Women represent slightly more than one-quarter of all the people who have participated in Stone Trust workshops since 2014, so clearly co-educational instruction works well. But especially in the trades, traditionally male-dominated fields, many women enjoy the comfort of learning from women in a female environment. So we offer women’s workshops!
In 2021 sixteen women joined our first-ever Women’s Two-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling! The 2022 schedule gives you three options! The addition of that workshop to our regular schedule also opens to you a Women’s Two-Day Cheek Rebuild. The workshops run simultaneously. If you are already practicing the five basics building freestanding walls, come learn how to finish your structure with a vertical wall end! Register for the Women’s Cheek Rebuild here.
The Stone Trust (TST) offered our first Women’s Introduction to Dry Stone Walling workshops in 2015, taught by the first women in North America to achieve Dry Stone Walling Association Level 2 Professional Certification—Kim Coggin, Hilary Dees, Jo Hodgson, and Judy Rand. Every year since, this small group of women–the only women in North America qualified to teach Stone Trust workshops– has blended stone work expertise and teaching experience to share the five basic principles of building a structurally sound, aesthetically pleasing dry stone wall. At the time, they represented the only women in North America certified by the DSWA at the professional level.
Since then, a fifth North American woman has joined the ranks of Level 2 Professional wallers. Professional member Victoria Merriman leaped the Level 2 hurdle at a fall certification test in September 2020. In March she certified as a DSWA and Stone Trust instructor. We are so glad to have her!
In September 2021, Kim Coggin became the first female Level 3 Advanced Waller in North America, one of a tiny group of such expert women wallers on the planet!
Kim, Judy, Hilary, and Victoria are teaching 2022 workshops for women. We hope you will come to learn with us!