Early Bird Prices end March 15!!!!
SKIP is a curriculum of experiences you can complete to prove you can do permaculture. While a PDC teaches you how to do permaculture design and analysis, SKIP is hands-on. You are making things.
When you complete several things, you earn a badge. Sixteen badges will make you PEP1 certified. After several years of progress, you can be PEP3 or PEP4 certified. At that point you are basically self-sufficient and can prove it. Many older homesteaders don't want their property to turn into a strip mall or subdivision. This program will connect qualified candidates with those landowners so you can skip the rat race and skip the debt.
In this program, you will gain and demonstrate new skills. It isn't about training, classroom time or lengthy discussion. It's about pounding out actual projects. This event will be heavily focused on giving attendees the ability to complete badges. It's our third event like this.
There will be a guide/facilitator for all the planned work. The attendees will be focused on a given task for each time slot. If they complete it quickly, there is time to complete additional badges. If they want to take their time, that is fine, but they may not complete as many badges during the event.
felling trees, peeling and bucking, splitting wood, making a junkpole fence, cleaving shakes
making a hugelkultur garden, planting, chop and dropping, mulching
OR: (see below)
sewing, knitting, darning, basket making and twine making
bird house, bee house, insect hotel, toad and snake habitat
water bath canning, vinegar brining, salt brining
harvest berries, mushrooms, greens; dry some for storage, make seed balls
dehydrate herbs, make a salve, poultice, vinegar infusion, oil infusion and water infusion
brand a location, create public art, create a map
make a dry stack retaining wall, make a trail, maintain a trail, use an excavator, improve a berm, use the tractor loader
trailer backing, make a rock jack
The planned/supervised activities during the event should earn the majority of 9 badges. Pre-work and spare time activities will complete those badges. Exceptional attendees could earn up to 5 more badges in their spare time.
The SKIP Track during the Jamboree that precedes this event is aimed at completing 8 more badges. By attending both events you have the distinct possibility of achieving PEP1 certification.
Mike Haasl is a mechanical engineer, woodworker, blacksmith, and permaculture homesteader in northern Wisconsin. He constructed a sweet greenhouse, builds with pallets and upcycled material, and experiments with compost heat. He is developing a demonstration site for permaculture homesteading, and is collaborating to create the SKIP program.
Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture, is an author, producer, and certified advanced master gardener. He has created hundreds of youtube videos, hundreds of podcasts, multiple DVDs, and written dozens of articles and a book. As the lead mad scientist at Wheaton Labs, he's conducted experiments resulting in rocket stoves and ovens, massive earthworks, solar dehydrators and much more.
Jennifer Richardson is a former cattle rancher and current resident of Wheaton Labs. She is participating in the boot camp and living in Allerton Abbey, the first wofati, in order to test the thermal inertia of the structure.
Fred has led the Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs for three years now. He's directed and taught skills ranging from organic gardening to woodworking to natural building. He is the coordinator of roundwood timberframe projects and food growing systems.
Josiah cobbled together a diverse background in commercial agriculture, horticulture, market gardening, raising livestock, homesteading, and other general build/fix skills before landing at Wheaton Labs in 2019. Since moving to the labs, he has taken to working with roundwood timber framing, earthen plasters, videography, rocket contraptions, and any other inventions he can get his hands on.
Early Bird Prices end March 15th!!!
Note: 80% refund up to two weeks before the event starts. If you are not comfortable with being recorded, please do not attend. Tobacco/drug/vape free campus.
Regular Price: $1,250
July 11th - 24th, 2021
Regular Price: $2,400
June 28th-July 9th and July 11th-24th, 2021
Regular Price: $3,200
June 13-26, June 28-July 9, July 11-24, 2021
Paul will provide three simple meals a day at no charge, but food is not included with your ticket. If you have special dietary needs/desires, you might want to bring your own food and use our rocket cook stoves, ovens, solar ovens and other cooking contraptions.
Wheaton Labs is about an hour away from Missoula, Montana, USA. Since this is the private residence of Paul Wheaton, he--like most people!--would like to not post his address online. But, you will be given detailed location information and directions after purchasing your ticket.
There are many options for continuing your stay!
You are more than welcome to bring a spouse. If they also pay for a ticket, they can join in all the activities. However, if they do not pay, they will not be able to take part in the classes. But, they are welcome to camp or stay at your rental, or explore the vast expanses of wilderness.
As for kids, they are welcome, too. But, they need to be watched and cannot take part in innovations or classes, especially if they have not paid for a ticket. Please note that Wheaton Labs is not childproofed, and with all the experiments and innovations, it's important to keep an eye on your children. You can find out more about kids at Wheaton Labs HERE.
In a perfect world, we would have systems set up for dogs here at Wheaton Labs. We would love a Dog Village. Alas, we are currently not set up for dogs unless you can insure that they will be super well-behaved (find out more about that here). Perhaps building a permaculture Dog Village here at Wheaton Labs is a project you would like to undertake!
Wheaton Labs is a tobacco, vape and, drug-free campus. We don't mind folks have a little hooch from time to time, provided that they pack out the bottles or cans. And we do ask that you go very easy on the hooch -- due to some past events we would like to forget.
There's all sorts of things to do, from organic groceries to theater to bars and hot springs. There's a lot more detailed information HERE.
Here's some ideas!
Organic or better. We are pretty insistent on organic.
We're pricing this event pretty low, so we're a bit worried about the food budget. Expect some fairly simple fare for breakfast and lunch.
Some of the tracks will be doing some foraging, so expect to eat some foraged food. Probably some lamb's quarters and dandelion. Maybe something with huckleberries.
Rhubarb should be on strong about this time.
You can find out more about food at Wheaton Labs HERE.
Davin Hoyt took these lovely pictures at an event in 2017:
Ask them here at permies.com!
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