2017 Schedule & Information


Make Your Own Tarot Cards (3:15 – 4:15 PM Sunday Room)

This workshop will provide a brief intro to the symbols and archetypes used on tarot cards. There are nearly as many tarot interpretations in the world as there are different decks and people holding them in their hands, so everyone will start by drawing a card from the deck to learn how it could be interpreted in a reading. The card drawn will be the card one focuses on reproducing/making. Example decks and guides to interpretation will be available as a resource to help you create your own tarot card so you have a starting point for your own deck! Intuitive/automatic drawing/collaging is also encouraged, so feel free to avert your eyes from other examples/literature and let the work intuitively flow!

Some collage materials, card stock, markers, and tarot decks/ books will be provided. If you would like to work with any specific type of material left unmentioned, please bring it with you! Hopefully at the conclusion of the time provided we will each have at least one card to take home, and the beginnings of a collectively made tarot deck. These images will be photographed and compiled into a digital zine that can be cut up and mounted onto card stock later.

Facilitated by Lily Sage, a Montessori pedagogue who is interested in questions of symbiosis, inter-sectional feminism and anti-racist/fascist praxis. She has studied in the fields of herbalism, birth, visual/performance art, anthropology and political theory in Germany, Mongolia and the US. Lily started facilitating DIY Tarot Workshops with teenagers at Omega Teen Camp in 2012, and later went on to lead them with adult artists as well, at Gabfestry for Creative Dissenters and beyond.

Plant Propagation (2:00 – 3:00 Stage)

Propagating plants is an a fun and affordable way to grow your indoor or outdoor garden! In this workshop you will learn techniques of stem/leaf cuttings, root division, layering, and seed saving. We will discuss growth patterns, growing mediums, biodiversity, and which plants/plant families are good candidates for beginning your journey of plant abundance! Examples will be available as well as limited-availability materials for attendees to take cuttings home with them. Attendees are encouraged to bring small vessels/jars/pots if they are able.

Taught by Jen Doll, who practices community-based herbalism in Baltimore, MD. She is a former student in the Herbal Apprenticeship program at Centro Ashé and continues to grow, process, and learn from plants about healing, strength, and how thrive in our troublesome world.

All About Bitter Herbs (4:30 – 5:30 PM Stage)

This semi-hands on lecture will be all about bitter herbs (hops, yarrow, motherwort, damiana, chamomile & more!). Find out how bitter constituents interact with your body and ways to incorporate them into daily wellness practices. This lecture includes tastings and will give you the chance to interact with a variety of herbs & preparations. Recipes, additional resources and a reading list will be provided to all participants.

Taught by Aylén Maquehue, a recent graduate of the Herbal Apprenticeship program at Centro Ashé who is currently working towards a master’s degree in Therapeutic Herbalism at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Aylén is visiting Baltimore for the Fest, but she currently resides in Brazil. Her organization, Anümka Che, makes herbal products (teas, extracts, topical preparations, smoking blends, etc.) for daily wellness support and ritualistic healing. Anümka means “plant” and Che means “people”. These words come from the language of her Mapuche heritage. The Mapuche are the indigenous people from the area of land known today as Southern Chile, where herbal medicine is a core component of traditional practices.

Activist Self-Care & Yoga (12:30 – 1:30 PM Stage)

Join Ren for a workshop on yoga & self-care for the activist community. The workshop will start with a brief discussion on the importance of self care within the activist/organizing community and will be followed by an all-levels gentle yoga class. This class is body positive & does not require any special props or clothing. Feel free to bring a mat or sweatshirt to sit on. A hand out will be provided at the end of the workshop detailing the yoga sequences done in the class as well as self-care tips for activists.

Ren is the founder of DC Fire Yoga and has run workshops like this in the past, following the murder of Freddie Gray, Philando Castile, Alphonza Watson and others. As a queer Muslim, Ren’s yoga is taught from a very different perspective than most Western yogis. Ren came into yoga because of the stress of social justice activism that was brought on by their identities. Ren will be taking donations for Black Lives Matters Charlottesville at their workshop.

Fermenting 101 (12:15 – 1:15 PM Kitchen)

Alison Moss will open up the doors to basic fermentation through sauerkraut. The workshop will start with an explanation of lactic acid fermentation and its relevance to gut health and the seasonal food cycle. Participants will make their own batch of sauerkraut using just a knife, a vessel, and sea salt! Materials will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Ali Moss is a pickle-lover who received her formal training from the visionaries at Hex Ferments. She is currently a second-year apprentice herbalist, student of biology at Towson University, and member of the Heart & Soil collective. She believes that the natural world provides essential tools for liberation from those systems that do not serve us.

Make Your Own Zine! (Tabling Room)

A. Jarrell Hayes will teach you all about zines. Peruse his collection of sample zines and then learn how to make a mini zine. Learn how to fold and cut a mini zine using a single 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper, pen, scissors and your imagination. Give your zine to someone as a gift or make copies of it to distribute!

A. Jarrell Hayes is a storyteller in Baltimore who writes fiction, fantasy and poetry (as A. J. Hayes). He’s been printing and folding chapbooks and zines at home, DIY style, for a few years. He’s the former publisher of an independent press, and currently a freelance publishing consultant. More information about him, his writing and his books can be found at www.ajhayes.com, or visit his table at the DIY Fest.


Vegan Cooking Demo (2:00 – 3:00 PM Kitchen)
Join Dovetta to learn the art of vegan cooking. Learn how to make vegan mac & cheese so you’re ready for the next Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese Smackdown! You’ll also learn how to properly saute and season collard greens. Samples of both foods will be provided at the end of the workshop as well as additional vegan recipes for you to try at home. The first 8 attendees will have the opportunity to cook “hands-on” with Dovetta and take home their creations!

Dovetta Taylor won 2nd place in this year’s Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese Smackdown – she really knows her stuff! She is a volunteer coach for the Vegan Living Program and has worked in various sectors of the food service industry and in the culinary arts. Dovetta frequently teaches vegan cooking at various events throughout Baltimore. 

Potted Fruit Tree Care (12:15 – 1:15 PM South Side)

This workshop will teach you how to take care and maintain potted fruit trees. You’ll first learn how to choose the correct pot size & soil mix for your fruit tree and then learn how to maintain it! Maintenance includes proper pruning techniques and managing watering & fruit production. After learning the proper way to care for a fruit tree, you’ll be able to take home your own one gallon sized fig tree. Fig trees will be given out on a first come, first served basis to the first 15 participants.

Kevin Antoszewski is with Civic Works Baltimore Orchard Project. The Baltimore Orchard Project strengthens communities through planting and cultivating orchards, teaching neighbors to be long-term stewards, and sharing the harvest among us all.

DIY Academia: How to Become an Independent Scholar (4;45 – 5:45 PM Sunday Room)

Learn how to break into independent academic research & teaching without having to attend college. When working on a research project, do you know how many hours you should dedicate to independent study? Jordannah will discuss research skills as well as how to move into Scholarly Circles, submit proposals for academic panels and be taken seriously as an Independent Scholar.

Jordannah Elizabeth is an independent scholar and has taught/lectured at Universities, but does not currently hold a degree. She was a guest journalist at Harvard University’s Black Lives Matter: Music, Race and Justice and has spoken at the Baltimore Book Festival, De Monte University, the Pratt Institute and the Center for New Music. She is an author, musician, journalist and an all around amazing autodidact!

Independent Film Making & Distribution (1:45 – 2:45 PM Sunday Room)

This will be a fascinating lecture on how to make narrative films independently and how to get your work shown outside of the film system. The film industry is known to be very elitist and to cater to a very specific types of film, where only corporate commercial films reach large audiences. This lecture is to show, with examples and case scenarios compiled over the last 11 years, that people can make films by themselves and organize collective screenings to their communities in addition to getting their works distributed online.

Peter Azen has worked in film for the past 11 years. He has made two feature documentaries, a feature narrative film for under $4K and tons of shorts, video-art installations, etc. His feature documentary, US of DIY, is about the DIY punk community across the U.S. in 2010.

Acrylic Selfie Portrait Painting (12:15 – 1:15 PM Sunday Room)

Bring your favorite selfie and learn how to turn it into an acrylic painting! Katia will teach basic face drawing proportions and color and paint mixing techniques. Canvases, easels and paint will be supplied on a first come, first served basis. Attendees are more than welcome to bring their own supplies!

Katia Baskina is a local expressionist painter and MICA graduate. She has been painting for 18 years and has been showing her art at local galleries, bars, and restaurants for the past 10 years. She is also the founder of the pop up Escape Artists Gallery as well as one of the member artists at the gallery.

Bicycle Tire Repair (4:00 – 5:00 PM South Side)

Join Baltimore Bicycle Works to learn how to repair the age old roadside emergency of fixing a flat. Learn how to diagnose, repair and replace your inner tubes and tires. This workshop will be hands-on, so bring your own bike, flat tires or not, or use one of the demonstration bikes that Baltimore Bicycle Works will have on hand at the workshop. There will be a Q&A at the end of the workshop, so bring your bicycle repair/maintenance questions!

Baltimore Bicycle Works is Baltimore’s only worker owned and democratically operated bicycle shop. Their goal is to put more people on bikes because they’re practical, sustainable, beautiful, and fun! Baltimore Bicycle Works want to see Baltimore continue to flourish and develop as the next great cycling city!

Jewelry Making (Tabling Room)

This workshop will take place for the duration of the Fest at the Jewelry Making Station in the tabling room. Pick your favorite pendant, beads and then sit down with Jessica Oby to make your own necklace or bracelet. Some fees may apply depending on what you choose to create!

Jessica Oby is a DIY Fest regular. She has taught jewelry making for the entire TEN YEARS that DIY Fest has existed. Jessica shares her time and knowledge with DIY Fest attendees so they can create their very own jewelry masterpieces.

Fire Starting & Cordage(aka survival rope) – Survivalism 101 (1:45 – 2:45 PM South Side)

Learn how to start a fire without a lighter or matches! Dan DeVries will show you how to start a fire using fire by friction with the bow drill and other methods. In case of emergency, this could save your life. Dan will then show you how to form your own rope using local plants such as milkweed, dogbane or yucca. Once you’ve formed your own rope, use it to learn how to tie some useful knots!

Dan DeVries taught this workshop at the 4th Annual DIY Fest and we are thrilled to have him back to celebrate 10 years with us!


Sybil Press

The Word Distrobution

Snack King Comics

Kitten Witch Apothecary 

Stardust Herbals


ArtXscape Everything Creative

Katana Lippart

Rachael | Hausos

Parang Kim / DIY to ART

Cory Kram

Hannah Bae

Amadeus Magazine

Stay Kind! Distro 

Courteney Gannon

Joe Maccarone

Katherine Charney

Katia Baskina (Kat Art LLC)


Ipsy Bipsy Studio

Jordan Levine

Léa van der Tak

A. Jarrell Hayes


Aayesha (Strvnge Encounters)

Beast Grrl Collective

Nancy Anleu and Dennis Johnson


Carmen Johns

Bread & Roses