On Vashon, you are your own utility. Find out how to keep your septic system and well operating safely, in the best interest of the health of all of us.
Backbone Executive Director Bill Moyer interviews Caitlin Ames of Matsuda Farm.Read more
Brian Cox, Ringleader of the Virtual Fix-It Cafe, introduces the day of fixes and gets us started with Lamp Repair. Island Volunteer Fixers coached Joanne, Liz, and Bailey in making the repairs themselves. We learned how fun and illuminating it is to fix lamps!
Steve Bergman of Zero Waste Vashon kicked off our January Community Teach-In, with a presentation on how the Island is doing on lowering our waste output.
HINT: Not good. (3/4 of what we send to the landfill is actually recyclable.)
Steve talks about Island programs that can help us cut back on our biggest Island export.Read more
Check out this nourishing way to start your day! Terah presented some basic forms of self care as prescribed by Thai Medicine that you can easily do at home.Read more
Julie Shannon took us on a whirlwind tour through elements of creativity - fluency, flexibility and authenticity - and gave suggestions on how we can develop these through conscious and intuitive methods. Take a listen to learn what you need in order to push past perceived limits.Read more
Kara Jones works internationally to help people find creative approaches to grief and life experiences. Here, she gives an introductory overview of expanding the definitions of both Grief and Creativity, and she demonstrates a tool created at The Creative Grief Studio called "The Ripples Of Loss." Learn more about her work at GriefandCreativity.com.Read more
Michelle Lassaline of the Island Tool Library gave a fun orientation on how the tool library works, some of the tools you'll find there, and how you can get involved with this Island resource!
Take a virtual exploration of this Island treasure; then visit their website to join, reserve tools and more at VashonTools.org.Read more
Islander Steve Bergman is an incredible teacher and passionate about all things geologic. Watch this 30 minute overview of Extreme and Exceptional Geological events in Earth’s dynamic evolution that wreaked havoc on the Pacific Northwest environment.
His presentation includes events caused by deep internal processes (eruption of Large Igneous Provinces and formation of the huge Calderas), surface processes (Ice age megafloods), and extraterrestrial processes (Meteor Impacts).Read more
Geologist and Islander Steve Bergman leads us through a fascinating exploration of the geological history of our island, this region and the planet - starting with the rocks on the beaches of Vashon and Maury.Read more
Julie Shannon shares a lifetime of experience selling her crafts through this generous presentation on strategies for success. Get inspired to venture into your own cottage industry doing something you love. Her fabulous presentation and tricks of the trade will help you avoid pitfalls and chart a path to success.Read more
Herbalist Jane Valencia's presentation reconnects us to the place that we live and its capacity to heal body and soul. As an herbal educator, Jane brings makes her vast knowledge and deep relationship with plants and place easy to understand so that you can foster your own skills and well being.