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Cardiff

The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff

Do you want to meet new people, learn new skills or share something with others? Then pop along to Little Man Coffee, on Thursday 29th September from 6:30 - 7:15pm. We are putting on a fun, interactive session to develop the new monthly Trade School classes: we want to find out what you would like to learn, and help you discover skills that you could share. There will be teachers and participants sharing their learning and teaching experiences, their top trades, and insights on planning and running classes. This "all about Trade School" session kicks off the new term. And did we mention - new for Autumn 2016 - there are badges for participants! All welcome.

Bring one of the following:
A friendly smile
Ideas for things you could teach
Ideas for things you would like to learn
Top tips for teaching

About the teacher, Lynsey Jackson

Hello, we are Harri, Noreen, Laura, Lynsey & Becca - we are the Trade School team! We are a group of volunteers who help to organise and run TS as well as teaching the odd class.

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Geneva

l'Espace de Quartier Secheron (basement / sous-sol), Reference : Marie Claire
Avenue Blanc 7, basement / sous-sol (Call 078 721 94 19)
Genève

Toutes les plantes, quelles qu'elles soient, ont des vertus pour notre santé. Pour pouvoir les utiliser sans danger, il est judicieux d'avoir quelques notions de base de leurs propriétés. Je vous propose donc une introduction sur l'utilisation des plantes accessibles au quotidien (herbes et épices de cuisine, infusions), que ce soit en cuisine ou en préparation un peu plus élaborée telle que les teintures mères, les sirops, les infusions ou les cataplasmes. Nous verrons qu'elles peuvent nous servir aussi bien dans la prévention qu'en cas de petits problèmes de santé tels que les refroidissements, maux de tête, insomnies, problèmes digestifs, fatigue etc. Le but est de repartir du cours avec des notions d'utilisation de plantes accessibles même au super-marché, ou dans une herboristerie en ville et de pouvoir les utiliser pour votre bien être. Je propose de parler par exemple de: - herbes aromatiques telles que menthe, basilic, origan, thym, mélisse, romarin... - épices: gingembre, canelle, coriandre, curcuma, cumin, anis, clou de girofle, cardamome... - mais aussi: calendula, echinacee, lavande, rose, hortie,... Bien entendu, il sera possible d'adapter la classe en fonction de vos demande et souhaits :)

Bring one of the following:
De l'huile essentielle (de ravintsara, ou de bois de siam, ou cèdre d'atlas, ou bois de rose, ou saro ou rose de Damas, ou manuka, pin ou sapin)
Miel de l'apiculteur "bio" (pas de la migros ni coop SVP)
Un bon pour un livre chez payot
Un moule en silicone en forme de fleurs de chez Girard aux Grottes (les grandes fleurs pas les petites)
Une l'huile "bio" pure originale (exemple: jojoba, noix, avocat, abricot etc)

About the teacher, Zuleïka Romero

Passionnée des plantes médicinales et par la médecine allternative, j'ai d'abord été formée en 2011 par un médecin traditionnel de Zanzibar sur l'usage des plantes médicinales, puis en 2013 au Mexique, à l'institut Tlahui de Cuernavaca, où j'ai effectué un diplôme d'herboristerie traditionnelle mexicaine, ainsi qu'un diplôme en massage traditionnel mexicain et en temazcal. Ces formations effectuées en parallèle à un parcours académique plus classique m'ont ouvert un univers de savoir accessible à tous mais trop peu divulgué à mon goût. C'est pourquoi je vous propose de venir discuter et partager avec moi une classe d'introduction à l'univers passionnant des plantes et de leurs vertus.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

DROP-IN TEACHER ORIENTATION

7:00a.m. to 9:00a.m.
Commons
Cornwallis/North Park
Halifax

Not quite sure what Trade School is all about? Interested in teaching a class but can`t nail down a topic? On September 3rd we`ll be at the Commons (weather permitting) ready to answer any of these burning questions! Stop by, sit down with us, and we`ll be more than happy to run through what it takes to get your workshop up and going! We`ll discuss how and where to choose a venue, workshop structure, tips for teachers, our barter system and always keep it open for sharing class ideas! If things go well, we might even have your workshop listed on our site by the end of the night! We believe EVERYONE has something to offer! With your knowledge and expertise you can help to create a city-wide skill exchange network! Meeting location: Under the trees in the middle of the Commons Rain location: TBA

Bring one of the following:

About the teacher, Trade School Halifax

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Los Angeles

Roundtable: project feedback

10:00p.m. to 12:00a.m.
Home in Highland Park
street address will be emailed to registered students a few days before class
Los Angeles

The class will be a great opportunity to get feedback on your project. This is for anyone looking to present a project, share and idea, pitch a screen play, or practice a work presentation and receive feedback. This class will be highly dependent on what people bring in. The idea is to focus on one project for each participant, where we will both give and receive constructive feedback. Each participant will want to think about what kind of feedback they want, be able to say what the project if for, what the intended audience is, and where you are in the process (so we know how to best give feedback). Each person should be prepared to present their project with enough materials for 8 people. Presentations will need to be made in 10 minutes or less in order to accommodate everyone and allow time for feedback. **Supplies: what do students need to bring? Personal snacks and water Presentation materials (optional, please inform the teacher ahead of time if you have audio visual needs and we will try to accommodate) Notebook and pen/pencil **Accessibility: This location has stairs at the entry.

Bring one of the following:
A large container of distilled water
A package of white 8.5 x 11 printer paper/copy paper
A potted plant (can be a snip from your own garden in a temporary holder)
An art piece around the theme of “Love Humanity” (poem, painted rock, song…).
An interesting book (I prefer non-fiction and books about storytelling, dramatic theory’s or theatre directing, as well as books of poetry, books that have fascinating covers, and books in foreign languages).
Surprise Me

About the teacher, Karen Stegall

Karen is a multi-disciplinary artist that cycles between theatre directing, writing, photography, and filmmaking.

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DIY Felted Soap

9:00p.m. to 1:00a.m.
Teacher's home near USC - address & parking info will be sent to attendees
Near USC
LA

This is a SUPER fun thing to do and make GREAT gifts. We will be wrapping soap in WOOL (has to be WOOL) to make soap pretty and exfoliating! Google DIY felted soap images for some inspiration. (https://www.google.com/search?q=felted+soap&rlz=1C1SFXN_enUS499US516&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=667&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwif06GuuuTMAhVETCYKHdgnDa8Q_AUIBygC) Supplies (please bring) 2 to 4 oz wool roving in your favorite color or colors (we'll share - great to have an assortment of colors) Here’s where you can purchase wool roving on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_6?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=wool+roving&sprefix=Wool+r%2Caps%2C304 Several bars of soap (if you'd like hand crafted soap made at a previous class, I'll trade 3 hand crafted soaps for a bottle of olive oil or essential oil) Bits & pieces of WOOL yarn (if you have a stash) to adorn your felting. Optional: a felting needle if you want to attempt the fancy designs

Bring one of the following:
almond butter
dog treats (not rawhide)
good bottle of red wine
jar of local honey
surprise me

About the teacher, Kathie

I really enjoy DIY and have had many years experience of organizing a monthly craft club, where we make new things that interest us. Making jam, books, stamps, paper, soap and felted soap have been annual favorites. I currently work as a psychotherapist and have a retired from a career in engineering.

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FILMING PICO

11:00p.m. to 7:00a.m.
Pico & Figueroa, in front of the LA Convention Center.
Pico & Figueroa, in front of the LA Convention Center
Los Angeles

The objective of this class is to make a movie while taking a long walk across Los Angeles. On the day of the class, we will walk from Downtown to the beach on Pico Blvd, and at day's end, we will take the Expo line back Downtown. The class meeting point is: Pico & Figueroa, in front of the LA Convention Center. This will take all day, during which time we will film whatever we please. We could interview, observe, perform or intervene. We must all stick together--this will help with creative energies. I will bring a DSLR camera and audio recording equipment (shotgun mic, boom pole, recorder), and you are welcome to bring your own equipment as well. No experience with film/video/sound is necessary in the least; the point of this class could be for you to learn about these things. I would also love to learn more, so please join us if you're already a pro. This is a good class for people who like to ask questions of strangers, or who like to dress like a tourist. It's also highly suitable for anyone who has read Mike Davis, and for everyone who watched that movie about LA filming itself. DEFINITELY BRING SUNSCREEN, HAT, WATER. LA in September is still so hot. If there is interest, we could edit the footage together. “...the heat of life in the handful of dust..."

Bring one of the following:
A hard book
A list of your favorite trails in Southern California
Cookies
Incense
Sparkling Wine

About the teacher, Dylan Howell

I'm a student at CalArts doing research on documentary, virtual reality and mass extinction. I also teach in East LA.

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Introduction to the Tarot

6:00a.m. to 8:30a.m.
Book Show & Parlour of Wonders
5503 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles

Have you been curious about the mysteries of the tarot? Have you always wanted to learn to read tarot but felt overwhelmed by memorizing the meanings of the cards? Are you still flipping through your tarot book for interpretations instead of reading confidently on your own? With this free introductory class, you will learn the history of tarot, how to choose a deck, how to begin developing your own intuition, and begin interacting and interpreting the cards. You can bring your own tarot deck, borrow one of our shop decks or purchase one at the workshop. This interactive workshop includes many opportunities to practice your growing skills in an inclusive, fun environment. Beginning to Intermediate students are welcome - no previous experience with tarot is necessary. Bring your friends!

Bring one of the following:
1 Package of Paper Towels (4 or more rolls)
1 Package of Toilet Paper (4 or more rolls)
1 ream of 8.5" x 11" white paper (new unopened)
2 rolls of clear Packing Tape (new unopened)
Case of Bottled Water (around 24 bottles)

About the teacher, Madame Pamita

Madame Pamita has read tarot cards since the 1980s and has been a teacher since the 1990s. She creates a fun, inclusive and interactive experience that makes learning tarot fun! Her classes are a great way to meet new like-minded friends as you will have lots of opportunities to interact with new people while you play with the tarot.

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Book Show & Parlour of Wonders
5503 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles

Tap into your intuition, drop down out of your thinking mind and create and dialogue with (at least!) two SoulCollage® cards. From the images you choose (or do they choose you?), begin to discover what your soul wants to tell you. If you can use scissors and a glue stick, you can do SoulCollage® -- no art experience or artistic skill is needed. All supplies will be provided. Class will be three hours.

Bring one of the following:
A bottle of sparkling water (such as Perrier, Pellegrino)
a small, round wooden bowl
Bookbinding thread
Roasted cashews
Tomatoes (home grown or store bought)

About the teacher, Laureen Lazarovici

I've been a word person all my life--a journalist, writer, editor--and now it's time for some pictures! I became trained as a SoulCollage® facilitator in October 2015 and love bringing this gentle, creative, relaxing practice to new audiences. For those of us who live in our heads most of the time (like me!), SoulCollage® is a great tool to access our intuition, "gut feelings" and other non-brain parts of ourselves.

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Chez Aaroyo
211 S Ave 57 #201
Los Angeles

For decades, human-centered design has been used to create solutions, services, products, experiences and social enterprises for many types of challenges. In this context, the term "design" does not apply to one medium - it simply refers to creating a solution to a problem. You'll be able to take and repeat the steps you learn in class in any scenario you'd like. In this workshop, we'll first spend time learning the fundamentals of Human-Centered Design and Design Thinking. Then, we'll look at a few examples of people, products and solutions who have used these methods to innovate and create. Finally, we'll experience it hands-on by solving a problem using the processes we just learned. You'll leave with a new vision on how to approach problem-solving, and with a list of free resources for continuing your experience in the world of human-centered design.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise!
hanging basket for plant
potted plant
snack to share with group (enough for 6)
topo chico sparkling water (3 or more sm. bottles)

About the teacher, Leanne

Leanne started Trade School LA in May 2014 and it continues to be one of the best decisions she's ever made. In addition to running TSLA, she also works as a freelance graphic designer and a fitness instructor.

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Intro to basic photography

1:00a.m. to 4:00a.m.
Teacher's Home in Burbank
Near intersection of Providence Ave & Kenneth Road
Burbank

This class is an introduction to basic photography principles and techniques. It will cover areas such as composition, aperture, shutter, and ISO. Understanding these basic rules and uses will start you on the path to a more enhanced photography experience while thinking about some of these choices. We will chat a little, shoot a little, open that bottle of wine and chat and shoot some more. What you will learn from this class: how depth of field, shutter speed or selective focus can be used as a creative tool to evoke emotion or aesthetic design of a photograph. *** NOTE *** students must bring a DSLR camera that functions in a fully manual mode (Focus, aperture, shutter, & ISO) and the knowledge to use it. A 35mm film camera may also be used, but obviously, results can not be viewed in class. Class will be held at instructor's home in Burbank. We will be outdoors for some of class as well.

Bring one of the following:
A funny story
A Surprise
Bold roast organic coffee
Bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir
Handmade soap
Scented candles

About the teacher, Rob LaRussa

Rob is an Aquarius who enjoys long walks on the beach and early sunsets. When not daydreaming about the perfect cucumber salad, he is a Cinematographer by trade. Shooting network promotions and high end corporate films. His still photography consists of sports, people, landscapes, & architecture that has evolved since he picked up a camera at the tender age of 12.

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Kombucha

7:00a.m. to 9:00a.m.
Karen's House in Echo Park
165 N Toluca St
Los Angeles

Kombucha is a fermented, probiotic, slightly sweet, effervescent, tea drink made using a SCOBY, or a Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. It's an ancient drink that Wikipedia traces back to 5,000 years ago in China that may or may not (jury's still out pending further peer-reviewed scientific studies) have significant health benefits. Also, if you haven't noticed, it's super trendy right now. Regardless, it tastes great and is super simple and fun to make. Supplies needed for this class: A gallon or half gallon glass mason jar with a screw top lid. You can get these at hardware stores, amazon, or even dollar stores. You will take home your SCOBY in this jar to start making delicious drank!

Bring one of the following:
Biodegradable dish soap
Bottle of wine (red or white)
Ceramic plant pots
Cool plates or bowls (like a garage sale/Goodwill gem)
Fresh produce (any kind)
Homemade loaf of bread
Indoor/outdoor plants (ornamental or edible)
Package of toilet paper
Six pack of beer (nothing light please)
Something made by you or someone you know
Surprise me!

About the teacher, Karen Stasevich

I'm a policy analyst from Michigan. I came to LA for the weather and the adventures. I like backpacking, drawing, and learning how to do/make things. I also host a bi-monthly figure drawing workshop.

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Personal Story Creation

12:30a.m. to 3:00a.m.
Chez Aaroyo
211 S Ave 57 #201
Los Angeles

This class will explore elements of taking a personal story and crafting it into a work of theatre/performance, and requires no planning or prep. Each person will share a story, borrowing from our own life experiences, and then the story teller will "cast" people stand in as "characters" in your story, giving it new life, and hopefully uncovering something dramatically interesting and worth pursing artistically. The process will involve letting go of some of the truth of your story, while remaining authentic to the theme. This class will be highly dependent on what people bring in. The idea is to focus on at least one story* for each participant, and put to life that story. At the same time, we’ll be discussing and refining methods for storytelling. No preparation needed, minus thinking about a story or two to share (time permitting, we might cover more than one). This class is for all levels of actors and performers and story-tellers. Supplies: what do students need to bring? Wear comfortable clothes you can move in Personal snacks and water Please be considerate of strong perfumes and smells as we will be working in close proximity to others *Come having thought about what story/moment/impression you want to use. (optional) If you have a specific object you want to work with, feel free to bring that as well, but don’t feel like you have to.

Bring one of the following:
A large container of distilled water
A package of white 8.5 x 11 printer paper/copy paper
A potted plant (can be a snip from your own garden in a temporary holder)
An art piece around the theme of “Love Humanity” (poem, painted rock, song…).
An interesting book (I prefer non-fiction and books about storytelling, dramatic theory’s or theatre directing, as well as books of poetry, books that have fascinating covers, and books in foreign languages).
Surprise Me

About the teacher, Karen Stegall

Karen is a multi-disciplinary artist that cycles between theatre directing, writing, photography, and filmmaking.

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DIY Recycle/Upcycle Broken Bling

6:00a.m. to 8:30a.m.
Book Show & Parlour of Wonders
5503 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles

Breathe new life into your old and/or broken costume jewelry by harvesting parts and using some simple jewelry making skills to create something new and stylish to wear. Bring your broken bling and select from the following choices what kind of finished product you would like to make: 1. Mixed chain bracelet (works well if you have lots of chain based necklaces or bracelets or even belts or purse chains) 2. Earrings using harvested parts and/or new beading hoops (works well if you have a beaded piece of jewelry where you like the beads) 3. Tassel or Upcycled focal necklace

Bring one of the following:
Beads (glass or stone)
Organization help
Unwanted gift card(s)
Vaccum my apartment (takes approximately 30-45 minutes)
Ziplock bag of unwanted/broken jewelry

About the teacher, Jasmine S.

Self taught jewelry designer Amateur photographer Taught jewelry class and started upcycling jewelry as a volunteer at the Downtown Women's Center

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Loughton

Learn Photoshop

5:30a.m. to 7:30a.m.
Ongar Library
High Street
Chipping Ongar Essex CM15 9AB

Free entry-level classes led by our friendly volunteer! Learn the basics of this powerful image-editing program. You'll learn skills such as: Loading images and photographs - Navigating the interface - Working with layers - Colour Correcting - Adding words and text. Pop-down and learn a valuable new skill - for free! You will need a laptop or MacBook loaded with Photoshop ( not Elements). You can download a free 30 day trial.

Bring one of the following:
A keenness to learn
A willingness to share any knowledge learned
Ability to spread news about the class
Creative ideas to share
WIne gums to aid concentration!

About the teacher, Adam Hart

Hi, I'm Adam, a forward-thinking, enthusiastic and self-motivated Motion Graphics Designer with over 10-years industry experience. Currently freelancing around London. Having a passion for moving image, music and audio production, coupled with a background in digital design has enabled my career to transition organically into motion graphics.

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Norwich

Bead Earring and Necklace Making

7:00a.m. to 8:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Discover the techniques you need to create your own piece of jewellery using beads and steel wire. You'll have the chance to design and make your own earrings or necklace using a selection of glass, wood, plastic and mother of pearl beads.

Bring one of the following:
A local cheese
Assorted fabric
Craft/poetry/art books
Cushion covers
Ribbon
Terracotta plant pots

About the teacher, Peter Myerson

I'm a quirky individual and been making bead work necklaces, earrings and brooches for around a year.

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The Fine Art of Napkin Folding

9:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Have you ever turned up at a meal to find some beautifully-folded napkins on the table in the shape of a boat, a bishop's mitre or a rose? If you have then keep up with your friends by coming along to this class and learn some great napkin folds. If you haven't then be the envy of your friends by being the first to display your new-found napkin folding skills.

Bring one of the following:
10 Points into my NORLETS Account
Coat Hangers
Folk/Classical CDs
Homemade Cakes or Biscuits
Old Postcards
Packets of Vegetable Seeds

About the teacher, Colin Hynson

After several years working with the Norfolk Museums Service I'm now a freelance educational writer and consultant. I like learning and teaching unusual (but practical) things.

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Simple Clothing Alterations

10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

This class will cover some of the simplest alterations you might want to make to clothes to make them fit to use and not waste. We will look at taking things in & up, and letting them down & out. Bring along a problem garment and we will think about how to make it work for you or when to decide it's probably best passed on to someone else!

Bring one of the following:
Compost (home made or peat free) ideally dropped off NR3
Garden plants/seeds (especially food)
Garden/DIY help
Organic household products - cleaning/toiletries etc
Surprise me!

About the teacher, Sophie Cabot

I'm an archaeologist and teacher of adults, and I'm also interested in green issues and handmade, homemade, traditional and thrifty skills. I knit, sew, cook, try to grow things, and generally like to have a go at the way things were done on the past, and I hate to see usable things go to waste.

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Introduction to Cold Smoking Food

7:00a.m. to 9:00a.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA

An Introduction to cold smoking food in the back garden. You will be introduced to the successful methods that I employee to effectively, efficiently and economically cold smoke foods such as Meats, Fish, Cheeses, Fresh & Dried vegetables, and snack foods such as mixed seeds and nuts. You will be shown the equipment that I use, and some of the tips and tricks I have learnt along the way, we will discuss the merits and flavours of different woods used in cold smoking, and we will prepare some food items for cold smoking. If you like you may bring some dried sweet peppers, mixed seeds and nuts, dried tomatoes to be smoked (available from the Herbs & Spices stall on the market) Please do not bring any meat, fish or cheese. Your cold smoked items can then be collected from me on following day for you to enjoy at your leisure. To collect your cold smoked items from me, I will be in the Playhouse Bar & Garden all afternoon on Sunday 25th running Norwich AlleyCat.

Bring one of the following:
Apple, Beech, Hawthorn or Oak log about 6" X 24"
Dog biscuits; Shapes or Markies only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or plot
Mixed Dried Fruit... surprise me!
Small box of single or mixed flavour fruit teas

About the teacher, Gareth Lewis

54 year old teenager at heart; who's ego writes cheques his body is now becoming reluctant to cash. After a career in agricultural engineering I currently have my own small business called Cargo Cycles. I am also aiming to live as self-sufficient a lifestyle as possible.

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Wooden Pallet Reclaimation

7:00a.m. to 8:00a.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA

How to identify the various wooden pallets currently in circulation. How to effectively, efficiently and safely dismantle the wooden pallet. How to optimise the reclaimed timber for projects, including marking out tips, etc.

Bring one of the following:
Bag of Peanuts for my back garden bird feeders
Box of mixed fruit teas
Dog biscuits: Shapes or Markies only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or plot
Staghorn Sumac Tree sapling or viable cuttings

About the teacher, Gareth Lewis

54 year old teenager at heart; who's ego writes cheques his body is now becoming reluctant to cash. After a career in agricultural engineering I currently have my own small business called Cargo Cycles. I am also aiming to live as self-sufficient a lifestyle as possible.

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Introduction to Cold Smoking Food

7:00a.m. to 9:00a.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA

An Introduction to cold smoking food in the back garden. You will be introduced to the successful methods that I employee to effectively, efficiently and economically cold smoke foods such as Meats, Fish, Cheeses, Fresh & Dried vegetables, and snack foods such as mixed seeds and nuts. You will be shown the equipment that I use, and some of the tips and tricks I have learnt along the way, we will discuss the merits and flavours of different woods used in cold smoking, and we will prepare some food items for cold smoking. If you like you may bring some dried sweet peppers, mixed seeds and nuts, dried tomatoes to be smoked (available from the Herbs & Spices stall on the market) Please do not bring any meat, fish or cheese. Your cold smoked items can then be collected from me on following day for you to enjoy at your leisure. To collect your cold smoked items from me, I will be in the Playhouse Bar & Garden all afternoon on Sunday 9th October (after 3.00pm) running Norwich AlleyCat.

Bring one of the following:
Apple, Beech, Hawthorn or Oak log about 6" X 24"
Dog biscuits; Shapes or Markies only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or plot
Mixed Dried Fruit... surprise me!
Small box of single or mixed flavour fruit teas

About the teacher, Gareth Lewis

54 year old teenager at heart; who's ego writes cheques his body is now becoming reluctant to cash. After a career in agricultural engineering I currently have my own small business called Cargo Cycles. I am also aiming to live as self-sufficient a lifestyle as possible.

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Wooden Pallet Reclaimation

7:00a.m. to 8:00a.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA

How to identify the various wooden pallets currently in circulation. How to effectively, efficiently and safely dismantle the wooden pallet. How to optimise the reclaimed timber for projects, including marking out tips, etc.

Bring one of the following:
Bag of Peanuts for my back garden bird feeders
Bag of plain Rawhide chewsticks.
Box of mixed fruit teas
Dog biscuits: Shapes or Markies only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or plot
Secret family recipe
Staghorn Sumac Tree sapling or viable cuttings

About the teacher, Gareth Lewis

54 year old teenager at heart; who's ego writes cheques his body is now becoming reluctant to cash. After a career in agricultural engineering I currently have my own small business called Cargo Cycles. I am also aiming to live as self-sufficient a lifestyle as possible.

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How to Wire a Plug

9:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Most people don't know how to do simple electrical tasks, such as wiring a plug. With this lesson not only will I show you how, I will show you how to make an extension lead and cover any little electrical queries you may have. From safe isolation to a few do's and dont's. Some basic tools will be supplied for use, but if you have a screwdriver and pair of pliers or cutters feel free to bring them along. All materials will be supplied depending on the amount of participants.

Bring one of the following:
Anything Marvel or Star Wars
Homemade Wares (cakes, jams....)
Something Funny
Something Unusual
Unusual Plants or Seeds

About the teacher, Owen Bishop

I'm a local electrician with over 20 years experience, involved with the trade since before I left school.

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Freedom: A Philosophical Enquiry

10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

This is not a lecture. It is a dialogue in which anyone who wishes can participate. It is about talking and it is about listening. But most importantly of all it is about thinking, considering and reconsidering not only about the thoughts and arguments of others but those of our own. No previous knowledge of philosophy is required. But what is philosophy? Have you have ever wondered “does God exist?”, “I am the same person I was 10 years ago”, “why does anything exist?”, “is it right to eat meat?”, “is this real or am I dreaming?” or even “can inequality be justified?” then you have already been doing philosophy. Philosophy is not just a body of knowledge but an activity. It is the process of improving our knowledge through rational and logical argument. Roughly speaking, it can be distinguished from science, which works with empirical evidence, and religion, which relies on mystical revelation. We will take the topic of "freedom", we will apply our brains to it and see what comes out. My goal as facilitator is not to express or promote my own views but to lay the thread that will help us navigate through the maze of our discussion.

Bring one of the following:
A boring postcard
Elderflower cordial
Nothing that is large and heavy
Some homemade jam
Your thoughts and attention

About the teacher, Darren Poynton

I am a philosophy masters student and work with a charity called The Philosophy Foundation, running philosophy workshops in primary schools.

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Introduction to Felt-Making

8:00a.m. to 9:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Learn the technique of wet felt-making using colourful and natural wool fibres. Felting is a technique that has been used by humans for practical and decorative use for thousands of years. In this session, you can learn the basic technique of how to create a piece of felted wool, which can be the basis for your own artwork in the future or simply to try out this historic craft. Bring a plastic bag or tupperware box to take away your piece of felt as it will need drying at home. We will be using soap so if you have sensitive skin please bring your own plastic gloves.

Bring one of the following:
Cotton or linen fabric (any size, including remnants) preferably in white, cream or natural colour
Craft/textile books
Deep box picture frames
Embroidery hoops (any size)
Houseplant cutting
Organic herbal teas
Organic squash or cordial
Organic wholewheat pasta
Pure lavender essential oil
Textile bits & bobs, such as ribbons, needles, buttons, embroidery threads, zips (5", 6" or 7") etc

About the teacher, Genevieve Rudd

I'm an artist, maker and facilitator living on the Norfolk coast. I make artwork using mixed-media techniques inspired by the natural world, combining textiles, photography, drawing and printmaking. Since 2010, I've been involved in running participatory arts workshop with community groups.

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Spanish Conversation

9:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

A chance to practice or learn some Spanish. Not too intense but I hope interesting. I have lived and worked in Spain over the last 25 years so happy to share my knowledge with you.

Bring one of the following:
A plant or cutting
A surprise
Biscuits for the class
Eager to become involved
Help in the garden

About the teacher, Heather Hand

I am now retired but lived and worked in Spain over many years and have a love of the language, culture, food and the people which I hope to share with you

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Pietermaritzburg

Garden area outside the Education Building, UKZN PMB campus
Garden area next to Education Building, Golf Road, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg

The class will give practical guides on how to grow your vegetables within unused space in your compound and even in plastic or metal containers for there are some things you don't need to always buy in the shopping malls. You will be taught how to make your nursery with seeds like cabbage, lettuce, spinach, potatoes (both Irish and sweet), green beans. These will be organic farming using compost and animal dungs. There will also be brief awareness about the importance of plants to our well-being as humans especially trees, locating some texts in the bible to support this enlightenment. Participants are encouraged to bring along with them small plastic containers (at least 2 each) and some seedlings of chili, green pepper, lettuce or cabbage for the class demonstration. Bring your garden boots and gloves. It will be fun because there will be no competition for us to get the best farmer of the year.

Bring one of the following:
Any small quantity of seedlings, e.g. onions and cabbage, green beans, two pieces of irish potatoes.
Enthusiasm!
Help setting up before the class, and helping clear up afterwards
Juice to share with the class
pears, grape, oranges, avocados or apples are also welcome to be shared after the class

About the teacher, Habila S. Kohon

I am a Pastor with Church of Christ in Nations(COCIN) with Headquarters in Jos Plateau State, Nigeria. A student at the University of Kwazulu Natal in Theology and Development Department. I am passionate about environmental issues particularly tree planting and gardening. I love GREEEEEN!

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Church Land Programme Boardroom
Church Land Programme Boardroom, 340 Burger Street
Pietermaritzburg

Waste pickers are people who collect waste by roaming the streets of different towns in South Africa and the majority are based on dumping sites. They are making a living by recycling waste thus becoming their livelihoods. They are also referred to as environmentalists in countries such as India and have gained recognition in Brazil, India, Colombia and Egypt, due to the important role they play in reducing the amount of waste in our societies. Even in South Africa recognition has taken place even though it is still a contested subject/activity. During this session we will learn about recycling from those who know it best. Focus will be on recycling and how you go about it at home, with an introduction by and about the waste pickers and who they are. Questions such as: how many are they in the country? Why did they became waste pickers, e.g. due to the system that does not have opportunities for employment. Formal and informal economy will be slightly covered. Why did they organize themselves and what are their demands from government and from people of SA? What are the environmental benefits from recycling? Demonstration will be made by waste pickers at work.

Bring one of the following:
Debate on the subject waste pickers and recycling
Discuss issue of littering and a dirty city
Share information about waste pickers and recycling, e.g. through social media, in your personal networks etc.
Share initiatives people have been involved with e.g. Separation at source
Support the struggles of waste pickers related to justice, e.g. through joining protests, marches etc. organized by waste pickers.

About the teacher, Musa Chamane

I am a waste campaigner at groundWork who hails from Pietermaritzburg. I am passionate about environmental issues and have worked for a number NGOs on various issues locally, nationally and internationally. What made me interested in the environment culminates from environmental racism in terms of having dumping sites, and toxic polluting industries located next to the people of colour.

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Church Land Programme Boardroom
Church Land Programme Boardroom, 340 Burger Street
Pietermaritzburg

The dreaded “Fracking word” has reached KwaZulu Natal. Companies and consultants are putting on their best spin for the public in trying to get them to believe that gas from KZN will solve the SA energy crisis and that it will not harm the people and workers of KZN. This is hard on the heels of similar ventures in the Karoo, where they have failed to start exploration after years of attempts to get fracking started. The story of the energy in SA will be shared together with the story of the resistance of fracking in the Karoo and myths about energy and fracking will be busted! Please bring with you to class: Pen and paper Water from where you come from – even if it is out of a tap – 500 mls A handful of soil from where you live This class will be run in English

Bring one of the following:
A commitment to engage with groundWork and local activist beyond.
A newspaper article on fracking
A willingness to hold small discussion groups on fracking where you come from especially in isiZulu with workers on farms and the unemployed
Agree to jointly host an anti-fracking gathering in PMB
Agree to write a letter to the local media about the fact that fracking is not the solution to our energy challenges

About the teacher, Bobby Peek & Ulrich Steenkamp

Bobby is a local organiser with groundWork, an environmental NGO working with community people around South Africa who are resisting dirty energy projects. Bobby started his work in environmental justice because he was forced to live next to the Engen oil refinery which made is asthma acute. Ulrich is a local organiser with the Karoo Environmental Justice Movement, a gathering of the unemployed, farm workers and small emerging farmers in the Karoo who have been part of the struggle to push back against fracking in the Karoo.

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How to make a decent cup of coffee

11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m.
Steampunk Cafe
Steampunk Cafe, Thokan's Garage, R103
Lion's River

The class will take you through a variety of different ways to make coffee (from plunger to aeropress and beyond), and how to use them best; look at factors that affect flavour; give a brief run through of the roasting process; and finally focus on espressos. Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee as part of your class! The class will be run in English.

Bring one of the following:
Any old South African money
Any venison meat
Bravecto – for a 10KG Dog
Home made lasagna
Murano Ashtray
Some saffron!

About the teacher, Michael Goddard

I’m originally from DBN and spent some time in JHB and abroad working on passenger ships (QE2 and Seabourne Odyssey) as a Sommelier and have been fortunate enough to fuel my “Lifes Fire” with many pieces of different wood from all over the World. I’ve been fortunate enough to work in a top marketing company (The Win Win Group) and introduce noteable products too (Vitamin Water and Marley Coffee). My upbringing was relatively typical of a spoilt little shit and only after really forcing myself to take responsibility for who I was and how I did things, I realised that a change had to happen as I was going nowhere. Since getting into coffee, I’ve found it to be a sort of cocoon for me, encouraging and allowing a new direction of growth and change that was very much needed. It’s the ultimate teacher for someone like me. Details count and things can always be done better. That’s myself and Coffee in a nutshell.

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Quito

Barrio de Guapulo
Camino de orellana 705, junto al café Guapulo.
Quito

Aprende experimentando. Taller basado en la elaboración artesanal de leches vegetales partir de semillas, cereales, frutos secos y frutas; se crean con ellas recetas de Bebidas, Postres, y un poco más.. Para llenar el día a día de diversidad, sabor, nutrientes de fácil absorción para ti y tu familia. #vegano #glutenfree #orgánico #local #foodforshare Traer. Botellas de vidrio pequeñas o frascos con tapa. Mandil. Cuaderno para notas.

Bring one of the following:
Botellas de vidrio 250-350 ml
Cualquier material para Manabi y Esmeraldas http://www.latrueca.tk
Fruta de temporada
Semillas, frutos secos, espirulina, maca
Un libro de cuentos ecuatorianos contemporáneos
Una clase de fotografía.
Una clase de telas aereas.
Una plantita medicinal para plantar en casa.

About the teacher, Karina Paucic

Mexicana con tradición culinaria, hija del maiz uno de sus platos favoritos son los, los tlacoyos con quelites y la colada morada. Flexible. Vegetariana, vegana, Foody, jucy, raw,  fan de los fermentos, las hierbas, del origen: entre  ellos mezclados y mutantes: El interés, es COMER BIEN, DELICIOSO, sano, variado, local. Compartir herramientas sencillas para integrar la alimentación del día a día como una experiencia de cambio en la consciencia compartida #foodforshare Su cocina es sencilla, para llevar, en el tupper, en un frasco, rápida, nutritiva, creativa, un laboratorio ambulante. #kichentravel Se inspira de amigos, la tierra, la experimentación, la belleza, los restaurantes, los proyectos con alma, los colectivos, mercados, Chefs, y el dia a dia que pone a prueba. #inspiredby Formo parte de colectivos vegetarianos en México los últimos 6 anos @sukabumi comida conciente, y @Papalo y papalotl comida vegana y sustentable, en donde profundizo estudios. Mientras radicaba en Madrid fue gerente del Restaurante Sabor a mi,  y formo parte de Grupo no somos socios en área de creatividad y marketing  en consultoría durante 7 anos. Ella sabe que @lapanzaesprimero. Esto a par de su trabajo en México en la industria de publicidad, marketing y  consultoría en áreas de estrategia y creatividad en medios. Trabaja en marketing y en sus tiempos libres, ☺ pues ahora viaja por Latinoamérica haciendo voluntariado en proyectos comunitarios y sustentables, aprendiendo de la tierra y haciendo #kitchentravel

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ECOLOGÍA EN LA PRÁCTICA

10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Marlitt
Alemania 468 entre Vancouver y Eloy Alfaro, Edificio Montalvo, timbre Marlitt
Quito

Todos los días recibimos información sobre el deterioro del ambiente, nos agobia el calentamiento global, usamos mucho plástico, reciclamos poco y de muchas maneras contaminamos la naturaleza. Diariamente estamos en contacto con el aire, el agua, la tierra, el sol; sin embargo nos hemos olvidado de que también somos parte de la naturaleza.

Bring one of the following:
1 azadón
1 pala
1 pico
2 desarmadores planos
2 desarmardores de estrella
2 martillos
2 serruchos
4 focos led

About the teacher, Marcia Valarezo Loaiza

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