Birch Creek Arts & Ecology Center


Trillium Farm


DEEP turtle of ecosophy

D.E.E.P. Faculty & Instructors

DEEP Faculty Chant and Susanna examine intricacy of madrone blossoms at the campfire.
Chant & Susanna examine madrone blossoms fireside in 1997.

Chant Thomas
    Chant draws on his extensive experience in the field and in the classroom to serve as primary educator for the D.E.E.P. Ecostery.  He holds a M.S. in Environmental Education (with a focus in forest ecology) from the Department of Biology, Southern Oregon University, and a B.S. in Earth Science (minor in Theatre) from University of California, Santa Cruz.  Chant's background as an educator ranges from teaching a multi-grade class in a remote one-room schoolhouse to designing and teaching forestry, biology, and geography courses at Southern Oregon University.  A long-time wilderness outfitter and environmental activist, Chant has worked in geology with the U.S. Geological Survey, in wildlife and engineering with the U.S. Forest Service, and as a contract forester, wildlife biologist, botanist, and forest cartographer for several National Forests.  Formerly a forest researcher and educator with the conservation organization Headwaters, Chant  coordinated the design and content of nine annual Western Forest Activists Conferences at Southern Oregon University. 

Chant at the ridgetop medicine wheel.


Susanna Bahaar Thomas
Susanna Bahaar Thomas, MEd, gardener and artist who has traveled extensively and studied art and culture while living in Mexico, Venice, and close to Nature in the mountains and remote Caribbean islands.  With a background in painting, ceramics, psychology, and spiritual studies, Susanna works with Ecostery participants in Community Studies, perceptual arts and writing, ecopsychology, and the spiritual dimensions of wilderness.  With 20 years experience as a high school teacher, Susanna is committed to facilitating her students to experience their creative potentials in deep and meaningful ways.  She is also a Sufi Cheroga  who finds depth and spiritual inspiration in this landscape.  As an herbalist, Susanna makes artisan body care products, tea blends and flower essences.  Her BFA is from Alfred University/College of Ceramics, with a double degree in psychology, and her Masters of Education is from Southern Oregon University.  In addition, Susanna has stewarded  the gardens at Trillium Farm as a dimension of her spiritual and artistic service.

Susanna instructing proper transplanting techniques.


Chant and Susanna sitting with the ancient pine.

Several guest instructors have offered their expertise in various subjects, including ethnobotany, aquatic ecology, ornithology, pond turtle ecology, invasive species, appropriate technology, permaculture, and more.

Dr. Jacob Kann teaching Aquatic Ecology Workshop.

Wildlife biologist Simon Wray teaching Western Pond Turtle Workshop.


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