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SKIP: Skills to Inherit Property


July 11th-24th, 2021
Near Missoula, Montana

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Super Early Bird Prices end September 30th!!!

About SKIP:

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.

Feel of the Event:

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.



Daily Schedule

Day 1-3: Woodland Care: Felling trees, peeling and bucking, splitting wood, making a junkpole fence, cleaving shakes
 
Day 4-5: Gardening:   Making a hugelkultur garden, planting, chop and dropping, mulching


OR: (see below)


Day 4-5: Textiles: Sewing, knitting, darning, basket making and twine making
 
Day 6: Animal Care: Bird house, bee house, insect hotel, toad and snake habitat

Day 7: Day Off!

Day 8:  Food Prep and Preservation: water bath canning, vinegar brining, salt brining
 
Day 9:  Foraging:  Harvest berries, mushrooms, greens; dry some for storage, make seed balls
 
Day 10:  Natural Medicine:  Dehydrate herbs, make a salve, poultice, vinegar infusion, oil infusion and water infusion
 
Day 11:  Community:  Brand a location, create public art, create a map
 
Day 12-13:  Earthworks: Make a dry stack retaining wall, make a trail, maintain a trail, use an excavator, improve a berm, use the tractor loader
 
Day 14:  Homesteading:  Trailer backing, make a rock jack


Instructors

Mike Haasl --Instructor
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 collaborating to create the SKIP program.

Paul Wheaton -- Host/Instructor
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 --Instructor
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 Tyler -- Instructor
Fred has lead the Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs for three years now. He's directed and taught skills ranging from organic gardening to woodworking to natural building.

Josiah Kobernik -- Instructor
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



Tickets

Work Trades for Permaculture Technology Jamboree, PDC, and SKIP
Work a 7 weeks in Bootcamp for a ticket to SKIP!

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Hello,

Looking for guidance please.

My wife and I have to decided to buy some land (north central New Mexico) to build a WOFATI home along with hugelkultur growing. With winter coming, we plan on starting spring 2021. We are neophytes and are excited to learn. Which of the Workshops offered would you recommend, as we are no spring chickens and are eager to get started before the time comes when we can't enjoy the work and fruits of our labor? The Permaculture Design Course, Permaculture Technology Jamboree or, the SKIP: Skills to Inherit Property? One of us could attend one Workshop and the other another.

In the interim, we've been reading and watching a lot of videos.

Looking forward to hearing your advice.

Thank you,

Bruce Katlin
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You can actually attend both events for a discounted price!

There's a Super Early Bird Price until September 20th (man, that's getting close! I should send out a dailyish about it!). And, there's a discount for doing two events.

All the prices are on the Wheaton Labs website (https://wheaton-labs.com/skip/#tickets), and right now for the PTJ and SKIP, it's 1,500 (regular price is $2,400). I'm pretty sure you could get this discounted price even if one of you attends one event, and the other the other event.

I haven't been to either course (I have little kids and live far away!), but those two courses go along very well and compliment each other. They are actually made so that--if you want to--you could get your PEP1 certification at the event. Or, you could spend your time at the PTJ (Permaculture Technology Jamboree) gaining the specific skills you really want. Both events are very open--you can chose each day what you want to learn about and be a part of.

Another thing you can do is work through the "Badge Bits" here on permies. I learned a lot of roundwood woodworking skills by just going through the Round wood Badge Bits that I felt comfortable.

If you learn what Badge Bits/Badges you can at home, you'll have an even better feel for what you want to learn at the events. You can see what's covered at the PTJ HERE. Since the PTJ is less structured, you might find that there are things your wife might want to learn while you learn other things at the same events.

For example, there's a "Homesteading Track" at the PTJ that covers:

make a bird house, insect hotel, snake and toad habitat
make a hugelkultur garden
hot water bath canning
fermenting
pickling
foraging
harvest and eat wild edibles
harvest and preserve natural medicine: comfrey poultice, dried mullein leaves, and more!
make public art and branding a location
textiles: sewing, darning, crochet, basket weaving, making twine
using rocket stoves, rocket ovens, and rocket water heaters
everyone who wants to can drive the excavator



Perhaps one of you is more interested in food preservation and will spend a lot of days doing that, and some days in a different track (for example, one day in the homesteading track, they might do crochetting, and you don't care to learn that. So you go over to the Wood and Cob track and learn how to work with cob).

While one person is learning those skills, the other might be learning roundwood timber framing and how to make rocket stoves.

The Permaculture Technology Jamboree was especially made with couples in mind, so that both could come and learn what was interesting to each.





The Permaculture Design Course does cover alternative energy and natural building, but not nearly as much as the PTJ. And since you're wanting to make a WOFATI, you might be more interested in the how-to skills in the PTJ or SKIP event. The PDC is great for learning design and is super handy. It might be the person who is more interested in building attends the PTJ, while the one more interested in food production attends the PDC.

The price for PDC+PTJ is $1,600. The stand-alone price for the PDC or PTJ is $920.

 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:You can actually attend both events for a discounted price!

There's a Super Early Bird Price until September 20th (man, that's getting close! I should send out a dailyish about it!). And, there's a discount for doing two events.

All the prices are on the Wheaton Labs website (https://wheaton-labs.com/skip/#tickets), and right now for the PTJ and SKIP, it's 1,500 (regular price is $2,400). I'm pretty sure you could get this discounted price even if one of you attends one event, and the other the other event.

I haven't been to either course (I have little kids and live far away!), but those two courses go along very well and compliment each other. They are actually made so that--if you want to--you could get your PEP1 certification at the event. Or, you could spend your time at the PTJ (Permaculture Technology Jamboree) gaining the specific skills you really want. Both events are very open--you can chose each day what you want to learn about and be a part of.

Another thing you can do is work through the "Badge Bits" here on permies. I learned a lot of roundwood woodworking skills by just going through the Round wood Badge Bits that I felt comfortable.

If you learn what Badge Bits/Badges you can at home, you'll have an even better feel for what you want to learn at the events. You can see what's covered at the PTJ HERE. Since the PTJ is less structured, you might find that there are things your wife might want to learn while you learn other things at the same events.

For example, there's a "Homesteading Track" at the PTJ that covers:

make a bird house, insect hotel, snake and toad habitat
make a hugelkultur garden
hot water bath canning
fermenting
pickling
foraging
harvest and eat wild edibles
harvest and preserve natural medicine: comfrey poultice, dried mullein leaves, and more!
make public art and branding a location
textiles: sewing, darning, crochet, basket weaving, making twine
using rocket stoves, rocket ovens, and rocket water heaters
everyone who wants to can drive the excavator



Perhaps one of you is more interested in food preservation and will spend a lot of days doing that, and some days in a different track (for example, one day in the homesteading track, they might do crochetting, and you don't care to learn that. So you go over to the Wood and Cob track and learn how to work with cob).

While one person is learning those skills, the other might be learning roundwood timber framing and how to make rocket stoves.

The Permaculture Technology Jamboree was especially made with couples in mind, so that both could come and learn what was interesting to each.





The Permaculture Design Course does cover alternative energy and natural building, but not nearly as much as the PTJ. And since you're wanting to make a WOFATI, you might be more interested in the how-to skills in the PTJ or SKIP event. The PDC is great for learning design and is super handy. It might be the person who is more interested in building attends the PTJ, while the one more interested in food production attends the PDC.

The price for PDC+PTJ is $1,600. The stand-alone price for the PDC or PTJ is $920.



Nicole,

Thank you so much for explain this!! Going to register as advise. Can't wait to learn!!

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Just a reminder to folks that the Super Early Bird pricing ends in two weeks!!!
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