Soap Making

Handmade soaps make terrific gifts (even to yourself!) and natural soaps are kinder to your body. Incorporate the scents and textures you want in your own personalized soaps.

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Lower Keith House

This charming studio is located in our historic Keith House. Completed in 1930, Keith House continues to be the center of our campus today with administrative offices, dormitories, and our Community Room where you can find dancing, concerts, or demonstrations most evenings. “Lower Keith,” as folks call it, originally served as the school’s dining hall. Today, the studio hosts our nature studies, soap making, and polymer clay classes. In addition to ample workspace, it contains a full usable kitchen and a partial greenhouse.

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Resident Artist in Gardening & Homesteading, Nature Studies, Soap Making, Storytelling

Karen Hurtubise

Karen and her husband have a small farm and grow diverse crops including native plants, berries, tomatoes, mushrooms, turmeric, and ginger. They began a large organic vegetable, flower, and herb garden over 30 years ago in Hayesville, NC, and won a Southeast Regional Rodale Organic Gardening Garden-of-the-Year contest. Karen is a passionate advocate of healthy agriculture, local food, and forest farming. She has been teaching at the Folk School since 1994.

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Cooking, Gardening & Homesteading, Nature Studies, Soap Making, Storytelling Coordinator

Susannah Thompson

Susannah found the Folk School while looking for contra dance in western NC. Shortly after moving to the area, she earned her striped tights and wooden clogs as a member of Dame’s Rocket, one of the Brasstown Morris Dance teams. She has also been a teacher for over 20 years.

In forests and on camera, in school libraries, and in the kitchen, she enjoys creating new adventures for students of all ages. She started teaching at the Folk School in 2017 and is best known for her British Baking class. When she’s not in the cooking studio or on the dance floor, you can find her searching for salamanders, paddling local lakes, or assisting with wildlife monitoring projects.

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