Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Self-Reliance Center

My dream is to create a Self-Reliance Center. In my classes there is an over-riding theme that I hear from participants both young and old for a need to return to skills and knowledge of the past. As one 82 year old person put it, "We have no where left to go but backwards." There is a desire to get away from the negative effects that large corporations have on our society when they have no regard for the health of the people they serve. There is a desire to become more self-sufficient and community oriented where people do care about each other and help each other to live fuller more meaningful lives. There is a press even in very urban environments for the knowledge to grow healthy food free from pesticides, herbicides and GMOs.

The center would be an all-inclusive environment to teach homesteading skills, permaculture, vermiculture, aquaculture, solar power, the latest wood stove heating innovations, bee keeping, chicken raising, edible plants and preparation techniques, herbal remedies and bushcraft/survival skills. The Center will be a modern facility that would combine the knowledge of the past with the innovative technology of the present. There would be comfortable housing for a week long stay where participants could immense themselves in the environment and learn from the very best in their field. They would go back to their homes feeling empowered with the knowledge and skills to move further in the direction of self-sufficiency. Once a part of the program, we would always be available to assist them in any way we could.

This is my dream and I believe there is a strong need and desire for these skills. There is no better way than hands-on training to learn new skills and no better way to reach a larger audience than to create a center dedicated to just that.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Summer Class Schedule

This is a quick look at the summer course schedule for Resiliency Training. For a complete description and to sign up for the courses, go to As always, if you are interested in hosting a particular class at a different location for a group event, you can always contact me, Shannon, at 262-515-5331.
June 1 10:00-1:00 pm  Outdoor Thriving Skills. (Will be held at Konkel Park)

June 1 2:00-4:00 pm Survival Plants (Will be held at Konkel Park) 

June 12 6:30-8:30 pm  Make Your Own Herbal Body Lotion (Will be held at Greenfield Community Center)

June 15th 9:00-4:00  Survival Skills (Will be held at Grobschmidt Park)

June 19th 6:30-8:30 pm Make Your Own Lip Balm (Will be held at Greenfield Community Center)

June 26th 6:30-8:30 pm Goat's Milk Herbal Soap (Will be held at Riverside)

June 27 6:30 - 8:30 pm Make Your Own Healing Salve (Will be held at Riverside)

 July 11 6:30-8:30 pm Make Your Own Body Butter (Will be held at Juneau Community Center)

July 13th 10:00 - 1:00 pm Outdoor Survival Skills (Will be held at Riverside High School)

July 17th 6:30- 8:30 pm Disaster Preparedness (Will be held at Riverside High School)

July 18th 6:30-8:30 pm Make Your Own Lip Balm (Will be held at Juneau Community Center)

 July 24th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Wilderness and Urban Water Purification (Will be held at Riverside High School)

July 25th 6:30-8:30 pm Survival Plants (Will be held at Riverside High School)

July 31st 6:30-8:30 pm Make Your Own Healing Salve (Will be held at Greenfield Community Center)

August 3rd 6:30 -8:30 pm Survival Plants (Will be held at Riverside)

August 7th 6:30 -8:00 pm Learn How to Make Paracord Bracelets (Will be held at Riverside)


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Another Soap Making Class at Greenfield

Another great mix of ladies at the April 10th soap making class held at Greenfield Community Center. I like to ask the participants why they come to the class and it is always interesting to listen to the stories. One person has very sensitive skin and wanted to find a product that wasn't harsh to wash with. Another had already ventured into making laundry soap and wanted to create her own body soap. We also had a returning participant from the March class who simply enjoyed the class so much, she wanted to go through again. A common theme for everyone was the desire to become another step closer to self-sustainability and returning to a simpler time reviving skills that were commonplace in a bygone era. Since embarking on my business of teaching Resiliency Skills I have found this to be a common factor that has branched across all age understanding that big business does not have sustainable practices so we must become even more conscious of the choices we make in regards to the food we consume and the products that we use.

One reason I truly enjoy teaching this class is that is gives plenty of time to get to know the people who are taking the class. After all the ingredients are measured and everyone is taking turns stirring the batch, the group inevitably takes the time to get to know each other while we wait for the soap to "trace", There is a comraderie that is formed over this very simple yet satisfying task. Over two hours, strangers somehow become friends

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Natural Body Care Product Classes

I have added three new classes to the Greenfield roster of classes for the summer:

Make Your Own Herbal Natural Body Lotion
Adults & Teens (Ages 16+)

Do you have sensitive skin or just can't find a natural body lotion that you like? Have you ever wondered how to create your own body butter with a scent that YOU like? Here's the chance! We'll be creating a body lotion with only all natural, organic ingrediants that is gentle enough to use on even the most sensitive skin. You'll learn how to infuse your favorite herb and use it in a homemade lotion.
Wednesday, June 12

6:30-8:30 PM 5813.401
Greenfield Community Center, Activity Room A
$22/ $29 Non-Res.
Make Your Own Natural Lip Balm
Adults & Teens (Ages 16+)
Do you go through lip balm like crazy and would like to learn how to make your own and have a constant supply? Do you LOVE minty lip balm but feel most brands don't put in enough mint flavor? Do you have a favorite flavor you'd like to try out in a lip balm? In this class we'll make our own batch of lip balm using only all natural organic ingredients and you'll be able to take some home!
Wednesday, June 19
6:30-8:30 PM 5813.402
Greenfield Community Center, Activity Room A
$22/ $29 Non-Res.
Make Your Own Healing Salve
Adults & Teens (Ages 16+)
Plants have incredible medicinal properties. Many plants have a long history as powerful 'healing herbs' used topically for wounds, cuts and abrasions. In this class you will learn how to identify and gather these local plants and how to harness these properties into a healing salve.
Wednesday, July 31
6:30-8:30 PM 5813.403
Greenfield Community Center, Activity Room A
$22/ $29 Non-Res.
To sign up for the classes, go to