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Workshop Instructor Application
Welcome past and future workshop leaders!

We are excited to invite you to apply to teach at this year’s gathering, July 14-16 at Lago Linda Hideaway in Beattyville, Kentucky.

We want to hear your proposals for workshops sharing skills for living with the earth: gardening, permaculture, natural building, tracking, firemaking, stargazing, foraging, pottery, woodworking, appropriate technology, survival, herbal medicine, wellness/self-care, livestock raising, and food preparation/preservation. We especially love proposals that focus on the skills and folkways of our Appalachian region.

In keeping with Whippoorwill’s roots in the movement for social and environmental justice in Appalachia, we are also specifically requesting workshop proposals on monitoring soil, water, and air quality, extreme mineral extraction, bioremediation, community organizing, civic engagement, gender theory, confronting white supremacy, and cultural appropriation. As we work to build the world we wish to live in, we seek to maintain our awareness of and resistance to the powers that threaten our planet and our communities.

Our collective model of organizing the gathering continues to evolve, and a number of changes have been proposed for this year, all based on feedback from the larger Whippoorwill community. There will be no stage or amplified music this year, but we will continue to host performances and speakers around the fire. We invite you to apply to perform, speak, or demonstrate at the fires as part of the scheduled program. We will also again offer booth space to vend your products and crafts. This year, vending will be for workshop instructors only. Also, we would like to present all of our teachers with gifts to express our appreciation. If you make something that you can reproduce: jams, jellies, preserves, medicines, salves, leatherwork, carvings or patches, and can make 50-75 of them, we may be able to purchase some from you! There is a section on the form for you to offer suggestions. We hope these ideas will be helpful for workshop instructors seeking to help cover their travel and time expenses.

Finally, in response to repeated requests for more unscheduled time, we have changed our workshop schedule. The morning slot will be from 10am to 12pm; the afternoon slot will be from 1pm-5pm, with some workshops lasting only until 3pm. This longer slot should allow for extra free time to finish projects, practice skills, build connections, or just hang out, but also for more in depth workshops and field trips. We hope to see some applications for workshops in the nearby Natural Bridge State Park and Red River Gorge Geologic area. Also, during the unstructured second time slot in the afternoon, we’re planning to try something new - anyone who feels called may organize a meetup, discussion, or activity in any of the blank spaces on the schedule. We hope that this will encourage community building and creating lasting connections.

Please fill out the workshop application form to get in touch with us soon! Pay special attention to the workshop titles, descriptions, and bio sections as these will be used to promote your workshop and the gathering in general on the website and in print. Feel free to forward this email and the application form to anyone that you think may have a skill to share.

We look forward to seeing you in July!

-The Whippoorwill Workshop Team

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