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Simply Living Sustainable U is a Simply Living initiative that organizes workshops/classes that train and educate people about sustainability topics and practices including:

 

Food • Urban Homesteading • Health and Wellness • Green Building  • Finance • Energy Solutions • Transportation • Economics

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Upcoming Classes

Details may be subject to change. Check with each website for more information and/or to pre-register.

JULY

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Wednesday, July 19  |  7-9 PM  |  $50  |  Pre-registration required

 

Syrups, Elixirs, Oxymels, Electuaries

 

In this class, we will learn how a spoonful of sugar can help the medicine go down! Syrups are popular because they can make unpalatable herbs taste good. You can make honey even more medicinal by extracting herbs into it for a lovely way to take your needed medicine! We will sample many types of these products as we make our own to take home. You will leave with recipe ideas as well! Class is $50 and pre-registration is necessary.

 

Boline Apothecary

Register for venue address

 

More info or to register: https://squareup.com/store/boline-apothecary/

FOOD

Saturday, July 22  |  1-4 PM  |  $55, 10 person limit  |  Pre-registration required

 

Cheesemaking 101

with Annie Warmke

 

The basics of cheese making are not difficult or a mystery. Creating delicious healthy cheeses from raw milk. What you’ll learn:

How to process milk to create a basic curd, The basics of cheese making for the farmstead, Recipes for a variety of basic cheeses, How to make easy cottage cheese and ricotta cheese, Tools  you’ll need that can be found around the house, How to preserve cheeses in a variety of ways. Class fee is $55 and includes the eBook. Only people above age 14 please.  Class size is limited to 10 students, so register early.

 

Blue Rock Station

1190 Virginia Ridge Road

Philo, OH 43771

 

More info or to register: 740-674-4300 or bluerockstation.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Wednesday, July 26  |  7–9 PM  |  $35  |  pre-registration required

 

Harvesting and Processing Your Herbs

 

So you took the plunge and decided to grow some medicine alongside your tomatoes this year- Awesome! Now what? Learn when you harvest, different parts of the plant that are used, and how to use them! This class will give you a handout for all your future endeavors, give you some practice on how to process leaves, flowers, roots, and inner barks.Class is $40 and pre-registration is necessary

 

Boline Apothecary

Register for venue address

https://squareup.com/store/boline-apothecary/

URBAN HOMESTEADING

Saturday, July 29  |  1–4 PM  |  $10 (Limit: 25 participants)  |  pre-registration required

 

Earthship and Sustainable Farm Tour

 

Blue Rock Station

1190 Virginia Ridge Rd

Philo, OH 43771

 

More info or to register: 740.674.4300 or annie@bluerockstation.com

AUGUST

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Wednesday, August 2  |  7–9 PM  |  $20  |  pre-registration required

 

Introduction to Pranic Healing

 

Experience Pranic Healing and learn about using prana to accelerate your body's ability to heal itself. This will be a fun and interactive workshop where you will be guided to "scan" or feel energy, explore the chakras, see a Pranic Healing demo, do fun experiments with energy, learn simple and effective self healing techniques, experience the beautiful Meditation on Twin Hearts, and much more. Participants will receive a free meditation dvd. Taught by Stephanie Toney. Stephanie has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia to deepen her studies. She is now a licensed instructor of MCKS Pranic Healing. It is her mission to help uplift humanity by sharing these teachings with others.

 

Boline Apothecary

Register for venue address

https://squareup.com/store/boline-apothecary/

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Wednesday, August 9  |  7–9 PM  |  Free  |  pre-registration required

 

Herb, Reiki, and Massage Swap!

 

Have enough healing to go around? Have a bumper crop of something you grew or too many salves that you poured? Made so much tincture or tea that you might never get through it all? SWAP! This free event happens each year. Bring what you have, take what you need. This year, we are also encouraging people to bring massage chairs and gift one another hands on healing massage or reiki. This event is free, but we ask that you pre-register so we know how many to expect.

 

Boline Apothecary

Register for venue address

https://squareup.com/store/boline-apothecary/

URBAN HOMESTEADING

Saturday, August 12  |  10 AM – 12 PM  |  Free

 

Wild Ones Columbus: Native Landscape Designs for Home & Businesses

with Lynn Emler-Fleak

 

Lynn will tell us how to incorporate natives in any planting, whether residential or commercial, by matching the plant to the site.

 

Whetstone Library – Community Room

3909 N High St, Cols

GREEN BUILDING

Saturday, August 12  |  1–4 PM  |  $10 (Limit: 25 participants)  |  pre-registration required

 

Earthship and Sustainable Farm Tour

 

Re-thinking is the first step in a journey to create a sustainable living way of life.  Take a  tour of the common rooms of the 2,200 square foot house  that utilizes tires, cans, old barn wood, bottles, straw bales and mud to form a home that is heated by the sun, earth and wood. Enjoy a proper cup of tea, then spend some time chatting about the latest trends in sustainability - or the realities of living sustainably in a consumer-oriented culture.

 

Blue Rock Station

1190 Virginia Ridge Rd

Philo, OH 43771

 

More info or to register: 740.674.4300 or annie@bluerockstation.com

GREEN BUILDING

Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 18  |  8 AM–5 PM  |  $970 (early bird)  |  pre-registration required

 

Solar Electric (Photovoltaics) Certification Workshop

with Jay Warmke at Zane State College

 

Prepares Students to Sit for the ETA Level 1 PV Certification Exam. Want to learn how to install solar?  Maybe you even want to become certified to work in the solar field.  Now you can spend just five days of training (4 1/2 classroom instruction and 1/2 day taking the certification test) in a relaxed and fun setting - to realize your goal.

 

at Zane State College, Zanesville, Ohio

More info or to register: 740-674-4300 or bluerockstation.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Wednesday, August 16  |  7–9 PM  |  $50  |  pre-registration required

 

Tinctures

 

In this class, we will demonstrate the different ways of tincturing: maceration by folk method, maceration by weight-to-volume method, and percolation. We will learn how to do the math to make our medicines! We learn about which herbs are not good to tincture, the difference between tinctures and other extracts, how to tincture fresh versus dried herbs, and what strength alcohol to use. Students make a tincture of their own to take home as well as get worksheets on how to make their own creations at home.

 

Boline Apothecary

Register for venue address

https://squareup.com/store/boline-apothecary/

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Wednesday, August 23  |  7–9 PM  |  $35  |  pre-registration required

 

Tisanes (Herbal "Teas")

 

In this class, we will learn why loose herbs are better than buying it pre-packed in bags, what an infusion and a decoction are, how long to steep your brew (and what equipment you need), and how to create a medicinal and tasty brew. How does one select the herbs to make the drink both potent and delicious (so it is readily drunk)? Students will sip on different blends as they hand select herbs to make one of their choosing to take home. They will leave with recipes, ideas, and inspiration!

 

Boline Apothecary

Register for venue address

https://squareup.com/store/boline-apothecary/

GREEN BUILDING

Saturday, August 26 – Sunday, August 27  |  10 AM – 5 PM  |  $35 (Limit: 10 participants)  |  pre-registration required

 

Tiny House Weekend Build

 

For years we have seen the tiny house movement grow and change.  As all good things, it has been adopted and commercialized - often straying from its original intent.  To our way of thinking, the idea is good, making a nice home with a small ecological footprint at an affordable price.  So, just how low can we go?  Well, this being Blue Rock Station, we will see how close to zero we can manage. The plan is that over the course of a number of weekends, we will convert an existing garden shed into a cute little house.

 

Blue Rock Station

1190 Virginia Ridge Rd

Philo, OH 43771

 

LEARN MORE  ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT HERE

More info or to register: 740.674.4300 or annie@bluerockstation.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Wednesday, August 30  |  7–9 PM  |  $35  |  pre-registration required

 

Bioregional Herbalism: Medicine to Save the World

 

Herbalism has the potential to help people- but not if we are cutting down the rainforest for remedies and shipping exotic "herb-flavor-of-the-month-as-seen-on-TV" using fossil fuels from across the globe. The beauty of plants is that so many different plants have the same medical actions in the body. Rather than relying on a tropical herb that indigenous people rely upon in South America, we have an herb growing in the cracks of the sidewalk here that often does the same thing. This is what bioregional herbalism is all about- finding your medicine close to home, either by cultivating it or ethically wildcrafting it. We will discuss the ethics of foraging, different forms of cultivation, and what we actually need (and how it grows right here). Be a medicinal locavore, too!

 

Boline Apothecary

Register for venue address

https://squareup.com/store/boline-apothecary/

 

SEPTEMBER

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Wednesday, September 6  |  7–9 PM  |  $35  |  pre-registration required

 

Suppositories

 

In this class, we will learn why this method of medicine administration is really effective, and when to choose a suppository over something swallowed or topical. We learn not only how to make them, but which ingredients to choose to make a great bolus. We will make them and take them home along with recipes and tips. Class is $35 and pre-registration is necessary.

 

Boline Apothecary

Register for venue address

https://squareup.com/store/boline-apothecary/

URBAN HOMESTEADING

Saturday, September 9  |  10 AM – 12 PM  |  Free

 

Wild Ones Columbus: How to Use Your Own Natives & Perennials to Design New Pollinator Gardens Around Your Home

with Tisa Watts

 

Tisa will demonstrate dividing the native and perennial plants in your existing garden and make an additional pollinator garden on your property. She will review layout for year round color and more.

 

Whetstone Library – Community Room

3909 N High St, Cols

 

GREEN BUILDING

Saturday,  September 9  |  1–4 PM  |  $10 (Limit: 25 participants)  |  pre-registration required

 

Earthship and Sustainable Farm Tour

 

Re-thinking is the first step in a journey to create a sustainable living way of life.  Take a  tour of the common rooms of the 2,200 square foot house  that utilizes tires, cans, old barn wood, bottles, straw bales and mud to form a home that is heated by the sun, earth and wood. Enjoy a proper cup of tea, then spend some time chatting about the latest trends in sustainability - or the realities of living sustainably in a consumer-oriented culture.

 

Blue Rock Station

1190 Virginia Ridge Rd

Philo, OH 43771

 

More info or to register: 740.674.4300 or annie@bluerockstation.com

URBAN HOMESTEADING

Sunday, September 10  |  11 AM–4 PM  |  $100  |  pre-registration required

 

Goat College

with Annie Warmke

 

Several times a year we will spend a full day working with the goats of Blue Rock Station.  During this session we will discuss how to manage the herd, how to keep the farmyard parasite free, the social dynamics within the herd and the various routines that will keep your herd healthy and happy.  We will also make our way to the kitchen and prepare various cheeses from raw goat milk.  We will also serve all participants lunch in which we will test a number of goat cheeses.

 

Blue Rock Station

1190 Virginia Ridge Rd

Philo, OH 43771

 

More info or to register: 740.674.4300 or annie@bluerockstation.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Wednesday, September 13  |  7–9 PM  |  $40  |  pre-registration required

 

Intro to Ayurveda

 

Learn about the holistic healthcare modality of Ayurveda. Begin your path to the "knowledge of life" and knowledge of self by balancing body, mind, and spirit. In this class, we will introduce you to your path of optimal health and well-being: increase energy, improve sleep, boost metabolism/digestion, increase mental clarity, repair your relationship with food and your body.

 

Boline Apothecary

Register for venue address

https://squareup.com/store/boline-apothecary/

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Wednesday, September 20  |  7–9 PM  |  $35  |  pre-registration required

 

Natural Baby Care

 

A newborn baby is just about the most natural thing on Earth. Unfortunately, many of the commercially-made products for babies are full of chemicals, preservatives, dyes, and fragrances that are often unnecessary and potentially even harmful. In this class, we'll talk about some of the most common ingredients to avoid in modern baby care, and you'll learn how to make safer, better alternatives to keep your little bundle of joy safe and happy!

 

Boline Apothecary

Register for venue address

https://squareup.com/store/boline-apothecary/

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Wednesday, September 27  |  7–9 PM  |  $50  |  pre-registration required

 

Essential Oils 101

 

With all of the misinformation on the internet and from overzealous sales reps out there, many are confused about essential oils and how to properly use them. This is not a MLM sales party disguised as a class. We are not sales people, we are educators. In this class, we cover: What are essential oils, ottos, absolutes, Co2 extracts, enfleurages, & hydrosols. What can essential oils "do" for you and what they cannot, When should you choose aromatherapy over other modalities (herbalism, acupuncture, etc). Which brand oils should you choose (this is NOT a "toe the company line" class- we will tell you about several great brands). How do you decide which oil (botanical) to use for an issue? Are all oils and oil blends safe for everyone? We will cover safety issues like ingestion, dilution, and EO use with children, pregnancy, lactation extensively. Each participant will leave with a 22 page booklet on topics covered as well as a roll on that they make.

 

Boline Apothecary

Register for venue address

https://squareup.com/store/boline-apothecary/

GREEN BUILDING

Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, September 23  |  10 AM – 5 PM  |  $35 (Limit: 10 participants)  |  pre-registration required

 

Tiny House Weekend Build

 

For years we have seen the tiny house movement grow and change.  As all good things, it has been adopted and commercialized - often straying from its original intent.  To our way of thinking, the idea is good, making a nice home with a small ecological footprint at an affordable price.  So, just how low can we go?  Well, this being Blue Rock Station, we will see how close to zero we can manage. The plan is that over the course of a number of weekends, we will convert an existing garden shed into a cute little house.

 

Blue Rock Station

1190 Virginia Ridge Rd

Philo, OH 43771

 

LEARN MORE  ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT HERE

More info or to register: 740.674.4300 or annie@bluerockstation.com

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