Covid19: as of July, in line with the government’s Phase 3 directive*, I’m resuming my woodland courses schedule.
Being outside is the safest way to gather together (and is good medicine for us), but in order to accommodate social distancing requirements, group size will be reduced, and there will be a few other small changes to support us all in keeping safe. However, I’m confident that your experience won’t be compromised, and that it will still be possible to have a rich and nourishing time.
*This is the expected date for the government’s Phase 3, which will allow campsites etc to re-open. Obviously if their directives change, I will respond accordingly.
🌿These are challenging times for us all, & as a sole trader I’m very grateful for your continued support🌿
What measures are in place in the light of Covid19? Group size is reduced to allow for social distancing. The campsite facilities will be cleaned at frequent intervals through the day and there will be hand washing facilities for the group’s exclusive use in our area of the woods. Participants will bring packed lunch and a thermos in place of the shared lunch/ hot drinks.
Where do the courses happen? In a beautiful 70 acre private woodland near Lewes, East Sussex, UK.
Can I get to the venue by public transport? The nearest train stations, Lewes and Uckfield, are both a 20 minute drive by taxi (info here). You can book a taxi from one of these stations, but it’s often possible to get a lift from the station with someone else coming on the course. Please get in touch two weeks before your course if you’d like to request a lift share.
Who are the courses for? Native Hands courses are designed for adults, although 16-18 year olds are very welcome if accompanied by a participating, responsible adult. Family Wild Pottery, however, is designed for children and young people aged 7-17.
What level of fitness/ability is required to participate? I aim to make Native Hands courses as accessible as possible within the context and limitations of a woodland setting, with uneven ground and basic facilities. Some walking is involved, of 10-30 mins duration, over level but uneven terrain. By their nature, all courses involve foraging and physical activity. Therefore a certain degree of physical ability is needed, and all the activities require a reasonable level of hand-to-eye coordination. If you have mobility issues or other physical needs please get in touch before making a booking, so we can see how your needs can be accommodated.
What are the facilities like? There’s a flush loo 7 mins walk from our working area in the woods. Otherwise we have a bush loo arrangement (ie. find a bush). We have simple wooden benches to sit/work on, and sometimes people bring a small cushion if they like a softer seat. We have a kettle on the fire and hot drinks are available all day.
Are the courses catered? We have a kettle on the fire and teas etc available all day, as well as plenty of home made flapjacks. Lunch: people bring food to share for lunch (it can be very simple, eg bread, cheese, fruit. Or you can bring your favourite dish). A shared lunch around the camp fire is a real treat on the courses; it’s good to eat together. There are also options for buying food from the farm shop on site.
What about accommodation? The farm venue has really nice wild camping and also various glamping options: wagons, cabins, bell tents, all with wood stoves. You’ll find all details here. Accommodation isn’t included in the course price, but there’s a special offer for camping (but not glamping) if you’re attending a course. Details about this are sent to you with your booking confirmation.
What about cancellations etc? If you’re unable to attend an event you’ve booked on, no refunds are available, sorry. Bookings are not transferable from one course to another, but if you want to give your place to a friend, that’s absolutely fine, just let me know their name and contact details. Please read the Booking Info page for full details.
Can I bring my dog? Native Hands has a no-dogs policy on all courses.