Woolman Blog

Woolman February Update

Gray Horwitz, Environmental Science Teacher
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The semester is in full swing! After a week of orientation, and a hectic first week of classes, people are starting to find their rhythm. Each of the teachers have written about their classes for this update.


Dorothy's Message of Gratitude

Dorothy Henderson, Interim Head of School
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
As I write this, I am warmed by the fire in my wood stove, awaiting the warmth of the almost-winter sun to take the chill off the day.  On these clear cold mornings it is easy to feel grateful for the simplicity of a full stack of wood and kindling, for the pink and azure sunrise, for the quiet of an early morning at Woolman. Gratitude fills the space.
This morning I am grateful for the young people who take the risk of leaving home to come to Woolman.

2014 Noborigama Kiln Firing

Benjamin Hofvendahl, Student
Saturday, November 29, 2014

Friday, Nobember 14th, marked the 124th firing of the oldest noborigama kiln in the U.S., built on Woolman soil in 1971 by a large crew, including Dick Hotchkiss, who runs it currently. Woolman students, local potters, and some from as far off as North Carolina came to our campus for this three-day event.

Requiem for a Species + Energy + the Environment

Hannah Mackinney a.k.a. Thistle, Student
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Clive Hamilton’s book Requiem for a Species is all about climate change. The book explains the science behind climate change, but also goes into the root causes of our excessive energy consumption. We live in a society where “success” is often measured in Gross Domestic Product, a scale which perpetuates the idea that wealth equals happiness. The book points out that studies have shown that once a certain level of wealth is achieved, happiness levels no longer rise with income, however, carbon emissions do.