What do you want to learn?


Crowley Folk School offers instruction on traditional and modern crafts.

Jasper Crowley donated the land home to Crowley Folk School in 1972. The land was settled by John Crowley, an Old Miakka pioneer, in the late 1800’s. Jasper was a teacher at the Old Miakka one room schoolhouse from 1931 to 1944. He then became the Sarasota county instructor for Future Farmers of America, FFA. He brought students to this land to teach them practical skills for living.

In continuing the mission, tradition, and intention of Jasper Crowley, we are a school offering a wide range of practical skills.  Here, you can learn the basic skills that never lose their usefulness. Our teachers are members of the community and our classes are based on community desire, need, and participation. Come and learn useful skills surrounded by Florida’s beautiful natural wilderness.


February 2016 Course Offerings:

Saturday, February 27, 2016

10-12 noon   Small scale Bio char production and Composting Combination Workshop. Learn how to make and use these different kinds of soil amendments. Bio-char is pure crystalline carbon created by burning wood chips or other woody material in a special, low oxygen environment. This form of carbon is highly stable and will stay within the soil for over 1000 years, helping to mitigate carbon levels in the atmosphere long term.  Bring a water bottle and pen and notebook.  Instructor: Nick Keebler. $20/person.

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Firestarting. Learn seven different ways to start fires without matches!  Ages 8 thru adult (children under 15 accompanied by parent.) Location: Tatum House (if rain, the Learning Center).  Instructor: Riley Wimans $30/person.

March 2016 Course Offerings:

Saturday, March 5, 2016

12- 2 p.m. Inner Vision Walk. Like a miniature vision quest, an inner vision walk can be a powerful tool for personal insight, gaining clarity, making decisions and more. We’ll do an inner vision walk in class and you’ll then be able to do them on your own. Bring a pen, notebook, bottle of water. Dress appropriately for weather. Gentle walking involved. Instructor: Anne Cederberg, Interpretive Naturalist. $20/person.  Location: Meet at Welcome Center. Please register by February 24th.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

10:00-11:30 a.m.   Archery. Learn the basics and move from beginning to intermediate skills in the sport of archery during this class. All equipment (long and recurve bows, arrows) are supplied. Instructor is Riley Wimans, a lifelong archer and professional instructor. $35/person.  Ages 8 through adult; children under 15 accompanied by parent. Location: near Tatum House. Please register by March 3rd.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Easy as Pie! Who doesn’t like pie? Hands on pie- making experience with food historian and pie maker.   Learn to make crust and prepare filling, then pop your creation in the oven at Crowley and enjoy! You will take home a pie that you create! Instructor: Rena Goff.  Cost: $25, includes supplies.  Location: Learning Center. Please register by March 8th.

2 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Seeing Nature Through New Eyes. There have been lots of exciting discoveries of how the natural world works in the last few years. Join us for a gentle nature walk and sharing of recent discoveries in tree science, bird language, quantum physics, earthing and eco-psychology, blended with traditional and indigenous understandings. Shake up your previous understandings and be awed by what we now know. Dress appropriately for the weather. Bring a water bottle. Instructor: Anne Cederberg. Cost $15. Please register by March 10th.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

10 a.m.— 12:00   Nature and Mindfulness: Photography as Meditation. Use your camera as a meditation tool! Slow down, become more present, explore nature, and have fun. You need not be a “good” photographer. This class is not so much about photography as it is learning to “be” and to “see”. Several methods will be taught. Bring a camera of some sort, (smart phone is fine) with plenty of memory available. Also bring a pen, notebook and bottle of water. Dress appropriately for the weather. Some gentle walking included. Instructor: Anne Cederberg. $20/person. Location: Meet at Welcome Center. Please register by March 10th.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m   Sacred Inner & Outer Ecology 3HR Retreat.  In these three hours together we will explore our inner and outer ecology. Through walking meditation, breathing practice, medicine songs, sitting, and creating sacred altars, the focus of this retreat is to discover the beauty within and without. Exploring the sacred manuscript of ourselves and the environment we live in, healing the planet’s ecosystems and ourselves. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring a bottle of water. Instructors: Jessica Bromby and Chris Akbar Miller. Cost: $30. Please register by March 8th.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

12-2 p.m.  Come to Your Senses! There are levels of awareness far beyond the five senses we learned about as children! Learn the latest science about our senses and apply new techniques to re-discover our connection to nature. Heighten your ability to tune into the natural world around you and enjoy the sights, the sounds, and other senses of connection to birds, trees, the earth itself—all aspects of your life. Please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle.  Instructor: Anne Cederberg. Cost $20. Please register by March 17th.

3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Elements of Photography. This is a very special opportunity to learn from a master photographer, fluent in many formats and styles. Use your camera as a tool for learning to see and enjoy the beauty of life all around you and capture memories of things and times that are passing. We will utilize the special Crowley elements of historic buildings, farm animals, wildlife, and natural areas. Bring your camera, notebook and pen. Dress for the weather. Instructor: Gary Bartoloni, Photographer. Cost: $35. Please register by March 17th.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

10-11:30 a.m.   Spring Wild Edible Plants. What’s to eat in the woods this time of year? Learn to identify, harvest and prepare local wild edibles. Please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. Instructor: Larry Roberts.  Cost: $15.  Please register by March 17th.

2:30-5:30 p.m.   How to Turn Your Hobby into Money.  Your skills and talents are meant to be shared and enjoyed by others.  Learn from a master micro-business teacher how to offer them.  In return, get money to reinvest, spend, give, or save.  You will be applying what you learn directly to your own specific needs during this class. Please bring:  Pens, calculator, plenty of note paper, hobby item(s) or pics, or samples (hobbies do not have to be tangible), any current promotional items (business cards, fliers, brochures, website, etc). Instructor: Michelle Matro, Business Consultant. $55 per student (w/huge return on investment).  Adult class. Learning Center. Please register by March 13th.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

10 a.m.-12 noon   Indian Medicine Bag. Make your own Indian medicine bag and learn the traditions. Materials (leather, beads) are provided and included in the class price. Instructor: Riley Wimens. Cost: $30. Location: In the library at the Museum. Please register by March 23rd.

10-11:15 a.m Yoga.  This traditional yoga class involves Pranayama (breathing), specific Asanas (yoga postures), Meditation and Relaxation. The asanas are designed to promote a state of mental and physical well-being, balance and rejuvenation.  After the initial relaxation and breathing exercise, we will warm up with a series of sun salutations followed by various standing and balancing postures and more! This is multi-level class, so everyone is able to practice to their individual level and ability.  Participants should bring a blanket upon which to do the yoga and bring water. Instructor: Sudi Van Dien.  Cost:  $15. Adult class. Location: Learning Center. Please register by March 22nd .

We apologize for any inconvenience while our website is under construction.  For further information on all Crowley Folk School classes, please contact Anne Cederberg at acederberg@crowleyfl.org, or call (941) 322-1000.