Artisan Classes

Every summer, Lavender Hill Farm hosts an array of talented artisans to teach their craft in the beautiful surroundings of our farm. Scroll down for some of our 2019 classes and check back because we are always making additions! Interested in hosting a class at our farm next summer? Email us at events@lavenderhillfarm.com for more information.


Lavender Planting Workshop

Learn how to plant and care for lavender with Lavender Hill Farm. During this workshop, participants will receive step-by-step guidance on the planting and care process, will take home a lavender plant and a Growing and Using Lavender Guide! After a golf cart tour, the group will learn to plant lavender and how to care for the plant from infancy through adulthood.  Lavender iced tea and cookie refreshments will be provided. This is a rain or shine event and all ages are welcome. Please dress in your gardening clothes and bring gloves.

WHEN: 12 – 2 PM on August 9

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is required as this class will sell out. Please direct any questions to events@lavenderhillfarm.com


Lavender Essential Oil Distillation Workshop

Join us for a Lavender Hill Farm Distillation Experience and indulge in the luxury of lavender! During this workshop, participants will receive step-by-step guidance on the distillation process from start to finish and will take home a bottle of lavender oil and hydrosol distilled on our farm! After a golf cart tour, the group will learn to harvest lavender and how to distill essential oil and hydrosol. Lavender iced tea and cookie refreshments will be provided. This is a rain or shine event and all ages are welcome. Please dress in your gardening clothes.

WHEN: 1 – 4 PM on July 31 & August 1

SOLD OUT

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is required as this class will sell out. Please direct any questions to events@lavenderhillfarm.com


Letters for Us Writing Workshop

WHEN: 1 – 3:30 PM on August 1st & 9th

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this class has been canceled. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please direct any questions to www.lettersforus.com


Children’s Bee Keeping Class

WHEN: 11 AM – 12:30 PM on August 2nd  

This class has been canceled due to a lack of pre-registration. Scroll down and register now for our Bee Keeping Class on August 23rd!


Lavender Moon Night Sky

Join us at Lavender Hill Farm for star guidance and stories just before sunset for the best views of the Lavender Moon. It will sweep over the western horizon toward the thickest part of the Milky Way, while the star lovers appear overhead. We will set the stage for a terrific evening of storytelling and stars with star Lore Historian Mary Stewart Adams, in the sweet and comforting proximity of lavender fields.

August 4th is considered to be the moons most romantic time of the year. In the world of poets and story tellers, the Lavender Moon describes the waxing crescent sliver that follows a rare Black Moon (the second new moon in one calendar month). In the summer of 2019, a Lavender Moon will occur following the July 31st New Moon! In Chinese culture this is highlighted by the story of the star lovers Vega and Altair, who gaze longingly to one another across the mighty Milky Way river of stars.

WHEN: 8 – 10:30 PM on August 4th AGES: 8 & Up

COST: $10 per person.
PLEASE BRING: blankets or camp chairs. Meet in front of the barn. In the event of inclement weather, this event will take place in the barn. “If you cannot see the stars, you can be the stars!”

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR: Mary Stewart Adams is a Star Lore Historian and founder of Michigan’s only International Dark Sky Park, in Mackinaw City. She has received numerous honors for her work and travels extensively, advocating for natural darkness and teaching a humanities-based approach to understanding the night sky. You can hear the story in the stars each week on Mary’s radio segment “The Storyteller’s Night Sky” , which airs every Monday on Interlochen Public Radio. Please direct any questions to Mary Stewart Adams 231-838-8181 mary@storytellersnightsky.com


Mindfulness with a Medium

Alaine Portner, Medium, Author, Yoga E-RYT, Retreat Leader is coming to Lavender Hill Farm! Spirits are responding all the time. Are you asking for signs of communication? In Medium Sessions, your loved ones advise where and when they have messaged you in the past and will in the future. Rainbows, shooting stars, picture tilting, cell phone calls, orbs, songs, license plates are not always coincidences! These “coincidences” now happen on the exact day and way the spirits predict. Some appetizers will be provided for this BYOB event. Join Alaine Portner for an evening of Mindfulness with a Medium.

WHEN: 7 – 9 PM on August 10th

COST: $55 per person (No charge for spirit guides who drop in) RESTRICTIONS: Ages 12 & up
REGISTRATION: Visit alaineportner.com to purchase tickets. Drop-ins are welcome however pre-registration is strongly suggested as this event may sell out. PLEASE BRING: A voice recorder is recommended.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: A remarkably sensitive Medium, Alaine specializes in receiving messages from loved ones or guided spirits and then delivers life-affirming insight and direction. She teaches spiritual education and the importance of Yoga and Mindfulness in your life. A regular practice of connection adds purpose to your life, reduces your fears and adds greater enthusiasm for living life more fully. This practice enhances our intuition. Clients who experience Alaine’s Medium-ship style typically describe it as feeling a sense of euphoria. Readings can provide connective and supportive change in perception, assisting your personal or professional journey. Alaine’s engaging manner, full of humor and straight to the heart truths, has provided her a loyal global following. Please direct any questions to Cindi at 231-675-1040.


Lavender Drum Circle

Join Lynn Turner of the Northern Michigan Drum Village in a “Lavender Drum Circle” Sunday evenings at Lavender Hill Farm. Drum peaceful vibrations into the earth while surrounded by its beauty. Experience a unique group rhythm achieved by combining people, instruments and fields of lavender. No experience necessary. Meet in the barn if raining.  

WHEN: 8 – 9 PM Sunday August 11th  

COST: $20 per person. Cash or check only. No advanced reservation required. RESTRICTIONS: Those under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult. PLEASE BRING: There will be just a few extra drums to share, so if you have a drum, shaker, or some type of percussive instrument—bring it. If you don’t have one, bring something to bang on (i.e. empty plastic gallon milk jug, cardboard box, 5-gallon plastic bucket with wooden spoons…) Sorry, no melodic instruments at this gathering.  

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Lynn Turner is the director of the Northern Michigan Drum Village. Though she has pursued a fairly hefty academic career, the thread of a rhythm connection has persisted throughout her life. Her love of dance began with 12 years of tap dancing, followed by her first drum class on the djembe (an African hand drum). She stayed with the djembe for a number of years then switched to the African djun-djuns (played with sticks). The poly-rhythm of African drums was completely addictive to her. Her musical journey includes performing memberships with The Djembabes (TX), Trio Bossa Nova (TX), and River Rhythms (NC).

Lynn was forced to leave drumming when she returned to Michigan, until she started her new journey in 2017 to start a drum business. From unstructured drum circles to formal world beat classes, Lynn is developing a drumming community and says it is worth it to see the joy that the drums can bring to so many. Please direct any questions to Lynn Turner through the Northern Michigan Drum Village website: nmidrum.org


Sunflowers in Watercolor

Join us for a beginners watercolor painting class in our barn! All necessary supplies will be provided, and no drawing experience is necessary. Participants will get a basic understanding of what watercolor painting is all about and will leave class with a finished painting that they have created! This class includes paint, brush and pen to use while in class, a pattern, model painting, and complete step-by-step instructions. Students will go home with a finished watercolor painting of one of two designs suitable for an 8×10 mat and frame. (Mat and frame not included.) Sunflowers in Watercolor is fun for everyone and because watercolor is not messy, this class is a perfect vacation experience!

WHEN: 1 – 3 PM on August 15th

COST: $49 per person (includes materials) Cash or check only
RESTRICTIONS: Adults and children ages 8 & up are welcome to participate. Children must be registered along with an adult student.
TICKETS: Advanced registration is suggested but drop-ins are welcome. Register by sending a check to Mary Lou Peters at PO Box 855, Mackinaw City, MI 49701. This class may sell out so reserve your spot today!
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: : Mary Lou Peters has been painting in watercolor for 30 years. For the past eight years she has taught adults and children, beginning through advanced levels on Mackinac Island, Michigan and on Sanibel Island, Florida. In her whimsical paintings she likes to use the delicate colors that bring to mind the relaxed feel of a northern Michigan summer. You may view her work at www.maryloupeters.com. For more information please call Mary Lou at (231) 818-6365.


Lavender Libations Workshop

Join us at Lavender Hill Farm for a Cocktail 101 Workshop in our beautifully renovated events barn, rain or shine! Learn how to prepare fabulous Lavender cocktails for your next party with the guidance of expert bartender-mixologist Mike Dunlop. Guests will learn to make lavender simple syrup, and how to incorporate it into three different cocktail recipes. Make your next gathering a breeze with tips and tricks for batching mixed drinks for large groups. Attendees will leave with a bottled cocktail and one of Lavender Hill Farm’s Lavender Simple Syrups. Guests must be at least 21 years of age and present a valid photo ID to participate.

WHEN: 6:30 – 8 PM on August 15th

AGES: 21 & up COST: $50 per person. Cash or check only payments will be collected during the event. REGISTRATION: Email Mike to sign up at mdbarcatering@gmail.com. Pre-registration is strongly suggested. This class has a minimum and maximum attendance requirement so reserve your spot today! If participant minimum is not met one week prior, the workshop will be cancelled. PLEASE BRING: Valid Photo ID
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Mike Dunlop has been in the restaurant/bar industry for 14 years and is the owner operator of Mike’s Bar Catering. You can experience his expertise mixology skills first hand at Cafe Sante, where he has honed his craft for the past 7 years. Mike has a vast knowledge of beer, wine, cocktails, and looks forward to incorporating lavender and sharing his passion with guests of Lavender Hill Farm.  Please direct any questions to Mike Dunlop at mdbarcatering@gmail.com


Natural Indigo Vat

Let’s have a dye day! Dyers have been using indigofera tinctoria to create blue dye for centuries. We will be using a modern recipe for this 100% naturally derived fermentation indigo vat. Participants will receive an instructional handout, a silk scarf, and a cotton swatch for dyeing. Supplies and instructions for shibori resists will also be provided. Additional ready-to-dye fabric will be available for purchase.

WHEN: 1 – 4 PM on August 16th

COST: $50 per person (includes materials). Cash, check or Paypal
RESTRICTIONS: Ages 10 & up
REGISTRATION: Call or Email Jasmine to sign up: (231) 675-1506  jasminelacetextiles@gmail.com Pre-registration is strongly suggested. This class has a minimum and maximum attendance requirement so reserve your spot today! If participant minimum is not met two weeks prior, the workshop will be cancelled. PLEASE BRING: Gloves, an apron, scissors, and a plastic bag or two to take your dyed goods home in. Participants should dress for mess! 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Jasmine is a lifelong resident of Northern Michigan and has been practicing natural dyes for over ten years.  She has taught many fiber art workshops in the area and has studied facets of natural dye under Shanna Robinson, India Flint, and Elin Noble. Jasmine is also an avid weaver and finds expression for her enthusiasm of local fiber arts as a board member for the Tip of the Mitt Fiber Fair.


Serving Tray Painting Class

Join Craft, Sip & Smile in the barn at Lavender Hill Farm for a Painting & Craft session where you follow step by step instructions in a relaxing atmosphere. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! All supplies are provided and you leave with a one of a kind 24’’ x 12’’ wood serving tray. This class includes all supplies. Stencils are available giving you more options and freedom of going rogue and making your art unique and truly one of a kind. Create a memory of art with Craft Sip Smile while enjoying the evening at Lavender Hill Farm. It is recommended to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start time for check-in and seat selection.

WHEN: 6:30 – 8:30 PM on August 22nd

COST: $40 per person. TICKETS: Purchase your spot HERE. Please direct any questions to Kristine.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Armed with business spirit and the vision for a new kind of night out, Kristine created Craft Sip Smile. Our mission is to encourage creativity and inspire fellowship all while unplugging. We offer a new way to go out and have fun! We’re invading bars and restaurants across northern Michigan to bring you a unique night out while getting creative as you spend time with friends. We make it easy to plan, easy to create and easy to have a good time.


Bee Keeping Class

Have You always been curious about what goes on inside of a bee hive? Join Three Bears Honey at Lavender Hill Farm to learn what the “Buzz” is all about! This class will provide information about honeybees, an observation hive to safely see honeybees at work, a walking tour of the working bees at Lavender Hill Farm and a honey tasting.

WHEN: 10 AM – 12 PM on August 23rd  

AGES:  10 & up. Children must be registered along with an adult student. COST: $30 per person. Cash or check only payments will be collected during the event. REGISTRATION: Email Jen to sign up at jenspate@gmail.com. Pre-registration is strongly suggested. This class has a minimum and maximum attendance requirement so reserve your spot today! If participant minimum is not met, the workshop will be cancelled.

PLEASE BRING: Your walking shoes and meet in the barn
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Three Bears Honey is a small family owned business in Northern Michigan. They have worked with their own honeybees for the last five years, and come from a family of bee farmers. Please direct any questions to Jen Spate at jenspate@gmail.com


Sip & Soothe Your Soul

Please join us for a relaxing painting class at Lavender Hill Farm lead by artist Stephanie Hanel from Little Black Dress Studios. Enjoy lavender iced tea while Stephanie walks you step-by-step to create a 12 x 14 “Welcome to Our Home” pallet sign. Pallet, tea and supplies included and all ages and skill levels are welcome!

WHEN: 1 – 3 PM on August 23rd  COST: $45 per person (includes materials). Credit card or Paypal accepted

REGISTRATION: Visit littleblackdressst.wixsite.com/lbds or Call or Email Stephanie to sign up (231) 631-5717 or littleblackdressstudios@gmail.com Pre-registration is required. This class could sell out so reserve your spot today! If participant minimum is not met two weeks prior, the workshop will be cancelled. PLEASE BRING: An apron if needed.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Stephanie is happily married and a busy mom of four who enjoys filling her days with adventures. She was a fifth-grade teacher in 2001 and in 2006 transitioned into a full time elementary, middle & high school art teacher. Stephanie is currently teaching art at Wolverine Middle/High School.  In 2016 a friend asked if she could teach Paint and Sip classes. She started with a small group of friends, the idea took off and her painting business, Little Black Dress Studios was created. Stephanie has a great love of painting and helping others find enjoyment in painting too.


Songwriting Workshop with Jill Jack

Join Jill Jack for her Songwriting Workshop at Lavender Hill Farm. The award-winning Michigan based singer/songwriter Jill Jack will instruct attending songwriters on how she approaches her craft. No instruments will be required for this introductory-scaled course. Jack’s class will be focusing on preliminary songwriting and involve group exercises. Materials for note taking will be provided and songwriters of any level are welcome to attend. Jack’s interactive and visual presentation is designed to be inclusive and non-intimidating for all songwriters.

WHEN: 1 – 2 PM on Saturday, August 24th

COST: $20 AGES:  12 & up REGISTRATION: Drop-ins are welcome however, pre-registration is strongly suggested as this event may sell out.

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR: Jack is an accomplished and celebrated singer/songwriter based in Ferndale, MI. She has released 12 albums that range from soul to rock, to folk to country, adult contemporary to jazz and lullabies. She also runs her own label (Uphill Productions) consulting company (Dream Big, Incorporated) and has her own radio show (Dream Big with Jill Jack).  Jack has more than 20 years’ experience as a vocalist/guitarist. This is a unique chance for local songwriters to get their questions answered and find a way to figure out how to craft their own ballads. Please direct any questions to jill@jilljack.com