Workshops & Gatherings

We hold deep passion for building community and learning together, so please join us in our workshops and gatherings. Gatherings and workshops are held throughout the year for all with some workshops specially designed for kids, families, women, and LGTBQA+

Around each solstice and equinox, we will host our seasonal Homestead Open House. This is an opportunity for us to open the homestead to the whole community. Our Homestead Open Houses will always include a fireside story and tea, hike or woods adventure, fort building, and crystal sale.

One of our goals for hosting gatherings is to have them financially accessible to everyone. Therefore, we have created a sliding scale for each gathering. The middle of the sliding scale indicates the true cost for facilitating and hosting the gathering. Those that are able to pay above the true cost of the gathering (the highest value) will support both those who are unable to pay in full and help us build a fund to support individuals to attend future gatherings. We hope that participants choose a payment that feels best for them and their families.

Gatherings will be facilitated Lizzy, Nora and guest instructors at the homestead and adjoining properties. Most gatherings will happen in our outdoor classroom, which is outfitted with a firepit, outdoor kitchen, tables and workspaces, and surrounding forests. Our outdoor classroom is nestled in the woods close to our gardens and multipurpose barn, which houses an indoor space for workshops, woodshop, and is home to our sheep

2023 Gatherings

Autumn Equinox Open House
October 21, 2023 10am-4pm

Join us for our Autumn Equinox Open House on the homestead! This will be the final time to see the crystals in the barn before we close it down for the winter! So, come and sip on some homestead tea, join us around the fire, and be in community among the crystals and good company. Nora will be providing demos and offering short by donation lessons on making your own whisk/alter broom. If you are new to crystals, the Open House is the perfect opportunity to spend as much time as you want with the stones and to speak with Lizzy about them. 

Email us for details and directions.

Previous Gatherings

Turkey Wing Hand Broom Making Workshop

October 14, 2023 10AM-12PM at Sparrowhawk Farm in Charlotte, Vt.

Join Nora at Sparrowhawk Farm in Charlotte in a morning of creating your very own Turkey Wing handbroom. You will learn about all the materials you need to make your broom, how to source the materials, the basics of how to make it, while also giving you tips on how to make other brooms/variations. You’ll leave this gathering with a finished handbroom and all the knowledge you need to make more brooms at home! There will be tea, coffee, and snacks from the homestead provided for the morning. 

 

Join Lizzy and fellow early childhood educator Rini Lovshin-Smith for a morning full of woodland exploration, storytelling, crafts and play! This is a time for families to gather together and enjoy gently facilitated mornings! The playgroups are geared to 3-6 year olds and their families (sibilings of all ages are welcome!)

Playgroups will be hosted Thursday mornings (9AM-11AM) in August (August 10, 17, 24, 31). Sign up for one, some, or all! 

Sliding scale: $10-$15-$20 per playgroup
(See above for more guidance on the sliding scale)

Summer Solstice Open House
June 11, 2023 9am-5pm

Join us for our Summer Solstice Open House on the homestead! Come tour the gardens, taste the first flowers and herbs in bloom and see the crystals showcased in the barn. We will have more new stones we haven’t had before and your classic favorites. If you are new to crystals, the Open House is the perfect opportunity to spend as much time as you want with the stones and to speak with Lizzy about them. Nora will be tending a fire and keeping a pot of homestead herbal tea for those that join. 

Email us for details and directions.

Growing and Creating Your Own Herbal Tea Blends
June 4, 2023 10AM-12PM

Join clinical and community herbalist Sophie Cassel of Patchwork Plant Medicine to see who is showing up in the early Summer herbal garden. We’ll taste and discuss different medicinal herbs, plan how to incorporate them into our gardens (or find them in our local wild spaces), and talk about the different ways to use herbs all throughout the growing season. This class is appropriate for the gardener who is wondering what medicine they’ve been growing all along, and the budding herbalist who wants to form deeper relationships with locally-grown plant medicine.

We are thrilled to have Sophie Cassel of Patchwork Plants (https://www.patchworkplantmedicine.com/sophie) lead this gathering. Sophie is a 2019 graduate of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism’s Clinical Herbalist program. She is currently enrolled in the Advanced Mentorship and Clinical Roundtable program through Wild Current Herbalism. She has been gardening, making medicine, teaching and living along the Winooski River for over a decade.

Sliding scale: Class: $30-40-50 
(See above intro paragraph for more information about our sliding scale) 

Beading in the Barn ***CLASS FULL*** (Stay tuned for summer and fall beading)
May 21, 2023 2pm-4pm

Join Lizzy in creating your own crystal bracelet or sacred strand. We will gather in the barn with our large inventory of semi-precious stone beads and create a strand of meaning and joy. This is a chance for Lizzy to share her bead collection and you get to take home a beautiful bracelet (or strand of beads for whatever purpose calls to you!). Bring your friends and enjoy a fun afternoon of crafting and connection!

Sliding scale $15-$18-21 (this is the cost for one beaded creation, option to add on and create more as desired!)
(See above intro paragraph for more information about our sliding scale)

Crystals 101 with Allison Jacob
May 20, 2023 10am-12pm 

Come join us to learn more about how to use your crystals in your everyday life. This class will cover a broad scope of what crystals are and also focus on specific stones and their properties along with how to clear and cleanse your stones. During the class you will have access to our full inventory of stones. There is an optional add on of a  bundle of the specific stones covered in the class!

Class will be lead by Allison Jacob, Licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Earth Sea Acupuncture. Allison has been fascinated by crystals since she was a child and has been studying their healing properties, getting to know them and working with them for 17 years. Crystal healing and energetic support is a part of her personal practice and healing practice at Earth Sea Acupuncture in central Vermont. Allison blends her experiences with crystals, energy healing and acupuncture in this class!

Sliding scale: Just the class: $33-$44-$55 or class with crystal bundle: $55-$66-$77
(See above intro paragraph for more information about our sliding scale)

Raw Wool Weaving
May 7, 2023 10am-12pm

Join us as we connect to our little flock of three sheep! We will collectively skirt the wool from Mini, Cleo and Widget to use to create natural weavings from the three colors that these Woolf Den Homestead sheep produce. No weaving skills necessary! Just an interest in sheep and creatively crafting! There will also be an option to incorporate crystal beads into your raw wool weaving if that interests you!

Sliding scale $10-$15-$20
(See above intro paragraph for more information about our sliding scale

Broom Making: Turkey Wing Hand Broom
April 30, 2023 10am-12pm

Join us in the barn for a morning of broom making. Join Nora and Greg Roughton of West Lane Handcraft in making your very own Turkey Wing handbroom. We will cover the basics of making your own Turkey Wing Hand Broom while also giving you some tips on other brooms/variations you can make in hand broom creations. All materials are included to send you home with a finished broom. 

Sliding scale: $35-$45-$55
(See above intro paragraph for more information about our sliding scale)

Basics in Fire Skills
April 15, 2023 9:30am-3pm

Join us in learning basics of firecraft from Jon Turner of Wild Roots Community Farm and Accipiter Fieldcraft. We will learn about materials and methods for starting fire in all conditions and without a flame (aka no lighter or matches). No experience is necessary!

Through Accipiter Fieldcraft, Jon specializes and focuses on teaching our food systems, wilderness survival, and self-rescue. We are excited to welcome him to the homestead for the day!

Sliding scale: $40-55-70
(See above intro paragraph for more information about our sliding scale)

Spring Equinox Open House
March 25, 2023 9am-5pm

The Spring Open House is always the first opportunity to see all the new stones and crystals we found at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows. Come and join us in the barn as we showcase all the beautiful new stones! There are new stones that we haven’t had before, many new shapes and sizes of some of your favorites. If you are new to crystals, The Open House is the perfect opportunity to spend as much time as you want with the stones and to speak with Lizzy about them. Nora will be tending a fire and keeping a pot of homestead herbal tea for those that join. 

Email us for details and directions.

Leading With Love
Thursday, March 16, 2023 3:30PM-5:00PM @ Vergennes Movement (Vergennes, VT)

Join Lizzy and Reyna (Breathing in Wellness) for an afternoon of connection, intention, pause, and looking forward. We will create a collective crystal grid to illuminate and hold space for the love and gratitude we have in our hearts for ourselves and the community we have around us. We will then look to the Tarot for what we are meant to release and invite in for the upcoming months around self-love.

No experience with crystals or tarot necessary. The crystals we use to create the grid will be available for purchase and each participant will leave with a small gift!

Sliding Scale: $0 through $40
(See above for more guidance on the sliding scale)

Mud Mice Playgroup
Every Friday in October (7, 14, 21, 28), 9-11am

Our Autumn playgroup is a four week series that will follow the interests of the group. We will create nature journals and dive deep into tracking guide books. We will search for signs of the animals who share the woods and garden with us and learn more about them together. We will sing, dance and become woodland creatures! We will make art and explore! While these playgroups are designed for preschool aged children, we welcome all ages including younger siblings/children!

Sliding Scale: By donation
(See above for more guidance on the sliding scale)

Cards+Crystals
September 10, 2pm-4pm

We are excited to host Sarah Woolf of Ecstatic Rabbit Tarot on the homestead for a tarot and crystal colabortation!  Bring your questions and queries and join us in insight, guidance and connection! Each participant will recieve a private card reading with Sarah, a crystal consultation with Lizzy, and a crystal to serve as a touchstone for your experience. In addition, there will be intentional time with our crystal inventory before and after your reading.

Sliding Scale: $27-$32-$37
(See above for more guidance on the sliding scale)

Flowers, Forts, Fairies, and Ferns! Homestead Summer Playgroup Series
August 4, 11, 18, 25, and September 1, 9-11AM

Join Lizzy and fellow early childhood educator Rini Lovshin-Smith for a morning full of woodland exploration, storytelling, crafts and play! These gently facilitated mornings are a time to gather with other families in the woods! All ages welcome, ideal for children ages 3-6 with a grown-up. 

Playgroups will be hosted every Thursday morning (9AM-11AM) in August . Sign up for one, some, or all! 

Sliding scale: $10-$15-$20 per playgroup
(See above for more guidance on the sliding scale)

Crystal 101 with Allison Jacob
August 7, 2pm-4pm

This gathering will cover a broad scope of what crystals are and also focus on specific stones and their properties along with how to clear and cleanse your stones. During the time you will have access to our full inventory of stones. There is an optional add on of a bundle of the specific stones covered in the class!

This gathering will be led by Allison Jacob, Licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Earth Sea Acupuncture. Allison has been fascinated by crystals since she was a child and has been studying their healing properties, getting to know them and working with them for 17 years. Crystal healing and energetic support is a part of her personal practice and healing practice at Earth Sea Acupuncture in central Vermont. Allison blends her experiences with crystals, energy healing and acupuncture in this class!

Sliding scale: Class: $22-$33-$44 or class with crystal bundle: $44-$55-$66
(See above for more guidance on the sliding scale)

Homestead Open House & Crystal Pop-Up:
March 26, 10am-4pm

Join us on the homestead for a day with the stones and a cup of tea. We will have a fire going in our garden fire pit to sit by after you spend time in our new barn space with the stones. Many of our crystals just arrived from the Tucson Gem and Mineral shows. 

Sacred Space Gathering
April 9, 10am-12pm

As spring emerges, join us on the homestead for our first Sacred Space Gathering of the year. This gathering allows for time and space to connect with ourselves and the stones in whatever way we need that day. We will hold space for each other to build relationships with specific stones, remember how to practice the art of trust and tapping into our intuitions, and play with creating grids and collections of crystals to use in daily practice. During this gathering you will have access to our crystal inventory to use in your work and all participants will receive 10% off any purchase of stones during the gathering. The hope is that this offering will be available regularly throughout the year for continued growth and connection.

Gathering cost: $0-$20

Gathering led by Lizzy Woolf

Bow Drill Workshop

April 23 & 24, 1p-4p

You walk in the forests of New England. You have a knife and nothing else. You’re on a mission: today you will make a fire…without matches, or a lighter, or flint and steel. You wonder if you can do it. You pass by trees: willow, eldar, linden…and then you see it: the tree that will start your fire. The one you will carve and craft and learn about yourself and what you can do. What humans and our ancestors have been doing for a few million years…making and tending fire. To cook our food, to tell our stories, to get cozy with our families, to connect alone out in nature beneath the stars by the light of a warm fire. 

Can you really make fire with only the things you find in the forest? In this class you will learn the trees, collection methods, carving techniques, and skills to create fire the way it has been made for hundreds of thousands of years, using skills passed down from family to family across continents and time…to be passed to you. In this class, you will carve your own fire-by-friction set and will learn the skills and tools you need to go out into the woods with nothing and make a fire on your own. Whether you want to learn for the purposes of wilderness survival, or to connect with nature, or to be more self-sufficient, this class is for you. 

Gathering cost $50-75-$100
Gathering led by Mo Bissonette

MAY DAY CELEBRATION
May 1, 2022 10am-12pm

Welcome in May with a celebration of flowers and storytelling. This gathering is designed for children. Children, accompanied by a grown-up, will enjoy time amongst tiny spring flowers while making a flower cone and listening to stories! Flower cones are a great gift to leave on a neighbors doorstep as a sign of spring.

Gathering Cost $0-$10-$20
Gathering led by Katie McEachan (of The Wonderwild)

Sheep Shearing Demo & Fiber Processing
May 21, 10am-12pm

See the process from wool on the sheep to wool ready to be felted or spun. Watch our shearer, Siri Swanson, shear our three sheep for the summer, learn to skirt, wash, and card wool.

Gathering Cost: $0-$10-$20
Gathering led by Lizzy Woolf, Nora Woolf, and Siri Swanson

Futuresteading: A Conversation and Tea with Author Jade Miles
July 17, 2pm-4pm

Join us for tea and garden snacks on the homestead. We will be hosting Australian author Jade Miles to have a conversation about her book “Futuresteading: Live like Tomorrow Matters” and what it looks like for each of us to take further steps towards a better, more sustainable tomorrow. 

Sliding scale $35-$40-$45 and includes tea, snacks, and a signed copy of the book!

Summer Solstice Homestead Open House and Crystal Pop-Up Sale
June 18, 10am-4pm

Join us on the homestead for our seasonal gathering. Come see our crystal inventory displayed and for sale in the barn space, sit around the fire with hot tea to listen to stories, and join us in a few activities around the homestead.

Other gatherings we may host in the future

Kids and Families

Workshops designed for the young and young at heart. These workshops are led by Lizzy and Nora as well as special guests who have experience with young people. 

Workshops may include:

  • Fairy house building
  • Fort and stick play
  • Campfire cooking
  • Woodland games
  • Potion making
  • Nature wands
Fiber & Crafts
Using natural materials, such as wool, leather, raw hide, silk and other gathered materials, we will come together to build and craft. Let your inspiration take hold and your hands get busy. Learn from our instructors and each other in a variety of workshops. 

Workshops may include:

  • Natural dyes (silk and wool dying)
  • Dry and needle felting
  • Skirt & card your own wool
  • Raw hide projects

Homesteading Skills

These workshops all engage the mind, body and soul as we dive into skills that have been shared for thousands of years. 
Workshops may include:

  • Preserving the harvest
  • Making plant medicine
  • Axe skills
  • Navigation: Map & Compass
  • Basic carpentry skills
  • Cob oven building
  • Deer & animal processing
  • Hide tanning

Crystal Gatherings

We will be hosting a variety of workshops and gatherings to spend time with, learn from, and explore the magical world of crystals. 

Workshops may include:

  • Crystal 101
  • Bracelete Making
  • Grid Making

All participants of crystal gatherings and workshops will have the opporutnity to shop our crystal inventory with a 10% discount for all purchases.

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