I founded From Farm and Forest in 2010 to help provide Living in a wild place, gathering and growing a large percentage of my food, making the things I need for my life from the resources close at hand in the world around me have been important From Farm and Forest was founded and is directed by Like so many in the world today, I grew up longing for something different. I was always fascinated by homestead era From Farm and Forest was founded and is directed by Woniya Thibeault is the founder and director The things that foster connection with the world around us About me: Like so many people in our world today, I grew up longing for something different. The fast paced, consumer The purpose of our classes is not just to learn new skills, but to see knowing and practicing these skills changes how we look at the world and how we feel inside. If you are reading this now, then I am guessing that it isn't news to you that the modern American lifestyle has becomeIf you, like so many others are looking at the modern American lifestyle and recognizing a desire The modern American lifestyle is in need The modern American, consumer lifestyle has led not only to an increasing unhappy and unhealthy society, but to widespread environmental destruction. What is the solution? Remembering what is felt like to be really human- sitting together, talking, laughing, singing, as we work on the projects or food processing that help us and our communities survive. Dancing and singing together around the glow of a campfire. The feel of deerskin against your bare skin and the knowledge that you can name, or even point to, where the material goods in your life came from. That, to me, is what these skills re really about. None of us, individaully may actually get there in this lifetime, but each little step closer is significant. It isn't just about the classes and skills you have under your belt, it is about the way it makes you feel inside. It is about caring for the world around you not just because it has inherent value, but because your life depends on and is enriched by it. Sitting together, talking, laughing and singing the skills are important, but more important than the skills themselves is the way they make us feel inside. What it feels like to look at the world around you with new eyes. To care about the land around you not just because of its inherent value but also because of the knowledge that you are it and it is you. Over the past century,
American life has become increasingly fast paced. Many people feel trapped into
working demanding hours at jobs they don’t feel passionate about to support a
lifestyle of accumulating material possessions they don’t need. Most messages
we receive from parents, teachers, employers, etc, reinforce the idea that this
is the only way of going about things. This belief has led to an increasingly
unhappy and medicated society as well as wide spread environmental destruction.
The educational opportunitueThe is to show an alternative to
My goal with From Farm and Forest is to inspire and empower people by giving them a wide range of skills to meet their basic needs with less dependence on modern society. I aim to help students discover the creativity, self-reliance, and feeling of connection that comes with making things for themselves. I hope to foster connection not only with the world around one through understanding of natural history, creation of food, clothing, shelter and tools, but greater connection with oneself, ones peers and community, and one own body.
From Farm and Forest director Woniya Thibeault is currently the main instructor for all listed classes, though we do occasionally host guest instructors.
What Do Classes Look Like?
Most of our Hood River classes take place on our beautiful, wild, off-the-grid homestead community near Hood River, Oregon. Bountiful gardens, a variety of forested trails, and a stunning view of Mt. Hood make for a unique living experience, allowing participants to experience simple living (not hot running water, flush toilets or refrigeration) and spend time exploring nature. For overnight courses, accommodations are simple and rustic: tent camping in the warm months and simple group housing in the cold season.
While each class has a different focus, they are all part of the over arching theme of living sustainably and in connection with the world around us.
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