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Willow Bend is a strawbale building with passive and active solar design, native landscaping, and rainwater harvesting systems. Drop and pick up our self-guided tour brochure to learn about all our sustainable features.

Adult Education Programs are led by experts in their field that donate their time and skills to make workshops and talks a meaningful and memorable experience.

Programs are typically held during the winter (Jan-March) and summer (June-August). Most workshops require early registration and have an associated cost, with a discount for Willow Bend members. Past workshops included Wildlife Tracking, Bee Keeping, Essential Oils, Salve Making and more.

Mosaic Workshop, May 28–29, 9 AM – 4 PM

Join local artist Karen Knorowski for an exciting two-day workshop on the art of mosaic. Participants will learn and practice important mosaic techniques while focusing on the “indirect method”. Completed works will be permanently displayed on the North Thorpe Road Bridge near Francis Short Pond as part of the Rainbow de Rio Mosaic Project.

All materials will be provided and are included in the cost of the workshop. All levels welcome, ages 18 and up. Two-day workshop: $140. Discounts available for Willow Bend members and if you are interested in attending both workshops

About Karen and the Rainbow de Rio Mosaic Project : Karen Knorowski is a full-time art teacher at an elementary and middle school on the Hopi reservation. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from NAU and has attended numerous classes at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Berkeley, California. Karen is currently working on the Rainbow de Rio Mosaic Project which is a celebration of the various habitats, plants, animals, and overall ecological importance of the Rio de Flag as expressed through the art of mosaic.

registerUpon completion of the 2-day workshop, participants are encouraged to join Karen at the mosaic site to help complete the project while learning the “direct method”. This will be a volunteer opportunity and will take place later in the summer; dates will be announced.

Limited spots. Signup required.

Mosaic Workshop, June 11–12, 9 AM – 4 PM

registerThe second on a series of mosaic workshops. This workshop will continue and enhance upon techniques learned at the first workshop 9information above). However, you do not need to take the May workshop to attend this workshop and learn the basics.

Limited spots. Signup required.

Medicinal Plant Workshop, July 30, 10 AM – 12 PM

registerMore information coming soon.

Limited spots. Signup required.