Playshops

Upcoming 2024 Playshops:

November 2, 2024. Save the date!

Join land tender and certified arborist Corva Rose; poet and inner water tender Dvorah Simon; and habitat tender and licensed irrigation contractor Rachel Chandler for this interactive playshop  We’ll be weaving together irrigation instruction, greywater infiltration, rainwater collection, inner water exploration, art, movement, community, and heart-centered reflection. 

As we sit in the shade in the midpoint of summer, these 2 ½  early-morning cool hours will be a grounding and uplifting gift not only for ourselves, but for the world we experience, affect, and ultimately create.

Your Teachers

Corva Rose

Corva Rose (she/they) is a certified arborist, meditation instructor, Permaculture practitioner, and long-time collector of fancy sticks that become fashion fences.  Corva is devoted to weaving compassion and equity into gardening culture, habitat creation, and urban forestry. 

Cultivating joy, silliness, and presence in the midst of this traumatic climate threshold is something that makes Corva’s heart smile.

Dvorah Simon

 Dvorah Simon (she/her) is a psychologist, poet, and Tree School devotee. She assisted with facilitation of the Tree School Mentorship in 2023 with a focus on the inner garden as expressed in language and poetry. She approaches poetry as the natural speech of the heart, and as such, something accessible to all.

Rachel Chandler

Rachel Chandler (she/her), owner of New Mexico Nature by Design, is a licensed irrigation contractor and landscape designer with over 20 years of experience. Her passion is to create pollinator gardens that both conserve water and support diversity.

What We Will Cover

The Playshop will be held at Corva’s teaching garden in the Uptown area (address will be included in your confirmation email) on the unceded ancestral lands of the Pueblo of Isleta and Sandia in now-called Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Wheelchair access:  The garden/playshop are wheelchair accessible, but the bathroom/house are not.
Community Pricing

For 2024, our Playshops will be donation-based – a donation jar will be at the event, and you can contribute what you are able.

Our wish is that this donation-based sliding scale allows you to pick your payment amount in the spirit of equity, accessibility, generosity, and redistribution, while simultaneously inviting your conscious investment in a gardening culture that is working to create habitat infused with compassion, and supports this small queer business to operate sustainably.

If you can pay more, you’ll help cover the cost for someone else who needs to pay less.  If you can’t pay anything at this time, you are equally welcome here!  No one is keeping track of who does/doesn’t contribute.

We are operating in the spirit of trust and openness.

All funds collected will be donated to The Hook Up – fabulous Albuquerque-based community collective providing abolitionist harm reduction.  They focus on hooking up our community with supplies, resources, connection, de-stigmatization, and love.  This is deeply in concert with the Tree School values of inter-dependence and belonging, and we are so happy to be partnering with them!

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Registration is full but over the next few weeks in the newsletter, we’ll be sharing some of the tips and modalities we learn that day.  Want IN on all the juicy hydro-fearless-ness?  Join our e-newsletter community here.

The next Playshop will be in February, 2023

To stay in touch and get notified as soon as the date is announced, sign up here for our newsletter; (newsletter peeps get first crack at registration!)

As a welcome and thank you for your trust, you’ll get our Pruning Guide,
called Slowing Down to Connect.

Corva's workshops, or "playshops," are inclusive and welcoming. She helps us draw our own connections between the gardens of the heart, the literal garden, and the world. As a teacher, she provides that rare mix of the spiritual/philosophical, and literal down to earth knowledge. I learned how to prune a flower bed. I learned how to let go of things in my heart, another kind of pruning. Wisdom emerges from the combined process, yet is playful and unforced. I suspect no two of us at this event had the same journey, yet all came away nourished, challenged, and refreshed.
~ Dvorah Simon
Thank you for a lovely class on Saturday. I thought the pace and content were just right. I am still meditating on what I learned, and will continue to do so for some time. ~ Christal
~ Christal
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Join our community of vibrant gardeners and inquisitive cultivators DIGGING in to create a resilient world garden in the here and now. As a welcome and thank you for your trust, you’ll get our Pruning Guide, called Slowing Down to Connect.

Mentorship Dates:

The 2024 Mentorship is in-progress, and the 2025 dates have not been set yet.
The following dates/times are when we will be meeting together in person, for our 2024 cohort. Please check to see if you are able to attend all of the following dates, as Tree School has a magic of its own that comes together when we all participate. If you know that you will not be able to make all of the sessions, please indicate this in the application below. If you need to miss a session, we will provide materials/handouts, but there are no makeup sessions.
  • April 20:  (10am – 2pm) We open our circle with a nourishing and welcoming 4-hour retreat/garden time/creative day!
  • April 27:  (10am – 1pm) 
  • May 11:  (time TBA) We will participate in the Yerba Mansa Project Bosque Restoration Day
  • May 25:  (8 – 11am) 
  • June 15:  (8 – 11am) 
  • June 29:  (8 – 11am) 
  • July + August:  We take a break from meeting in person.  These 2 months are Integration/rest/individual project time. There is a Playshop during this time, and we are also connected via Slack.
  • July 14:  Made in the Shade Playshop
  • Sept 7:  (8 – 11am) 
  • Sept 28:  (8 – 11am) 
  • Oct 12:  (10am – 1pm) 
  • Oct 26:  (10am – 1pm) 
  • Nov 2:  Playshop 
  • Nov 9:  (10am – 1pm)
  • Nov 23:  (10am – 2pm) We close our circle with a replenishing and grounding 4-hour retreat/garden time/creative day!

Habitat: Developing wildlife habitat from a place of compassion

You’re very clear about not spraying harmful chemicals in your yard but now you want to learn more about how to actually cultivate a healthy garden ecosystem.

You’re concerned that wildlife are losing habitat at an alarming rate, and your heart hurts thinking about how the climate crisis is affecting them.

You’d like to learn how to make your space both wildlife friendly and a thriving garden that humans can eat from as well.

You’re ready to put your compassion for the seen and unseen beings around you into action, and have your outdoor space be part of the local (and world!) habitat quilt.

Results of the program:
You feel confident in your good-hearted gardening practices, and through the process of certifying your space as Wildlife Habitat, you become an informed and knowledgeable habitat advocate. You get to see more wildlife using the space and receiving benefit, which feels so good!

Community: Cultivating community, belonging, and hope

You feel some isolation and disconnection after the last 2 yrs, and some fragmentation between what’s happening internally in your heart and externally in the world.

You might feel intimidated or unsatisfied by mainstream gardening classes or instructional videos that don’t feel like they speak to your sensitive heart, your worldview that includes equity and justice, or the sovereignty of the Indigenous peoples who are the original stewards of this bioregion.

You long for instruction that speaks to your specific garden and helps you develop the skills you need.

You are ready to be part of a like- minded community of supportive gardeners who are digging deep together, creating a world where we all feel we belong.

Results of the program:
Through getting to experience the tangible support of the community working in your yard, and learning with the other Tree Schoolers over your six months, you feel connected, supported, and supportive. Through building connections with others in the program, you experience feeling cohesive, integrated, and hopeful.

Joy: Mixing your adaptive gardening methods with JOY

You feel fearful and anxious about the unraveling of climate, both locally and globally. You want to know how to effectively prepare for what’s coming, and how to pivot and respond as things change.

You’re ready to learn as much as you can about climate adaptive practices, but you don’t want to feed your fear in the process.

There are so many methods out there, and the clock is ticking. You want to make the most of the time you have, but you know that a light touch and a loving heart will be more fruitful than pushing for results with a worried state of mind.

You are ready to learn how to cultivate joy in the midst of all we are facing, and then co-create adaptivity from this playful place.

Results of the program:
You feel joyful, confident and clear about how to foster more adaptability, and what actual steps to take. You learn the skills needed to transform your yard into the climate resilient garden you want.

Strategy: Moving from confusion to strategic planning & achieving your goals

You look at your garden and wonder where to start and what to do. You don’t want to do it ‘wrong’ but also don’t want to get trapped by ‘shoulds’.

There might be gaps in your skills and figuring out what exactly you need to learn is a bit daunting. Maybe you’ve tried a lot of things and gotten mixed results.

You are tired of getting sporadic help, not really making the progress you want, or it’s slow and feels fragmented and not cohesive. You are longing for some deeper transformation in your yard and your relationship with it, not just a superficial ‘fix’ that addresses one aspect of the garden but not the whole.

You are ready to create a strategy that lays out exactly where you are going with your garden space, what skills you will develop, and how to achieve your goals.

Results of the program:
You are clear and on-track, with momentum, and feel happy with yourself in the process.

You receive help with a plan/design, and also with making solid, important decisions – thus saving time/money.

You learn the gardening skills you need, and experience cohesive, steady, holistic progress that continues and develops into the future.

Engagement: Moving from overwhelm about the world to engagement with the world

You feel deeply about the climate crisis and the suffering in the world, and want to be a positive force for healing and change, but you find yourself getting overwhelmed and frozen about how best to use your energy in service.

You are ready to use your garden space to be part of the solution.

You want to learn what  your role and your next step is here, and how to move into engagement with the world that is grounded and steady.

Results of the program:

You are able to use your depth of feeling to become a more effective, loving presence in your spheres of influence (family, neighborhood, circle of friends, city, or workplace).

You feel clear, on-purpose, and good about your role and engagement in the world.

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