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  • Whidbey Island Washington United States (map)

Join Heidi for a unique pigment foraging workshop where we will gather natural mineral colors in coastal environments! During the day-long workshop, we will caravan to various coastal and forest walks to forage for common colors and mineral pigments. We will discover beautiful sandstone, glacial clay, green earth, sea-weathered minerals and more.

Heidi is so excited to be able to bring workshop participants to her local haunts and to share her process of making mineral pigments from the soils and stones we will collect together. Heidi will also guide us through sustainable harvesting practices, recipe ideas for transforming foraged pigments into paint, pastels, ceramics, inks, textile dyes, cosmetics and others types of creative material as well as be available to answer all of your questions!

There are a few things you’ll need to prepare for the day. Firstly, this is an outdoor, all-weather workshop. Rain is always likely in the northwest. Please wear sturdy and comfortable shoes that you will be happy walking/hiking in rocky beaches and clothes you can layer throughout the day. We will take a break for lunch midday, so please bring a packed lunch with enough food, snacks and water to last the whole day.


- bag or backpack that can hold rocks and/or dirt 
- lunch and snacks 
- water bottle 
- warm layers, hat and anything else to be comfortable outside during the day 
- a stone or ceramic mortar and pestle, any size. 
- a notebook, for taking notes and testing your colors (feel free to bring a paintbrush if you want too)

Otherwise, just bring yourself! 
Materials will mostly be provided by Heidi and the earth.

*Precise meeting location will be sent to registered participants only. 
Accessible by car 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.