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.


The Fall 2021 Season dates:

Fall 2021 Farm and Forest School Dates  | 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM 

October 2021 

Monday, October 18 

Wednesday, October 20 

Monday, October 25 

Wednesday, October 27 

November 2021 

Monday, November 8 

Wednesday, November 10 

Monday, November 15 

Wednesday, November 17 

Monday, November 22 

Wednesday, November 24 

Monday, November 29 

December 2021 

Wednesday, December 1 

Monday, December 6 

Wednesday, December 8 

Monday, December 13 

Monday, December 15 

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.

P Stern Christian

Lead Educator

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 Denaburg


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 Harel

Israeli Shaliach

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.

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.