2023 Events and Workshops

  • Intro to Spr/Sum/Fall Organic GardeningMay 6, 9-12pm Join John Bambrick-Rust for the morning to learn all things organic gardening! Get your hands dirty with hands-on instruction on planning & prepping beds, planting, weeding, harvesting, soil building.  Time for answering all your garden questions big or small.
  • Camp and Craft Weekend — May 26 to 29 This fun-filled weekend is especially oriented to kids and families, but is open to anyone young at heart! Come join us in the beautiful Missouri woods for a week of camping, outdoor adventures and natural crafts. We will spend time each day immersed in kid-friendly activities in the garden, with farm animals, getting our hands dirty and cooling off in the pond. Crafts will include beeswax candle making, natural fabric dying and printing, wild-harvesting and making an herbal salve to take home, and more, led by multiple instructors. Delicious, healthy meals, a pizza party, swimming in the pond, and campfires under the stars will round out our days together.
  • ETherapeutic Tremoring: Shake off stress & trauma — June 25, 1-3pm
    Learn a therapeutic technique called Tremoring from Claire Darling, LMT @ Rejuvenate in Kirksville & friend of BCCLT.  Simple exercises that everyone can access to release inner constriction, give up stored tension and stress & experience calming of the central nervous system.
  • Natural Family Planning/Fertility Awareness— July 22, 1-4pm Learn from a Certified Billings Ovulation Method Instructor Regina Rust about the natural cycles of the woman’s body for those 1) hoping to achieve or avoid pregnancy 2) who want to learn about how ovulation is a sign of health.  Not just for women!
  • Natural Plastering Weekend — September 1-4
    Come spend Labor Day weekend learning how to use natural materials to make earthen plasters and paints with natural builder Julia Jack-Scott. She will share years of natural building experience thru instruction & numerous hands on projects for making/using a variety of natural plasters (rough & finished) for straw bale houses, outdoor cob bench/outdoor kitchen, and an naturally-pigmented clay paint. Delicious healthy meals, swimming and campfires and more will all help nourish and balance our work together!
  • Intro to Firewood Processing/Using Woodstove — November 11, 9:30-12:30pm Learn basics of felling trees with chainsaw/felling axe, bucking, splitting with maul, stacking, heating with a woodstove. Beginners welcome! Led by John Bambrick-Rust.

More Workshop Information

  • Accomodations— All workshops will be taught primarily outdoors, with a beautiful wooded tent camping area set up adjacent to a covered pavilion and outdoor kitchen. Limited indoor lodging with beds are available upon request. Outhouses will be available at the camping site and at all teaching locations, which may rotate. Bathing can happen at nearby ponds or by solar shower, or in a indoor bucket-style shower.
  • Pricing— No one will be turned away from a workshop for lack of funds! For our three-day workshop, the suggested donation is $150 per person. This fee covers instruction, craft materials, and three delicious meals each day. We list a suggested donation because we endeavor to make our workshops available to all, regardless of ability to pay (need-based scholarships available upon request). But all donations, whatever the amount, will help us build the future of our community and we are grateful for them.
  • Food— We will prepare and serve 3 meals a day, with as much nourishing, local food as possible. We can work with a range of dietary needs – let us know your particulars (or your child’s) when you register. Please note that we do our best to accommodate different dietary needs but cannot guarantee that we will be able to.
  • Instructors— Workshops will be co-taught by the members of Bear Creek Community in addition to visiting instructors, who have a diverse range of experience and backgrounds in natural building, herbalism, gardening, wild foraging, animal husbandry and crafts. We hope that the diversity of teaching styles will enhance your time learning with us.
  • Registration— To register for a course, please email or contact John Bambrick-Rust by calling 660-332-4026, or email with your name, the course you are interested in, and your address. We will send you a registration form (by email or post) and more detailed information about the course. Along with your returned registration form, we ask that you submit a $50 deposit to hold your place in the course. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
  • Directions– Our community is accessible by train, plane and motor vehicle or bike. We are five miles away from the La Plata, MO Amtrak station that connects to Chicago, IL and Kansas City, MO on the Southwest Chief Line. Please see Amtrak’s website for more information about pricing and arrival/departure times. We can arrange vehicle pick-up from the station upon request. We are also around five miles away from the Kirksville Airport with daily flights connecting to St. Louis, MO through Cape Air Airlines. Vehicle pickup can be arranged from the airport as well. By vehicle, we are located several miles from highway 63, off of county road E. If coming from Kirksville (or north of there), take highway 63 until you see exit sign for highway E, which will be on your left. Drive for 2 miles on E until a sign for Frontier Ln. will be on your left. Turn onto Frontier Ln. (a gravel road) and drive for a half mile down the hill until you see Ferrier Ln. on your right. Turn onto Ferrier and make a right at the sign for “White Rose Catholic Worker” on your right. There will be a parking area right there which will bring you within walking distance of the campsite. Please contact us with other direction inquiries!
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