Hosting a Workshop

Hosting a workshop is quite simple and can be done through an organization or simply with a group of interested individuals.

Who may attend?

Anyone interested in learning the skills taught in the workshop is welcome.  Minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Young folks should have a level of maturity that is conducive to the learning environment of all workshop participants. The workshop size limit is ten students. 

What facilities are needed?

The facilities requirements are basic.

A place to work outside with enough shelter for ten people to spread out and work comfortably (roughly 30’ x 30’);

A potable water source;

A place for a fire (optional but recommended).

Specific facilities are required for the different workshops.  Please use our Workshop Contact form to request additional information.

What do the students need?

A gear list is provided to the host to pass out to students.  The gear is simple and in most cases the students will already own what they need.  Quality yet inexpensive knives are available for students to purchase at the workshop if they feel they do not own a knife that will work well for the task.

When is the best time for a workshop?

Workshops may be scheduled any time during the week and during any season of the year.  Most participants find that weekends work best, however for longer workshops weekdays will be necessary.  The host should be familiar with seasonal weather patterns to decide when is best to run a workshop.

What is the cost of the workshop? 

We do what we can to keep the workshop expenses low so that the workshops are more affordable.  The cost of the workshop typically ranges between $60 and $100 per person per day.  The actual cost depends on the length of the workshop, the number of students, the cost of materials and supplies, and the instructor’s travel and lodging cost.  The details of the cost will be discussed prior to scheduling the workshop.

How is a workshop scheduled?

Often a few people are involved with organizing a workshop.  Begin by deciding upon the type of workshop that is most beneficial for the student base and the length of the workshop if it has length options.  Next decide upon a few date options.  Finally, use our Workshop Contact form to contact Desert DAWN regarding the date, workshop specific requirements and cost details.  We will promptly return the communication and begin making the arrangements for the workshop and schedule a date.

Most of the logistical arrangements should be decided upon by the time the workshop is scheduled.  The next step is to have the workshop date confirmed.  When the workshop is scheduled, a Workshop Agreement will be sent to the host to be completed and returned with the deposit.  Upon receipt by Desert DAWN, the workshop will be confirmed for the scheduled date.

What’s next?  Promotion of the workshop.

Desert DAWN will email promotional materials that may be printed and posted or emailed to members of the organization or public.  These materials will note the organizer’s contact information along with the date and time of the workshop. It is suggested that promotions be started six to eight weeks prior to the workshop. The organizer manages student registrations as may be deemed appropriate.  Desert DAWN simply needs a student roster with the students’ names and contact information.  Desert DAWN will promote the workshop on its website and will provide links to the host organization.

What is involved during the days before the workshop?

The Instructor(s) will arrive at the location at least a day before the workshop. The instructor brings most of the equipment and supplies for the workshop.  The site will be reviewed and the best layout of the process will be decided.   The equipment set up typically takes an hour or two. Any final shopping for the workshop will be done the day before with the assistance of the host.

Our goal in working with a host is to make the arrangements for the workshop as streamlined as possible.  The host’s primary concerns are to arrange for a workshop site, to procure resources that are not easily transported by the instructors and to use their community contacts to promote the workshop and register students.  Desert DAWN will pretty much take care of everything else.

For more information on hosting a workshop, please contact us. We look forward to sharing knowledge with you.

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