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Magical Mead Making!

April 10, 2022 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

Registration Closes: Sunday April 10th at 10am

Delve into the ancient art of mixing honey–the nectar of the flowers of plants gathered by the bees–with local fruit, flowers, roots & herbs to create divine expressions of beverage bliss. This hands-on event will guide participants through the process of harvesting ingredients and preparing them for the mead, discussing basic qualities of flowers, fruits, roots, etc. & how to handle & use them. Then we’ll blend these things together with water & honey, feeding the yeasts, to create the beginnings of a most delightful beverage! This is a beginner’s class, so we will briefly discuss ratios of sweetener, the qualities of various sugars, & have an overview of wild, open & cultured fermentation. We’ll end with a brief demonstration of racking, bottling & storing your brews while sampling a few lovely examples of fermentation and alchemical magic! Bring extra cash to purchase some bubbly bliss from the cellar to bring home with you! 

Workshop Details

The class will be held on Sunday April 10, 2022 from 1-4pm in Barnardsville, NC. It will be held in a covered outdoor kitchen, with gardens nearby.

While this is a beginners class, there is something for everyone, with lots of time for Q&A. Minimum age is 21.

About the Instructor

Marissa Percoco (she/her)  has spent years adventuring and raising her 4 amazing children; 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, songs and local ways of weaving into harmony with the environment is her passion.

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, 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 scholarships and evening entertainment 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 in Barnardsville, NC and deeply rooted in the Earthskills movement, anti-oppression work, and her garden, Marissa is committed to co-creating a new culture within which we, our children and all beings thrive.

Sliding Scale $65 – $25

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.

  • Sponsor Price $65: For those who have enough to share, thank you for being a Sponsor. This is an opportunity to contribute towards the cost of the class for someone else.
  • Standard Price $45: The Standard reflects one person’s share of what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.
  • Equity Price $25: We offer an additional Equity Discount for those from the following communities who support reparations and/or an equitable redistribution of wealth and would not have access to this workshop without this discount:

Thank you for helping to transform the world into a culture of abundance, resilience, and opportunity for all.

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Registration Closes: Sunday April 10th at 10am

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Kimberly Dunn

Finance Manager (she/her)

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.