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Heartwood in the Hills
A New 

Autumn on the Meadow
September 10th - November 5th 2022

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Autumn on The Meadow at Heartwood in the Hills:

A program of FREE weekend classes, workshops, and events with Jude Binder.      Autumn on the Meadow Schedule:

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Creative Arts for Children

Three Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

  • September 11, 2022

  • September 25, 2022

  • October 23, 2022

Movement for Health and Centering

Three Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 4:30PM

  • September 10, 2022

  • October 22, 2022

  • November 5, 2022

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Classical Ballet - Refine Your Technique

  • Saturday, September 17, 2022 

  • 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM


Movement for Actors and Performers

  • Saturday, September 24, 2022

  • 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Please call with any questions (304) 354-7874
E-mail: heartwoodinthehillswv@gmail.com

Remembering Brenda Wilson

A Gathering of Friends and Family

Saturday, October 1st, 2022


2:00 p.m. Arrival and Visiting

3:00 p.m. Circle of Sharing (you are invited to bring stories, photographs, and memories to share if you like)

5:00 p.m. Potluck Supper If you'd like to stay, please bring something to share.

If you love to sing, join us in singing "Breaths" from Sweet Honey in the Rock. Pick any of the voices to sing.

Any questions, call Jude at 304-354-7874 and please leave a message.

Heartwood is one mile off Route 16 at Five Forks on Lovada/Broomstick Road in Calhoun County.

"The Fall of General Custard"
a Heartwood Virtual Project
Spring 2022

Ilene Evans and Jude  in rehearsal. 

Storyteller Ilene Evans returned to Heartwood in April 2022 to record “The Fall of General Custard or The Overthrow of a Leftover,” a children's storybook written by Matt Damon and illustrated by frequent Heartwood guest artist Gideon Kendall.

Click the link below to watch "The Fall of General Custard"

In the Fall and Winter of 1989 ten children trained and rehearsed at Heartwood for a performance of Broken Bough; the Child Labor Piece.  Classes, rehearsals, and the final performance on March 3rd, 1990 were documented by WNPB, Morgantown, West Virginia for an educational tv series, directed by John Nakashima entitled Act Up; the Story of a Performance. 




Our students are encouraged to develop an interest in the world and its people, and to understand that the past informs the present, and the present informs the future.  We encourage our students to regard the successes of others as examples of what is possible for them.  With this positive attitude, students are able to adopt practices of self discipline and perseverance, and to believe their ideas are valuable and can be brought to life.  In its outreach activities and performances, Heartwood carries the message of joy in creation, and the unity of all people to the public, and invites the public to participate and join the celebration of the artist in every person.

Heartwood is above all a school.  We are situated in such a pristine rural setting that we are able to incorporate nature into our overall curriculum.   Nature is our "textbook".  We work with students to nurture the part of them that responds deeply to nature, which we refer to as the "artist" within them.  We use nature and the arts as springboards to create a setting wherein students may break through creative barriers and step forward in their personhood.

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Heartwood in the Hills is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  



Mailing Address

229 Heartwood Lane
Big Bend, WV 26136

Physical Location:

Heartwood is one mile off Route 16 at Five Forks on Lovada/Broomstick Road in Calhoun County


(304) 354-7874

Please leave a message and we'll return your call.