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Greetings everyone,     
Our unusually warm weather has us all thinking of Spring, and here in the Folk School office we’re busy contacting instructors and scheduling a mix of online and on-site classes for the upcoming seasons. This is a great time to let us know what you’re thinking and what kind of classes you’d like to take. Please do let us know if you’d like to see a favorite class offered again or if there are some on your wish list that you wish we’d offer. We also would love to hear from you about artists or instructors you think are fabulous who would be a good fit at the Folk School. Sometimes people who are very good at what they do just need a little nudge to step forward and offer to teach others.       

Now is also a good time to think about setting up a class with friends or family for a reunion in the coming months. Students have really enjoyed sharing time and learning with friends and relatives, and we can custom design a class for you!

Hope to see you soon,
Betty Firth and Lucy Soderstrom

View March class calendar online

Picture from the Coffee Cake & Coffee Date Class

March/April Classes
Intro to Rosemaling: Strokework, Linework & More, live online with Kim Garrett
  March 6 at 1:00pm 

Reducing Anxiety with Nutrition live online with Erika Barnhill
  March 18 at 6:30pm

Winter Forest Studies for Kids with Sunshine Gardner
  March 20 at 10:00am

Reducing Anxiety with Nutrition live online with Erika Barnhill
  March 24 at 12:00pm

Winter Forest Studies for Kids with Sunshine Gardner
  March 27 at 10:00am

Needle Felt a Fox, live online with Laura Berlage
  March 29 at 2:00pm – registration closes March 19

Needle Felt a Loon, live online with Laura Berlage
  April 8 at 2:00pm – registration closes March 31

Nature Writing for Women: Welcome Spring, live online with DyAnne Korda
  April 10 at 10:00am

Eating Healthy on a Budget live online with Erika Barnhill
  April 14 at 12:00pm

Eating Healthy on a Budget live online with Erika Barnhill
  April 15 at 6:30pm

Instructor Spotlight: Jaime Brennan
What is currently your favorite class to teach and why?
I love teaching classes that offer hands on time outside connecting to plants and also time in the kitchen. I love the interaction in my Herbal Facial Classes and the responses from everyone at the end of how baby soft their skin feels and how relaxed and rejuvenated they are. I enjoy the interaction with people the most.
What do you enjoy most about your craft?
Igniting the passion and interest to learn about their bodies and connecting to the plants and their abilities to help on so many levels in so many different way. 
 What is one of your hidden talents?
I am an open person and can see points from all sides. I grew up on a fruit and vegetable farm in upstate New York, and have a bachelors in Horticulture. 

Monthly Sisu
Favorite Memory at EFS
Written by social media followers “I took an online class on making pasties. My favorite part was getting to know the mining history of Ely and having it taught by our neighbor.”

“I enjoyed helping out a couple nights in 2018 for the birch bark canoe build! Fun community event.”

“Kim Garrett represents the amazing artists and teachers at Ely Folk School…..”
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Class Spotlight
Needle felt a loon, live online
Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little loon. We will mail you the materials ahead of time, then Laura will take you step-by-step through the process via Zoom. No previous experience is necessary.

During these trying times, needle felting can feel especially therapeutic, as we repeatedly stab the wool with our barbed needles while creating a cute, wooly friend in the process. Join us for this welcoming online class!

The Ely Folk School is made possible by: Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust, Lake Country Power, Minnesota State Arts Board, Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment, and Rotary International. We invite you to become a Friend of Ely Folk School through your donation. Thank you so much for helping us accomplish our mission of building community by providing learning experiences that celebrate the wilderness heritage, art, history, culture, and craft of the people of northern Minnesota.