I have been searching for something for a while. I don’t know what it is. It might be a new career, it might be a hobby, or maybe simply some skill that I might be able to use somewhere, sometime. Or a skill that I may never use again. I started this search about two years ago by actively signing up for any course - single- or multi-day - that I might be interested in, whether it be a one-night cooking class in Austin, where I live, or a week-long camp about letterpress type in Buffalo, New York. There have been times I have waffled, wondering if I want to enroll in a class, workshop or camp. In the end, I always register, telling myself that if I don’t like it, I can simply leave. I have yet to leave, and I walk away from every event with something valuable. And I’ve had a lot of fun.
What I’ve discovered is that a lot of my friends are in the same boat: they’re restless, want something else, but unsure of what it is that they want. These same friends are all naturally curious and want to learn. After asking me for suggestions of workshops or courses in Santa Fe, my friend Ann Daly suggested that I start to blog about my experiences as a camper. She called me the camp curator. I signed up right away!
Most of the camps I’ve done in recent years are design or food related. I also will share camps and classes that sound interesting to me, ones that I’d like to attend even if I can’t because of time, location or money. Let me know if you hear of a camp that sounds interesting. I might want to go!
Images from Quillisascut Farm School, 2011.
Here is a list of sleep-over (multi-day) camps I’ve been to in the past two years:
Being a total Rock Star! Ladies Rock Camp benefitting Girls Rock Camp Austin (http://www.girlsrockcampaustin.org/), Austin, Texas.
Silkscreening with BBQ sauce, making stop motion animations, book binding, friendship bracelet making, canoeing and lassoing at Camp Waldemar. AIGA Design Ranch (http://www.designranch.org/), Hunt, Texas.
Milking goats, making cheese, learning about birds, bees and fruit trees at Intro to Farming, Quillisascut (http://quillisascut.com/), Rice, Washington.
Sommelier school. Drinking wine, a lot of it. And learning about it too. Level II Certification, International Wine Guild (http://www.internationalwineguild.com/), Austin, Texas.
Food Writing 101. OK this isn’t a camp but a really great 8-week online-based writing course with Molly O’Neill. Cook ‘n’ Scribble (http://www.cooknscribble.com/).
And if I’m going the non-camp route, I should mention Spanish school. Despite that I still don’t speak the language, I highly recommend Live the Language (http://www.livethelanguage.org/), Austin, Texas.