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
DOLA 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

Youth Choir

Youth Choir

Does your child like to sing? Youth Choir is a 10-week class, held every Tuesday at NFSIS starting January 30th. Deadline to register is January 20th.

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John Lewis: Good Trouble

John Lewis: Good Trouble

Feb 15 – Heritage Month Movie – John Lewis is about the 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control.

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West African Drum and Dance

West African Drum and Dance

Feb 18 – 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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Natural Home Remedies

Natural Home Remedies

Feb 24 & Mar 2 – Natural Home Remedies is a two-part workshop based on the principles of anthroposophical medicine designed to introduce you to home care.

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Wisdom in Fairy Tales

Wisdom in Fairy Tales

Feb 26 – Wisdom in Fairy Tales, the power of stories, is a talk by Thesa Callinicos, Waldorf teacher and storyteller over the last 50 years.

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Digging into Spring

Digging into Spring

Mar 3 – In the Digging into Spring workshop, learn about early spring perennial roots for health and wellbeing. A hands-on learning experience.

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Seed Swap

Seed Swap

Mar 10 – 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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Liberté

Liberté

Mar 10 – Liberté is French for Freedom, and this dynamic show will tell a story of humanity through music, movement, multimedia and more. Choreographed by world renown West African artist, Fara Tolno.

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Movement as Medicine

Movement as Medicine

Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 – Movement as Medicine Tuesday – let your body wisdom guide you. Facilitated by Arlyn Alderdice at the Hearth.

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Women In Dialogue

Women In Dialogue

Tuesdays & Thursdays – Feb 27-Mar 21 – Women In Dialogue is a 4-week workshop that explores and tells untold stories about our experiences as women.

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Hip-Hop with Ellie

Hip-Hop with Ellie

Fridays, Mar 29-May 3 – The hip-hop dance class with Ellie will focus on choreography, dance, and skill building.​ Students will learn hip-hop basics and a hip-hop routine.

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Movement as Medicine

Movement as Medicine

Fridays – Come and move with us in the Movement As Medicine with pre-recorded music – let your body lead. Facilitated by Arlyn Alderdice.

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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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Album Art Design Class

Album Art Design Class

Thursdays, Jan 25 – Mar 7 – With the Album Art Design Class, experience the opportunity to help design the album art for a North Fork community-produced record

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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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Paonia Bike Co-op

Paonia Bike Co-op

Tuesdays – 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.