Visitors, please note that the RMSC Museum will be CLOSED for deep cleaning from Monday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 24.

Strasenburgh Planetarium will be open only for performances of "Labyrinth" as part of the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival.

Cumming Nature Center will remain OPEN.

Heritage Maker Workshop Series

Heritage Maker Workshop Series

Heritage Making is about building both community and beautiful things. Explore new skills from spoon carving to nature journaling in this new series of workshops at the Cumming Nature Center.

At the core, this program aims to create a supportive space for talented teachers and craftspeople to share knowledge through fellowship and an apprentice-type instruction. Classes are relaxed, informative and intentionally recognize the value in imperfection.

 

Registration

To register for one of the courses below, please call 585.697.1942. 

 

Course Topics

Blacksmithing

Fundamentals of Blacksmithing

Saturday, Oct. 14: 9am, 11am and 1pm

Come learn the fundamentals of blacksmithing in our small-group, hands-on, two-hour training sessions. Topics will include learning how to heat with a coal-fired forge and techniques for safe hammer usage. The student will have the choice of creating either a wall hook or bottle opener. All tools and materials are included with registration. Students are recommended to bring their own safety glasses and wear a long sleeve shirt and jeans for protection.

About the Instructor

Jonathan Bernard began blacksmithing at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA, where he volunteered from 2000-2013 in their Colonial-era smithing shop. Now, he presents his craft through the Gettysburg National Parks service at the Spangler Farm site on traveling forge wagon.  Jonathan takes great joy in teaching blacksmithing to people of all ages and skill levels to ensure that the craft lives on.

Cost

$50 per person

Saturday, Oct. 14: 9am

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Saturday, Oct. 14: 11am 

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Saturday, Oct. 14: 1pm

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Shinrin-Yoku: Forest Therapy & Tea Ceremony

Sunday, Oct. 15: 1pm

Stress has been called "the health epidemic of the 21st century" by the World Health Organization and seems to worsen or increase the risk of several health conditions. Explore a new way to relieve your daily stresses with a Japanese practice known as Forest Therapy or Forest Bathing.

Whether you are in nature all the time or are reluctant to walk in the wild alone, on a Shinrin-Yoku Forest Therapy walk you will be skillfully guided into a gentle, enjoyable, full sensory experience of our natural world.  Your mind can rest as you sink into invitations that engage your senses, taking in the images, sounds, aromas, breath, touch and wisdom of the forest. Walks are concluded with a tea ceremony of wild, forest plants.

Learn more about Shrinrin-Yoku in this NPR article, "Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood," and then join us to experience it for yourself!

 

About the Instructors

Deborah Denome is an educator,  horticultural therapist, herbalist and certified forest therapy guide. Since 1997 Deb has served as Director of Shimmering Light Farm & Renewal Center, a non-profit educational organization that explores, models and inspires more conscious and restorative ways of life. Her previous corporate career was in international training and publishing and she was the 2008 Canandaigua Athena Award recipient for her work promoting women in leadership. 

Teresa Benoit Keyes is a certified forest therapy guide that has consistently been involved in various preservation and conservation efforts aimed to protect resources and ensure a robust coexistence with the natural world.  As a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 certified yoga instructor, Teresa found the healing potential of present-moment awareness was magnified when she brought her practice outdoors. She finds that forest bathing amplifies that energy exponentially, creating a profound experience connecting—or more accurately, reconnecting—one’s body, mind and soul with those more-than-human residents of the woods.

 

Cost: 

$30/person

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Storytelling

Saturdays, Sept. 30 and Oct. 28

Stories have always been a part of human life. In fact, there's evidence that the Neanderthals even shared creation myths. Story is fundamental to the way we understand another person and a powerful way to digest our own experiences. Beyond fiction writing and storytelling for children, telling stories of our lives and those around us is a true heritage skill and will be the focus of the workshop.

Come join us for an afternoon of story building and sharing. Learn fundamentals of story construction and delivery. Pair up to create and share stories in a small team. We'll work on crafting a story in several rounds---each time inviting someone to share and getting opportunities for critique. At the end of the session, we'll all share our stories and select our favorites.

Bonus! The tellers with the favorite stories each session will be invited to share their stories at the 2017 Heritage Maker Food and Craft Fair on October 15.  This is your chance to tell a story to a larger audience with local storyteller judges!

About the Instructor

Aprille Byam, aka Storychick, helps people understand how stories can improve their lives and the greater Rochester community through radio (WAYOfm.org/104.3fm Saturdays at 10am), performances throughout the year, classes, and special projects, including  Balloon Adventure and the Rochester Fringe Festival. Always eager to make connections, Aprille also runs the Icarus Sessions (monthly artist meetups) and is a cultural agent with the US Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC). Born and raised in the greater Rochester area, she loves to cook, read, and enjoy the wonder that surrounds us daily.

Cost

$15

 

Saturday, Sept. 30: 12–2pm

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Saturday, Sept. 30: 2:30–4:30pm

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Saturday, Oct. 28: 12–2pm

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Saturday, Oct. 28: 2:30–4:30pm

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Past Workshops

Blacksmithing

Intermediate Blacksmithing

Intermediate blacksmithing explores the use of chisels and punches, and gives students the opportunity to impart their own artistic flare through decorative hammering. Students create a plant hanger with decorative leaf work or a hay penny scroll for ends. Students are required to have either taken the beginner class or have prior experience blacksmithing. There is a maximum of two students per session for increased one-on-one instruction.

Cost:

$60 per person

Pysanky (Ukrainian Egg Dying)

Traditional Ukrainian Egg Dying

Saturday, April 29 : 1–3pm

Course Description

Pysanky is the traditional Ukrainian art of dying eggs using a wax-resist method. This class will include learning how to apply melted wax onto the surface of a raw egg with a stylus, also known as a kistka. The wax is melted by using a candle, and dyes are used to apply color to the eggshell. Alternate between applying wax and submerging the egg in dyes until your beautiful design is complete.

Depending on the complexity of the design, it may take one to two hours to decorate your egg. All tools and materials will be provided. No art experience is necessary.

About the Instructor

A budding homesteader, Cindy Heise is a social worker from Pennsylvania who relocated to the Finger Lakes three years ago. In her free time, she enjoys various arts and crafts including spinning wool, knitting, painting, needle felting and pysanky. She has been teaching the art of pysanky to children and adults for more than eight years.

Cost

$20 per adult

$10 per child

 

 

 


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