Humble Oak Folk School

                 Empowering the community to craft, move, and interact with fellow beings in ways that are in harmony with the reciprocal energy of life on Earth. 

What is a Folk School?

A welcoming & inclusive, handcrafted community that places, community relationships, nature connection, craft, and personal growth as the center of life learning.

Learn more by listening to our radio interview with Nan Calvert.  

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Upcoming Classes 

Handbuilding with Clay

with Jared Janovec


Saturday, June 8th, 2024

9am- 4pm 

Honey Creek Collective (map) 

Humble Oak Office/Studio Space- 3rd Floor 



Sliding Scale Class Fee (please see FAQ for details)

Supporter Level Ticket: $135


Sustainer Level Ticket: $110


Supported Level Ticket: $85



This class is focused towards learning about and experiencing foundational approaches in creating small, utilitarian, handbuilt clay/ceramic drinking vessels and bowl forms. Students will receive a variety of hands-on demonstrations during the early part of the class session, with the remainder of the session being dedicated for students to develop their own clay vessel form outcomes with guided mentorship as needed. Focus will be in the development of utilitarian, user-friendly ceramic vessel forms with personalized textural and other surface enhancement features.


This class is for Ages 16 to adult.


Class will be limited to 8 students.




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Coiled Basketry

with Linda Conroy


Sunday, June 9th, 2024

9am- 4pm 

Honey Creek Collective (map) 

Humble Oak Office/Studio Space- 3rd Floor 



Sliding Scale Class Fee (please see FAQ for details)

Supporter Level Ticket: $135


Sustainer Level Ticket: $110


Supported Level Ticket: $85



Coiled Basketry: Pine Needle and Sweet Grass


Learn to make a coiled basket using some of the sweetest-smelling plants-sweet grass and pine needles! Spend the day exploring the creative possibilities of this ancient art form as you design and complete your basket. Herbalist and wild forager Linda Conroy will guide and instruct you on how to start and sew a basket. You will learn various stitching techniques and approaches to incorporating other materials into the design of coiled baskets. This class is for students of all levels and great for those who like working with natural materials. Bring a small pair of sharp scissors, thimble, and reading glasses (if needed for close work). Additional supplies will be provided. Registrants will also leave with supplies to make another basket at home. 


This class is for Ages 16 to adult.


Class will be limited to 15 students.



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Field Botany for Herbalists & Foragers

with Linda Conroy


Sunday, July 14th, 2024

9am- 6pm 

The Woods, W2743 Friemoth Rd. East Troy, WI.

 Fire Pit Gathering Area (Outdoor Location)



Sliding Scale Class Fee (please see FAQ for details)

Supporter Level Ticket: $135


Sustainer Level Ticket: $110


Supported Level Ticket: $85




Plant Observations and Field Botany for Herbalists and Foragers


This program is intended to increase the skills and confidence of herbal enthusiasts, herbalists and foragers.  Learning and practicing field botany is fun and one of the most important skills for any forager. Through playful and engaging observation exercises, as well as practices with plant keys, you will leave this program feeling confident and excited about engaging with the plant world. Bring your favorite ID books and a hand lens (if you do not have one, there will be some for you to use and/or purchase). 


This class is for Ages 16 to adult.


Class will be limited to 15 students.




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Learning from the Land in Early Fall

with Nicholas WazeeGale


Saturday, September 28th,  2024

9am- 4pm 

The Woods, W2743 Friemoth Rd. East Troy, WI.

 Fire Pit Gathering Area (Outdoor Location)



Sliding Scale Class Fee (please see FAQ for details)

Supporter Level Ticket: $135


Sustainer Level Ticket: $110


Supported Level Ticket: $85


In this explorative and experiential program we will delve into a more up close and personal relationship with Nature and perceiving more deeply the workings of our local wilds. Through using a fuller range of our senses, looking in the right places for the tracks and signs animals leave us, and gaining a greater knowledge base of our wild neighbors and their habits, we will begin to see into the overlooked workings of our ecosystem. Whether examining a nibbled-upon plant, a fresh set of animal prints, a nest in a fencerow, or the details of an unfamiliar plant in the understory, we can begin to learn so much more about our animal and plant neighbors by observing things thoroughly, using background knowledge, and applying some basic problem solving techniques. Practicing and integrating these tools into our time outdoors will open up a dynamic and intriguing world and also offer us a healthy and harmonious way to connect more deeply with Nature. These methods can even offer personal lessons and help us become more beneficial and aware stewards of our local wild communities


This class is for Ages 12 to adult.


Class will be limited to 12 students.




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Beginner Wood Carving: Wall Hook Project 

with Stephen Adam & Adam Barbeau


Saturday, November 4th, 2023 Postponed until Yurt work is complete :)

9am- 12pm

Honey Creek Collective (map) 

Humble Oak Office/Studio Space- 3rd Floor 



Sliding Scale Class Fee (please see FAQ for details)

Supporter Level Ticket: $80


Sustainer Level Ticket: $60


Supported Level Ticket: $40


Hone your wood carving knowledge with this introductory class that is designed to help you gain the knowledge and practice to carve with confidence. Students will be introduced to basic axe techniques, knife strokes, wood choice, and safety practices. 


The project for this class will be to create a decorative wall hook from a tree branch.  The branch blanks will be provided by the instructors. 


With the support of two instructors each student will be sure to have plenty of opportunity for direct guidance.


Students are to bring the following required tools:


Class will be limited to 12 students.


*Students must be 18 yrs. to participate. This is a beginner class so no previous carving experience is necessary, however participants should feel comfortable handling a knife.


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Past Classes 

Farm to Yarn Immersive Class, with Rachel Catlett from Brown Dog Farm & Ellie Barbeau


Saturday, April 27th, 2024

9am- 4pm

Brown Dog Farm, Elkhorn, WI (map)  & Honey Creek Collective (map) 

Humble Oak Office/Studio Space- 3rd Floor 


SOLD OUT



Materials Fee: $20 (to be paid directly to the instructor during class), this kit provided by the instructors will include a handmade top whorl spindle and 4 ounces of milled wool roving from the sheep at Brown Dog Farm.


Immerse yourself in a full day of wooly goodness and the wonderful world of farm and fiber! Spend the morning at a sheep farm meeting new lambs, learning about wool and how the regenerative farm operates. Then in the afternoon, learn how to spin your own handmade yarn from the sheep you met that morning!


We will start the day at Brown Dog Farm, in Sugar Creek Wisconsin, and meet some Icelandic and Shetland sheep and their new lambs!! Farmer, Rachel, will explain the difference between sheep and goats and the different aspects of their fleece.

See up close examples of wool on the hoof, shorn fleeces, skirting, cleaning, scouring and prepping for mill carding or hand carding,  and spinning. Learn how a regenerative farm raises sheep on rotationally grazed pastures and learn a bit about raising grass fed healthy foraging sheep.


In the afternoon, we will gather at the Honey Creek Collective to learn how to spin yarn and continue learning about how to prepare raw wool for spinning– washing, carding, storage, etc. Participants will become familiar with the amazing variety of fibers that can be spun and the work, time and care needed to go from animal to finished garment or product. 


This class will also be a great introduction to cover the basics of drop spinning. If you can whirl a top, you can spin your own yarn using a drop spindle! A very traditional and ancient craft, this spinning technique has been around for a LONG time – some of the earliest man-made artifacts are spindle whorls- made from wood, bone, and stone! A drop spindle is a versatile and portable spinning tool that with a little patience and a flick of the wrist can create exquisitely unique, handmade yarn. Using prepared wool roving and a top whorl spindle, we’ll work on putting the spindle in motion, drafting the fiber, and putting twist into the fiber.


The class will include lots of hands-on learning. Various different types of spinning wheels and wool processing equipment such as hand carders, pickers, blending boards, and drum carders will be available for students to try and become familiar with.


Instructions: Please bring a bag lunch. You are welcome to bring water and snacks for your comfort as well as a pencil and notebook if you so choose for taking notes.


This class will be limited to 15 students

Ages 14 and up.



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Conversation with Beekeeper

 Dan O'Leary


Saturday, April 13, 2024

1pm- 3:30pm 

Honey Creek Collective (map) 2nd Floor Gathering Space


In this conversation style workshop we will learn from each other collaboratively in dialogue with Dan O’Leary. Dan has been keeping bees in Walworth Co. for over 25 years and has a wealth of experience. Be ready to ask your questions about beginning beekeeping. This workshop will be discussion based and participants can actively be involved with getting their questions asked and answered. 


This class is for Ages 12 and up.



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Introduction to Needle Felting

with Jodie Janovec


Saturday, March 23rd, 2024 

1pm- 4pm 

Honey Creek Collective (map) 

Humble Oak Office/Studio Space- 3rd Floor 


This class is a good continuation to the Introduction to Wet Felting class. We will use the same felt made at the Introduction to Wet Felting class, however, if you were not in that class, not a problem, as a piece of handmade felt will be provided. This Introduction to Needle Felting class will focus on embellishing flat felt surfaces via the needle-felting process and cover how to make small wet felted beads. We will learn about the different supplies needed and the various types of fibers that can be used to essentially draw and paint through the needle-felting process onto prepared pieces of felt fiber. The class time will include time to try and further experiment with the various needle-felting techniques and make beads. 

 

The course will end with participants having finished bookmarks, felt coasters and/or felted beads which can be made into earrings, used as buttons or as adornments to take with them.


Materials fee: $10 (to be paid directly to the instructor during class)- Includes several felting needles and the wool you will be working with during the class. We have felting mats that can be used during the class and some available to purchase if you wish.


This class is for Ages 12 and up.

Broom Making

with Ellie Barbeau


Saturday, March 16th, 2024

9am- 12pm 

Honey Creek Collective (map) 

Humble Oak Office/Studio Space- 3rd Floor 


This hands on class will explore the whimsical and mysterious craft, traditions, and history of Broom Making. Students will learn how to craft two different styles of broom: a Turkey Wing, (a traditional Appalachian style of hand broom) and the students choice of a pot scrubber or cake testing broom.


Students will learn the process of how to tie a broom, assemble the broom and plait a beautiful woven handle with a leather hanger using broom corn stems and reed. Students will leave class with their very own handmade brooms to sweep away dirt and dust from the home, release energy that no longer serves you or to just hang it proudly in your home as a work of art. Broom Making is a wonderful craft that allows you to experience natural materials to explore your creativity and  create practical and useful tools.

Students will create two brooms to take home with them in class.

Overall steady and stable upper body strength is needed for broom making.


Beginners class- Ages 12 and up


Materials Fee: $15 (to be paid directly to the instructor during class), this kit provided by the instructor will enough broom corn to make two brooms, leather strap for broom hanger, nylon twine, and reed.


Class will be limited to 12 students.



Introduction to Wet Felting

with Jodie Janovec


Saturday, March 2nd, 2024

1pm- 4pm 

Honey Creek Collective (map) 

Humble Oak Office/Studio Space- 3rd Floor 


Learn the basics of Wet Felting. An ancient traditional practice. We will lay out the wool batting in alternative layers. Along the way we will discuss the principles of how the fiber is laid out and how these methods directly dictate the final piece of felt and ensure it’s technically sound and strong. The beauty of felt comes naturally. I have never found the need to work at making something with wool beautiful. It naturally is. 

We then wet and rub the work until it is ready for the next steps of “felting” and “fulling”.

You will have a nice size piece of wool felt when finished. This felt can then be constructed into any number of utilitarian or decorative final pieces such as bookmarks, coasters, patches, and more. 

Felting requires some hand strength to be successful. 


Beginners class- Ages 12 and up


Materials fee: $18 (to be paid directly to the instructor during class)- includes bamboo mat and netting to take home, and wool and soap for project and use of all materials to make your felt

Please bring a bath towel and several hand towels



Class will be limited to 9 students.



Compassionate Communication

with Linda Conroy


Saturday, February 24th, 2024

9am- 4pm 

Honey Creek Collective (map) 

2nd Floor Gathering Space



Communication Tools for Transforming Relationships 


Communication begins with the relationship we have with ourselves and reverberates to those around us. In this workshop we will begin by centering in our relationship to ourselves. As the day unfolds, we will participate in engaging activities that open our hearts and minds to engaging ways to interact with ourselves, friends, families and communities.


This class is for Ages 18 and up.


Class will be limited to 15 students.





Seed Saving, with Holly Morgan


Sunday, February 18th, 2024

1pm- 4pm

Honey Creek Collective (map) 

Humble Oak Office/Studio Space- 3rd Floor 


Join Holly Morgan, an experienced gardener and nature observer, as she discusses the art and importance of seed saving. This course will explore the historical connections that seed saving has to building relationship with the land, the basics of choosing plants from which to save, and ways to prepare and store saved seeds. There will be an opportunity for hands on seed preparation and to take home saved seeds of your own.


This class is for Ages 16 and up.


Materials Fee: $5 (to be paid directly to the instructor during class)

*Students may bring a notebook and a writing instrument should they wish to take notes.



Introduction to Wild, Edible Mushrooms Foraging, with Jared Janovec

Saturday, February 10th, 2024

3pm-4:30pm

Honey Creek Collective (map) 2nd Floor Gathering Space


This class serves as an introduction to amateur wild mushrooms foraging, with particular focus on some of the wild, edible mushrooms of the Southeast, WI, region in the Upper Mid

west of the United States. There are a number of delicious, relatively easy to identify - and some being relatively easy to find - wild, edible mushrooms that grow in our Southeast Wisconsin region. Through this course, participants will learn about a variety of wild, edible mushrooms that are common to the region, how to identify and differentiate them from non-edible species, the types of habitats where certain species grow, and also ways in which to prepare them for eating and for long-term storage.


This class is for Ages 16 and up.


*Students may wish to bring a notebook, journal or small sketchbook, and a pen or pencil



Introduction to Spinning Yarn, with Ellie Barbeau


Saturday, November 18th, 2023

9am- 12pm

Honey Creek Collective (map) 

Humble Oak Office/Studio Space- 3rd Floor 


If you can whirl a top, you can spin your own yarn using a drop spindle! A very traditional and ancient craft, this spinning technique has been around for a LONG time – some of the earliest man-made artifacts are spindle whorls- made from wood, bone, and stone! A drop spindle is a versatile and portable spinning tool that with a little patience and a flick of the wrist can create exquisitely unique, handmade yarn.


This class will cover the basics of drop spinning. Using prepared wool roving and a top whorl spindle, we’ll work on putting the spindle in motion, drafting the fiber, putting twist into the fiber, and winding the fiber, and plying. We will touch on the basics of how to prepare raw wool for spinning– washing, carding, storage, etc. You will become familiar with the amazing variety of fibers that can be used and the work, time and care needed to go from sheep to finished garment or product.


Two different types of spinning wheels will  also be available for students to try and become familiar with.


Class will be limited to 12 students.



Paradigms of Plant Medicine: The Past, Present, and Future of Herbalism,with Brandon LaGreca


Saturday, October 21st, 2023

9am- 11am

Honey Creek Collective (map) 2nd Floor Gathering Space


This presentation explores the fascinating world of herbal medicine and its three different paradigms: conventional allopathic, traditional, and shamanic. You’ll learn about the reductionist, holistic, and animistic philosophies behind each of these paradigms and discover how they shape the way herbalism is practiced.

Real-world examples offer a deeper understanding of how each system works. See how conventional medicine relies on clinical trials, traditional medicine focuses on observation and anecdotal evidence, and shamanic medicine favors dreaming and journeying. 

Whether someone is a seasoned herbalist or simply interested in exploring the basics of plant medicine, this enriching presentation will expand everyone’s knowledge of the diverse approaches to healing.


Learn to Knit:Autumn Pumpkin, with Ellie Barbeau


Saturday, October 14th, 2023

9am-12pm

Honey Creek Collective (map)

Humble Oak Office/Studio Space- 3rd Floor 


Materials: this kit provided by the instructor will include a full skein of yarn, US 11 circular knitting needles, cinnamon stick, stuffing, stitch, tapestry needle, markers, and printed project pattern. 


Fall is the perfect time to knit! What better project to stitch up this Fall than a cozy, little pumpkin? 

All levels are welcome in this fun and festive beginner friendly class.


Students will be introduced to the basics of knitting. We will start by learning how to cast-on a project, then move on to mastering the two most basic stitches in knitting; the knit stitch and the purl stitch. Students will learn how to work "in the round" using circular needles to create their pumpkin. We will complete our pumpkins by stuffing and shaping the pumpkins and topping them off by gluing on a cinnamon or cedar stick stem.

With a little patience and willingness to learn, you'll be knitting your own pumpkin patch in no time!

The Folk School


The Humble Oak Folk School 

Honey Creek Collective

-2nd floor Gathering Space 

-Humble Oak Office/Studio Space- 3rd Floor 

8030 Townline Rd.

East Troy, WI 53120


The Humble Oak Folk School 

The Woods

- Fire Pit Gathering Area (Outdoor Location)

-Homestead (Yurt)

W2743 Friemoth Rd.

East Troy, WI 53120

Humble Oak Folk School is a member of the Folk Education Association of America


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