A weekend of practical Nature Connection tools for educators

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Many people are now realising the importance of nature connection in their lives, and the lives of the children they care for. However, sometimes we wonder what we can do with children to help them to
become genuinely engaged with their environment?

This course is designed to help you to answer that question. The weekend will help you to create a powerful culture of nature connection in your community, whether that is a school, after-school
care, nursery, home educators, or group of friends. The course is hands on practical, so come ready to play and be a child again! The curriculum draws on modern education, eco-therapy and indigenous wisdom. Its about building an engaged relationship with the natural world. Activities are largely outside and include sensory awareness, practical nature skills, naturalist observation, storytelling, team work and creative arts.

There will be some peeling back of the layers, with an introduction to flow learning – teaching based on the natural cycles.

This course is suitable both for experienced outdoor educators as well other kinds of educators who would like to bring nature connection into their repertoire. The emphasis will be on working with children and teens.

Dates: 
11 September 2010 to 12 September 2010
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When?: Saturday 11th and 12th September, 10am - 4pm
Teachers
Maeve Gavin and Victoria Mew

Please bring some lunch to share and clothes for all weather.

Cost: 
Suggested Donation: Sliding scale £120/ £100/ £85/ £60
Contact Name: 
Lusi
Telephone number: 
07787 376475

Two Seed Saving Workshops

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Come and learn how to save you own Fruit and vegetable Seed from your own home grown plants!

we will learn

1, the techniques of how to save your own seed from a variety of fruit, vegetable, flower and grain crops.
2, about the life cycle of each plant we save, and how to grow them.
3, whats easy to save and whats not so easy,

+ You get oodles of seeds to take home with you!

Also, -
invaluable knowledge that could be your key survival tool in a post peak oil world ! !

And it can save ya a few bob an all!

(+ you get handouts and information sheets about seed saving in general plus good links, as well if you want them.)

Bring a bit of lunch with ya!

Limit number - 10 people per day, so booking advisable.

Dates: 
7 August 2010 to 8 August 2010
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12 noon - 4 pm On the 7th at Hangingwater Allotments On the 8th at Meersbrook Allotments Call for details of how to get there.
Cost: 
£7 waged, Donations unwaged - Pay what its worth :-)
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Edible Forest Gardening

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An introduction to growing fruit, herbs, salad, vegetables and nuts in a highly productive but potentially low maintenance planting scheme. By the end of the day, participants will have a basic understanding of the principles of a Forest Garden.

Old Sleningford Farm has a 6 year old Forest Garden which is still being planted, but already has high yields of produce, and will be used to demonstrate what you will learn throughout the day.

Dates: 
31 July 2010
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10.00am - 4.00pm Includes lunch and refreshments

Our aim is to demonstrate a low impact way of life and to inspire self reliance through sharing ideas and resources.

We are the winners of the Friends of Nidderdale AONB Conservation Award 2009.

What We Do:

Rent a 17 acre field and building on the farm

Run courses, events and volunteer workdays

Raise pigs, sheep, chickens, turkeys and bees

Grow food in our Forest Garden, raised beds and polytunnel

Produce and sell charcoal

Cost: 
£45 (£40 for Permaculture Association members)
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Edible Places: urban innovations for a food cycle

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Architecture Sans Frontieres-UK 's 6th annual summer school 'Edible Places: urban innovations for a food cycle' will be taking place at the Eden Project from the 3rd to the 8th of September 2010, looking at urban innovations for the sustainable development of cities.

Dates: 
3 September 2010 to 8 September 2010
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12pm Friday to 9pm Wednesday
Cost: 
£65 per day - £325 for the whole week

Series of workshops on Sustainable Soil Management

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Growing your own is easy, achievable and rewarding and to prove it Garden Organic is challenging
everyone in the UK to make the One Pot Pledge® to give it a grow. First time gardeners,
Gardening Gurus, Schools and Community groups are all welcome to join the campaign to get
30,000 more people growing something edible in a pot in 2010.

Dates: 
21 July 2010
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various dates and locations in the West Midlands
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Seeds For The Future - a seed-saving workshop

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In saving our own seeds we carry this perfection to the next generation of plants, and the future of our gardens and our food supply. What is the importance of saving seeds? The quality of seeds was one of the issues that drove farmers to ask Rudolf Steiner's advise which led to the foundation of Biodynamic agriculture. This is still relevant today.

Dates: 
8 August 2010 to 10 August 2010
Teachers
Peter Brinch and Nir Halfon
Cost: 
£100

Biodynamic Beginners Course

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This course aims to provide participants with a basic understanding of and the tools for beginning to work with the biodynamic approach to farming and gardening.

Dates: 
31 August 2010 to 3 November 2010
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The course takes place over six days – two days each at monthly intervals.

Hawkwood College is a residential centre of learning. It is set in 42 acres of beautiful gardens, woods and fields, with its own spring water, and is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The college works with ecological and sustainable land management practices, using organic and biodynamic methods

Cost: 
£395 or £335 concessions
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Practical Biodynamic Introductory Workshop

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These workshops provide a unique introduction to biodynamic farming, gardening and horticulture. Biodynamic is a well established organic and sustainable approach which produces food of particularly high quality and its environmental credentials are second to none. Instead of artificial fertilizers and toxic chemicals biodynamic treatments serve to strengthen plants, enliven the soil and increase vitality.

Dates: 
11 September 2010
Teachers
Bernard Jarman

Trinity Farm is a biodynamic farm growing vegetables for a busy farm shop.

Cost: 
£50 / £45 for early bird discount
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Practical Biodynamic Introductory Workshop

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These workshops provide a unique introduction to biodynamic farming, gardening and horticulture. Biodynamic is a well established organic and sustainable approach which produces food of particularly high quality and its environmental credentials are second to none. Instead of artificial fertilizers and toxic chemicals biodynamic treatments serve to strengthen plants, enliven the soil and increase vitality.

Dates: 
4 August 2010
Teachers
Bernard Jarman

Tregillis is an established biodynamic farm close to Bodmin Moor.

Cost: 
£50 / £45 for early bird discount
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One Day Biodynamic Introductory Workshop

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Are you a farmer or grower who has wondered what biodynamics involves? Have you suspected there may be more to agriculture than simply manipulating natural science? Are you looking to improve the potential of your organic system? Biodynamics works more closely and consciously with natural rhythms and enables the producer to draw closer to nature while raising crops and animals of distinctive quality.

Dates: 
7 September 2010
Cost: 
£50 or £45 with early booking discount
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