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Willow Pack Baskets with Tyler Lavenburg

October 20 @ 10:00 am October 23 @ 4:00 pm

Willow Pack Baskets Workshop Description

Welcome to the wonderful world of Willow! The weaving of willow baskets is a tradition historically practiced throughout much of the world, with archeological evidence dating Native American pack baskets to 900 BC, and is one of the most common craft practices throughout all of Europe.  Willow is incredibly strong, beautiful, and rich in ethnobotanical relationship to human history. In this four-day workshop, we will use the “stake and strand” style to weave up some fabulously durable pack baskets made from locally grown varieties of European basket willow. 

Class Schedule Overview:

  • Day One: Get settled in, prepare materials, and make the base for your basket.
  • Days Two & Three: Add in the spokes to the base, and weave the body of the basket.  Participants will learn a number of different weaves, including twining, randing, waling, slewing, and quite a few other fun techniques.
  • Day Four: Make basket straps using a combination of cotton webbing, bark tan leather, and raw deer hide. You will leave with a beautiful, one-of-a-kind pack basket ready for any adventure! 

This class requires a good bit of hand strength and determination; be prepared to focus and work long hours. Please bring a sharp knife, a pair of garden pruners, and a blanket or chair to sit on.

Photos by Parker Michels-Boyce at the 2022 Firefly Gathering.

Willow Pack Baskets Workshop Details

This 4 day class will be held outdoors in a covered space from Thursday, October 20 to Sunday, October 23 in Weaverville, NC.

All levels of skill welcome. It is super helpful if you have woven even one basket before, but not necessary. Willow does require significant hand strength. Minimum age is 16.

Class Session Schedule (click for more info)

Thursday : 10am – 5:00pm

Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday : 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Plan on arriving between 9:30 am and 10 am on Thursday. Please don’t arrive earlier than designated times.

Amenities/Camping Information  (click for more info)

This is a special class offering that will be held at Shelterwood Cove in Weaverville, NC–which is the home of lead instructor, Tyler Lavenburg, and several others. He and his partner own 45 acres of beautiful mountain land, abounding with lush forest, clean springs, and abundant gardens.

Some students may choose to rent a nearby airbnb, rent a hotel room, or commute if they are local. You are also welcome to camp on-site. All campsites are within a few minutes walking distance of where you will park. More details about lodging options will be provided in your registration confirmation email.

Food is not provided as part of the class. Everyone is responsible for their own meals throughout the weekend. We also strongly recommend that you bring snacks since we’ll be working hard. Students will have access to an outdoor kitchen with propane stoves. Please bring your own cook pots, pan, and utensils.

About the Instructor

Tyler and his family align their life with the cycles of the seasons and the bounty of the wild. They harvest and utilize as much as they can from the gardens and forests around them. 

Over the years, Tyler has studied, apprenticed and taught at many traditional skills schools and events, including Wild Abundance, The Roots School, Living Earth School, Earthskills Rendezvous, The Firefly Gathering, Florida Earthskills, Whippoorwill, and others. He’s worked with hundreds of children and adults through public and private schools, homeschool cooperatives, and special events. 

Tyler has experience in many traditional crafts and skills, with a special passion for willow basketry. He tends around 30 species of European basket willow and plans to provide basket material and live cuttings to the Asheville community in the near future. 

Equitable Pricing Model $625 – $350 (Class price includes the $150 materials fee)

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 $625: 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 $485: The Standard reflects one person’s share of what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.
  • Equity Discount $350: 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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WILLOW PACK – 10/20/2022 Sponsor Price
Supports accessibility for others as well as yourself
$ 625.00
WILLOW PACK – 10/20/2022 Standard Price
Covers your share of basic class expenses
$ 485.00
WILLOW PACK – 10/20/2022 *Equity Discount
*Available for those of the global majority who identify as coming from a racialized community or an underrepresented ethnicity and would not have access to this workshop without this discount
$ 350.00
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Kim Dunn

Community Equity Advocate (she/her)

Kim grew up in a multicultural home in the Midwest. Since her teenage years she was already enamored with yoga and spiritual traditions of the East. After college, she answered a deep longing to go to Asia to discover her roots, to immerse herself in the Chinese language, and to expand her mind.

Living in Shanghai for over 5 years brought the wonderful experience teaching yoga full time and connecting with her cultural identity. In 2018 she left China to go to Europe, where she lived in Romania and then France for a couple years. This was her “DIY Masters” degree period where she learned yoga nidra, astrology, guitar, and wildcrafting, all while facilitating women’s circles and addressing personal health issues.

In the spring of 2021, Kim made the decision to come back to the US for the same reason why she left: roots. A true rooting phase is in process, with long term dreams of building a home and community. She’s grateful to be back in NC, tucked away in the mountains where she’s synthesizing all that she’s learned to offer to the world. These travels have enabled an authentic embodiment of the bridge between East and West that she was born to be.