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.
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.
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.
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.
Oct 19 – Heritage Month – The New World is the story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.
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.
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.
Wednesdays, Sep 6-Nov 8 – Many universal artistic concepts arise when playing marimbas or drumming on buckets including rhythm, melody, harmony, balance and more.
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.
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.
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.
Every Monday – Mindful Mamas encourages you to come as you are to gather, share and learn more about pregnancies.
Harvest for Health Monday Lunch is prepared by Chrys Bailey, family and friends. 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. Pick-up – Trading Post.
2nd Monday of Month – In Healthy Natural Lifeways, join roundtable conversations regarding natural herbal remedies, alternative healing modalities and more!
Mondays – The Paonia Bike Co-op is a non-profit, educationally-based co-op that helps people work on and learn about bikes.
Wednesdays – Senior Yoga with Katy Goldsberry is a gentle therapeutic class for all bodies and abilities – at The Hearth.
The Learning Council transforms the Hearth every Wednesday night into an open studio. Artists of all skill levels are welcome to practice life drawing.
2nd Saturday of Month – The Day of Mindfulness will include sitting meditation, tea, Dharma talk or poem, walking meditation and sharing our reflections.
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.