Graustark Farm LLC Workshops

Since we have reduced the herd to just our fiber and special needs animals, it is time to put them to work!
We are now offering llama and alpaca handling and training workshops and fiber workshops. More information below.

After years of using their fiber in spinning, weaving and felting projects, we now can enable others to experience the joys of working with fiber.
We have several different workshops to offer in fiber arts.

***Spring 2017 - we are not offering our fiber classes at the time, please check back in the future***

Look over our offerings below or print the list: Graustark Farm Fiber Classes.
Classes are arranged on an individual basis – call or email for available days and times.


Are you interested in learning more about llamas or alpacas?  Would you like to experience how a good relationship with these animals can have an impact on your life?   Have you already made that big purchase but you are not sure what to do with those cute critters that were dropped off and stay far away in the field and won’t come close?  Or maybe you have had some animals for a while and you are frustrated with trying to get them to do what you want?  Is haltering, leading, doing vaccinations or trimming feet always a struggle?  Think about scheduling one of our workshops here at the farm.  As a CAMELIDynamics™ Senior Consultant**, let me show you how using effective handling skills, tools and techniques make working with these animals a joy.   Skill levels vary from learning how to approach and become familiar with llamas and alpacas to working with individual animals and training.  If you are unsure of your skill level, call or email to discuss your options.     Sessions are limited to 1-6 persons. Graustark Farm LLC handling and training workshops.

**These are NOT CAMELIDynamics™ clinics taught by Marty McGee Bennett. Approved CAMELIDynamics™ Consultants have a thorough understanding of behavior, an understanding of how to use of the most positive least intrusive methods available for management and have demonstrated these skills at an acceptable level through participation in Advanced CAMELIDynamics clinics.  Go to www.camelidynamics.com to learn more.

Contact us at ljb@graustarkllamas.com

 

Fiber Workshops

Basic  Beginner Spinning
Learn to spin on a spinning wheel. Basic spinning lessons are conducted one-on-one as a private lesson for $75.00.  Lessons are held in two 2-3 hour sessions approximately a week apart and include wool and the use of a loaned spinning wheel for practice.   Lesson includes basic understanding of a spinning wheel and how it works, drafting, and spinning a singles yarn.  Sheep wool is provided.

Lessons can be extended at the rate of $20/hour for the additional subjects of   troubleshooting your spinning wheel,  plying & finishing,  fiber choice,  fiber preparation & dyeing.

Basic Needle Felting
Learn the basics of using needles for felting.  Felt a picture using our easy-to-follow pattern.  Just like paint by number, this technique is easy to learn.   All materials are included.  $45.00  workshop size ranges from 1-6 persons.
Needle Felted Bluebird
Learn to needle felt a Virginia Bluebird ornament. Learn the techniques to create other three dimensional objects by starting with this cute little bird from sheep wool.  All materials are included.  $25.00  Workshop sizes range from 1-6 persons.
Introduction to Weaving- Private lesson
2 day class (10—12 hours) - $175  no experience necessary, includes materials
Includes basic understanding of a loom and how it works, understanding weaving terms and hands on weaving of a beginner project such as kitchen towels.
Beginning Weaving - Private lesson
2 day class – (10-12 hours) - $125 plus a materials fee (determined by yarn choice for scarf)   Participant should have a basic knowledge of loom mechanics and  terminology, and how to weave a balanced plain weave structure. Class includes instruction on planning a project, choosing appropriate fibers, winding a warp, threading a loom and weaving a scarf.
Introduction to  Camelid Fiber Processing
2 hour class - $50.00        Understand the unique qualities of llama and alpaca fiber and how it is prepared and processed into yarn either on the farm or at a commercial processor.  Learn how to prepare your fiber to achieve quality results.  Samples are provided but feel free to bring some of your own fiber to evaluate and discuss.

Handling and Training Llamas and Alpacas Workshops**

Are you interested in learning more about llamas or alpacas? Would you like to experience how a good relationship with these animals can have an impact on your life? Have you already made that big purchase but you are not sure what to do with those cute critters that were dropped off and stay far away in the field and won’t come close? Or maybe you have had some animals for a while and you are frustrated with trying to get them to do what you want? Is haltering, leading, doing vaccinations or trimming feet always a struggle? Think about scheduling one of our workshops here at the farm. As a CAMELIDCamelidynamics™ Senior Consultant**, let me show you how using effective handling skills, tools and techniques make working with these animals a joy. Skill levels vary from learning how to approach and become familiar with llamas and alpacas to working with individual animals and training. If you are unsure of your skill level, call or email to discuss your options. Sessions are limited to 1‐6 persons.

Intorductions to Llamas and Alpacas 100 - 2 hour session ‐ $50 per person

No Prerequisite: Participants need no prior experience with llamas or alpacas. Learn basic behavioral, physical, and health facts about llamas and alpacas. Get information on how you can live the lama lifestyle by owning llamas or alpacas on your own farm or agisting (boarding at another farm). Get up close and personal! Learn the proper way to meet and greet a llama or alpaca and spend some time with individual animals.

Basic Handling 101 - 3 hour session ‐ $75 per person
Prerequisite: Participants should already have a basic knowledge of llamas and alpacas. No hands-on experience is necessary.
Increase your understanding of llamas and alpacas and their specific health and welfare needs. Learn how to set up your facility for effective management. Use training aids and confinement rather than restraint to more
effectively herd and catch your animals. Understand how halter fit and the way you put the halter on and off is crucial to your animal’s well‐being and can affect their behavior. .
Advanced Handling 201 - 3 hour session ‐ $75 per person
Prerequisite: Participants should have a basic working knowledge of llamas and alpacas and have significant hands-on experience. We reserve the right to go back to Basic Handling 101 if deemed necessary before moving onto more advanced work.
Learn to make the catch pen work for you and your animals. Use the natural behaviors of the animals as well as tools and techniques to help you build on catching and haltering for greater effectiveness and less stress. Use a lead rope as a means of communication with your animal, rather than a way of dragging them from place to place. Acquire the details on giving injections, administering medications, and doing toenails without the fight.
Basic Training 301 -3 hour session ‐ $75 per person
Prerequisite: Participants should have good working knowledge of llamas/alpacas and have significant hands-on experience. We reserve the right to go back to Basic Handling 101 or Advanced Handling 201 if deemed necessary before moving into training.
Expand your knowledge of the basics of behavior and what is involved in actually training an animal for specific behaviors. Recognize the signs of stress and how to mitigate them. Know when your animal has “got it” and you can move on and also when to quit! Set up your facility to train animals for success. Practice with individual animals on training exercises such as leading, loading or doing agility maneuvers.
Private Consultation on your farm 401
$35 per hour with a 2 hour minimum, plus travel costs over 30 miles (standard mileage rate) and overnight costs if necessary for longer distances.
Set up a visit to your facility for private consultations about your farm issues/ trouble shooting. Learn to set up your facility to improve or enhance your herd management.
**These are NOT CAMELIDynamics™ clinics taught by Marty McGee Bennett. Approved CAMELIDynamics™ Consultants have a thorough understanding of behavior, an understanding of how to use of the most positive least intrusive methods available for management and have demonstrated these skills at an acceptable level through participation in Advanced CAMELIDynamics clinics.
Go to www.camelidynamics.com to learn more.


 

Contact us at ljb@graustarkllamas.com

Last Updated  March 2015