COVID19: from July I’m resuming my woodland courses schedule, in line with the government’s latest directive*
Being outside is the safest way to gather together, but in order to accommodate social distancing requirements, group size will be reduced, and there will be a few other changes to support us all in keeping safe. However, I’m confident that your experience won’t be compromised, and that it will still be possible to have a rich and nourishing time together.
🌿 The reintegration after lockdown can feel daunting. Being in the natural world together in a small group, especially amongst trees, is supportive to us both physically and mentally. It resources us in many ways that help navigate this time of transition. Wishing you well, Ruby 🌿
*This is the expected date for the government’s Phase 3, which will allow campsites etc to re-open. Obviously if their directives change, I will respond accordingly.
These are challenging times for us all, and as a sole trader I’m very grateful for your continued support.
‘Wild’ because we forage our crafting materials from the land and hedgerows, and courses are held mostly in Sussex woodland (near Lewes). These courses have evolved out of a love of making things in the natural world using natural materials, alongside a deep interest in ancient crafts and technologies. Connecting with nature, ancestral knowledge and keeping traditional skills alive are core aspects of Native Hands.
I aim to offer you a satisfying learning experience as well as an enjoyable time away from it all, in beautiful, peaceful woodland
It’s easy to take the objects and resources we use in our daily lives for granted, so it’s really valuable to experience the whole cycle of production: harvesting/gathering materials in a sustainable way, processing them and finally creating a useful and beautiful object. It’s an empowering opportunity to learn and develop practical, life-long skills.
Inspired and informed by traditional wisdom and knowledge in the ways I interact with the natural world and with natural materials, we harvest what we need with respect and sensitivity.
Read what people say about Native Hands courses
Connecting with the natural world can deeply nourish and rejuvenate us. Taking time out of our daily lives to be creative in the woods round a fire, with birdsong, wild plants, creatures, dappled sunlight and like-minded people, we can find a sense of space and connection…to ourselves, to each other, and to the web of life itself.
‘Nature deficit disorder’ is widely recognised as a serious issue in many peoples’ lives, and the importance and benefits of working creatively with our hands is well-documented.
These issues, along with a deep concern for sustainability, are at the heart of Native Hands.
If you are among the tens of millions of people who spend most of their days indoors, embedded in the ‘man-made’ world, it’s to be expected that your concept of life will be largely human-centered. When you begin weaving more of nature into your everyday existence, however, your sense of life may open up to encompass the much richer, more complex, more communal and more timeless universe that you’re actually part of. C. Cook, ‘Awakening to Nature’
🌿I co-founded Native Hands in 2010 as a small educational collective of friends who share a love of making in nature with natural materials, with respect for ancestral knowledge. As friends we still meet, share ideas, and inspire each other.
I also offer training and courses for heritage and cultural organisations. I’ve recently worked with: