Epic last-minute details: directions! food! packing! skills!

Dearest and Most Epically Skilled Swappers,

We’re a little more than a week away from Skill Swap 2015, and we are so tremendously excited! This email has some final logistical details. It’s a long one, but everything in here is important (including information about the site, food, transit, packing, alcohol, etc.), so bear with us.

First, our site! Camp Wilmot, our home for the last three years, is a wonderful place, boasting a pond, cabins, camping areas, a wonderful barn, a spacious dining hall with a commercial kitchen, and beautiful woods. A few things to remember:

  • It is located on N. Wilmot Road in Wilmot, NH. Here’s a map.
  • It is a summer camp. That means rough surfaces, shared bathrooms, etc.
  • There’s no ATM in the vicinity, so bring cash with you
  • It’s a bit of a hike to the nearest grocery store, so if you anticipate needing snacks, be sure to provision before you arrive

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ESS 2015 Waitlist Link and Preliminary Schedule

Dearest and Most Skilled Swappers,
We’re blown over by the interest in Skill Swap this year, and we’re writing to let you know that ESS 2015 is sold out. If you didn’t have a chance to register and you still want to come, we do have a waitlist. We sometimes get cancellations, so if you get in off the waitlist, we will let you know as soon as possible.
As a reminder, our cancellation policy is as follows:
  • Please let us know ASAP if you’ve registered and decide not to come.
  • If you let us know by 2 weeks prior to the event (May 8), we will refund your registration fee.
  • After May 8, we cannot guarantee a refund of your registration fee, but we’ll do our best.
A further note that the preliminary schedule is now posted. This schedule is still subject to some changes as we work out final details.
With epic love and anticipation,
ESS 2015 Core Organizing Team

Registration is open for Epic Skill Swap 2015!

Dearest and Most Epic Swappers,
It’s that time: registration is now open for Epic Skill Swap 2015! Registration opened last Friday and we’ve been amazed by how quickly people have been signing up!
Space at Epic Skill Swap is limited to 120 people. This is for two reasons—we want to maintain the intimate, community-based orientation of previous Skill Swaps, and Camp Wilmot cannot comfortably hold too many more visitors than that. We anticipate that there may be more demand than we can accommodate this year, and we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible.
Here’s how it works: go to our Brown Paper Tickets page here. You’ll be guided through the registration process. We are asking for a $15 deposit to reserve your space. Epic Skill Swap operates on a sliding scale price model, out of a recognition that folks have different abilities to pay. At the event, we will let you know the cost per person with as much detail as you’d like (last year actual costs were $54 per person). When you check in, you may pay any remaining balance in an amount of your choice. If the $15 registration fee is a hardship for you, please contact the organizers at EpicSkillSwap@gmail.com.
Cancellation policy:
  • Please let us know ASAP if you’ve registered and decide not to come.
  • If you let us know by 2 weeks prior to the event (May 8), we will refund your registration fee.
  • After May 8, we cannot guarantee a refund of your registration fee.
The preliminary schedule will be forthcoming in the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled. We are epically and lovingly yours, and so much looking forward to May 22!
Meghan, Alison, Charis, Jamie, and Sue
ESS 2015 Core Organizing Team

Epic Updates: An anti-oppression training, organizing help, and a timeline of what to expect in the next few months!

A very happy 2015 to all of you! We are looking towards this year’s festival with great anticipation, and to that end we have a couple of Very Exciting Things to share:

The first Very Exciting Thing is that the Epic Skill Swap Organizing team and some other skilled swappers are putting together an anti-oppression workshop on February 28th in the Boston/Providence area. We’re doing this in an effort to keep our community as open and welcoming as possible for folks of all backgrounds, and to make sure that our festival reflects our values of inclusion and safety. Lisa and Chloe will lead us through core ideas and practices for working to dismantle race, gender, and economic oppressions. We would like to share this opportunity with the broader ESS community, and so we invite you to join us. We have a limited number of spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis. Email Meghan at epicskillswap@gmail.com if you’re interested. Continue reading

Last minute details!

Dearest swappers,

Skill Swap is ten days away (ohboyohboyohboy!!), and we’re writing with last-minute planning details. This is the last you’ll hear from us until the big day, so please take the time to read all the information included.

Registration Stuff:
Please note that Epic Skill Swap this year is sold out! Because of this, we’ll be accepting new folks only if we have cancellations. If you know someone who wants to come but didn’t register in time, have them email epicskillswap@gmail.com to be put on the waitlist, instead of just showing up. If you have registered and can’t come, please notify us ASAP so that we can give someone else your spot. We take cash or check for registration fees upon arrival. Continue reading

Skill Swap details: food! facilities! transit! registration!

Dearest swappers,

By now you’ve seen the tantalizing workshop schedule and workshop descriptions for Epic Skill Swap 2014, held from May 23-26 this year at Camp Wilmot! If you want to carpool or need to be picked up from public transit, please indicate so when you register. Rideboard deets will be forthcoming.

This post has a bunch of important stuff about the weekend in it; please take the time to read it carefully. So without further ado:

Registration: If you’ve not yet registered, you can do so here! Please register by May 9. It helps us a lot with our planning to know if you’re coming, and we will be able to give you a more accurate idea of the weekend’s costs, sooner. Continue reading

Registration is open for Epic Skill Swap 2014!

Dearest Swappers,

It’s almost that time, and registration is now open for Epic Skill Swap 2014! We’ve got a new system in place for registration this year:

Space at Epic Skill Swap is limited to 120 people. This is for two reasons—we want to maintain the intimate, community-based orientation of previous Skill Swaps, and Camp Wilmot cannot comfortably accommodate too many more visitors than that. While we don’t necessarily anticipate filling up completely, we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible so that we get a better idea of our numbers, and to ensure participants that they have a spot. Continue reading

Call for 2014 workshop proposals

Dearest Swappers,

We’re a little more than three months from Epic Skill Swap 2014, and we most happily announce that the workshops submission tool is live! We’re so looking forward to all the things we’ll teach and learn together this May 23-26th. This is the part where we all enter the workshops that we’d like to teach or see taught, and provide feedback on the options other people have suggested.

So, friends, tell us: what skill(s) would you like to swap? What makes you so excited that you razzle-dazzle at the idea of sharing or learning it? What sort of knowledge do you have that will help us create the world that we want? Continue reading

A note on food for all swappers! (2013)

We’ve had questions from a bunch of folks, so we wanted to clarify some things. Epic Skill Swap is bigger this year than it was last year (YAY!), and we’ve had to do some rethinking of our approach to feeding ourselves. In efforts to keep cost down and community up, we opted to have about $20 of each person’s registration fee go to group food this year in order to provide wholesome vegetarian meals. (See website for breakdown of other costs).

Unfortunately $20 is not enough to provide the whole array of meal options–addressing all dietary restrictions–that we might ideally like to have at each meal. To do that, we’d need to raise prices so we could hire a person or group of people to cook for us. Continue reading

Skill Swap Musings from Meghan Kallman (2013)

by Meghan Kallman, one of the co-founders of Epic Skill Swap

About a year and a half ago I was at some sort of gathering full of great people. In one corner someone was playing the guitar and a little group was singing, and someone else was explaining his job—suicide prevention—to another little group. (The person in question was none other than Hollis Easter, one of Epic Skill Swap’s stellar co-organizers). I was eavesdropping a little bit, and thinking that, though I’d known Hollis for a while, I didn’t know why he does suicide prevention. I was astounded by how much he knew about it. And I had this little thought, like “hey, wouldn’t it be cool to have some sort of get-together so that people could explain to each other the interesting things that we know how to do and why we care about doing them?”. Continue reading