Samantha Hinrichs Proprietor and empress of empowerment at Mud and Pearls. Samantha specializes in natural building, woodworking and home repair. To talk to Samantha, call her at (530) 362 8082, email her at email@example.com, or if you really want to win her heart mail her at 17451 Sumi Road, Nevada City, CA 95959. Catherine Hickey Administrative and teaching assistant . Catherine has an extensive background in education, having served for many years as a classroom teacher and in outdoor education. She is also a local organic farmer practicing bio-intensive agriculture. Rebecca Seary Director of “Dirt to Dreams” the upcoming documentary featuring the construction of a Director of photographycob cottage in 21 days! Rebecca directed the documentary as well as the photo shoot for the 2014 Mud and pearls Calendar. Rebecca is a local artist specializing in portraits, photography and film. Kalyanamaitri Algrabeli Cinematographer of “Dirt to Dreams” Kalyana has been involved with Mud and Pearls
Mud and Pearls: Build your independence!
Education: Natural Building Workshops, Tool Demystification Classes and Homesteading Skills.
Hands-On Help: Mud and Pearls for Hire: Our team of knowledgable handy men and women will work with you to help implement sustainable solutions to your everyday problems.
Mud and Pearls is a collective of artists, craftspeople, teachers, farmers and builders who love to share their homesteading, natural building and mechanical skills. We continually strive to be a hub of inspiration and dynamic change within the self-reliance and natural building movement. Mud and Pearls inspires and motivates people of all ages to create beautiful, sustainable, hand made projects. We create an atmosphere of fun, curiosity, and supportiveness where the best decision for the environment, the individual, and the community can be reached.
since it was no more than a twinkle in Samantha’s eye. Taking a Business Ignitor course together in 2010, it seemed natural they should work together. Sammy creating a business to empower women’s tool-usage, and Kalyana starting a food truck business with a serious dose of DIY auto-body repair. They have enjoyed de-mystifying tools, and smearing copious amounts of mud, together. Most recently Kalyana has been honored to shoot the footage for M&P’s three-week Cob Retreat Movie, which should be hitting a big screen near you in 2016.Rachel Betrus Co-Designer and Creator of the Wombelt. The Wombelt is a tool belt made especially for women. Rachel hand makes every Wombelt herself! She is an expert seamstress, leather worker and all-around craft goddess. Hillary Hulteen Photographer for the 2014 Mud and Pearls Calendar. Check out her work at www.cargocollective.com/soulclap Teachers Rob Pollacek
Also known as ‘Cob Rob’ or Sequoia. Rob is a pioneer in the art of cob construction, he is the proprietor of California Cob and has partnered with Mud and Pearls to teach many different workshops. We look forward to offering many more workshops with California Cob! To learn more about Rob Pollacek’s work visit his website www.californiacob.com/gallery/Michael Rasch Michael Rasch is the proprietor of Close The Loop farm in Nevada City. Michael is a master builder as well as a farmer. On his homestead he has built a greenhouse and many other structures from almost entirely reclaimed materials. He has developed many different types of composting systems and strives to ‘close the loop’ and become completely self-sustaining by using and reusing every resource produced by the land and animals. Michael has extensive knowledge from many years of farming, permaculture and animal husbandry work. He currently teaches our ‘Build Your Soil’ class and will be offering many more classes on building, homesteading and permaculture in the near future. Liz Fugman Liz is a general contractor and teaches our woodworking for women classes as well as our various home repair classes. She studied at the U.C. Berkley College of Natural Resources and knows so much about building. She is kind, generous and a great teacher. Amber Cone Amber is a Sawyer with many years of chainsawing experience. With a mind towards both safety and empowerment, she presents the chainsaw as a powerful tool for independence for women and all who desire self-sufficiency, as she instructs both the Basic and Advanced M&P’s Chainsaw classes. Marian Lee Marian is a artist specializing in mosaic tiling, furniture up-cycling and painting. She teaches non-toxic ways to make things beautiful. She sells her furniture and art in the Bay Area. After many years as a professional painter, she is happy to be focused on healthy ways to design. Lebin St.John Lebin is a master wood and metal worker. He teaches our knife sharpening class and coming soon a ‘wood working for all’ class. He makes knives, spoons, and is a Karate expert. Eric Clausen Eric is a local Blacksmith and teaches all of Mud and Pearl’s metal working classes at his studio in Camptonville. Once head of the California Blacksmith Association, Eric’s fine work is used around the country. www.clauseniron.com Jenny Bath Jenny is an expert climber and teaches our ‘fit to be tied: knot tying’ class. She teaches young women climbing, is a yoga teacher and is an outdoor adventurer. Sean Kerrigan Sean is a local Sawyer and teaches our first ever ‘Chainsaw for Men’ class. He travels overseas to teach chainsaw and climbing skills. He is also an excellent jazz guitarist. Marija Vulfs Marija was born to be on a horse and work with animals. She has been in barns and on the back of a horse for most of her life. Currently, she is passionate about all sorts of animal care and is active in the biodynamic community in Nevada City. Evelyn Soltero Evelyn Soltero settled in Nevada County, CA in 2003 with her menagerie of animals. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UC Davis, her secondary teaching credential in life science from CSU-Humboldt, and her Master of Science degree in Geosciences, with an option in Hydrology/Hydrogeology from CSU-Chico. Evelyn’s research focused on the geochemical relations between surface water and groundwater in Nevada County, CA. Passionate about groundwater and community education, Evelyn offers a well systems class, Residential Wells, several times a year. She currently owns and operates All About Wells, a business designed to support residential well systems. Horseback riding, cycling, hiking, camping, and rock hunting represent her favorite pastimes. Toby Hemenway Mud and Pearls in collaboration with the Banner Grange will be presenting renowned permaculture author, Toby Hemenway. Toby is an American author and educator who has written extensively on permaculture and ecological issues. He is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. He has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and is currently a field director at the Permaculture Institute (USA). Toby will be giving a lecture called The Joy of Drought: A Toolkit for Creating Water-wise Landscapes and Homes in Dry Times on Friday, June 27th, followed by a workshop on saturday. Toby’s workshop will use examples of permaculture in action from around North America.