We’ve been able to accommodate all those good people who’ve been on the waiting list and so registration is now open to everybody else who wants to come. Once we reach full attendance, we’ll begin a new waiting list from which we will be accepting folks, if some people already in the class aren’t able to come.
THE SINGING SEEDS AND FLOWERING HANDS
A course in overlooked histories, ways of thinking and doing things of forgotten peoples and places that still live in the smallest of places.
Dear Hopeful Lovers of Life and Beauty,
This is a letter from me, Martín Prechtel, inviting you and your friends of like mind to become a student in The Singing Seeds and Flowering Hands the newest most recent class of my "school" Bolad's Kitchen.
Bolad's Kitchen is a course in the overlooked and rare histories of forgotten peoples worldwide; their animals, places, plants, food, music, clothing, language and the flowering of their hands, all in an attempt to recognize what an intact original human approach to living encompasses. Bolad’s Kitchen tries to address in a tangible way the reality of our eternal everyday physical and spiritual indebtedness to the world's earth both past and present. A place where we can not only give a living home to replant those seeds of ancestral memories that reside yet today unheeded in our hands, original minds and strange disregarded parts of our everyday lives, but to approach and spiritually address our unpayable debt to the Wild Natural Earth, with the ability of their revived remembrance in order to hold a place out of which to sprout a time worth living in beyond our own.
While Bolad's Kitchen has become as precious to me as the sweet pleistocene aroma of a free-born cavorting colt or the stirring dusty acridity of a newly found ancient red clay jar full of still viable seeds from a forgotten time, the school is nothing without its students. After all, the students of Bolad’s Kitchen and the personal discoveries they make in this village style of teaching are the seeds. It is the very wide array of our backgrounds, genders, cultures, colors, classes, stages of exile, ages, doubts and all our sincere failed attempts to make a better future that make up the content of the kinds of spiritual seeds needed to keep these knowledges alive and renewable today as we bravely continue to approach a way to intactly live in the digesting belly of the blasé nightmare of modernity's arrogant objectifying trance and untenable depressive policies.
I, Martín Prechtel, hold out to you in a fully opened hand the possibility of coming together in a fresh new Bolad's Kitchen gathering, meeting in the 'Lady', our desert adobe hall, where dreams, remembering and the nobility of our minds and delicious language have a home. Please come and help us in this age of cultural amnesia to approach together, court and propagate the ancient seed, in hopes enough vitality can still be found in the most ancient of our bones to sprout a tree of Indigenous intactness to feed and replant a time of hope beyond our own.
I am inviting those of you that wish it, to plant your forgotten hearts into the next four-year cycle of students to add to the caravan of beauty already here.
I invite any of you who might have the deep interest, courage, love or desire to come help us, together and individually, travel into the inner bigness of a Bolad's Kitchen search of a more widespread, diverse spiritual and practical indigenous overview to find the origins of the present-times' troubled orientation and apparent unconscious alienation from the natural soul, always with the intention of trying to re-sprout real cultural comprehensions in our daily lives and an actively applied everyday form of hope with the blessings of those tangible details. In such a way maybe the Indigenous Soul of diverse people, plants, animals, land, stars, space, ideas and Holy Matter might jump up and live again.
There is a lot to say, a lot more to tell, but to begin if you are going to register please be so kind as to write a couple of paragraphs that let me know why you want to come and send it along with your registration. That way you will know a little better what you're thinking, and we can get to know you a little bit better.
I cannot wait to get to know your willing hearts, see your faces and to give the ancient memory of indigenous ability a home here in the land of my heart: the wild Northern New Mexican upland desert, mountains, rivers and windy mesas.
Long life, honey in the heart, no evil, thirteen thank yous.
The Singing Seeds and Flowering Hands
Schedule and Registration for 2020:
If you are hoping to learn more about how the school’s classes are set up, the day-to-day schedule of Bolad’s Kitchen sessions, as well as some of the arrangements to expect with attending, please click here.
Session One: May 14th – 24th, 2020 will begin at 8:00 pm Thursday evening May 14th, and registration will start at 6:30 pm. The session will end no later than 11:00 am on Sunday, May 24th.
Session Two: November 12th – 22nd, 2020 will begin at 8:00 pm Thursday evening Nov. 12th, and registration will start at 6:30 pm. The session will end no later than 11:00 am on Sunday, Nov. 22nd.
Lodging and Food:
Bolad’s Kitchen students find their own places to stay locally during sessions and are also responsible for their own food while they’re here. Food and lodging are not included in tuition. There are many lodging establishments in the Ojo Caliente area that range from camping to quite spacious houses, '50s style motels to the local mineral springs resort. We send all students a list of some lodging options in the area along with contact information well in advance of each session to help folks make their plans.
For our out-of-town students shuttle transportation will be available to transport you to and from Ojo Caliente and the Albuquerque airport. We will send shuttle details and cost as the new class approaches. Please schedule your flight to arrive before 3:00 pm on the opening day and to leave after 3:00 pm on the closing day. The shuttlevan will stop at a natural foods grocery market in Santa Fe on the way up to Ojo Caliente for students to buy groceries for the week, if they choose. A transportation registration form will be sent to you about 8 weeks before class begins for those who would like to ride the shuttle.
A Note on Tuition:
We have struggled long and hard over the pricing of the school, trying to keep the price reasonable enough so that all who truly want to attend will not be hindered by their economic situation. Knowing full well that to maintain the respect for the teaching that is being offered, we should be charging at least $5000 a year per student, and in keeping with this we are suggesting a price of $2500 a year, or $1250 for each session, for those who can afford it. As we are a “non-endowed” school, this second tuition rate may help ensure that Bolad’s Kitchen can continue on, to keep a low tuition and to provide scholarships to certain dedicated students who otherwise would be unable to attend. We are trusting completely that those who have the means to pay $2500 or more, according to their desires, will show their ability to make it possible for the remainder of students to attend at the lower tuition, in accordance to their means as well.
We have kept the tuition for Bolad’s Kitchen the same for 15 years since it’s beginning in 2004 and would like to continue to do so for as long as we possibly can. We are hoping that with no questions asked, students whom are able to pay the higher rate of $1250 a session will do so, helping us keep the cost down to $850 for one session for the rest.
The cost for ongoing students is $850 for May’s session. For those who are able to pay a higher tuition, the cost is $1250 for one session. Tuition is due with registration.
If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund or give money to make it possible for Bolad’s Kitchen to build a library, children’s learning palace, housing and ritual/farming area according to Martín’s dream, please contact Marianne Lust at email@example.com or (802) 453-6325. This amount will be charged with your tuition, unless otherwise indicated.
I would like to donate $____________________
to: _____ the Scholarship Fund or ____ the Building Fund
The Singing Seeds and Flowering Hands
Session One: May 14th – 24th, 2020
Session Two: November 12th – 22nd, 2020
Please print and send in with your registration deposit
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Bolad’s Kitchen – The Singing Seeds and Flowering Hands
If you are going to register please be so kind as to write a couple of paragraphs that let us know why you want to come and send it along with your registration. That way you will know a little better what you're thinking, and we can get to know you a little bit better.
___ Session One: May 14th - 24th, 2020
___ Session Two: November 12th - 22nd, 2020
The cost for Bolad’s Kitchen is $850 for each session, or $1700 for the year (two sessions). For those who are able to pay a higher rate, tuition is $1250 for one session, or $2500 for a year (two sessions).
Please send your full tuition for May (or the year if you choose) with your registration. We will hold your tuition until we’re able to confirm a place for you in The Singing Seeds and Flowering Hands. At that time we’ll let you know when your tuition will go through, at which point it will become non-refundable.
Tuition does not include food or lodging.
Once we’ve fully confirmed you and your tuition has gone through, ALL TUITION & FEES are non-refundable.
I have read and understand the tuition and refund policy stated above.
Your full tuition is due with your registration. We won’t put it through until we’ve confirmed your place in the class and let you know when your check will go to the bank or your card will be charged. Once charged or deposited, your tuition is non-refundable.
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___ $2500 for two sessions:
Once we’ve confirmed your place in the class and your tuition has gone through, ALL TUITION & FEES are non-refundable.
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Ojo Caliente, NM 87549
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