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Online Discussion with Mary Swander: The Maverick M.D. – Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez and His Fight for a New Cancer Treatment

Author Mary Swander will lead an online discussion Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 10:00am CDT, featuring her new book: The Maverick M.D.: Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez and His Fight for a New Cancer Treatment.

Because of overwhelming interest, Swander is offering a third online discussion of the book.

This book tells the fascinating story of a courageous M.D. who took on the conventional medical system to put his alternative cancer treatment to the test. Learn how Gonzalez developed his nutritional theory based on his knowledge of sustainable agriculture and the research of Weston Price, Francis M. Pottenger and William D. Kelley. Understand the many obstacles placed in Gonzalez’s path, and get a glimpse into the lives of the many patients he helped recover from devastating illnesses.

Special guest will be autonomic neuroscientist / nutritionist Matt Janes, discussing the use of the Gonzalez program to help deal with his father’s mental illness. Janes wrote Saving Dad, which charts his father’s battle with bipolar disorder, and how he resolved it using Dr. Gonzalez’s nutritional protocol. Prior to that, he suffered for 40 years, reliant upon electric shock treatment biweekly. Gonzalez had a profound impact on the lives of both Janes and his father. 

Read the book and come prepared to ask questions and to share your insights with others.

More information on The Maverick M.D. and how to order the book here.

No charge but registration is necessary. REGISTER HERE.

 

Writing your Memoir: Sample Chapters. Online class with Mary Swander

Write your memoir, with author Mary Swander! Create a polished chapter,  from the opening paragraph and overarching idea to the final line.

It’s time to write a polished chapter of your memoir.

Participants will write at least one sample chapter of their memoirs, polishing the piece from the opening paragraph to the final line. They will create an alluring attack that raises dramatic questions and establishes the narrator’s voice, weaving together the theme and metaphor of the book. The sample chapters will balance scene and summary, and make smooth transitions, moving back and forth in space and time. Emphasis will be placed on the overarching idea of the chapter as well as the individual sentences themselves.

We will have four sessions in this Tuesday series, 10am to noon Central Standard Time.  Each session will build upon the past class, to lead towards the writing of a book-length manuscript.

This class is taught by Mary Swander, award-winning and nationally-acclaimed author.

Session 1. Tuesday, January 5, 2021. 10am-noon CST.

Session 2. Tuesday, January 12, 10am-noon.

Session 3. Tuesday, January 19, 10am-noon.

Session 4. Tuesday, January 26, 10am-noon.

Sponsored by Land Alliance Folk School and by AgArts, a non-profit designed to imagine and promote a healthy food system through the arts. $138. REGISTER HERE.

 

Entrepreneurship for a New Era: The Economy of Enough: Online Course

The pulse of our nation is changing, and for business start-ups, that is both a challenge and an opportunity to think in new ways. 

The experience of a global pandemic has led many to reconsider priorities and reevaluate what success looks like. In this course, we’ll learn the steps of starting an enterprise that grows out of your values and redefines success.

Week 1:  Crafting a vision based on your values.  Jan. 9, 10 am – 12 pm. 

Week 2:  Building a container: Leveraging what you have with what you need.  Jan 16, 10 am – 12 pm.

Week 3:  Cultivating systems of simplicity and adaptability.  Jan 23, 10 am – 12 pm.

Week 4:  Navigating the inner landscape.  Jan 30, 10 am – 12 pm

Instructor Anna Geyer has 20 years of experience creating and operating several small businesses in rural Iowa.  Best known is her wood-fired pizza venue, Geyer’s Oven.  Most recently, she founded Land Alliance Folk School & Retreat Center, offering lodging, classes and retreats. 

Sponsored by Land Alliance Folk School and by AgArts, a non-profit designed to imagine and promote a healthy food system through the arts. $138. REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS

 

 

Color for the Winter: Natural Dyes at Home: Online Class

Brighten up your winter by learning natural dye techniques at home!

Join us to learn natural dyeing at home in this virtual four-week class presented by Lesley Darling. Over the first three weeks, we will cover beginner’s topics including shibori, how to make a dye bath, bundle dyeing, mordanting cotton, and more! Lesley will send out kits for each student. Students will create at least 3 projects, combining the provided kit with common household materials. Kit fees are covered in the cost of the class.

Projects may be completed at any time between classes, and during the last class we will share our results and continue discussion. Students are encouraged to start saving onion skins upon registration (red and yellow)! We will discuss other necessary materials during the first week of class, so don’t rush out to buy anything!

Week 1: Feb. 6, 10am-noon: Shibori techniques with madder.

Week 2: Feb. 13, 10am-noon: Bundle dyeing on silk.

Week 3: Feb. 20, 10am-noon: Mordanting cotton.

Week 4: Feb. 27, 10am-noon: Final discussion and follow-up.

Classes will be conducted via Zoom and recorded for those who need to miss a class. Kits are not available to ship internationally, but students located outside of the US are encouraged to get in touch with us and we can discuss local sourcing and other options!

Lesley will mail out kits 1 week prior to class beginning so early registration is recommended. Students who register by Jan. 29 should have their kits by the start of the class. Students who register later may not have their kits for the first class, but will be easily able to catch up. Please note that we are not responsible for pandemic-related shipping delays. All packages will ship USPS.

Instructor Lesley Darling is a Midwest-based fiber artist with international experience and 7+ years of textile practice.

Sponsored by Land Alliance Folk School and by AgArts, a non-profit designed to imagine and promote a healthy food system through the arts. $159. REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS

 

Swander Woman Productions

Online and in-person touring schedule. Very little in-person touring currently due to safety guidelines related to covid 19. For a presentation for your virtual event, contact touringSWP@gmail.com.

Map of my Kingdom

 

Vang

Farm-to-Fork Tales

 

 

AgArts Field Day: Drive-In Puppet Show at the Land Alliance Folk School

Imagine that you are an alligator, visiting a deserted mall!

The annual AgArts Field Day will be held Sunday, August 30 at the Land Alliance Folk School and Geyer farm at 1259 Rohret Rd SW, Oxford, Iowa, west of Iowa City. The program will begin promptly at 7:00pm.

Advance registration is required. The fee is $10 per car. REGISTER HERE.

The field day is a drive-in event this year, featuring Eulenspiegel Puppets performing Shenanigans: Animals in Charge! It’s a new show based on true stories of animal antics during a pandemic, “with a lot of imagination thrown in,” said Eulenspiegel director Monica Leo. The show will be entertaining for all ages.

Mary Swander will give a concise talk about AgArts, which imagines and promotes healthy food systems through the arts.

In addition, Anna Geyer will tell briefly about the Land Alliance Folk School, located on her family’s diverse farm which includes a food forest, cutting garden and wood-fired pizza oven.

Jean Graham, artist from Austin, Texas, participated in an AgArts Farm-to-Artist Residency at the Geyer farm last summer, and created a graphic zine about her experience. A few of Graham’s images will be shown before and after the puppet show.

Ice cream bars will be provided to all guests.

Sound will be available through FM car radios and through smart phones. Attendees are to remain in their vehicles and stay for the entire program, 7:00-8:15pm.

Attendees must register and pay $10 per car by August 29.

Rain date is Monday, August 31 at 7:00pm. Check AgArts or Land Alliance Folk School on Facebook for rain-related announcements.

The AgArts Field Day is a Friend-of-Practical-Farmers-of-Iowa event.

For more information, see AgArts.org, contact Mary Swander at 319.936.0187, swandermary@gmail.com or contact Anna Geyer at 319.325.6609, info@landalliancefolk.com.