These workshops were offered at Holler Fest 2019

Would you like to lead a workshop at Holler Fest 2020? Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

workshops massage



Hand Massage

With Faye Ogasawara
Saturday: 1-6 PM 


With Lainey Frydrych
Saturday: 2-6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM-2 PM
(Second Massage Tent - check at Info for location)

workshops kripalu

• Dorothyann Coyne 
• Saturday and Sunday, 7:45-8:15 AM
• Cabin

Meditation in the Cabin

Start your day meditating in the peaceful stone cabin. Longtime area meditation teacher, Dorothyann Coyne, will offer basic instruction and guidance. Open to all levels of experience. 

Chairs and some cushions and meditation benches available.

workshops kripalu

• Lisa Gottlieb 
• Saturday, 8:30-9:30 AM 
• Hill Tent

Kripalu Yoga

Lisa Gottlieb is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher, and a Nonviolent Communication coach and instructor. Lisa will lead a Kripalu practice appropriate for all levels of experience and skill, allowing for accommodations and modifications, as well as deeper expressions of postures. Practice will include creating personal compassionate intentions, warm up and breath practice, posture flow, ending with a rejuvenating integration of practice. Come join us on the mat under the big tent on Saturday morning!

workshops luna

• Mama Luna and musician friends
• Saturday, 10:00 AM
• Second Holler

¡Want to Start Dancing or Dance All Night With Joy, not fatigue!

Mama Luna draws on a lifelong love affair with dance, exploring many styles and almost any style from folk to African, Sacred Dance to Square Dance, Ballet to Jazz, and good ol' rock n' roll. Principles of the Rumi-inspired Whirling Dervish spinning meditation are also shared. All ages and levels, including never danced, welcome! Live Music with Peter Madcat Ruth, Stefan Kukurugya and more!

workshops art

Guided tours:
• Saturday, 10 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM, 3 PM

• Sunday, 10 AM, 2 PM, 3 PM

Museum of Living Trees and Their Understory

A small corner of Frog Holler Farm near the Cabin where kids and adults can learn about the forest. Open from dawn to dusk for self-guided tours (signs, quiz, visual scavenger hunt). Guided tours by museum curator, Sybil Kolon (tours last about half an hour). Limited seating for contemplation and an area for fairy house building.

mod squad

• Sam and Mary Kate
• Times TBA 
• Art Tent

The Mod Squad

Do you like your Holler Tee but wish it was uniquely yours? Visit Sam and Mary Kate, the Mod Squad! Crop it, Tank it, Tie it, Dye it! Learn cool T-shirt modification techniques from the Holler Fest Mod Squad. Times will be posted at Merch.

workshops hoops

• Missy Cooke
• Saturday, 10:00 AM
• Treehouse

Hula Hoop Make 'n Take - All Ages Hoop Dance Workshop

All ages are invited to come and decorate their very own hula hoop to take home! Afterward, stay for the class where you'll learn several hoop dance tricks, techniques, and even a short choreography. Hoops are limited to the first 20 participants, but the class is open to all!

workshops handcrafting purple

• Rachel Mifsud 
• Saturday 11:00 AM
• Meet at Info Tent

Collecting Wild Teas

Identify a selection of wild tea plants, free for the foraging! Rachel will lead the group through the fields and forests to collect a variety of wild plants. Late in the day, enjoy a cuppa sun tea!

workshops yurt

• Edith Stacey-Huber
• Saturday, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 
• Yurt

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: A Conversation About Conscious Consuming

Edith Stacey-Huber is passionate about food. She is the creator of the food buying club Authentic Provisions just outside of Ann Arbor. Authentic Provisions aims to reconnect people in the community to each other, the food, the land, and the farmers who sustain them, through collective purchasing outside of the corporate food system.

workshops yurt

• Mary Kate Mathy 
• Saturday, 1:30 PM 
• Art Tent

Tapestry Painting Swap

Mary Kate Mathy teaches a workshop on how to paint your own small tapestry on fabric canvas with acrylic paint! At the end you swap tapestries with another, a great practice of letting go of your art and things you create. Limited number of people may participate, due to limited supplies.

workshops art

• Cale Stoker 
• Saturday 3:00 PM
• Art Tent

Wooden Spoon Carving Demo

Observe spoon carving using hand tools and fresh-cut green wood. Cale uses a mallet and axe, saws and knives, to create unique wooden kitchen utensils. He will explain tips and techniques while carving.

Check out Cale’s “travel treens” at the Merch Tent. 

workshops hoops

• Missy Cooke
• Saturday, 3:00 PM
• Kids Tent

Kids Hoop Dance Workshop

Learn the art of hoop dance. Kids of all ages are invited to join us for hoop trick instruction, hula hoop games, and even a short choreography. Bring your own hoop, or borrow one of ours!


• Sarah Felder

• Saturday, 10:00 PM

• Meet at Hill Tent


Join Sarah and look up at the stars this Holler Fest. Sarah will introduce you to the night sky through stories including ones from Ojibway, Arabic, Greek and Roman traditions.

Sarah “learned her stars” while sailing on tall ships. She was fascinated by the depth of tradition represented in the sky and strives to learn about the significance of the night sky throughout history and across the globe.


• Marly Spieser-Schneider
• Sunday, 8:30-9:30 AM 
• Hill Tent

Wake Up Yoga

We will wake up the body, mind and senses together using the tools of standing asanas and with a focus on breath.

Marly is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, dancer, farmer, organizer, and explorer of many things. She started studying Iyengar Yoga at a young age in Ann Arbor, then continued her training and certification on the East coast. Her curiosity leads her many places but the practice of Iyengar Yoga has become a major grounding and unifying force in her life. 

partner yoga

• Abby and Phil Dawson
• Sunday, 9:45-10:45 AM 
• Hill Tent

Partner Yoga

Join Abby and Phil Dawson for a feel-good and beginner-friendly partner yoga class. Connecting breath and movement, the class will start with restorative postures for the hips and spine and will later build into a series of standing postures. Partner with a friend, spouse, family member, or stranger! All ages, sexes, and sizes welcome. 

Abby and Phil Dawson, hosts of the biannual Divine Pine Gathering, are yoga teachers, multidisciplinary artists, and outdoor enthusiasts based out of Brooklyn, Michigan. 

Abby has been teaching yoga since 2015  and specializes in Accessible Yoga, which promotes inclusiveness and accessibility in yoga. Together, Phil and Abby enjoy practicing partner yoga and acro-yoga.

workshops kripalu

• Cindy Caro 
• Sunday, 9:30-10:00 AM
• Second Holler

Kids Yoga

Cindy is a certified kids yoga instructor through Kidding Around Yoga and the owner of Yurty Yoga for Kids located in Grass Lake. With a background in early childhood and elementary education, she understands the benefits of stretching and breathing through yoga and meditation for young children. Cindy helps children with the tools they need to increase concentration, flexibility, strength and manage stress through fun and active poses, stories, music, and games.

Suggested ages 3 and up.


• The CommonWealth Dance Collective
• Sunday, 10 AM 
• Tree House


Sheila Graziano will lead a beginning clogging workshop at 10 A.M., assisted by Alina Soltis and Emily Evans.  A basic “how to” to get your feet moving and have you join in the fun!  A show by the three dancers will immediately follow, at 10:50 A.M.

The CommonWealth Dance Collective (CDC) is an ensemble of step dancers based in lower Michigan. Founded by Sheila Graziano in 2004, the CDC presents a review of many styles of percussive dance, including Irish, Appalachian clogging, English, Canadian, American tap, historic routines and original choreography.

For the workshop: bring closed shoes if you have 'em, and some water will come in handy!



• Silas Bialecki
• Sunday, 12:00 PM
• Kids Tent

Cordage For Kids

Learn the ancient art of making rope and twine from natural materials. Then fashion your very own bracelet or necklace to take home! Geared toward kids ages 8 and above; younger kids may need help from adult. All ages welcome!

workshops edible2

• Rachel Mifsud 
• Sunday, 2:00 PM 
• Meet at Info Tent

Wild Edibles Plant Walk

Walk the trails of Frog Holler identifying edible plants that grow in the wild. Rachel Mifsud, of Will Forage for Food, has intimate knowledge of the bounty that awaits us in the woods and fields.

nature walk kids

• Elizabeth Keller
• Saturday, 10:00 AM

• Sybil Kolon
• Sunday, 11:00 AM 

• Meet at Kids Tent

Nature Walk For Kids

Kids will be guided along the trails of Holler Fest, discovering natural treasures along the way. The Tree Museum and Fairy Houses in the Forest will be highlights.