Rush Foraging Baskets
Three dates in 2021:
May 21 (Friday), May 22 (Saturday) & Sept 5 (Sunday)
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, round a camp fire, making a rush foraging basket using true English rush (Schoenoplectus lacustris). These beautiful, tactile baskets hang across the body and are perfect for foraging berries, nuts etc… or just for carrying everyday things in.
English rush is a lovely material to work with, a native plant with a long history of use in basket making. It’s particularly suited to beginners, but those with previous experience can develop and consolidate existing skills.
Suitable for all levels including beginners. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention (and the currently required physical distancing).
A light 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.
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. The cost of staying at the farm is not included in the course.
I loved the basket-making day because we were out in nature, sitting around a fire and it all seemed really relaxed. I was very skilfully tutored and encouraged, met some lovely people, ate delicious food and generally had a great time! Not only did I leave the woods relaxed and happy at the end of the day, but I also came away with a very useful basket and a restored faith in my own abilities!
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