Alicia Michelsen is on a mission to support life long learning. Since she moved to Paonia 13 years ago, she’s poured her time and heart into creating alternative education programs in the North Fork Valley. Now, as the President of the Board & Program Director for The Learning Council, she is taking it to the next level.
The Learning Council was formed in Paonia in 1984 as a nonprofit with a mission of providing gift education to the community. The organization was inactive for many years, until last year, when, under Alicia’s leadership and vision, The Learning Council was resurrected and transformed into an influential resource in our community.
The Learning Council provides classes for the entire community in music, art, cooking, agriculture, and hand-working — all on a “gift” donation basis.
The Paonia Bike CoOp, Thursday cooking classes at the Trading Post, the Village Building Convergence public street art project, and Embodying Rhythm Marimba Project, the Parade Marching Band, and energy classes with Ed Eaton, are just a few of the offerings this year. Coming soon – they are offering a skateboarding class, a permaculture design course, and rite of passage work for young men and women.
“The Learning Council is focused on feeding our community’s apetite for education, creativity, and life skills, and making this totally accessible to anyone of any age and ability. We love to offer classes at the Hive as it is such a central location and active hub of conscious thought for our valley. The Hive classes have been a great success and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the Hive as a way to empower the colony and share the Learning Council’s gifts” says Alicia.