Spring has come to Topanga, thanks to the rain, and the following sunshine. Kidiwische Corner is in bloom, and we are out gathering the early bounty of the garden, weeding, and sprucing up in preparation for the return of hands-on workshops outdoors in the garden, mindful of social distance and classes limited to 10 participants on a first come, first served basis. Light refreshments of native foods will be offered, but it is advised to bring your own lunch.
We are also expanding the variety of offerings by craft persons and culture bearers who will share their skills and knowledge with participants. We are reopening at Kidiwische Corner with small, outdoor workshops to revive your connection with nature and spark your creativity. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, March 13, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Dogbane and Milkweed Cordage. Peter Rice, currently a teacher for the Topanga Canyon Docents, has been an educator and scholar in the ecology and pre-history of the Los Angeles area, including the material culture of the Chaparral since 1984.
He has worked with students and teachers in hands-on, fun-filled workshops using an interactive teaching style, including visuals, games, authentic crafts, sensory participation, and storytelling. Rice has presented training sessions for many organizations, including museums, nature organizations, elementary schools, cultural centers, and park systems. He has taught and presented craft workshops, creating items such as tools, games and musical instruments out of the natural materials of the chaparral. To register: email@example.com
Sunday, March 27, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Acorns in Your Kitchen with Sarah Irani and Kat High. Topanga resident Sarah Irani is an artist and creator of “The Paradise Realm,” and an interpersonal transformationist.
We are joining forces to share the ancient traditional way of preparing acorns for eating, and the modern, creative way of incorporating this nutritional food in your diet. Some cooking of traditional wiiwish and a modern adaptation will be included. To register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, April 3, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Beginning Round Reed Baskets with Kat High. Make a twined basket from modern materials using traditional basket-weaving techniques with a modern twist.