Making an Earth Oven

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Learn how to build a beautiful earth oven.
Camping available.

Children above 12 yrs welcome ... Booking essential.

Get Inspired, have fun and learn a new skill.
Connecting directly with the earth at a magically inspiring location.
Nothing cooks pizzas and bread as well as an earthen oven. The texture and flavour of is out of this world. Not only are the pizza/bread ovens wonderful to cook and entertain with, they're also works of art. An outlet for your creativity.
All aspects of earth oven building will be covered, including choosing suitable soils and other binding materials, construction, firing up and cooking equipment.

Together we will build an Earth Oven using soil & clay dug straight from the field.
A mixture of clay-earth and sand will be puddled into a malleable texture, then moulded over a sand form which is later hollowed out.

We will be cooking on site so that you can experience firsthand, how to light and fire an earth oven and cook in it.

This course will teach you how to build a small cob oven from scratch suitable for cooking pizzas and dishes requiring a cooking time of up to one hour. You will learn about:
• assessing your soil.
• making it suitable if necessary.
• proportions of the oven.
• materials required to build it.
• putting the materials together.
• building the oven.
• different layers of the oven.
• decorative plastering/sculpting.
• firing up the earth oven, and cooking in it.
• Experiencing the direct power of simplicity and nature.
A tested and proven tradition over several thousand years which is still found in many parts of the world. For example Mexico, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Efficient, economical and versatile, an Earth Oven will enhance the flavour of everything you cook in it, from bread and pizzas to apple crumbles. It will enhance your life!

Dates: 
20 August 2011 to 21 August 2011
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10am-5pm
Teachers
Merav & Janta Wheelhouse
Cost: 
£70
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Address: 
Karuna, Picklescott, Church Stretton, SY6 6NT
Contact name: 
Merav Wheelhouse
Telephone number: 
01694 751374

APPLE TREES GRAFTING WORKSHOP

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One day practical workshop, learn how to graft and take home 2 of your very own grafted apple trees. Advance Booking essential (book early as places are limited) Preserve & cultivate your favourite varieties!
Please bring packed lunch
if you have an old special apple variety that you want to preserve, or there are special varieties you like to cultivate, grafting is quite easy & lots of fun.

At the end of the workshop you will get to take home 2 of your very own grafted apple trees which you can plant in your garden or make it a present to a special friend. you can bring your own cutting or make a selection from the large choice of varieties at karuna. There will be 3 types of rootstock to choose from therefore if you have a small or large garden you can select the size of tree you prefer.

you will need to bring your own secateurs and grafting knife or craft/ Stanley knife

Dates: 
13 March 2011
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10.30 - 4.00 ish
Teachers
Janta Wheelhouse
Cost: 
£30, Price includes 2 apple trees and hot/cold drink
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Address: 
Karuna, Picklescott, church Stretton, shropshire, SY6 6NT
Contact name: 
Merav Wheelhouse
Telephone number: 
01694 751374

How To Escape The Nine to Five

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Tom Hodgkinson of the Idler and Permaculture teacher Graham Burnett lead a fascinating weekend designed to give you the mental energy needed to reconstuct your everyday life. Together we will explore alternatives to the drudgery of the 'nine to five ethic', that is, doing boring work for somebody else at times of their choosing, in return for money to buy things that we don't really want or need.

Emphasis will be on applying the principles of permaculture (which isn't about herb spirals and no-dig gardening, but designing systems that work with nature to create abundance and healthy lives for all) and idling (which isn't about being lazy but instead creating your own existence and doing what you love to meet your needs) to overcoming the everyday barriers that come between us and our dreams. With a blend of talks, workshops, discussions, practical exercises and debates we will be looking at the ways in which we can all create our own 'right livlihoods'.

Dates: 
30 April 2011 to 1 May 2011
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10 - 5
Teachers
Tom Hodgkinson and Graham Burentt
Cost: 
£190
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Shave Horse Making Workshop

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This full on two-day course will provide all the materials needed to construct your own shave horse with the expert guidance of Jamie Miller. The shave horse is one of the most useful devices for a whole range of green woodworking projects. You will learn how use traditional tools and green wood, and make a working shave horse complete with the all important vice clamp, which enables wood to be shaped by a drawknife. If you’ve always wanted to work in green wood but are not sure how to go about it this is the quintessential device - all you need to produce anything from a chair to a gate! Bring: warm clothes.

Dates: 
30 March 2011 to 31 March 2011
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9.30am-4.30pm
Teachers
Jamie Miller
Cost: 
£65/£70

Sowing the Seed

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Hands on cooking, with a difference, using local seasonal ingredients. Including: interesting and exciting ideas for nourishing packed lunches; practical simple sourdough bread making (taking home your own mother culture!); dynamic ways of spring-cleaning your liver and gallbladder and cultivating health and creativity with supportive foods; seasonal uses of grains. Timed to coincide with the spring equinox, when day and night are equal in length, reminding us of the need for balance in our lives. The perfect time for restoring energy and renewing enthusiasm for life. Bring: apron and medium size mixing bowl. Price includes lunch prepared together.

Dates: 
22 March 2011
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10am-4pm
Teachers
Linda Davey
Cost: 
£35/£40

Phase 1 Habitat Survey

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This two-day course introduces the standard UK method of habitat survey, known as Phase 1. It has a wide range of applications, including nature conservation, habitat assessment and development planning. The course starts with an introduction to the method, followed by a discussion of the practical considerations associated with planning and undertaking such surveys. Field-based activities will allow participants to explore the range of skills required. A basic knowledge of plant identification would be useful before undertaking this course.

Dates: 
16 March 2011 to 17 March 2011
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9.301m-4.30pm
Teachers
Dr Jan Martin
Cost: 
£135/£140

From Fleece to Felt

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A one-day workshop suitable for beginners. Learn how to make felt using a wet felting technique. Beginning with an introduction covering the origins of felt as a textile, qualities and sources of fleece and a demonstration using washed and combed fleece to create a sheet of felt. Participants can then choose between a number of templates – mobile phone cover, purse, passport holder - to make themselves, with expert guidance from Lorraine. Leave with a useful item and a whole lot of inspiration for other projects. All materials are provided and the wool used is from UK farms. Bring: apron if required.

Dates: 
4 March 2011
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10am-4pm
Teachers
Lorraine Pocklington
Cost: 
£35/£40

Spoon Carving

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If you’ve always wanted to have a go at wood carving this is the perfect opportunity. On this workshop you will design and make your own unique wooden spoon or fork for the kitchen. You will learn how to use wood carving gouges and a mallet to turn a chunk of sycamore into a beautiful and functional object to take home or give as a gift. Bring: please have a think in advance and bring in ideas for the design (e.g. simple images from nature, faces or geometrical patterns).

Dates: 
24 February 2011
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10am-4pm
Teachers
Grace Young-Monaghan
Cost: 
£35/£40

Clothes Recycling Workshop

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Did you get a well meant but ghastly jumper for Christmas? If so, I bet you’ve stuffed it in the bottom of your cupboard! However, help is at hand. Come to this revamping workshop to hack it into bits, relieve some frustration and design it anew into a desirable, one off, ravishing creation. All you need to do is fish out the jumper from its hiding place along with any others that are lurking there too. We will be using lovely new Janome 525 Sewist machines. Bring: jumpers, some matching thread if you’d like etc.

Dates: 
13 February 2011
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10am-4pm
Teachers
Carys Hedd
Cost: 
£35/£40
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Forest Garden Permaculture Day

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A learn and do day!
We will be learning about the basics seven layers of this woodland edge system and the importance of perennial food plants. We will assist John in beginning planting up a forest garden at Rifleman Cottage.

We will learn about the origins, philosophy and basics of this Permaculture 'technique'. Claimed to be the most productive way to grow food and useful plants, it is a system of minimum work, maximum yields once established. It also has potentially unlimited yields as more and more diversity can be built into the system. We will also go foraging and see this as an essential skill for the 'forest gardener'.

Participants should feel confident in the next steps to creating and maintaining their own after this session.

Delicious lunch and refreshments included.

Dates: 
6 March 2011
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10am to 4pm
Teachers
Jo Barker & John Rudyard
Cost: 
£40
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