Instructors

Carson Gross

Carson Gross Carson is a wild-food enthusiast and educator. His fascination with fungi began in Western Pennsylvania, when a friend showed him a bright orange chicken-of-the-woods mushroom. He was immediately hooked and set out to learn everything he could about foraging for mushrooms, an obsession that continues to today. Carson joined the Western PA Mushroom…

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Cassie Carroll

Cassie Carroll My weaving journey started four years ago when I learned that knitting wasn’t exactly my thing. I discovered the beautiful woven tapestries of Maryanne Moodie and was excited to give weaving a try. I immediately bought a small loom and began experimenting with different yarns and weaving techniques. I was hooked  immediately. I’ve…

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Catherine Solheim

Catherine Solheim Catherine and her twin girls lived in Norway for 11 years, where she learned how to make Kransekake from her neighbor, who is an expert in all old Norwegian Home Arts.  She is the Founder of The Catherine Cos. where she works as both a Professional Home Organizer and translates Norwegian. She also…

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Cathy Olyphant

Cathy Olyphant Cathy Olyphant is a lifelong nature and bird enthusiast. She thanks her bird banding mother for exposing her at an early age to the wonder of the avian world. For the past 12 years Cathy’s been on the board of the St. Croix Valley Bird Club and coordinated all the programming. Additionally, she…

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Cathy Wegener

Cathy Wegener Cathy Wegener has had dirt under her fingernails for 30 years. Most summer days you can find her in the garden moving things around with a smile on her face. Cathy was a teacher for many years before the pull of the garden was just too much, and she focuses her time now…

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Chet Kiekhafer

Connie Helke Chet started to build custom fishing rods when he retired, working to design and build a better fishing tool. His passion developed into his new business, Crow River Custom Rods, where he creates one-of-a-kind fishing rods for his clients, using some of the best rod blanks and components available.  He has received several…

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Chiaki O’Brien

Chiaki O’Brien Chiaki O’Brien is a SAORI Leaders Committee Certificate recipient. She began SAORI Weaving in 1996 in Japan. She worked as an instructor for the SAORI head office/school in Japan before moving to Minnesota in 2004. She’s been teaching a variety of ages and abilities at schools (including special education classes), at facilities for…

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Chris Brandt

Chris Brandt Chris is a Certified ANFT Nature and Forest Therapy Guide as well as a professional RN.  She brings decades of experience in health and wellbeing.  Chris loves to share her curiosity and joy of being in nature with others, helping participants discover their own health and wellbeing.

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Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman Chris Coleman and local Slovenia guides Sosa, Tina and Ervin met through Rick Steves’ European Tours, . When she’s not traveling, Chris lives in Scandia, MN, while Sosa, Tina and Ervin all live in Slovenia. Chris is also a well-known local yoga teacher, working from her own studio and other venues such as…

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Chris Coleman and Patrick Vidal

Chris Coleman and Patrick Vidal Chris Coleman and Patrick Vidal met each other through Rick Steves’ European Tours, where Patrick was Chris’s mentor as she began guiding in France over 20 years ago. When she’s not traveling, Chris lives in Scandia, MN, while Patrick lives in France. Chris is also a well-known local yoga teacher,…

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