BYO Lunch. While our new Director of Stewardship, Andrew Kirkpatrick, may still be learning the ins and outs of the trails in Willistown, there is one pretty major trail he has already conquered: the Appalachian Trail! Please join us to learn about Andrew’s adventures on the AT and some important lessons learned along the way. Please bring your own lunch and come prepared to share your own trails tales.
BYO Lunch. Join the staff of Rushton Farm for an in-depth talk about the planning and planting process at Rushton Farm. Fred De Long, Director of the Community Farm Program at the Trust, will talk about seed selection, crop rotation and planning, and how agroecology informs the layout and structure of Rushton Farm. We will walk across the fields to the greenhouse to see this year’s newly planted seeds, so please bring your own lunch and dress for the weather.
Did you know that the Willistown Conservation Trust has three preserves that are open to the public year round? This year we’ll be opening a fourth! If you would like to know more about these gems of Willistown, join us on our new monthly walk series where we will take in depth look at the beauty, history, and future of these community resources! In February, we’ll be on the hunt of the first signs of spring, then as the year warms up, we’ll learn about the ecosystems that support pollinators throughout the summer, and wind up the year looking at how the topography of the landscape impacts the plant communities, habitat, and microclimate at our preserves.
“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.” – Paul Theroux
Join us for an extended day of yoga and meditation at the Rushton Conservation Center. Kristin Page and Rachael Hunter, renowned Yoga Instructors and dear friends of Willistown Conservation Trust, will lead us through morning and afternoon yoga practices, balanced by a chilly and mindful walk in the Rushton Woods Preserve and a farm-to-table lunch with treats and teas.
This retreat is suitable for all levels.
• Please wear comfortable clothes for practice
• Bring a yoga mat, any props (blocks or straps) you like to use, and a blanket
• Bring a water bottle (filtered well water available)
• Our walking meditation will be rain or shine, so please pack accordingly
KRISTIN PAGE | Kristin brings years of teaching yoga and meditation to students and teachers. She is an experienced International Retreat leader and loves the magic of travel and discovery, through the lens of yoga and meditation. For more on Kristin, please visit: kristinpageyoga.com
RACHAEL HUNTER | Rachael has been teaching yoga in the Philadelphia area for close to 10 years. Combining her passion for exploring magical lands with a deep love of yoga, she has been leading international retreats with Kristin since 2016. To learn more about Rachael visit: rachaelhunteryoga.com
Sustainable Cooking in the Off-Season: What to Cook While the Rushton Farm Fields Are Dormant
Come sharpen your culinary skills while we wait for the spring thaw, with a series of classes that focus on basic techniques. Classes, which are all BYOB, will explore basic knife skills (January 16, $85), preparing stocks and soups (February 12, $75), using different cooking methods, including braising, pan searing, roasting and steaming (March 5, $75), and creating classic sauces (March 18, $75).
March 18 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm, $75
A sauce is described by Larousse as a “liquid covering for food.” Mastering some of the basic “mother” sauces gives you building blocks to add layers of flavor to any meal. Learn how to make a classic Roux, a basic Bechamel, Hollandaise, Mushroom Thyme Gravy & a Red Wine Mustard Pan Sauce. Please note: final menu subject to change.