Where? Most classes will be held or based out of the ‘Scholars Garden’ studio in Fall City, Washington, an oasis located on the Raging River with the sounds of water and birdsong, trails and maze through a jungle of edible plants, yurts, gazebos, firepits. Field excursions will start at meeting locations within 40 minutes of Seattle.
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Fall Traditional Basketry Series
Sundays October 6, October 20, & November 3rd, 10-4:30
at the Scholars Garden, Fall City
Join us! This course has been great for beginners or as a refresher for people of all skill levels. It is designed to teach the four core weaving techniques used in traditional basketry around the world, while using local, wild-foraged materials to create your own unique basket. We will work with pine needles, willow, cedar bark, rush, sweetgrass, cherry bark, cattail and more as we create baskets using the coil, twined, plaited and wicker techniques. This may serve as a segue for those interested in the more intensive Traditional Basketry & Weaving Apprenticeship program.
Holiday Foraged Cocktail Class
Saturday- November 9th – 2:30-6 PM
New! this class is filling fast, so we’ve added a new date !
Sunday- November 10th- 2:30-6 PM
In partnership with the Seward Park Audubon Center
Location: Seward Park Audubon Center, Seattle, WA
Join mother and daughter team, Heidi Bohan- native plant specialist, and Dea Allgood, mixology maven for this fun and delicious class. We are delighted to partner up with Seward Park Audubon Center to create a unique experience which highlights creative uses of our native plants.
In this class we’ll get ready for the holidays with seasonal cocktails and gifts for your friends and family! We’ll learn about the native and wild plants autumn offers us for our seasonal foraging, and then we’ll use them to create classic cocktail ingredients including bitters, tonic water and fruit garnishes, as well as for ‘batch cocktails’ perfect for parties. This class is interactive with sampling and hands-on demonstrations throughout, and we’ll end with a ‘happy hour’ in the historic manor enjoying classic cocktails with a wild-foraged twist. You’ll take home recipes and your own bottle of holiday-themed bitters- our gift to you!
Class Fee: $48
Now open for registration!
Basketry & Weaving Apprenticeship
Winter 2019/2020 November- March
One weekend per month; Saturday 1-7PM; Sunday 10-4:00
Nov 16 & 17; Dec 14 & 15; Jan 11 & 12; Feb 8 & 9; March 14 & 15
At the Scholars Garden, Fall City
In my 6th year teaching this course which I began in 2015 after returning from a trip from Ireland, working with master basketmaker, Joe Hogan, and inspired to share what I’ve learned over the last 25 years of basketmaking, beginning with the teachings I received as the wife of Haida master carver, Ralph Bennett-Goo-la’Slacoon, part of a long lineage of master weavers, including his auntie Delores Churchill, and Salena Perotrovich, his grandmother. I have since been gifted with many other teachings from wonderful weavers around the world, and love the threads that connect all of our cultures through the art of weaving with natural materials.
Each year I continue to hone my skills, seeking out new master weavers to learn from and share new knowledge. I always look forward to the many projects we can work on during this apprenticeship season. This program is geared for people who have some skills with weaving and basketry, and preferably have already taken some classes with me. We work together to determine the projects we’ll work on, with an emphasis on advanced cedar bark, root and bough; willow, rush, plant and wool fibers. We primarily study traditional techniques from the Pacific Northwest, as well as traditional techniques from Ireland, Scotland and Spain, brought home from my travels and gained experience.
This has been a rewarding experience with students often returning year after year as we hone and advance our skills. Join us!
Course Fee: $950.00
2020 Ethnobotany & Traditional Skills Course- January-September
Registration for 2020 Ethnobotany Course now open!
This is my core teaching of the year, beginning in January and ending in September, followed by my Basketry & Weaving Apprenticeship program for those who want to go further. Join us as we explore the amazing, diverse
See photos from our 2017 and 2018 courses! Photos from 2019 coming soon!
Scotland Ethnobotany and Traditional Skills Exploration 2020
Planning in the works for Late Summer/Fall 2020! Tentatively September 18- October 2.
Core themes for this exploration will be historic physic and herb gardens, herbal distillations, folk centers, basketry skills, holy wells, ancient yews and Caledonian forests, traveling through the Highlands and to the Isles. These explorations are powerful ways for many of us to connect to our ancestral roots as Celtic people.
Let me know if you are interested in joining us and I’ll add you to my contact list! We had an amazing Exploration through Ireland in 2017.
Check out photos of our explorations here.
Ireland Ethnobotany & Traditional Skills Exploration 2017
We had an amazing journey through Ireland. Check out photos of our explorations here.
Interested in joining us next time to Ireland? or one to Scotland?! Let me know if you are interested in future explorations!
Spain Ethnobotanical Study Expedition- August 2017
Completed! See my Blog about the trip
Planning for further study expeditions 2019/2020
For the tribal community:
Snoqualmie Tribal Members: Gatherer to Gardener Programs have been approved by Tribal Council for funding under the ‘Education- Adult Enrichment Activities’ Application
I also offer stipends and discounts to tribal members from all local tribes based on current class enrollment numbers. Please contact me directly for more information : firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-549-0093
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