Betania Ridenour is a teacher and student of ancestral skills. For as long as they can remember they have turned to the trees and animals in the forest for council. They believes strongly in the healing powers of nature, believing that strengthening our connection with the natural world can improve our interpersonal relationships and emotional well being. In their own path they have found that working with their hands with elements of nature brings them and others some of the deepest healing. They feel like it is their path to do what they can to help bridge the gap between humans and nature and bring to light how that relationship can help heal trauma.
Betania has worked with many different natural elements with a strong emphasis on different ways of processing skins (e.g making and using Brain-tan, Bark-tan, rawhide, and furs), earth pigments; and a hand full of years ago fell in love with broom making.
Brooms are used around the world for daily and ritual cleansing of spaces. A broom is an important part of making a safe and sacred space. In this industrial modern world handcrafts of all kinds are being replaced by machine made goods. The broom is no exception. Handcrafted brooms are on the brink of extinction.
Building Q – The West Shed – Unit 2
Hours by appointment.