Meet the Teachers

Torreyanna Suttle

Co-founder, lead teacher
 

Torreyanna brings with her a lifetime of outdoor education, over a decade of experience in early-childhood education and an enduring love for the young child. Her father was a mountaineer, her mother an avid gardener; learning to scale heights to heaven and to nurture seeds to fruition informs her teaching style. Her childhood gave her a deep reverence for our earth, as a magical home to be cared for with kindness and respect. She continues to find council in the wilderness, and feels most at home by the river or the seashore! 

 

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Maui was the perfect place to deepen these connections, where she earned her Waldorf teaching certificate, taught in a preschool and kindergarten and led the early childhood aftercare program. Waldorf education honors the 'head, hands and heart' and includes an emphasis on connecting with the elements, teaching through song and story, proper nutrition, daily rhythms, and mindful media consumption. After returning to California, she was hired as a lead teacher in creating the Santa Cruz Forest School program, where she worked devotedly for three years. Previously, she earned her BA from University of California Santa Cruz in dance and anthropology while working in the Santa Cruz Waldorf School.

 

Torreyanna maintains a private practice as a Hakomi counselor and body worker and is also trained as a vision fast guide and Wilderness First Responder. Some of her favorite memories are child-centric outings to caves or waterfalls where songs are shared, questions explored, and exhilaration embodied. She teaches through her felt-sense of trust in the seasons and cycles of life, her love for our planet, and is grateful to work in service of the child.

Sarah Larue

Co-founder, lead teacher 

Sarah is a mother, wife, naturalist, craftswoman, and student of traditional life ways.  She is deeply committed to connecting children with nature. Her work is inspired by the idea of "slow childhood," or preserving the simplicity and wonder of the early childhood years. Sarah graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland with a BA in Environmental Studies and a focus on ecosystem restoration and conservation.  

After graduating, Sarah continued working with children both as a nanny and a farm educator at a nonprofit called Zenger Farm, teaching kindergarten students about gardening, beekeeping, animal care and wetland ecosystems.  The next year Sarah moved to Southern Oregon to take a farm internship at Seven Seeds Farm in Williams, where she fell in love with the Southern Oregon landscape.  In the years that followed she began studying ancestral skills, or skills that all of our ancestors used to live on the Earth.

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Making fire, shelters, baskets, harvesting food, and making clothing, to name a few.  Together Adam and Sarah started The Sharpening Stone Earth Skills Gathering, now in its 8th year, which is named after their 40-acre mountain homestead outside of Sunny Valley where the event is held. 

 

Sarah is a student in the Kamana Naturalist Training Program from Wilderness Awareness School.  Bringing her passion for earth connection to early childhood education, she has been teaching forest school for the past 5 years. Sarah especially loves to cultivate students' understanding of bird language and ability to listen using all of our senses.