WILD SERIES DIRECTOR
Natalie Bartlett has spent over the last decade of her life deeply immersed in land-based culture and has a passion for learning the stories, music and skills of peoples around the world. She is a hide tanner, craftsperson, teacher and musician, and has been song-catching and singing with the internationally acclaimed women’s vocal ensemble, KITKA, since 2014.
As a musician, she has had the blessing of learning and singing with many living folk music masters from Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, the Republic of Georgia and Iran – including Tzvetanka Varimezova, Mariana Sadovska, Basiani Ensemble, Carl Linich and more. She is currently studying with one of her heroes, the brilliant Persian virtuoso singer Mahsa Vahdat.
Natalie divides her time between the wild sagebrush deserts of Cuyama, the oak woodlands of northern California, and the urban beauty of Oakland. She is a long-term Quail Springs land steward and director of the Wild Series – combining her deep loves of music, culture, cooking, handwork and the natural world. She also is a part-time resident and teacher at The Oak Granary, an inspiring wild-tending and regenerative stewardship education center in Potter Valley.
She is deeply grateful to her many beloved teachers for their integrity, love, inspiration and gifts.