Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, Iowa 51542
Ages 16+ please
$12 per person
The Autumn equinox approaches. The nuts and fruits of the end of summer fall, the birds begin to flock and the nights begin to cool. The land will be changing and it's our task to notice those changes and what they mean for the coming colder half of the year. We will discuss preserving medicines as tinctures and teas, chat about using nettles to make cords and rope, and think about harvest's tie to reciprocity.
Since time immemorial, people have made offerings and gifts to the land or in some way celebrated the bounty of the growing season. From corn dollies to harvest festivals to state fairs, we'll talk about what an offering really is and what kind of offering is appropriate and indeed helpful in our present world. We'll sit with the idea that volunteering can be a type of offering as can gardening with native plants and cleaning up trash in natural areas.
Ages 16+ please. $12 per person. Park entry fee included in registration. Please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.
Dustin Clayton is a lifelong student of the natural world and an avid woods walker. He has for many years been a practitioner of various Earth-based skills including: flintknapping, folk herbalism, foraging, traditional woodworking, cordage making, and fiber arts. Additionally, he has extensively studied folk traditions and practices from around the world. He believes very deeply in approaching the land as it presents itself through the lenses of myth, craft, and contemplation. Dustin’s goal in all the programming he presents is to inspire people to get out into the woods and begin to build respectful relationships with the living world all around them.
“It is my very great hope that this program will provide people who are not scientists, but who are nevertheless filled with wonder and curiosity while in natural spaces, with access points for being in the right relationship with the living world.” — Dustin Clayton
Awaken Your Connection to the Natural World Today:
This is one of ten programs that Dustin will lead in 2022, all with the goal of guiding you into a deeper relationship with the land by awakening your senses, curiosity, and interconnectedness with the living communities of which you are a part. Each program will include three components: traditional craft, folk/ancestral knowledge, and contemplative engagement. These programs will naturally build on each other and have cumulative value, but participants do not need to attend them all to gain understanding and a sense of awakening. We hope to see you soon - whether it’s for a single program or more!
Guests may cancel their reservation for a full refund up to 1 week (7 days) prior to the program date by calling 712-545-3283 and speaking with staff directly. Cancellations received less than 1 week (7 days) in advance of the event will not be refunded. Fees for programs cancelled by PCC due to weather or other circumstances will be refunded.
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