A little while back, Transition Streets Geelong invited us to run a series of workshops for them, under the title Made It Myself – Sharing With Others. Skills based workshops where participants learn a skill, practice it, then pass it on to others.
Since then, we have had our heads down, planning, budgeting, researching and writing to put together five hands-on workshops that will run over the next four months. Yes, we’ve run workshops before. But never so many in quick succession and never on behalf of another organisation. We have learned plenty.
The great news is that we now have five workshops mapped out that we are very proud of and very excited to be launching.
The concept behind the series is very much grounded in the principles behind the Transition Streets movement. Learn a new skill that enables you to live more sustainably and then share that knowledge with others in your community.
So in each workshop, our participants will be getting in there and having a go for themselves, creating something that they can take home and show off to family and friends, with all the pride that comes with being able to say “I made it myself”.
But the learning doesn’t stop there. When you come to one of our workshops, we give you a set of instructions that you can take away, practice with until you’re confident and then share those skills on with friends, family, neighbours, workmates, whoever wants to learn. Then they pass that on to others and those people pass it on and…..well you get the picture.
It’s like Maimonides said. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Okay. There will be no fish involved in any of our workshops, but there will be bread-making, bee hotels, herbal teas, natural body care and up-cycled rag quilts.
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“Gaining knowledge is the first step to wisdom. Sharing it is the first step to humanity.” –Unknown.