Here are a few wonderful things we are honored to say have been said about us!
“The best kind of teacher is someone who is passionate about what they are teaching: not just in a scholarly sense, but a personal one. Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman both love fairy tales. They live and breathe folklore and magical tales from centuries past. However, they are also both that rare combination: someone who has both a personal passion and professional knowledge on the subject.
Sara and Brittany will not only teach you about those fairy tales with which you may not be familiar, but they will help you to see new aspects of the classic fairy tales you’ve known for years. What’s more, they will explain why these tales, with their classic tropes and symbols, are still pertinent today in society and in your own personal life.”
– Grace Nuth – Ohio, USA
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“Folklore, the knowledge of the people, spans the globe, ranging from superstition and ritual to the Gebrüder Grimm’s collected fairy tales to rhymes and proverbs. But many of us have barely dipped our hands into this enormous treasure trove. We know a handful of wonder tales, an urban legend or two. We know Disney.
That’s where Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman come in. These two experienced folklorists are ambassadors to an enchanted realm of story and song, throwing open the carved wooden doors with a generosity of spirit and a passion for the fantastic that carries you right along with them. They love what they do; as your guides, they will delightedly show you how to engage with all things folkloric—and how to see those things in the world around you.
Curious about glass slippers? About witches and why we don’t step on cracks and how to entice a naga? Then treat yourself to a course (or three!) and follow Sara and Brittany through the winding, moon-silvered halls of the Carterhaugh School. You definitely won’t be disappointed.”
– Shveta Thakrar – Pennsylvania, USA
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“If, in childhood, you ever checked for wolves lurking behind trees; or planted “magic” seeds, then watched for a beanstalk; or rubbed Grandmother’s antique brass lamp, wishing… wishing…. then, The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic is for you. Brittany and Sara expertly lead us to the gate whereby grown-ups may enter that Enchanted Realm ~ and then, literally, share with us “the Key.” Beautiful and entertaining, the Long Course on The Fairy Tale fulfilled in me both the scholarly adult and the little girl still longing for enchantment. Please let me know how soon we may enroll in the next course from the Carterhaugh School.”
– Connie Todd Lila – Wisconsin, USA
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“I was fortunate to take both course offerings from the Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic: an “An Eerie Tale to Tell” in Fall 2016 and “Long Course: The Fairy Tale” in Winter 2017. I was highly impressed by the thought and preparation they had put into each class. It’s clear that their online school is a labor of love through which they can share their passion for fairy tales and folklore with the world.
The video lessons are well-done, scholarly, and engaging, the readings were fascinating, and I hope to read the additional suggested readings as well. I especially enjoyed the grimoire pages that provided beautiful keepsake summaries of each lesson. I am not a beginner student in folklore and fairy tales but I learned so much in these classes and the accompanying student discussion group. Thank you for giving us the golden key to these stories!
You will not be disappointed in any of the course offerings from Carterhaugh–I recommend them all!”
– Meenoo Mishra – Georgia, USA
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“The magic of folklore and fairy tales is as vital to our everyday lives as the food we take for sustenance. Brittany Warman and Sara Cleto feed our souls abundantly with their significant scholarship and personal passion for the tales we all think we know. With a forthright love of their subject, these two teachers illuminate the dark corners of stories with the luminescence of knowledge and inspiration. For anyone who seeks enchantment through learning, the Carterhaugh School provides a perfect compass.”
– Deborah Sage – Kentucky, USA
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“I’ve but one disappointment in this course: that this amazing journey through the world of fairy isn’t never-ending! I confess I’ve grown addicted to the arrival of your well-crafted magics twice each week, not to mention the stimulating discourse it triggers in the private group. When I signed up I expected interesting content, but the conversations and friendships formed through the private group page were an unexpected delight – one I’m deeply grateful for.
I know you probably have a number of awesome things going on in your lives, but you’ve begun something genuinely magical here, and it’s my hope that this is but the beginning. Were you to offer a half dozen or so long form classes each year, I’d likely take them all. At this point Carterhaugh could entice me to board any adventure they serve up, such is my trust in the quality adventure you’ll deliver.
This is truly a moment for fairy tales, and so many are hungry for so much more, so please, continue as our guide through the world of wonder tales – I think you’ll be pleased to discover just how many will follow natural born pied pipers such as yourselves. I hope you are unfathomably proud of yourselves – you’ve earned it. You have truly delivered. This course shines all sparkly awesome-full. Thank you for bringing the magic.”
– Laura Saba – New York, USA
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“I really enjoyed taking Carterhaugh’s online class, “‘An Eerie Tale to Tell’: Folklore for All Hallows Eve.” The class was fun, mostly because the teachers were knowledgeable but still a little bit goofy. I would say that they are wise. Not Gandalf-wise, but definitely Dumbledore-wise. I really loved that they took my questions seriously, even though I was the only kid participating in the Facebook group. My favorite lesson was the one about urban legends. It was cool to learn how urban legends are spread and to find out that the Slenderman legend was created in my lifetime.”
– Nate Trotter, Age 12 – Ohio, USA
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“Every once in awhile, a mother gets the opportunity to witness her child’s world open up before her eyes, to see a spark of interest grow into a fire of insatiable curiosity. If she’s very lucky, she’ll recognize that something magical is happening, she’ll find a way to fan the flame without extinguishing the fire, and she’ll find just the right guides to encourage her child to take risks, ask questions, and chase down the flickering embers that catch his attention. This was my experience when my son and I incorporated Carterhaugh’s “An Eerie Tale: Folklore for All Hallows Eve” into our homeschool adventure.
Beyond the fact that, in three short lessons, Brittany and Sara were able to spark a passion in my son’s life that is still growing months later, I was impressed by three very distinct aspects of Carterhaugh’s debut offering. First, having already explored some similarly themed online materials, all of which tended to limit instruction to just one collection or tradition, I very much appreciated the breadth and depth of each “Eerie Tale” lesson. Not only does each lesson include scholarly information that most lay-courses neglect, but the accompanying handouts act like a quietly opening door, inviting us through to continue exploring more deeply on our own. Secondly, I enjoyed the online community that they created and nurtured in the course’s private Facebook group. It truly became a space where we could interact, both with the instructors and with each other, bounce ideas, and enrich our understanding of the subject matter. Finally, I was impressed by the level of respect that all participants showed when my son put forth his own questions, despite the fact that his was the lone juvenile voice in the crowd. When my 12-year-old scholar turned to me mid-way through the course and told me, “Mom, I think I’ve found my people,” I knew we would be visiting Carterhaugh again and again.”
– Jessica Freytag, Nate’s Mom – Ohio, USA