Whether you are gearing up for a long-term direct action, responding to a disaster, or even planning a multi-day large group gathering in the back country, you are going to be setting up or operating out of a base camp. Proper planning, the right equipment, and essential skills can make the difference between a base camp that operates effectively and one that is one crisis away from becoming a nightmare. When you add winter conditions to the mix (or any kind of weather or environmental hazards) then things get a lot more complicated. Join Woodbine staff and community members as we set up an actual winter base camp that we will stay in for the duration of the workshop.
Drawing on decades of our experiences with a variety of base camps, direct actions, and crisis and disaster situations, we will teach, share, and demonstrate the fundamental and practical skills of how to set up and operate a small base camp. We will explore both the physical and social infrastructure aspects of base camps, with a particular emphasis on winter conditions, and dealing with weather and other environmental hazards.
What we will cover: While the exact agenda will be adjusted to reflect the skills and experience of the participants and will depend a little bit on weather, our goal is to address the following:
Site analysis and mapping (physical and social)
Basic Operations: water, shelter, food, health, waste, energy/power
Preparing for difficult and extreme conditions
Appropriate scales for different decisions, situations, and actions
The majority of the workshop will take place outside, regardless of the weather (late fall in the Colorado mountains can be unpredictable, but assume that we will have cold weather and quite possibly snow). You will be expected to arrive self-sufficient, just as you should in any base camp, with your own camping and personal gear. This is an excellent opportunity to test any gear that you might use in a non-training situation. We will share the preparation of some meals.
Application and registration: This workshop is by application only. Go to https://woodbinecenter.org/forms/2017-winter-base-camp-application to fill out the online application. Applications are accepted until Sunday, October 8th, 2017. Applicants will be notified within four business days of when we receive it but no later than Wednesday, October 11th. We will start reviewing applications as soon as they arrive so the earlier you apply the better. There is limited space for this workshop so it is possible that we will reach capacity limits prior to the deadline.
This camp will build upon some of the material and experiences from our summer base camp workshop. Prior experience or workshop attendance is not required. If you applied and were accepted in the summer base camp you do not need to reapply. Please contact us directly at email@example.com and we will make arrangements.
Cost: In order to keep the workshop accessible to as many people as possible regardless of financial ability and access and also cover our costs we have a sliding scale from $60 to $350. In the application, you will be asked to self-select the rate that you can pay and explain your selection.
For more details go to https://woodbinecenter.org/winterbasecamp17
Honoring Our Sustainable Traditions (HOST) is a project, training program, and network being developed at Woodbine Ecology Center. HOST is guided by the vision that community, relationships, mutual aid, and solidarity are integral to a just, free, and sustainable future for us, all our relations, and the next seven generations.
The purpose of HOST is to provide training and support for grassroots leaders, with emphasis on indigenous, POC, queer, and solidarians. Such leaders can build and expand capacity to transform our organizations, neighborhoods, and communities into regenerative and sustainable ones which are able to effectively and self-reliantly meet our own needs and the needs of future generations.