Folk Farm

Imagine a world where all children are cared for, inspired by the natural world and comfortable in their own skin.

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Folk Farm Educational Program

Due to the emerging need in our community for holistic young childhood education, especially one that encourages the inherent individuality, beauty and the irreplaceable experience of childhood in the natural world, we offer Folk Farm: an educational program for ages 2.5-6 years at Elk Run Farm, our homestead and demonstration site. 

Education in Nature

Marissa Pulaski, the lead teacher and founder of Folk Farm, believes that education is a key component in the evolution of humanity, and is most impactful through the modality of nature based learning. As we build a healthy relationship to the Earth, we innately build qualities of resilience.

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The Model

This model of education is inspired by the Waldkindergartens and Forest Schools of Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Finland, where children spend the early years of their education in entirely outdoor settings. All of Folk Farm classes are held outside, rain or shine. Encouraging an understanding of leadership, the students lead with their desires to spend time with farm animals, collect eggs, hike, harvest and cook from the gardens, sing, and create imaginative worlds for their minds to ignite. Practicing embodiment, clear speech and consistent responsibilities are pillars within this system.

Educators

Marissa Pulaski
Founder and Program Director

As a graduate of Environmental Studies and the Psychology of Health and Healing at Naropa University, Marissa is passionate about igniting the innate human-earth connection within herself and others.  She runs Folk Farm at Elk Run, encouraging play and the importance of intuition. A trained Doula, skilled herbalist, and cultural advocate, Marissa continues to evolve through practicing ritual, embodiment, and communication with the unseen. 

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Jessica Walters

Lead Educator

 

Certified as an early childhood educator with Colorado Office of Early Childhood, Jessica has been teaching children ages 1-9 for six years. She received her B.S. in Human Development from the University of California San Diego.

 

She is most passionate about social emotional development and critical thinking, which is perfectly complemented by the Forest School model at Folk Farm in our authentic relationships building, open exploration of the land, ability to recognize and follow curiosity, and the resiliency that comes with being in relationship with the earth.

Deva DeAngelis

Lead Educator

 

Deva DeAngelis is an environmental scientist and educator dedicated to the growth and nurturing of the human soul of all ages. Deepened in the ways of meditation, self-exploration, and connection to the earth, she enjoys engaging and guiding children in joy and exploration with one another and in their natural environment. She loves adventure and learning, and values presence and compassion. 

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Philana Hutchison

Assistant Educator

Philana attended Waldorf education from Kindergarten through High School, and continues to embrace the philosophies, woven with cycles and celebrations. 

She began working in childcare at age 12, with lifetime service including being a Kindergarten teacher’s helper, working as a camp counselor for the Colorado Youth Program (outdoor education program), holding the position of Handwork and Arts teacher at the Trinity Waldorf School in Idaho, and volunteering as an English teacher at Casa Xalteva in Granada, Nicaragua. 

She has studied at Front Range Community College, Sunrise Ranch, the Institute of Integrated Nutrition and the School of Ecstatic Awakening, with a consistent focus on holistic health, earth tending and creative expression. She studies   Violin and Flute, and has enjoyed bringing her love of music to the students of Elk Run Farm School.