2019 Women’s Outdoor and Wellness Workshop
The Licking Park District will host our 3rd biennial Women’s Outdoor and Wellness Skills Workshop, designed for women to experience nature and outdoor recreational activities in a fun and non-competitive environment. The workshop will feature four sessions from which participants can choose topics such as archery, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, fly fishing, sensory awareness, fire making, drumming, yoga, beekeeping, birding, ecoprinting, nature photography and more. Come learn the outdoor skills that are necessary to enjoy these activities! Classes are taught by expert instructors, but designed for a beginner! All equipment provided, with the exception of nature photography, where you are urged to bring your own camera or phone, and birding, where you are urged to bring binoculars if you have them. We will have some on hand.
FEE: $50, Lunch Provided
Age limit: 16 and up. Minors must be accompanied by adult.
MUST REGISTER BY May 10, 2019.
An Introduction to Wild Edibles and Medicinals: Join us for an exciting class of practical information, a short field trip, and sample local Ohio Wild Edibles. Learn basic rules to foraging and importance of “where and where not” to forage. In the order of our daily lives we are surrounded by an abundance of edible wild plants. Don’t just see their beauty taste them too. Instructor: Dawn Combs
Backpack and Camping Basics and You: Whether you want to camp at a designated campsite or try your hand at primitive pack camping, this workshop will give you the basic knowledge to get started. Participants will learn about the camping gear required for various seasons and styles of camping trips. Participants will also learn about water treatment options, and safety. Planning your camping menu will also be discussed along with how to really enjoy your camping experience and embrace it as a personal growth opportunity while learning to live within the natural environment. Instructor: Deb Dingus.
Beekeeping 101: This program will be led by a representative from the Eastern Central Ohio Beekeepers Association. If you’re thinking about starting a backyard beehive or are just curious about what’s involved with keeping bees, then this is a great class for you.They will teach you how the honey bee lives, discuss different hive designs, and tell you lots of information about how to set-up your first beehive. Instructor: ECOBA
Beginning Archery: You will learn how to select and use bows, arrows, and other archery equipment. There will be a range set up where you can try different equipment. You will finish on a NEW archery tag course! Instructor: Ace Archers.
Birding 101: Learn more about backyard birds and getting involved in the passionate craze of birdwatching. Learn why birds are so amazing, what you can do to attract them to your property, and where to go to get more birds on your life list. We will use PowerPoint slides and go outside. We may even visit the banding station to view wild birds up close! Bring your binoculars if you have them. Instructor: Anne Balogh
Canoe: The Quickstart Your Canoe course is designed to introduce/expose the participant to sufficient skill and knowledge so that they can enjoy the sport of tandem canoeing on flat water. Students are presented with basic information on dressing to paddle safely and potential hazards and simple rescues. A minimal paddle skill set is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and comfortably maneuver on still water. Instructor: Licking Park District.
Ecoprinting: This workshop will explore the process of eco-printing and is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced dyers. The goal is to extract colors from leaves and other natural materials through contact printing. The printing process creates a permanent transfer of pigment from the plant material to fiber. You will be creating two scarves. We will discuss plant choices, mordant versus modifier and what bundling methods help produce clear and colorful prints. PLEASE NOTE: This is a two part class (two sessions). Instructor: Pat Kresty
Fire Making: This workshop will instruct participants in various aspects of fire making including the basics of site and material preparation, fire sustainability, safety, self reliance starting methods, advanced considerations of matching different fire types to specific purposes, and care for the environment. The workshop includes hands on practice in fire starting, and producing sustainable fires while emphasizing safety and environmental protection. Instructor: Vince Alessi.
Fly Fishing Fundamentals: Learn the basic differences between fly fishing and conventional tackle. Learn about types of flies and when to use them, fly casting, knots, and how to choose equipment that suits your fishing needs. There will be one-on-one instruction and casting practice time. Instructor: Land of Legend FlyFishers
Kayak: This is a brief introduction to paddling a kayak. Students are presented with basic information on dressing to paddle safely and potential hazards and simple rescues. A minimal paddle skill set is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and comfortably maneuver on still water. Instructor: Licking Park District.
Nature Photography: Learn to take better landscape and wildlife shots. The course offers instruction in observing wildlife, digital camera operation, exposure settings, quality of light, and composition. NOTE: Bring your digital camera or phone for hands-on experience during an outdoor photo session. Instructor: Lynna Kiracofe
Outdoor Cooking: A campfire brings out the hotdogs and marshmallows, but we’re taking campfire cooking to a new level. Learn how to cook in cast iron, foil and a cardboard box. There will be recipes and lots of taste testing. Instructor: Grant Blasko
Orienteering:This workshop will the cover basic principles of using a map and compass and how to apply these skills with the powers of observation to navigate an Orienteering Course.
You will learn how to use a compass and read a topographic map together to find your location and how to use these skills to find (navigate) your way, the differences between a topographic map and an orienteering course map, and more! This is a hands-on class with some lecture components. Maps, compasses and handouts are provided but you may bring your own if you wish. Bring a water bottle and wear suitable footwear for outdoor footpaths and mixed terrain (Light colored long pants and boots with socks is recommended). A small backpack and a pencil or pen is optional. Instructors: Al Dantzer, Andrew Lowery.
Stand-up Paddleboard: The Quickstart Your SUP course is designed to introduce/expose the participant to sufficient skill and knowledge so that they can enjoy the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding on flat water. Students are presented with basic information on dressing to paddle safely and potential hazards and simple rescues. A minimal paddle skill set is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and comfortably maneuver on still water. Instructor: Licking Park District.
Walking Meditation: An Ontological Exploration of the World Around Us: Experience how meditation can help you discover and open new ways of sensing and observing the world, beyond the usual “five senses.” Mindfully explore the natural world around you using these new ways of observing. Appreciate curiosity and awe, and how they open you to new possibilities.
Take time to document your observations (if you wish) through words or pictures. Please bring a journal or notebook and something to write with, and/or a camera (cell phone or otherwise) if you would like to document your observations in the explorations. Instructor:Toni Kellar.
Women in Rhythm Drum Circle: An Exploration of Rhythmic Discovery and Improvisation: Tap into your body’s intelligence and discover your innate ability to play rhythm.
Understand the relationship between elemental energy and the quality of sound in playing a drum. Learn about the history of women as drummers. Experience how to create improvisational rhythms in a group drum circle format. Drums and percussion instruments will be provided, and you can bring your own. Instructor:Toni Kellar.
Yoga: This yoga session will include movement matched with breath, mindfulness, meditation and journaling along with some essential oils to round out our time together hitting all our senses and connecting body, mind and soul. Please feel free to bring your favorite journal, yoga mat and/or towel and water. Karissa Carpenter holds a bachelors degree in Psychology and is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor specializing in women’s empowerment and connection. Her classes are meant to guide you on an adventure during this journey called life with a main goal to help her students ignite the light from within to be able to shine brighter on and off their mat. Instructor: Karissa Carpenter