Farm and Forest School Program Description
MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, OR SUNDAYS IN THE FOREST AND ON THE FARM
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.
Winter Session 2022 (7 weeks total)
Monday, or Sunday January 16th through March 7. In case of Inclement weather we have 2 weeks after these dates for make up sessions.
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday’s JAN-MAR 2022
Sunday, January 23,
Sunday, January 30,
Sunday, February 6,
Sunday, February 13,
Sunday, February 20,
Sunday, February 27,
Sunday, March 6
Snow/Rain make up dates- Sunday, March 13, Sunday, March 20
Monday’s JAN-MAR 2022
Monday, January 24,
Monday, January 31
Monday, February 7,
Monday, February 14,
Monday, February 21,
Monday, February 28,
Monday, March 14
Snow/Rain make up date- Monday, March 21
Fall Session 2021
Monday, Wednesday or Sunday October 17th through December 15th.
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday’s OCT-DEC 2021
Sunday, October 17, Sunday, October 24, Sunday, October 31, Sunday, November 7, Sunday, November 8, Sunday, November 21, Sunday, November 28, Sunday, December 5, Sunday, December 12
Monday’s OCT-DEC 2021
Monday, October 18, Monday, October 25, Monday, November 1, Monday, November 8, Monday, November 15, Monday, November 22, Monday, November 29, Monday, December 6, Monday, December 13
Wednesday’s OCT-DEC 2021
Wednesday, October 20, Wednesday, October 27, Wednesday, November 3, Wednesday, November 10, Wednesday, November 17, Wednesday, November 24, Wednesday, December 1, Wednesday, December 8, Wednesday, December 15
Meet your instructors:
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.
P Stern Christian
P Stern Christian, Pearlstone's Lead Educator, joined Pearlstone as the JOFEE Outreach Fellow in February 2019 holding a decade of diverse experiences as a youth educator and mentor with young people from across the globe. He has done so in places as near as New Jersey, and as far as Hong Kong. After graduating from St Mary’s College of Maryland with a BA in Philosophy in 2016, Stern moved to Baltimore to get to know its people, communities, systems, and landscapes in the pursuit of connection, community, and justice. Following two AmeriCorps service terms working with youth in and out of the context of the educational and juvenile justice systems, Stern began searching for a way to integrate his growing religious identity with his already existing passions for the outdoors, youth development, mentorship, and education. When Pearlstone knocked on his door, Stern knew that he had to make the jump into the JOFEE-verse!
Rabbi Psachyah Lichtenstein
Director of Education
Rabbi Psachyah Lichtenstein is a teacher, farmer, author and artist. He is the Director of Education at Pearlstone Center in Baltimore MD. Psachyah graduated from the Rabbinical College of America and Pratt institute in NYC. He has served the Jewish community as a mentor and teacher of Jewish mysticism in the US and Israel for over 20 years. As a Rabbi and speaker Psachyah has built trans-denominational relationships across every boundary. He walks the intersection between ecology, technology, and the human spirit.
Beth is an environmental educator and Jewish farmer who loves facilitating nature-based experiences. She has a Masters in environmental geography and many years’ experience working in the environmental sector before becoming an educator. She enjoys swimming, singing, and snow.
Hili is Pearlstone’s Israeli shaliach. She provides insights and wisdom of environmental and cultural experiences from multiple perspectives. She enjoys nature exploration, connecting to edge experiences, and laughing out loud.
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.