Events

Events at Cloud Mountain

We host various events throughout the year in our Aikido dojo/multi-purpose space, with outside areas on our farm also available. Acoustic concerts,  artist’s retreats, business retreats, meditation and yoga workshops are only a few of the possibilities.

Contact us if you are interested in renting our facilities for your workshop or retreat.  Our indoor space includes a large open area, kitchenette and half-bathroom. Outside space consists of large, flat lawn with mountain views, flower fields, walking trails,  forests and streams. 

Please, leave your beloved dogs at home.

All events held at Cloud Mountain during the Covid-19 pandemic are held outdoors, socially distant.  If rain sends us indoors, masks will be required.

2021  Events 

Thursday, September 9, 2021, 3-5 pm, Intro to Nature Journaling with Sandy McDermott

Join Sandy McDermott of Birchtree Studio for an Introduction to Nature Journaling in this two-hour workshop. Field sketching is a wonderful tool for capturing the environment that you inhabit, travel through, and appreciate. Field sketching is different than creating finished drawings; your goal is to capture quick flashes of the things around you. Many of your sketches may end up very unfinished. Think of each page in your journal or sketchbook as a “study” of some object or place that you want to remember. Birds, mammals, trees, flowers, waterscapes – even buildings – will provide interesting and fun challenges for us as we use graphite and/or pen to develop our pages.

Tap into your sense of curiosity. Join us to engage with and wonder about our beautiful natural world.

Bring with your favorite sketchpad (newsprint pads not recommended), your favorite drawing pencils and/or pen, a white rubber eraser and a kneaded eraser. If you have any questions about materials please contact Sandy directly.

Register here to reserve your space in the workshop!

No prior drawing experience is necessary.

In the event of rain, the workshop will move to an online format. Otherwise, plan to spend the entire two hours out-of-doors.


July 24-25, 2021 Ash Tote Basket with Penny Hewitt CANCELED

~Workhorse Tote~ Mostly black ash, with the option to add some willow or birch bark to the design.  Leather straps and a filled bottom with protective runners, make this basket a super sturdy one for toting tools, farmer’s market finds, picnic lunches or anything else you can think of.

Learn all the basics of black ash basketry plus some additional skills.  In this two day workshop, students will experience all the steps in the process, from a demonstration of pounding the log, to weaving their own unique basket.


 Past Events

Here is a list of events we have hosted in the recent past… let us know if there is a workshop or event you missed and would like us to have again!


 Birch Bark Ornaments with Penny Hewitt

Create a decoration or gift from responsibly harvested Vermont birch bark. Utilizing techniques common to the Scandinavian and Russian style of basketry, you will craft birds and stars using strips of inner bark from the paper birch in this four-hour workshop. You will also learn how these materials are harvested and prepared. Bring a mask and be prepared to work oustide. (October 2020)


Pack Basket Workshop with Penny Hewitt

Craft a traditional pack basket from locally harvested, hand-pounded Black Ash splints. $250 for two days. All materials provided. Class meets 9-5 both days, outdoors and socially distant. Bring a mask and a bag lunch for yourself. (September 2020)


Music Concert and Picnic with the Zeichner Trio

Yasi, Oliver, and Louli Zeichner are three siblings who play traditional Irish music, and Old-Time/Appalachian music – with Louli on 4 and 5-string banjos and Celtic harp, Oliver on the penny whistle and the uilleann bagpipes, and Yasi on the fiddle. They have performed throughout the state at many events, from festivals to weddings and housewarmings.  Bringing the tradition alive with their creativity in voice and instrument, the Zeichner Trio has gained a reputation in the community as a young, up-and-coming band in the state of Vermont. (Aug. 2018)


Greenwood Spoon Carving with Andre Souligny

In this focused workshop we will explore working with freshly harvested (green) wood to carve spoons with the bent and straight knife.  Suitable for beginners. Tools and materials provided, but feel free to bring your own knife. (Feb 2016)


 

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