Reed Mace Basketry

reed mace (bulrush) basket course sussex

2021 dates tbc



Venue: ancient coppiced  woodland on a family-run working  farm: peaceful and beautiful Dernwood Farm Nr Heathfield, East Sussex.

Spend a day in the woods making a basketry item of your choice, using foraged wild reed mace, Typha latifolia (often known as bulrush). It’s a lovely material to work with, and we’ll gather some of it on the day from the site.

You’ll learn how to harvest, store and process this easily available & useful basketry plant. You’ll be guided through all stages of the making process to help you have a good understanding of the techniques.

Beginners are welcome, and for those with some previous experience it’s a great opportunity to consolidate your existing skills. If you’ve previously worked with rush, you can expand your knowledge with this easily-foraged material that is similar to weave with. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention (and the required social distancing).

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.

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.

You can read FAQs here. 

See you in the woods!

Ruby, thank you for such a wonderful workshop. I thought it would be something special I could share with my sister, and it was even lovelier than I had hoped.

Jane, Brighton

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