CraftED: Soil Horizons- Landscapes of Stories with Jessica Hodgson and Megan Westphal

Soil Horizons- Landscapes of Stories with Jessica Hodgson and Megan Westphal


Workshop Description:

This two session workshop guides participants through the unlikely pairing of soil and storytelling. 

In the Soil Horizons: Landscapes of Stories workshop, participants are invited to process stories that hold personal significance and consider the landscapes these stories may hold. Perhaps we have a dream we long to share, an observation that seems poignant, or there is something we are experiencing that we can or cannot quite put into words. 

Equipped with creative writing exercises exploring the stories we desire to dive into, participants will be encouraged to reflect on their chosen story and consider what it looks like beneath the surface – literally. Megan and Jessica will guide participants through the process of turning their story into soil monoliths. Monoliths are used in soil science to take a snapshot of soil up to a particular moment. These monoliths tell a story of how the soil formed and what is happening at that time. As time, location and the elements change, so too does the soil beneath our feet and as humans we begin to create stories to describe these changes. 

Participants will build two 24 x 6” soil monoliths, telling a story between them through the use of organic and inorganic materials gathered by the instructors as well as personally sourced materials. We will explore what the soil would look like at that specific point in time and how would it change as the story unfolded? The monoliths will be set in beautiful custom-made wooden frames and affixed with hanging hardware, ready to be displayed as a set of finished wall-pieces. 


Workshop Instructors:

Megan Westphal | soil scientist

Jessica Hodgson | ceramic artist


Workshop Runs:

November 27,  2022 | 12:30-4pm

December 4, 2022 | 1-2pm


Materials Provided:

Various soils typical to Winnipeg and surrounding area.

Additional materials:

Participants are encouraged to bring materials that hold significance that might be used in their monolith. Soil or organic material from a specific location such as stones/pebbles and plant matter, materials that represent an observation (ie – chunks of plastic or fibre for stories on climate change) or any other materials that hold weight or your attention. 


Registration: $280

  • Registration is non-refundable


Registration deadline: November 10th, 2022


Covid Protocol: Masks are requested


Register Online:

Registration for this class has reached capacity. Please contact [email protected] for wait list options. Our apologies and thank you!


Any questions regarding this workshop? 

Contact MCC Programme Coordinator, Katrina Craig at [email protected] or (204) 615-3951.