Ivy Baskets

ivy basket

October 9 (Sunday)

10.30am-5pm

£110

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.

Come to the woods and forage ivy to weave it into a small basket as we sit around a cosy camp fire. You’ll learn how, where and when to harvest the best ivy, and how to twine it into a basket. Your basket will have a feeling of lightness but will be good and sturdy, with beautiful texture and subtle colouration.  Perfect for storing things like garlic, eggs or lemons or small precious items.

After this day of weaving you’ll probably start eyeing up ivy plants in a new way.

ivy basket making

Suitable for all levels, including beginners. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention.

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

I truly enjoyed your course- I think you have creative skills and calm methodical practice in such a great balance. I enjoyed making ‘something’ from ‘nothing’ and will make sure I spend time to use what I’ve learned. NR, 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. The cost of staying at the farm is not included in the course.

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See you in the woods!

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