Explore and create libations from around the world in this home brewing extravaganza! We will begin with a brief history lesson on the co-evolution of alcohol and humanity, including cultural and regional traditions of brewing, wine making, crafting liqueurs and more. Explore some of the most common fermented alcoholic beverages from around the world, including: Millet Tongba from Nepal, Merissa the Sudanese sorghum beer, Korean Rice Beer, Japanese Sake, English style cider, meads, and more, sampling along the way! From there, we’ll move into the hands-on part of the class, where we will sample and learn to make hard cider, honey mead, and Korean Rice Beer. Throughout this workshop we will be talking about healthy relationship with alcohol, and how brewing your own can actually help cut back on consumption by bringing back the ceremony and sacredness into alcohol creation and enjoyment.
In this workshop, participants will:
This class is for anyone who is interested in cultivating a deep and healthy relationship with alcohol and its many forms of production.
This class will be held outdoors under a covered pavilion on Saturday April 15, 2023 from 1pm – 5pm in Barnardsville, NC. Consider bringing a snack, a notebook, and a folding chair or blanket to sit on.
This class is for anyone who is interested in cultivating a deep and healthy relationship with alcohol and its many forms of production. Minimum age is 21.
Marissa Percoco (she/they) wears many hats: first she is a devoted mother to her own four amazing (now mostly grown!) children and is also “Mamarissa” to many! Having grown up in the concrete labyrinth of the San Francisco Bay Area, Marissa escaped to the wilds in college and has never looked back! She is a naturalist by heart, and spent her children’s younger years adventuring and raising them as a single mom, exploring community & nature, traveling the backcountry on a shoe-string, from coast to coast, crawling through swamps, deserts, mountains, hot springs, islands & oceans. Learning plants, animals, stories and local ways of weaving into harmony with the environment is her passion. Marissa is also: a plant and land tender, activist, artist, delicious food maker, bee tender, crafter, bookworm, tiny home dweller, otter, plant spirit communicator, healer, trickster and so much more! As of 2021, Marissa is also a breast cancer survivor, which is an ongoing and incredible journey of fear, pain, humility, connection and healing. Fermentation is a special love of Marissa’s, along with an obsession with strange & exotic plants! Viewing all flora as brethren, Marissa is never alone. Other loves include creating beauty, paddling, cooking, crafting, foraging, reading, playing games, and snuggling her kitties while watching things grow.
Marissa is deeply grateful for her family and community, the abundance of our planet, and for the opportunity each day to connect with the beauty and vibrance of nature. Sharing that connection is her life’s work. Serving as the Executive Director of The Firefly Gathering, as well as coordinating the Equity Fund for Earthskills Rendezvous, and teaching various classes throughout the southeast, all provide Marissa with ample opportunities to help shift the dominant paradigm. Now nesting on a little farmstead on the ancestral lands of the Aniyvwiya (Cherokee) people, now known as Barnardsville, NC, Marissa is deeply rooted in the earthskills movement, anti-oppression work, her garden, and the old Appalachian soil, committed to co-creating a new culture within which we, our children and all beings thrive.
In order to make our workshops more accessible, we offer two price options for each class, with an additional Equity Discount for qualifying individuals. Please consider these options and select your price at checkout.
Thank you for helping transform the world into a culture of abundance, resilience, and opportunity for all.
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Having grown up in a multicultural family, Kimberly’s love for languages and traditional cultures is infused into everything she creates. After many years overseas, she now calls the Appalachian mountains her home and continues to keep the adventure alive by staying close to the wild. Kimberly is a singer songwriter, dancer, women’s circle facilitator, personal finance astrologer, bookkeeper, yoga teacher, and chef.