Cool Weekend: Learn How To Make Beer And Spirits In The Connecticut Woods

Set in Falls Village, Connecticut, with the beautiful backdrop of the Berkshire Mountains, OFFSITE is a weekend of creative workshops, activities and games for adults. But there is most certainly a food focus. Over the course of the two-night retreat (February 22 – 24), Becky Mumaw and Nick Westervelt of Lisle, New York's Clawhammer Farm will teach attendees how to brew beer and wine and distill, methods for growing seeds indoors and basic ways to use a hot water canner.

Other opportunities during the multi-disciplinary weekend include a "How to Dance at a Party" course (maybe skip that) and workshops in design and building, natural dyes, drawing and writing — as well as nighttime game expeditions, game arcade and masquerade ball. Participants will take home a variety of homemade items, including beer, started plants and canned goods.

The weekend will take place at the Isabella Freedman Center, a 400-acre piece of land filled with hiking trails and incredible vistas, and only a short drive from New York City and Boston. Tickets include meals, accommodations and all materials fees and start at $350 per person. More information and ticket options can be found at