ON Hive Community Programs
The ON Hive Story
“I wish someone would teach me how to do that!” Over the years, we often have heard those words from Outside Now parents and other adults in our community, a longing to learn what the children are experiencing on our nature connection programs. People have expressed the desire to learn ancestral arts (making baskets, carving bowls and spoons, creating dyes with native plants, cobbing), wilderness ways (tracking, fire-making, shelter-building, foraging in the wild), homesteading skills (animal processing, making plant medicines, growing food).
This year, we’re excited to offer opportunities for adults to realize a deeper connection to each other and the land, opportunities that support our mission of fostering holistic human development through nature connection. 2019 ON Hive Community Programs are workshops and skillshares facilitated by our local program mentors, as well as guest mentors from around the country. Join us. Learn a timeless skill or art form. Experience a sense of belonging to a purposeful, connective community.
Meet the Mentors
Samuel Bautista Lazo
Samuel grew up farming and herding goats and sheep in the foothills of Teotitlán del Valle. His parents taught him how to weave when he was tall and strong enough to stand all day on the treadle loom. Samuel has been weaving since the age of 12. Samuel is the first person in the family to earn a bachelor’s degree. He then went on to study Industrial Engineering in Oaxaca City. In 2007, toward the end of his engineering degree, Samuel realized problems within the production and consumption system and the need for change to reduce the impact of manufacturing on the planet. That realization led him to pursue a PhD in Sustainable Manufacturing at the University of Liverpool in the UK. After achieving his PhD, Samuel returned Mexico to teach at a regional technological university. He then returned back to his roots to revive the textile and rug making family business and to preserve his family's weaving tradition. Samuel is inspired to share with the world the ancient ways of sustainable production that has allowed the Zapotec culture to live harmoniously on this planet for millennia.
Samuel teaches the craft of weaving through his own Indigenous Zapotec culture and history highlighting the role Zapotec people played in the cradle of civilization. Samuel's home village, Teotitlán del Valle, has specialized in weaving for generations. About 80% of the working population of his village dedicate themselves to weaving or a related activity. In his weaving workshop, Samuel will describe the evolution of Zapotec millenary weaving tradition, cultural and spiritual significance of ancient woven patterns, weaving techniques, natural dye methods, plant and animal fiber uses/processes, and the importance of weaving with respect to avoid cultural appropriation.
As far back as I can remember, I have felt a deep connection with the outdoors. I grew up in a family that valued spending time in nature. We went hiking and camping every summer in Yosemite. I remember how much magic the huge rocks and waterfalls in Yosemite held for me. I played in the ocean waves and in the sand a few blocks from my childhood home in Southern California. I cultivated a relationship with the earth by gardening and growing food with my family in our backyard. And, I climbed lots and lots of trees. These experiences have instilled in me a fierce love, respect, and appreciation for nature.
Intuitively, I seek out wild spaces when I need to get out of my head and into my body, move energy through me, or tap into my inner child. I am grateful for the human connections I have made along the way that inspire me to follow my curiosity, support me in my growth, and encourage me to play. I am grateful for opportunities to mentor younger generations and be the support and encouragement for them to build their own relationships with the natural world.
I have always been awestruck by the beauty of the natural world. My relationship with Nature began in my mother's gardens and camping on the sandy beaches of San Felipe Mexico as a young child. When I was about nine years old, we moved from Southern California to rural land near Town Creek of Lake Nacimento. My new neighbors: the deer, the bobcat, the acorn woodpecker, the gray squirrel, and so many others became a never ending source of wonder. I have a strong connection with my family's Native American heritage and have devoted great energy to my grandfather's native language of Lakota. I am a tree lover and have been a practicing arborist for many years, as well as a performing musician and music teacher. It fills me with gratitude and joy each day I work with the participants of our program.
Myron, a primitive skills enthusiast, has been teaching for many years and loves sharing his skills with people of all ages. He considers himself to be just a guy who spends a lot of time outdoors, connecting with the plant, animal, and minerals of his world.
Richard “Pashu” Esquibel
Pashu grew up playing outdoors, learning woodworking skills, camping, hiking, and fishing. As a child, he also learned bow making and leather working from a Choctaw-Apache elder named Long Trader. In 2007, he attended Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School. He is passionate and self-motivated in working with tracking skills and is dedicated to passing on these old ways. His passion and dedication show in his handmade bows, arrows, baskets, buckskins, and stone and bone tools. Pashu holds a deep respect for nature and loves teaching the sacred old ways to anyone who is willing to learn.
James grew up on and around his family’s farms which supported everything from dairy cows to apple orchards. He enjoyed trekking as far out as possible, all the way to the outer edge of the woods. Today he and his family enjoy raising animals and practicing homesteading skills that bring them closer to nature. James and Paula have been bringing the message of “Food Freedom” through facilitated rabbit processing experiences at numerous skills gatherings up and down the Pacific Coast. James enjoys archery, hunting, animal processing, pelt tanning, carving, and throwing axes and knives every chance he gets!
Paula has been working with her hands for as long as she can remember and is a maker of many things, including jewelry, inkle weavings, soft fiber and bark baskets. She also assists with small and large animal processing and hide tanning workshops and feels passionately that cooking well is part of honoring the gift of meat. She finds herself in the role of facilitator and teacher often and enjoys gathering with people to share skills.
Sarah Hawkins, MA
Sarah has been an instructor for the American Red Cross since 2002. She teaches Lifeguarding, Water Safety, First Aid/CPR/AED, Emergency Medical Response, and Wilderness and Remote First Aid. Sarah has been a full-time aquatics manager for the last 14 years and currently works as the Aquatics Lead for Cuesta College Community Programs. She is also the owner of Course Care, LLC which offers safety trainings in SLO County.
Nature has and will always be my teacher. Everything comes from the natural world around us, and everything is Nature. I am a student of life and seek to share that with the people around me, whether it is hiking in the mountains, lying in the sand staring at skunk tracks, or working on a project. I recently finished studying at the Weaving Earth immersion in Sonoma County, focusing on deep nature connection principles, animal tracking and bird language, council, and primitive skills. I am a certified cybertracker, wilderness guide, carpenter and crafter. I love a good deer trail, running game, and fireside cookout.