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Events Calendar

We host a range of different events at Knoll Farm and around the country. Our retreats are filled through our fellowship program, but we also offer leadership workshops and hands-on farm workshops that are open to everyone. Click on the links to the right to search for events by category. We hope to see you soon!

New Story Summitwith Ginny McGinn and Samara Gaev

  • Sat, September 27, 2014 – Fri, October 3, 2014
  • Findhorn, Scotland

Ginny and Samara will join leaders from across the world to support the emergence of new stories for humanity and to produce practical, collaborative ways to live into these stories in our lives and work.

The Better Together Summit, New England Environmental Education Alliance

  • Fri, October 24, 2014 – Sun, October 26, 2014
  • New Gloucester, ME

Ginny will offer a presentation and workshop that will explore the practical leadership skills that will be needed if environmental education is to engage, inform, and learn from a dramatically changing American public.

Past Events

University of Vermont Student Retreats with Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees and Matt Kolan

  • Thu, September 18, 2014 – Sat, September 20, 2014
  • Knoll Farm, VT

This retreat provides seniors at UVM with an opportunity to explore issues of diversity, power, and privilege and the implications of these topics on environmental fields and their own lives. The retreat gives students time to reflect on their purpose and intentions as they make the transition to life-after-college and seek courage to create a life that is in alignment with their vision for the world.

University of Vermont Student Retreats with Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees and Matt Kolan

  • Fri, September 12, 2014 – Sun, September 14, 2014
  • Knoll Farm, VT

This retreat provides seniors at UVM with an opportunity to explore issues of diversity, power, and privilege and the implications of these topics on environmental fields and their own lives. The retreat gives students time to reflect on their purpose and intentions as they make the transition to life-after-college and seek courage to create a life that is in alignment with their vision for the world.

Detroit Alumni Gathering with Ginny McGinn and Carolyn Finney

  • Thu, August 21, 2014
  • Detroit, MI

CWC invites alumni that are situated in the Detroit area to gather for dialogue, updates, and yummy food!

Heart of the Lakes Fall 2014 Member & Partner Summit with Ginny McGinn and Carolyn Finney

  • Wed, August 20, 2014
  • Lake St. Clair Metropark, MI

Carolyn Finney will be speaking about her new book, Black Faces, White Spaces; Ginny McGinn will be speaking about the work of Whole Communities.

Knoll Farm Alumni Reunion with Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow

  • Tue, July 1, 2014 – Sun, July 13, 2014
  • Knoll Farm, Vermont

A welcome back to those who have loved this land! A Water Temple Yurt will be built during the reunion to honor the life and times of Bill Coperthwaite. This convening is supported by Center for Whole Communities, and was made possible by the generous contributions of Ann Day.

New Jersey Recovery Fund Grantee Gathering with Ginny McGinn and Kavitha Rao

  • Thu, June 26, 2014

The third in a series of convenings of the grantees of the New Jersey Recovery Fund in the areas of media, arts and culture, and environment – a project of the Community Foundation of New Jersey and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. The convening will help to cross pollinate the grantees providing opportunities to share perspectives and creating the conditions for effective collaboration and ultimately greater impact.

Maine Community Conservation Retreat with Peter Forbes and Deb Bicknell

  • Mon, June 16, 2014 – Thu, June 19, 2014

The purpose of this retreat is to offer an intensive training designed specifically for Maine land trusts. The retreat will address these questions: • How does community conservation help land trusts to deepen their relevance and conserve land in perpetuity? • How does community conservation align with shifting funding priorities in philanthropies across Maine? • How can we be better allies to other efforts for change that will strengthen my land trust as well as help my community? • What are the skills and elements of community conservation that will enable me to do a higher quality of community engagement that is within my means to actually do? • How might we tell a bigger story about conservation that others can see themselves within?

Wise Foolswith Ginny McGinn & Akaya Windwood

  • Wed, May 28, 2014
  • Commonweal Retreat Bolinas, CA

A collaboration with Rockwood Leadership Institute.

Native, Land, Trust, Alliance Summitwith Peter Forbes and Ginny McGinn

  • Tue, May 20, 2014 – Thu, May 22, 2014
  • Pescadero, CA

The primary purpose of the Summit is to recognize an emerging benefit and historic opportunity to strengthen conservation and human culture in our shared nation by convening leaders of Native and non-Native land trusts.

We hope to provide space, time, and facilitation to support a deeper connection between these movements – and their leaders – in service to the health of all communities.

This event is by invitation only.

LOCAL SOLUTIONS: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference with Ginny McGinn

  • Mon, May 19, 2014
  • Manchester, NH

Whole Communities ED, Ginny McGinn will present Collaborating for Resilience: Reaching the Most Vulnerable Populations on May 19th as part of this 3-day conference.

This session will cover how the challenging impacts of climate change disproportionately affect those with the least resources to prepare, sustain and recover. How do municipal decision makers and civic leaders promote effective engagement with all community members, especially those that are likely to be most impacted?

Other panelists include session leader Abigail Abrash Walton along with Veda Truesdale and Lee Matsueda.

Click here for more information about the Conference.

The Nature Conservancy Retreatwith Ginny McGinn

  • Mon, May 12, 2014 – Wed, May 14, 2014
  • Mid-Atlantic Region

The group will be working to strengthen the whole systems approach and build their skills in navigating the changing landscape of conservation.

Whole Measures for Community Food Systemswith Ginny McGinn & Curtis Ogden

  • Mon, April 21, 2014 – Tue, April 22, 2014
  • Boston, MA

Whole Measures for Community Food Systems is a community capacity building and leadership development experience sponsored jointly by Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, Center for Whole Communities, Interaction Institute for Social Change, and University of Wisconsin. This special opportunity for Boston area leaders working in the food system and on behalf of food justice includes a two-day workshop in Boston and a one-day follow-up applied learning session also in Boston.

This workshop is by invitation only but please be in touch if you are interested in working with us on Whole Measures.

Native Lands Pre- Meetingwith Dune Lankard, Barry Lopez & Chuck Sams

  • Tue, April 15, 2014 – Tue, April 15, 2014
  • Portland, OR
  • 10 am- 4 pm

This meeting is a precursor to the May Native, Land, Trust, Alliance Summit. This will be an opportunity to ask questions and build understanding and a shared historical knowledge base in preparation for the summit in May. We have enlisted the help of three nationally recognized experts to speak and share their perspectives; Dune Lankard, Barry Lopez & Chuck Sams.

This event is by invitation only.

The Nature Conservancy Retreatwith Ginny McGinn

  • Thu, April 3, 2014 – Fri, April 4, 2014
  • Vermont

The group will be working to strengthen the whole systems approach and build their skills in navigating the changing landscape of conservation.

University of Vermont Student Retreatwith Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees & Marie Vea-Fagnant

  • Fri, September 27, 2013 – Sun, September 29, 2013
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
University of Vermont Student Retreat

Now in its seventh year, this retreat provides seniors at UVM with an opportunity to explore issues of diversity, power, and privilege and the implications of these topics on environmental fields and their own lives. The retreat gives students time to reflect on their purpose and intentions as they make the transition to life-after-college and seek courage to create a life that is in alignment with their vision for the world.

University of Vermont Student Retreatwith Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees & Marie Vea-Fagnant

  • Thu, September 19, 2013 – Sat, September 21, 2013
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
University of Vermont Student Retreat

Now in its seventh year, this retreat provides seniors at UVM with an opportunity to explore issues of diversity, power, and privilege and the implications of these topics on environmental fields and their own lives. The retreat gives students time to reflect on their purpose and intentions as they make the transition to life-after-college and seek courage to create a life that is in alignment with their vision for the world.

Bread Making Workshopwith Ashley Look

  • Sat, September 14, 2013
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • 10 am- 2 pm, $50
Bread Making Workshop

Looking for a fresh perspective on bread making? Join us for a workshop covering the basics of bread making.

Each participant will take home a fresh baked loaf of bread and homemade butter. Coffee and tea will be served along with light snacks. The workshop will be facilitated by Ashley Look, Certified Natural Chef from the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado.

To register please contact, Eddie at (802) 496-5690 or eddie@wholecommunities.org

Whole Measures: Special Community Food Systems Focuswith Jeanette Abi-Nader, Mohamad Chakaki, Curtis Ogden

  • Tue, August 20, 2013 – Fri, August 23, 2013
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • 4 pm on the 20th- 1 pm on the 23rd
Whole Measures: Special Community Food Systems Focus

The Whole Measures Workshop is a collaboration of Center for Whole Communities (CWC) and the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC).

This special Whole Measures For Community Food Systems (CFS) is a values-based community-oriented tool for evaluation, planning, and dialogue geared toward organizational and community change. Whole Measures CFS invites organizations to build on the reporting of outcomes and to highlight and measure the multitude of interconnected indicators that define a healthy, whole community. Based on the Whole Measures tool, Whole Measures CFS encourages all those who care about people, food and the land to apply a big-picture approach.

The workshop experience will combine learning the groundbreaking content of Whole Measures with the skills of design, planning and facilitation, transformational leadership, and the practice of dialogue.

Please click here to register.

Whole Thinking Retreat #1with Wendy Johnson, Kavitha Rao & Delma Thomas-Jackson

  • Mon, August 5, 2013 – Sun, August 11, 2013
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
Whole Thinking Retreat #1

The Whole Thinking Retreat convenes leaders from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Together, participants develop a shared vision for how the relationship between people and the land can become a more effective force in creating a healthy and just American culture.

Our curriculum - now in its eighth year - is designed to rejuvenate and re-envision leadership, to build meaningful relationships, to help leaders to engage more meaningfully in the communities they serve, and to develop the competence to heal the very real divides of race, power, privilege and ideology that keep lasting social and environmental change from happening in this country. This is a fellowship-based retreat.

Strengthening the Recovery Movement in New Hampshire: A Retreatwith Mohamad Chakaki, Steve Glazer, Kavitha Rao

  • Tue, July 23, 2013 – Sat, July 27, 2013
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
Strengthening the Recovery Movement in New Hampshire: A Retreat

This is a collaborative leadership retreat for New Hampshire professionals who work in the field of substance use disorders. By bringing leaders together from within the same profession, this retreat will strengthen their capacity to help one another, and to share and build upon best practices. It will bring leaders from different backgrounds into relationship with each other, help them identify and experience the value in partnering across boundaries of difference, and help them redefine their work in a way that more wholly represents collective interests.

Building such a cohort of professionals in an arena as challenging as this one can help prevent burn-out, leverage change, and build stronger long-term partnerships. This is a fellowship-based retreat.

Whole System Conservation Retreat: The Nature Conservancywith Peter Forbes, Ginny McGinn, Jesse Vega-Frey

  • Mon, July 15, 2013 – Sat, July 20, 2013
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
Whole System Conservation Retreat: The Nature Conservancy

This gathering will welcome Whole Systems conservationists and their allies from the Eastern Division of The Nature Conservancy. The group will be working to strengthen the whole systems approach and build their skills in navigating the changing landscape of conservation.

This is a fellowship-based retreat.

2042 Today: Young Leaders Re-Imagining Conservationwith Carolyn F, Marcelo B, Queta G, Ginny M.

  • Sat, July 6, 2013 – Fri, July 12, 2013
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
2042 Today: Young Leaders Re-Imagining Conservation

Now in its forth year, 2042 Today: Young Leaders Re-Imagining Conservation is a program designed to build the practical leadership skills that will be needed if conservation is to engage, inform, and learn from a dramatically changing American public.

More and more conservationists are thinking about the exciting significance of 2042, the date when demographers predict that every metropolitan statistical area will be predominantly populated by people of color, but few efforts are in place today to equip conservation leaders with the leadership skills to engage difference of all kinds. This is a fellowship-based retreat.

Spoon Carving as Community Buildingwith Peter Forbes

  • Sun, June 30, 2013
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • 8 am- 7:30 pm, Tuition $105
Spoon Carving as Community Building

This day-long workshop with dinner is for veteran spoon carvers who already know how to carve and want to learn more about both how and why, and also want to use spoon carving in their own community or organization to create positive relationships. We’ll carve spoons and we’ll talk about how to teach spoon carving to others and how to use it as a force for community building. And we’ll culminate with a fun dinner together. Led by Peter Forbes, the workshop will also share his experiences making spoon carving part of our leadership development curriculum and also about using it as a tool for community building in Central America. No new carvers.

The workshop begins at 8 am and ends after dinner at 7:30 pm.

Please click here to register.

Courage Circlewith Peter Forbes

  • Fri, June 28, 2013 – Sat, June 29, 2013
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • Tuition: $125 (includes room and board)
Courage Circle

Today, we all need courage and we all need encouragement. Perhaps you need the courage to take on a particular project, or to say no to another, to start an organization, or to leave one. Perhaps you need to courage to speak up and speak out or the courage to step back. No matter what it is, these times demand that we more fully occupy and embody the work that matters most. Each of us needs courage, and the encouragement, to take on the thing they most want or need to do. To be courageous we need to know what’s in our hearts and we need the support of others to remind us that we can do it. Peter Forbes will help the group to do both. Held at beautiful Knoll Farm, this overnight program will provide a short but meaningful escape from the daily grind to help you understand the next steps in your life that need some courage. Through a full schedule of group dialogue, one-on-one sessions, and time for personal reflection, this workshop will create safe and valuable space to resolve what needs to come next. This workshop grows from Peter’s experience working with hundreds of our alumni, and was born at last year’s Harvest and Courage event at Knoll Farm.

The workshop begins at 12 noon on the 28th and ends at 12 noon on the 29th.

Please click here to register.

Leadership Circlewith Peter Forbes

  • Tue, June 25, 2013 – Thu, June 27, 2013
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • Tuition: $395 (includes room and board)
Leadership Circle

Executive and program directors play unique roles with unique pressures. These times make these roles even harder. It’s very difficult to balance vision and ego, to be clear while sustaining hard questions, to be in service to the team and in service to oneself, to be graceful between time for the organization and time for one’s family, and to sustain the energy. Many executive directors are with people all the time and yet can feel quite alone. This short course offers a safe place to pause, to reflect and to learn from others in similar roles. In the Leadership Circle, we offer time with peers, time for personal reflection and renewal, and an occasion for some wise guiding and support from Peter Forbes, who has led several organizations. Peter will help you to explore where you are with your work and what’s most needed to strengthen and sustain it. Held at beautiful Knoll Farm, this two night program will provide a short but meaningful escape from the daily grind to help you grow and develop yourself as a leader. Through a full schedule of group dialogue, one-on-one sessions, and time for personal reflection, this workshop will create safe and valuable space to explore your own leadership.

The workshop begins at 12 noon on the 25th and ends at 12 noon on the 27th.

Please click here to register.

Spring Community Work Day

  • Sat, June 1, 2013
  • 9 am- 4 pm
Spring Community Work Day

Please join us at Knoll Farm for a day of beauty, sweat, laughter, good food and hard work - preparing the farm and retreat center for the busy summer season ahead.

We'll provide lunch and drinks. Family and friends welcome!

Please click here to register.

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance Meetingwith Coordinating Committee of GGJ

  • Thu, May 30, 2013 – Tue, May 21, 2013
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance Meeting

We are happy to host the Coordinating Committee of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance this May!

Grassroots Global Justice is an alliance of U.S.-based grassroots groups who are organizing to build an agenda for power for working and poor people. We understand that there are important connections between the local issues we work on and the global context, and we see ourselves as part of an international movement for global justice.

13th annual Maryland Land Conservation Conference with Keynote speaker: Peter Forbes

  • Tue, April 23, 2013 – Tue, April 23, 2013
  • Linthicum Heights, MD
13th annual Maryland Land Conservation Conference

The 13th annual Maryland Land Conservation Conference will be held at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, MD (near BWI). Registration is $45. $60 after April 7th. Registration includes breakfast, lunch and a full day of educational sessions.

Writer, photographer, farmer and conservationist Peter Forbes will be the Keynote Speaker at this year’s conference. Forbes is well-known for his ability to bring together a wide circle of participants, and build bridges between sectors, coalitions and organizations and for nurturing a new land movement that integrates land health, social justice and human spirit. Forbes has earned a national reputation as being a champion of a new brand of community-based conservation where the health of the people and the health of the land are viewed as equal.

The theme for the conference is “The Challenge of Perpetuity”. Please visit https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/met/event.jsp?event=14 for more information.

Public Addresswith Peter Forbes

  • Thu, April 18, 2013
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Peter Forbes will be addressing the students and community of Dartmouth College. More information to come.

Public Addresswith Peter Forbes

  • Tue, April 16, 2013
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT

Peter Forbes will be addressing the students and community of Yale University. More information to come.

Public Addresswith Peter Forbes

  • Tue, April 9, 2013
  • Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT

Peter Forbes will be addressing the students and community of Green Mountain College. More information to come.

Whole Measureswith Ginny McGinn and Andrea Nagel

  • Tue, March 19, 2013 – Thu, March 21, 2013
  • Interaction Institute for Social Change, Boston, MA
  • $750 non-profit and $1,150 foundation
Whole Measures

Center for Whole Communities and Interaction Institute for Social Change have partnered to create a workshop that explores values-based planning, implementation, and evaluation in social and environmental change initiatives. The name for this approach is Whole Measures. The workshop provides the practical and transformational skills needed to collaboratively implement Whole Measures practices in your organization or community.

This experience is particularly well-suited to those charged with engaging diverse stakeholders in a community or organizational change initiative.

Tuition: $750 non-profit and $1,150 foundation, please visit our registration page for more information.

Conservation in a New Nationwith Peter Forbes

  • Wed, March 6, 2013 – Thu, March 7, 2013
  • Essex Conference Center, Essex, MA
  • Workshop begins at 10 am on the 6th and ends at 4 pm on the 7th
Conservation in a New Nation

The fabric of American society is changing rapidly, and with it come changes in the ways people benefit from, connect with, and use land. Many leading conservation organizations are realizing that to succeed and become the powerful force in American culture they can be, they must build bridges, unite ecological and social healing, and become relevant to a more diverse and more urban population.

In response to this need, this intensive workshop is designed to help conservationists strengthen the practice of conservation by ensuring future innovation and responsiveness to present-day challenges. It is a chance to talk openly and safely about how to diversify in order to maintain strong leadership and how to collaborate with facets of the larger community, thereby broadening bases of support, developing meaningful new relationships, and engaging more public citizens on the issues.

Tuition: $525, please visit our registration page for more information.

Exploring Power, Privilege, and Tools for Change Retreat with Queta Gonzalez and Ginny McGinn

  • Wed, February 27, 2013 – Fri, March 1, 2013
  • Eagle Creek, OR

This Center for Diversity and the Environment Retreat is a four-day retreat that includes diversity training and provides tools to develop action-based solutions at the movement-wide, organizational, and individual levels. Participants explore their individual lenses and filters and the role of power and privilege in the environmental movement. The retreat provides tools to diversify organizations, including utilizing multi-cultural organizational development models and the Center for Diversity & the Environment's Equity Audit. Participants leave with an action plan, resources and tools to diversify their workplace and leadership skills to create change in their spheres of influence.

For more information and to register: www.environmentaldiversity.org

Radical Change: Creating New Pathways for the Futurewith Ginny MvGinn

  • Thu, February 21, 2013
  • Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield, VT
  • 7 pm
Radical Change: Creating New Pathways for the Future

How can we each be agents of change in our own lives, and in our world, on any scale?

In a presentation at the Big Picture on February 21, Ginny McGinn, Executive Director of Center for Whole Communities, will talk about what she means by "radical change." She will talk about how we can show up more fully in our own lives and in our communities to make lasting change, especially as we understand more fully how change happens, both internally and externally. Ginny will share stories and explore the nature of change and what steps we can each be taking to create a healthy whole community.

Building the Tools to Carve: Benches, Hatchets, Knives, Spoons and more with Bill Coperthwaite and Taz Squire

  • Fri, October 12, 2012 – Sun, October 14, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • 9 am- 5 pm each day
Building the Tools to Carve: Benches, Hatchets, Knives, Spoons and more

This three-day, hands-on workshop will focus on crafting the hand carving tools necessary to create a variety of objects and will culminate by carving a wooden bowl or spoon. The design of this workshop is cumulative where each day builds upon the one before. You will leave with the practical tools and methodology to continue carving and the deep knowledge of instructors Bill Coperthwaite and Taz Squire.

Designed for all levels of experience, this workshop is accessible to everyone. Throughout the weekend we will provide ample time to discuss and ask questions about the many materials, tools, designs, ideas and techniques. $450 residential tuition includes accommodations, three meals a day plus all materials. $375 non-residential tuition includes three meals a day plus all materials.

• DAY 1: cutting and shaping pine boards to create a shaving horse plus making a hatchet. • DAY 2: making a crooked or straight knife. • DAY 3: carving a bowl or spoon of your choice!

For more information and to register: contact Center for Whole Communities 802-496-5690, molly@wholecommunities.org or visit www.wholecommunities.org

Harvest and Couragewith you!

  • Sun, October 7, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
Harvest and Courage

Harvest and Courage is an annual, public celebration of land and community held at Knoll Farm in Fayston, VT. It is a gathering together of the harvest, of friends and neighbors, and of artists and activists from afar - to find inspiration and collective courage for these times.

University of Vermont Student Retreatwith Matt Kolan

  • Thu, October 4, 2012 – Sat, October 6, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
University of Vermont Student Retreat

Now in its sixth year, this retreat provides seniors at UVM with an opportunity to explore issues of diversity, power, and privilege and the implications of these topics on environmental fields and their own lives. The retreat gives students time to reflect on their purpose and intentions as they make the transition to life-after-college and seek courage to create a life that is in alignment with their vision for the world.

University of Vermont Student Retreatwith Matt Kolan

  • Fri, September 28, 2012 – Sun, September 30, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
University of Vermont Student Retreat

Now in its sixth year, this retreat provides seniors at UVM with an opportunity to explore issues of diversity, power, and privilege and the implications of these topics on environmental fields and their own lives. The retreat gives students time to reflect on their purpose and intentions as they make the transition to life-after-college and seek courage to create a life that is in alignment with their vision for the world.

Whole Measures One-day Intensive Workshopwith Ginny McGinn

  • Thu, September 27, 2012
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe Community Foundation is hosting a one-day intensive workshop on Whole Measures, a framework for values-based planning, implementation and evaluation.

Reclaiming and Rejuvenating Your Pastures with Dan Hudson

  • Tue, September 25, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • 4-7 pm
Reclaiming and Rejuvenating Your Pastures

Many grass-based farmers struggle with balancing pasture improvements with budget and time limitations. Join UVM Extension agronomy and grazing personnel, along with beginning and experienced farmers and landowners as we visit Knoll Farm to discuss the pros and cons of different approaches to land reclamation and building quality soils on a budget. Knoll Farm in Waitsfield, Vermont has been focused on improving their pastures in targeted areas and offers an excellent opportunity to see pasture improvement at different stages.

For more information and to register contact: Jenn Colby, (802) 656-0858, jcolby@uvm.edu or Dan Hudson, (802) 535-7922, daniel.hudson@uvm.edu

COST: $15 to attend, $5 for VT Grass Farmers Association members. Bring your dinner; dessert and refreshments provided.

Sponsored by: The Pasture Program at the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, UVM Extension, VT Grass Farmers Association and USDA Risk Management.

Growing and Using Natural Plant Dyeswith Billie Smith and Helen Whybrow

  • Sat, September 22, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • 1-4 pm; $25
Growing and Using Natural Plant Dyes

Avid fiber artist Billie Smith will show you how to use some of the plants from your garden and meadows to dye wool. Using Knoll Farm plants that we forage, you will have the opportunity to dye raw Icelandic wool provided by Helen Whybrow from her flock for the workshop. White and grey roving and yarn will be available for purchase.

$25 includes handouts

Please click here to register

Transformational Leadership Workshopwith Peter Forbes, Samara Gaev, Enrique Salmon

  • Tue, September 18, 2012 – Fri, September 21, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
Transformational Leadership Workshop

This open workshop is a rare opportunity to spend time at Knoll Farm while doing a deep dive into the theories and practices of transformational leadership. Shorter in length than our flagship Whole Thinking Program, this 4-day workshop offers a strong introduction to our theories of change and to the practices of our land-based learning center at Knoll Farm. The curriculum explores the changing demands of leadership today and centers around transformational practices such as the power of story, the skills of movement-building, dialogue, working with difference, and more. This is the ideal workshop for organizational staff, board members, community leaders, and philanthropists who have heard about whole communities work from colleagues, but have not yet had the chance to experience it. This a residential workshop, with all meals and accommodation included.

The Transformational Leadership Workshop will help you to understand how the success of your work is bound up in the success of other social and environmental movements, how to create cross-cutting alliances that transcend the very real divides of race, class, power and ideology to accelerate progress, how to establish courage, creativity and compassion as highest forms of leadership, and how to nourish and support yourself and other leaders who are carrying today’s burdens of change.

Please click here to register!

Whole Thinking: A NextGen Retreatwith Adrienne M. Brown, Jesse M. Vega-Frey, Kavitha Rao

  • Mon, September 10, 2012 – Sun, September 16, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston VT
Whole Thinking: A NextGen Retreat

The NextGen retreats convene emerging leaders, ages 20 to 35, working to improve the environment, food production, the arts, social justice and education, in order to cross-pollinate and to find a collective voice that will help them to step into leadership. This 7-day retreat is based in the belief that a core aspect of sustainability is healthy relationship between generations. Successful societies, and successful movements for change, always have methods in place for transferring knowledge and leadership from one generation to the next. Established leaders in western society don’t always see what’s coming from the next generation. And, in many places, leadership across sectors is still very much held by one age cohort. The NextGen retreat provides participants with a network and a shared vision, strengthening their ability to infuse the existing generation of leadership with fresh insights and approaches that will accelerate change. This is a fellowship-based retreat, by invitation.

Strengthening the Recovery Movement in New Hampshire: A Retreatwith Mohamad Chakaki, Steve Glazer, other faculty TBA

  • Sat, August 25, 2012 – Fri, August 31, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
Strengthening the Recovery Movement in New Hampshire: A Retreat

This is a collaborative leadership retreat for New Hampshire professionals who work in the field of substance use disorders. By bringing leaders together from within the same profession, this retreat will strengthen their capacity to help one another, and to share and build upon best practices. It will bring leaders from different backgrounds into relationship with each other, help them identify and experience the value in partnering across boundaries of difference, and help them redefine their work in a way that more wholly represents collective interests. Building such a cohort of professionals in an arena as challenging as this one can help prevent burn-out, leverage change, and build stronger long-term partnerships. This is a fellowship-based retreat.

Foraging for Wild Mushrooms and Edibleswith Ari Rockland-Miller

  • Sat, August 18, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • 2:30-5 pm; $15
Foraging for Wild Mushrooms and Edibles

Have you been looking for an entry point into the endlessly fascinating world of mushroom foraging and wildcrafting? Search for gourmet and medicinal mushrooms with Ari Rockland-Miller, co-founder of the blog The Mushroom Forager. The workshop will begin with a slideshow introducing the region's most delicious and distinctive mushrooms, as well as covering safety and The Mushroom Forager's ForageCast strategy. Then, we will head out into the fields and forests around Knoll Farm and search for the mushrooms we just learned about, while learning about many different wild edible plants and berries as we go. Ari will discuss sustainable harvesting and methods of cooking, tincturing, dehydrating, and freezing the wild harvest.

Please click here to register

Whole Thinking Retreat #3with Samara Gaev, Steve Glazer, Santikaro

  • Thu, August 16, 2012 – Wed, August 22, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
Whole Thinking Retreat #3

The Whole Thinking Retreat convenes leaders from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Together, participants develop a shared vision for how the relationship between people and the land can become a more effective force in creating a healthy and just American culture. Our curriculum - now in its seventh year - is designed to rejuvenate and re-envision leadership, to build meaningful relationships, to help leaders to engage more meaningfully in the communities they serve, and to develop the competence to heal the very real divides of race, power, privilege and ideology that keep lasting social and environmental change from happening in this country. This is a fellowship-based retreat.

Urban Whole Thinking: Detroitwith Adrienne, Mohamad and Anushka

  • Tue, August 14, 2012 – Mon, August 20, 2012
  • Detroit, MI
Urban Whole Thinking: Detroit

The Whole Thinking Retreat convenes leaders from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Together, participants develop a shared vision for how the relationship between people and the land can become a more effective force in creating a healthy and just American culture. Our curriculum - now in its seventh year - is designed to rejuvenate and re-envision leadership, to build meaningful relationships, to help leaders to engage more meaningfully in the communities they serve, and to develop the competence to heal the very real divides of race, power, privilege and ideology that keep lasting social and environmental change from happening in this country. This is a fellowship-based retreat.

Whole Thinking Retreat #2with Peter Forbes, Stephanie Kaza, Kavitha Rao

  • Tue, August 7, 2012 – Mon, August 13, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
Whole Thinking Retreat #2

The Whole Thinking Retreat convenes leaders from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Together, participants develop a shared vision for how the relationship between people and the land can become a more effective force in creating a healthy and just American culture. Our curriculum - now in its seventh year - is designed to rejuvenate and re-envision leadership, to build meaningful relationships, to help leaders to engage more meaningfully in the communities they serve, and to develop the competence to heal the very real divides of race, power, privilege and ideology that keep lasting social and environmental change from happening in this country. This is a fellowship-based retreat.

Growing Bountiful Blueberrieswith Helen Whybrow

  • Fri, August 3, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • 4-6 pm; $15
Growing Bountiful Blueberries

Knoll Farm has an acre of certified organic blueberries. Learn from farmer Helen Whybrow about varieties, siting and establishing an orchard, soil health, pruning, and everything required to be successful with blueberries in your home garden.

Please click here to register

2042 Today: Young Leaders Reimagining Conservationwith Marcelo Bonta, Carolyn Finney, and Queta Gonzalez

  • Sat, July 28, 2012 – Fri, August 3, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
2042 Today: Young Leaders Reimagining Conservation

More and more conservationists are thinking about the exciting significance of 2042, the date when demographers predict that every metropolitan statistical area will be predominantly populated by people of color. But few efforts are in place today to equip conservation leaders with the leadership skills to engage difference of all kinds. In its second year, 2042 Today: Young Leaders Re-Imagining Conservation is a program designed to build the practical leadership skills that will be needed if conservation is to engage, inform, and learn from a dramatically changing American public. This is a fellowship-based retreat.

In the Garden with Wendy Johnsonwith Wendy Johnson and Helen Whybrow

  • Sun, July 22, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • 9-11 am; $15
In the Garden with Wendy Johnson

Join master gardener and author of Gardening at the Dragon's Gate, Wendy Johnson, for an evening of inspiration and insight in the midsummer garden. We will go over aspects of soil health, pollination, cultivation, and fall planting, but mostly we will just have fun at a time when many of us feel the garden has gotten out of hand. Come to this workshop for some rejuvenation and to remember why growing your own veggies can also be food for the soul.

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New Hampshire Charitable Foundation- Wellborn Retreatwith Steve Glazer, Wendy Johnson, Melissa Nelson

  • Sun, July 15, 2012 – Sat, July 21, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston VT
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation- Wellborn Retreat

This is a fellowship-based retreat, by invitation.

Raw Milk and Homemade Cheeseswith Taylor Burt

  • Fri, July 13, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • 4-6:30; $25
Raw Milk and Homemade Cheeses

Ever wonder about raw milk? Where to get it, why to get it, and what to do with it (besides drink it, of course!) Come join us for a tasty workshop that will introduce the basics of raw dairy and safe home dairy processing techniques. Taylor Burt, former chef at Knoll Farm, will lead a hands-on demonstration of how to turn local, raw milk into homemade yogurt, fresh cheeses (such as queso fresco, chevre or mozzarella - final cheeses TBD), and the beginnings of some more strongly flavored aged cheeses. There will also be plenty of opportunity to discuss and ask questions about other dairy ferments, such as kefir, pima, crème fraîche, sour cream, etc. The workshop will focus on simple techniques and recipes that require minimal additional equipment or ingredients for the home dairy lover. Come with an open mind, a bit of an appetite, and plenty of questions. A printed handout with all the recipes and information covered will be provided.

Please click here to register

Whole Measures Workshop (w/ Interaction Institute for Social Change)with Curtis Ogden, Mistinguette Smith

  • Tue, July 10, 2012 – Fri, July 13, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
Whole Measures Workshop (w/ Interaction Institute for Social Change)

Center for Whole Communities and Interaction Institute for Social Change have partnered to create a workshop that explores values-based planning, implementation, and evaluation in social and environmental change initiatives. The name for this approach is Whole Measures. The workshop provides the practical and transformational skills needed to collaboratively implement Whole Measures practices in your organization or community. This experience is particularly well-suited to those charged with engaging diverse stakeholders in a community or organizational change initiative.

Please click here to register.

Whole Thinking Retreat #1with Carolyn Finney, Matt Kolan, Kaylynn S. TwoTrees

  • Wed, June 27, 2012 – Tue, July 3, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
Whole Thinking Retreat #1

The Whole Thinking Retreat convenes leaders from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Together, participants develop a shared vision for how the relationship between people and the land can become a more effective force in creating a healthy and just American culture. Our curriculum - now in its seventh year - is designed to rejuvenate and re-envision leadership, to build meaningful relationships, to help leaders to engage more meaningfully in the communities they serve, and to develop the competence to heal the very real divides of race, power, privilege and ideology that keep lasting social and environmental change from happening in this country. This is a fellowship-based retreat.

Antioch Graduate School Commencement Addresswith Peter Forbes

  • Sat, June 23, 2012
  • Antioch, New Hampshire

Peter will give the 2012 Graduate School Commencement Address at Antioch in New Hampshire

Grazing School and Watering System Designwith Helen Whybrow

  • Fri, June 1, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • 9 am- 4 pm
Grazing School and Watering System Design

A hands-on workshop with essential information to start up or improve your grazing system. Hosted by Helen Whybrow at Knoll Farm with presenters from the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Pasture Program and VT NRCS. Participants will learn about grazing basics, fencing infrastructure, how to design and install a pasture watering system, pasture parasite management, NRCS assistance programs, and how animal behavior can work to your advantage. We will take a walk around Knoll Farm to see their systems and grazing plan in action with their sheep flock, and dedicate the afternoon to the hands-on installation of a farm-wide watering system. Bring your lunch, clean footwear, gloves, and an empty thermos (you'll learn why!). Sponsored by a VT Agency of Natural Resources 319 Water Quality grant.

COST: $20 CONTACT: Register online at www.uvm.edu/pasture or Jenn Colby at jcolby@uvm.edu, 802-656-0858.

Successful Sheep Raisingwith Helen Whybrow

  • Thu, May 24, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • 4-6 pm; $15
Successful Sheep Raising

In this workshop, Helen Whybrow will go through a huge amount of information for raising sheep successfully in a pasture-based system. Our purebred Icelandic ewes live outside year-round, deliver their lambs in the field, and are a productive, low-maintenance asset to our farm. We started our grazing system on 20 acres of overgrazed and weed-ridden pasture 10 years ago and have seen a huge improvement in forage density, legume regrowth and soil organic matter over time - all without reseeding or fertilizing. Helen will talk about raising sheep in general, health and parasites, grazing management, and how to start a flock. Lambing difficulties and how to deal with them will be a focus of the workshop as well. Please bring your questions and experiences so that we can all learn from one another!

$15; includes handouts on sheep health, pasture health and parasites

Bring clean boots; no dogs please

Please click here to register

Spring Community Work Day

  • Sat, May 19, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • 9 am- 4 pm
Spring Community Work Day

Please join us at Knoll Farm for a day of beauty, sweat, laughter, good food and hard work - preparing the farm and retreat center for the busy summer season ahead. We'll have 45 new lambs in the fields and orchards in blossom. What we really need many hands for is to help us clear our hiking trails, move brush, as well as mulch new orchard plantings. We'll provide lunch and drinks. Family and friends welcome!

Please click here to register.

New Hampshire Recovery Outreach Workshopwith Ginny McGinn and Alex Bauermeister

  • Sat, April 28, 2012
New Hampshire Recovery Outreach Workshop

A gathering and capacity-building event for the alumni of our New Hampshire Recovery Program.

Maine Land Conservation Conferencewith Plenary: Peter Forbes

  • Fri, April 27, 2012 – Sat, April 28, 2012
  • Topsham, ME

Maine Coast Heritage Trust presents the Maine Land Conservation Conference in support of Maine’s land conservation community. The conference provides training on best practices in land trust management, land transactions, fundraising and stewardship. It provides a forum for learning about the most pressing issues facing land conservation today. Peter Forbes will give the keynote address "The Evolving Face of Conservation". For more information and to register please visit http://www.mltn.org/meetings/conservation-conference.php

Whole Communities Faculty Retreat

  • Wed, April 18, 2012 – Sat, April 21, 2012
  • Detroit, MI
Whole Communities Faculty Retreat

All year we take in feedback from our alumni and faculty on what worked well and not so well in our programs. This is our annual meeting of minds and hearts with faculty to evolve and hone our curriculum for the coming season.

Spoon Carving Workshopwith Taz Squire

  • Sat, February 25, 2012
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • 8:30-5:30
Spoon Carving Workshop

Join us for this full-day, hands-on workshop where you will make a beautiful hardwood spoon out of cherry, maple or birch. We will provide the carving blades and wood, and you will focus on the on the techniques of using a straight knife and a crooked knife- the traditional carving tool of the Northwest coast tribes- to shape a spoon of your own design. You are welcome to bring your own favorite wood and tools.

Designed for all levels of experience, these workshops are accessible to everyone. Wooden eating, cooking and serving spoons make amazing gifts and can last a lifetime.

Hot beverages and water will be provided. Please bring your own lunch and snacks. Bring snowshoes and winter gear if you’d like to hike at lunch time!

To register or if you have any questions please contact Molly at 802-496-5690 or molly@wholecommunities.org

University of Vermont Student Retreatwith Matt Kolan and Marie Vea-Fagnant

  • Thu, October 6, 2011 – Sat, October 8, 2011
  • Knoll Farm

Now in its fifth year, this retreat provides seniors at UVM with an opportunity to explore issues of diversity, power, and privilege and the implications of these topics on environmental fields and their own lives. The retreat gives students time to reflect on their purpose and intentions as they make the transition to life-after-college and seek courage to create a life that is in alignment with their vision for the world.

University of Vermont Student Retreatwith Matt Kolan and Marie Vea-Fagnant

  • Fri, September 30, 2011 – Sun, October 2, 2011
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT

Now in its fifth year, this retreat provides seniors at UVM with an opportunity to explore issues of diversity, power, and privilege and the implications of these topics on environmental fields and their own lives. The retreat gives students time to reflect on their purpose and intentions as they make the transition to life-after-college and seek courage to create a life that is in alignment with their vision for the world.

Whole Thinking Retreat 4with Kavitha Rao, Enrique Salmon, Jesse M Vega-Frey

  • Wed, September 7, 2011 – Tue, September 13, 2011
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT

The Whole Thinking Retreat convenes leaders from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Together participants develop a shared vision for how the relationship between people and the land can become a more effective force in creating a healthy and just American culture.

Our curriculum - now in its seventh year - is designed to rejuvenate and re-envision leadership, to build meaningful relationships, to help leaders to engage more meaningfully in the communities they serve, and to develop the competence to heal the very real divides of race, power, privilege and ideology that keep lasting social and environmental change from happening in this country.

This is a fellowship-based retreat, by invitation.

Click here for more information on our retreats.

Strengthening the Recovery Movement in New Hampshire: A Retreatwith Steve G., Mistinguette S., Anushka F.

  • Thu, August 25, 2011 – Wed, August 31, 2011
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston VT

This is a collaborative leadership retreat for New Hampshire professionals who work in the field of substance use disorders.

By bringing leaders together from within the same profession, this retreat will strengthen their capacity to help one another, and to share and build upon best practices. It will bring leaders from different backgrounds into relationship with each other, help them identify and experience the value in partnering across boundaries of difference, and help them redefine their work in a way that more wholly represents collective interests. Building such a cohort of professionals in an arena as challenging as this one can help prevent burn-out, leverage change, and build stronger long-term partnerships.

Whole Thinking Retreat 3with Kavitha Rao, Mohamad Chakaki, Jesse M Vega-Frey

  • Tue, August 16, 2011 – Mon, August 22, 2011
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT

The Whole Thinking Retreat convenes leaders from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Together participants develop a shared vision for how the relationship between people and the land can become a more effective force in creating a healthy and just American culture.

Our curriculum - now in its seventh year - is designed to rejuvenate and re-envision leadership, to build meaningful relationships, to help leaders to engage more meaningfully in the communities they serve, and to develop the competence to heal the very real divides of race, power, privilege and ideology that keep lasting social and environmental change from happening in this country.

This is a fellowship-based retreat, by invitation.

Click here for more information on our retreats.

Whole Thinking Retreat 2with Mohamad Chakaki, Stephanie Kaza Deborah Schoenbaum

  • Sat, August 6, 2011 – Fri, August 12, 2011
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT

The Whole Thinking Retreat convenes leaders from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Together participants develop a shared vision for how the relationship between people and the land can become a more effective force in creating a healthy and just American culture.

Our curriculum - now in its seventh year - is designed to rejuvenate and re-envision leadership, to build meaningful relationships, to help leaders to engage more meaningfully in the communities they serve, and to develop the competence to heal the very real divides of race, power, privilege and ideology that keep lasting social and environmental change from happening in this country.

This is a fellowship-based retreat, by invitation.

Click here for more information on our retreats.

Social Venture Network Dinner

  • Thu, August 4, 2011
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, Vermont
  • 6:30 pm

Join SVN's Deputy Director Deborah Schoenbaum for a specially prepared dinner made from produce grown at Knoll Farm and the surrounding Mad River Valley. Enjoy conversation and make connections with like-minded, socially responsible enterprise leaders. Each ticket includes a three course meal, wine, tax and gratuity. To purchase tickets please see www.eventbrite.com/event/1865075491

*Transformational Leadership: this workshop has been postponed, check back for updates

  • Sun, July 31, 2011 – Wed, August 3, 2011
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT

This workshop has been postponed and will not be held on these dates. Please check back soon for more information.

This open workshop is a rare opportunity to spend time at Knoll Farm while doing a deep dive into the theories and practices of leadership development now commonly refer to as whole communities work. This is the perfect workshop for staff and board members, community leaders, and philanthropists who have heard about whole communities work from colleagues, but have not yet had the chance to jump in and experience it.

The Transformational Leadership Workshop will help you to understand how the success of your work is bound up in the success of other efforts; how to create crosscutting alliances that transcend the very real divides of race, class, power and ideology which keep accelerated change from happening; how to establish courage, creativity and compassion as highest forms of leadership; and how to nourish and support the individual leaders who are carrying today�s burdens of change.

Shorter in length than our flagship Whole Thinking Program, this 4-day workshop offers a strong introduction to our theories of change and to the experiences and practices of our land-based learning center at Knoll Farm that have made our work so memorable and lasting. The curriculum centers around such core leadership practices as the power of story; the skills of movement-building, and dialogue, and it explores the changing demands of leadership today.

This a residential workshop, with all meals and accommodation included.

2042 Today: Young Leaders Reimagining Conservationwith Marcelo Bonta, Carolyn Finney

  • Thu, July 21, 2011 – Wed, July 27, 2011
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • with Center for Diversity and the Environment

In its second year, 2042 Today: Young Leaders Re-Imagining Conservation is a program designed to build the practical leadership skills that will be needed if conservation is to engage, inform, and learn from a dramatically changing American public.

More and more conservationists are thinking about the exciting significance of 2042, the date one generation out when demographers predict that every metropolitan statistical area will be predominantly non-white, but few efforts are in place today to equip conservation leaders with the leadership skills to engage difference of all kinds.

Click here for more information on this program.

New York City Community Gardening Coalitionwith Steve Glazer, Mistinguette Smith, Wendy Johnson

  • Tue, July 12, 2011 – Mon, July 18, 2011

This retreat will convene members of the New York City Community Gardening Coalition to assist them in developing and inspiring the next generation (young and old) of the gardening communities leadership- from those working in their own neighborhoods, to those ready to step up to city-wide challenges. NYCCGC is the voice of urban gardeners throughout the five boroughs. As the grassroots convener of the people, the Coalition is a necessary player in the highly evolved politics of urban gardening in New York City. By invitation, and with the support of the Jesse and Betsy Fink Foundation.

*Whole Measures Workshop: Transforming Communities by Measuring What Matters Most

  • Tue, July 5, 2011 – Fri, July 8, 2011
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT

Whole Measures offers a flexible approach to describing and measuring the relationships and impact we seek to create in our communities and organizations. It helps us to understand how to evaluate our work in a holistic way that aligns with our values and communicates that we are making real and lasting change. The Center for Whole Communities and the Interaction Institute for Social Change collaborated and created a workshop that explores the ten values-based practices detailed in Whole Measures. The workshop provides the practical and transformational skills needed to collaboratively implement these practices in your organization or community.

To read more about this workshop, go to http://www.wholecommunities.org/whole_measures/

Whole Thinking Retreat Iwith Carolyn Finney, Matt Kolan, Kaylynn S. TwoTrees

  • Sat, June 25, 2011 – Fri, July 1, 2011
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT

The Whole Thinking Retreat convenes leaders from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Together participants develop a shared vision for how the relationship between people and the land can become a more effective force in creating a healthy and just American culture. Our curriculum - now in its seventh year - is designed to rejuvenate and re-envision leadership, to build meaningful relationships, to help leaders to engage more meaningfully in the communities they serve, and to develop the competence to heal the very real divides of race, power, privilege and ideology that keep lasting social and environmental change from happening in this country.

This is a fellowship-based retreat, by invitation.

Click here for more information on our retreats.

The Story of Placewith Joel Glanzberg

  • Thu, June 23, 2011
  • Knoll Farm, Fayston, VT
  • 7 pm

Most ecological and social damage is caused by treating everyone and everywhere the same. Whether it is factory farms, or factory outlets, they are everywhere the same; the same architecture, the same food, the same food, the same technologies. In order to have a good relationship with someone we need to learn who and how they are, and how they work, so that we can work with them. The same is true of places and all communities. Looking at the patterns of the geology, hydrology, natural and human history of a place, we can begin to articulate a story of that place.

Come hear the story of the Mad River Valley and gain an understanding of how the knowledge of our past can help plan for the future. Joel brings a background as naturalist, Permaculture designer and educator, and green builder. The Regenesis Group of Santa Fe is working with Yestermorrow Design/Build School on a master plan that has made this presentation possible.

This is a free event and open to the public

Spring Community Work Day

  • Sat, May 28, 2011
  • 9 am - 4 pm

Please join us at Knoll Farm for a day of beauty, sweat, laughter, good food and hard work - preparing the farm and retreat center for the busy summer season ahead. We'll have 45 new lambs in the fields and orchards in blossom. We will also have a new cob and stone structure under construction to check out, as well as other natural-build structures around the farm. What we really need many hands for is to help us clear our hiking trails, move brush, as well as mulch new orchard plantings. We'll provide lunch and drinks. Family and friends welcome!

* Raising Sheep Workshopwith Helen Whybrow

  • Thu, May 26, 2011
  • Knoll Farm
  • 4-6 pm; $10

In this workshop, Helen Whybrow will go through tips for raising sheep successfully in a pasture-based system. Our purebred Icelandic ewes live outside year-round, deliver their lambs in the field, and are an incredible, low-maintenance asset to our farm. We will talk about raising sheep in general, breeding, grazing management, and how to start a flock. Lambing difficulties and how to deal with them will be a focus of the workshop as well. Call 496-5685 for more information.

*Whole Measures Workshop: Transforming Communities by Measuring What Matters Mostwith Mistinguette Smith and Curtis Ogden

  • Tue, May 24, 2011 – Thu, May 26, 2011
  • Interaction Institute for Social Change, Boston, MA

Our tool, Whole Measures, offers a means of describing and measuring the healthy relationships between land and people that we seek to create. It offers the beginning foundations for a highly integrated, whole systems approach that effectively embraces a wide variety of practical issues including biodiversity, social equity, human rights, civic engagement, and landscape-scale conservation.

In collaboration with Interaction Institute for Social Change we have created a workshop that explores the ten values-based practices detailed in Whole Measures. The workshop provides the transformational and collaborative skills needed to implement these practices in your organization or community. The three-day experience will combine learning in the groundbreaking content of Whole Measures, and in the skills of design, planning and facilitation, transformational leadership, and the practice of dialogue.

To register, go to: Interaction Institute for Social Change

New Hampshire Climate & Energy Leadership Daywith Peter Forbes and Ginny McGinn

  • Thu, April 28, 2011
  • Concord, NH

A gathering and capacity-building event for the alumni of our New Hampshire Climate and Energy Program.

Whole Communities Faculty Retreat

  • Wed, April 13, 2011 – Sun, April 17, 2011

All year we take in feedback from our alumni and faculty on what worked well and not so well in our programs. This is our annual meeting of minds and hearts with faculty to evolve and hone our curriculum for the coming season.

*Conservation in a New Nationwith Peter Forbes and Mohamad Chakaki

  • Wed, March 16, 2011 – Thu, March 17, 2011
  • Essex Conference Center, Essex, MA
  • $525 Tuition, $105 room and board; Second member from same org is half-price

The fabric of American society is changing rapidly, and with it come changes in the ways people benefit from and use land. Many leading conservation organizations are realizing that to succeed and become the powerful force in American culture they can be, they must build bridges, unite ecological and social healing, and become relevant to a more diverse and more urban population.

In response to this need, this intensive workshop is designed to help conservationists strengthen the practice of conservation by ensuring future innovation and responsiveness to present-day challenges. It is a chance to talk openly an safely about how to diversity in order to maintain strong leadership and how to collaborate with facets of the larger community, thereby broadening bases of support, developing meaningful new relationships and engaging more public citizens on the issues.

Note: This workshop will fill fast. A very popular offering in the past, this is the only Conservation in a New Nation workshop we will offer in 2011.

Click here for more information.

Read about Registration Process and Pricing

Whole Measures Workshopwith Ginny McGinn, Curtis Ogden, and Mistinguette Smith

  • Mon, March 14, 2011 – Thu, March 17, 2011
  • Burlington, NJ
  • with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

The goal of this workshop is to take the next step in fostering an on-going learning community among New Jersey food system advocates, growers, policy makers, educators and food justice activists working in all facets of the food system in New Jersey. The workshop will provide practical skills for doing effective food systems work.

Whole Measures offers a flexible approach to describing and measuring the relationships and impact we seek to create in our communities and organizations. It helps us to understand how to evaluate our work in a holistic way that aligns with our values and communicates that we are making real and lasting change. The Center for Whole Communities and the Interaction Institute for Social Change collaborated and created a workshop that explores the ten values-based practices detailed in Whole Measures. The workshop provides the practical and transformational skills needed to collaboratively implement these practices in your organization or community.

Note: This workshop is by invitation. However, we will be offering an open Whole Measures workshop in May in Boston and another in August in VT. See calendar.

*Spoon Carving Workshopwith Taz Squire

  • Sat, March 5, 2011
  • Knoll Farm, Waitsfield, Vermont
  • 9 am - 4 pm; $60 all materials included

Taz Squire will work with participants of all levels to carve a beautiful and unique hardwood spoon. Youll learn to use a crooked knife, the traditional carving blade used by the Northwest tribes, and to design and shape a spoon from a block of cherry or birch. Spoons are a joy to carve, each one entirely unique and expressive. They make incredible gifts. Knives and hardwood spoon blocks provided, although you are welcome to bring your own tools and favorite piece of wood if desired. This workshop is designed for all levels of experience, beginner through master carver.

The workshop will take place in the wood-heated straw bale workshop and group size will be limited. At midday youll have time snowshoe, sled or explore the beauty of winter at Knoll Farm. No prior experience necessary.

Conservation in a New Nation Workshop for the Appalachian Mountain Clubwith Peter Forbes

  • Tue, February 15, 2011 – Wed, February 16, 2011
  • Jackson, New Hampshire

This is a workshop aimed to help the staff and board of the Appalachian Mountain Club strengthen and further their mission.

The New Work of Environmentalism: Preparing Colby Students to Leadwith Peter Forbes

  • Tue, February 8, 2011
  • Colby College, Waterville ME

This keynote, which is open to the public, is part of a speaker's series on environmental leadership. For more information, link to Colby College