cottage in the oaks

Nomad at Home

Not everyone has a wanderlust, some are content with home, where the comfort of the familiar is enough. I am a wanderer, I find comfort in the unfamiliar and the road less traveled.

If home is where my heart is, and it is, I bring a piece of my heart with me on my forays into the wider world. Home is more acutely appreciated upon my return, and like a pilgrim, I return with a fuller heart.


Hello! My name is

Kate Poole

and I live and work in North Idaho. We are in the process of restoring a turn of the century homestead, where we host retreats.

Gardening has been a big part of my life.  I grow both medicinal herbs for my skin care line, Essential Apothecary Alchemist, and food crops, for farm to table dinners for our guests.

As an artist beauty is my soul food. I love painting women’s portraits embellished with birds, flowers, vines and plants. I also enjoy painting landscapes. I have endless inspiration living in our rural location.

Vintage Seed Catalog illustration with vegetables

My favorite Herb & Seed Catalogs

Make sure to put your order in early as things start to sell out after the New year!

free digital download

Print Your Seed Packets

I print off a bunch of these to keep my seeds organized and stored securely.

workshops + events
Live Retreats At The Homestead

Our creative and healing retreats are offered to assist the nurturing of your imagination. Through producing original artwork, encouraging self reflection, and by gathering together in the quiet of nature - you'll leave nourished in body, mind and spirit.

Return refreshed and inspired to bring life to your creative pursuits and incorporate a mindful practice of daily rituals for self renewal.