COVID-19 Update: Due to concerns over the transmission of Covid-19 within the small, remote community of Gustavus, the Arete Project has postponed all 2020 spring & summer workshops. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact us for further information.


Learning shouldn’t stop in your mid-twenties! At our campus in Gustavus, the Arete Project provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn new skills and enrich their lives. Beginning in spring 2020, we invite locals from our Icy Strait community – Gustavus, Hoonah, and Elfin Cove – to participate in workshops and mini-courses focused on place-based living. Please see below for upcoming opportunities.

Contact for further information.

4/4/20: the care and keeping of fruit trees: POSTPONED TILL SPRING 2021

Did you know that you can successfully grow apples, cherries, and plums right here in Gustavus? Join master gardeners David Lendrum, Rob Bishop, and Chris Austin for a daylong introduction to growing fruit trees in southeast Alaska. The course will cover:

  • Benefits and drawbacks of different varieties of apple and other fruit trees.
  • Good horticultural techniques for growing them, including holistic fertilizing options.
  • Insect, pest and disease concerns.
  • Pruning
  • Overview of growing berries.
  • Grafting

Course co-sponsored by Inian Islands Institute & Steller Botanicals. $40 suggested donation to help defray travel costs for instructors.

4/16-4/19/20: build your own earth oven: POSTPONED TILL FURTHER NORICE

Join us at the Arete Project’s campus to learn how to build your own earth oven! Using local Gustavus blue clay, visiting instructor Tom Zimmer (of Calypso Farms near Fairbanks) will teach you how to construct the perfect outdoor bread and pizza oven. Participants are welcome to join just for the weekend days, if you can’t take time off.All are welcome to join us for our inaugural pizza dinner once the oven is dry enough to fire! (Exact date TBD, but probably early May.) Suggested donation $200 ($150 for weekend-only participants) to help defray instructor compensation and travel costs.

8/20 (dates TBD): women’s nagoonberry harvest: POSTPONED TILL FURTHER NOTICE

Icy Strait women are invited to join us for an inter-community nagoonberry harvest designed to strengthen relationships between Hoonah and Gustavus… and to make the most of one of our most beloved late-summer resources! Please re-visit this page after the ferry schedule is published for exact dates. Event is free and co-sponsored by Huna Heritage Foundation.