WORKSHOPS

The Living Traditions Festival is pleased to offer several hands-on workshops in craft, food, music, dance, and yoga at this year’s event. All workshops are free but seating is limited so pre-registration is required.

Meditation for Beginners

by the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences

Saturday, May 18th 1:00 – 2:00 pm

In this one hour session you will learn Isha Kriya, a simple 12 – 18 minute practice, to help you become meditative effortlessly. Attain health, clarity and joy. Isha Kriya does not require previous experience with meditation and can be done sitting in a chair.

This meditation session will be held at the Main SLC Library, Conference Rooms B, on the lower level.

Mexican Paper Roses

by Frances Rodgers

Saturday, May 18th 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Frances Rogers learned the art of traditional Mexican paper flowers from her aunt, local artist Dolores Perez. Frances continues to share this colorful and popular tradition by teaching students, educators, and art lovers throughout Utah how to create floral decorations that can be used at any time of year. In this workshop Frances will show you step-by-step how to cut out, fold, and arrange paper roses.

This workshop will be held at the Main SLC Library, Conference Room C, on the lower level.

Meet the Artist: Iranian American Society of Utah

Saturday, May 18th 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Formed in 2016, the Iranian American Society has worked diligently to provide education about Iranian culture, strengthen the Iranian-American community, and provide cultural and social resources. In this panel you will have the opportunity to learn more about the exciting work of this organization and Persian traditional dance and celebrations.

This panel discussion will be held at the Main SLC Library, Conference Room C, on the lower level. Registration is not required, but seating is limited.

Beginner Didgeridoo Workshop

by Randin Graves

Saturday, May 18th 3:00 – 4:00 pm

The Australian didgeridoo is one of the simplest instruments in the world, but the sky’s the limit on what it can do. It’s all up to your breath, your tongue, and your voice. Learn the basics of playing didgeridoo today and you might find yourself on a lifelong journey. That’s what happened to your teacher, Randin Graves, who started in the USA and ended up living with Aboriginal People in Australia. A basic plastic instrument will be provided.

This workshop will be held at the Main SLC Library, Conference Room B, on the lower level.

Food Workshop: Falafel

by Mother of All’s Chef Kaltum

Saturday, May 18th 4:00 – 5:00 pm

In partnership with Spice Kitchen Incubator, learn how to make falafel with Chef Kaltum of Mother of All.

Chef Kaltum moved to Utah from Sudan in 2013. She learned to love cooking as a child by helping her mother in the kitchen. Kaltum wants to share her culinary traditions with all of Utah and is excited to expand her business! Upon arriving in Utah, Kaltum quickly realized her passion for entrepreneurship & cooking and embarked on her pursuit of opening a business. She joined forces with Spice Kitchen in October of 2014. She purchased a food truck in October, 2016. After renovating the truck she opened for business in mid-2017. You can find the Mother of All food truck around town in Salt Lake City.

This workshop will be held in the vacant storefront outside the Main Library, next to the Community Writing Center and KCPW–just look for the signs!

Hula Workshop

by Halau Hula O Kahlealani

Saturday, May 18th 5:00 -6:00 pm

This workshop will show participants the basic movements of Hula. Along with foot movement, a dance will be taught telling a story with the hands and understanding the meaning of the dance. A brief background will be shared about hula, the background and history and how hula is the greatest influence for the Hawaiian culture.

This workshop will be held inside the Main Library, Conference Rooms B/C, on the lower level.

Yoga for Beginners

by the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences

Friday, May 17th 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Through a synthesis of guided yoga and meditation practices, the session will present easy-to-practice yet potent tools to enhance health, joy, peace, love, success and inner exploration. These sessions will help one cope with the hectic pace of modern lifestyles and realize their full potential in all spheres of life. This session offers simple practices that can be done by anyone. No physical agility or prior yoga experience is need.

This yoga session will be held at the Main SLC Library, Conference Rooms A & B, on the lower level. Please bring a yoga mat.

Bollywood/East Indian Dance Workshop

by Divya School of Dance

Sunday, May 19th 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Learn the basics of Bollywood Dance presented by Divya Narayanan from Divya School of Dance

Divya Narayanan is a multifaceted artist with an all-round excellence in the field of traditional Indian Classical Dances of Bharathanatyam, Mohiniattom, Kathakali, Folk dances of India and Bollywood dances. She has more than 33 years of expertise in the multifaceted field as a popular & versatile performer, innovative & imaginative choreographer, teacher, trainer and presenter. With about 455 performances to her credit including national and international appearances throughout India while she was in New Delhi, the national capital of India, and in the U.S at Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York and Utah.

This workshop will be held in the Main Library’s Conference Rooms B/C, on the lower level. Ages 10+

Yoga for Success

by the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences

Sunday, May 19th 3:00 – 4:00 pm

How successful you are in life simply depends on how well you can use your mind and body. Through simple but powerful yoga postures and a guided meditation, this session offers you tools for physical health and mental clarity, bringing a lasting stability and balance to your system.
Benefits:
• Improved memory, concentration & mental clarity
• Relieved stress and anxiety
• Strengthening of the spine

This yoga session will be held inside the Main Library, Conference Room B, on the lower level. Please bring a yoga mat.

Pueblo Pottery & Hopi Lightning Sticks

by Katherine & Darrell Poleviyaoma

Sunday, May 19th 3:00 – 5:00 pm

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to create sample versions of pueblo pinch pots and Hopi lightning sticks (traditionally used in dances and ceremonies). Katherine Poleviyaoma is a celebrated Acoma Pueblo potter and will instruct you in the basic techniques and symbols commonly used in pueblo pottery. Darrell Poleviyaoma has long a master of the traditional Hopi arts of music and dance and shares his culture at community events throughout the Intermountain West.

This workshop will be held inside the Main Library, Conference Room C, on the lower level.

Food Workshop: Lumpia (Filipino eggroll with ground pork rib)

by Chef Jondel of Kuya Del

Sunday, May 19th 2:30 – 3:30 pm

In partnership with Spice Kitchen Incubator, learn how to make lumpia (Filipino eggroll with ground pork rib) by Chef Jondel of Kuya Del.

Chef Jondel moved to Utah when he was 15 years old after living in California, Guam, and the Philippines. He is excited to be a part of the culinary scene in Utah and share his food with the community. He learned to cook while being a server in a restaurant as well as through YouTube and cookbooks. He began culinary training when he was 21. His menu offers a variety of cuisines from Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Mexico.

This workshop will be held in the vacant storefront outside the Main Library, next to the Community Writing Center and KCPW — just look for the signs!

Food Workshop: Boulani & Cilantro Chutney

by Chef Hayat of Hayat’s Grill

Sunday, May 19th 4:30 – 5:30 pm

In partnership with Spice Kitchen Incubator, learn how to make boulani and cilantro chutney by Chef Hayat of Hayat’s Grill.

Boulani is a traditional Afghani finger food with potato, onion, and parsley grilled between tortillas and dipped in a light cilantro chutney.

Hayat moved to Utah in June of 2011 from Afghanistan. When asked why he started Hayat’s Grill, he responded “to share my culture with others in hopes of erasing hatred that has taken place in so many hearts and bridging gaps over a cup of tea.”

Hayat believes that Afghani cuisine is one of the best in the world and is excited to introduce it to Salt Lake City. His food can be found aboard his food truck and is also available for catering.

This workshop will be held in the vacant storefront outside the Main Library, next to the Community Writing Center and KCPW — just look for the signs!