Grateful Gathering Farms
A Shared Vision
We believe all children deserve to spend their life out of the grind, and into the wild. In observing the current school system at large, we see more grind than we'd like to.
We envision a place for elementary aged children to continue developing basic life skills, creativity, and to experience real life science, literacy, and math.
A chance to learn the importance of growing their own food, to care for livestock, to establish an understanding of self sustainability and personal sovereignty.
Eventually, we will establish land, with a school house and gardens of our own.
For now, we are partnered with local community gardens, and utilize our public areas.
We provide academics directly relating to our projects and what the children are interested in.
With team based projects, children also learn healthy communication, compassion, and the importance of community and camaraderie.
Currently working together at
Mindful Forest School in Salt Lake City, Utah
Sara Wild, Mackenzy Johnson, and Brittany Walker join forces to expand real life opportunities for children as they grow.
Meet Our Grateful Family
Sara Wild grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Sara loves all things outdoors. Climbing, camping, skiing, hiking, and spending summer days next to rivers or lakes, or at the garden.
She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Child Development through the University of Utah, in 2015.
Sara started Mindful Forest School in 2017, to provide children with the most needed developmental support in their earliest years, through the connection with self, peers, supportive teachers, and nature.
As the children in her program grow, she is dedicated to providing expanded opportunities for older children to develop skills necessary for real life success.
Mackenzy Johnson grew up at the mouth of American Fork Canyon and has spent her life exploring the Wasatch Mountain Range. It was there she gained her passion for nature, wildlife, a sense of independence, and play.
She enjoys anything outside! Climbing, creating art, woodworking, fishing, hiking and camping, and gardening.
Mackenzy spent her 20's dedicated to a career in conservation and has been determined to find a way to incorporate those skills in a beneficial way for kids. She is gifted in Psychology, Mental and Emotional Health and has been certified in Emotional Process Therapy since 2015.
Mackenzy has been teaching alongside Sara Wild at Mindful Forest School since early 2020, and is dedicated to grow with the vision.
Brittany Walker was raised in Virginia, spending her early years adventuring in Appalachia; mountain biking, camping, and hiking.
Brittany earned a Bachelors of Science in Human Development from Virginia Tech, and taught at a Montessori school after graduation. In 2016 Brittany moved westward, joining the Utah Conservation Corps.
Brittany went into Natural Disaster Response and Wildland Firefighting, and she spent three years fighting fires before meeting two like-minded women, Sara and Mackenzy.
She spends her time hiking, climbing, practicing yoga, foraging, and singing.
Brittany believes the outdoors are essential for children; unfolding their individuality, creativity, and exploring freedom. She knows that the more children learn about nature, the more compassion they have for our planet, others, and themselves.