John Crawford had his 80th birthday this year and he thinks this will probably be the last time that he’s willing to teach this workshop. He has loved teaching others the magic of making a home for the Fairies but he’s decided it’s time to close that part of his work. SO – if you have ever wanted the magical experience of learning how to make a Fairy House in the way that John does, this is your time.
A Fairy House Adventure:
The Ritual and Craft of making a home for the Fairies
Thursday, July 25 – Sunday, July 29, 2019
Fairy Woodland Studio, Newport OR
“Everyone always wants to know ‘How do you make fairy houses?’ And what they’re thinking is ‘How do you perform the craft operations of making a fairy house?’ and in truth, that’s the simplest part of it. The thing that’s the most important is the mindset with which you approach it. Because we’re not just trying to make a model – we’re trying to create a living creature, for all intents and purposes. This is going to be a Fairy House. It’s not a bird house, it’s not a miniature house; it’s a Fairy House and it’s intended for the habitation of Fairies.”
John Curtis Crawford from
Gateways to Faerie
A Fairy House Adventure: The Ritual and Craft of Making a Home for the Fairies
From backyard gardens, to wild places, lovers of art and the natural world have long fashioned miniature dwelling places for Fairies and other nature spirits. Whether whimsical or deeply metaphysical, these creations offer a home for the mythic imagination, a place for magic to emerge from the ecosystem and create a gateway to allow enchantment to pass into our lives.
In the Fairy House Adventure workshop, we will gather twigs, stones, and sand, engaging the spirit energy of each in conversation and discovering how the spirit guardians of different materials guard the gateway to home. We will bring our materials back to the studio and fashion a house, working to keep alive the life history of the twigs and stones of which it is constructed. We’ll learn John Crawford’s unique sculptural process of working in a bed of sand to mold the walls, using the twigs as a form; then we’ll form the roof from real shake shingles.
When the structure of the house is finished, we’ll call the guardian spirits of the wood and stone that have shaped it and ask them to whisper their memories to us. With their input, we’ll write a brief story, poem, or song, planting the seed of the living myth that is our Fairy House, our own Nature Spirit Home.
PLEASE NOTE: This workshops is intended for adults.We will consider enrollment of a minor 12 or older if a parent is also registered. Please contact us.
Registration for each workshop is limited to 10 participants
COST: $450 including materials
$200 deposit with registration
$250 balance due July 1, 2019
(Your completed Fairy House can be packed and shipped for an additional fee, aprox $30.)
Location: Woodland Springs, the Fairy Woodland Studio, 8 miles from Newport, OR
Hours: Aprox 10 a.m. to 5 pm each day (There may be optional evening activities)
Lodging: Local motels or camping on our land
Meals: On your own; bring bag lunch
–Recommendations and options for lodging and transportation will be emailed when you register. If traveling by air, you will fly into Portland, OR or Eugene, OR.
–You will need to bring a few hand tools; detailed list in registration materials.
–Complete registration form will be mailed to you when you register so we can learn a little about you.
*(Cancellation policy: 100% refund (minus $25 processing fee) for cancellations 45 days or more prior to workshop start date. 50% refund for cancellations 21 – 45 days in advance. No refund for cancellations less than 21 days in advance (unless we can fill your reservation.)