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REVEALING EARTH PIGMENT: A Masterclass with Heidi Gustafson

$495.00 - Sold out

April 25-26th 2020, 10am-3pm FULL, email for waitlist spot
or June 27-28th 2020, 10am-3pm FULL, email for waitlist spot
$495 includes 4-6 personal pigments + supplies

Join ore whisperer Heidi Gustafson in her rural Northwest cabin studio and Ochre Archive for a magical 2-day immersive workshop. Studio located north of Bellingham, Washington, USA.

Work with powerful minerals, ochres and soils gathered all around Earth and transform them into individualized, personal pigments to use in your own creative practice.

Heidi will be teaching in-depth technical and historical functions of the primary ochre minerals (hematite, goethite, limonite, magnetite, vivianite, celadonite/glauconite) and their various forms and landscapes they are typically found (including urban and suburban areas).

Participants will experience a wide variety of earth pigments (clay, charcoal, shale, wastewater, sand, fossils, soil, ashes and more) and learn how to work with them safely and reverentially. Ancient and modern exercises for identifying pigment minerals will be taught focusing on high-level technical process, as well as intuitive subtle energy work.

On the second day, participants will learn methods for making land-based pigment palettes. Heidi will slowly guide everyone through discovering their own set of 4-6 personal pigments made to reflect their unique creative energy and spirit.

All are welcome, including beginners and advanced students who’ve previously taken workshops with Heidi.

Heidi's rural studio cabin is located near Everson, WA, closer to the USA/Canadian border. Due to the private location and small size of her studio, this workshop is extremely limited in size. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. Email Heidi with questions or for recommendations, suggestions, etc. (heidi@earlyfutures.com).


- a notebook, for taking notes and testing your colors
- lunches
- personal foraged minerals, stones or other earth supplies *optional
- mortar and pestle *optional

All other supplies provided by Heidi and Earth.
Get in touch (heidi@earlyfutures.com) with questions.

*Precise location will be sent to registered participants only.
1.25hrs south of Vancouver, BC
2hrs north of Seattle, WA
35min north of Bellingham, WA.
Accessible by car, ATV, horse and bicycle.


Heidi Gustafson is an artist, pigment worker and ore whisperer based in rainy, volcanic Cascade foothills of northern Washington. Her intuitive and highly collaborative ochre and iron research projects include work with award-winning scientists, paleontologists, anthropologists, linguists, citizen foragers/researchers and artists around the planet. She’s a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and holds an MA in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

1st PHOTO by Meghan McMackin

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