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Natural Building & Navigation - Fundraiser for Earthquake Relief

This workshop is being cross-posted to other sites as well, so please rsvp asap to guarantee your spot, and help contribute to Partners in Health earthquake relief, as well as to the natural building project underway on the Tulalip Reservation. Thanks! We will start promptly at 10:00 with a presentation by Bibiana Ancheta on natural building and traditional homes. At 11:00 you will have the choice of either 1) helping Bibiana and her family move driftwood logs to place as roof beams on a "pit house" under construction at their near-by house, or 2) shifting gears to hear a presentation on navigation skills by Kim & Chris Chisholm. For lunch, we will carpool to the pit-house site, and receive a description of the project under construction. During the afternoon, you will have the choice of 1) helping to install the roof-beams, then gathering/preparing natural roofing trusses, or 2) returning to Kayak Point for an orienteering challege. No matter what you chose to focus on in the morning, you are free to choose between either of the afternoon activities. Notes on the Pit House: The hole for the pit house is dug, and now we need to place four roof-support beams before beginning the process of securing them with cross-supports and natural shingling. Of special note, you will learn how to create air-drafting systems so that smoke actually goes out the smoke hole instead of filling your shelter up. Critical to this process is knowing how to build a small, hot fire, which Darkfeather Anceta will demonstrate and start using the bow-drill. Notes on Navigation Skills: Some of the navigation skills we will introduce include how to avoid getting lost, and how to survive getting lost if it happened; how to navigate without map and compass; how to make a primitive compass and how to draw primitive maps; how to orienteer yourself with modern maps and compass; and how to understand GPS readings, including UTMS and Latitude/Longitude readings. This workshop is our Earth Day fundraiser, with registration proceeds plus day-of donations to be split between international work Partners In Health is doing in in response to Earthquake Relief, and to a designated Max Davis Scholarships account supporting the current Natural Building Project you will be helping with during the workshop. Please note that Kayak Point charges $5.00 to enter, so please carpool and prepare for that extra expense. Email Your RSVP, Call or Use PayPal to Register for this Saturday Workshop via a donation in any amount: The $35-$45 range is recommended per person, and please let us know the names of everyone coming with you. Thanks!

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