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
Colorado Health Foundation logo

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

Pickle Fest

Pickle Fest

Oct 14 – For the Pickle Fest bring the whole family for a day of pickleball in Apple Valley Park with local food, drinks, and music.

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West African Drum and Dance

West African Drum and Dance

Oct 29 – 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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Community Grief Ritual

Community Grief Ritual

Nov 10-12 – Community Grief Ritual is in the Dagara Style as taught to us by our beloved West African teachers – Sobonfu Somé and Elder Malidoma Somé.

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Hip-Hop with Ellie

Hip-Hop with Ellie

Fridays, Sep 22-Nov 10 – Join Ellie for a 7 week Hip-Hop dance class. The class will focus on choreography , dance games, free dance skill building. Learn hip-hop basics and a routine.

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Firestarters

Firestarters

Thursdays, Oct-Dec – Firestarters is a series for boys 9-12 to learn outdoor skills and adventure like bow making, hide tanning, animal processing and more.

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Arbol Winter Market

Arbol Winter Market

Tuesdays, Nov 21-Apr 16 – The Arbol Winter Market will occur on designated Tuesdays from November 21 through Apr 16 – held at The Hearth in Paonia.

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Mindful Mamas

Mindful Mamas

Every Monday – Mindful Mamas encourages you to come as you are to gather, share and learn more about pregnancies.

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Healthy Natural Lifeways

Healthy Natural Lifeways

2nd Monday of Month – In Healthy Natural Lifeways, join roundtable conversations regarding natural herbal remedies, alternative healing modalities and more!

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Paonia Bike Co-op

Paonia Bike Co-op

Mondays – The Paonia Bike Co-op is a non-profit, educationally-based co-op that helps people work on and learn about bikes.

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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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Day of Mindfulness

Day of Mindfulness

2nd Saturday of Month – The Day of Mindfulness will include sitting meditation, tea, Dharma talk or poem, walking meditation and sharing our reflections.

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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.