Event Schedule 2015

All events will take place at the Deer Isle Hostel, 65 Tennis Rd, Deer Isle, unless otherwise noted. Most classes has limited space – call to reserve your spot.

Sunday June 14th Herbal Spa Day w Brighid Doherty, herbalist

Come nourish your bo dy, mind and soul with a multi-treatment herbal spa including a 6 step facial and hand/foot soaks surrounded by the beauty of the hostel gardens. The treatments are handmade with herbs, fruits and grains such as rose, lavender, mint, oats,

lemon and honey. Start your summer right with renewed skin, relaxed mind and joyful soul. $30. 10 am – noon.

Saturday June 20th Foraging and Cooking Wild Edible Plants w Tom Seymour Join us for a foraging session in the Tennis Preserve, covering both forest, meadows and shoreline. Back at the Hostel we'll look for edible garden weeds and afterward a light meal will be prepared with the plants, along with mussels and locally made bread. Tom lives in Waldo, Maine and is a freelance writer, book author, naturalist and forager and presents seminars and classes throughout the state. Co-sponsored with Island Ecological and Culinary Center. $25. 9.30 am – 1.30 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Herbal Spa Day                                     

Every Saturday July 11th to August 29th Tour of the Deer Isle Hostel - Homesteading in the 21st Century Learn about traditional and modern methods used to produce building materials, food, garden amendments and energy in harmony with the island landscape. Tour the gardens and the orchard, look at the Shiitake-production and the compost-heated outdoor shower. See the hand-built 17th Century inspired timber-framed building and the many outbuildings. Tour starts at 9 am, followed at 10 am by a 45 min presentation, each week on various homesteading related topics. Suggested donation $5-10.

July 11th Hand tools in the garden                       

18th Off the grid solar system                         

25th Blacksmith presentation with Ian Walker

August 1st Granite splitting demo

8th Garlic growing

15th Raising pigs

29th Sauerkraut making demo

22nd Raising chickens


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Granite splitting demo

Saturday August 15th Deer Isle Hostel Annual Summer Party! Back for the 4th time: The Living Daylight from Brooksville, ME! Come make the timber frame sway to the tunes. Bring your dance shoes and something for the potluck! 7 pm – 11 pm. Band             starts at 8 pm. $5 band donation.

Sunday August 23rd Make Medicine From Your Garden Weeds w Brighid Doherty, herbalist Learn to make and use medicine with common lawn and garden weeds. We will identify and harvest medicinal plants around the Hostel yard and gardens and then make tinctures and infused oil, vinegar and honey with them. This is a fun hands-on workshop that includes products to take home. Co-sponsored with Island Culinary and Ecological Center. $25 includes instructions and materials. 10 am – noon.

Monday August 24th Homesteading in the 21st Century – Political, Philosophical and Spiritual Reasons to Homestead. Anneli Carter-Sundqvist will lead this discussion on some of her reasons to homestead. 7 pm Good Life Center, Harborside, Brooksville.

Saturday September 5th Permaculture Workshop with Jesse Watson of Midcoast Permaculture Design.

Learn how to design ecological and edible landscapes and resilient home sites using whole system planning and patterns from nature. In this Introduction to Permaculture workshop we will discuss the history, principles and benefits of permaculture design. We will go over a permaculture site design process and introduce some concepts and practices around site analysis and assessment. The day will be part theory, part practice, with a observation exercise around the homestead and a mapping/drawing assignment.

Jesse Watson operates Midcoast Permaculture Design. He has been doing permaculture land planning and installation for residential and farm clients since 2009. He has been teaching summer Permaculture Design Certification classes at MOFGA since 2012 with the Resilience Hub. 10am-3pm. Lunch included. $50. Early registration recommended. Scholarships available. Sponsored by MOFGA. All participants are welcome, and encouraged, to stay at the Hostel the night prior to the workshop. $25 with communal dinner.

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