10:00 a.m. – 3 :00 p.m.

Learn primitive and practical skills, scientific knowledge, compassion for nature!

Our beloved Forest School program is now entering its seventh year, having built a dedicated following among participants.  In this course, homeschool students gain a tremendous amount of knowledge through experiential learning – encountering and understanding dozens of plants, animals, ecological systems, and primitive skills throughout the year. Drawing on indigenous educational wisdom, Forest School trains students in a plethora of practical skills and scientific knowledge while building essential character traits like compassion, alert awareness, gratitude, and deep listening. And the kids have so much fun they don’t even realize how much they’re learning!  Collaborative group challenges followed by artfully guided debrief activities build compassionate communication and leadership skills.  Farm projects encompass tending perennial and annual plants, animal care, mushroom cultivation, natural building, cooking, soap-making, herbal medicine and more. Inspiring or thought-provoking articles or short videos may be shared on a wide range of topics from local food systems to innovative compost solutions to global initiatives in eco-social entrepreneurship. Time for lunch and supervised free play are built in to the schedule.


Fall Session 2022 (10 weeks total) – $500

Monday, or Sunday October 2nd through Dec 19th 2022.  

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday’s OCT-DEC 2022

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Monday’s OCT-DEC 2022

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Pealrstone will also offer Winter and Spring Sessions (2022-2023) of Farm and Forest School

Winter Session 2023 (8 weeks total, 2 make up sessions planned) – $400

Monday, or Sunday January 8th through Mar 12th 2022.  In case of Inclement weather we have 2 weeks for make up sessions.

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday’s JAN-MAR 2023

Sunday, January 8th

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Monday’s JAN-MAR 2023

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Spring Session 2023 (8 weeks) – $400

Monday, or Sunday March 19th through May 15th 2022. 

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday’s MAR-May 2023

Sunday, March 19th

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Monday’s MAR-MAY 2023

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Meet your instructors:

Joe Murray

Wilderness Educator

Joe Murray, Pearlstone's Wilderness Educator, realized that deep nature connection mentoring and community are the most important ways for our children and adults to grow in a very deep way to connect with the earth and our hearts. He loves to care for the land and when he is not teaching he is learning. Over the span of his career he has trained many instructors and helped start a number of wilderness schools. More close to his heart has been the thousands of children he has helped mentor into becoming fully alive amazing beings.  He is a co-founder of Ancestral Knowledge 501(c3) and has been mentoring deep nature connection since 1997. In his free time he loves to spend time in nature alone or with his family, students, community of other nature connection mentors.

Stephanie Katsampis


Steph is a well-travelled and experientially teacher. She has lived “off the grid” in the southeastern woodlands, worked at a hostel in the arroyos of New Mexico and studied yoga in the tropics of Hawaii. In her teachings she threads together the communion between people, land and spirituality. Steph enjoys storytelling, making maps, sitting quietly in nature and inspiring students of all ages.