Growing Home Family Workshop Series

Gardening & crafting workshops where families can connect, create, and learn together
with Erin O’Neill (SFWS Parents & Tots Class Teacher)

Participants will gather gems that nourish and sustain our families and home life. By integrating head, heart, and hands we can build skills and practices that generate our life-giving creative forces and help practice our values on a daily basis at home with our children. We will learn to grow food, forage and prepare herbs, build things from locally gathered plants, craft toys from up cycled materials and boldly become the makers of our lives rather than merely the consumers.

The workshops will be from 1:00-3:00 pm on the second Saturday afternoon of each month throughout the year with a break in the winter for holiday time. 

Location
Early Childhood Building and Outdoor Playground of the Santa Fe Waldorf School 

Fee
$25 per adult, kids are free

Growing Home Schedule for 2019

Prepping & Planting the Spring Garden | May 11th

Willow House Weaving | June 8th - CANCELLED
Taught by Erin O’Neill & Karleen Whitcomb

Natural Dyeing | July 13th
Taught by Carmen Harris & Abby Strong
Colors derived from plants and the natural world around us are an age old gift that have brought beauty to cultures across the world. Come and discover for yourself the beauty of nature’s palette of color and tone and the joy of bringing your own colors to life. In this class you will learn how to prepare cotton and silk to receive and hold plant dyes, to prepare a vat of dye, and differences between animal/plant derived fibers and how they interact with dye absorption and color. From this two hour class, you will come away with two beautiful pieces of hand dyed cloth, a basic understanding of how to prepare four plants to make vats of dye, and a beginner’s enthusiasm for experimenting further on your own with a good list of resources.

This workshop will be taught by two guest teachers from our community:
Carmen Harris is a Waldorf trained early childhood educator, an experiential educator, and a lover of crafting with nature’s gifts.  

Abby Strong is a LifeWays trained early childhood educator and lover of creativity, beauty, animals and small people.

Sowing an Autumn Garden | August 10th
Taught by Erin O’Neill
It is not too late to start a garden this year—in fact it is probably the best time!  August is a wonderful time to plant a garden in Northern New Mexico. With the summer rains and cooling air, cool season crops thrive in the autumn and benefit from the summer warmed soils. Come and learn the high desert tricks to planting abundant crops for you autumn harvest with ease. 

Harvest Soup/Bread Baking | September 14th

Candlemaking | October 12th

Winter Woolies | November 9th

Growing Home Family Workshops Registration

If you would like to register for more than one workshop, please adjust the quantity, e.g., selecting “4” indicates that you are registering for 4 workshops for one adult. You will be able to select which week(s) you are registering for in the body of the required form. Thank you.

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About the teacher

Erin O’Neill is a Waldorf-inspired mother of three who brings the beauty of song, storytelling, puppetry, and the natural world to her family and extended community. She understands the transformative journey both parent and child are on in the early years and has gathered a basket full of skills for nurturing well being along the way. A master cultivator and garden teacher in Santa Fe for the last twenty years, Erin now loves to help families thrive and bloom.