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Events 2014

Sage Mountain Center is delighted to bring you a number of exciting and educational workshops, tours, and events in 2014. Listed below are the dates on which activities will be taking place at SMC and related venues. This year we will be offering our Straw Bale building workshop and a new workshop summarizing 25 years of sustainable living! In addition, we are continuing to develop our regenerative water retention landscape and ponds, so tours may include this added dimension. We will also be playing a large role in organizing the Montana Renewable Energy Fair in Missoula, MT. This is a fun, free event and we hope to see you all there.

Tours, field trips, education days, customized classes and consultations, site assessments, and private seminars will fill out our year, so be sure to come back to this site for updated postings.

Straw Bale Mini Workshop in Livingston, MT

Thursday April 3, 2014 6-8 pm

Christopher Borton of Sage Mountain Center will present a 2-hour overview on Straw Bale Construction! Straw Bale has minimal environmental impacts, is super-insulated, and can be very affordable. A slide presentation will cover construction methods, bale selection, plaster mixes, and rodent/fire/moisture/code issues followed by a demonstration of an easy hands-on method for tying custom straw bales for construction. $26

Please go to Paradise Permaculture for registration.

Solar Electric and Small Wind Power in Montana
Free Seminars on Clean Energy 2014

7:00 pm –9 pm for all locations

Hundreds of homes and businesses in Montana have turned to clean energy to offset power bills while contributing towards improving our air, water, and soil. This 2 hr overview covers solar electricity, small wind generation, financing, rebates, and ways to sell power back to the power company. There will also be demonstration equipment, handouts, and time for questions and answers.

Tues. April 22, Red Lodge, MT
Senior Citizen Center
207 S. Villard Ave.

Wed. April 23, Roundup, MT
Ambulance Barn
704 1st Street East

Thurs. April 24, Hardin, MT
Chamber of Commerce
10 East Railway

Presented by Christopher Borton of Sage Mountain Center and Sponsored by NorthWestern Energy Efficiency Plus (E+) Renewable Energy Program.

No pre-registration required. For more information: Email smc@sagemountain.org or call 406-494-9875

25 years of Sustainable Living: Perils, Pleasures and Practices

May 9 9:30 – 4:30

This workshop highlights 25 years of sustainable living at the award winning Sage Mountain Center. A complete overview of the fundamental principles of solar and wind technology, eco-building, and high altitude gardening will be explored. This workshop will cover the use of natural materials like plastered straw bales and cordwood, solar hot water and electricity, small wind generation, passive solar home design, composting toilets and the latest in cutting-edge energy conservation and efficiency. Drawing on years of off-grid earth-friendly living, founders and educators Christopher Borton and Linda Welsh provide an easy to follow breakdown of what can be accomplished with a small budget and big dreams. $150

Register now online with credit card for this workshop only. If you prefer to register by check please make out and send directly to: Sage Mountain Center at 79 Sage Mountain Trail Whitehall, MT 59759.

5-Day Sepp Holzer Workshop in Montana

May 10 - 15

Legendary Permaculturist Sepp Holzer is returning to North America for an intensive workshop May 10 at Sage Mountain Center. He will demonstrate how to use large machinery to heal the landscape, creating natural and regenerative water retention features. During the workshop we will demonstrate the techniques Sepp has discovered to be most successful over his 60 years of work around the world. Key way dams, terraces, the Holzer Monk, cold climate fruit production, earth stables, and connecting with nature are sure to be some of the many topics covered. An introductory class will present basic principles and there will be plenty of time for questions, facilitating a deeper understanding of Holzer AgroEcology.

USA in May | Intensives with Sepp Holzer
Register now online

Permaculture Design Fundamentals Workshop at Sage Mountain Center

Learn how to design a garden ecosystem and grow healthy organic food on your property! This workshop introduces you to the fundamentals of permaculture design and how it can help you live a healthier, more abundant life. Join Broken Ground founder Kareen Erbe for this day-long workshop at Sage Mountain Center

Saturday, June 28, 10am - 3pm
Cost: $75 (organic lunch included)

The workshop is a mixture of theory and practice and covers:
  • Permaculture ethics, principles and practical design tools for reducing water use, cycling nutrients and growing food
  • Specific strategies such as composting, sheet mulching, polycultures and rainwater harvesting techniques
  • Design ideas for your yard and garden

Participants will also receive handouts and additional permaculture resources.
For more information, contact us or register below.
Register for Workshop

Straw Bale Building Workshop

July 19 9:00 – 5:00

Straw bale construction is still the #1 choice for sustainable buildings and for great reasons. It has minimal environmental impact, is super-insulated, and very affordable. This class will cover construction methods, bale selection, plaster mixes, rodent, fire, moisture and code issues, and everything in between as we get our hands dirty and “raise” a wall together. These classes always fill up so we recommend that you register as soon as you are able. $150

Free Garden and Greenhouse Tour at Sage Mountain Center

Saturday, July 26th, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy a drive out into the mountains to see the beautiful high altitude food production grounds of Sage Mountain Center. Features include edible landscapes, cold-hardy species of herbs, fruits, and vegetables, as well as row covered raised beds, water retentions techniques, and mulching options. At 6,300 feet elevation, the year-round plastered straw bale greenhouse provides an abundance of food. You will also be amazed at what can be grown without pesticides, herbicides, and artificial fertilizers! For details, call 494-9875 or contact us.

Drop in any time between the tour hours.
Tours are ongoing, no RSVP required.

Abundant Happy Healthy Awake - Ah Ha! Yoga!

A Glimpse into your Essential Self with Cache Hartzell, E-RYT, Nataraja Yoga

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 1:30 – 5:50 pm Cost: $54.00

people doing yogaPlease join us for this wonderful four hour Transformational Workshop!

Yoga is far more than a system of exercises. Yoga is a journey that shows us how to experience life directly while cultivating a deep awareness of our essential self.

In this 4 hour workshop we will:

  • Explore suppleness of body and mind
  • Cultivate life-long vitality
  • Develop calm abiding
  • Release emotional heaviness
  • Connect with your authentic inner wisdom
  • Practice peace, equanimity and joy
  • Encourage a life time of self care
"In Yoga we shift the story to direct experience, the past to the present moment, somewhere else to right here now, ordinary consciousness to mindfulness, doing to allowing, self expression to self-study." ~ Cache Hartzell, E-RYT

Since 1986 Cache has been nationally certified in Jin Shin Do Acupressure and is certified by the AOBTA (American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia), registered IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapist); Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance,E- RYT; Registered Kripalu Yoga Teacher, KYT; and has studied with many of the leading masters in Contemplative Psychology. Cache is an experienced and sought after Yoga Mentor, leading classes & workshops locally and nationally.

"I can help you connect with your authentic inner wisdom to find YOUR answers, that ring true for you. " ~ Cache Hartzell, E-RYT

Sage Mountain Center - Phone: 406-494-9875

Montana Clean Energy Fair 2014

Caras Park Pavilion
101 S. Higgins
Missoula, MT
Sept 20
Admission: Free

Renewable energy information and workshops, networking opportunities, kids events, speakers, food, and fun! Visit www.montanarenewables.org or call (406) 214-9405.

Scheduled Tours at Sage Mountain Center

Feel like an adventure into the mountains of Montana to see solar electricity, solar hot water, wind generation, year-round greenhouse, straw bale/cordwood building technologies, and a home designed to nurture the spirit? We offer scheduled tours to groups and individuals, tailored to your specific interests. E-mail us at smc@sagemountain.org or call (406) 494-9875 to arrange a time. Tours last about 1.5 hours and cost $10 per person. Click here for directions on how to find us. An all-wheel drive may be needed if the road is muddy or icy. Feel free to call ahead for road conditions. Please be kind to our wildlife neighbors and leave your pets at home

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Events 2013

Welcome to our Events page! Listed below are the dates on which activities will be taking place at SMC or related venues. This year we will continue developing our organic food garden, tweaking our year-around straw bale greenhouse, and focusing on general maintenance around SMC. We are also playing a large role in organizing and sponsoring the Montana Renewable Energy Fair in Butte, see below.

Tours, field trips, education days, customized classes and consultations, site assessments, and private seminars will fill out our year, so be sure to come back to this site for updated postings.

8-Week Autumn Yoga Course in Whitehall
Instructor: Christopher Borton

  • When: Monday nights, Oct. 21 through Dec. 9, 2013
  • Time: 6:00 pm –7:30 pm
  • Where: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    (corner of Mormon Lane and Yellowstone, Whitehall.)
  • Why: For relaxation, flexibility, and strength
  • Who: Beginner and intermediate level
  • Bring: Loose, comfortable clothes, ½ empty stomach, yoga pad
    (pads will be for sale for $20)
  • Cost: Pre-registration for the 8-week course is $72

Pre-payment and pre-registration are required.

Email or call Sage Mountain Center for registration information: 79 Sage Mountain Trail, Whitehall, MT 59759 — (406) 494-9875

Space is limited to first come, first serve basis.

Cash or checks payable to: Sage Mountain Center — (sorry, no credit cards)

Solar Electric and Small Wind Power in Montana

Free Seminars on Clean Energy 2013

7:00pm — 9pm for all locations

Presented by
Christopher Borton of Sage Mountain Center

Hundreds of homes and businesses in Montana have turned to clean energy to offset power bills while contributing towards improving our air, water, and soil. This 2 hr overview covers solar electricity, solar hot water, small wind generation, financing, rebates, and ways to sell power back to the power company. There will also be demonstration equipment, handouts, and time for questions and answers.

Locations:

  • Wed. October 23 in Livingston, MT — Best Western Yellowstone Inn 1515 W. Park Livingston
  • Thurs. October 24 in White Sulphur Springs, MT — Meagher County Community Center 101 1st Ave. SE White Sulphur Springs

Email us or call (406) 494-9875 for more information.

Sponsored by NorthWestern Energy Efficiency Plus (E+) Renewable Energy Program

No pre-registration required.

Hello Yoga Students!

Well, it's that time of year to kick off our 2013 Butte Winter Yoga Course. It's never too early or late to start taking yoga since its physical and mental/emotional benefits can stay with you your entire life. If you are already feeling the physical effects of your Thanksgiving weekend or are dreading the consequences of your post-holiday feasting and stressing then this class is for you! Simply send in your pre-registration fee to lock in your space. While we do have a nice large area for the class (with a new heating system), this course always fills up, so register now. I want to welcome those of you who are new to yoga, as well as welcome back many of you who for years have been faithfully attending our courses!

Namaste

8-Week Winter Yoga Course in Butte

Instructor: Christopher Borton

  • When: Monday nights, Jan. 7 through Feb. 25, 2013 *Extended*
              Now through March 25
  • Time: 6:30 pm — 8:00 pm
  • Where: Aldersgate United Methodist Church 1621 Thorton (corner of Grand Ave. and Thorton Ave)
  • Why: For relaxation, flexibility, and strength
  • Who: Beginner and intermediate level
  • Bring: Loose, comfortable clothes, ½ empty stomach, yoga pad (pads will be for sale for $20)
  • Cost: Pre-registration for the 8-week course is $72

Pre-payment and pre-registration are required.

Email or call Sage Mountain Center for registration information: p. (406) 494-9875 e. smc@sagemountain.org. Please make checks payable to: Sage Mountain Center 79 Sage Mountain Trail, Whitehall, MT 59759.

Space is limited to first come, first serve basis.

Christopher is founder and director of Sage Mountain Center of Whitehall, MT. He teaches classical Hatha Yoga from over 20 years of experience. In 1990 he was Teacher Certified by the International Sivananda Vedanta Centre.

Scheduled Tours at Sage Mountain Center

Feel like an adventure into the mountains of Montana to see solar electricity, solar hot water, wind generation, year-round greenhouse, straw bale/cordwood building technologies, and an environment designed to nurture the spirit? We offer scheduled tours to groups and individuals, tailored to your specific interests. E-mail us at smc@sagemountain.org or call (406) 494-9875 to arrange a time. Tours last about 1.5 hours and cost $10 per person. Click here for directions on how to find us. An all-wheel drive may be needed if the road is muddy or icy. Feel free to call ahead for road conditions. Please be kind to our wildlife neighbors and leave your pets at home.

Free Garden and Greenhouse Tour at Sage Mountain Center

Enjoy a drive out into the mountains to see the beautiful high altitude food production grounds of Sage Mountain Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27th, 2013.

Features include edible landscapes, native species of herbs, fruits, and vegetables, as well as row covered raised beds, water retentions techniques, and mulching options. At 6,400 feet elevation, their year-round plastered straw bale greenhouse has been providing an abundance of tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers for months. You will also be amazed at what can be grown without pesticides, herbicides, and artificial fertilizers! For details, call 494-9875 or contact us. For directions please print out our map.

Solar Electric and Small Wind Generation in Montana

Free Seminars on Clean Energy 2013

7:00pm — 9pm for all locations

Hundreds of homes and businesses in Montana have turned to clean energy to offset power bills while contributing towards improving our air, water, and soil. This 2 hr overview covers solar electricity, solar hot water, small wind generation, financing, rebates, and ways to sell power back to the power company. There will also be demonstration equipment, handouts, and time for questions and answers.

Mon. April 22 Thompson Falls, MT

Community Center
410 Golf St.
Thompson Falls

Tues. April 23, Deer Lodge, MT

Powell Co. Community Center
416 Cottonwood
Deer Lodge

Wed. April 24, Hamilton, MT

Bitterroot Public Library
306 State St.
Hamilton

Presented by Christopher Borton of Sage Mountain Center and Sponsored by NorthWestern Energy Efficiency Plus (E+) Renewable Energy Program

 

No pre-registration required. For more information:
Email smc@sagemountain.org or call 406-494-9875

Montana Clean Energy Fair

at National Center for Appropriate Technologies
3040 Continental Dr.
Butte, MT
July 20, 9 to 4pm
Admission: Free

Renewable energy information and workshops, networking opportunities, kids events, speakers, music and entertainment booths, food, and fun! www.montanarenewables.org or call (406) 214-9405. See our Flyer and forms for Sponsors and Vendors.

Events 2012

Solar Electric and Small Wind Power in Eastern Montana
Free Seminars on Clean Energy

6:30 pm –9 pm for all locations

Hundreds of homes and businesses in Montana have turned to clean energy to offset power bills while contributing towards improving our air, water, and soil. This 2-1/2 hrs overview covers solar electricity, solar hot water, small wind generation, financing, rebates, and ways to sell power back to the power company. There will also be demonstration equipment, handouts, and time for questions and answers.

Tues. Nov. 13th, 2012 Plentywood

Sheridan Courthouse Library
100 W. Laurel Ave
Plentywood, MT

Wed. Nov. 14th, 2012 Wolf Point

Sherman Inn
200 E. Main
Wolf Point, MT

Thurs. Nov. 15th, 2012 Glendive

Comfort Inn
1918 N. Merrill Ave.
Glendive, MT

Presented by Christopher Borton of Sage Mountain Center

No pre-registration required. For more information: Email smc@sagemountain.org or call 406-494-9875

Sponsored by Montana-Dakota Utilities and Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Solar Electric and Small Wind Power in Montana

Two hour mini-seminar

Presented by
Christopher Borton of Sage Mountain Center

Admission: Free. No pre-registration necessary

Oct 1-16th, 2012 7–9 PM

Are you interested in producing some or all of your electricity from sun and/or wind? What if you could lower your bills by using the roof of your house or that empty field as an energy collector? Or maybe you’re interested in exploring the new job markets of clean energy? In Montana hundreds of homes and businesses have chosen renewable energy to offset power bills and contribute to cleaner air, water, and soil. This 2-hour overview covers solar electricity (photovoltaics) and small wind generation. Topics include design details, financing, rebates, and getting credit for the power you produce. Demo equipment, slide show with Q&A, and literature round out the evening.

Locations:

Oct.  1   Monday — Choteau Stage Stop Inn, 1005 Main Ave.
Oct.  2   Tuesday — Havre Best Western Great Northern Inn, 1345 1st St.
Oct.  3   Wednesday — Glasgow Cottonwood Inn and Suites, Hwy 2 East
Oct.  4   Thursday — Lewistown Yogo Inn, 211 East Main St.
Oct. 16   Tuesday — Ennis Madison Valley Public Library, 210 E. Main St.

Email us or call (406) 494-9875 for more information.

Sponsored by Northwestern Energy USB Renewable Energy Program

Workshop for Landowners Impacted by the 19-Mile Fire

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 5:00-7:00 pm

Here at Sage Mountain Center

Read more and get the RSVP information by downloading the flyer.

At this workshop, speakers will discuss options for landowners in beginning the cleanup and restoration of their property following the 19-mile wildfire. We will start with a few short presentations inside the Sage Mountain Center. This program will be interactive and we will also tour around the outside of the Center to assess burned areas and discuss topics covered during the presentations. Please dress accordingly. There will also be time at the conclusion of the workshop for landowners to share their experiences and visit.

Scheduled Tours at Sage Mountain Center

Feel like an adventure into the mountains of Montana to see solar electricity, solar hot water, wind generation, year-round greenhouse, straw bale/cordwood building technologies, and an environment designed to nurture the spirit? We offer scheduled tours to groups and individuals, tailored to your specific interests. E-mail us at smc@sagemountain.org or call (406) 494-9875 to arrange a time. Tours last about 1.5 hours and cost $10 per person. Click here for directions on how to find us. An all-wheel drive may be needed if the road is muddy or icy. Feel free to call ahead for road conditions. Please be kind to our wildlife neighbors and leave your pets at home.

Free Garden and Greenhouse Tour at Sage Mountain Center

Enjoy a drive out into the mountains to see the beautiful high altitude food production grounds of Sage Mountain Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28.

Features include edible landscapes, native species of herbs, fruits, and vegetables, as well as row covered raised beds, water retentions techniques, and mulching options. At 6,400 feet elevation, their year-round plastered straw bale greenhouse has been providing an abundance of tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers for months. You will also be amazed at what can be grown without pesticides, herbicides, and artificial fertilizers! For details, call 494-9875 or contact us. For directions please print out our map.

Montana Renewable Energy Fair

at National Center for Appropriate Technologies
3040 Continental Dr.
Butte, MT
July 21, 9 to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free

Renewable energy information and workshops, networking opportunities, kids events, speakers, music and entertainment booths, food, and fun! www.montanarenewables.org or call (406) 214-9405. See our Flyer and forms for Sponsors and Vendors.

Note: Unfortunately, MapQuest, Google Earth, and GPS will NOT get you to our door, so please print out directions from our website.

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