bread baking classes and workshops

bread baking practicum

This workshop integrates meaningful spiritual reflection with culinary lessons.  As we discuss the ingredients, tools, and processes that create bread and flour, we are never far from the sacramental reality that these are the outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual truth.

In the practicum, we’ll examine more closely the differences between commercial flour and flour made from heirloom grains. We’ll also work on adjusting your recipes for whole grains. Everyone will learn to produce incredibly healthy and flavorful communion bread with low-tech equipment – baked with our freshly milled, heirloom whole wheat flour.

We’ll conclude by sharing our labor, bread warm from the oven – tasting the work of our companionship.  

If you'd like to offer this workshop at your church or synagogue please fill out the form below.

farm to altar table

“It’s a workshop rich with specific information and inspiration relevant to your personal life as well as to your community and beyond.” Coreen Walsh, Farm and Garden Director – Camp Stevens Episcopal Camp and Conference Center.

The Farm to Altar Table Workshop is appropriate for congregational forums and interfaith gatherings.

This workshop makes the connection between the bread on the altar table to what arises from the soil; linking farmers, farm practices and food-production practices to the communion bread we eat. We'll move from the personal and practical to the communal and spiritual.  Personally and practically speaking we'll learn about landrace and modern wheats, their nutrition value and why the staff of life is making some people sick (gluten issues). Communally and spiritually we'll look at the impact of farming conventional wheat on the environment and some of the social and historical relationships between agriculture and the church.  Spiritually, we'll discuss why Jesus asked us to remember him by sharing bread and what does that mean for our lives?