Events 2013

January 26, 2013 (All day)

Welcome Spring 2013 Students---you have a wild and wonderful ride ahead of you!

January 28, 2013 (All day) - February 1, 2013 (All day)

Woolman Semester students embark on a week of finding a sense of place on our beautiful property of 230 acres and the surrounding watershed. Scavenger hunts, solos and other fun activities will set a tone of adventure, support and respect between students and staff!

February 2, 2013 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm
We will gather at Sierra Friends Center to honor Dorothy Henderson and Doug Hamm, who retire from their positions as Head of School and Maintenance Supervisor at Sierra Friends Center on January 31, 2013. Please join us in expressing gratitude to Dorothy and Doug, who arrived at Woolman over 12 years ago and have given whole-heartedly to the Woolman community in innumerable ways. 
We look forward to a wonderful celebration of Dorothy and Doug and all that they have contributed to the Woolman community.
We hope you will be able to join us!


5:00 pm  Meeting for Worship in the Meetinghouse

6:30 pm Dinner in the Dining Hall, followed by further opportunities to celebrate Dorothy and Doug  

Please RSVP by January 26                 

You are welcome to arrive earlier in the afternoon to enjoy the campus.  If you would like a tour of campus, meet Woolman Semester students and interns at the office at 4:15pm. 

We know that many of you will not be able to join us for the event in person. We encourage you to take some time to reflect on the ways that Dorothy, Doug and the Woolman community have touched your life and the lives of so many others. You are welcome to send your thoughts and appreciations by posting a response below: after scrolling down through the existing responses you will find a window in which to type a message. If you prefer to send a message via email you can send it to and she will share it with Dorothy and Doug.

You are also invited to give to the Henderson-Hamm Scholarship Fund, which will provide financial aid for Woolman Semester students. The Board has created this fund in honor of Dorothy, Doug, and Dorothy’s mother, Lynne Henderson, who has been a steadfast and generous Woolman community member for many years. Donations and pledges will be matched dollar-for-dollar from a $20,000 matching fund. Donations can be made online or sent to Woolman Semester School, 13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City, CA 95959. No donation is too small or too large; all gifts are meaningful and appreciated!        

Click to donate to the Henderson-Hamm Scholarship Fund

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February 17, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

This Woolman gathering at Cindy and Peter Trueblood's home in Oakland, CA is a great chance to:

       Connect with your Woolman friends and the wider Woolman circle

PLEASE NOTE THIS UNFORTUNATE CHANGE: Due to Illness with the flu, Marjorie, Dorothy and Doug are unable to attend

       Visit with Dorothy Henderson and Doug Hamm and wish them a wonderful retirement

       Meet the new Head of School, Marjorie Fox

Join friends of Woolman, including alumni, parents, interns, and board members, to share light refreshments and conversation.  

We hope that you will be able to come! 

Cindy, Peter and Matthew Trueblood

1 Rockridge Place, Oakland, CA 94618, near CA Highway 24 and Rockridge BART

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or RSVP directly to Cindy: or 1 (510)-652-2970 

February 18, 2013 (All day) - February 22, 2013 (All day)

This semester's Peace Studies trip is a week-long intensive adventure in the Bay Area. We will meet amazing culture-creators and participate in workshops with the wonderful people who are using story and the written word to create cultures of peace. We’ll be working with Memoir Literary magazine, Balance Edutainment, and the Slingshot Collective, as well as local authors, journalists and singer/songwriters. Students will also spend a day filming “micro-docs,” storyboarding, filming, editing, and debuting a story of the city in only one day. It will be an absolute whirlwind of creativity and inspiration!

March 17, 2013 - 7:30pm

To head off the Global Issues Trip, students and staff will be attending the Golden State Slam and Open Mic in Oakland. We are so excited to catch some of Josh Merchant's poetry, too! Check Josh out on YouTube to hear his stunning work!


The Golden State Slam is inside the Grand Lake Coffee House
440 Grand Ave in Oakland, CA. 
Doors open at 7pm show starts at 7:30 Sharp! 
$5.00 admission all ages welcome. 
For more info check out

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March 18, 2013 (All day) - March 22, 2013 (All day)


The Great Turning trip is an opportunity for students to meet some of the amazing activists and organizations who are working to create a more just and sustainable world. We will meet change-maker role models and learn tools for getting active ourselves through presentations and workshops through out the week.  Visiting an intentional community based on service and nonviolence, meeting with a former sweatshop worker who exposed her factory and won a multimillion dollar class action lawsuit, walking through the graffiti alley ways of the mission district, and strengthening our anti-oppression leadership skills are all part of this action packed agenda. Check out the blog for the full itinerary!

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March 26, 2013 - 1:15pm

For the Activist's Toolkit class (the project class of Global Issues), Deb Weistar from Finding the Good (another amazing semester program in town) will be joining us for a workshop on the movement to declare and protect Rights of Nature. This event will be closed to the public.

To learn more about Rights of Nature, check out:

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March 30, 2013 - 5:00pm - April 7, 2013 - 3:00pm

Wahoo! Spring Break!

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April 13, 2013 - 6:00pm

"Bidder 70" will be screened on 4/13 at the Unitarian Universalist Church and will have a panel following the film with the theme: one person can make a difference and one person plus community can make an even bigger difference. Woolman's Global Issues and Activist Toolkit class teacher, Emily Zionts, will join other local activists for an inspiring evening!

Link to learn more about the film:

The evening will begin at 4:30 with an art exhibit.  Screening starts at 6pm followed by panel.


"At this point of unimaginable threats on the horizon, this is what hope looks like.  In these times of a morally bankrupt government that has sold out its principles, this is what patriotism looks like.  With countless lives on the line, this is what love looks like, and it will only grow..."    -Tim DeChristopher


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April 18, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

All staff and interns gather with students and an amazing amount of pie and icecream to present on their experiences in college; including whether or not they would recommend their school, what was unique about it, and also if they had other neat internship or travel experiences that they would recommend. This night has certainly inspired students and informed them about the wide variety of schools that exist, including those that are most popular with Woolman Alum.

April 20, 2013 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Celebrate Earth Day by participating in community sustainability projects and volunteering at Woolman! Come out to the Sierra Friends Center and the Woolman Semester for a morning of work on our 230-acre campus. Groups of students, staff and volunteers will work in the forest, the orchard, the garden and the kitchen until lunch. All are welcome to stay for the delicious home cooked meal afterwards. Come early for coffee, tea and snacks -- we'll break into work groups around 9am, get our hands dirty and get some work done!

Call (530) 273-3183 or email ( with Questions. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 20th!

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April 21, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Please join us for the afternoon on Sunday, April 21st in Oakland to welcome our new Head of School, Marjorie Fox, and to thank Dorothy and Doug for their many years of service to the Woolman community. For alumni and their families, this will be a great chance to reconnect with Dorothy and Doug and to hear about the new developments at Woolman. We are a growing organization! The gathering will also be an opportunity for newcomers to learn about our incredible semester program and Camp Woolman. If you know of young people looking for semester and camp opportunities, they are welcome to join us at this gathering.

Address for the event: 1 Rockridge Place, Oakland, CA 94618

Please contact Emily Wheeler, Admissions Director, (530) 273-3183 x24 with any questions. 

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April 23, 2013 - 1:15pm

What is the Transition Town movement? How is Nevada City a Transition Town? How can individuals and groups get involved?

Local sustainability activists will come to Global Issues class on Tuesday, March 23rd to share their knowledge on a panel about Transition Towns!

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May 9, 2013 - 10:00am


On May 9th in Global Issues class, former Nevada City, CA Mayor, community organizer and change agent Reinette Senum will share her incredible journey as the first woman to cross Alaska solo on skis.

"She argues that in fact it was not solo, but that it took an entire village to get her across, and the sense of support and a common destiny inspired her to run for office and lead her community.

For the past twenty-five years Reinette has been a motivational speaker for many schools and groups throughout the west coast. Reinette is also one of the founders of APPLE (Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Local Economy) dedicated to educating the community on the effects of oil depletion/global warming and the benefits of strong, local economy."

(Taken from:

We are filled with gratitude for the 5th telling of this story to a semester of Woolman students! 


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May 10, 2013 - 6:30pm

The students of The Woolman Semester School (in collaboration with UU Community of the Mountains) are extremely excited to host a night celebrating environmental and social justice activism by bringing Occupy Love to Nevada County on May 10th, 2013! 

Both a film premiere and a Change-maker’s Symposium, the evening will start with a reception where students from Woolman’s Activist Toolkit class will be informing and inspiring guests. 

After a semester of simultaneously waking up to the crises that our planet is facing, as well as gaining skills for making a difference, the youth have each formulated a beautiful plan for using their unique gifts to create positive change on the most pressing issues of our time! 

Come at 7:30 for the film, but come at 6:30 for a dose of authentic, active hope through poetry, giant puppets, fair trade treats, and more !

Evening Schedule (all events take place at the UU Church):

• 6:30-7:00 Change-Makers Symposium begins with students tabling on their projects

• 7:00 Symposium continues, but shifts to performance based presentations

• 7:30 Screening begins--followed by short discussion

For more information, visit: 
• email Emily Zionts, teacher at

Occupy Love: The Film

For more information, visit:

A profound shift is taking place: humanity is waking up to the fact that the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or meaning. Join Velcrow on a journey deep inside the revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet, as he asks the question, “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?”

Featuring captivating insider scenes from the Egyptian Revolution, the Indignado uprising in Spain, Occupy Wall Street in New York, Indigenous activists at the Alberta Tar Sands, the climate justice movement, and beyond, Occupy Love shows that love can unite as much as greed can divide. 

Occupy Love is the culmination of Ripper's Fierce Love Trilogy which began with Scared Sacred, named one of Canada’s Top 10 movies of 2004, and winner of the 2005 Genie (Canadian Academy Award) for best feature documentary. It continued with 2008′s award winning Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action.

“Occupy Love is the movie I have been waiting to make, all my life,” says director Velcrow Ripper. “Today’s global awakening is what my earlier films have been anticipating and fostering – a current of potential that was pulsing and rumbling just below the surface. As the popular Occupy sign reads, The Beginning is Here.”

Occupy Love is a moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Ripper’s signature stunning visuals and rich soundscapes. A powerful cinematic experience that will leave audiences inspired.

This event is free of cost. All are welcome!

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May 17, 2013 - 7:00pm


Innovative films made by high school students at the Woolman Semester exploring themes of peace and violence. 
7 pm sharp at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Friday, May 17th. Snacks and stimulating discussion! 

Friday, May 17th at 7:00 pm 

UU Community of the Mountains
246 S. Church St.
Grass Valley, Ca  

photo credit:

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May 18, 2013 - 9:00am

Students take an active role in the ongoing work of creating a campus and programs that are environmentally sustainable. Permaculture concepts guide our sustainability projects through inception, research, design and implementation. Each semester students take part in various phases of these projects, leaving the legacy of their commitment to the earth and the community for future students.


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May 24, 2013 - 7:00pm


Join us for a night of presentations from our Spring 2013 Woolman Semester School students that present their favorite piece of work they have completed this semester.

Baccalaureate will be held in the Woolman Meeting House with light refreshments. Past Baccalaureate presentations have included speeches, music, poetry, and skits! This wonderful night is a true insight into what happens throughout a semester at our school. 

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May 25, 2013 - 9:00am


Attend a graduation like no other! The Woolman Semester School graduations are uniquely authentic and moving--with the students acting as commencement speakers. This event has been called "a bi-annual dose of hope" for those who regularly come to hear our youth eloquently speak of the ways in which their hearts and minds have been changed through this community and education.

It is NOT to be missed!

Would you like to make it to both the Friday night and Saturday morning events? Book a guest room with us today! Please call: 530-273-3183

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August 4, 2013 (All day)
August 17, 2013 (All day)

Welcome Fall 2013 Woolman Semester students!  

August 20, 2013 (All day) - August 23, 2013 (All day)
August 26, 2013 (All day)
September 9, 2013 (All day) - September 13, 2013 (All day)
October 12, 2013 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Join us for a morning of volunteering in our garden, orchard, and forest. After we work, we will celebrate with lunch and dessert made with fresh ingredients from the Woolman garden! Bring water bottles, work gloves, and garden tools if you have them.

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October 25, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join the Woolman community in a celebration of the 123rd firing of Woolman's six-chambered, wood-fired climbing Kiln!

October 25th
7:00-9:00ish PM
at The Woolman Semester School
13075 Woolman Lane
Nevada City, California

7:00 Intro to the Step Kiln 
--by Dick Hotchkiss, Sierra College Ceramics Professor, Master Potter

7:30 Contra Dance in the Field 
--with live calling and music by Rudy Darling and Barry Angell

8:30 Special Performance by Beyond Fire Tribe!

Hot Cider and pie made by the Woolman students and interns will be sold to benefit the Woolman scholarship fund!


November 7, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Please join us for our Anniversary Celebration Dinner in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the John Woolman High School and the tenth anniversary of our semester program. This will be an intimate gathering of old and new friends to commemorate 50 years of outstanding peace, social justice, and sustainability education. Proceeds to benefit the Woolman Diversity Scholarship Fund. After dinner, please join us for an evening of music with Emma's Revolution at the Unity in the Gold Country Church in Grass Valley.

Dinner at 5:30, $60
Summer Thyme's 
421 Colfax Avenue
Grass Valley, CA 95945 map

Concert at 7:30, $18
Unity in the Gold Country Church
180 Cambridge Court
Grass Valley, CA ‎95945 map

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Dinner Menu

Fall Baby Greens with
Woolman Orchard Pears and
Gorgonzola Croutons

Slow Braised Beef Brisket with
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
and Crisped Sage

Fall Vegetable Gratin with
Gruyere and Crisped Sage

Warm Apple Tarts with
Frangipane filling &
White Mascarpone

Local Wines
Pear–Lime Sparklers

November 7, 2013 - 7:30pm

Pat Humphries and Sandy O of Emma's Revolution are returning to Woolman this November as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the John Woolman School and the 10th anniversary of the Woolman Semester. They will be talking with our students about their activism around the country and will be performing a benefit concert for Woolman at Unity in the Gold Country in Grass Valley on Thursday, November 7, 2013.

Pat and Sandy have performed many times for our community. In 2005, moved by the spirit of our students and staff, they wrote their song I Will Stand and sung it at our fall commencement ceremony. They travel the country, singing their own songs and raising issues of peace, social and environmental justice, and women’s and LGBTQ rights. The topics of their songs range from sweatshop labor to immigrants’ rights, from ice melting on Mt. Kilimanjaro as a result of climate change to the Occupy Movement, and from the horrors of war to the love of family.

Concert at 7:30, $18
Unity in the Gold Country Church
180 Cambridge Court
Grass Valley, CA ‎95945 map

Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door. Doors open at 7pm, and the concert starts at 7:30. For more information, please contact Carl at

Purchase tickets online here. We will also be hosting a fundraising dinner for our Scholarship Fund ahead of the concert. Click here for more information.

November 8, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Yes, it's true, Woolman students and staff will be playing at the upcoming "Evening With Michael Pollan" in Grass Valley! They are thrilled to be playing in celebration of a long-time Woolman campus hero, Michael Pollan. 

Johnny Woolman and The Wombats, are a collection of friends from all over the U.S. of A.  We share our lives together every day at the The Woolman Semester School and sometimes we share a song or two. We're an expression of the joy we discover when we gather together to share our creativity.  We'll explore genres far and wide, and we hope you're excited to come along with us for the journey.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at The Center of the Arts. Mention the Woolman School and they will give you tickets at member prices!

November 23, 2013 (All day) - December 1, 2013 (All day)
December 6, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The final project for the Global Issues class is a project that each student will bring home to implement in their communitiy. Students have been working on this project all semester. Come hear the students talk about this journey and their visions for the change they aim to bring about after Woolman. 

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December 7, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Come join us at Woolman to learn about this semester's student's Sustainability Projects! For a tantalizing taste, here are the titles of the projects: Geomapping, Composting Toilet, Hammocks, Solar Grant, Herb Garden, Outdoor Classroom, Outreach, Vintage Photos, & Student Lounge. If you are interested in contributing to the projects, in any way, please contact Gray, the Environmental Science Teacher, at

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December 7, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Please note a change in location: Due to snow, we will be holding the screening here at Woolman in the Meetinghouse. The time is the same - 7 p.m.. 

Please join us for our annual screening of Woolman students' Peace Documentaries at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains! Students have spent every Friday afternoon in documentary class gaining an expanded understanding of documentary film, the role it plays in society, and the relationship between art and activism. In teams, they design, produce, direct, and edit a ten minute film exploring an issue impacting self, community, and society. Documentary topics this semester include gender identity and expression, drug use and abuse, the role social media plays in beauty norms, history of the John Woolman School, and more! 

For past examples of students' documentaries, please check out our YouTube channel.

All are invited to our free public screening on Saturday, December 7th, beginning at 7 PM. UUCM is located at 246 S. Church Street in Grass Valley, at the corner of South Church and Walsh. We look forward to celebrating with you there!

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December 13, 2013 - 7:30pm

Join us for a night of presentations from our Fall 2013 Woolman Semester students who present their favorite piece of work they have completed this semester.

Baccalaureate will be held in the Woolman Meeting House with light refreshments. Past Baccalaureate presentations have included speeches, music, poetry, and skits! This wonderful night is a true insight into what happens throughout a semester at our school. 

Click Here to RSVP

December 14, 2013 - 9:00am

Attend a graduation like no other! The Woolman Semester graduations are uniquely authentic and moving--with the students acting as commencement speakers. This event has been called "a bi-annual dose of hope" for those who regularly come to hear our youth eloquently speak of the ways in which their hearts and minds have been changed through this community and education.

It is NOT to be missed!

Would you like to make it to both the Friday night and Saturday morning events? Book a guest room with us today! Please call: 530-273-3183 ext. 13

Click Here to RSVP