Rock Barra Retreat Beach Dunes and Grasses

The Waters & The Wild Workshops

Rock Barra Artist Retreat Co-op in partnership with The Island Nature Trust are presenting a series of workshops to appreciate nature through art.

“Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild.”

— W.B. Yeats

Workshop Listings

All workshops are on Sunday afternoons. Directions can be found at the bottom of this page.

July 15, 2018 (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Make Your Own Medicine Bag with Cree Grandmother Lousia Lamothe

Louisa guides us in an afternoon of sewing to make our own medicine bags to contain personal sacred objects and other things that the participant considers spiritually significant. Louise shares her knowledge about this ancient custom and helps us weave teachings and stories into every stitch. All materials provided. Cost: $40.

July 22, 2018 (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Fifty-Three Summers On The Northside with Lois Franklin Kilburn

Lois is a fly fishing professional, bird watcher and plover monitor. She will share her love of nature and keen observations recorded and photographed in journals kept for 53 years at Priest’s Pond. Bring your questions, and we can discuss the changing natural environment on our north shore. Open to all ages. Donations to Rock Barra welcome.

July 29, 2018 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Introduction to Clay Foraging & Primitive Pottery Techniques with Dylan Tierney

In this workshop for beginners we forage for local clay and make some simple pieces. Dylan instructs participants to create works that mimic patterns and forms found in nature. Open to all ages. Cost: $25.

August 5, 2018 (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Heart-Centered Plant Medicine with Emily Doyle

Join Emily for an afternoon of connecting with the plant life at Rock Barra and our hearts, and learning how we can connect the two. Cost: $25.

August 12, 2018 (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Foraging for Wild Plants with Shallöm Tarzan

This workshop is a look into the fascinating world of wild, edible and medicinal herbs, an adventure to discover the importance of the generous vegetation around us. 
Shallöm Tarzan is a naturalist, teacher of western wild herbalism and alternative living with nature, an eco-friendly artist and musician. Cost: $25.

August 19th, 2018 (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Crafting Art From Nature with Katlin Doyle

This workshop encouraged participants to get hands on with the natural beauty that surrounds us, using materials from land and sea to create art, building mobiles, dream catchers, sculptures, etc.! Cost: $25.


Take highway #16 east from St Peter’s. When you enter the district of Rock Barra watch for Big Pond road on the left. Go down Big Pond Road for a kilometer. The Road turns sharply to the left. Do not go left. Continue straight and take the second driveway on the left #211. If you are traveling from Souris take the Souris Line Road to hwy #16, turn right, travel two kilometers and watch for the Big Pond Road going down to the shore.

For questions and additional information, email or text (902) 969-0367.


The Waters & The Wild series is funded in part by the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture’s financial investment under the Community Cultural Partnership Program and in-kind support from Island Nature Trust.