• Michelle Hoefs

Back to Basics 2021


Last month, Happy Dancing Turtle held the 15th Annual Back to Basics! As with many things this past year, some changes had to be made to the event. The first was that rather than holding workshops and the vendor fair in person, B2B went all virtual this year! From keynotes to workshops to vendors, participants had the opportunity to take part in B2B at their own pace. One of the advantages of a virtual event is that people were able to participate from virtually anywhere. With people tuning in from several different states, Back to Basics had an expanded reach this year.


The event kicked off Saturday, February 20th with an engaging keynote presentation by Amy Quarberg, a holistic nurse, transformational coach, and wellness consultant. Amy’s talk, “Practical Tips to Decrease Stress and Increase Joy”, had viewers dancing in front of their computer screens and left them with tools to apply to their everyday lives. The keynote was live-streamed on Facebook and Zoom and available for anyone to watch at no charge. Learn more about Amy and what she offers here.


Amy Quarberg delivers an inspiring keynote.

Back to Basics wrap-up weekend included a closing keynote presentation by Dave Freeman on Saturday, February 27th. Dave is an adventurer as well as the founder and executive director of The Wilderness Classroom. He shared experiences and stories from the year he and his wife, Amy, spent in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota in a speech titled “Get Outside, Less is More, and Don’t Ration Your Passion: Lessons from a Year in the Wilderness.” Dave stressed the importance of disconnecting from technology and spending time in the “real” world of the outdoors. Check out The Wilderness Classroom website here.


Michelle, Nora, and Quinn welcome keynote speaker Dave Freeman.

Another key component of Back to Basics is the Vendor Fair. Since shopping their favorite vendors is something many people look forward to each year, every effort was made to ensure that they still had that opportunity. Registered vendors are listed on the HDT website with links to their sites for easy shopping. These links and descriptions will be accessible through HDT until this fall, so be sure to check them out here!


As always, Back to Basics would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and enthusiasts. Many people and businesses generously donated to the event and their generosity is greatly appreciated.


While Back to Basics 2021 was unlike any other year, the main goal of building community by connecting people and sharing skills, information, and resources for living a more sustainable life was still achieved, showing just how resilient people are.