2016 Re-Skill-ience Workshop Series

Join G.A.L.A. and Jack Mountain Bushcraft School on the first Wednesday of every month for hands-on learning about everything from beekeeping to fermenting foods to grafting and beyond! Learn more here.

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Every year G.A.L.A. helps communities in NH organize Study Circles – small groups of people coming together to learn about topics of sustainability in a fashion similar to a book club.  Learn more.

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Making Insulated Roman Shades Workshop, Oct 1st


Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) and Jack Mountain Bushcraft School are back at it again with another workshop in their NH Re-skill-ience Workshop Series, hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills. The next workshop, Making Insulated Roman Shades with Linda Heilig and Nancy Cole takes place on Saturday, October 1st, from 10am – 3pm at the Kingswood Youth Center in Wolfeboro, NH.


The dropping temperatures and changing leaves is a friendly reminder that it’s time to start thinking about “buttoning up” the house. After you have addressed the attic and basement, the next order of priority should be to address any drafts penetrating the walls, particularly around your windows. Purchasing insulated shades new can be very expensive and it is sometimes hard to find a custom fit. Homemade insulated shades can be as decorative as they are functional, and you don’t have to be an expert sewer to tackle the task!

Linda Heilig has been sewing since she was 7yrs old. When she moved to Wolfeboro 35 years ago she started doing clothes alterations, which quickly led to making curtains, working with decorators and attending classes at trade shows. Out of necessity, and later on for her business, she learned how to put together these insulated roman shades. Linda is excited to share her skills with participants and hopes to have a fun day making custom shades with anyone interested. Space is limited, however, so sign up today! Participants should bring 1-1/2 to 2 yards of fabric to use for the “room facing” part of shade, a portable sewing machine they feel comfortable operating, and a good measurement drawing of the reasonably sized window they intend to insulate with the shade.

G.A.L.A. and workshop instructors Linda Heilig and Nancy Cole will supply mounting wood, cording, cord locks, flannel for inside, lining, rings and weighted rod for bottom. Registration is $45, plus an additional $30 materials fee per shade made. Even if you only have time to make one shade, you will have the template and experience under your belt to insulate additional windows at your own pace at home. The Making Insulated Roman Shades workshop takes place from 10am to 3pm, at the Kingswood Youth Center located at 565 Center Street (rt. 28), in Wolfeboro, NH. Pre-registration is requested at www.galacommunity.org, or by calling 603-539-6460.

Make Your Own Fire Cider Workshop


Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) and Jack Mountain Bushcraft School are excited to announce the next feature in their 2015 monthly NH Re-skill-ience Workshop Series, hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills. Workshop are designed to help participants develop skills and knowledge that strengthen personal and community resilience. The next workshop, Making Fire Cider with herbalist, writer, and medicine maker and founder of Uncommon Apothecary, Lynnette Cumberland, takes place on Wednesday October 5th at the First Congregational Church of Wakefield.

Fire cider is a blend of spicy tubers and vegetables, bitter fruits and roots, savory herbs and sweet honey, infused in a base of apple cider vinegar. This historic, healing tonic, builds the immune system and fights illness with its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitical properties. It is a wonderful circulatory mover, an anti-inflammatory, and stimulating to the digestive tract and respiratory system.

In this hands on workshop participants will learn to craft their own fire cider, leave with an understanding of the ingredients used, and take home their own batch and recipe! Optional homework for this class would be to harvest yourself or purchase your custom added herb according to your constitution or present illness, or gear it towards the upcoming winter season. Some recommendations to harvest this fall for this class would be yellow dock, burdock or dandelion root. And if you harvested elderberries last month, bring those in too! Participants should bring their own ski goggles (for eye protection!), a good chopping knife and cutting board – this will be a fun filled, teary eyed and educational workshop!

This workshop takes place from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the First Congregational Church of Wakefield located at 2718 Wakefield Rd., Wakefield, NH. The cost to participate in the workshop is $25.00pp. Pre-registration is requested at https://galacommunity.org/events/?eid=10166, or by calling 603-539-6460.

Jam Making and Food Preservation Workshop – Wed Sep 7th

Jam Making and Food Preservation Workshop FB Event Photo

The next Re-skill-ience Workshop is coming up – Jam Making and Food Preservation with Ann Hamilton of the UNH Cooperative Extension. The workshop takes place on Wednesday, September 7th, from 5:30-7:30pm in Wakefield, NH.  The Re-Skill-ience Series consists of hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills.

Participants of the workshop will learn about the latest research-based methods and recipes, have questions answered, and learn about preserving food safely at home, using a boiling-water canner. Participants will gain hands-on experience in jam, which means there will be a yummy treat to take home!

Ann has been a Field Specialist in food safety with the UNH Cooperative Extension’s Food & Agriculture team since 1988. She works with individuals, farmers and the food service industry to improve safe food handling practices and reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses. In her spare time, she does enjoy canning jams, pickles and applesauce.

Still need a few more reasons why food preservation is a great skill to learn? Here are five of our favorites:

  1. Rekindle your farm-fresh memories of cucumbers, berries, and tomatoes in the dead of winter.
  2. Environmentally friendly – with locally sourced food, re-usable preserving jars, and reduced mood miles.
  3. Save money – preserve your own harvest, or buy seasonal food in bulk to save on future food costs.
  4. Flavor! Nothing beats locally grown veggies and fruits, especially those without artificial ingredients.
  5. Community involvement – you can preserve and share the harvest with family, friends and neighbors. You can also teach these skills to the next generation.

The Jam Making and Food Preservation workshop takes place from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, at the First Congregational Church of Wakefield located at 2718 Wakefield Rd, Sanbornville, NH. The workshop costs $15 for admission, plus a $6 materials fee for a total of $21 per person. Pre-registration is requested online, or by calling 603-539-6460.