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Registration open for Happy Dancing Turtle’s 2022 Back to Basics

From Jan. 22 and continuing through Feb. 6, all virtual workshops will be available for paid participants to watch at their leisure. The pre-recorded workshops include topics such as fermenting, yoga, cooking, native plants, nature, cordwood construction, health and wellness and more.

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PINE RIVER — Registration is now open for 2022 Back to Basics, featuring in-person and virtual options.

Now in its 16th year, the Happy Dancing Turtle event offers workshops about and resources for sustainable living.

It all kicks off at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 with a virtual keynote from Diane Wilson, former executive director for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance and author of “The Seed Keeper.” Her keynote topic is "Growing Justice and Equity in Our Food Landscape."

Those interested can watch the keynote address live on Happy Dancing Turtle's Facebook page for free. For those who register for the virtual workshops, they will receive a Zoom link for the keynote, giving the option to watch it live or after it is uploaded to the channel with all the virtual workshops.

From Jan. 22 and continuing through Feb. 6, all virtual workshops will be available for paid participants to watch at their leisure. The pre-recorded workshops include topics such as fermenting, yoga, cooking, native plants, nature, cordwood construction, health and wellness and more.

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In-person workshops will begin Jan. 24, running as a series of evening classes through Feb. 25. Classes will be at the Pine River-Backus High School. The variety of topics include child development, wellness, gardening, felting, beekeeping, raising chickens, Ayurveda, personal development and more.

Each presenter has determined their requests for masking and social distancing for each workshop, which is noted in the course descriptions.

This year will also feature a spring fair May 21 at the Lakes Music and Events Park in Pine River. Select workshops and activities for the whole family will also be offered there. It will also be where participants can meet vendors and exhibitors providing goods, demonstrations and information about sustainable living. There is no admission fee or registration required to attend the spring fair.

For more information about all these events, visit happydancingturtle.org/back-to-basics .

With headquarters in Pine River, Happy Dancing Turtle is a nonprofit dedicated to growing good stewards of the planet by providing education, programs and experiences for youths and adults.

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