Instructor Bios

Harry MacCormack

Harry MacCormack

Harry MacCormack has lived his life as a farmer, activist, philosopher, and poet. He is the author of 16 novels, poetry and hands-in-the-soil organic farming publications. He co-founded Oregon Tilth, serving as its first Executive Director. Corvallis-based Sunbow Farm was started in 1972 where he has taught the principles of growing fruits and vegetables with, as he describes, intense flavor and nutrition. He currently serves on the Board of Ten Rivers Food Web and a multitude of food policy organizations. His story is so fascinating we suggest you visit Sunbow Farm. Check out the Welcome page, then click on both “How We’re Different” and “Harry’s Bio”.

Marcella Kriebel painting

Marcella Kriebel

It’s not a stretch to say that Marcella Kriebel has always been an artist. Her earliest memories include a love of paints, paper and pencils of any kind, and a major desire to see what she could do with them.

Her collection of food-related art reflects her early interest in drawing and painting, coupled with her education – majoring in Studio Art and Anthropology. She used this background as a springboard for travel, journaling and cooking in numerous Latin American countries. A successful Kickstarter campaign allowed her to assemble her large archive of recipes and illustrations into the colorful and appealing cookbook, Mi Comida Latina.

An internship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum brought Marcella to Washington DC, and after, she maintained a full time position working in museum exhibit installation. She has remained in DC as a working artist since 2011, dividing her time between commissioned work and expanding her collection of original watercolor art prints for sale at a variety of market venues and online.  She is an avid river kayaker and an Oregon native who appreciates the great outdoors as a balance for the busy live of an inner city DC resident.

Margaret Mathewson

Margaret Mathewson

Margaret Mathewson is a scholar, teacher and basket maker, weaving traditional styles since 1980.  After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, she did graduate work at UC Berkeley focusing on contemporary issues in the maintenance of ancestral ways among native peoples in California.  She also did post-doctoral work at the Smithsonian studying old basketry collections and working with tribes to revive traditions.  She continues to attend Western Native weavers’ gatherings every year and works for tribes in several states on issues of land management, access to weaving materials and ancestral food plants and on cultural resources education.

In addition, she teaches at Oregon State University and the University of Victoria, Canada, including the following courses: Native Peoples of North America, Contemporary Native Issues, Ecosystem Science of Pacific Northwest Indians, Ethnobiology, Anthropology of Art, Ancestral Technologies and Fiber Arts/Basketry Technologies.

Margaret works with museums, tribal and other, to identify basketry and to create exhibits in collaboration with tribes, focusing on Native plants and ancestral technologies.  A resident of Oregon, she runs the Ancient Arts Center, a retreat and school with classes in basketry, food ways, spinning, dying and felting, hide tanning, carving, pottery, stone and bone tools and many other skills from around the world.

Her own basketry work is a mix of ancient and modern and reflects her studies of the traditions of Europe and Japan as well as North America.  All her work uses natural materials.

Daniel discussing the inoculation process for a variety of mushrooms.

Daniel Mason

Daniel Mason is fascinated by many the aspects of Mycology; mushrooms as medicine, foraging and preparing as delicious food, myco-restoration, but most especially studying and developing methods of cultivation. He is a patient teacher who balances hands-on practice with textbook knowledge. Daniel is devoted to spreading knowledge about mushrooms.

 

 

Illustration of Kiko Denzer

Kiko Denzer, illustration by Isaac

 

Kiko Denzer – I live in the coast range with my wife and two sons. We subsist by various arts: sculpture, writing, publishing, gardening, building, and teaching: we’re all in homeschool. I’ve been carving one thing or another since I discovered soapstone at the age of ten. I went to Italy at 17 to carve marble, but by then I’d seen how industrial consumerism has wiped out Michelangelo’s legacy, so I found other things to do: mold-making, carpentry, cooperative education, and community organizing, among other things. Fast forward about 30 years. I had been working with earth as a building material when I met William Coperthwaite who, among other things, carved wooden spoons with a crooked knife. Bill’s inspiration and example (see A Handmade Life), a bent piece of sharp steel, and green wood mean you can carve in your lap at the kitchen table — no bench, no vise, no mallet. And spoons are sculpture that everyone uses. Beautiful! And as democratic in their own way as the stories of the bible were in Michelangelo’s time. Everyone eats! I also turn bowls on a foot-powered lathe, carve bowls and dustpans, and cut letters for memorials. My publishing company is called Hand Print Press; various stories and jobs of work are indexed at handprintpress.com/kiko. I also recently started blogging at Mother Earth News.

Averbach photo

Marisha Auerbach

Marisha Auerbach is an internationally recognized permaculture educator, designer, and speaker based in Portland, OR.  Marisha has lived and practiced permaculture in both urban and rural environments.   As an avid gardener and herbalist, Marisha specializes in food production, ecology, and useful plants.  Marisha believes that it is possible to respond to the current environmental challenges, lower our ecological footprint, and continue to live equally delightful lives through permaculture design.  This passion is what drives Marisha’s active teaching schedule throughout the year.  Her company, Permaculture Rising, offers permaculture design and education throughout the world.

Lara Vesta

Lara Vesta

Lara Vesta – I am an artist and writer offering creative commissions, place portraits, books, essays, and divination tools rooted in nature, spirit, ritual, empowerment, self-care and practice.

My vision is to intersect, collaborate and co-create work that is handmade, divinely guided, honoring to earth rhythms and the ancestors. You are invited to share in the making through classes, workshops and community experiences.

As we live this sacred art, we claim our wild soul.