We are creating as we go. There are only six now but we have a mutually agreed upon project. What I observed was that we started a learning group that will incorporate everything we want to learn, and everything we want to teach all rolled up into a every changing, wondering, creating, project.
For now, there will be one learning group that anyone can join. There may be more than one learning group as we go along. Our one project may drop seedlets of ideas and some partipants may want to create a new learning group. For now this is what we will be exploring.
Radical Botany, bicycle mechanics, and perceptional drawing. We also hope to explore the concept of Peak Oil and what we might need to know about Plants, bicycles and perception if the economics of the Western World collapses.
It seems like alot...but actually it will be awesome to explore such a variety of ideas that are in many ways related.
The learning group could go in many directions but for right now here some ideas that we will explore.
The class radical botany that explores many aspects of plant life and human life combined. We will learn to look at plants in a cooperative relationship rather than as hunter and huntee. We will use a couple of books: The Lost Language of plants:The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth by Stephen Harrod Buhner, Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Pojar and Mackinnon and The Zen of Seeing by Fredrick Franck.
Each time we meet we will learn from each other about the Botany of the area we live in, bicycles and drawing. We want to explore living a life separate from petroleum oil. We want to learn to understand plants as the central energy of our lives. We want to learn about growing plants from seeds to harvest, to gathering and drying and making potions, healing remedies, and nutritional foods. We want to learn to tread lightly on the earth and live with the plants in a ecologically sustainable way.
We want to explore energy and plants and energy and humans. We want to look at plants the way indigenous people did, as part of our lives and not separate. We want to explore healing with plants in other cultures like Oriental Medicine and Native American medicine. The want to learn about healing essences and pollen healing and whatever we can think of.
We want to learn about dyeing, drying, canning, making plant fiber clothes and using plant fiber in shelter building (such as cob).
The next meeting of this Portland Free Skool learning group will be Monday, June 13th at 7:00 PM at the Red and Black Cafe on Division Street.
All cooperative beings are welcomed to attend.