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Go Wild! Sharing Survival Skills for Uncertain Times

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In times where financial crisis, climate change, energy problems, and rampant government corruption are the norm, localization becomes increasingly important. This class will be organized as series of action based skill-share dialogues with the aim of developing basic skills for self-reliant communities. Each skill-share will be organized around a theme; however, the content will be purely driven by the participants. Everyone involved will act as both a student and a teacher speaking from personal experience as well as their knowledge of the theme. This class seeks not only to develop skills but to develop lasting relationships and building community in the process.

3 dialogues will be held between throughout April with the following themes:

First-Aid & Health Care (Saturday April 2nd)
Community knowledge of healthcare is a useful tool for reduced reliance on a broken state system, but can also act as a empowering act of resilience. First-aid and health care is an important skill to possess whether you're planning a camping trip or are planning for armageddon. Please bring skills from treating wounds, to making herbal medicines, to addressing mental health, everything in between and anything else you can think of. Or just bring yourself and your personal experience of how you've related to personal health in the past. This dialogue will be action based, participants are asked to bring materials helpful to sharing their skills.

Fire & Water (Saturday April 16th)
From warmth and cooking to drinking and bathing, fire and water are two of the most important resources to human survival. This skill-share will explore fire creation and building techniques, as well as water collection and purification methods. These and other practical uses of fire and water will be explored based on the will of the group. Please bring any materials and resources helpful to sharing your skills.

Food Foraging (Saturday April 30th)
Whether you're lost in the woods, or in a country facing food shortages, alternative methods for food procurement can be very useful to a resilient community. This skill-share will likely take place on the ground so that participants may gain practical experience with food foraging.

This class is open to anyone with interest in the subject areas regardless or skill level. You may attend any or all of the dialogues. However, discrimination will not be tolerated in this space. These dialogues are meant to be "safer spaces" in which everyone feels welcome, and willing to share their personal experience with the group. The group may ask any participant who appears to violate this agreement to leave the dialogue.

If you have special needs that need to be accommodated for this class please email the facilitator. I'm also open to discussion of multilingual facilitation.

Locations TBA.

If you join this class please email the facilitator with which skill-shares you wish to attend, and what experience you plan to bring to the table. If you need funds for materials, please email the facilitator to discuss.

If you have other ideas for skill-share dialogues (especially if you or a group of friends would like to put one together) please email the facilitator.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]


Powderhorn Park Recreation Center
3400 15th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
I'm a fourth year undergraduate at the University of Minnesota. I have experience with horizontal education, which is the basis for this class. I am also an avid outdoorsmyn and bring some knowledge of wilderness survival skills to the class.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
Class minimum size: 
Class maximum size: 
Class times: 
Sat, 04/02/2011 - 12:00 - 16:00
Sat, 04/16/2011 - 12:00 - 16:00
Sat, 04/30/2011 - 12:00 - 16:00
Location Accessibility: 
Powderhorn Park Recreation Center
3400 15th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
United States
44° 56' 28.7844" N, 93° 15' 13.4568" W
Additional class location information: 
Class location for First Aid seminar only
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