Ancestral Arts & Earth Skills Presenters


Aileen Peterson:

Kitchen Witchery: Food Alchemy & Folk Healing for the Home

ReWilding Womxnhood: Womb Wisdom & Womxn's Wellness

Gaia as Healer: Intro to Land-Based Healing

"Born in Oregon and carrying a lineage of ancestors-- including grandmother-healers and indigenous midwives-- who have walked on four continents, Aileen Marie ‘Sequoia’ Peterson is the face behind Awilda We’Moon and Brighid's Hearth Church: Temple of Spiritual Healing & Shamanic Birthwork. She is a womxn's wellness practitioner, traditional full-spectrum birthkeeper + freebirth mentor, intuitive bodywork healer, folk herbalist, permaculturist, beekeeper, temple dancer, Amazon horsewoman, priestess-witch, and writer. Her personal and professional work revolves around ancestral living and rewilding, reconnecting to our innate magic and facilitating connection to and exchange with the Earth and the Spiritworld, practicing sustainability and activism, and reclaiming undisturbed primal birth + parenting + autonomous body sovereignty. She has been studying and actively participating in womxn's mysteries and priestessing for thirteen years; dance and movement for eleven years; natural childbirth, midwifery, and herbalism for eight years; and bodywork and traditional nutrition over the last six years. Aileen performs in her local bellydance showcases and has also been featured on multiple podcasts including Birth Works! and The Freebirth Society, as well as having written articles for SQUAT Birth Journal, C*nt Love Zine, and is writing a book on Freebirth. Her current endeavors include teaching classes, creating community-based wellness + midwifery outreach, guiding nature immersion, ceremony + circle facilitation, and planning future ancestral arts gatherings for womxn and queer folk."

Audra Ogden:

Journeying with Indigo Dye & the Shibori Technique

Audra studied fiber arts at the Oregon College of Art & Craft in Portland. She beautifully explores textures and colors. She enjoys working with her hands as a way to express herself and regards her process as meditative. Always telling a story and setting meaningful intentions through her work.

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Eileen Cara:

Journeying with Indigo Dye & the Shibori Technique

Eileen is a student and lover of plants. She is fascinated by their magic and their medicine. Eileen has studied herbal medicine at the Philo School of Herbal Energetics and The Hawthorn Institute. She enjoys accessing a plants full potential, their spirit, their medicine, their beauty and the colors they offer the world.



Laughter Medicine & Starlight Kompost: 

Cattail Weaving

This will be our third year to teach, out of three gatherings, at Origins (original founders of of Moon Mountain} It is my favorite, but just one of many gatherings where i have taught my original Bottle Basket and Chopstick Cover designs since 2007. Other gatherings i teach at are Rabbit Stick, WinterCount, Buckeye, Lighting our Path, Spirit Weavers and Elements. Along side me, as always, will be Starlight Compost teaching her original hat designs, the Brim and the Bird tribe visor. We began learning the ancestral arts shorty after we met in 1992. I was fortunate to instruct Shira in Bottle cattail basketry at Buckeye gathering in 2011where we happened to be teaching the same stitch, and she told me i rocked her world. I am so pleased to be invited back!

Kayla Barnum: 


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Cailin V:

Old World Hat Making

Cailin V is a professional milliner and seamstress located in Northern California. She crafts adornments from regenerative, sustainable materials in honor of Mother Earth.


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Kelley Bennett: 

Introduction to the Ancient Art of Herbal Dyes

Kelley, Owner of Calico Alchemy Organics, has been working with plant material and extracts to achieve bold colors on cellulose fibers since late 2010. Herbal Dyeing is a very time intensive craft, involving much trial and error.





Mikhel lives in Northern California in the Sierra Nevada Foothills near the Yuba River. She worked with a dear friend to completely renovate the small off-grid cabin in the woods where she lives.  She is passionate about culinary arts, herbal medicine, fermentation, the transformation of spaces, and West African drum and dance (specifically Mali and Congolese styles).

Mikhel has been shooting recurve bows for the last 5 years. She first encountered her love and natural ability with the bow at a skills gathering. The bow brings a sense of mindful meditation into her life. She’s currently working towards the joyful goal of hunting her own food.  



Saskia Martin:

The Sensual Art of Ceramics

Saskia Martin is a fairly recent transplant to the Grass Valley area from Humboldt. She grew up in Europe and California. Her ceramics studies began in Japan. She loves the process of working with clay both on and off the wheel and is fascinated by the unplanned and uncontrolled effect of atmospheric firing, in which ash, carbon and flames create natural glazes.

Saskia is in love with and actively involved in clay for almost two decades and over three continents!



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Rachael Soroka: