The Learning Council

Our Mission: Enriching community through education, art, advocacy, food, agriculture and wellness for all.
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Help Us Complete the Essential Renovations of The Hearth​!

The priority renovations at The Hearth include commercial kitchen & bathrooms!

The commercial kitchen will be home to the TLC Kitchen Crew, which provides weekly locally sourced meals to the community by donation. It will also be used as a “teaching” kitchen for classes on cooking local/cultural/ethnic foods, herbal and wildcrafted preparations, etc.

Vision

The Learning Council is an educational hub for the North Fork Valley, connecting learners and educators to meet specific needs and empower personal growth. The outcomes of our programs encourage learners to give back to the community through service. Responding to the needs of our community we offer a variety of classes and learning opportunities for all ages and skill levels, continually broadening our course selection.

Diversity Statement

We believe in lifelong learning and education as a resource for everyone. We are committed to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience.

Our Sponsors

 

Kampe Foundation logo
Anschutz logo
Rockefeller Family Fund logo
Alpine Bank logo
WCCF logo
Womens Foundation of Colorado logo
Buell Foundation

Our Partners

VOGA logo
Colorado Farm and Food Alliance logo
KVNF logo
Viva la Vida Foundation logo
Paradise Theatre logo
PELA logo
Lamborn Farm
Lamborn Foundation
NFVCC logo
Town of Paonia logo
City of Delta logo
Delta Pride
Western Colorado Migrant and Rural Coalition

Upcoming Events

Movement as Medicine

Movement as Medicine

Feb 5 – Come and move with us in the Movement As Medicine – Experiential Dance Practice. Facilitated by Arlyn Alderdice.

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Parzival Workshop

Parzival Workshop

Feb 17-19 – Parzival is an archetypal biography weaving the earthly experience with spiritual striving , all encapsulated in the search for one’s higher self.

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Seed Swap

Seed Swap

Mar 5 – Come on out and join us for our annual Seed Swap. Get ready for the growing season and learn from our local seed saving experts.

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Planting for the Year

Planting for the Year

Apr 27 – Lance Swigart will lead a workshop on Planting for the Year. Learn about the timing of plantings for the year.

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Kids Dance Class

Kids Dance Class

Thursdays, Jan 12-Feb 16 – Join Rose Costello for Kids Dance Class. Skills learned include musicality, somatic expression, spacial awareness, hip-hop basics and more.

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Evoke

Evoke

Jan 17, Feb 21 – Evoke: meditation and movement with Solea Anani. Embodied Movement is a simple yet profound practice of moving meditation.

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West African Drum and Dance

West African Drum and Dance

Mar 19, Apr 16, May 21 – Etienne Tolno from Guinea will be leading West African Drum and Dance classes. He has been studying West African music since his early teens and drumming professionally with various companies in Guinea since his early twenties.

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Arbol Winter Market

Arbol Winter Market

Tuesdays, Nov 1-Apr 18 – The Arbol Winter Market will occur on designated Tuesdays from November 1 through Apr 18 – held at The Hearth in Paonia.

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Senior Yoga

Senior Yoga

Wednesdays – Senior Yoga with Katy Goldsberry is a gentle therapeutic class for all bodies and abilities – at The Hearth.

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Life Drawing

Life Drawing

The Learning Council transforms the Hearth every Wednesday night into an open studio. Artists of all skill levels are welcome to practice life drawing.

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Featured Activity

Community Lunch

Our cooking class utilizes local organic foods, to turn students on to the vitality, nutrition and flavor of our local bounty, while supporting local farms. The class prepares a community meal ($10 suggested donation or 1 hour of work in the kitchen).

We offer weekly meals attracting more community members each time, as well as, people from neighboring communities. We serve a minimum of 50 people each week lunch. This class teaches practical skills, service, and has a mentoring system where students will share their knowledge with each other while working together on a dish.