Fall 2013

August, 10 2013

Fall 2013

Going into the new school year

There will be two types of classes offered again.  Two days, Tuesdays and Thursdays, will be offered here at Big Basin on and around Pine Mountain, which are year round, 6 hour classes once a week in 8 week blocks.  Cost will be $600.00 per block and for some of the courses Ocean Grove funding will be available.  The students will be following the seasons through the year doing crafts, metalsmithing and woodworking projects, as well as exploring nature and hunting mushrooms, observing wildlife and learning about beekeeping.  Last year our students helped to set up an apiary for the Swanton Berry Farm and studied the connections between our environment, the plight of the bees and organic farming.  We also followed the cycle of wild and hatchery salmon, met researchers and explored our coastal wetlands and streams.  These types of hands-on environmental studies will continue on into the new school year.  Target and field archery are practiced regularly as well as the building of shelters and outdoor cooking.

The other type of classes meet in different locations in the larger Bay Area.  Though some classes have similar content, Waldorf type practical arts, clay modeling, forging, stone and wood carving as well as archery, they differ in that they are between two and two and a half hours.  Students meet once a week for eight week blocks, but do not have the immersion into nature and the experience of exploring the environment, natural resources and their role as care-givers.  For more information please contact me through the contact page of this site.


August 12th, 13th, and 14th: "Nature Immersion walks for Young Children".  Day 1: walk in local wetlands and along the beach, art or crafts activity.  Day 2: visit of an organic apiary at a local farm , followed by walk along Scotts Creek. Day 3: from the ocean to Pine Mountain, exploring Big Basin's forest and meadows, archery on Pine Mountain.

August 26th to 30th:" Art Intensive at the San Francisco Waldorf High School" metal arts. Closed session.

October 6th, Santa Cruz Reskilling Expo: " Bee friendly Bee keeping " a talk about the plight of bees in our modern environment, what we can do as bee keepers and concerned global citizens.1.00pm -2.30pm for more information about the Expo please visit:

Menlo Park classes will resume in September on Mondays from 1.30pm - 4.00pm. We will start our first 8 week session with advanced archery practise and metal arts. For more information please contact Lena Plamondon   Class fully booked at this point. Date of first class will be September 9th, 2013

San Mateo Classes on Fridays are STILL pending......

Pine Mountain Arts Tuesdays from Big Basin and local coastal areas This class will resume in October for students ages 10-15. Environmental studies, practical wood working, bee keeping, smithing and more. There are  2 openings at this point.

Pine Mountain Arts Thursdays from  9.00am-3.00pm " Boys (and girls at times) who walk with Lions" This class is designed for younger students, ages 7 to 9 and will start up again in September. Students will roam between the ocean and Pine Mountain, build observation shelters, track rare wildlife, cook on camp fires. Archery and crafts, as well as bee keeping are an integral part of these adventures. For more information please contact us through the contact page of this site or call Meredith Cook: 831-239-9065    open enrollment at this time, cost for 1 day visit $ 75.00

Rudolf Steiner College / San Francisco extension: "Clay modeling with children", a course in Waldorf pedagogy and methodology for teachers and other adults interested in education. There will be one course in the fall of 2013 and one in the spring of 2014. These 2 classes will be conducted on Saturdays at the San Francisco Waldorf School, lower school campus.The first course for the foundation studies will be 5 sessions, Sept.28th, Oct.5th, 12th,19th, and26th,.  For more information please contact the program director Irene Francois 510-751-2855  

Visiting School classes and special events. Last year we had three classes visit our apiaries here on Pine mountain and  at the Swanton Strawberry Farm to learn about bees, their role for the environment and farming. If you are a teacher and wish to visit for a day with your class, please contact me for special arangements.

If you would like to have a special class, workshop or event out here, for children or adults, and have a group of at least 5 participants, please feel free to contact us to explore possibilities.

 With best wishes for your educational goals, Bodo Langen