Skill Share Workshops to Brighten Your Winter Season

by Barbara Lewis

December and January have already brought their share of snow, ice, wind, and brutal cold to Wayne County, and as the holiday season fades into the past, we all search for creative ways to entertain and educate ourselves during the balance of the winter season.

Some days we like to get out our skis or snowshoes, and enjoy the outdoors when snow conditions permit.  Other days we like to curl up with a book, put a pot of soup on the stove to simmer, or write long reflective passages in our journals.

Let Transition Honesdale offer you some other options. We can help you get out of the house to socialize with your neighbors while learning some new skills.


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Herbal skin-care products can be made simply and
affordably in your own kitchen. Credit: Contributed photo.

Gudrun Feigl, a native of Germany who moved to the area eleven years ago, started her own business, Mount Pleasant Herbary, to grow and prepare the great variety of herbal blends she missed from her native country. She is now a well-respected vendor at several farmers markets and local crafts events. Her attractively packaged herbal tea blends, soaps, healing balms, buckwheat pillows, and sachets have grown in popularity, and her products can be purchased online from her website She grows all of the herbs for her products on her own farm.

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Gudrun Feigl at her Mount Pleasant Herbary booth at Waystock Festival in July, 2013. Credit: Photo by Kelly Waters, The Wayne Independent

MountPleasantRGBrFeigl will offer a workshop on Saturday, February 15th, from 2 – 4 p.m. at  The Cooperage at 1030 Main Street in Honesdale. She’ll share her extensive knowledge by teaching the skill of making body-care products at home.  She will teach the basics and inspire you to create your own custom blends, using natural oils, grains, essential oils, clays and locally grown herbs. No experience is necessary, and participants will take home their handmade products and inspiring recipes.  Pre-register by February 8th at 570-448-3094 or  Limited to 12 people. $10 materials fee.



Winter root vegetables grown by the Anthill Farm include, daikon radish, watermelon radish, celeriac, green meat radish, purple-top turnip, kohlrabi, and winter radish.
Credit: Contributed photo.

Another popular figure in the natural products scene is James Stunkard, owner of Nature’s Grace health food store on Main Street in Honesdale. For many years, “Jamie,” as he is known to all his customers, has offered cooking classes and nutritional consultations to hundreds of area residents.

I’d been noticing the dwindling variety of vegetables at the famers market during the winter, but the abundance of root crops, radishes, turnips, and less common veggies like celeriac and kohlrabi.  When I asked Jamie if he would give a class on how to cook creatively with these exotic and often unfamiliar vegetables, he cheerfully consented. You are invited to join Jamie on Tuesday, March 4th at 6 p.m. at Nature’s Grace, 947 Main Street in Honesdale for this fun workshop on how to spice up your winter menu.  Pre-register at 570-253-3469 by Feb. 26th. Limited to 15 people. Suggested donation: $5.00. Snow date: March 11th.

   Two skill share events are sponsored by


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