1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro, NC info@shakorihills.org 919-704-9174

Looking Ahead

Building a Folk Arts School at Shakori Hills and expanding our partnerships with local artists’ and crafters’ guilds is one of our great dreams for the future. The arts of woodturning, weaving, carving, pottery, glass blowing, painting and… Read More

What is a Didgeridoo?

The didgeridoo (/ˌdɪdʒəriːˈduː/) (also known as a didjeridu) is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of Northern Australia, potentially within the last 1,500 years, and still in widespread use today both in Australia and around the world. It is sometimes described as a natural… Read More

Jeff Dotson & Francisco Plaza, Instructors

Jeff Dotson has a background not only in dome construction, but also in mountaineering, sailing, team development trainings, world travel, mainframe computer programing, and home construction.  Presently, his main skill areas revolve around raising a young daughter and son… Read More

Fuz Sanderson, Instructor

Fuz Sanderson is an endangered species biologist,  Earthskills teacher, musician and storyteller. He has over 25 years experience as a wilderness instructor, naturalist, and research biologist for organizations such as 4H, National Wildlife Federation, US Fish and Wildlife… Read More

Cara O’Connell, Instructor

Cara has been whittling and working with wood for many years, having developed an interest in wood working when she was a child. She fondly remembers a “jolly old carpenter named Bobby Carpenter who wore overalls and played the… Read More

Will Ridenour, Instructor

Will Ridenour is a musician from Greensboro, NC specializing in percussion styles from around the world. Since 1994, Will has been teaching, performing, and studying in the United States, Mali, Senegal, and Sweden, and has appeared in 40 states… Read More

Marie Vanderbeck, Instructor

Marie Vanderbeck has been singing professionally for many years – Old Country, Blues, Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass, Appalachian – to name a few of her styles. Her voice is her instrument and she fine tunes it to be soft… Read More

John W. Vanderheyden, Instructor

John recently retired from a 35+ year career with Verizon Communications doing internal computer work. He chose to move to North Carolina from Washington D.C. because of the natural beauty of the state, and the Piedmont in particular… Read More

Jaime Coggins, Class Instructor

Jaime Coggins received her degree in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 2002 and has taught on various levels and practiced art for the last 18 years. After graduating, she taught as a Visiting… Read More

Education, Cultural Preservation & Sustainable Communities

In 2007, Shakori Hills launched a music-in-the-schools program in conjunction with the GrassRoots Festivals.  Our Roots in the Schools program (formerly Hopes and Dreams) is coordinated cooperatively with interns from UNC-Chapel Hill’s APPLES program.  Schools in Chatham, Orange and Durham… Read More