SONGS & STORIES

A WILD SERIES SPRING
FESTIVAL & BENEFIT




TO BE ANNOUNCED


Songs & Stories

Event Description

Quail Springs is deeply honored to welcome some of our most treasured storytellers, wisdom keepers and musicians for a magical feast of story and song under the stars of Cuyama. Come and celebrate the beautiful seeds of culture that bring us together as we gather by the fire to listen, remember, learn and sing. Held by the enchantment of the high desert, our esteemed elders, teachers and song keepers will share beloved stories and songs from a range of world traditions. Join the Quail Springs Village and our dear community for this rare and meaningful Wild Series Spring Festival.

Proceeds from this event will go to our Seeds for the Next Generation capital campaign. Please endeavor to pay as much as you are able to support the beautiful work of Quail Springs to continue.

Featured Storytellers & Musicians


Warren Brush

Warren Brush

Warren Brush is a mentor, storyteller, a certified Permaculture designer and teacher, as well as a husband, a father and a grandfather. He has worked for over 25 years in inspiring people of all ages to discover, nurture and express their inherent gifts while living in a sustainable manner.

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Tautahcho Muhuawit

Tautahcho Muhuawit

Tautahcho Muhuawit, Chumash/Ohlone elder, Owl Clan of the White Oak Family, lives in a handmade earth home nestled on the shoulder of Figueroa Mountain, overlooking the Santa Ynez Valley. He is Father, grandfather, husband and teacher. Tautahcho returned from the Vietnam War a spiritual warrior.

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Tzvetanka Varimezova

Tzvetanka Varimezova

Bulgarian folkloric soprano Tzvetanka Varimezova was born to a musical family in Pazardzhik in Bulgarian Thrace. She started singing and playing accordion at age 9, and went on to master tambura and piano at the Kotel High School for Folk Music and at the Plovdiv Conservatory.

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Ivan Varimezov

Ivan Varimezov

Ivan Varimezov, master player of the Bulgarian bagpipe (gaida) and director of traditional folk instrumental ensembles, was born on June 3, 1958 in the city of Sredets near Burgas, Bulgaria. He began his musical education at the knee of his uncle, Kostadin Varimezov, who was Bulgaria’s most famous bagpiper until his death in 2002

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Rowen White

Rowen White

Rowen White is a Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for seed sovereignty. She is the director and founder of the Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed cooperative focusing on local seed production and education, based in Nevada City CA.

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Jim Grippo

Jim Grippo

Jim Grippo has been performing Middle Eastern Music on the kanun and oud for 21 years and is a featured soloist in the UCSB Middle East Ensemble. Jim is also a highly sought-after performer in Music ensembles of diverse traditions, such as Roma, Balkan, and pop. He has extensive recording experience featured in film, television, and studio albums

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Jan Smith

Jan Smith

Jan Smith was born in 1961 in New Orleans, Louisiana with an upbringing steeped in social activism, art, music, and culture. Jan’s mother is an artist and educator, and taught in inner city high schools during the 60’s and 70’s, creating inspiring, and relevant curriculum, and supporting cultural literacy during a time when

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Natalie Bartlett

Natalie Bartlett

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.

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Ramon Rodriguez

Ramon Rodriguez

Ramon and Debbie Rodriguez enjoy sharing Bolivian folk music from Ramon’s motherland. Ramon is an artist and musician who grew up in the countryside of Bolivia. Debbie is a writer and designer who met Ramon while she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia. They share the magic and beauty of an ancient culture through music and art.

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Debbie Rodriguez

Debbie Rodriguez

Debbie and Ramon Rodriguez enjoy sharing Bolivian folk music from Ramon’s motherland. Ramon is an artist and musician who grew up in the countryside of Bolivia. Debbie is a writer and designer who met Ramon while she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia. They share the magic and beauty of an ancient culture through music and art.

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Adrienne Shamszad

Adrienne Mehri Shamszad

Mehri is a singer-songwriter known for her special blend of folk, soul, blues and Eastern influenced improvisational vocals. Her lyrics are poetic, intimate, genuine and inspired by the mystic Poets of Iran as much as the folk poet-songwriters of the 60s and 70s.

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More Featured Storytellers and
Musicians To Be Announced…


Registration Information


  • Festival Fee*: $350 – $500; sliding scale. *Proceeds from this event will go to our Seeds for the Next Generation capital campaign. Please endeavor to pay as much as you are able to support the beautiful work of Quail Springs to continue.
  • Children (ages 6 – 13): $100 – Under 6 are most welcome and donation based – please contact us below for more info.
  • Fee includes: Fee includes 3 catered farm-fresh meals per day, camping, and facilities.

Discounts:

  • JUST ANNOUNCED: The next 15 people to register can get $75 off (Discount code: SONGS)
  • Early Bird: $100 discount (Discount code: SONGBIRD – expires Feb. 3)
  • Group discounts: $200 ticket price for groups of 4 or more (Discount code: GROUPSONG – select lowest price in the registration form and apply the discount code)
  • Work Trade: Partial work trade available – please inquire early


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Wild Series Courses


The Art of Hide Tanning

The Art of Hide Tanning

Join us for a four day immersion into the traditional art of making leather by hand. In this intimate and experiential class, students will tan one deer or goat buckskin from start to finish, learn to make rawhide, and participate in a fur tanning demonstration. The art of hide tanning is a cross-cultural human legacy

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Songs & Stories Festival

Songs & Stories Festival

Quail Springs is deeply honored to welcome some of our most treasured storytellers, wisdom keepers and musicians for a magical feast of story and song under the stars of Cuyama. Come and celebrate the beautiful seeds of culture that bring us together as we gather by the fire to listen, remember, learn and sing.

Read More


Women's Tracking Conference

Women's Tracking Conference

We are excited to invite you to gather with extraordinary women for a weekend of tracking wildlife, ecology, and your internal landscape. The high desert of Cuyama Valley offers incredible biodiversity of animals, habitats, and culture. Each day will be spent exploring track and sign, trailing animals

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Holiday Handcrafting

Holiday Handcrafting

Join us for a fun and cozy weekend of making beautiful handmade holiday gifts! In this two-day class, students will have the opportunity to learn a variety of small crafts under the mentorship of several skilled Quail Springs stewards. Using mostly natural and simple materials, many of which have been locally hand-harvested and prepared by our teachers, you will have the opportunity to create several projects from a range of possibilities.

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Buckskin Moccasins

Buckskin Moccasins

Beautiful footwear made sustainably from natural materials has been worn by human beings for thousands of years. In this class students will create a pattern customized to their own feet, and learn to craft a pair of short moccasins using genuine brain-tanned buckskin and vegetable tanned leather. This will be a two piece style moccasin, with a harder sole for longer wear. The foundations of this pattern can later be applied for making many other styles of moccasins, including boots of all lengths.

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The Art of Blacksmithing

The Art of Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing is an ancient form of alchemy, bringing together fire, metal and air to birth functional and beautiful items that we depend upon in our daily lives. Instructor Justin Starting has been inspired by the way tribal blacksmiths use the simplest methods and materials to forge the highest quality tools. He believes that we can look to their traditional relationships with blacksmithing to bring consciousness and harmony back to our connection with metal.

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The Sacred Hunt

The Sacred Hunt

This class is designed to explore our ancestors’ relationship to the land through the art of traditional hunting. By cultivating this relationship of respectful exchange, we can deepen our understanding of what it means to live sustainably and remember our place in nature. The Sacred Hunt will be a combination of instruction, group discussions and hands-on experience in the field.

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Wild Foods

Blossoms, Greens & Juniper Smoke: Identifying & Cooking with Wild Plants

Explore the delicious, fragrant and storied California landscape by learning to identify edible, utilitarian and poisonous species. Students will become acquainted with much of the local flora of Burges canyon and begin to develop real relationships to the world of plants. In this two day class we will dive into cuisine, culture, history, natural living skills, and stewardship. Classes include meals featuring traditional recipes that integrate wild foods.

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