Program Offerings 

Bird Lovers Program

 Location: Keewaydin Farms

15270 Haucke Ln, Viola, WI 54664

Date: Saturday, June 3rd 

Time: 9 AM – 1 PM

Details:

The objective of the Driftless Curiosity Bird Lovers program is to raise awareness, spread knowledge, and teach skills which encourage the community to support the bird population in the Driftless Region and beyond.

The June 3rd workshop will include a discussion on migratory birds and how we plan to further develop sections of our land into diversified and supportive “Bird Sanctuary” areas. We will hike the land with our binoculars and field guides to see and hear who is sharing our space. We will also learn about participating in citizen science as we collect data on the birds we encounter. We hope the Bird Lovers Program inspires the community to practice bird-focused land stewardship in the ecosystems they influence.

Limit 20 – Cost $60 

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Creative Metalworking Weekend

 Location: Keewaydin Farms

15270 Haucke Ln, Viola, WI 54664

Date: Saturday, June 17th & Sunday, June 18th 

Time: Arrive Friday Evening                 Depart Monday Morning 

Details:

In this workshop, Dana Albany, our featured Burning Man artist, will teach valuable metalworking skills and we’ll cultivate meaningful connections while working together on a participatory art project. We hope to foster moments of personal growth where attendants can learn new tool skills and discover the gratification of creative collaborations.

Browse Dana Albany’s work at: https://www.danaalbanyart.com/ 

Email joy@driftlesscuriosity.org if you have questions about this program.

Limit 35 – Cost $375 

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Raising

Sheep and Goats

Location: Keewaydin Farms

15270 Haucke Ln, Viola, WI 54664

Date: Saturday, June 24th

Time: 11 AM – 3 PM

Details:

Are you curious about raising sheep and goats? In this workshop, we’ll learn from Nadia Alber, M.S. Co-owner of Ducks in a Row Family Farm, Director of the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy & Livestock Farmers, and Project Manager of  Farm2Facts for UW-Madison. Nadia will cover basic small ruminant care, feeding, sheering, trimming, fencing, lambing, and rotational grazing. An added bonus to attending this workshop is that 3 of the ewes in the Driftless Curiosity flock should be lambing around this time.   

Email joy@driftlesscuriosity.org with any questions.

Limit 20 – Cost $60 

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Camp Curiosity

Adult Summer Camp

Location: Keewaydin Farms

15270 Haucke Ln, Viola, WI 54664  

Date: Saturday July 22nd – Sunday, July 23rd 

Details:

Do you remember summer camp as a kid? We want to recreate the childhood joys of connecting with new friends, making cool art projects, summer fun, and sharing stories around the campfire. In this action-packed weekend, participants will set up camp on a lovely organic farm and have the opportunity to create unique art projects for big kids. Campers can also learn about life on the farm, hike the land, play games, lay in a hammock, and run through the sprinkler like a kid again. We hope you’ll return home with a couple of rad art projects, a few new friends, and a whole bunch of experiences you’ll never forget.

Email joy@driftlesscuriosity.org

Limit 35

Full Camp Cost: $475 

1 Day Pass: $250     

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Driftless Fly Fishing

Location: Camp Creek Fishery Area is 3 miles east of Viola along State Hwy 56 intersecting with County Hwy MM. There is a parking lot on the east side of the Fishery Area.

Date: Saturday, July 29th 

Details:

In this workshop, Peter Cozad, one of the lead guides from Driftless Angler, will teach you the basics of fly fishing. He will go over techniques for casting, reeling, and landing a fish and offer tips and individual advice on how to improve your cast and your chances of bringing home a trout! Even if you don’t land a fish, you’ll be spending this Saturday by the beautiful waters of Camp Creek surrounded by the wonders of the Driftless. So if you’ve been curious about fly fishing, come out and give it a try. 

Please purchase your fishing license with the DNR prior to the workshop if you would like to fish.  

 Limit: 8

Cost: $75

Email joy@driftlesscuriosity.org with any questions. 

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Wellness Retreat

Location: Keewaydin Farms

15270 Haucke Ln, Viola, WI 54664

Date: Saturday August 5th – Sunday August 6th

Details:

In this nature-based wellness retreat, we’ll take time out of our busy summer to ground together in some simple self-care principles. Throughout the weekend, we’ll move our bodies, eat fresh organic food, meditate, journal, and learn about diverse wellness practices. Participants will have opportunities to learn about Ayurveda, abhyanga, sound healing, stone medicine, the Five Elements, plant allies, yoga nidra, and more. We hope this weekend on the land will open up new pathways to wellness and bring awareness to the wisdom Mother Nature gives us to heal ourselves.

Email joy@driftlesscuriosity.org with any questions.

Limit: 35 

Full Retreat Cost $375

1 Day Pass: $185 

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Hammock Forest Book Club

Location: Keewaydin Farms

15270 Haucke Ln, Viola, WI 54664

Dates: April through October

Details:

In 2023, Driftless Curiosity will be adding a new adult program which combines the peaceful atmosphere of the Hammock Forest with the thought-provoking catalyst of journeying through a book together.

The beauty of the Hammock Forest Book Club is that you can choose your own adventure. Once you join the group, you have access to read in the Hammock Forest for the season. You can choose your own book or coordinate with the club to select, read, and discuss a common book on Sunday afternoons.

The annual club fee is $25.

Members may choose to purchase their own books or check them out from the library.

Members are welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks.

We ask that visitors help to keep the forest clean and take their trash with them.

No dogs please 🙂

Email joy@driftlesscuriosity.org if you have questions about this program or you would like to coordinate with the club to read a common book.

Email joy@driftlesscuriosity.org with any questions.

Kinship with Moon

Series

 

Location: Keewaydin Farms, 15270 Haucke Ln, Viola, WI 54664 and Madison location TBD (alternatively) 

Dates: 

May – Full Moon 5/5
June – Full Moon 6/2
July – Full-ish Moon 7/28
August – New Moon 8/18
September – Full Moon 9/29
October – New & Full Moon 10/13 &10/27
November – New Moon 11/10
December – New Moon 12/15

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM unless otherwise specified through email 

Details:

Driftless Curiosity is partnering with Nature’s Good Company to bring you monthly mindful outdoor experiences through the Kinship with Moon series. Colleen Robinson is a new Driftless Curiosity board member, owner of Nature’s Good Company, and certified Mindful Outdoor Guide.

“Guided time in nature, when we allow ourselves to be beckoned, helps us reconnect to an ancient and special way of knowing on the land. We can move from seeing a “wall of green” to exploring and appreciating the intricacies and miracles within that greenscape. Together with the wellness benefits we receive, this bolsters and inspires our resolve to care for the natural world”. – Colleen Robinson

Participants may choose to register for a single event or the full series.

Visit the link below to learn more about Nature’s Good Company.

Moon Photo Credit: Dougal Walker