has been working in Victoria, BC, as a master craftsman staircase builder for many years. After several trips to Asia he was looking for a way to bring the scythe to the farmers in the hills of Nepal. Alexander took an apprenticeship with his brother, Peter Vido of Scythe Connection, a recognized authority in the scythe world. On Peter's farm in New Brunswick Alexander learned how to use and maintain scythes, and six years ago he established Scythe Works. Presently, he actively promotes the use of scythes to small scale farmers in Canada and USA. Through workshops he has helped many to become proficient in this ancient craft, a skill which he strongly believes is worthwhile to embrace, because scything, when done properly, is like a fluid dance in the field of grass. In March 2012 Alexander carried out the Scythe Project In Nepal (SPIN).
is a Botanist and Cordon Bleu Chef turned Cider Maker. He has been managing microbial populations at Finnriver for almost four years; before that he helped produce estate-grown sparkling cider in cider orchards of upstate New York. He brings an academic emphasis in fungal ecology and systems thinking/design to the forefront of home cider production, as well as a deep knowledge of tree fruit. Over the years he has facilitated cooking classes, English writing courses, orchard workshops, youth soccer clinics, and four previous CedarRoot cider courses. Andrew's passion is rooted in the networks of resilience created by living systems, which is what cider making is all about.
learned to knit, crochet, and sew at her mother's knee. She began exploring spinning, weaving, and dyeing in 2001 when she moved to Washington and purchased a house in Sequim that came with two llamas. She teaches topics on many fiber arts, and enjoys sharing these gentle skills. She wrote Productive Spindling in 2009 to capture and share her spindling experience, and writes monographs and articles. Amelia teaches at PNW fiber festivals and guilds. In 2012, Amelia opened a teaching studio in Port Ludlow, WA. She blogs at www.askthebellwther.com.
has been running wild with CedarRoot youth programs since 2006. She spends the majority of her time in the woods or on the water, and has been involved in many youth organizations around Jefferson County including the Schooner Martha Foundation, Northwest Maritime Center, and the Port Townsend Sea Scouts. Anne loves making baskets around an open fire while cooking deluxe savory dishes to share with students.
is a former energy engineer who moved to the peninsula to work in and learn about organic agriculture. Last year he participated in the FIELD farm apprenticeship program at WSU extension and took a special interest in biochar. With the help of other local biochar enthusiasts, he's helped integrate perennial production and use of biochar at Finnriver Farm to improve soil and animal health.
has 15 years of teaching experience. She has taught art classes to both children and adults and has been a classroom teacher for ages 3-6. Carianna is a dedicated and creative teacher. She finds great joy in nurturing a sense of connection and self trust in her students. Her education includes a B.A. in Ceramics and Education fromThe Evergreen State College and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Carianna lives in Port Townsend with her husband Dan Bell and their two lively sons, Bruno and Zephyr.
is a wildlife biologist with a career of studying marine mammals, particularly whales of Alaska. Since retirement, he has focused on nature studies on the Olympic Peninsula including attending and helping the Jefferson Land Trust’s Natural History Course as a lead naturalist, the Fisher Restoration Monitoring Project, the Natural History Society (on the Guiding Committee), Certified Interpretive Guide Training, and Certified Animal Tracker (Level III). Previously he has taken and taught a couple dozen first aid courses, most of which focused on accidents in the wilderness. In his free time, Dave has been putting up firewood since 1979 on property north of Dabob Bay, where he and Ruthe now live full time. By thinning a thick forest recovering from earlier clearcuts, Dave has had plenty of wood for building sheds and providing firewood while accentuating the health of a maturing forest. Nowadays he cuts, splits, hauls, and stacks about ten cords of wood annually – all split by hand.
For over 15 years, David Moskowitz has taught classes, lead expeditions, and given presentations on wildlife tracking and other natural history topics around the western United States, Canada and abroad. He was the lead wildlife tracking instructor at Wilderness Awareness School for 6 years and he regularly teaches seminars for the North Cascades Institute as well as other educational and conservation organizations around the Northwest. As an expert in the fields of wildlife tracking, North American mammals, wildlife photography, and wildland conservation, David artfully blends his deep knowledge of wildlife biology with a sincere love of teaching. David's field programs open students up to a new way of looking at the natural world around them.
has been working with metals, beginning with jewelry, since the age of fifteen. He began forging as part of a sculpture course at Santa Barbara City College in 1988, and began forging full-time in 1992. He has been operating his business Fire Horse Forge in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle since 1994, where he produces architectural commissions, as well as furniture, sculpture, and jewelry. David’s years in the Northwest have been the most formative in his metalworking career. With his love for the outdoors, being surrounded by the vast and expansive nature of the region, as well as a rich industrial history, including timber, maritime trades, and railroads, he has continued to learn and has been able to more fully appreciate and understand how the influence of his surroundings can be reflected in the pieces that he produces. “For most of my life I have been interested in history, and how it still directly, and indirectly influences us today. There is a connection to many of the traditions that brought us to where we are standing, so how do we give these ancient sensibilities, a modern voice, how do we relate it to now?”
has, since 1982, lived with his extended family, friends and skill builders on their permaculture site on Orcas Island. He has facilitated permaculture projects and classes in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Russia, California, and Washington. Having traveled extensively collecting and studying agricultural systems, he is familiar with a wide range of climate strategies and crops. His specialties include permaculture design, tree crops, nursery practices, creating small and large-scale wetland environments, and implementing appropriate technologies
is a lifelong Washingtonian who relocated to the Olympic Peninsula in 2002 to pursue his passions in developing a more self sustainable lifestyle. After launching his greenhouse business "Egg and I Fuchsias" in 2008, he connected with local farmers and began raising heritage breed Tamworth pigs. In 2010 he began studying slaughter/butchering methods from various visiting butchers and many books on the subject. "The act of butchery is a very real experience that we love to share with our friends and neighbors." Visit Doyle and family at www.eggandigardens.com or at the farm.
is a knitter and shepherd on Bainbridge Island where she tends to her flock of Finnsheep and angora bunnies. 2015 will be her fifth year farming in the Northwest. Together with Tatyana, she started Local Color Fiber Studio in 2013, where they grow and process natural dye plants and hand dye yarn and fiber.
has been a traditional archery enthusiast for 25 years and is enthusiastically involved in several martial & movement arts traditions. He has pursued a wide variety of folk arts & crafts from various cultures, and has made many voyages in Europe, Asia, North and South America. Whether nearby or far-flung, he has always busied himself with seeking out traditional folk arts practitioners to learn with. Interests here span across basket making & woodworking, to ancient battlefield combatives to folk tumbling, music and singing. One of his core passions has been learning & sharing the skills of crafting primitive archery gear and other stone age tools created from materials gathered from the environment. Eric has offered workshops, presentations, performances, and lectures in his various interests all across the country, and has been an instructor since 1993.
had his first blacksmith shop in his parents' woodshed with a smoky coal forge and a tiny anvil at the age of 16. He has since moved his shop from California to Vermont and finally back to Washington state where it all started. Erik' shop is currently located on Marrowstone Island on the Olympic Peninsula. He has a deep love for beautiful handmade tools that are used everyday. He makes tools that people can use because of the pleasure of working with their hands, such as splitting firewood with an axe, moving earth with the Korean hoe, and shaving wood with a handmade draw knife. In keeping with long blacksmithing traditions, Erik makes his own tongs, hammers, drifts, chisels, forges, and power hammer. His love of the craft was inspired by blacksmiths the world round, and now he passes on his knowledge to students of every age and skill level. www.etsy.com/shop/NewquistMetalsmith
lived the first 25 years of her life in the island community of Ketchikan, Alaska, but now calls Jefferson County home after moving to Chimacum in 2011 for a position on the Red Dog Farm crew. For the last eight years, Erin has been working on farms and on fishing boats in the Pacific NW and Alaska, and loves work that connects her to the elements and changing pace of the seasons. Erin is delighted by the wonder and curiosity of children, and is grateful for the slower winter months when she gets to spend more time with and caring for kiddos in her community. Inspired by the power of the natural world to instill wonder and curiosity in the young and not-so-young alike, Erin looks for opportunities to be in community in the outdoors whenever possible.
is an engineer and appropriate technology advocate. This interest led him to a conference in 2011 where he was introduced to clean cook stoves for the developing world that produce biochar. He initially collaborated with a mushroom farmer in Sequim to develop a commercial gasifer stove used to pasteurize straw and make biochar. For the past four years he has been involved with the Port of Port Townsend designing and building biochar filters to remove heavy metals from stormwater runoff. Most recently Francesco teamed with local farms in the production and incorporation of biochar in the soil. This includes biochar trials conducted at WSU’s Twin View Ranch and Finn River Farm.
is dedicated to creating and leading maritime experiences that give youth a foundation for living happy, successful, fun, and authentic lives. Geoff has been actively involved with rite-of-passage programs in Chicago and the Pacific Northwest, leading kayaking, canoeing and sailing trips for the last 15 years through W.I.L.D Expeditions. He also skippers for the Sea Scouts and the Wooden Boat Foundation in Port Townsend. Geoff is a US Coast Guard licensed Captain.
has spent the last 15 years getting to know, falling in love with, and sharing with others the natural wonders small and large of the Pacific Northwest. As an artist and educator who is often working and adventuring far from a studio or desk, she has developed an artistic and personal practice that is based on sketching and writing about the natural environment in whatever moments and with whatever tools are available. These field journals become the basis for her large-scale papercut landscapes, as well as children’s books, and public art projects throughout the region. Her most recent book is entitled S is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet and is now on the book shelves! Read more about Hannah here.
works as a teacher and earthen builder. She studied Sustainable Design at Pacific University in 2008, and has continued to expand her knowledge of permaculture and community organizing through many means. By visiting farms, intentional communities, and focused community gatherings, she draws insights from diverse communities of people and landscapes to bring back stories and other manner of fodder for the constant, creative learning process. Hannah has traveled all around the country, teaching as well as instigating local projects where'er she goes. She first squished mud between her toes (cold and satisfying) in 2010, and her passion for building -- walls, floors, benches, houses, stoves -- with mud is tempered with a love for writing (mostly poetry), the study of evolutionary astrology, group ritual, singing, and our beautiful Salish Sea home. More about Hannah and exciting Northwest earthen building projects can be found on her website: www.placecraft.org.
is an educator and author specializing in ethnobotany- native plants and their traditional uses. She has worked the last eight years with Snoqualmie Tribe as a cultural advisor, educator and consultant for their environmental restoration projects and cultural education programs, and for the last five years with Northwest Indian College Traditional Plants Program. Heidi is also adjunct faculty for Bastyr University, teaching ‘Northwest Herbs’ and ‘Ethnobotany’ courses. She is the author of ‘The People of Cascadia- Pacific Northwest Native American History’, ‘Starflower Native Plant ID Cards’ and ‘Journey Plant Medicine Cards’.
Inka Rein Jungwirth
grew up in southern Oregon without a TV, and spent her time drawing, sewing, woodworking, and backpacking instead. She spent two years at Fosen Folk High School in Norway, where she sailed Norwegian wooden square-riggers and studied Norwegian folk textiles, and went on to graduate with a degree from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. Inka has worked with youth in Norway, Iceland, Guatemala, and the U.S., and we are proud to have her as an instructor for our Sapling Program. She also runs her own sewing, design, and tailoring business out of Port Towsnend, www.inkalinn.com, @inka_linn
followed 25 years of teaching Biology and Science in Washington with several other careers. In 1996 she founded Purple Haze Lavender, an organic farm that blossomed into one of the most successful agri-tourism farms in Washington State. After selling the business in 2004, she relocated to Port Townsend and worked with WSU Extension teaching courses in agricultural entrepreneurship and directing the Water/Beach Watchers program in Jefferson County. Jadyne's passion for plants and seeds deepened while working as a board member and an operations manager for the Organic Seed Alliance in Port Townsend. Since leaving OSA in 2010, Jadyne has worked at Oatsplanter farm to continue her seed and sustainability work.
studied Agricultural Engineering at the University of California-Davis, and made the leap into the world of natural building after eating tomatoes grown in an earthship during a Colorado winter in 2001. He stoked his first rocket-stove with Ianto Evans and studied the art of masonry heaters from master mason Jerry Frisch. Jason is passionate about vernacular building, traditional technologies and sustainability, and is a member of the Masonry Heater Association of North America and is a WA Registered Masonry Contractor. He currently builds traditional european masonry heaters and wood fired bake ovens under his company, TempleFire.
started Ananda Hills Farm in 2001 when she was overtaken with the desire to have a hand spinner's flock of sheep and live more closely with the land and seasons. She comes from a farming family in the midwest where she gained a great appreciation for small family farms and rural living. Her interests reflect a commitment to a slower, more balanced way of living through the growing and sharing of good food, and meditative handcrafts such hand spinning, natural dying and knitting. SLOW FOOD! SLOW FIBER! Some of Jennie's favorites authors include Wendell Berry, Joel Salatin, Barbara Kingsolver, Eliot Coleman, and Rebecca Burgess.
is the main farmer at SpringRain Farm & Orchard where he strives to develop a diversified system as close to a natural ecological one as possible. As a grower of many types of berries and orchard fruits, John focuses on genetic diversity, adaptation to the particular conditions on his farm, and ability to thrive under organic management when selecting planting material. Because he tends to grow antique and unusual varieties, plant propagation is critical to his success. Learn more about SpringRain Farm at springrainfarm.org.
is a Seattle-based artist who uses wood to create jewelry and small sculpture. Traveling and living out of a bag for many years led her to develop a toolkit and range of techniques that can turn any small space into a productive studio. Her work has appeared in galleries and museums across the country and in Europe, and she has taught widely at venues including Pratt in Seattle, the 92nd St Y in New York, and the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina.
is the owner and founder of Oly-Cultures. She has been making kombucha, milk kefir, and water kefir for her family and friends for several years, and enjoys helping other people make their own kombucha and kefir. Friends and family convinced her there was a need for someone to provide for sale both a kombucha starter kit and kefir grains, which contain "LIVE" cultures. Therefore, OLY-CULTURES company was started in order to provide people with the information and starter kits to make their own fermented products at home. Julie teaches cooking classes on each of her products, sharing what has worked for her over the years, and also teaches classes on other fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, beet kvass, catsup, mustard, and vinegar. Being a native of the Pacific Northwest, Julie also enjoys gathering local wild plants and incorporating them into her dishes and soaps.
has been a nature mentor for CedarRoot since 2009. His gifts combine Natural History, Foraging, Storytelling, Tracking, and Primitive Skills. Justin got his start as a young naturalist camping and fishing in Michigan. He moved to Washington to complete a course on longboat sailing and mountaineering through Outward Bound. He has attended many gatherings including Michigan Outdoor Skills School and Saskatoon Circle Primitive and Traditional Skills. He has attended classes at Wilderness Awareness School, been on the staff for the Art of Mentoring, and organized a Wolf Tracking Expedition in partnership with Teaching Drum Outdoor School. He has served as a Youth Summer Camp Counselor for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi in SW Michigan. He has completed both the Beach Naturalist program through WSU and the Northwest Naturalist Program to become a Preserve Steward with the Jefferson Land Trust. Justin is certified as a Level 4 Wildlife Tracker by CyberTracker Conservation. His favorite animal is the Turtle.
is the co-owner of Finnriver Farm & Cidery. He has been making cider commercially for four years, after training with master British cider consultant Peter Mitchell. Finnriver has won numerous awards for their handcrafted ciders, including the 2012 Edible Seattle Local Heroes Award for Artisan Beverage, and are founding members of the Northwest Cider Association. With over 15 varieties of hard cider and fruit wines, their farm and cidery tasting room in Chimacum attracts thousands of visitors each year.
has been interested in solar thermal since 1980, when his father brought solar thermal into the family refrigeration business (both rely on efficient heat transfer). He began working for By Design Heating in 1986 and attended several workshops and seminars on advanced system design. K.Schordine Solar Hot Water was launched in September of 2008. Like his father, Kenny continues to innovate at his own residence and recently completed a solar hot tub. Kenny says “I like to try out new ideas at my home first, where failures and mistakes can be used for their educational value. It is the way we overcome adversity with humility and dignity that knowledge and character are built. “
learned to bind books while living aboard a boat with her husband in Ireland. She apprenticed for a year with Kisane and Hubert Hand Bindery in Cork, Ireland. Since then Linda has been busy repairing books for local collectors and creating books for marketing her farm products (for example: a lamb cookbook for Solstice Farm's customers).
brings an extensive background in theatre arts--holding a BFA & MFA in Acting, plus two decades of professional acting and university teaching experience; 15 years as a full-time instructor of yoga, breathwork and chanting--in various settings with diverse populations, including being a founding teacher and former manager of Minneapolis-based; ongoing study in the skills of deep living, making human culture, knowing history, being claimed by ancestry, and working for a better day for those coming up behind, and those who've gone before--as a continuing scholar since 2011 in Stephen Jenkinson's Orphan Wisdom School. She most recently helped launch the 612 Sauna Society Cooperative in Minneapolis as a steering committee and founding board member.
like all of our instructors, has many talents. Originally from Poland, she is a Permaculture Design expert, broom maker extraordinaire, weaver of baskets, and circus teacher. We have been trying to get her to teach a class with us for years and she has always replied "once I have become very proficient." We have seen her skills and we are happy to welcome her onto our faculty.
is a recent transplant from the Appalachian mountains, Meshell is excited to be exploring the Northwest ecosystem. An herbalist/plant geek, craftsperson and musician, she has been practicing traditional living skills such as tanning hides, sewing tanned hide and fur clothing, weaving baskets, spinning, knitting, making and cooking on friction fires, harvesting wilderness foods and medicines, and generally cohabiting with the critters and living wildly for the better part of a decade. She apprenticed and worked with Juliet Blankespoor at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine for 3 years, has instructed with CedarRoot nature studies youth programs, and has taught hide tanning and medicine making at several skills gatherings.
is an organic vegetable grower farming on the verdant North Olympic Peninsula of Washington state. Marko runs Midori Farm with his wife Hanako Myers. They produce an abundance of fresh market vegetables, tens of thousands of seedlings for area gardeners, grow vegetable and flower seed, and craft traditionally fermented sauerkrauts and kimchi from their farm-grown produce. Check out their delicious saurkraut flavors for sale at the PT Food Coop and Farmer's Market.
has been growing and wildcrafting medicinal plants for over 40 years and considers himself a life-long student of plants and earth repair. His farming career started in 2nd grade and his organic farming career began in 1972 at age 25. Michael founded Friends of the Trees Society in 1978 and took his first permaculture design course in 1982. Since 1988 he has taught over three dozen permaculture design courses in the US and abroad. His specialties include earth repair, agriculture, seed collecting, nursery sales, tree planting, fruit picking, permaculture, agroforestry, forestry, ethnobotany, medicinal herb growing, hoeing, and wildcrafting. Michael has hands-on experience with over 1000 species of plants. He is also a prolific gathering organizer and likes group singing.
has lived south of Brinnon for 10 years. She moved out from Fall City where she raised her three daughters and created a country preschool called Cedars Montessori in 1980. She received her Montessori certification from Seattle University, and has embraced outdoor education with her students and her five grandchildren for over 20 years.
is originally from Michigan. She got bachelors in Sociology and Anthropology from Earlham College in Richmond, IN. During her college years, she spent summers leading backpacking trips through Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Camp program. Since 2011 she has resided in Chimacum and found her calling in the world of agriculture on the Peninsula. She spent five seasons growing with SpringRain Farm and Orchards, and has since transitioned into being "Farmer Molly" the Garden Educator at Grant Street Elementary School in Port Townsend. Molly is happiest outside moving and creating, and is enthusiastic about creating opportunities for others to find joy in movement, nature, and well-being.
is a Master Preserver who has been canning since she was 14. She has been teaching people of all ages to preserve their own food for over a decade. She lives in Chimacum on a small homestead where she and her husband grow most of their own meat and vegetables. Nancy strives for self-sufficiency by curbing desire, eating in season and eating locally. The compost is her bliss!
studied wildlife biology at University of Washington and University of Montana, traditional Chinese medicine at Bastyr University, and Western herbalism through various programs for fifteen years. She completed the Intensive Tracking and Naturalist Program with Jon Young, creator of Wilderness Awareness School and 8 Shields Program. She is the Owner/Mentor of Ravens Wing Nature Studies Program, a program that helps children ages five through eighteen gain a greater sense of place, and love and respect for self, others, and the natural world through nature awareness games, tracking, and naturalist studies. Nicole is currently enrolled in East West School of Planetary Herbology and has a Wilderness First Aid certificate.
has been making bows for 26 years. He started as a bowyer while working for Tom Brown's Tracking and Wilderness Survival School. He has taught the art of making bows to 2000+ people of all ages. Peter currently lives in Ticksville (a.k.a. Charlottesville, VA) and learns much wisdom from his daughter.
Rachael Van Laanen
runs Mystery Bay Farm, a micro-goat dairy on Marrowstone Island. She received a BA in Ecology and Education which led her to teach environmental and garden based education for 10 years. She then followed her passions to the world of farming and co-ran a diversified organic vegetable farm for three years. While working on her dairy business plan she worked with Mt Townsend Creamery during their first two years in operation and helped nurture a school garden at Islandwood. She is kept on her toes daily by a vibrant 8-year-old and over 25 goats!
Rachael also teaches basketry for CedarRoot. She was mentored for 4 years by Miwok elders in Yosemite Valley Ca, where she learned to twine willow into all different shapes, sizes and patterns.
loves playing outside, hanging upside down, and running barefoot. She co-founded and performed with FireKeeper Productions, a musical theater company creating shows based on fables and worked at the New England Center for Circus Arts, eventually coaching two youth circus performing troupes, instructing and directing six years of circus camps. In April 2016, Radha completed a 10-month cycle tour with her husband in Northern Europe and Southeast Asia. She moved to Nordland, WA at the end of 2016.
has been a hobby blacksmith for over 20 years. Rick apprenticed with Master Smith Paul Thorne in 2001-2002, and opened his business, Stillwater Forge, in 2003 from which he did professional commissions and conducted workshops for both beginner and advanced students.Rick has appeared as an invited demonstrator at the Anacortes, Coupeville, and Port Angeles arts festivals, and has been a featured demonstrator at a Northwest Blacksmith Association meeting. “Ever since I used my father’s blowtorch to heat nails and hammer them into different shapes, I have been excited about the possibilities of working with heated iron; that is forging. My goal is to transfer some of that excitement to my students, as well as teach some of the possibilities, both useful and beautiful, of working with forged materials.”
learned to can and process fruit and vegetables from her mother and grandmother as a child. She co-owns SpringRain Farm with her husband and prepares the farmstead jams and pestos they sell. Roxanne finds great satisfaction in processing food from the bounty of the farm to provide for her family during the winter. She thinks that preparing healthy food from organic produce is one big step toward increased food security and enjoys sharing that skill with others. Learn more about SpringRain Farm at springrainfarm.org.
is based out of Portland, OR, and has spent the last six years in the renewable energy field. Two years working professionally in the solar electric industry and the previous four years earning a bachelor’s degree in Renewable Energy Engineering at Oregon Institute of Technology; the first nationally accredited renewable energy focused engineering program. During that time Russ has worked on nearly every side of the solar industry (electrical and structural design, off-grid and grid-tied systems, portable systems, system installation, permitting, project management, sales), interconnecting over 200 residential and small commercial projects-totaling in excess of 1 Megawatt of solar installed. His favorite application of renewable energy, however, is in humanitarian projects and he has had the privilege of taking part in small off-grid solar electric, water pumping and irrigation projects in both Nicaragua and Nepal.
has over a two decades of nature education experience. He has mentored hundreds of students in practical wilderness skills and nature awareness. He co-founded the Riekes Nature Studies Department in California, has taught Environmental Science for Peninsula College, and taught Islandwood’s graduate students in the Natural History and Ecology program. Most recently, Scott founded CedarRoot to help continue natural history and rural skills education. He is passionate about applying ecological lessons discovered in nature to areas of regenerative design, sustainable development and agroecology. Education: B.A. in Agriculture and Alternative Energy, The Evergreen State College; M.A. in Natural History and Education, Prescott College. Certifications: Current Wilderness First Responder and Level 3 Track and Sign certificate http://trackercertification.com/
moved to Port Townsend with his family in 2008 at the age of eleven, and participated in a number of CedarRoot programs before becoming an youth program instructor in 2012. He studied at the Wilderness Awareness School, Tribal Edge School, and the WA State University FIELD Farm Intern Program. He is a 4-H archery/USA Archery Level 1 instructor and a Starfish Aquatics Institute Lifeguard, and has a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification. Solomon is passionate about expanding enthusiasm for both learning and personal progression.
was born in England and educated at Oxford University. Since moving to the Olympic Peninsula, he has been well placed to pursue his passion for Nature Photography. He has won a major national award, and set up a business which donates all its proceeds to conservation of local natural resources. He really enjoys helping other photographers to advance their own skills. You can see his work at www.admiraltyimages.com and at the Port Townsend Gallery.
has lived and worked as a farmer and woodworker in Jefferson County since 1980. Local, sustainable practices are part of both his farming and woodworking. Steve is a self taught artisan woodworker with interest in design, ecological problem solving and organic farming. He specializes in non-toxic construction and finishing, building for chemically sensitive people, using non-toxic glues and finishes (pure boiled Linseed oil or 100% Tung Oil). All work is solid wood - no veneers. Frame and panel construction with book-matched panels is a trademark of his work. Steve is most famous for his custom made gypsy wagons; a slideshow of his work can be found at http://www.ptwoodschool.com/gypsy_wagons.html
is a landscape designer and fiber fiend on Bainbridge Island. She can often be spotted knitting while reading on the ferry to/from Seattle. She enjoys designing with plants and fiber alike, making plant dyeing a wonderful intersection of both passions.
spent her childhood summers running wild on the Oregon Coast, hiking the Columbia River Gorge, and attending overnight ecology camps offered by Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI). She became active in childcare at the age of 12 and has never ceased to spend time with little ones. For many summers she led outdoor adventures through OMSI, including backpacking in the Olympics and rafting the John Day River. She is especially knowledgeable about Northwest plants, and very interested in animals. She has taken many children on adventures to unfamiliar territory and ensures that they are safe, at ease, individually appreciated, and having fun!
has been researching, collecting, and creating textiles for the last 25 years. While living in Thailand, India, Japan, and Qatar, Tracy fed her passion for textile making with independent research and immersion in local textile traditions. Through her documentation, she strives to convey the living qualities of such traditions, to show how deeply embedded textiles are in the lives of the people who make them, and to share the wonder and beauty of both the finished pieces and the skills used to make them. Tracy's own practice of handspinning and weaving has grown through interaction with traditional cultures and like-minded friends. She moved to Port Townsend in 2015, and is eager to teach others how to make cloth with the simplest of tools. More info and photos of Tracy's research and personal fiber work can be seen on her website: www.einesaite.com
grew up hiking and fishing in the Sierra Nevada mountains of eastern California. From early on his passion for wild places has inspired him to pursue traditional skills and crafts as diverse as edible and medicinal plants to survival skills to buckskin and leather making. He has studied with many notable teachers including Thomas Elpel, Steven Edholm, David Mosowitz, and Mathew Wood, in addition to being a graduate of Wilderness Awareness School's Residential Program and Kamana Naturalist Training Program. He is currently in his second year of study at the School of Traditional Western Herbalism.
has almost ten years of experience in environmental education from Minnesota to Maine to Alaska. He found his way to the Olympic Peninsula and the serene water of Lake Crescent in 2010 to work as an environmental science educator for Olympic Park Institute (known as Naturebridge today), and fell completely in love with exploring this corner of the world and sharing it with students. Willie strives to create opportunities for students to develop their own unique relationship with the natural world and to forge a personal connection with it. His education includes a B.A in Environmental Studies from Saint Olaf College in MN and a Graduate Naturalist Training Program through the University of MN, Duluth and Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.
is no longer new to Port Townsend, moving from Seattle more than a year ago, where he became committed to outdoor education and recreation as a lifestyle. While in in the big city, he earned a Masters of Education and gained valuable outdoor education experience from Islandwood and the University of Washington. In Seattle he worked for Tilth, managing a small farm access and training program. He also spent some of his free time volunteering at Bike Works, which is a model for building community and educating youth about bicycle transportation. Zach delights in watching children find their passions while building a stronger relationship with the world that sustains them. Zach is trained in Wilderness First Aid.