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Registration is now open for Spoutwood's newest educational program!

 

Nighttime Education at Spoutwood Farm

Discover the sights and sounds of nature at night!  

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Perfect for Scouts, Schools, and Private Groups

 

Delight in the natural world after the sun has set!  Explore the gardens and woods of Spoutwood Farm as you adventure on a guided night hike.  Experience the wonders above as you stargaze with an astronomer at the Spoutwood Observatory.  Enjoy a crackling campfire as you spend the night under the stars on Camping Hill.   

7:00pm - 8:00am

$20/person (Kids under 6 free)

$200 minimum

 

Want to stay for breakfast?  Include the CHEFS Breakfast Boot Camp to extend your experience at Spoutwood Farm.  Our Culinary Health Educators from Spoutwood will teach you how to cook up a healthy and delicious whole-foods breakfast to enjoy with your group.  Return home with a few new culinary skills and recipes to share!

8:00am - 10:00am

$10/person

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For questions and registration, please contact:

Meg Hamilton, Program Director

meg.spoutwood@gmail.com

717-235-9272

 
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Mother Earth Fall Festival


Sustainable Living Workshops

 

A diverse lineup of sustainable living workshops will be offered throughout the weekend of the 10th Annual Mother Earth Fall Festival.

 

Pre-registration is required for all workshops and class sizes are limited.

Click here to register today!

 

2014 WORKSHOP LINEUP

 

Saturday, September 20th

10:00am - 1:00pm
Make Your Own Herbal Medicine with Susanna Reppert of The Rosemary House - $25


10:00am - 1:00pm
 

eARTh Painting Workshop with Raine Valentine - $40

 

10:00am - 2:00pm

Introduction to Green Woodworking with Todd White - $25

 

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Mother Nature as Sacred Teacher and Healerwith Mare Cromwell - $25

 

2:00pm - 5:00pm

Bread Baking 101 with Roger Williams - $25

 

 

Sunday, September 21st

10:00am - 1:00pm

Chants of the Inner Wild; A Creative Writing Workshop with Carla Christopher - $25

 

10:00am - 1:00pm 

Make Your Own Medicinal Herbal Salves and Balms with Alison Hunley - $35

 

2:00pm - 5:00pm

Nature Journaling with Patti Van Brederode - $30

 

Workshop Descriptions & Teacher Biographies

 

Make Your Own Herbal Medicine

Interested in learning how to make your own decoctions, tinctures, infused oils, salves, creams, poultices, and more?  Susanna Reppert-Brill, a 5th generation Folk Herbalist from The Rosemary House in Machanicsburg, PA, will demonstrate the many medicines you can create from your herb garden.  Everyone will taste a few products in class and then leave with a sample of either cream or salve.  Fast moving, entertaining, and informative!

 

Susanna Reppert is the owner of The Rosemary House and Gardens in Mechanicsburg, PA.  A 5th generation folk herbalist, she has supplemented her family traditions by completing David Winston’s School of Herbal Therapeutics in NJ and by studying with Dr. James Duke in the Amazon (3 times).

 

eARTh Painting Workshop

During this 3 hour workshop, participants will receive step by step instructions for creating their own personal and unique mother earth painting.

 

Raine Valentine is an artist, educator and mother of two, who works with adults and children of all ages to provide a safe and exciting environment for creative learning and expression!  "I find truth in creativity, and know each one of us is a creator of our own masterpiece." -Raine Dawn Valentine  For more information visit her website or Facebook page.


Introduction to Green Woodworking

Transform a log into a cooking spatula!  Learn the techniques needed to create your personal cooking utensils using traditional hand tools.

 

Todd White has been a professional cabinet/furniture maker since 1989.  He taught green woodwork at Glasshouse College in Stourbridge, UK from 2006 to 2012.  Currently he teaches woodwork at the Philadelphia Waldorf School, the DASH program for Lancaster City School District, and the Samara program in Harrisburg, PA.

 

Mother Nature as Sacred Teacher and Healer

Nature is hard-wired to heal. She is constantly scattering seeds and animal poop to reclaim urban lots or abandoned lands. She also offers subtle healing experiences to all who chose to leave the comforts of their cars or homes to walk amongst the trees and wild areas. Who or what is Nature and what does she offer us as a wise teacher of sacred ways, of healing ways? How can we connect more deeply with this very wise teacher who is our Mother here on this planet? This workshop/talk is based on award-winning author, Mare Cromwell’s, eighteen years of studies with Native American teachers along with her background as a professional sacred gardener and environmental educator.

 

Mare Cromwell is an award-winning author and nature mystic. Her first two books are Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother and If I gave you God's phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America. Her third book: The Great Mother Bible will be out by Fall 2014. She has studied with Native American teachers for more than eighteen years and sits on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings. Mare offers healing sessions locally and long-distance based on the premise we are all connected and the love of the Great Mother can heal all. (Note: she is a huge fan of Sacred Silliness.)


Bread Baking 101
with Roger Williams

This course explores yeast, sourdough, and quick breads, along with granola and cookies.  We look at techniques for sweet and savory baking, and methods to bring out flavor in your baking.

 

Roger Williams is the beekeeper of record at Spoutwood.  He is a bread baker of long standing.  His engineering background informs his practical approach to bread baking and his love of good food informs his aesthetic approach.  


Chants of the Inner Wild; A Creative Writing Workshop
with Carla Christopher

Since the old days and the old ways, songs, stories, and poems have been the way prayers were said, victories were celebrated, and stories were remembered.  Join Poet Laureate Emeritus and Spoutwood Writing in Nature Retreat leader, Carla Christopher, as she shares beautiful invocations, chants, myths, and poems from cultures who have celebrated the wild ways of nature, and then invites you to create your own in a fun and highly interactive writing workshop.

 

Carla Christopher is an award-winning poet, as well as spoken word artist, publisher, producer, television personality, speaker, and educator based in York, Pennsylvania.  She was York’s 4th Poet Laureate and is currently the Arts & Cultural Community Liaison for York City.  Carla also hosts Culture and Main, York's Weekly Cultural Showcase on White Rose Community Television, teaches Creative Writing with the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Institute, serves on the advisory board for Dr. Nathaniel Gadsen's Writers Wordshop in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and is the Pennsylvania Poetry Society's 2014 Grand Prize First Place Annual Competition Winner. See some of Carla's work on her website.


Make Your Own Medicinal Herbal Salves and Balms with Alison Hunley

Have you ever wondered how to use some of the Herbs in your garden or in your local woods to help heal yourself and your family?  Medicinal Balms and Salves are a versatile and effective way to include the healing properties of Herbs into your Medicine Cabinet with little worry or fuss.  Once the skill of making these simple formulations yourself is learned, you can expand into cosmetic applications and deeper healing remedies as well.  In this Workshop, you will learn how to infuse and preserve your base oil with the healing qualities of  Home Grown & Wild Harvested Herbs.  This infused oil is the base for many healing products, including massage oil, soap, lotions, serums, and straight oil applications.  In this workshop you will walk away with the knowledge of the difference between Salves and Balms, and will have an opportunity to create a version of both to bring home with you.

 

Alison Hunley is a self taught wild herbalist who is still learning each and every day from the plants around her.  Her inspiration to learn more about Herbs began as a young child in Cape Cod Massachusetts, where she was raised.  The influence of the women around her was strong, and she was intrigued that the Echinacea Tincture her Mother fed to them each winter was from gardens she played in nearby.  She then began harvesting wild onion and other easily identified herbs, preparing them for herself and her sister in various ways.  From there, her interest and knowledge grew.  As an adult, she began incorporating these Herbs int her life to treat her sons Chronic Lyme and Eczema Conditions, and to heal her family and friends in a large variety of ways.  She is also owner of A. E. Hunley Apothecarie & Herbs, a Medicinal Salve and Balm Company which uses only Wild Harvested and locally grown Herbs in its product line.

 

Nature Journaling with Patti Van Brederode

Make a simple journal, learn about Nature Journaling, and begin journaling as you meander around the grounds of Spoutwood Farm.  Patti will provide journal prompts, and facilitating writing, drawing, imagining, and dreaming in this fun and personal workshop.

 

Patti Van Brederode is an author, artist, and arts educator from Central PA. Living artfully and empowering others to do so has been a driving force in her life and is especially important to her now that she is raising a lively and spirited daughter with her husband, Chris!  Patti is a PA Certified Art Teacher, and has been teaching and facilitating workshops in a variety of avenues for over twenty years. Using art as a tool to foster creativity in all the disciplines has been central to her classroom teaching. The other aspect of art that she works hard to foster in others is the way art connects us all to one another and to the world around us.

 
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Want to be a part of the 10th Annual Mother Earth Fall Festival?
Join us for a planning meeting on Wedensday, July 9th at 6:00 p.m.
All are invited!  Please RSVP to Charissa Bowman - charissacbowman@gmail.com
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Come release your inner-wild and celebrate the spririt of retro-natural life at the
10th Annual Mother Earth Fall Festival!

September 20th & 21st
10:00am - 5:00pm
Tickets: $8, under 13 FREE!
Parking: $5/car

Parades & Costumes
Live Music & Performance Art
Local Food & Traditional Crafts
Green Living Demos & Hands-on Activities

The Mother Earth Fall Festival is dedicated to the spirit of Mamma Terra, our small beautiful home, planet Earth.  Each year we gather to appreciate the abundance of life, express our creativity, and share our knowledge.  Come reconnect with Mamma Terra and celebrate the harvest season at Spoutwood!

 
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  • CSA News

    Sign-up is now closed for CSA.  We thank you for your interest.  Please contact us for additional information.

     

  • Faerie Festival News

    2014 Fairie Festival Posters

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    This year's Fairie Festival Posters are now ready  in several formats and sizes for viewing and download! Feel free to download, print and distribute as you wish! Pre-printed posters available at the farm. Call 717-235-6610 for information. 

  • Education News

    Registration is now open for Spoutwood's newest educational program!

     

    Nighttime Education at Spoutwood Farm

    Discover the sights and sounds of nature at night!  

    1266170_354789644652799_48659256_o.jpg

    Perfect for Scouts, Schools, and Private Groups

     

    Delight in the natural world after the sun has set!  Explore the gardens and woods of Spoutwood Farm as you adventure on a guided night hike.  Experience the wonders above as you stargaze with an astronomer at the Spoutwood Observatory.  Enjoy a crackling campfire as you spend the night under the stars on Camping Hill.   

    7:00pm - 8:00am

    $20/person (Kids under 6 free)

    $200 minimum

     

    Want to stay for breakfast?  Include the CHEFS Breakfast Boot Camp to extend your experience at Spoutwood Farm.  Our Culinary Health Educators from Spoutwood will teach you how to cook up a healthy and delicious whole-foods breakfast to enjoy with your group.  Return home with a few new culinary skills and recipes to share!

    8:00am - 10:00am

    $10/person

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    For questions and registration, please contact:

    Meg Hamilton, Program Director

    meg.spoutwood@gmail.com

    717-235-9272

  • MEHF News

    Attention Lovers of Spoutwood Farm Center:

    We are in need of clothing for scarecrow making at the Mother Earth Fall Festival, a favorite & free activity offered to the kids at the festival on September 20th & 21st, 2014.

    Children and youth clothes work best because of their smaller size, and long sleeves and pants are preferable. Fun accessories are welcome as well. Clothes with stains and smaller tears are just fine!

    If you can donate any clothes, please contact Charissa Bowman, Fall Festival Administrative Coordinator at 717-521-2247 or via email at charissacbowman@gmail.com. Clothing can be dropped off at Spoutwood Farm in Glen Rock, PA or a pick-up can be arranged if necessary.

    Thanks for considering a donation!

  • Observatory News


    Spoutwood Farm Observatory

    News and Announcements for 2012

    1Vernal Equinox Open House  You are cordially invited to the first of our four Open Houses, Friday March 23rd, at 6 p.m.  Come out to the Farm and celebrate the arrival of Spring in the charm of the Frodo Building, take a tour of the Observatory, and see telescope views of Venus, Mars, Saturn, and much more!  Please see the 'Schedule' tab for more information concerning our 2012 Open Houses.  

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    2. Introducing the Spoutwood Space Gallery  The Spoutwood Farm Observatory is pleased to present our first online gallery of astrophotography, now available on this website and on our Spoutwood Farm Center Facebook page. Enjoy digital CCD images of the Sun, Moon, and planets, as well as video streams and composite slide shows.

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    3. Galaxies and Nebulae  We are pleased to report the return to action of our 20" Dobsonian reflecting telescope after surviving a large ash tree falling on the roof of its shed.  Miraculously only minor damage was done to the roof; after a thorough cleaning the telescope works perfectly.  Don't miss the stunning views of deep space offered by this excellent telescope!  

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    The Dobsonian Shed after the Halloween Snowstorm of 2011.  The sundial is untouched in the only clear spot on the deck.