Winter Wool

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Here at Quail Springs the season is changing. It’s becoming colder and wetter by the week, and as the weather shifts, so do we. We get to go inwards – literally and figuratively. We light up the woodstoves in our spaces and hunker down with our favorite crafts. So, keeping this sweet wintry image in mind, picture this: I walk …

Fire, Forge, & Bow

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The Wild Series was honored to welcome back instructor Justin Starting to share his knowledge this past week in two beautiful, sold-out classes: The Art of Blacksmithing and The Sacred Hunt. The week began around the fire, as an intimate group of excited first time blacksmiths learned the foundations of metalworking using a primitive forge. Amidst stories of history and …

Wild Foods Feast

Quail Springs Ancestral Skills, Food

Our first WILD Series course of the year kicked-off this May with a beautiful weekend of wild foods, storytelling, music, fire, feasting and more! Blossoms, Greens and Juniper Smoke: Identifying and Cooking with Wild Plants welcomed a full crowd of 40 curious students on a journey into the natural history, botany, culture, harvest …

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Hand-Made Shoes with Full Hearts

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      In late October, we gathered for a full and magical weekend of story, craft and remembering, as nine students poured their hands and hearts into a two-day intensive of old-time shoe-making. Even the freshest hands, most of which were new to moccasin making, fully dove into the detailed work with inspiration and creativity. I was inspired by how the students worked together to create …