If you have an idea for an “I Can’t,” either to attend or to facilitate, head to the Suggestion Box at bottom of page
‘Member camp? Where you learned, participated, and stretched yourself amongst an invigorating blend of familiar and new faces? Where you were led by welcoming, low-key counselors in a welcoming, low-key environment?
In Mac & Cheese Productions’ I Can’t series, adults state they’re unable to do something, they try it with a bunch of other adults who also “can’t,” and everyone proves themselves wrong and not only does the thing, but enjoys it and says, “That wasn’t so bad. In fact, kinda fun. Good for me! What’s next?!”
As at camp, topics and structure are varied but the “be yourself amongst others being themselves, witness the magic that happens when you try with others trying” vibe is pervasive.
Sample of Past Offerings
I Can’t –
Buy a home
Have a dog
Adult my money
Figure out what I want to do in life
Put on makeup
"Hi Saya, I just wanted to say thank you. I was really scared about taking (I Can't: Improv), but you and Pete did such a great job of making a space where there was no room for fear and insecurity. It was really helpful for me to be there. Thanks again!"
"The workshop was so comprehensive and has really gotten me excited about cleaning. I am also thinking about how I can incorporate ideas into other areas of my life, so thank you again!"
"I went with a friend and wasn’t thinking I would learn anything. But I did! I learned that there are so many outdoor spaces in Chicago that I’m not taking advantage of. And that getting outdoors for even 30 minutes a day may reduce my stress and tension. I’m now considering taking the I Can’t Camp getaway edition! It would be my first real camping experience and I’m saying Yes!!"
"This workshop was great! Kristyn and Saya were awesome. I learned a lot on approaching home organization and have a better understanding as to why my strategies previously didn't work. Kristyn was passionate and very knowledgeable. The workshop was held in a comfortable setting that fostered great interaction and dialogue."
"I thought this class was great! I learned a little about yoga and got to try it in a super comfortable environment, the instructor was fun and explained things. The class overall was a great way to bring people together with similar interests and also things they’re each going through."
Bring something to write on/with and if you’d like, food/drink for yourself. Held at Mac & Cheese Productions℠, in Wicker Park, near Ashland & Division unless otherwise indicated; exact address sent upon registration.
I Can’t: Camp
Partner — Aaron Wolf of Adventures Accessed
Are any of these you?
“I like the idea of camping but get overwhelmed by planning gear, food, logistics…”
“I’d like to go camping. But it kinda scares me.”
“I don’t have an REI-sized wallet.”
“I’m ready to get out of the city.”
“I’d like more nature in my life, to be more ‘outdoorsy’.”
“I want to explore more but would like others to explore with.”
“I’m IN! for a trip if someone brought the gear, food, ride, and knowledge.”
If you answered yes, I Can’t: Camp is for you.
For three days and two nights, we’ll backpack through the Hidden Lakes of Michigan’s Manistee National Forest. Each day will be a different hike (and swim, if that appeals) and each night will have a different scenic view. Lakes, streams, expansive wetlands, lush forest, and wildlife are the norm. We’ll learn map reading, fire starting, foraging, and natural history. Most importantly, we’ll connect with our group and our selves, distraction free, surrounded by beauty, and most importantly-importantly, campfire s’mores!
Unlike Life of Yes℠ Sleepaway Camp, where we sleep indoors, have plumbing, and don’t have to make our own food, this is really camping-camping. Ya know, dirt, sleeping on the ground, bugs.
All materials provided.
FAQs are here.
Aaron grew up in the Northwest ‘burbs of Chicago. After nearly failing out of high school, he graduated and shipped off to the Marines, serving around the world including an Iraq deployment. Upon his return, the transition back to the “civilian world” had challenges and Aaron dealt with an identity crisis that would last through college and into his corporate career. Five years later, things began to boil over. Panic attacks at work, a lack of outdoor exposure, and a VA hospital that really likes prescribing pills made life too much. He’d retreat to the forest to decompress, connect, and be himself. He eventually figured out that being immersed outdoors brought him back to a feeling of Self — that he could be Aaron and not Corporal Wolf, and that he was indeed his happiest, most creative, best version of himself when outside. If only he could make a career out of helping others find the same joy and benefits; turns out, he could. Aaron quit his job, wrote a business plan, secured financing, and now leads backcountry experiences as a professional, licensed outfitter/guide via Adventures Accessed.
Aaron is proud to provide nature-based programs that —
- help special needs youth build confidence
- empower the next generation of great scientists at the Field Museum
- provide exposure to urban youth, and
- provide outlets to overworked, drowning in screens adults who need a break
There are no refunds so please make sure you can join before registering. If you’d like to share, invite, keep track of this event on Facebook, click here.
I Can’t: Wine — Buy or Order Edition
Partner — Sommelier Alex Botsford
Are any of these you?
- I like wine but buying a bottle — at the store, in a restaurant — stresses me out…
- I buy the bottle with the cutest label…
- I always just buy what’s cheapest…
- There must be good wine that’s also affordable…
- I want to like wine but don’t know where to start…
- Everyone loves wine and I want to be in the club…
- I hate wine and will never find anything I like…
- I like wine but ordering — at a party, in a restaurant — stresses me out…
- I’ve never tried wine before but into the idea in a judgement free environment…
If you answered yes, I Can’t: Wine — Buy or Order Edition is for you.
After quitting her full time job and spending 3 months road tripping through Western United States, Alex decided to move to San Jose, California to take an intensive class at the International Culinary Center. After months of studying and tasting non-stop, she passed both her Introductory and Certified test for Court of Master Sommeliers. Her passion in the wine world is educating people who want to learn more about wine.
Come with whatever knowledge you currently have and leave with a few descriptors of what you like for ordering and what to look for at the store. All materials provided.
- A laptop or something to write on and write with if you’re a note-taking type of person
- Snacks/dinner for yourself if you’d like; thumbs up to nibbling and sipping during the workshop
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