This year I have planted my feet
on this ground

 and am practicing
growing up out of my legs
like a tree.

  -Linda Lancione Moyer

This is an excerpt from a poem DyAnne Korda read to her Nature Writing for Women class this past spring. It’s almost fall now and I find myself coming back to Moyer’s words. I’ve spent the last couple weeks canning vegetables from my garden and hoping for promising reports from manoomin beds; grounding myself in places I call home.

Much of this transition into September celebrates change. Savoring the last of summer while embracing autumn as it comes creeping in. Here at EFS, we’re appreciating this natural and slow transitory approach. In fact, we’ve been working on our own slow transition and it’s now time to share it with you. 

We have changed the software with which we take class registrations. All classes in October and beyond will be administered using the new system; meaning your experience will look different, and hopefully a little smoother. You will find class opportunities such as building a Maasepaan Pukko knife class, Herbal Infused Oils for Healthy Skin, and Traditional Finnish Himmeli Ornaments. Check it out here

We hope this change helps us grow our programs, while staying grounded and true to our community and core values. Please reach out if you have feedback or questions!

Lucy Soderstrom, Program Director

Thursday Makers Mornings
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Join other makers and crafters weekly at the Ely Folk School for a relaxed morning of creativity and sharing. Whether you crochet, quilt, solder, write, or weave, any project is welcome. This space is also excellent for students who did not finish a project during their class. Drop in whenever as you like, for as long as you like. 
Game Night
Monday, October 3
6:00 PM – FREE

Join the Ely Folk school for an evening of games and community. An assortment of board games, cards, and refreshments will be provided. 
Chipping Away: Carving Club 
First and Third Wednesdays, June through September
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free – Register

Open to all wood carvers, whittlers, wood workers, and other artists! All levels of skill and experience are welcome. Everyone from a first time carver to a professional carver can join us, socialize, learn something, and get a little carving in!We’ll meet every other Wednesday throughout the summer in the Ely Folk School’s Pocket Park on Sheridan Street and should we desire, we can carve around the campfire.

Class Spotlight: 
Herbal Infused Oils for Healthy Skin
Saturday, October 1 at 1:00 pm

Our skin is one of our largest organs and it is super important for maintaining our health. Using a unique personalized herbal infused oil blend on your body is very helpful and a magical experience. Your body will feel the benefits every time you apply your personalized herbal oil. Learning how to do this opens the door to blending herbs and oils for unlimited uses.

The class materials Include the herbs, oil, and jar to take home your own skincare product. 

Monthly Sisu:
The Teaching Tree
an excerpt By Seth Huntington

“…Lightning outside flashed and threw light on the bench and paddle. He gained an appreciation of what that tree had survived over its many years of life, of the scar of insects, blue-gray bacterial infections, lost branches, storms, and time itself. True, the tree was gone, yet this board remained. It was neither pretty nor sturdy, but a relic of a tree that once lived. In that moment of understanding he sensed a connection to the board. From somewhere, a thought arose within – that if the carver would finish the paddle, even if it were but a decoration, the board would serve him well and the parent tree would provide some benefit to him. 

Working now with purpose and energy, the carver shaped the wood into a canoe paddle over the next several hours. The scars of the tree’s life were now fully exposed in authenticity. Through his labors there was understanding and connection. He admired his new show piece then cambered the blade and then held the creation, which was now both light as a feather and unique…”

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Used by permission of the author, S.T. Huntington. Written July 2022. All rights reserved. No duplication or publication without permission of the author.

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