Courses & Workshops

Reskilling1Below is a current catalog of classes and workshop offered by Transition University, organized into several curriculum areas.  Clicking on each area to alternately expand and close that section of the catalog.

Classes and workshops with a confirmed future date usually include a REGISTER button with which you can sign up and pay for the class.  But all catalog entries include a link to “Please alert me next time this class is scheduled.”  Clicking on this link will allow you to record your interest in the class when run in the future.  This way when enough people are interested we can schedule the class.

We are very interested in expanding the breadth and depth of topics offered as part of ‘The Great Reskilling’ taking place within the Transition Movement around the world.  If you or someone you know has skills to share with others that enhance self-reliance and community resilience, please make the connection for us by sending email to outreach@transition-university.org.  The skills can be of a wide variety.

Discounted tuition is available for students, seniors, and those with financial limitations. However, while Transition University’s principal motivation is not for profit, we do exist within a money-based economic system and so appreciate both your financial support and help in spreading the word.  Word-of-mouth (or Facebook, Twitter, email or other) is the best PR that money can’t buy!

Arts & Entertainment

Course# Title/Description Instructor Offered
AD101 African Drumming 101 – Intensive Workshop of West African Music This full-day workshop will be a hands-on introduction for participants to an assortment of West African drums and musical instruments. During the course of the day, we will rotate through many instruments and parts of the African drumming circle to gain a concept of the whole process and familiarity with each of the parts. There will be a campfire at sunset and the drum circle will continue after dark when external vision recedes, and both internal ‘vision’ and auditory and non-verbal sensitivity increases. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » Moussa Bagoura Saturday 2/9/2013 3:00pm – 9:00pm Register

Health & Wellness

Course# Title/Description Instructor Offered
EM101W Earth Medicine 101W – Nature as Teacher, Nature as Healer This all-day workshop conducted by the founder of the The Earth Medicine Institute covers herbal first aid, wild edibles, listening to the forest, the language of plants, and your inner compass. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » David Bruce Leonard Saturday 9/1/2012
EM101A Earth Medicine 101A – Traditional Hawaiian Plant Medicines Hawai’i has a rich tradition of natural medicine dating back more than 1000 years. In this class we will look at the history of plant medicines here from antiquity to the present day. An outline and history of Hawaiian medicine will be included with special focus on the 19th century uses of plants and historical documents. We will cover traditional and scientific uses of Hawaiian plant medicines from the Polynesian-introduced canoe plants to European introduced and even natives. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » David Bruce Leonard Saturday 1/26/2013 Full-Day
HR101A Herbal Remedies 101A – Making Herbal Healing Remedies with Local Plants In this hands-on workshop you will learn about plant medicine growing around you, both wild and that which you can cultivate. You will explore intuitive, energetic, ecological and biochemical aspects of making your own plant medicine through a combination of lecture, demonstrations, hands-on skill development, and discussion. You will cultivate an awareness of ecological cues about action and potency of medicinal plants and learn skills for detecting and increasing the medicinal potential of your herb garden while you learn how to make some healing plant remedies for internal and external applications. Participants will be instructed on what materials to bring for class and will go home with sample remedies which they have made in class. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » Laura Shiels Sunday 2/3/2013 Full-Day Register
EM101B Earth Medicine 101B – Chinese Herbal Medicines Growing in Hawai’i Because of similar latitude and climate, many herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine grow here in Hawai’i nei. Beginning with a foundational history of Chinese medicine and Daoism, we will then proceed to learn practical and some spiritual applications of these plants. Scientific, modern day TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), and Daoist perspectives will be used to broaden our understanding of the rich bounty and cultural history of Hawaiian medicinal plants. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » David Bruce Leonard Sunday 2/24/2013 Full Day Register
EM101C Earth Medicine 101C – Hawaiian Plants for First AidMany Hawaiian plant medicines have useful applications for first aid. Learn to use what is in your yard to treat various acute and chronic conditions. We will focus on traditional Chinese medicine theory and use Chinese Dit Da (martial arts medicine) techniques as well as herb compresses and Gua Sha (Chinese spoon massage). We will make a poultices and salves using local plant materials as well as good (and bad) tasting infusions and decoctions. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » David Bruce Leonard
PP101S Personal Products 101S – The Art of Soap Making – Taught by Steve Cromwell and Jo Ann Takushi, in this hands-on workshop each participant will make 1 1/2 pounds of high quality, environmentally pure soap for personal use. The workshop will include discussion of the history of soap, its physical properties, safety, how soap cleans, and the chemical process called ‘saponification’. The soap-making practicum will cover equipment needed, ingredients, as well as safety precautions and protocols. Materials fee for the workshop includes: safety goggles, rubber gloves, soap making ingredients, an instructional booklet covering two methods of soap making, and a container that will hold your final soap solution. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » Steve Cromwell & JoAnn Takushi Saturday 2/16/2013 9:30-1:00 Register 1:30-5:00 Register
EP101 Ecopsychology 101 – Connecting Psychology & Ecology Class curriculum currently under development « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » Lizabeth Kashinsky TBA

Food & Nutrition

Course# Title/Description Instructor Offered
CK101S Cooking 101S – Hardy Soups
Most edible root vegetables have many healing qualities.  Beets provide many antioxidants and also support the body’s detoxification process.  Burdock root, or
gobo
, has inulin (a pre-biotic) and lots of minerals due to its long tap root.  It is also a blood purifier, boosts the immune system and has diuretic properties. In this class participants will learn to make ‘Bieler Broth’ from just four vegetables, created in the 1930s by Dr. Henry Bieler for use with his cancer patients.  He felt that this broth was ideal for restoring acid-alkaline and sodium-potassium balance to organs and glands.  Bieler broth is highly recommended for those under stress or suffering from stress-related conditions. Okinawan Sweet Potato Soup: The dominant purple color of the purple sweet potato represents high contents of anthocyanin, a pigment the has anti-aging and antioxidant components as well as anti-cancer compounds. Learn more »
« Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. »
Dorothy Rose Saturday 3/16/2013
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Register
CK101D Cooking 101D – Healthy Snacks and Desserts Featuring Okinawan Sweet Potatoes and Millet (gluten free)
In this class we will explore quick and easy ways to create healthy “Grab n go” snacks: baked sweet potatoes dressed with coconut oil; dates stuffed with a variety of fillings; and rice/nori wraps with:  veggies, pesto dip, & goat cheese.  Healthy Desserts can also be used for healthy snacking or to spruce up a simple dinner: mashed okinawan sweet potatoes in a no-bake  Sweet Potato Pie with raw crust; Baked millet pudding, and a recipe for “spiritual food for the body” from Edgar Cayce. We will discuss the health benefits of the purple sweet potato (high contents of anthocyanin – the purple pigment) and millet (one of the most digestible and non-allergenic grains available, and it is one of the few grains that is alkalizing to the body. Learn more »
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Dorothy Rose Saturday 3/16/2013
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Register
FM101 Fermentation 101A – Natural Food Fermentation (Morning)
Fermentation 101B – Natural Food Fermentation (Afternoon)
At these ‘hands-on’ workshops Heidi will demonstrate and teach the principles of fermentation and pro-biotic cultures. She’ll share some of her best recipes and know-how on a variety of fermented foods including beet kvass, yogurt cheese, whey, sauerkraut, small (low-alcohol) mead and kefir soda. Participants will also get to sample a variety of these healthy foods. There will be a materials fee (TBD) covering ingredients and containers so participants can take their work home.
Note: Morning and afternoon workshops will cover a different assortment of fermentation processes and foods. Participants are welcome to take one or both, and there will be a discount for those taking both in addition to the usual discount for students, seniors, and others with financial limitations. More info on: morning session » afternoon session »
« Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. »
Heidi Hansen Saturday 5/19/2013Morning Session
9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Register

Afternoon Session
1:30 pm – 5 pm
Register

Farming & Gardening

Course# Title/Description Instructor Offered
BK101 Beekeeping 101 – Introduction to Beekeeping In this full-day class, we will be a broad overview of the theory and practice of the raising of honeybees. We will explore a bit the history of the practice, which dates from prehistoric times, but emphasize the current aspects of beekeeping as a hobby, food source, and complementary practice to farming. We will review the importance of bees as pollinators, their habits, varieties of beekeeping equipment, the useful things they produce (honey, pollen, propolis), as well as types and control of bee pests and diseases. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » Howard McGinnis Sunday 1/27/13 Full-day
BK102 Beekeeping 102 – Hands in the Hive In this full-day course, Hands in the Hive, we will cover in depth the following areas: hive equipment, beekeeper’s tools, beekeeper safety, hive handling, honey, extraction & bottling, and pest management. The practicum of this course will involve more direct work with active hives. The goal is to have every participant get their hands in the hive, to gain familiarity and comfort with the process. Bees are quite gentle creatures if respected and handled carefully. Note that morning and afternoon sessions, while overlapping in content, will not be identical and participants are encouraged to take both for a small additional registration fee over taking only one. Taking both will also enhance participant’s knowledge, hands-on experience, and confidence in undertaking this rewarding hobby. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » Howard McGinnis Sunday 3/3/13 9:30-1:00 1:30-5:00
PC100

Permaculture 101A – Introduction to Permaculture (with practicum) Permaculture is a branch of ecological design and environmental design which develops sustainable architecture/human settlements and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. Permaculture design emphasizes patterns of landscape, function, and species assemblies. The focus of permaculture, therefore, is not on each separate element, but rather on the relationships created among elements by the way they are placed together; the whole becoming greater than the sum of its parts. Permaculture design seeks to minimize waste, human labor, and energy input by building systems with maximal benefits between design elements to achieve a high level of synergy. Permaculture designs evolve over time by taking into account these relationships and elements and can become extremely complex systems that produce a high density of food and materials with minimal input.

This full-day workshop will provide an overview of Permaculture including hands on experience with actual Permaculture techniques and approaches. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. »

Matt Lynch Saturday 1/12/2013 Full-Day
PC101A

Permaculture 101A – Introduction to Permaculture (with practicum) Permaculture is a branch of ecological design and environmental design which develops sustainable architecture/human settlements and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. Permaculture design emphasizes patterns of landscape, function, and species assemblies. The focus of permaculture, therefore, is not on each separate element, but rather on the relationships created among elements by the way they are placed together; the whole becoming greater than the sum of its parts. Permaculture design seeks to minimize waste, human labor, and energy input by building systems with maximal benefits between design elements to achieve a high level of synergy. Permaculture designs evolve over time by taking into account these relationships and elements and can become extremely complex systems that produce a high density of food and materials with minimal input.

This full-day workshop will provide an overview of Permaculture including hands on experience with actual Permaculture techniques and approaches. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. »

Matt Lynch Saturday 1/12/2013 Full-Day

Green Tech & Home Ec

Course# Title/Description Instructor Offered
FM101 Fermentation 101A – Natural Food Fermentation (Morning)
Fermentation 101B – Natural Food Fermentation (Afternoon)
At these ‘hands-on’ workshops Heidi will demonstrate and teach the principles of fermentation and pro-biotic cultures. She’ll share some of her best recipes and know-how on a variety of fermented foods including beet kvass, yogurt cheese, whey, sauerkraut, small (low-alcohol) mead and kefir soda. Participants will also get to sample a variety of these healthy foods. There will be a materials fee (TBD) covering ingredients and containers so participants can take their work home.
Note: Morning and afternoon workshops will cover a different assortment of fermentation processes and foods. Participants are welcome to take one or both, and there will be a discount for those taking both in addition to the usual discount for students, seniors, and others with financial limitations. More info on: morning session » afternoon session »
« Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. »
Heidi Hansen Saturday 5/19/2013Morning Session
9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Register

Afternoon Session
1:30 pm – 5 pm
Register

FP101W Food Preservation 101W – Water Bath Canning Water bath canning is the process most people use to can fruits, vegetables, jams, jellies, and pickles at home. This method is best suited for high acid foods including many fruits and vegetables. In this class we will get hands-on experience with the tools and methods involved. There will be a materials fee for canning jars and materials so participants can take samples home. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » Suki Matsuhashi Saturday 3/30/2013 9:30-1:00 Register
FP101P Food Preservation 101P – Pressure Canning Learn the basics of preserving fruits and vegetables by pressure canning. This class will give you hands-on experience with a pressure canner to ensure the safety of the food and calm your fears of the equipment. You will take home a jar of the food we will can.  There will be a materials fee for canning jars and materials to cover the cost of these samples. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » Suki Matsuhashi Saturday 3/30/2013 1:30-5:00 Register
BK101 Beekeeping 101 – Introduction to Beekeeping In this full-day class, we will be a broad overview of the theory and practice of the raising of honeybees. We will explore a bit the history of the practice, which dates from prehistoric times, but emphasize the current aspects of beekeeping as a hobby, food source, and complementary practice to farming. We will review the importance of bees as pollinators, their habits, varieties of beekeeping equipment, the useful things they produce (honey, pollen, propolis), as well as types and control of bee pests and diseases. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » Howard McGinnis Sunday 1/27/13 Full-day
BK102 Beekeeping 102 – Hands in the Hive In this full-day course, Hands in the Hive, we will cover in depth the following areas: hive equipment, beekeeper’s tools, beekeeper safety, hive handling, honey, extraction & bottling, and pest management. The practicum of this course will involve more direct work with active hives. The goal is to have every participant get their hands in the hive, to gain familiarity and comfort with the process. Bees are quite gentle creatures if respected and handled carefully.Note that morning and afternoon sessions, while overlapping in content, will not be identical and participants are encouraged to take both for a small additional registration fee over taking only one. Taking both will also enhance participant’s knowledge, hands-on experience, and confidence in undertaking this rewarding hobby. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » Howard McGinnis Sunday 3/3/13 9:30-1:00& 1:30-5:00
PC101A Permaculture 101A – Introduction to Permaculture (with practicum) Permaculture is a branch of ecological design and environmental design which develops sustainable architecture/human settlements and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. Permaculture design emphasizes patterns of landscape, function, and species assemblies. The focus of permaculture, therefore, is not on each separate element, but rather on the relationships created among elements by the way they are placed together; the whole becoming greater than the sum of its parts. Permaculture design seeks to minimize waste, human labor, and energy input by building systems with maximal benefits between design elements to achieve a high level of synergy. Permaculture designs evolve over time by taking into account these relationships and elements and can become extremely complex systems that produce a high density of food and materials with minimal input. This full-day workshop will provide an overview of Permaculture including hands on experience with actual Permaculture techniques and approaches. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » Matt Lynch Saturday 1/12/2013 Full-Day
PC201A Permaculture 201A – Greywater systems design (with practicum) « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » Hunter Heaivilin tba
PP101S Personal Products 101S – The Art of Soap Making – Taught by Steve Cromwell and Jo Ann Takushi, in this hands-on workshop each participant will make 1 1/2 pounds of high quality, environmentally pure soap for personal use.  The workshop will include discussion of the history of soap, its physical properties, safety, how soap cleans, and the chemical process called ‘saponification’. The soap-making practicum will cover equipment needed, ingredients, as well as safety precautions and protocols.  MMaterials fee for the workshop includes: safety goggles, rubber gloves, soap making ingredients, an instructional booklet covering two methods of soap making, and a container that will hold your final soap solution. « Please alert me next time this class is scheduled. » Steve Cromwell & JoAnn Takushi Saturday 2/16/2013 9:30-1:00 Register 1:30-5:00 Register