Two consistent events for the last 20 years:
The Omega Institute Woodlanders Gatherings
Aug 10-12 Woodlanders Gathering, Warwick, NY
Sept 9 Pechakucha, Objects as Magical Decoys
Teen Leadership Program
May Parent/Child Studio Time photos
Feb Enrichment Pgm, Local School
Oct Making Rustic 10-5 $175
Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY
Doing Rustic: Structures and Sculpture, Omega Institute
July Teen Leadership Program, Community Center
May Object-making with Natural Materials 11-1 $50
Aug Creative Workshops for Farmworker Teens
Studio/Garden Tour for 30 Teen Leaders
Altered Hub Cap Workshop farmworker Boys Group
June Garden Art, Mt St Mary College
April Being in Nature, OCLT
Mar Garden Art, Cornell Cooperative
blends the What, How and Why... and is usually done out-of-the workshop. We meet at some natural site and develop seeing, collecting and assembling skills. Objects get made: benches, nature sculptures and small take-aways. The purpose is a new, fresh experience in nature. 2-6 hour formats
are primaily about the WHY of making things with natrual materials; How to use natural materials and rustic approaches to develop personal creativity and access The Creative Unconscious. Objects get made, tools and materials used, but the emphasis is on object-making as a means to another experience. These are the workshops and trainings I develop and customise with other organizations. 2-16 hour formats
Daniel Mack has been working with sticks, saplings, logs, bark and driftwood for 25 years to make furniture, rustic architectural elements and small, simple objects. He has written five books on the techniques and attitudes of working rustic. He has learned about the 'language' of natural materials which he shares in this workshop, "Rustic is really a way of saying something about beauty, nature, longing and your place in the world. It's much more than just furniture".
Dan introduces the basic construction techniques and tools of rustic work as you work on your own projects. This workshop is excellent for people who have never used a drill or a hammer. But experienced builders and craftspeople will be surprised and challenged by the subtleties of the rustic ways of making things. You can expect to make two or three things during the course.
Daniel Mack is committed to sharing information about working with natural materials. Besides his writing, he has been teaching and about this for more 25 years...at The Omega Institute, his own studio, the Woodlanders Gatherings and various arts and crafts centers and healing centers. He's organized an Arts-in-Healthcare Seminar and has recently started Arts in Nature, a custom-workshop service for organizations interested in deepening their experience of nature and human nature. Dan has begun on-line creativity workshops and salons with people around the world. He is developing what he calls: Wayward Psychology, an approach to well-being through making.