The Farms: Exploring Nature & Life Through Mary Oliver’s Poetry

Experience Level: Beginner

Learn the basics of poetry at Exploring Nature & Life Through Mary Oliver’s Poetry from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, June 8, July 20 and Aug. 10. Instructor Kate Herald will help students explore allegory and meter using Oliver’s poetry, including “Wild Geese” and “How I Go to the Woods.”

Participants will then be invited to write and share their own life poem based on their observations at Allerton Park. Register for the entire series at a discount or sign-up for individual classes.

Classes will be held in The Studio with time also being spent outdoors.

$85/person for the entire series or $35/class. Register here by June 5 or three days prior to subsequent classes*. All sales are final.

*Individual class links:
June 8
July 20
Aug. 10

If you will need disability-related accommodations to participate, please email

About the instructor

Kate Herald teaches people how to tell stories that change the world for good. She holds a Ph.D. in English and uses her background in storytelling research as a learning designer, gender studies professor and curator for TEDxNormal.

Herald recently added a new dimension to her story exploration as a singer and songwriter and performs as a solo artist and in leading folk song circles.

About The Farms

The Farms: An Allerton Folk School, offers classes, workshops, and gatherings focusing on art, outdoor education, science, storytelling, and wellnessAll experiences value hands-on, experiential teaching and learning, and are facilitated by and for the members of the community.

See the complete summer course schedule here.


Jun 08 2024


12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jun 08 2024
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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