Woven Bark Baskets

woven bark

New for 2023 

June 17/18 (Saturday/Sunday)

10.30am-5pm both days


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 two days and learn how to make sturdy and long-lasting woven bark baskets. The woods are especially beautiful in June with new leaf and dappled light.

On this in-depth woodland course you’ll forage all your materials, cutting and processing the bark. You’ll learn where, when and how to harvest it in a sustainable way, and you’ll weave your ‘square to round’ basket using nothing but the bark itself.

We’ll use natural dye methods in a pan over the fire to create rich dark hues to give beautiful  geometric designs, or you may wish to use only the natural bark. You’ll leave knowing all you need to make a bark container from start to finish.

A simple but hearty 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 days, we’ll connect to the woodland surroundings through a short and simple, guided mindfulness-based practice.

Thank you so much for a wonderful, and I mean REALLY wonderful day learning about bark,  fire making and connecting to nature again, and all the good soul nourishing things that we did. I’m very pleased with my container. Mary said that the workshop was one of the best birthday presents she’s ever had!
Amy H, Brighton

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

Accommodation: camping 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- cosy bell tents and cabins with wood-burners. The cost of staying at the farm isn’t included in the cost of the course. Read more about onsite and offsite accommodation options.

You can read FAQs here.

See you in the woods!

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