Workshops

Workshops

Our workshops – a voyage of discovery into the

Customs, Lore, Practices & Traditions of mainland Britain

Borne out of the ‘Old Ways’ of our Brythonic Ancestors (now often called celtic), passed down through the generations & evolving as they travelled; they are the magic of the land Herself and are now our common folk-history, culture & heritage.

Available to book for your own event or venue – for details please contact us.

A full listing of our current events & workshops can be found in our Calendar.

We are currently constructing our Spring & Summer programme – visit often to see new additions.

Tree-mendous Experience

Two Trees
½ day (or evening)
or
Full-day
options available

Everything that you wanted to know about trees

  • A day in the life of a tree
  • Find out about their family bonds & relationships
  • How they grow, feed, breathe, communicate & interact
  • Learn how to see their energy fields
  • Hear their heartbeat & pulse
  • Discover tree-medicine
  • Hugging allowed but not compulsory

You will never look at trees in the same light again

Dates & Booking

Hedgerow Medicines

Hedgerow
½ day (or evening)
or
Full-day
(including a hedgerow forage)

Before the advent of the national health service (1948) all doctors & medicines had to be paid for. It was expensive, VERY expensive.

  • In 1931 each doctors visit cost 5 Shillings (25p)
  • A widows pension was 10 Shillings (50p) per week
  • A farm labourer earned £1-11s-3d (£1.55) per week
In the BBC archives Doctors tell of doing minor operations on kitchen tables and chemists talk about how the available medications were generally either ineffective or dangerous.
      It is understandable why people still relied on the folk-medicine that had been handed down for millenia and the wise women/cunning men who carried the knowledge of it.
      The majority of plants from which folk-medicine obtained its sources are to be found growing in our hedgerows or woodland edges.

      Find out more about our natural resources that provide remedies for almost all ailments.

The information provided on this workshop is for educational purposes only and is not intended to provide a diagnosis or cure.

Dates & Booking

Lotions N' Potions

Apothecary
½ day (or evening)
(taught course only)
or
Full-day
(including practical)
 
Can be combined with ‘Hedgerow Medicines’ for a two-day event

The knowledge of the properties of herbs & plants and how to use them was called hedgecraft or wort-cunning. This slowly became (but is further reaching than) our modern day herbalism.

This workshop covers the range of basic preparations that can be made for cosmetic or remedial use; you will learn how to make:

  • An Oil Infusion
  • A Salve
  • A Liniment
  • A Tisane or Decoction
  • A Tincture
  • A Compress (fomentation or stupe)
  • A Poultice
  • The Health & Safety considerations when using herbs 

The information provided on this workshop is for educational purposes only and is not intended to provide a diagnosis or cure.

Dates & Booking

Green Man Mask Making

½ Day (Evening) Workshop

‘May Day’is the old Brythonic (Celtic) festival known as Beltane.

It celebrates the start of Summer & the farming year, the height of the fertility of the land and the animals. 

  • Discover the weird & wonderful rites & practices of our ancestors to ensure that this fertility came about.
  • Find out about the symbology of the Green Man
  • Make your own ‘Green Man Mask’ to take home

Dates & Booking

Corn Dolly Making

Autumn Equinox Corn Dolly

½ Day (Evening) Workshop

Autumn equinox – the last of three harvest festivals.
Tradition has it that a ‘Corn Dolly’ is made from the last sheaf of wheat to be harvested
  • Why? –
  • What do you do with it? –
  • Learn how to weave with wheat (making your own Corn Dolly to take home with you) & all about
  • The strange customs, practices and other folk-lore traditions, most of which are hundreds of years old. 

Dates & Booking

Yule Log (Wood)

½ Day (Evening) Workshop

Winter Solstice

The shortest day and the longest night when the Sun appears to stand still for several days (Sol – Sun, Sistere – to cause to stand still)

  • Discover the origins & symbology of the Yule Log
  • Our ancestors rituals for burning one & how it helped the Sun to return
  • Their other customs & proctices associated with Yule
  • Make your own decorative Yule log – make sure that the Sun returns.

Dates & Booking

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