Branches are generated through and funded by The Learning Council and in collaboration with other non-profit organizations.
Examples of The Learning Council’s Branches are agricultural classes and offerings, the Thursday lunch, health and vitality, art, music and practical arts in the Delta County Schools.
The Learning Council sees great value in agriculture and the vibrant agricultural community here in the North Fork. We offer classes to highlight the bounty and celebrate the wealth of knowledge in our valley’s land and farmers. The Learning Council holds perennial classes in Permaculture, Biodynamics, Herbal Medicine and practical farm skills such as cheese making, composting and more. We also collaborate with the Paonia Community Garden at Elsewhere and Valley Organic Growers Association plus offer farming and gardening classes to local Waldorf students.
The Learning Council offers a community cooking class and experience where students of all ages come together and prepare a locally sourced lunch to the community at The Old River Road Trading Post. Each lunch has a theme that brings a different flavor and culture to the North Fork Valley. During the school year students from the North Fork School of Integrated Studies participate in the class. The lunch will often be made to compliment the Waldorf inspired curriculum of the students. In the Summer we host students of all ages from a variety of the valley schools as well as students from out of town.
Health and Vitality
The Learning Council and Kampe Foundation are partnering with a group of parents and community members to create a curriculum for Health and Vitality Education for High School and Middle School students in the North Fork Valley. We are interested in creating an open dialogue with in our curriculum where students have a voice and are empowered to embrace their sexuality and to communicate powerfully their thoughts and intentions. We believe that factual information and conversations about fertility, anatomy, birth control, sexually transmitted disease and the sacred mysterious adventure of sexuality, will create a necessary foundation for a life long relationship with self and other.
The Learning Council brings Art and Creativity to our community! We have sponsored the Village Building Convergence in creating a street mural and art installation at the Paonia Public School that is annually refinished by the sixth grade class. We bring Dance classes and Eurythme, puppetry, band, orchestra and theater to the community as a gift of art and culture. We offer handwork classes for mothers and young children as well as handwork for school age children. Our festivals and community events often have an art activity where people of all ages can gather and learn watercolor painting, practical arts of agriculture, candle making, willow weaving and other artistic expressions. We also love to unite the community in song and theatrical performances during our seasonal festivals.
The Learning Council offers assemblies and enrichment in the public schools in the North Fork. During the 2015-2016 school year we implemented a World Music in the schools program, bringing world musicians who were offering community concerts into the class room to offer assemblies and lessons to valley students. We plan to continue World Music in the Schools and grow the offering to include Classical Music in the Schools. We are pleased to be collaborating with The Blue Sage center for the Arts and the Mountain Harvest Creative to launch Art for All (A4A) in the Paonia Elementary School 2016-2017 school year. This after school program will include three seven week sessions. Each session will include orchestra, rhythm and movement and choir. Also, The Learning Council and the Kampe Foundation are working together to create a Health and Vitality curriculum for High School students, that exceeds national Sexual Education standards and meets the needs and questions of our Valley’s youth.
The Learning Council offers a variety of classes in the practical arts available to all ages and skill levels. We recognize that when a group of interested people gather with common intention the creative potential is great! Our Practical Skills classes include: Permaculture Design, Herbal Medicine, Cheese Making, Meditation, Solar Energy, Electricity, Build your own LED light, weaving, and more.
Embodying Rhythm is dedicated to uplifting the entire human experience by helping to make music and music-making accessible to individuals and groups through healing sounds, active listening, movement, the expansion of creative perceptions, and the lessons involved in learning and playing music with others. The Marimba Ensemble serves as an example. And the Parade Marching Band learns music and creates costumes for parades in the local festivals. This band will include players of all ages and levels and is designed to include band students and teachers from all of the area schools.