Course Title: Bioregionalism, Resilience & Active Hope
A 6-day, 5-night immersion course in resilience skills and bioregional living at Koviashuvik Local Living School exploring elements of craft, culture, community and connection that inform living well in place. From splitting shingles, to spinning rope, to growing beans, to harvesting medicine, in daily life participants dig into the art and practice of crafting a life from the world around them. Shelter, water, fire, food, fiber and medicine become doorways to connection, stillness, interdependence, kinship and gratitude.
“I know of no restorative of heart, body, or soul more effective against hopelessness than the restoration of the earth.”
~ Bary Lopez
Course Content: Using the working homestead of Koviashuvik as an outdoor classroom, student’s dig in to the theory and practice of transforming natural resources into daily necessities. By so doing, they embark on a learning adventure that encompasses modern resiliency skills, traditional craft, homesteading arts, Indigenous skills, nature awareness, and cultivation of ecological and social relationships. Through daily regenerative acts like thinning a forest to provide fuel, or composting human waste to build soil fertility, students experience being a constructive force in the ecosystem while meeting their needs. From these daily constructive actions spring self-efficacy and hope, powerful and grounding antidotes to the oftentimes overwhelming challenges that face learners who are engaged in—and passionate about—environmental studies and ecological protection. Students leave this program with a new sense of what is possible, the confidence that is born of competence, and ability to enact positive change in one’s situation and surroundings.