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The Artful Homestead: Digging into Daily Ritual

May 28th
Nici Holt Cline
 (dig this chick)

Imagine writing, snuggling with goats, making jam, swimming in a secret garden pool, foraging for beautiful things, photographing, digging in the garden, preparing and eating fantastic food, storytelling around the campfire and other wondrous things that will fuel our creative souls.

That’s what we have planned on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend at Windrush Farm, and we want you to join us!


A fourth generation Montanan raising a fifth, Nici is a writer, photographer, maker and doer. She likes good storytelling about easily-overlooked, relatable stuff. She believes perspective shapes reality, kid wisdom is magic, digging dirt is religious and jumping in cold creeks is the secret to contentment. Her creative work is multi-faceted. She writes: an essayist at and crafty contributor at And, she makes: running a handmade business – – with international reach from the basement of her home. Nici authors an award-winning blog – – where she chronicles adventures with her children, craft, food, place and experience.

The Artful Homestead is an intimate gathering and space is limited. Sign up now. 


what to expect:
This is for people who want to explore, grow and create. The whole thing takes place on Windrush Farm, a real working farm located in Chileno Valley, CA. Participants will get dirt under their fingernails and forget about unanswered emails. Special bonus: no cell service! You can expect a comfortable yet rustic experience grounded in nature, community and expression.

Together with lifestyle photographer and best friend of twenty years, Paige Green, as well as other regional artisans, Nici will lead participants on adventures in writing, nature exploration, art-making, photography, cooking, gardening and movement. Our day will have a good balance of light, leisurely flow and focused activity — time to relax and explore at your own pace balanced with time to interact, engage and accomplish. The evening will take root in a healthy, shared meal followed by fireside storytelling and swims in the secret garden pool.


Pretty much all food will be locally sourced: veggies, cheese, bread. Meat will come straight from Windrush Farm. We will feed you so well.

where: Windrush Farm | 2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma CA 94952
Located in the green hills of Chileno Valley, Windrush Farm was founded in 1995 by Mimi Luebbermann, with an intention of living simply, farming fiber, and functioning as a quiet space for Luebbermann’s longstanding writing career. Windrush Farm has since evolved into an educational facility educating and entertaining Bay Area children and adults about farm life, wool, and the real world of animals, grass and sunshine.

what to bring: bring your cameras, your favorite writing utensils, your coziest clothes (layers are a necessity and comfort is a top priority), shoes you don’t mind getting dirty, sunscreen, and a bathing suit for the secret garden pool. Phones are welcome, but won’t work, so we are embracing the opportunity to fully unplug for a social media free weekend and hope you will too.

*each participant gets hand written recipe cards of Nici’s food, a journal, pen and colored pencils

when: May 28th 2016

if it rains: if it happens to rain a little then we’ll put on rain boots, bring out our umbrellas and play in the rain. If El Nino hits then we’ll reschedule the workshop and if you can’t make the new date, we’ll happily refund your workshop fee.

how to register:

how to cancel: those wishing to cancel will have their tuition returned in full as long as we receive notice of cancellation two weeks before the workshop begins – after that date and time, we regret that we will be unable to return tuition to those canceling.