OUR 2021 WORKSHOPS:

KIDS WORKSHOPS:

All participating children MUST be accompanied by an adult, if under 12 years old.

 

Artist Trick or Treat - Pack your kids’ costumes and bring them to trick-or-treat with this year’s lineup of artists, who will be handing out candy.

 

How to Play the Spoons - John Merikoski, The Way Down Wanderers, 2 spoons required.

 

Kids Yoga - Yoga helps kids to relax, relieve stress and anxiety, sleep better, improve emotional regulation, increase empathy, and improve mood and affect.

 

Beginner Fiddle with Collin Krause -  *all ages. Dust off your Grandmother’s old fiddle and get ready for some fiddlin’.

 

Kids Jam with The Way Down Wanderers (instruments not required but encouraged.)

 

Arm Face Painting - With Jonelle Thompson! *Materials provided.

 

Make Your Own Banjo With Brockelle Noel - In this workshop, kids will be able to assemble and decorate their own banjo and then be invited to bring their homemade instrument on stage with The Way Down Wanderers for a performance on Sunday!

 

Intro to Camping - In this workshop, we’ll be talking about everything we’ll need to go camping. We’ll be practicing setting up our tents and building safe campfires. Participants might even leave with a special sweet treat in the end.

 

Mystical Fairies Arts and Crafts - In this workshop, we’ll talk all about the mystical fairies in the forest. We’ll read a story about these fairies and even have an arts and crafts project to help us attract them.

 

First American Tools and Instruments - This workshop will offer kids an opportunity to play different types of instruments by various indigenous people. Additionally, you’ll get to play some special games and try some tools that date back hundreds of years.

 

Learn to Sign a Wanderers Song! - Join Patty Williams to learn a Wanderers song off of the new album, “More Like Tomorrow,” and perform it on stage. (All Ages.)

 

Kids Open Mic - hosted by Keith Yoder at the Acoustic Stage.

 

 

ADULTS WORKSHOPS:


Morning Yoga - Gentle, restorative practice. Meets both Saturday and Sunday mornings.


Song Writing: Arrangement & Form - The Way Down Wanderers

 

Learn a Mexican Folk Song - with John Williams of The Way Down Wanderers. Speak some Spanish and learn about the tradition of folk music in Mexico.

 

Improvising with Keith Yoder - We will work with rhythmic and melodic ideas to enhance your ability to improvise while playing backup and lead. This will include embellishing a groove. *

 

Basic Sound with Keith Yoder - working a mic - creating a good mix. We will demonstrate and give you opportunities to practice on a microphone. *

 

Bluegrass Jam Basics with Keith Yoder - Learn the etiquette of jamming and finding your role in a jam session. This will will include how to accompany another musician. *

 

           *Mature kids who are interested in music are welcome

 

Bluegrass Banjo - with Chain Station’s Chris Elliot - Fretboard Geography: learn how to create your own solos and explore new ways to improvise.

 

Beginners Fiddle with Collin Krause - *all ages. Dust off your Grandmother’s old fiddle and get ready for some fiddlin’.

 

Learn to Sign a Wanderers Song! - Join Patty Williams to learn a Wanderers song off of the new album, “More Like Tomorrow,” and perform it on stage. (All Ages.)

 

Adult Paint Party Workshop - with Jonelle Thompson*Allow 2 hrs, materials provided. Paint your own canvas!

 

Backcountry Cooking Class - It’s the food network.... Outdoor style. In this workshop, we’ll be talking about several types of backcountry cooking using a variety of backcountry stoves and Dutch ovens. Come hungry!

 

Interpretive Hike - Southern Illinois is an amazing ecological area with incredible biodiversity. Explore our Lakeview trail and learn about what makes Southern Illinois an incredible outdoor destination.

 

Backpacking/Camping 101 - Touch of Nature has over 3100 acres of woodlands and borders the Shawnee National Forest. Southern Illinois has so many incredible outdoor destinations and we want to help you go there. Come to this workshop to learn everything you need to know about how to prepare for an outdoor backpacking adventure.

 

Healing Village - New this year! Join Jolene Wright for a series of courses designed to center, calm and heal the mind and body.

 

Adults Open Mic - hosted by Keith Yoder at the Acoustic Stage.

 

NEW! ACOUSTIC STAGE - HOSTED BY KEITH YODER

 

Kids Open Mic - Here's your opportunity to perform on the stage for your friends and family.

 

Adults Open Mic - Here's an opportunity for some stage time performing for an attentive audience.

 

Costume Barn Dance - Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and have some fun dancing. We'll do some square dancing and some Contra dancing as well. * Adults only

 

NEW! HEALING VILLAGE - HOSTED BY JOLENE WRIGHT

*yoga mats and open hearts encouraged

 

Morning Yoga - Gentle, restorative practice. Meets both Saturday and Sunday Mornings.

Sound Healing - Relax your mind and body with the healing benefits of gong sound meditation.

Kids Yoga - Yoga helps kids to relax, relieve stress and anxiety, sleep better, improve emotional regulation, increase empathy, and improve mood and affect.

Cacao Ceremony - A safe nourishing environment for you to connect with yourself, the spirit of cacao, and other people. A safe, nourishing environment for all. Adults only.

Guided Silent Walking Meditation - Join us for a silent, meditative hike in the woods while mindfully taking in the sounds, smells and sights of nature.

 

CAMPFIRE JAMS

Scheduled Jams for kids and adults, based on ability level will be scheduled and led by Wander Down Jam Ambassadors, throughout the weekend.

 

PAY-TO-PLAY ACTIVITIES

Intro to Mountain Biking - Mountain bike required Zip-Line
Climbing Wall
Private Banjo and Guitar Lessons - with Keith Yoder

 

 

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