Classes and workshops for adults include natural dyeing, eco printing, creating indigo dye vats, shibori textile design, seasonal crafts, and fiber arts. Most are held here at Cedar Dell Forest Farm in our classroom with a beautiful view of the forest (and sheep and chickens!) from the large windows. Unless otherwise noted, workshops are taught by Casey Newman.

See all currently scheduled workshops below.


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Felting Workshop: Perfectly Imperfect Pumpkins

Date/time: Saturday, October 5, 12 - 4 pm
Location: Cedar Dell Forest Farm
Guest Instructor: Rachel Carter

Dive into the world of felting and learn to make your very own Perfectly Imperfect Pumpkin! This project incorporates both wet felting and needle felting. Rachel will guide you through the process of wet felting over a resist for the body of the pumpkin, and then she will show you how to finish your pumpkin by making a stem out of wire armature and needle felting.

All materials and tools will be provided for this workshop. A variety of oranges, greens, and whites in Merino wool will be available to choose from, as well as luxurious bamboo fibers and silk to add luster and shine to your pumpkin, and bumpy woolen nepps to add texture. Your finished pumpkin will measure around 5 to 6 inches in diameter.

Rachel Carter has always been passionate about two things: nature and art.  A life-long artist, Rachel stumbled upon needle felting about seven years ago, and instantly fell in love with the medium.  Her art often reflects upon things found in nature, combining her two passions into one.  She began her felting business Rock and Flower Felt in August of 2016.  She delights in sharing her love of felting with others, and loves to teach workshops to help others hone their craft.  Rachel currently lives in Milwaukie, OR, with her husband, two daughters, a dog, three cats, and chickens.  You can find her work at www.rockandflower.com.


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Intro to Botanical Printing

Date/time: Saturday, October 19, 10 am - 2 pm
Location: Cedar Dell Forest Farm

Spend a day in our idyllic studio in the woods and learn how to permanently print the images of leaves onto fabric, using only the natural pigments found within each leaf. You will come away from the workshop with your very own leaf-printed scarf. Scarves measure 11 inches wide and 60 inches long. You will be able to choose a 100% silk scarf or a silk/wool blend.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided and enjoyed while our fabric bundles are "cooking."

This workshop includes:

  • all supplies necessary to eco-print a scarf

  • handout including instructions and a supply list so you can continue to practice this art at home

  • light lunch, coffee, tea

  • a fun, relaxed atmosphere to be creative and inspire each other


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Botanical Printing + Indigo Dye

Date/time: Friday, November 1 & Saturday, November 2
Location: Stitchin’ Post, Sisters, OR

Learn to create beautiful nature-inspired textiles using natural indigo dye and real leaves! In the first day of this two day workshop you will learn to create an indigo dye vat and how to manipulate fabric using Japenese shibori methods to create beautiful blue and white patterns. On the second day we will add botanical printing to the mix. You will learn to create permanent leaf prints on fabric and two ways of combining indigo dye with botanical printing. The beautiful, shimmering blues of indigo are the perfect compliment to the leaf prints.


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Herbal Salves for Healing

Date/time: Saturday, November 9, 1 - 4 pm
Location: Cedar Dell Forest Farm
Guest Instructor: Marlena Katz, NP

Take care of your skin as winter approaches! Learn to unlock the power of plants and make your own herbal healing salve - great for rashes, scrapes, burns, and skin irritation. In this hands-on workshop, Dr. Marlena will teach you the healing properties of several herbs and lead you through each step of making herbal oils and turning them into salve. You will take home a 2oz container of herbal salve that you made yourself, as well as recipes and the know-how to make more yourself at home. Herbal salves make great handmade holiday gifts!

Dr. Marlena Kurtz is a naturopath with a passion for bringing nature back into people's daily lives for health and vitality. She has spent the last 8 years diving deep into studying the human body and natural medicines including nutrition, botanical medicines, homeopathy, mind-body medicine, and manual therapies like applied kinesiology. When she works with patients, her goal is to remove obstacles to their health and to use natural medicines that work with their body's physiology to stimulate the body's natural ability to heal. Throughout her studies, she fell in love with herbs and their power to work with the body to promote healing. She finds great joy in making herbal remedies at home for friends and family.

Dr. Marlena is a licensed physician based in Gresham, OR. You can find out more about her at www.DrMarlenaKurtz.com.


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Winter Wellness - Elderberry Syrup

Date/time: Sunday, December 8, 1 - 4 pm
Location: Cedar Dell Forest Farm
Guest Instructor: Marlena Katz, NP

As the weather starts cooling down, it's time to start thinking about boosting your immune system! Join us for this wonderful class on making elderberry syrup, a tasty and effective remedy for colds and flus. You will learn all about elderberries and their antiviral properties, as well as other immune-boosting herbs. We will then combine them to make our own elderberry syrup. Everyone will take home a 4oz bottle of syrup as well as recipe guides so you can make more yourself at home. Elderberry syrup is a great way to keep yourself and your family healthy through the colder months!

Dr. Marlena Kurtz is a naturopath with a passion for bringing nature back into people's daily lives for health and vitality. She has spent the last 8 years diving deep into studying the human body and natural medicines including nutrition, botanical medicines, homeopathy, mind-body medicine, and manual therapies like applied kinesiology. When she works with patients, her goal is to remove obstacles to their health and to use natural medicines that work with their body's physiology to stimulate the body's natural ability to heal. Throughout her studies, she fell in love with herbs and their power to work with the body to promote healing. She finds great joy in making herbal remedies at home for friends and family.

Dr. Marlena is a licensed physician based in Gresham, OR. You can find out more about her at www.DrMarlenaKurtz.com.


“Casey was a really great instructor, and the setting of the Farm itself was absolutely charming [. . .] Perfect for beginners and for those who've gotten their hands dirty with prior dyeing experience, we highly recommend Casey's workshops, and look forward to our next visit.” - 2018 workshop participant

“Casey is a scientist and experienced printer and calm teacher. The class was small, informative and answered through a straight forward demo. Casey was generous answering questions and letting you love and meet her animal friends.”
- 2018 workshop participant

Are you interested in having a unique workshop created for your group of friends, coworkers, or club? 
From an hour-long art project to a full-day natural dye workshop, your program can be held at your home or meeting place, or at Cedar Dell Forest Farm. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: nature print-making, natural dyes, holiday crafting, eco printing, making herbal salves and body products, a guided nature hike, and more! Have a unique idea? I'd love to hear from you! Please contact me at casey@cedardellforestfarm.com