Aug
17
12:30 PM12:30

Phytogeography

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Phytogeography: Wheat Infrastructure is a walking tour exploring how the botanical demands of a single species, Triticum aestivum has shaped the city and its operations. Led by Oakland-based landscape designer and researcher MK Smaby (who grew up in Minneapolis), we’ll begin at the Mill City Farmer's market and she will take us to significant wheat-related sites around downtown and Northeast. We'll be exploring wheat from sensorial, critical, and geographical perspectives. 

The tour will start at 12:30 pm and will go until approximately 6:00 p.m (we will be stopping for food along the way). As you consider signing up please note two things: 1) there will be a significant amount of walking on this tour, around 4 miles, and 2) we ask that you only sign up if you can stay for the whole day. If you have any mobility concerns, please let us know and we can make accommodations for you. 

A week before the event, we will email you with the exact meeting location at the Mill City Farmer's Market. 

This event is free and limited to 15 people, you can sign up here.  

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Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Impermanence

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Field Experience #6: Impermanence is a collective practice of impermanence led by artists Torey Erin and Peng Wu. Torey will lead the group in an activity of collecting and arranging - we will explore our surroundings collecting wild plants and making arrangements with what we’ve found. This will be followed by a ritual Sunset Practice led by Peng. As the sun goes down, we will let go of what we have created.

This event is free and open to the public. You can sign up for it here.

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Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Forest Bathing

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Join us for Field Experience #5: Forest Bathing at Wood Lake Nature Center on Sunday, June 30 from 9-12 (starting promptly at 9:00). The three-hour mindfulness walk will be led by certified guide David Motzenbecker. This experience will encourage you to slow down, and connect deeply to your senses and to the natural landscape. Forest baths are both restorative and inspiring (and are not literal baths - no soap and water required!).

In case you want to learn more about forest bathing before signing up, here you can read about a recent experience led by David.

This event is free and limited to 15 participants. (SOLD OUT)

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May
11
11:30 AM11:30

Ramps

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Field Experience #4: Ramps will be a foraging adventure in the Wisconsin forest. The event will take place at a secret location that has an abundance of ephemeral spring ramps.

Artist and educator Michael Legan will teach us how to identify and sustainably harvest wild ramps. We’ll spend time discovering and collecting them - you can even take some home for cooking experiments and for sharing with friends.

Then our harvest will be transformed into a communal meal of traditional Alsatian flammkuchen, made in a special oven built by Michael and his brother. Stay and spend the afternoon with people making flammkuchen and exploring the land. We’ll have a creative activity for everyone or you can wander, meditate by the creek, take field recordings, document the maple syrup farm, take a sensory walk in the woods...

This event is free and limited to 25 paricipants (SOLD OUT)

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Apr
27
4:00 PM16:00

Propagate

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Propagate: A Plant Clipping Exchange will take place at the beautiful studio space of Bodega Ltd on Saturday, April 27 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Bring at least one cutting (or as many as you like) from your favorite plants to share with others. We’ll arrange them together in the Bodega space and then do an exchange. You’ll get new plants to take home to nurture and grow. Be prepared to share ideas about your plants: What type of plant is it? How do you care for it? Does it have a story? 

This event is free and limited to 25 participants (SOLD OUT)

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Mar
31
1:00 PM13:00

Dormancy

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Join Living Hearth Farm & School for Field Experience #2 a co-created walk and talk exploring the concepts of dormancy and creativity. Sinking our roots into the outer landscape of Theodore Wirth Park, we will tune into our senses, exploring how the landscape awakens from dormancy and transforms from its winter slumber. Following the walk, a collaborative discussion indoors will help reflect on the relationship dormancy has to our creative practice and our lives.

This event is free and limited to 15 participants (SOLD OUT).

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Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

Listening

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Join LA-based Data Garden on Sunday 2/24 from 2:00-4:00 will be a deep listening session inspired by Pauline Oliveros. Jon Shapiro from Data Garden will lead the group through a listening exercise using sounds generated from plants. This will be followed by a discussion of the experience of connecting more deeply to our sense of sound. Bring blankets to sit on!

The program is free and open to the public. The Playtime space is in the back of the building in a carriage house, the coordinates are 44.966574, -93.283937).

All are welcome!

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Feb
23
4:00 PM16:00

Sound

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Join LA-based Data Garden on Saturday, 2/23 from 4-6 p.m. They will be a hosting a special music making and listening workshop led by Joe Patitucci. He will guide you through the process of designing sounds in Ableton Live for the purpose of making MIDI Sprout plant music. The group will then be invited to play music with the plants. Bring instruments and other sensory inputs to improvise sounds!

The program is free and open to the public.

All are welcome!

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