Workshops at LEAF 2019

Except where noted, all LEAF workshops are free and open to everyone- No reservation or extra ticket required.

Paid Workshops

Free Workshops

Natural Art Practitioner's Course with Richard Shilling 

THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 18 (1PM-3:30PM)

LIMITED TO 20 STUDENTS

THIS WORKSHOP REQUIRES A TICKET- AVAILABLE HERE

   Join us for this natural practitioner's course with renowned U.K. environmental artist Richard Shilling. This course is suitable for forest school leaders, teachers, artists, earth artists, art students or anyone interested in learning about environmental art techniques and methods or those just looking for time out from the "rat race". No self-perceived artistic talent is required. The techniques you will be shown are simple and accessible yet will result in fascinating creation of which you will be proud.

* We will explore the creation process and how the art is developed by deepening your relationship with nature. We seek to discover, through the practice of ephemeral art, the subtle nuances, and be drawn into the environment and start to understand the cycles and processes of flux and transience.

* You will be guided through this process so you can discover for yourself its ethos via its practice. You will take with you a deeper understanding of how to continue your journey and make further progress through this art form.

* You will also investigate different creation methods and techniques using natural materials and limited tools.

ARE CHILDREN ALLOWED? Yes, accompanied children are allowed. Parents or guardians are responsible for their welfare at all times. Please be aware that the workshops are designed for adults and are not suitable for young children.

http://RichardShilling.co.uk

LandArtforKids with Julia Brooklyn

THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 18 (10:30-12:30AM)

$5 PER KID

THIS WORKSHOP REQUIRES A TICKET- AVAILABLE HERE

   LandArtForkids is a workshop for children age 3 to 15. Your imagination is your only limit, where you can create sculptures using an array of nature resources such as sticks, stones, shells, acorns and much more. This workshop will give additional instruction and technique not included in the free workshop.  

About Julia- I am an environmental land artist from the UK. I have been creating nature art for over 10 years. I am also a trained teaching assistant and my passion is to foster and encourage a love of nature with children through art and  nature.

http://LandArtforKids.com

Friday March 15

Introduction to Permaculture, Holistic Management and Sustainability with Rick Wright

Friday, 11:30-12:30pm, Workshop Tent, All Ages 

 A systematic approach to sustainability and regeneration

Facilitator of 5 Permaculture Design Certification classes and the Natural Building Colloquium at Quiet Valley Ranch and volunteer for the Carbon Economy Series in Santa Fe and Dallas and past Ranch Manager, Head of Maintenance and Construction for 18 years at Kerrville Folk Festival. Community  organizer and designer/builder of Tiny Houses for Tall Folks and TF Barns.

Rock Medicine: Exploring Your Inner World Through Balancing with Nichole Hart

Friday, 1:00-2:15pm, Workshop Tent, All Ages 

This workshop will provide an introduction to rock-balancing.  You'll leave with basic skills and techniques of balancing, as well as a general understanding of how to grow a balancing practice that includes an element of self-exploration.  We will combine a guided meditation and journaling, along with balancing, as a way to expand and deepen your experience. You will explore how balancing can help you connect with your internal world in helpful and unexpected ways. (Please bring a journal and a pen if possible!) 

Nichole is a Licensed Professional Counselor in practice in Pflugerville, TX.  She is passionate about helping people learn and grow within themselves and within their relationships.  Nichole works with couples as a certified Imago Relationship Therapist, is a group therapist, and loves including workshop offerings throughout the year.  Through these various avenues, she helps people explore their inner world and learn how to have more satisfaction in life and in their relationships.  https://www.hartcounselingservices.com/rock-balancing-group

Kid’s Dance Workshop to Moana’s “You’re Welcome” with Shimmy Sharon

Friday, 2:30-3:30pm, Workshop Tent, Ages 5 and up 

Learn a simple, fun choreography to Moana's "You're Welcome" in an hour. No dance experience required. Appropriate for ages 5 and up. Adults welcome too!  Here’s a YouTube instructional video I made for the kids dance to Moana. There’s another video breaking down the steps. I’ll hand out cards so our little dancers can keep dancing it at home!
https://youtu.be/zciYu5nsHB4

I love dancing and teaching. I have been a student of bellydance for the past 15 years and  a teacher for the past 5 years, however, I love all forms of dance. I believe music, song and dance creates a powerful bond between all people.

Free Hand Stone Arch Building with Sterling Gregory

Friday, 3:00-5:00pm, Meet at Workshop Tent- Location will be determined, All Ages 

This workshop will be an introduction to learning to build stone arches with your own two hands. Arches are fun to learn to make and can be applied in endless ways to earth art creations. It will also teach some basic concepts behind stone stacking and the patience and focus required to achieve arches 

Rock balancer Sterling Gregory of Dayton OH has been coming to LEAF every year since the festival began.

Adult Dance Workshop with Shimmy Sharon

Friday, 4:00-5:00pm, Workshop Tent, Teens and Adults 

Learn a choreography using dance wings which is a beautiful bellydance prop to the Game of Thrones theme song.  Wings will be provided. Appropriate for teenagers and adults. No dance experience required.

I love dancing and teaching. I have been a student of bellydance for the past 15 years and  a teacher for the past 5 years, however, I love all forms of dance. I believe music, song and dance creates a powerful bond between all people.

Singing Bowls with The Singing Bowl Lady

Friday, 5:15-6:15pm, Workshop Tent, All Ages 

Singing Bowl Performance - Bring a mat, or use one of ours!  Take a dip into your Soul as you embark on a sonic journey of You.  Singing Bowl Lady fuses elements of music & meditation in a multi-layered experience.  This sonic bath will energize your life force, relax your mind, and massage every cell in your body.  Singing bowls induce a healing state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep - allowing the body’s natural healing intelligence to function at its highest potential.  So come … recharge your mind, body, & spirit … there’s nothing quite like it. Be bowled.

She is a mystery...

Saturday March 16

Yoga Love with Casie Hall

Saturday, 10:00-11:30am, Workshop Tent, All Ages 

This all-levels yoga workshop/class will offer an approachable yoga sequence integrating breath and movement. We will begin with a brief grounding meditation and intention-setting, move to breathwork and gentle movement to warm the body. Students will build to balancing poses and play with fun shapes that reflect the nearby cairns. We will close with quiet reflection and meditation on our surroundings.

Casie is the founder of and lead teacher at Nectar Flow Yoga. For nearly half of her life, Casie has been practicing yoga and educating in some capacity. Of her practice, Casie says “I love yoga because it is a never-ending source of challenge and growth: mentally, physically, and spiritually. It truly becomes what I need it to be in that moment.  https://m.facebook.com/nectarflowyoga

Floods on the Llano - Fall 2018 with Tyson Broad

Saturday, 11:45am-12:15pm, Workshop Tent, All Ages 

The floods last year on the Llano tragically resulted in loss of life and significant property damage. Flooding, however, is a critical component of a river's health and the recent floods provided significant benefit to the river and to those who depend on it as a resource

Tyson Broad is the founder and coordinator for Llano River Watershed Alliance. Previously served as Watershed Coordinator for the Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Plan.  www.llanoriver.org

Hula! with Carrie McFarland Scott

Saturday, 12:30am-1:00pm, Workshop Tent, Adults and Children aged 2 & up 

Learn a little history of the Hawaiian hula, and a simple hula dance.  Even children as young as 2 years old have learned to participate in this fun dance!

Carrie visits Hawaii yearly, and has a deep respect and love for hula.  She makes hula accessible to all, from 2 years and up

LandArtForKids with Julia Brooklyn

Saturday, 1:00-4:00pm, Ask for location at Info Booth or at Workshop Tent, Kids any age up to 15

Drop-in-style class.  Kids can turn up anytime throughout, when the workshop is open.

LandArtForkids is a workshop for children age 3 to 15. It is a drop in workshop between 1pm and 4pm. Your imagination is your only limit, where you can create sculptures using an array of nature resources such as sticks, stones, shells, acorns and much more. Come and join in!

Pirate University (for Kids!) with Cynthia Rutledge

Saturday, 1:15-2:00pm, Workshop Tent, Kids

We will teach the little lads and lassies the skills needed to be a proper pirate. They'll enjoy learning how to sail a ship, fight with (plastic) swords, and strike a fierce and frightening pose, sure to terrify their enemies on the high seas. And their parents will enjoy watching them do it.

Cynthia is the founder and leader of Raks Sanan, San Angelo's bellydance troupe.  For festivals and faires, she becomes Nola, Queen of the Pirates, when she leads the crew of the Concho Pearl from our river...to yours.  Cap'n Nolas's motto is "If it's not fun, we're not doing it right."

Kids Yoga with Emily Isbell

Saturday, 2:15-3:00pm, Workshop Tent, Elementary Aged Kids 

Classes move in creative ways, act out stories, practice mindful breathing and listening, and interact with kindness and compassion. Children learn basic yoga movement, mindful sense-exploration, breathing techniques, and self-awareness. They wiggle and giggle, dance freely, play drums and howl, practice silence, and listen with the whole body.  Teachers seek out and nurture innate gifts of their little yogis, and always strive to lead them in healthy self-expression.

Empathy art began in a messy sketchbook during a time when Emily was rather uprooted. With no distinct home, she found refuge in her sketchbook and on her mat. When painting or practicing asana, she dissolves into the spacious seat of the witness. From this place, she has grown and been inspired to share with others the stabilizing force of awareness practices.  https://www.empathyart.vision/

Free Hand Stone Arch Building with Sterling Gregory

Saturday, 3:00-5:00pm, Meet at Workshop Tent- Location will be determined, All Ages 

This workshop will be an introduction to learning to build stone arches with your own two hands. Arches are fun to learn to make and can be applied in endless ways to earth art creations. It will also teach some basic concepts behind stone stacking and the patience and focus required to achieve arches 

Rock balancer Sterling Gregory of Dayton OH has been coming to LEAF every year since the festival began.

Musical Creation with the Magick Solar Suitcases

Saturday, 3:15-5:00pm, Workshop Tent, All Ages 

Come one, Come all! But not all at once. Bring your instruments and step right up to experience the Magick Solar Suitcases! The Magick Solar Suitcases are a completely live, solar powered, interactive experience where anyone can help create the next song live and on the spot! You can help make the next song by playing one of the Suitcases, grabbing the microphone, plugging in an instrument of your own or asking a question. All are children of the immortal bliss, get your instruments!

Suitcase Musik  - YouTube

Sunday March 17

Breathe within Movement Yoga for all levels with Marilyn Miks

Sunday, 10:00-11:00am, Workshop Tent, Suitable for all Yoga levels 

60 minute yoga class. Slow flow based focusing on breath and calming the mind and body. Embodiment with some meditation. Suitable for ALL levels.

My mission is to help each student find his or her personal yoga practice that suits his or her spirit, mind and body. Mine is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach, but rather a flow based style with an emphasis on breath within movement. Based on the needs of each individual class, I focus on poses that help counteract our modern lifestyle of sitting, driving and using our devices. I enjoy teaching all levels and thrive on the challenge of modifying a class to address a wide spectrum of students, from the beginner to the advanced practitioner.

“Llano River” Talk with Tyson Broad

Sunday, 11:15-11:45am, Workshop Tent, All Ages 

A workshop on the Llano River in general- its sources, history, use, threats, and more.

Tyson Broad is the founder and coordinator for Llano River Watershed Alliance. Previously served as Watershed Coordinator for the Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Plan.  www.llanoriver.org

Dharma Yoga Flow with Travis Ramos

Sunday, 12:00-1:00pm, Workshop Tent, Suitable for all yoga levels

This all-levels class will help guide you down the path to sweaty enlightenment! Offering plenty of challenges and modifications, this flow is great for beginners to experienced yogis. Come one, come all, to have fun and leave feeling Buddhaful!

Travis Ramos, RYT-200, explored connections early on while growing up in Puerto Rico and Texas. He took his teacher training at Kindness Yoga in 2018 in Golden, CO while attending college. He now lives and works as an environmental engineer in San Antonio, TX, but teaches classes at various studios and locations around San Antonio, TX. His classes are filled with reflections, dry humor, challenge, and plenty of fun. He looks forward to meeting you on your mat!  Instragram: @tramostravis

LandArtForKids with Julia Brooklyn

Sunday, 1:00-4:00pm, Ask for location at Info Booth or at Workshop Tent, Kids any age up to 15

Drop-in-style class.  Kids can turn up anytime throughout, when the workshop is open.

LandArtForkids is a workshop for children age 3 to 15. It is a drop in workshop between 1pm and 4pm. Your imagination is your only limit, where you can create sculptures using an array of nature resources such as sticks, stones, shells, acorns and much more. Come and join in!

Wool - Naturally Wonderful with Marilyn Hale

Sunday, 1:15-2:00apm, Workshop Tent, All Ages

The path from sheep to fiber to yarn to cloth is ancient.  Wool is a natural fiber and a renewable resource. Participants will learn  why wool is a good thing, while gaining hands on experience turning wool into string/yarn.  Appropriate for both children and adults.

A Llano native, she is a devotee of the fiber arts, especially knitting, spinning, and sewing.

Sand Globes with Lisa Miller

Sunday, 2:15-3:45pm, Workshop Tent, All Ages

Participants of all ages will create a Sand Globe of their own to balance, stack or create an art installation with others. This is by definition an Ephemeral and Meditative Art, the beauty is in the making and enjoyment of the process.

I am an artist in Tow, TX and exhibit at the Llano Fine Arts Gallery in Llano, TX, specializing in Ethnic Inspired and Abstract art. In addition, my fascination for all the Land Arts has led to learning how to make Sand Globes from the indigenous materials in our area.  https://thedonandlisashow.blogspot.com/2019/01/sand-globe-r-d.html

 

Monday March 18

Empathy Art -  Embody Yoga with Emily Isbell

Monday, 12:00-1:30am, Workshop Tent, All Ages 

Following a Shamatha meditation, I will guide us through a creative 60 minute flow leading to Savasana. We will practice Thai yoga massage, dance in a shaking meditation, and round out the class with the world chants on harmonium. We will meet once again in meditation and seal the class by returning to our unique, personal intention.

Empathy art began in a messy sketchbook during a time when Emily was rather uprooted. With no distinct home, she found refuge in her sketchbook and on her mat. When painting or practicing asana, she dissolves into the spacious seat of the witness. From this place, she has grown and been inspired to share with others the stabilizing force of awareness practices.