Workshops at The Stone House draw on the stone circles curriculum, transformational practices and relationship-building around a range of topics. Appropriate for groups of up to 30, workshops run from 1.5 – 3 hours.
Possible workshop topics include:
the inner work of leadership – Leadership begins within, where the seeds of effective action and communication are nurtured. This workshop harnesses in-depth personal reflection and engagement across lines of difference to help strengthen current realities.
life and livelihood – In charting a course for our lives, many elements come into play: cultural background, familial expectations, financial realities, vocational aspirations and more. How can we best turn our gifts into livelihood? What is the relationship between short-term decisions and long-term possibilities? We’ll look at the values that inform our choices, our desires for the future, and how to make vocational commitment a daily walk.
mindfulness practice, a pathway to freedom – What does it take to cultivate courage or find balance? Mindfulness offers us a framework and set of tools to deepen sustainability and effectiveness. This workshop provides an opportunity to befriend our experience of daily life, and introduces ways to transform leadership capacity and bring about concrete change.
organizing and sustainability – Burnout is real for organizers and impacts the movement as a whole. We analyze patterns that are unique to the role and the culture, explore the connection between micro and macro, and use mindfulness as an anchor for new possibilities.
transformational practice for social change organizations – Both a framework and a set of specific tools, transformational practice can shift everything from the dynamics of team work to program impact. Find out how to develop and use awareness practices strategically to meet some of your organization’s greatest challenges.
additional past workshops on the land have included:
mushroom workshop – Under the dry cover of the pavillion a group of people learned and practiced the basics of mushroom cultivation with Chris Rumbley. With logs, drills, beeswax and shitake, oyster and reishi mushroom spores we endeavored to secure a decent crop of fungi in the fall.
chicken tractor workshop – George O’Neal and Tahz Walker co-led a chicken tractor workshop. Over 20 people came through to learn how to make mobile chicken coops for their home or farm. Several styles were explored – from the inside and out.
nature awareness workshop – Mave Gavin led people in a daylong exploration of their relationship to the natural world. Trained at the Wilderness Awareness School, she led participants through fire-building and deep listening experiences at The Stone House.
herb walk – Locally trained herbalist Amy Rouse led an afternoon of mindful meandering around The Stone House grounds pointing out different medicinal plants growing wild all over. We also learned some fundamentals of tincture making and of the medicinal properties of flower essences.
wildlife walk – Cane Creek Watershed guru Gary Phillips led a fun and engaging stroll through the pasture and by the woods to help people identify native species of plants and animals and to hear a history of how people have used these in cultural, industrial, ceremonial and medicinal ways.