One Day Introductory Scythe Courses

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All you need to know to get you started using a scythe! The course will look at set up, mowing techniques, sharpening and peening. Learn how to mow a lawn, cut a hay meadow, control brambles and scrub and much more.

Dates: 
28 May 2011
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Saturday 28th May, Sunday 25th June or Saturday 13th August 10am -4pm
Cost: 
£40

Scythe Sharpening and Peening Workshop

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The key to relaxed, easy mowing that is gentle on your body is a REALLY sharp blade.
Learning to peen and sharpen well will transform your mowing experience. Bring along your blade to this hands on workshop to learn how to get it into the best mowing condition, with expert help on hand.
Subjects covered include in-field honing, setting up and using a peening station and an in-depth exploration of free-hand peening and blade repair
As far as we know, the only course in Britain dedicated to the sharpening and repair of your blade!

Dates: 
9 July 2011
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10am - 4pm
Cost: 
£40

Nature Awareness and Connection

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Ideal for beginners, and all those who wish to deepen their relationship with nature. Using indigenous ways of being, over the weekend we will immerse ourselves in the woodland around us, through demonstration, discussion and practice of:
~ techniques to broaden the senses
~ ways of moving to blend with natural surroundings,
enabling closer encounters with wild animals
~ understanding bird language, including tracks, signs and behaviours
~ basic tracking skills
Over the weekend we will be practising fire by friction and making a bowdrill kit that you can take home with you.

Dates: 
1 April 2011 to 3 April 2011
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Please arrive on Friday at 1pm (after lunch), and expect to leave on Sunday 3pm. Cost includes 6 meals, tea/coffee and materials. You will need camping equipment, a torch, a sheath knife, weather appropriate clothing, your own water bottle, snacks, and two pairs of shoes: stout and light. This is a alcohol and mobile phone free weekend.
Teachers
Ollie Hornbeam
Cost: 
Cost: £180 limited concessions at £120
Contact name: 
Ollie Hornbeam
Telephone number: 
01647 440233

Natural Beekeeping

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Come and stay at Embercombe in Devon for an inspiring weekend learning about 'natural beekeeping' in top-bar hives - a bee friendly way to have bees in your garden with the possibility of your own honey harvest, but without the expense and complications associated with commercial beekeeping equipment. The course is facilitated by Phil Chandler the author of 'The Barefoot Beekeeper' (www.biobees.com) and is hands-on and as experiential as the weather allows.

Dates: 
22 July 2011 to 24 July 2011
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Arrive from 5pm Friday, leaving 4pm Sunday
Teachers
Phil Chandler and Tim Hall
Cost: 
£150
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Natural Beekeeping

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Come and stay at Embercombe in Devon for an inspiring weekend learning about 'natural beekeeping' in top-bar hives - a bee friendly way to have bees in your garden with the possibility of your own honey harvest, but without the expense and complications associated with commercial beekeeping equipment. The course is facilitated by Phil Chandler the author of 'The Barefoot Beekeeper' (www.biobees.com) and is hands-on and as experiential as the weather allows.

Dates: 
10 June 2011 to 12 June 2011
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Arrive from 5pm Friday, leaving 4pm Sunday
Teachers
Phil Chandler and Tim Hall
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Natural Beekeeping

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Come and stay at Embercombe in Devon for an inspiring weekend learning about 'natural beekeeping' in top-bar hives - a bee friendly way to have bees in your garden with the possibility of your own honey harvest, but without the expense and complications associated with commercial beekeeping equipment. The course is facilitated by Phil Chandler the author of 'The Barefoot Beekeeper' (www.biobees.com) and is hands-on and as experiential as the weather allows.

Dates: 
20 May 2011 to 22 May 2011
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Arrive from 5pm Friday, leaving 4pm Sunday
Teachers
Phil Chandler and Tim Hall
Cost: 
£150
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Natural Beekeeping - Intermediate*

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Come and stay at Embercombe in Devon for an inspiring weekend learning about 'natural beekeeping' in top-bar hives - a bee friendly way to have bees in your garden with the possibility of your own honey harvest, but without the expense and complications associated with commercial beekeeping equipment. The course is facilitated by Phil Chandler the author of 'The Barefoot Beekeeper' (www.biobees.com) and is hands-on and as experiential as the weather allows.

* Intermediate Natural Beekeeping Course assumes you have kept bees for at least one season, or have attended a basic beekeeping course and have handled bees several times.

Dates: 
25 March 2011 to 27 March 2011
Teachers
Phil 'barefoot beekeeper' Chandler and Tim Hall
Cost: 
£150
Contact name: 
Clare Mann
Telephone number: 
01647252983

Forest Garden Design and Development

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The Forest Garden course will start at Margaret MacMillan School where the 16 year old Naturewise Forest Garden is sited. We will be dividing perennial ground cover plants to plant at the Meadow Orchard Project, come along and learn more about the principles forest gardening and help to design and plant out trees and ground cover. All are welcome even if you have not attended previous days. Please RSVP if you are coming. The cost is £10 (free to unwaged or £5 concession).
Other topics to be covered at the Meadow:
Rolling permaculture and forest gardening. Polyculture and forest garden management. Planting.

Dates: 
12 March 2011
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From 10:00am to 4:30pm
Teachers
Claire White
Cost: 
£10 (free to unwaged or £5 concession).
Contact Details: 
Contact name: 
Claire White

Free 6 week course for young people- inc. metalwork, leather work, stained glass, outdoor adventure, creative writing and drama.

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Bridging the Gap is an accredited six week project based course offered by the Waldorf College in partnership with Stroud College.
Craft projects and hands on learning will take place outdoors and involve the use of tools, raw materials and fire. Outdoor adventure activities are also a part of the course. Indoor learning will include drama, creative writing, art and cooking.
This six week course is about gaining confidence, finding strengths and beginning to work out what you want to do in your life. It is run by skilled craftspeople and teachers, classes are small with no more than 15 students.
After completing the course you may wish to continue with further learning at Waldorf College or move onto other appropriate courses at Stroud College.
Free places are offered to 16 -19 year old's if based in England and 16 before Aug 2010. For people just outside the age range and coming from other areas, paying places are available.

Dates: 
7 March 2011 to 15 April 2011
Teachers
For more information please call Caroline or Amelia on - 01453 840009
Cost: 
free
Contact name: 
Amelia or Caroline
Telephone number: 
01453 840009

Skilling Up for Powerdown

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Bread Matters receives a lot of requests to provide training for younger people. We have devised this original, residential course with a broader focus on sustainability and a varied mix of activities. As well as learning some great skills that will last a lifetime, course members will learn more about how our energy use and way of life affect other people and our environment and how they can become part of the solution.

Some of the things you will do:
Learn how to grow your own grain, mill flour, and use the wood-fired brick oven to bake fantastic naturally fermented bread that nourishes and impresses
Build an outdoor clay oven for baking and cooking
Grow, make and share local, seasonal, organic food
Prepare a final feast, even in the ‘hungry gap’ of the year – and understand about making a little go a long way
See renewable energy systems in action and construct a solar dryer
From the clothes you wear to the gifts you give, recycle, remake and re-use creatively
Figure out how to throw off those supermarket chains – and begin to make a difference.

The course is led by Andrew Whitley and Veronica Burke of Bread Matters, with contributions from organic farmers Pete Ritchie and Heather Anderson of Whitmuir Farm and others.

Who should come?
SUFP is suitable for young people aged 17-24 and will appeal to those doing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award Residential.

Why bother?
Because we know that happiness doesn’t come from just consuming more stuff. Because real skills make you more independent. And because young people think they can change the world, and they’re right.

Dates: 
13 April 2011 to 17 April 2011
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Starts at 10 am on Wednesday 13th April and ends at 3 pm on Sunday 17th. Four nights camping accommodation included in the cost.
Teachers
Andrew Whitley, Veronica Burke, Pete Ritchie, Heather Anderson
Cost: 
£495 (inc VAT) Bursaries may be available - please ask
Contact Details: 
Address: 
Macbiehill Farmhouse, Lamancha, West Linton, Peeblesshire EH46 7AZ Scotland
Contact name: 
Andrew Whitley
Telephone number: 
01968 660449