• Jenny Hill

Back to Basics 2022 Registration Now Open!


We are happy to announce registration for the 16th Annual Back to Basics is now open. For 2022 you can choose from virtual and in-person options AND look forward to a Spring Fair to be held outdoors that will feature vendors, exhibitors, free workshops and family activities!


For those of you who attended Back to Basics in years when workshops were all offered on the same day, we hope you find the added benefit of not having to choose between two topics offered at the same time. With a virtual workshop registration, you can view any and all on your chosen schedule. Enjoy in-person workshops on select evenings at the Pine River-Backus school.


Virtual Events


Starting Saturday, January 22, the virtual events for Back to Basics kick off with a free keynote address. “Growing Justice and Equity in Our Food Landscape” will be presented by Diane Wilson, a Dakota writer, seed keeper and former director for the National American Food Sovereignty Alliance, a coalition of tribes and organizations working to create sovereign food systems for Native people. To attend the virtual keynote for free, you can go to Happy Dancing Turtle’s Facebook and see it live at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 22.


Virtual workshops also kick off that day. Paid participants will have access to a Zoom link for the keynote plus 25 pre-recorded workshops to view at their leisure between January 22 and February 6. The workshops include 20 of the most popular virtual workshops from 2021 Back to Basics and 5 all-new ones. We are so glad to have the talent and expertise of so many presenters who themselves live resiliently! Topics include fermenting, yoga, cooking, native plants, nature, cordwood construction, health & wellness and more! See the full list of offerings here. Registration fees are $30 per person, $25 for seniors/students and $50 per household.


In-Person Events


In-Person workshops take place weekday evenings between January 24 and February 25 at Pine River-Backus school. This year you will register and pay $10 per workshop, plus additional materials fees for certain classes.


Whether you are keen to get your hands dirty (gardening and soil health) or get them clean (soap felting and lotion-making), our outstanding presenters have something to pique your interest. The variety of topics include child development, wellness, gardening, felting, beekeeping, raising chickens, Ayurveda, personal development, and more! Each presenter has determined their requests for masking and social distancing for each workshop, which is noted in the course descriptions. See the full list of offerings here.


For more information, visit our website. Ready to register for virtual or in-person workshops? Click here!


Spring Fair


Is your favorite part of Back to Basics the vendors & exhibitors? For 2022, we are introducing the Back to Basics Spring Fair to be held outdoors at the Lakes Music & Events Park in Pine River on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take in the stellar collection of goods, information and ideas all focused on sustainability presented by the vendors and exhibitors for free. In addition, there will be free workshops and family activities as well as food available for purchase. The B2B Spring Fair is open to the public for free. If you would like to be a vendor/exhibitor at the Spring Fair, you can learn details and register here.


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