Farm & Sing


On our farm, we tend organic apple trees and other fruits and berries; we raise lambs; we milk sheep. And we sing, and gather with friends and neighbors to reimagine and perform ancient animist agricultural folk rituals: to thank and honor our flock, the trees, the land, the sun, the earth, the clouds, the stones.

We invite you to join us in work, in song, in crafts, in foraging, in creating ritual on our beautiful farm.

2023 Offerings:

Samhain: Dance of Death

Friday November 3- Sunday November 5, 2023

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Women’s Winter Magic, Song, and Ritual Walking Group

Sundays November 26 2023-January 14 2024

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Spring Magic, Song and Ritual Group

Sunday Mornings, March-May 2024

Samhain: Dance with Death

Friday November 3- Sunday November 5
Bread and Puppet Farm, Glover Vermont

Join us for a three day workshop, ending with a ritual in the Bread and Puppet fields and forest. Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. The souls of dead kin were thought to revisit homes and loved ones at this time of year.

Through songs, dance, movement, masking, altar building, fire, and silence, we will create an outdoor community ritual together to remember the dead and thank our mother earth.
Although this workshop takes place at the Bread and Puppet Farm, it is not a Bread and Puppet show, but rather a participatory community ritual.

Details:

Schedule:

Friday noon-7 pm

Saturday 10-7 pm

Sunday: 10-8 pm.  Public ritual 4:00-7 pm.

The days will begin and end with songs.  We’ll sing songs about death and  loss, and harvest and autumn, drawing from American shape note traditions, as well as eastern European and British folk traditions.  We will also engage in experimental music and sound making, using traditional instruments and our voices as well as sticks, rocks, and pieces of metal.

We will create masks and costumes from fallen leaves, twigs, and dead flowers.  We will build altars for our dead, and together build a ritual bonfire.   We will draw on ancient northern and eastern European folk traditions , but also create our own made up traditions for remembering and honoring the dead.

Food:

We will provide a simple lunch and supper of soup and bread; we ask participants to bring potluck contributions.  Breakfast not provided.  On Sunday, we will make a giant pot of soup to share with the public.

Housing:

Housing is not included. 

Cost:

Sliding scale $200-400.  Open to barter.  No one turned away for lack of funds. The workshop is limited to 15 people, please register to hold your spot. Full payment due upon arrival.

Weather:

“Whether the weather be cold, whether the weather be hot, Whatever the weather, we’ll weather the weather, whether we like it or not!”

We will spend as much time outside as possible, so dress accordingly!

Workshop Leaders:

Peter Schumann, director of Bread and Puppet Theater.

Maria Schumann, farmer, singer and folklorist of Cate Hill Orchard.

Sophia Wright Emigh – movement and ritual artist, singing witch, and somatic ecologist of Worcester, VT

 

Women’s Winter Magic, Song, and Ritual Walking Group

When: Sunday afternoons, 3-5:30, Nov 26, December 3, 10, 17, 31,  January 7 & 14 plus evening TBA (8 sessions)

Cost:  $180-360 sliding scale

This group will dive into northern European midwinter calendrical ritual holidays and traditions, with a focus on Slavic folklore. Midwinter is a season full of ancient folkloric magical ceremonies and practices, for the harshness of the winter weather demands community, songs, fire, and ritual to ensure survival. Topics will include: Divinations, Ritual bonfires, masking and feasting. Honoring the dead. Blessing the animals, hives, and trees. The magical art of pavuki — building mobiles out of straw to absorb bad luck. The Year End Walk. The Greater Watercrossing.

Each session will begin and end with singing simple, traditional Slavic, Baltic, or English midwinter songs.

Sessions will take place at and near Cate Hill Orchard in Greensboro, a working sheep farm and organic apple orchard. We will meet outside unless it is severe weather. Walking in nature will be a part of this group, for it is through walking that we can connect with the earth, sky, trees, and wind

“The songs, the feasts, the reverence, and the spirit that infuses every gathering at Cate Hill Orchard is pure magic.  Singing to the ancient orchard, eating from the land, immersing into magic and history, and gathering with their incredible community is deeply nourishing, inspiring and fun.  Maria and Josh are incredible people and hosts and it fills my heart to know that they are singing just on the other side of the hill.” – Beana Bern
“…..deep like the soil, soul-quenching.  Moving like wind through me and us. Seeping through like snow melt.   Healing.  Deeply loving & supportive community…”
Theresa
 “I want to thank you again for the amazing experience….. Working and living on the farm gave me so much more than I could have ever hoped for or expected, and I’m so grateful to have been able to share that little window of your lives with you…”
Kaitlyn

Sheep Camp

When:  TBA

Cost: TBA

Sheep, sheep, sheep!  This camp will focus on farming, and all things sheep.
Learn to milk sheep by hand, and to make sheep cheese, yogurt, and butter. Pasture management, fencing, medicinal grazing. Working with wool: cleaning, carding, spindle spinning.

Slavic Magic, Song, and Ritual Working Group

When: Sunday mornings, 9-11, 2022
March – May

Cost: BY Donation

This working group will focus on a deep exploration of Eastern Slavic (Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine) folk magic and calendrical ritual traditions.  Topics will include:   Household Spirits.  Working with the elements.   Magic of herbs, flowers, and trees.  Ancestors and the Dead.   

Each session will begin and end with singing simple, traditional Slavic or Baltic songs. 

April and May are a busy time in the Slavic folk calendar.  The spring winds, calling the birds, bringing the animals out to pasture for the first time, honoring the dangerous and generous spirit of spring waters, remembering and honoring the dead and the ancestors— each call for moments of observation and ceremony.  

Sessions will take place on our farm.  We will meet outside unless it is severe weather, then will meet inside the airy barn.   

No magic or singing experience, or Slavic heritage, necessary, people of all spiritual paths are welcome. 

To register, please send an email to us with “Spring Magic” as a subject heading.