Darla Barrows, Stone Soup Director and Teacher Darla was born and raised on a rural dairy farm in the Driftless, the largest Norwegian farming community outside of Norway known for its unglaciated hills and valleys. Growing up on her family's farm, the rhythms of nature were undeniable. Bees buzzed, plants sprouted and the daily and yearly rhythms of rural farm life laid the foundation for her lifelong love of the natural world.
Darla has been involved in Waldorf education for over 15 years and completed her Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training in New England at The Early Childhood Teacher Education Center at Sophia's Hearth. Her research was on nature's memory and how to apply this to our work with children to foster a sense of ecological stewardship. Prior to her work in Waldorf education, Darla enjoyed a fulfilling career as an Educational Sign Language Interpreter for Deaf children and found the spatial gestures and pictorial linguistics of signing deeply complemented her work in the Waldorf early childhood classroom.
Upon arriving in Canada, Darla spent many happy years volunteering in Waldorf initiatives before returning home for her family's sabbatical to work as Enrollment Director and Early Childhood Teacher at Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School in rural Wisconsin. Darla began Stone Soup Crafts in Ottawa in 2015 to share her love of homemaking and the nurturing arts with local families. She especially loves the warmth of baking bread and enjoys helping families find the time to work it into their home rhythm.