Celebrating 20+ years as an Earth Literacy Center

Music Jam, Saturday
May 23rd, 7 - 10pm

Narrow Ridge invites our friends and neighbors to join us for our open music jam on Saturday, March 28 from 7 to 10 pm at 1936 Liberty Hill Rd. If the weather permits we will meet at our outdoor stage just up the road from our Mac Smith Resource Center. Otherwise we will meet in the Mac Smith Resource Center. Guests are invited to share their talents in a forum that provides equal time to all who wish to participate. Our music gatherings are always a great way to get to know our neighbors and to witness first hand the amazing talent that exists here in our beautiful valley home. This a non-alcoholic event, that is free and open to all ages. Bring your friends, family, blanket or lawn chair (if outside), and good cheer. Contributions to the snack table are appreciated but not required (finger foods only, please). HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US! For more information contact Mitzi Wood-Von Mizener at 865-497-3603 or community@narrowridge.org.

Straw Bale Workshop
May 29th - May 31st, 2015

If you want to learn the basics of building a post and beam Straw bale home… and have fun doing it...join us for our hands-on straw bale workshop the last weekend in May, 2015. On Friday, May 29 we will begin at 7:00 p.m. with an introduction to three different types of straw bale construction: load bearing, post and beam and modified post and beam. Participants will be given the opportunity to tour examples of all three types of straw bale structures at Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center (two of which were built 20 years ago and the other over 15 years ago).

We will begin the hands-on portion of the workshop at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 and will work throughout the day on the construction of a post and beam straw bale home located in one of the three community land trusts held in conservation by Narrow Ridge. On Sunday, May 31 we will continue the project of building the straw bale home at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude the workshop at 4:00 p.m. Hands-on instruction will be supplemented with written material.

ENROLLMENT Fees for the workshop are as follows:

Option 1: 2 ½-day workshop, 2 nights lodging, and 5 vegetarian meals = $225 for one participant or $400 per couple.

Option 2: -2 ½-day workshop with no meals or lodging = $150 for one participant or $275 per couple.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants in order to ensure ample opportunity for each person to gain hands-on experience in straw bale construction. Spaces are filled on a first come first served basis.

ACCOMMODATIONS Participants who wish to stay overnight will stay at the Strawbale Lodge, one of the “greenest” lodges in the United States with flushless, composting toilets, passive solar design, A. C. and D. C. solar electricity, an on- demand hot water heater, and straw bale construction. Wonderful vegetarian meals will be served with some produce provided by the Narrow Ridge garden as well as from other local organic gardens.

For more information contact Mitzi at 865-497-3603 or community@narrowridge.org.

Vision Fast at Narrow Ridge
June 20th - 28th, 2015

Why would you willingly put yourself into the middle of a mountain wilderness, alone with a minimum of shelter and no food for three days and nights?  For as far back as we can imagine human beings have sought out just such circumstances, often i times of transition, to see guidance, inspiration, and a deeper connection with the sacred.

Almost every culture on earth has traditions involving initiations or rites in the natural world: the Walkabouts of the Australian Aborigines, the quest of the Native Americans, the Himalayan cave for the yogi.  Jesus, the Buddha as well as Mohammad, all made their pilgrimages into the wilderness.

The Vision Fast at narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center returns you to Earth as the original source and teacher.  This can be one of the most powerful, life changing experiences of your life. . .