Bark Containers

bark baskets

June 28 (Friday)

10.30am – 5pm

£140 (for weekend offer see below) 

Venue: open air woodland setting in a 70 acre ancient coppiced wood on a family-run working  farm: peaceful and beautiful Dernwood Farm Nr Heathfield, East Sussex.

From tree to basket: come to the woods for a day and learn how to make a beautiful long-lasting stitched bark container. Designed to hang on the wall, perfect for storing your spoon collection, paint brushes etc. The texture and colour of these elegant containers brings the woodland into your home.

You’ll forage all your materials, cutting and then processing the bark. You’ll learn where, when and how to harvest bark in a sustainable way, and you’ll make your basket using nothing but the bark. We’ll cover knife/tool skills, with guidance and tuition on hand to support you through all the stages of the making process. You’ll leave knowing all you need to make a bark container from start to finish.

Weekend Offer: book Bark Containers (28 June) & Reed Mace Baskets (29 June) together for £255

Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention.

A simple but hearty vegetarian lunch is provided, we’ll have have a kettle on the camp fire, plus a huge tarp on hand for cover in case we need it. I aim to offer you a satisfying learning experience as well as an enjoyable time away from it all. To support you in getting the most from the day, we’ll connect to the woodland surroundings through a short and simple, guided mindfulness-based practice.

Just fabulous. Fun, creative, incredibly informative (Ruby’s hugely inspiring teaching) and in a place of such simple beauty. Way beyond all hopes, a treat of an experience that I shall never forget – shared with lovely people. Rebecca, Brighton

woven bark course
woven bark course

Accommodationcamping is available at the farm venue and full details about this will be sent to you when you book on the course. The farm also has glamping options, including cosy bell tents and cabins with wood-burners. The cost of staying at the farm is not included in the course. Read more about onsite and offsite accommodation options.

You can read FAQs here. 

See you in the woods!

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