Join us for a magical weekend as we engage our hands and hearts remembering and immersing in reciprocal relationships with the land and ourselves. We’ll unplug, slow down, and let the firelight bring us together, as we weave land-based crafts, emotional work, and wildlands stewardship in a context of celebration and reverence.
We’ll hike out to Owl Tree Meadow, the backcountry camp at the Oak Granary, and surround ourselves with oaks and wildflowers.
This gathering will be facilitated by Catherine Sieck an artist, Lindsay Dailey a wildtender, and Michelle Vesser a gardener of inner and outer landscapes.
Delicious, organic farm-fresh meals include:
Friday lunch & dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch & dinner; Sunday breakfast & lunch.
Cost: Sliding scale: $ 200 - $ 400
Inquire about work trade positions; no one turned away for lack of funds.
Instructors: Michelle Vesser, Lindsay Dailey, & Catherine Sieck
Catherine Sieck is an artist and gardener living in Santa Rosa, California. Her art practice is in conversation with her work on land. A form of story-telling, her paper-cuts chronicle the cycles of growth and change that happen both in the landscape and within the body, finding hope and meaning in the synchronicity that emerges. Her ceramic work draws inspiration from experiments with locally harvested wild clay and foraged plant ash glazes. She recently completed an apprenticeship at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, and is dedicated to weaving together the practices of land-tending and art-making, with a commitment to reciprocity.
Michelle Vesser has cultivated and passed on the knowledge and art of hand-tilled, organic agriculture for the past 30 years. She ran her own Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project at Three Springs Gardens, North Fork, CA, was a sustainable agriculture trainer in Mexico and Nepal, and for the past 12 years has been the garden manager and educator at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Occidental CA. In 2017, Michelle is opening up her wings with her new business, Everything Sacred ,which offers guidance in organic gardening, herbal medicine and nutrition, spiritual counseling and mediation, weddings, and end of life care.
Lindsay Dailey is an ecological designer and educator with over 12 years of experience working with communities to design and build regenerative human settlement. She has worked in the realm of sustainability education and non-profit management as Executive Director of the Solar Living Institute, co-founder of Villa Sobrante, and Wildlands Program Director at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, and has developed and led eco-literacy education programs for a number of schools and non-profits. She is deeply dedicated to restoring our reciprocal relationship to nature through the tending and utilization of wild plant, and is a wildlands firefighter passionate about the use of fire as a tool of regenerative disturbance to heal our landscape. She is also the lead land steward and program manager at the Oak Granary.