own garden. In May you’ll explore the lower layers of a permaculture forest garden – fungi, groundcovers, and vines!

Permaculture edible forest gardens typically consist of at least seven layers – fungi, groundcovers, vines, herbaceous, shrubs, sub-canopy trees, canopy trees. Over the course of four months, learn about the plants commonly used within each layer including varieties, care and maintenance, ecology, best application, harvesting, and uses. For each layer we’ll discuss 15-40 plants empowering you with the knowledge and confidence to effectively incorporate a full range of tasty, functional species into your permaculture garden!

 

May 21 – GROUNDCOVERS – sun and shade

May 28 – FUNGI – inoculate a mushroom log (bring a drill)
Fungi are a critical component to any forest garden, especially for shady areas.  You will learn how to inoculate a log and will take it home to grow in your own garden.

TUITION*:
Groundcovers: Single – $30; Bring a friend for $25
Fungi:  Single – $45; Bring a friend for $35

Instructor: Connie Kollmeyer


*Your enrollment makes our Growing Food Security programming possible – Thank You!

May
28
Thu
Permaculture Plants – Fungi
May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

NEW MAY date due to Covid 19!

Finally a class to learn about the permaculture plants used in edible forest gardens and food forests. Begin to integrate these plants into your own garden. In May you’ll explore the lower layers of a permaculture forest garden – fungi, groundcovers, and vines!

Permaculture edible forest gardens typically consist of at least seven layers – fungi, groundcovers, vines, herbaceous, shrubs, sub-canopy trees, canopy trees. Over the course of four months, learn about the plants commonly used within each layer including varieties, care and maintenance, ecology, best application, harvesting, and uses. For each layer we’ll discuss 15-40 plants empowering you with the knowledge and confidence to effectively incorporate a full range of tasty, functional species into your permaculture garden!

Fungi are a critical component to any forest garden, and are perfect for shady areas.  Learn how to inoculate a log with mushroom spores, then take it home and watch them grow!  Please bring a drill and a 5/16th drill bit if you have one.

Thursday, May 28 7:00 -9:00 pm

TUITION*:
Fungi:  Single – $45; Bring a friend for $35

Instructor: Connie Kollmeyer


*Your enrollment makes our Growing Food Security programming possible – Thank You!

Jun
21
Sun
WILD Woman Project Circles – Spring (6/21)
Jun 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us to discover your inner WILDness, or wholeness of being, through a gathering of women where the focus is on taking time to support yourself and being supported by other women. The WILD Woman Project is a world-wide movement of CIRCLES gatherings during the new moon. Each uniquely themed Circle is a time for meditation, intention setting, healing, creativity and connection with community.  

We all come from different spiritual/cultural backgrounds and gather around the ideas of: Sisterhood (having each others backs, empowering one another), a respect for the earth (wildness, turning to nature as a teacher and healer) & co-creation (the understanding that just as we co-create our experience in circle, so do we co-create life on earth). 

You can’t pour from an empty kettle — join us to rejuvenate!


Please bring the following items if you have them available:  Journal and writing utensil, yoga mat, a pillow or cushion to sit comfortably on the floor for meditation, and inside shoes or slippers. You may also bring an item for the altar.

 


Sundays 2:00-4:30 pm

 

Tuition*:

May 3 $30

June 21 $30

FULL SPRING SESSION: $55

We are offering a sliding scale registration for students, or those experiencing financial hardship – $20
If you are feeling generous and have the income, please consider making a donation (right sidebar) earmarked for supporting WILD Woman.

Online registration and pre-payment required. No Walk-ins. Registration closes 1 day before the event.

Allison Mitch is your WILD Woman Project Circles Facilitator. She is an ecologist, physical therapist and healing arts practitioner (yoga, reiki), part time professor, and mom – an eclectic professional and personal mix that birthed her own WILD woman through the recognition of the connection and depth with all of life. In her circles, she seeks to create a sacred and inviting space for self-reflection, meditation, healing, and reconnection with nature for the return of soulfulness, or “re-wilding”.  Allison is also committed to increasing the connection of her children and her community with nature by offering family nature excursions (Naperville Family Nature Club) in Naperville and the surrounding suburbs. www.wildwomaninthesuburbs.com


*Your participation makes our Growing Food Security outreach programming possible – THANK YOU!