Meet the Teachers
Torreyanna Suttle 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!
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 is a mother, wife, homesteader, 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. When Sarah met her husband Adam, she was also introduced to ancestral
skills, meaning skills that all of our ancestors used to live on the Earth. Making fire, shelters, baskets, harvesting food, and making clothing, to name a few. Together Adam and Sarah started The Sharpening Stone Earth Skills Gathering, which is named after their 40-acre mountain homestead outside of Sunny Valley where the event is held.
The Gathering is now in its 7th year and brings primitive skills instructors from all over the country to teach 4 days of workshops. Two years ago, when her oldest son was two and a half, she started a small forest preschool program in Williams with another mother and Waldorf teacher because she saw a very real need for outdoor and nature-based education options in our community. She is blessed to be the mother of two young sons, ages two and five, and loves to take them hiking, mushroom hunting, plant harvesting, and creek dipping.