Daniel Mack



Two consistent events for the last 20 years:

The Omega Institute         Woodlanders Gatherings


April 7          Community Center Nature Place in Warwick

                 6-hr Workshop, Building Backyard Water Features

April 14        Community Center Nature Place in Warwick

                 PlayDate  Help build the new Nature Place and

                 start that Earth Day Tree of Wands project

April 22     Stanley Deming Park, Warwick  Earth Day Actyivity

                 Tree of Wands: Make One Take One

May 6        Play/Build Time on the Hudson River

July 7-8     Wander-Wonder-Play   Art as Transformation

Aug 10-12  Woodlanders Gathering, DuskLit 

Aug 26-30   Befriending the Unconscious, The Omega Institute


Sept 9     Pechakucha, Objects as Magical Decoys

July        Woodlanders Gathering          schedule

                   DUSKLIT                          photos

              Teen Classes in Magic and Surrealim

              Teen Leadership Program

May        Parent/Child Studio Time        photos

Feb         Enrichment Pgm, Local School

Jan         Workshops in Studio


Oct          Making Rustic  10-5   $175

                Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY

Aug          Woodlanders

                Doing Rustic: Structures and Sculpture, Omega Institute

July          Teen Leadership Program, Community Center

May          Object-making with Natural Materials    11-1   $50


Aug          Creative Workshops for Farmworker Teens

                Studio/Garden Tour for 30 Teen Leaders

July          Align your art with your life  OMEGA   OUTLINE 

               Altered Hub Cap Workshop farmworker Boys Group

June         Garden Art, Mt St Mary College

April         Being in Nature, OCLT

Mar          Garden Art, Cornell Cooperative

Before 2015




















Dan offers several types of hands-on workshops:

Nature Play/Workshops

blends the What, How and Why... and is usually done out-of-the workshop.  We meet at some natural site and develop seeing, collecting and assembling skills. Objects get made: benches, nature sculptures and small take-aways. The purpose is a new, fresh experience in nature. 2-6 hour formats

Creative Coaching

The Others   

are primaily about the WHY of making things with natrual materials; How to use natural materials and rustic approaches to develop personal creativity and access The Creative Unconscious. Objects get made, tools and materials used, but the emphasis is on object-making as a means to another experience. These are the workshops and trainings I develop and customise with other organizations.                                          2-16 hour formats


Working Rustic 



Daniel Mack has been working with sticks, saplings, logs, bark and driftwood for 25 years to make furniture, rustic architectural elements and small, simple objects. He has written five books on the techniques and attitudes of working rustic. He has learned about the 'language' of natural materials which he shares in this workshop, "Rustic is really a way of saying something about beauty, nature, longing and your place in the world. It's much more than just furniture".

Dan introduces the basic construction techniques and tools of rustic work as you work on your own projects. This workshop is excellent for people who have never used a drill or a hammer. But experienced builders and craftspeople will be surprised and challenged by the subtleties of the rustic ways of making things. You can expect to make two or three things during the course.

Daniel Mack is committed to sharing information about working with natural materials. Besides his writing, he has been teaching and about this for more 25 years...at The Omega Institute, his own studio, the Woodlanders Gatherings and various arts and crafts centers and healing centers.  He's organized an Arts-in-Healthcare Seminar and has recently started Arts in Nature, a custom-workshop service for organizations interested in deepening their experience of nature and human nature. Dan has begun on-line creativity workshops and salons with people around the world. He is developing what he calls: Wayward Psychology, an approach to well-being through making.