Now that the gardens are planted, the rains have (finally) come, lets find a way to keep our fiber arts growing as well! This is a gathering of local area spinners, knitters, needle felters and other fiber artists, open to all, to help make this truly a "makers" space. Lets see what yarns we can tell as well as spin! Bring your wheel, your drop spindle, your knitting or other wool and fiber projects. Bring a snack to share if you wish. Email us at FreedomMakersStudio@gmail.com FMI. Thanks!
Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Moriah Helms
This Mysore Style class is an Ashtanga Yoga class, as traditionally practiced in Mysore, India, the home of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The Mysore class is a group class where students have a self-paced practice, with verbal instruction and hands-on adjustments from the teacher. Because the instruction in a Mysore class is highly individualized, it is appropriate for both new students as well as more advanced practitioners.
Each student is taught and supported by the teacher as he/she memorizes the sequence and develops a personal rhythm to the practice. This class is appropriate for students of all levels and is an excellent opportunity to develop a practice that can slowly build over a lifetime. Knowing the sequence of postures is not required, just being open-minded, curious, and receptive to learning.
Moriah Helms started practicing Ashtanga in 2010 and she has never looked back. Moriah teaches out of a love for the practice, and is excited to be bringing Ashtanga to midcoast Maine. The vigorous, disciplined practice of the primary series awoke in her a sense of freedom, competence, and well-being. Moriah's classes are challenging yet accessible, and she works to create a warm, fun atmosphere.
Class time: Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 (arrive anytime between 5:30 and 6:30 to start practicing. All students must be finished with their practice by 7:30.)
Starting June 27 and continuing throughout the summer. $10 drop-in fee or $80 for 10-class card (card also good for Moriah's Monday eve class at The Mill in Freedom).
Come out for a first first Friday in Freedom. The First Fridays of summer I'll stay open late for a chance for us to visit. So many awesome summer gatherings, fairs, dances, and time in the beautiful and nurturing waters around us - it is hard to do it all! And so, if your time and space find you in Freedom, stop by and join us. Visit the studio, take a walk up to the Mill, Enjoy a summer evening with friends, close to home. See you this Friday 5 until 7 pm!
Tremolino is three Maine musicians who play Portuguese fado and more. Leslie Stein has sung various kinds of music over the years, from folk to rock to musicals and jazz. Fado is her current passion, and she plays guitar. Stein has also performed as an actor in Mid-Coast and Central Maine theaters. Doug Ronco has played sinuous and accomplished guitar in many forms and lends his ear for world music. Chris Marshall has played in a Russian balalaika group, a Javanese gamelan and a Bulgarian dance band; he's amazed by the resemblance of fado to Russian gypsy music. Tremolino’s repertoire also includes Italian, French and Spanish songs. Join us for a special evening at Freedom Makers Studio, a local space celebrating arts and music in our neck of the woods!
Doors open 6:30 pm for refreshments, time to wander the studio and see friends. $10 donation requested. FMI contact FreedomMakersStudio@gmail.com
Fado is Portugal’s blues or tango or flamenco. The word fado means fate in Portuguese. its poetic mystery and its ability to fuse dichotomous traits: impossible pain and fervent joy, life’s cruelty with love’s intensity, destiny, betrayal in love, death and despair. The essential element of fado music is “saudade"-- longing, yearning or nostalgia for unrealized dreams. Fado flowers from this fatalistic world view. It speaks of an undefined yearning that can’t be satisfied. Fado music is the heart of the Portuguese soul. its roots go back to the 12th century to traditions of song and poetry brought by Provencal troubadours, the Moors who lived in Portugal, and the Jews. Some say it came as a dance from Africa in the 19th century and was adopted by the poor on the streets of Lisbon. Or perhaps it started at sea as the sad, melodic songs coaxed from the rolling waves by homesick sailors and fishermen. Or it was defined by Portugal’s days as a great colonial power in the 16th century, when it sent generations of men overseas. Beginning in the 19th century, gypsy singer Maria Severa had a tempestuous, highly publicized affair with a nobleman, Count Vimioso, that stimulated interest in the music. People wondered for the first time, 'What's going on down there?' The middle class and upper classes began going down to the older, poorer neighborhoods of Lisbon, where the music was sung everywhere from taverns to street corners — and that validated fado.. Though this is music of melancholy and longing, and has been associated with sailors, slaves, poets and kings, Fado was always music from poor people. By the early twentieth century, fado had become a fixture in the everyday life of Lisbon’s working class. It was played for pleasure but also to relieve the pain of life. Skilled singers known as fadistas performed at the end of the day and long into the night. Fado was the earthy music of taverns and brothels and street corners in the old poor sections of Lisbon. The traditional accompaniment for the fadista is a Portuguese guitarra, a 12-string instrument, and the guitar, called “viola de fado”.
CLASS CANCELLED - TO BE RESCHEDULED - Growing Compassion and Calm - Mindfulness for Young and Old - with Gabe Baldwin
Growing Compassion and Calm - Mindfulness for Young and Old with Gabriel Baldwin is special offering for all ages.
Let's get playful and serious! Gabriel's got mindfulness games to play! Kids, bring your games and ideas - the adults can learn from you! Gabriel will also facilitate mindfulness exercises that will accommodate and engage both young and old. Learning mindfulness can bring families closer and give the whole family the same tool kit to work with strong emotions! All are welcome: kids of any age, adults, elders, etc. Bring the whole family! Adults without kids are definitely welcome too!
$5/per youth 4-19
$10/per person over 20.
Free for children 0-3.
Gabriel Baldwin (son of Peter Baldwin of Baldwin Apple Ladders, and Elizabeth Garber, acupuncturist and writer) has taught mindfulness to over 3,100 youth and hundreds of educators and parents at public schools, after school programs, and camps in Massachusetts including over 25 mindfulness retreat programs for teens with Insight Meditation Society and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. He has been practicing mindfulness since 2002.
To register, call 207.322.6553 or email FreedomMakersStudio@gmail.com
The next Home Grown Nite at Freedom Makers Studio is coming up on Thursday April 19! Join local friends, music makers, poets, dreamers, storytellers and singers for an evening of music and musings from 7-9 pm! It's turning into a fun monthly gathering! visit with friends, enjoy the artwork, hear great original music and farmer poetry!
Free Cider and snacks. Donations welcome. Contact us at FreedomMakersStudio@gmail.com FMI.
The easing of the winter chill and the lengthening days remind me that there is still time to tend to winter creative projects, if I can only find the time! So, lets make time. This is a gathering of local area spinners, knitters, needle felters and other fiber artists, open to all, to help make this truly a "makers" space. Lets see what yarns we can tell as well as spin! Bring your wheel, your drop spindle, your knitting or other wool and fiber projects (and your own spinning stool please!). Bring a snack to share if you wish. Email us at FreedomMakersStudio@gmail.com FMI. Thanks!
Many of us know and love Lesia Sochor's watercolors, paintings and infectious creativity and energy. We are fortunate that she is coming to Freedom Makers Studio to share another one of her special skills, drawing on her Ukrainian roots, Pysanka - Ukrainian Easter egg painting! Cost is $15 for adult and child, $12/individual (kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult). Contact Lissa to sign up!
POSTPONED! NEW DTE TBD
Katenia Keller, painter, tarot designer and guide will come to the studio on Saturday morning March 17th from 10-12 for a group workshop and tarot readings. $45 includes your own tarot reading in the group as a learning process for all!
Katenia developed her Pythias Sacred Geometry Tarot paintings when she lived here in this old Knights of Pythias Hall in Freedom Village. It will be great to have her back where it all started! Welcome spring with this inner exploration as we move towards the light!
Pythias Sacred Geometry tarot decks are available for sale at Freedom Makers Studio. This is a great chance to learn how to use this beautiful tarot deck.
Contact Lissa at FreedomMakersStudio@gmail.com or 207.322.6553 to reserve your spot.
The next Open Mic Nite at Freedom Makers Studio is coming up on Thursday March. 15! Join local friends, music makers, poets, dreamers and singers for an evening of music and musings from 7-9 pm! It's turning into a fun monthly gathering! visit with friends, enjoy the artwork, hear great original music and farmer poetry!
Free Cider and popcorn. Donations welcome. Contact us at FreedomMakersStudio@gmail.com FMI.
The easing of the winter chill and the lengthening days remind me that there is still time to tend to winter creative projects, if I can only find the time! So, lets make time. This is a gathering of local area spinners and knitters, open to all, to help make this truly a "makers" space. Lets see what yarns we can tell as well as spin! Bring your wheel, your drop spindle, your knitting or other wool and fiber projects (and your own spinning stool please!). Bring a snack or dish to share if you wish.
The next Open Mic Nite at Freedom Makers Studio is coming right up on Thursday Feb. 15! Join local friends, music makers, poets, dreamers and singers for an evening of musical musings from 6:30-9 pm! Free Cider and popcorn; Donation requested ;-).
As the deep chill of winter settles in, I am drawn to the whir of my spinning wheel and the warm feel of fleece between my fingertips. I've more projects than time, but now with ice and snow, our creative spirits flow. This is a gathering of local area spinners and knitters, open to all, to help make this truly a "makers" space. Lets see what yarns we can tell as well as spin! Bring your wheel, your drop spindle, your knitting or other wool and fiber projects (and your own spinning stool please!)
Hey friends and neighbors,
We are hosting another open mic on Thursday, January 18 at 7PM. Feel free to come at 6:30 and visit a bit w/neighbors. We are hoping to make this a regular third-Thursday-thing. Come & share your creativity and/or enjoy some home-spun entertainment. Feel free to spread the word. All welcome! (If snowing, please park across bridge at lighted Freedom Mill parking lot!).
Photo: Cassandra Lishman's homestead, Plas Helyg at Lammas Ecovillage in Wales.
Freedom Makers Studio is hosting a presentation by Cassandra Lishman of Lammas Ecovillage in the Pembrokeshire Hills of Wales on Sunday Dec. 10 from 2-4 pm at the Studio. Refreshments will be available and the store will be open.
Lammas Ecovillage is a pioneering homesteading community in Wales that developed under the “One Planet Development” scheme that permits and encourages off-grid homesteads on farmland in Wales. Cassie will talk about the origins of the community and how the nine homesteads that are part of the ecovillage work towards self-sufficiency and sustainable livelihoods and building a cohesive community. Cassie is also a willow sculpture artist using many species of willows grown on her homestead. Please come to hear about this unique multi-age community and welcome her to our community of homesteaders, makers and sustainability leaders.
Freedom Makers Studio host Lissa Widoff lived with Cassie at Lammas during the summer of 2014 where she learned about dry stonewalling, cob roundhouses, willow lathe and plaster and how cold and windy it is in June on the Welsh coast.
Freedom Makers Studio is an art gallery and community hub for local Waldo County artists and makers. Holiday storefront hours are Fridays and Saturdays 12-6 pm and Sundays starting Dec. 10 from 12-4. pm with other times by appointment or chance. Shop local and celebrate the rich creative expressions of our community! Sign up for more information at the Freedom Makers Studio Facebook Page and website – www.FreedomMakersStudio.com. FMI call Lissa Widoff at 322-6553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for an afternoon opening celebration to see the new gallery space in Freedom and and welcome our first group of Freedom artists to share their work! Refreshments provided!