Non-Combat Classes

Class Title



Persona Development

This class is designed to help you get started with your persona or up your game and enhance your current persona. Your handout guides you through a series of questions that builds the complexity of who you plan to be.

Dame Muireann inghean ui Mhuirneachain

Waterbearing 101 – The care and feeding of your fighter

What consorts can do to support their fighters hydration and health on the field. This class will teach basic signs of dehydration as well as a break down of items to pack to support a single fighter, small group, or an army.

HL Lissette De La Rose

Chivalric Virtues

Lecture and discussion of the Chivalric Virtues including Llull and de Charny, their applicability and practice in the SCA and modern life. No prior familiarity with the subject is necessary.

Sir Justin de Leon

Beginning Fingerloop Braiding

Come learn fingerloop braiding. This is a medieval technique for making cords. Fun, and easy to pick up, this is suitable for many uses (from garters to lacing cords to ties for a gambeson!). This class will cover some 3 of the basic braids.

HL Idonia Sherwood

No fighter practice? No Problem!

A fitness/ training plan for those who don’t have the time or space to regularly go to fighter practices, but still want to maintain base fighting fitness. This class will cover various exercises and sports that transfer well to SCA fighting, so that even when busy with work, school, children, injury, or more (because you are a superhero), you can still work at continuously improving fitness and fighting ability! This class will not require active movement, unless you want to, but rather explaining the various benefits of different sports.

Azizah bint Rustam

Virtue Round Table: the Virtues and Qualities of Renown

What, exactly, is Reknown? Why is it important on the path to knighthood? Come and speak with others about the meaning of Reknown, its historical context in chivalric ideology, and what it means to us in the SCA today. Why is it important in chivalric literature and how do we apply it today? What aspects of Reknown are subject to interpretation? Are there aspects that are not? Please come, share your views & thoughts, and speak with others about the meaning of Reknown, it’s historical context in chivalric ideology, and what it means to us in the SCA today. All are welcome.

Duchess Etaine du Pommier

Knights and Heroes: Resolving the Viking Warrior Ethic with Chivalric Ideology

The ideology of Chivalry is a late-period construct, yet many of our personas are not. How does one reconcile the SCA chivalric code of conduct with an accurate portrayal of a viking warrior? What does it mean to be a “Viking Knight?” We will explore the similarities and differences between early period viking warrior ethos and the late medieval concept of knight, and how they do (and don’t) apply to the SCA-centric concept of knight. This is a discussion-based class, and you need not be a fighter to attend.

Duchess Etaine du Pommier

In Case of Reign

If you are considering entering a tournament where winning means being a Champion, Coronet or Crown this class is tailored to provide the information, expectations and reality check of what happens for the duration of your term of service for both you and your consort. How to be prepared in case you win. How to survive when you win. Bring your questions, concerns and consorts. All are welcome.

Countess Aryana Silknfyre

Thai Massage for Fighters (and friends)

This class will feature a seated and lying “thai yoga” massage tailored to the needs of SCA armored fighters. Working in pairs, we’ll explore partner stretching and basic deep tissue work to unkink muscles in the back, hips, shoulders arms and hands. We’ll do 50 minutes giving, 50 minutes receiving. No partner needed, we can pair you off with someone. Please bring a blanket. This is best out of armor, in clothes you can move in without exposing TOO much anatomy.

Viscount Sir Beringar von Rudesheim

Introduction to the SCA

An overview of the history, structure, and customs of our community: How the SCA started and has grown. The intersection of modern rules and medieval role playing. Branches and households. Rank, awards, regalia, and forms of address. Etiquette, basic camping tips, heraldic display, persona development, and more. Activities you can participate in throughout the year. Where to find out more. (Eligible for Ithra credit.)

Althaia filia Lazari, OP

Beginning Court Heraldry

Learn the joys and foibles of being the voice behind the crown in this introductory class on voice heraldry. No experience necessary.

HL Lissette De La Rose

Conditioning for Swordplay

This course provides the participant with an intensive introduction to core fitness essentials and training concepts that can be used to increase performance in swordplay. Participants will also receive an understanding on how to best include fitness conditioning routines into their practice/class times. Topics covered will include an overview of the internal workings of the human body, training concepts, major areas of focus, how to perform fitness evaluations, creating a fitness regimen, and a sampling of drills/exercises. Come prepared for a workout! This is a very active class and each participant will be challenged to push beyond their perceived physical “limits”, and leave feeling refreshed and energized.

HL Ramon Diaz de la Vega

Advanced Fingerloop Braiding

Come learn more complex braids! We will be looking at more complex braids to make larger (and sometimes fancier) braids.

HL Idonia Sherwood

Favors to Inspire

A discussion of favors in context with the glory of the tournament. I’d like to examine the ways in which the gifting of favors has been adopted by the SCA and the meanings we give to them. Finally I plan to discuss ideas and methods of making period and persona appropriate favors to give to one’s consort.

Mistress Gulenay Khazari

How to be the Royal Tailor

It is the Royal Tailor’s job to coordinate the creation of clothing that helps our Crown to feel and look the part of royalty. This class will teach you what to consider before you agree to take the job, questions to ask during your initial consultation with the Crown, and tips and techniques for organizing and managing the work flow of the team of tailors needed for success.

Meistara Reginleif in harfagra

Basic Marshaling

From the fundamentals of what a marshal’s role is, through the basics of armor and weapon inspection, and the physical and personal dynamics of managing fighters on the field. The class is primarily focused on armored tournaments, but also includes some information about wars and rapier activities. (Eligible for Ithra credit.)

Althaia filia Lazari, OP

Silk Banners for Beginners Part 1

A beginners course for how to design and make a silk banner from start to finish. *We may not finish on site, but I will show you how. This will be done in 2 class sessions, 2 hours each- please plan to attend BOTH.

HL Ana de la Sara

Chivalric Virtues

Lecture and discussion of the Chivalric Virtues including Llull and de Charny, their applicability and practice in the SCA and modern life. No prior familiarity with the subject is necessary.

Sir Justin de Leon

Advanced Marshaling

Althaia filia Lazari, OP

Lists 101: Introduction to Lists

This class will cover how to run lists for a tournament of any size, from a backyard tourney with a handful of fighters to an An Tir Crown tournament. Time permitting, we’ll also practice running a mock tournament. The handout includes reference materials and blank lists sheets. Especially recommended for new lists officers, but appropriate for anyone who wants a glimpse behind the scenes.

HE Alessandra de Montefeltro

Yoga for Fighters

This is a yoga class tailored to the needs of SCA fighters. Emphasis placed on injury prevention, strength, and some mindfullness.

Viscount Sir Beringar von Rudesheim

Strength and Flexibility

Exercises and stretches that will extend your fighting career, and breathing and meditational practices that will further your progress in the martial art of swordplay. Wear loose clothing and be prepared to take off your shoes.

Viscount Sir Ambrose Mavrorothakis

Lists 102: From Paper to Practical

This class will be a session to discuss your questions and concerns about various tourney formats or situations you have encountered.

Following class (but after dinner) those interested will have a chance to put your Lists 101 training to work and help run the Grand Tourney.

Alessandra da Montefeltro

History and Romance of Favors

Favors from milady has a rich history and undeniable romance that enhances our experiences and pageantry in the SCA. Come hear the history and get inspiration on creating and giving these personal tokens of faith, honor, love, affection or friendship. Many forms, many styles, and all with the meaning you personally attach to them.

Countess Aryana Silknfyre

Invisible Service to the Crown

Not all service is front and center. Not the type of person that wants to be standing in court, serving as guard, or running errands? How are you with websites, computers, sewing, beading, organizing special projects, running a camp, cooking, arranging flowers or hair? It takes background volunteers to make the court run, the correspondence answered, the food ready, the Lady’s Tea organized, repair the robe, or make sure the right document or medallion is in the Royal hand when needed. Learn about the business of government and the overlap with retinue. Come find out what else is out there for volunteers of all skills, energy levels, and specialties.

Countess Aryana Silknfyre

The Ugroli Garniture – a modern armor masterpiece

Conception, design, and construction of the “Ugroli” armor, in the style of the Negroli Workshop on Milan, 1540. Lecture will include information on the steel and gold techniques used to create the armor. Interested parties will have an opportunity to handle and examine the pieces and to ask questions.

Duke Sir Styrkarr Jarlsskald

Town Crying 101

Town crying is a vital part of any event, especially large events. But you don’t need a big voice to contribute if you’re good at organizing others. This class will cover aspects of making town cry announcements and of running Herald’s Point at any size of event.

Finngall McKetterick, OP

Silk Banners for Beginners Part 2

A continuation of Silk Banners for Beginners Part 1. *We may not finish on site, but I will show you how. This will be done in 2 class sessions, 2 hours each- please plan to attend BOTH.

HL Ana de la Sara

Beginning Tablet Weaving

This is your basic tablet weaving class, learn a few patterns, figure out if you like it before investing, or learn how to weave on your own loom. Can be combined with the Speed Warp class if you want.

HL Drifa in Rauda

Constructing Viking Age Pleated Pants

This class will provide an overview the cut and construction of pants that may have existed during the Viking Age. We’ll review pre-Viking Age finds, such as the Thorsberg trousers and the Viking Age pleated pants found at Haithabu. We will also touch on leg and foot coverings. The handout includes directions for constructing your own pair of pleated pants.

Meistara Reginleif in harfagra

Lists 102: From Paper to Practical

This class will be a session to discuss your questions and concerns about various tourney formats or situations you have encountered. Following class, those interested will have a chance to put your Lists 101 training to work and help run the Grand Tourney.

HE Alessandra de Montefeltro

Costuming – Rectangular Construction and Patterning

Are you tired of sweating inside that polyester T-tunic? Are the fighters’ jeering at you for wearing sweat pants under your armor? Want to learn how to make garb on your own? I can help! Let’s talk Rectangular Construction! I don’t plan on this being a teacher/student type of class – this will be extremely hands on course where you will meet the other students, and will work as a team to collaboratively fulfill the following class goals:

1st Hour Goal: folks who attend will walk away with a sheet of personal measurements and how those measurements work with rectangular construction so that you can make your own clothes.

2nd Hour Goal: Let’s get those measurements plugged into some patterns you can take with you. (Be forewarned – they will be basic Viking: tunic; pants; underdress; apron dress, and Viking coat. I live in An Tir, after all.) All are welcome. I expect this class will be highly silly, informative and fun, heavy on the fun if we can manage it.

Lady Leora the Red

Turn Shoe Overview Q & A

I will bring several examples of shoes and boots that I have made. I will also have some of the patterns that you can make copies of in the following sizes: Men’s size 9 1/2 to 10, 5 W and Women’s sizes 9 wide, 6 W. Suggested that you bring the following materials to the class: Note taking materials. Large sheets of pattern making paper if you wish to copy any Patterns. A large flat surface to write or draw on.

Octar Wolfkiller, OP

Consorting for the Fighter

Most of the consorting classes that are offered tend to be directed towards the non-fighter half of the team. This never really seemed all that fair, so I will be teaching a class on Consorting specifically for the FIGHTER half of the team. This will be a moderator led discussion, covering topics such as Understanding your Role as Consort, Recommended areas of Communication, and Points to Consider when Choosing a Consort! Fighters and non-fighters are both invited to participate.

Duchess Zanobia Fiorentini

Padded Gambesons

A lecture on basic gambeson patterning and construction. A brief survey of historical styles will be included.

Dame Meagan Windemere

Speed Warping for Tablet Weaving

Cut down your warp time from 2 hours to 10 minutes. Please bring your own inkle loom, or warping board, 20 cards, and 4 balls/cones of yarn/fiber in 2 colors, (for example 2 black and 2 white).

HL Drifa in Raudfa

The Art of Being an Everyday Consort

This class is not about reigning, but rather about approaches to helping your consort have a good day fighting. This is a hands-on-course, please bring note taking materials, and wear clothes you can move about it. You don’t need to have any experience being a consort, nor do you need to bring one to class. This course is a broad overview, we’ll cover, at least briefly, everything from combat appreciation to fighter nutrition.

Meistara Kadtlin in Starra

Field Heraldry 101

Finngall McKetterick, OP

Fitness & Self Care for SCA Combat

In this class we will go into depth on strength training, optimizing muscle growth through stimulus and recovery, maintaining joint health, massage techniques both for long term improvements and immediate performance gains, using cold to maintain muscular performance, and how to best use stretching, all with an eye to the specific demands of SCA heavy combat.

Sir Leith Ambranid

Knightly Virtues for the Digital Age

What did the noble classes of the Middle Ages mean by Virtues? Which (if any) of the Knightly Virtues valued in various places and times in our period are applicable in the modern world? How do you (we, I) apply them? If you have written anything on these questions, bring copies. Class in the round, a discussion and courteous exchange of views.

Viscount Sir Ambrose Mavrorothakis