Sunday 26 July 2020
Venue: 70 acre ancient coppiced woodland on a family-run working farm: peaceful and beautiful Dernwood Farm Nr Heathfield, Sussex, TN21 0PN
Making fire without matches, using the ancient technique of percussion, is truly empowering. It seems to touch a primal part of us humans and it’s a thrill, every time, when the flames burst forth. Fire-making is one of my favourite courses to teach, not just for the fun and empowerment of it but also for the sense of awe and respect that people can experience when they work with fire in this way.
This day is a comprehensive exploration of making fire using percussion. You’ll have time to explore and hone your skills of safely turning a spark into a fire that will hold its own.
We’ll look at the various tinder that’s available for foraging. You’ll learn how to identify, gather, prep and use these materials.
This course is suitable for anyone who’s always wanted to have a go… and also for anyone who’d like to develop their existing skills of fire-making. My aim is for you to leave with a grounded confidence in your fire-making ability. Optional extra on the day: purchase a beautiful Native Hands fire-making kit, handmade by Ruby, for £35
Suitable for all levels, including beginners. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention and to accommodate social distancing requirements.
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.
We learned so much… yet the pace was never rushed or stressful. Each part of the process was completely engrossing and I was able to be more fully present than I usually am in my daily life in the city. It’s hard for your thoughts to wander when you’re waving a smoking nest of grass in your hand, watching it burst into flames! It all felt so sane, human and natural. YK, Sussex
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, including cosy bell tents and cabins with wood-burners. Please note that the cost of accommodation is not included in the course.
See you in the woods!