Women’s Sojourner Weekends are all-inclusive, themed camping retreats offering an immersive, stress-free, enriching experience in Woodworking and Homesteading, at Seven Generations Farm in Gilsum NH. The deliberate pace of these weekends allows for skill development while providing ample free- time for connecting with new friends, walking through the gardens, taking a bike ride (we even provide the bikes), or simply sitting still. Each weekend also offers a carefully tailored program of workshops that allows students to work at their own pace, while providing an adequate learning experience for students to pick up skills and engage in “making”.
These weekends will be taking place outside in our own secluded, carefully crafted, tent-based environment. Our workshop will be housed under a large tent, as will a reading library. Students will be assigned an individual sleeping tent, equipped with air mattress and linens. Students are welcome to bring their own tent to be placed on one of our provided platforms, for a reduced registration. Facilities will be on-site and modest; a composting toilet and sun shower.
Women check-in on Friday afternoon for orientation, welcoming dinner and fire-side opening ceremony. Saturday and Sunday the day starts with yoga, then students are provided a variety of workshops that provide unique and expertly guided experiences designed for practical and transferable skills in Woodworking (August 6-9, 2021) and Homesteading (Aug 20-23, 2021). Each day we’ll be breaking for lunch and dinner and eating as a group. Food will be provided with an emphasis on quality, seasonal, locally-sourced options. Each day closes with a fire-side experience.
At Mill Hollow Works we believe in helping people live more purposeful, self-reliant, sustainable lives through what we call Heritage Craft; essentially those skills that used to be passed down from generation to generation. Our primary goal in creating these weekend experiences, besides helping you meet those woodworking and homesteading goals, is to help you reconnect to the land, each other, yourself and your own existence. We believe a way to that goal is by creating immersive learning opportunities within a crafted, comfortable environment where students can get away from their daily lives and focus on “doing” and “being” – working with tools, being among their peers in a supportive setting, connecting with other like-minded people, eating local food, and simply “being”.
Woodworking Sojourner Weekend August 6, 7, 8,
(no woodworking experience necessary)
Students check-in Friday afternoon August 6, programming runs Saturday through Sunday evening, students check-out Monday morning August 9 (no programming on Monday).
Students will be given a workshop and tool tutorial Friday. Saturday and Sunday workshops include: building and caning a footstool, wood carving, tool sharpening, and more.
Homesteading Sojourner Weekend August, 20, 21, 22
Students check-in Friday afternoon August 20, programming runs Saturday through Sunday evening, students check-out Monday morning August 23 (no programming on Monday)
Homesteading workshops includes, Planning your Homestead, Tincture Making (with herbals grown on-site) Bee Keeping, Food preservation, and more.