We will keep adding short bio’s of our members below– pictures too! Some of our occupations: herbalist, librarian, massage therapist, renewable energy consultant, spiritual healer, teacher, pharmacist.
I was born and raised on the east side of Milwaukee, fortunate to live in a neighborhood where neighbors actually shared picnics, card games and childcare, and many playmates lived within walking distance. It was urban, but we could walk to Lake Michigan and several other nearby parks, and we were always “playing outside.” We did watch some TV, but mostly made our own fun. I was always interested in science and graduated from Edgewood College in Madison in 1972 with a major in Biology. I worked in labs for about 6 years, in pharmaceutical quality control and biomedical research, then returned to UW in 1978 and earned a degree in Pharmacy. I practiced Pharmacy in the Madison area, and then in Mauston. I retired early from Pharmacy and worked in some “fun” jobs, learning a lot in a hardware store and a health food store. I’ve always been attracted to a simple way of life, and spend a lot of time gardening and cooking. Currently I’m working on getting my house in Baraboo shipshape to sell, and looking forward to living in a community that is sustainable on so many levels.
Natalie has been a renewable energy policy consultant and is starting a new career as a math and physics teacher. She has been interested in living in community since her years in graduate school when she was blessed to live in two wonderful group houses, small but robust communities. Since discovering the cohousing movement during that time, she realized that she could live in community as an adult with a family, and has been working to make that happen.
Natalie enjoys spending time with her family, canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking and more. In her own spare time she loves to cook, craft (knitting and sewing mostly), read, and take long walks and bike rides. She gardens some and hopes to get better at that, and also hopes to learn to keep chickens and bees.
I am looking forward to bringing permaculture principles into the design work for Stone’s Throw Ecovillage. I see a progression in my life toward more and more sustainability, from baking bread to growing a garden to renovating homes with green materials to driving electric vehicles to planting trees. I see building a small, resource-efficient home in a people-oriented ecovillage as a capstone to this quest.
For me spirituality is the motivating force for this and for all of my endeavors. We are all ultimately connected, quite obviously in our dependence on the same resources, and in our capacities to share, grow, learn, respect, and love one another. For me this led to being active in the Christian Science church and the practice of spiritual healing. I enjoy human-powered sports, especially boating and Ultimate Frisbee, reading, writing, and building things. And I enjoy fishing with our son, Colin, and dancing with Natalie.
Being the second oldest of nine children I got used to living in a large family from the beginning. During and after high school I joined The Minnesota Teen Corps, a volunteer organization that also involved living and working in a community. I love gardening and cooking with others and sharing meals and fun times. While I was raising and homeschooling my four children, I was a professional baker, a La Leche League leader, a buying club coordinator and a librarian. My youngest son, Hugh, still lives with me. I enjoy spending time with my children and five grandchildren and any other children who come my way. I love quiet places like woods and libraries. I love knitting and reading and love to look at knitting books that come through the library where I work full time.
I was born in SW Michigan, spent nearly a decade living in Chicago and have called the Driftless region my home since moving here in 1990. Co-operative community building has always been near and dear to my heart and has inspired my involvement as a founding member of several co-ops, including the Viroqua Food Co-op, the Viroqua Healing Arts Center, the Threshold Care Circle and a few other cooperative ventures that have come and gone or evolved into something else. My profession since the mid 80s has been massage and bodywork therapy. For the past 7 years I have been involved as an advocate and educator in the home funeral movement. I am a student and long time practitioner of yoga and meditation and enjoy hiking, camping and being on the water.
I was born in SW Michigan, spent nearly a decade living in Chicago and have called the Driftless region my home since moving here in 1990. Co-operative community building has always been near and dear to my heart and has inspired my involvement as a founding member of several co-ops, including the Viroqua Food Co-op, the Viroqua Healing Arts Center, the Threshold Care Circle and a few other cooperative ventures
that have come and gone or evolved into something else. My profession since the mid-80s has been massage and bodywork therapy. For the past 7 years I have been involved as an advocate and educator in the home funeral movement. I am a student and long time practitioner of yoga and meditation and enjoy hiking, camping and being on the water.
I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in Greendale, Wisconsin. Greendale was a wonderful place to be as a child. My older brother, younger sister and I were able to walk everywhere, there was always someone to play or socialize with, we had community celebrations and lots of green space to explore.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. My career started in a small inner city hospital in Milwaukee where I worked in almost every area of the hospital until it closed. Switching gears I took a job working in traumatic brain injury, and eventually became the Director of Nursing. It was at that time I discovered that I preferred to be a nurse rather than manage. Currently I have a very fulfilling career as an RN Complex Case Manager as I help patients navigate our health care system.
Married to Den, we have no children. Dogs, cats and horses share our current home on 20 acres in Eagle, WI. The house has 2 units as my Mom lived with us until she passed away. I know how lucky we were to have one extra person to share in all of the things that needed to be done when we built our home and barn.
Along with nursing, I am passionate about horses, competed in dressage and ran a small boarding/ training facility on our land. My competition horse is now older and retired. I also have a wonderful trail horse who is very fun to ride anywhere.
While we enjoy the land and living in the southern Kettle Moraine area, we no longer need all this space and it will be very fun to have time to learn new things. Having built one home that is not very green, the opportunity to build another which will incorporate green technology and materials is very exciting.
Places we have traveled to include Hawaii, Jamaica, Europe, Costa Rica, Alaska and out west: Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, California. We visited the Driftless area on an anniversary trip a number of years ago and I remember thinking – I did not know there was a place in Wisconsin that looks like this! We are looking forward to sharing the beautiful land at Stones Throw with a community.
I like to garden, cook, hike, read and spend time with family, friends and animals. I would like to learn how to care for farm animals – chickens, maybe a goat, be able to garden more and to learn more about food preservation and of course permaculture. Oh, and laughing….. I laugh a lot. Sometimes having a sense of humor is the best medicine.
I was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI and attended a Lutheran grade and high school. My one sister still lives with her husband in Milwaukee.
As a child I kept snakes, turtles and frogs as pets. Although they never complained, I now prefer to observe them in their natural environment. I attended UW-Milwaukee on a part-time basis while working full-time. Realizing that I would likely be retired before graduating, I saved money, quit my job and transferred to UW-Oshkosh and earned a degree in Business Administration. It was in Oshkosh that Deb and I met. I worked for many years at a food distribution company and am now retired from that job.
I prefer to be out in the country, and have lived in the small town of Eagle since we built our home here. Before my knees started to complain I ran about thirty miles per week on the trails in the Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Woodworking is a hobby of mine and, as Deb is an avid gardener, I have built a potting bench, fencing, trellises and obelisks. I have made and erected 16 bluebird nesting boxes which are scattered around our property. It is very rewarding restoring bluebird habitat and watching the nests being built, eggs being laid and seeing the young birds fledge. Birds are amazing parents.
Although I enjoy traveling and road trips, Costa Rica being my personal favorite, our animals keep us closer to home now. Other activities I enjoy are reading, cooking breakfast, and eating, I can eat a lot.
Having always lived in Wisconsin, I appreciate all four seasons and our ever-changing weather. Being a little bit of a weather buff, I must admit I enjoy our extreme weather. I’m looking forward to building a home that is friendly to the environment and to being around others who respect the earth.
What do we do together, besides meetings and potlucks? Sauna, garden, design, build, watch movies, sponsor workshops.