Wanting to recommit to gardening in a sacred way? Join us at Montfair Resort Farm for a hands-on week-end workshop to learn steps to a vibrant polyculture with Steven Martyn founder of the Sacred Gardener School of Golden Lake, Ontario. The dates for the workshop are Friday, February 23rd through Sunday, February 25th, with an option to add Monday, February 26th.
Gain hands on experience to integrate your life with the land where you live. WIldculturing can work with any landscape to increase the fecundity and perennial abundance of the land. The wildculturing tool box is full of traditional techniques from simple ways to increase the quality of a forest or existing forage to creating complex plantings of successional polyculture. Participants will be taken through the process of Wildculturing (or integrated polyculture) as outlined in Steven’s books “The Madawaska Forest Garden” and “Sacred Gardening”.
The tentative week-end schedule is the following:
• Friday night: Introduction, circle and talk about how to approach the land in a sacred way and learn about sacred forms of agriculture and
• Saturday morning: Head to the site; absorbing period, meditating, talking, and “looking”.
• Saturday afternoon: Beginning the process of visioning, setting realistic goals and going through the process together of prayerfully
preparing one spot of ground and planting.
• Sunday: Breaking off into smaller groups to practice so everyone can go through the process of approaching, preparing and planting and
mulching at least one thing.
• Monday (optional) to explore deeper with Steven and gain a deeper understanding of cultivating a relationship with the land’s spirits.
Steven Martyn, M.A. (traditional plant use), B.F.A. honors, artist, farmer, wild crafter, builder, teacher, writer, visionary. Steven Martyn has over 30 years’ experience practicing traditional living skills, including gardening, foraging, building, herbalism and healing. He created the Algonquin Tea Company in 1996 and has been teaching wild edible and medicinal plant use as well as traditional survival skills for more than a decade. He and his wife, Megan Spencer, teach at The Sacred Gardener School in Golden Lake, Ontario, Canada. Martyn is the author of two books, “The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden” and “Sacred Gardening”.
Montfair Resort Farm is a wedding venue and vacation cabin retreat located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, near White Hall, Virginia. Montfair’s scenery, small lake, cozy cabins and rustic events lodge attracted over 30 weddings and thousands of vacationers in 2017.
The price of the two day Wildculturing Workshop is $200 per person. A third day can be added for $85. Due to the hands-on nature of the workshop, spaces are limited to 20. More details about the event, including a daily schedule of events, can be found on Montfair’s website and Facebook. Tickets for the workshop can be purchased at the Eventbrite page “Wildculturing Workshop at Montfair with Steven Martyn”
Lodging options include cottages for 4 people at $112 per night and camping in Montfair’s Events Lodge at $50 per night. Meals are an additional $36 for the weekend. Please contact Montfair’s office to add these to your weekend at 434-823-5202.