Minga Skill Building Hub

Happy chocolate making workshop participants 2014


Do you wish you could make pies like your grandmother, knit something you’ll actually wear, or forage for edible plants and fungi?  What about butcher a hog or brew your own craft beer?  These skills, perfected by past generations, are being lost to many of us today.

Minga Skill Building Hub runs hands-on workshops where you learn how to create more of the products you consume.  Each workshop is designed so that you bring home a finished product and/or will be able to complete a finished product on your own. Materials are organic and sourced from local suppliers whenever possible.

Workshops are led by people who have a passion for their craft and who are eager to share their expertise, excitement and story.  Workshop length and small group size (typically a maximum of 8 participants) allow for plenty of one-on-one coaching and encouragement.

‘Minga’ (or ‘minca’) is a South American term.  It refers to a gathering that takes place to accomplish a task where the whole community benefits.  The more people who are skilled in the crafts of daily living, the more robust our community.  It’s like how in permaculture, the needs of one element are met by the surplus of another.  Our community’s essential needs can be met by the skills held within it.

Ready to re-skill? Check out our upcoming workshops.

Want to learn more? Read about Minga in the Guelph Tribune, or listen to a documentary about the popular Art of Butchery workshop that aired on CBC’s Sunday Morning.


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Hi, I’m Ami Dehne. I started Minga over 100 workshops ago to foster community resilience here in Guelph.

My passion for designing and coordinating skill building workshops started while co-creating Green Calgary’s award winning Healthy Homes program in 2009.

I spent a year in New Zealand to deepen my knowledge of traditional skills.  I learned everything from milking goats and making cheese to building a straw bale house.  I also learned a lot about food security, environmental sustainability and community.

Since then I’ve built partnerships and organized events like the Resilience Festival for Transition Guelph, Local Food Festival for Taste Real, and the Harvest Home Festival for Guelph Wellington Museum and Archives .  I continue to lend my leadership, mediation and influencing skills to local sustainability initiatives.

In my spare time I’m a white water paddler, permaculture designer, cook, potter, animal lover, cyclist, and recently a new mother.  I also love learning how rewarding and easy it can be to create more and consume less.

Got a question? Contact me.

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