Regardless of the occasion, it’s important to celebrate together in a spirit of fellowship and goodwill.
Minga Skill Building Hub offers private, hands-on workshops to celebrate any special event.
Choose from one of the workshops listed below, or contact us to create your own personalized celebration!
Beer Brewing – Join us for a steamy, fragrant morning/afternoon of mashing grains, boiling worts and hops, and delightful aromas—all in the name of making many people’s favourite beverage, beer! This workshop will explore the process of all-grain brewing. Beginning with milled grains and water, participants will proceed through all the steps for making a beer completely from scratch. Each participant will brew their own 4 litre batch of beer on equipment that can be found in most home kitchens.
Butchery – Bring your friends out for a hands-on, primal experience like no other! In this workshop, you will learn how to break the hog into ‘primals’, which are the first cuts that represent the largest portions of the animal. This is followed by the ‘retail cuts’ which inlcude the shoulder (boston and picnic), loin (chops and loin roasts), belly (bacon, pancetta), leg (ham, proccuttio) and finally the head (headcheese, guanciale). You will leave with all the pork required to have the best BBQ’s this year!
Canning – Explore the art of canning in this hands-on and interactive workshop. Learn to simply and safely stock your pantry with beautiful, delicious treats to enjoy long after the season has passed. You will make, taste and take home jars of pickles, jams or jellies.
DIY Personal Care Products – Come enjoy a relaxing couple of hours learning how to make healthy and inexpensive body care products. During the workshop, you will get to make all natural deodorant, lip balm, shampoo and face moisturizer. You will each leave with these four products that are perfect for yourself, your family, and make a wonderful gifts.
Fermenting – Join us for a tasty, hands-on experience of fermenting various products such as sauerkraut, kombucha or kimchee! You will learn the history and uses of these amazing super foods and how to properly prepare ferments in a hands-on method. Spend some time with your friends while creating these delicious and nutritious fermented treats to take home!
Foraging for Wild Edibles – Come enjoy the wonders of nature while foraging for wild edibles on a late morning/early afternoon hike! Whether you’re keen to learn about nature, want to be more self-reliant or perhaps lack a green thumb, foraging is a fantastic window by which to explore the natural world and increase one’s awareness of and respect for its beauty and complexity. Wild foods are very nutritious and often have much higher amounts of minerals and nutrients than their domesticated counterparts. You will leave with the knowledge of what’s edible and what’s not in their backyard, as well as a harvest of wild edibles to take home!
Homemade Chèvre Cheese Making – Join us for a hands-on cheese making workshop, where you will learn about the entire 36 hour chèvre making process. You will get to make spiced chèvre balls and learn how to spice a Boursin style cheese. Everyone will get to take home fresh spreadable chèvre and a plate of cheese balls to share with their family and friends.
Macrame – Enjoy a morning/afternoon while creating your own beautiful and unique macrame wall hanging! Macrame is making a reappearance in modern homes, giving character and texture to spaces. Inspired by the 70’s fad (and probably seen in your grandmother’s home) it has been revived with a tasteful modern appeal. In this workshop, you will learn the basic knots and techniques to create a macrame wall hanging that is approximately 10″x 35,” made from 3 strand 3/16″ (5mm) natural un-dyed cotton. Everyone will leave with a finished wall hanging and a mind filled with inspiration!
Poultry Butchery – Join us for an engaging workshop where you will learn all you need to know about butchering a bird. Your guide will start by taking you through the basic anatomy of a bird, followed by teaching you various trussing methods and the breakdown of the bird. You will practice trussing, butterflying, spatchcocking, de-boning, making ”supremes’, stuffed legs, breast and wings. At the end of the workshop, you will go home with fully butchered, fresh, pasture-raised chickens ready for the BBQ!
Sashiko Mending – Work wizardry on your worn out denim in this Sashiko mending workshop! Breathe new life into damaged garments by transforming them into one of a kind pieces with new durability and beauty! Traditionally used for Kimono repair, Sashiko is a simple yet beautiful technique that is easy to learn and gives a second chance to just about any clothing item that needs mending. You will be lead through an introduction to Sashiko mending and within class-time we will cover the basics of stitching patterns on a practice sampler. Everyone is encouraged to bring along an item with a hole to be repaired. Step-by-step instruction on how to visibly mend will help you get a start on your sashiko mending project to finish at home.
Sausage Making – Come enjoy a hands-on sausage making experience with a local butcher. You’ll explore all the different facets of sausage making; spice combinations, meat to fat ratios, and proper casing techniques. You will each go home with fresh sausage, packaged for immediate consumption or the freezer, and the confidence and knowledge to successfully make their own at home.
Soapmaking – Join us for a morning/afternoon to learn all the bubbly details of traditional soapmaking. Discover the differences and benefits of “real” natural soap vs the commercial brands through an interactive, hands-on workshop, where you will learn the techniques, the ingredients and equipment needed to make your own sudsy bars. We will give you safety info, touch on some fun science (the backbone of soap), the differences in ingredients and the methods and techniques to create your own custom bars. You will customize, mix and mold your own luxurious bars to take home.
Sourdough Bread Baking – Join us for a morning/afternoon to explore one of the most ancient human activities, baking bread. We’ll make bread using the traditional sourdough technique! You will leave the workshop with a fresh batch of dough to bake the next day, a freshly baked loaf of bread, a healthy and predictable sourdough starter, and the knowledge and confidence needed to make high-quality, rustic, sourdough bread at home.
Refreshments and lunch can be provided upon request.
For more information or to book your special event, please contact us below. We look forward to planning your special event with you!