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Ely Folk School


Morning Reflection Paddle


with Alexia Springer

Calendar May 23, 2021 at 6 am

Sunday, May 23, 2021
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM 

Tuition: $25  Materials: $10

In this class we will canoe in silence as a group on Miners Lake. The goal is to be present, silently communicative with your boat partner, and reflective - whatever the morning brings you. The peace, stillness, and magic of the early morning hours speaks for itself.

You will also learn canoe terminology and basic strokes for maneuvering around a lake. As John Hayes and Alex Wilson write in their book Quiet Water: New Hampshire and Vermont, “The peaceful solitude of out-of-the-way lakes and ponds lures us to quiet-water paddling. … With quiet-water paddling, you can focus on being there instead of getting there."

Students should meet at the boat landing for Miners Lake at 6:00 AM, ready to go with a bag of necessities: snack, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, etc. We will do a brief hello and introduction to each other and about the canoe before launching. Once in our canoes, we will huddle for a poetry reading and proceed to paddle around the lake silently. At some point, we will stop for brief reflections, followed by practicing and/or learning basic canoe strokes.

EFS Volunteers are donating clean canoes, paddles, and PFDs for this class. If you have your own gear, please bring it to ensure proper fit and comfort. You are welcome to bring your own canoe or kayak, so long as it is properly licensed. 

This class is being held outdoors. The Ely Folk School encourages students to receive a vaccine for the Coronavirus prior to attending class, but it is not required. 

About the Instructor: Alexia Springer has a degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism from Radford University and has worked as an outdoor educator at various camps and universities, most notably Earlham College as the Outdoor Education Coordinator.

"One of my favorite activities on canoe expeditions is taking what we would call a "voyageur start" which meant waking up early, breaking down camp, and setting out into our canoes for the day in the early morning hours. Somewhere along the way I started incorporating a poem reading followed by silent paddling," Alexia says. 

Backcountry Baking


with Alexia Springer

Calendar Jun 11, 2021 at 4 pm

Friday, June 11, 2021
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $25

Baking with Chef Boy-Aren't-You-Hungry!

Nothing is quite as satisfying after a long day of paddling than eating a great tasting meal by the campfire. Don't get into the trap of bring pre-packaged meals - backcountry cooking doesn't have to be complicated!

In this class you will learn about different types of bread and baked goods you can make with basic bulk ingredients you travel with when camping. After an introduction to backcountry baking, we will proceed to making individual pizzas!

Each student will receive the supplies and expert tips necessary to create and consume their own individual pizza. Students need only bring a notebook for ideas, recipes, and tips learned during class.

This class will take place in person, with limited capacity at the Ely Folk School. In addition to adhering to CDC and Minnesota State guidelines, the Ely Folk School is monitoring local public health.

About the Instructor: Alexia Springer says, "I've been on all sides of wilderness trips- a student, an instructor, a program coordinator, and on my own personal expeditions. I often tire of the same old mac and cheese or dehydrated food that is often easily prepared and rapidly consumed. Making fresh baked products is an amazing tool for boosting group morale!"

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