Introduction to Biodynamic Farming and Growing with Marina O'Connell 2021

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Saturday, 13th March, 2021  - Sunday 14th March 2021 and Saturday 10th April - Sunday, 11th April, 2021 , £250 inc VAT including refreshments

Biodynamic Farming was the first form of ecological farming system, arising in 1924. It has also proven to be one of the most sustainable forms of farming with the highest levels of soil biodiversity found on farms.

This course is designed for the gardener, grower or farmer who wants to find out more about the principles and practices of biodynamic systems in a simple and practical way. You will cover the context of biodynamic systems and the Demeter regulations; how to carry out the practices of biodynamic systems, the use of the preparations and the calendar on both a practical and theoretical way. You will look in-depth at how preparations are made by working with local biodynamic practitioners who will give an insight in to the preparations and their uses. The course will be held on a registered biodynamic farm and will enable you to carry out some basic biodynamic systems on your own land.

Please note that this course takes place over two weekends

Dates: 
13 March 2021
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Saturday, 13th March, 2021  - Sunday 14th March 2021 and Saturday 10th April - Sunday, 11th April, 2021 , £250 inc VAT including refreshments
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£250
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Huxhams Cross Farm
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Rachel Phillips
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07540445851
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Introduction to Agroforestry

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Saturday 26th September - Sunday 27th September £120.00 Inc VAT including refreshments

Last years successful course in memory of Martin Wolfe, will be happening again this year and although sadly he is no longer with us, we hope that our course will continue his wonderful work of sharing of knowledge and skills, we know this was so important to him. We have created a course that combines his lectures as well as Marina's experience of working along side Martin and setting up her own farms with Agroforestry methodologies.

“Agroforestry is both a traditional practice, and a modern practice. It has undergone a renewal and uptake for modern sustainable farming methods over the last 30-40 years The name of "agroforestry" was created in the 1977 to describe the deliberate use of incorporating trees into farming practice”

The course will be run by Marina O'Connell - Marina O’Connell is a horticulturist, permaculture designer, tutor and a biodynamic farmer. She has over 30 years of experience of training and growing in sustainable food systems including designing and implementing agroforestry systems on three farms. This two day course will equip you with an overview in how to design, implement and manage an agroforestry system. Starting with an introduction to Agroforestry and it benefits the course will lead you through designing and planning your own agroforestry system

We will visit four agroforestry systems on the Dartington Hall Estate, incorporating Alley Cropping, the Forest Garden at Martin Crawford’s Agroforestry Research Centre, and the new Agroforestry plots at the Schumacher College and at Huxhams Cross Farm.

Dates: 
26 September 2020 to 27 September 2020
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£120
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Huxhams Cross Farm
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Rachel Phillips
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Phase 1 Habitat Survey

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This two-day Phase 1 Habitat Survey course is a must for professional ecologists, students interested in ecology, land managers, landowners and anyone interested in habitat survey.

Phase 1 Habitat Survey is the industry standard used by ecologists across the UK to classify and map habitats; many employers regard it as an essential skill for employment. Yet it is rarely taught on undergraduate degrees, and most available Phase 1 courses are only run for one day.

It produces a baseline for further survey work as well as a foundation for developing management plans and monitoring schemes. Ecological consultancies use Phase 1 to identify habitats threatened by development and guide mitigation proposals.

By spending two days on Denmark Farm’s range of habitats, we will be able to combine theory with practical field experience in both indoor and outdoor sessions. We will learn key indicator species for a number of habitats and create our own maps. We will cover practical aspects of survey, such as planning, equipment, best practice and, crucially, how to write up reports. There will be plenty of time to discuss how the technique can be applied to your specific needs and interests. Along with traditional methods, we will explore the digital Phase 1 Habitat Survey toolkit (free version: see http://www.brookes.ac.uk/bms/specialist-services/ceec/phase-one-habitat-...) and QGIS mapping.

A basic botanical knowledge will help you to get the most out of the course, but not essential.

It is essential to bring a copy of the Handbook for Phase 1 habitat survey – it is available as a free download at:

http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/PDF/pub10_handbookforphase1habitatsurvey.pdf
or to purchase from:
https://www.nhbs.com/handbook-for-phase-1-habitat-survey-handbook-and-fi...

Dates: 
9 June 2021 to 10 June 2021
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Course commences at 10.00 am and finishes at 5.00 pm each day
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Deborah Sazer
Cost: 
£180 per person (£150 students/low-waged)
Address: 
Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DZ
Contact name: 
Life Long Learning
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01970 623111

Weave a Rush Hat

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Come and weave your own beautiful sun hat out of rush, a soft and aromatic material.
We will start by weaving a small mat to get into the feel of working with rush and then progress to making the hat for which we will use check weave, pairing, waling and rod bordering. Previous experience of basketry is definitely recommended.

Those that book will need to let us know at least one week prior to the course whether they’d like to make a flat topped or round topped hat and provide a head measurement, so that the tutor can prepare the blocks.

Rush is a wonderful material to weave with as it is softer and much gentler on the hands than willow. Ideal for anyone suffering with Arthritis or other hand issues.

All tools and materials provided. Please wear warm old clothing. Places are limited to eight participants per event and must be booked in advance.

Dates: 
23 October 2020 to 24 October 2020
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Course commences at 10.00 am and finishes at 4.30 pm each day
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Jane Welsh
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Cost: 
£90 (plus £7. 50 for materials, payable in cash to tutor)
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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01570 493 358
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Willow Weaving – Lid for Linen / Laundry Basket or Round Basket

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A one day course on which you can either make a simple round fruit basket or, for those that have been on the previous two day Linen / Laundry Basket course, make a lid for your alibaba basket.

For both baskets we will start with a portcullis centre, use the pairing weave and finish with a rod border. Suitable for beginners if making a simple round bread basket.

All tools and materials provided. If you have your own sharp secateurs and a knife, please bring them along. Please wear warm old clothing. Places are limited to eight participants per event and must be booked in advance.

Dates: 
22 October 2020
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Course commences at 10.00 am and finishes at 4.30 pm
Teachers
Jane Welsh
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Cost: 
£45 (plus £7.50 for materials to be paid in cash on day)
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Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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01570 493 358
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Willow Weaving – Linen / Laundry Basket

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On this two day course you will be weaving a beautiful and practical ‘alibaba’ shaped linen / laundry basket, using a variety of naturally coloured willows.

We will make a traditional base with a German wale foot, and the sides can either be slewed or French randed and finished with a rod border. It is quite a big project, so we will only manage the main body of the linen / laundry basket in the two days. If you would like to make a lid, then it is recommended to book onto the following one day round basket course on the 22nd October – please see this for lid description. This course is ideally for people who have had some previous basketry experience.

All tools and materials provided. If you have your own sharp secateurs and a knife, please bring them along. Please wear warm old clothing. Places are limited to eight participants per event and must be booked in advance.

Dates: 
20 October 2020 to 21 October 2020
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Course commences at 10.00 am and finishes at 4.30 pm each day
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Jane Welsh
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Cost: 
£90 (plus £20 for materials payable to the tutor on the day)
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Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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01570 493 358
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Willow Weaving – Little Waste Paper Basket

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A one day course to learn the basics of ‘stake and strand’ basketry whilst making a useful waste paper basket. The waste paper basket is one of the most under valued, but commonly used and handy baskets for any room of the house!

You will make a traditional base and weave the sides using the ‘3 rod wale’ and ‘French randing’ and finish with a decorative track border. There will be various naturally coloured willow from which you can choose to make your own unique basket.

This workshop is suitable for complete beginners but if you’ve made a basket before and would like a refresher day this is a great opportunity. If you’d like to go on and develop your skills further you may also be interested in the following workshops: Linen / Laundry Basket, Round Basket and Rush Hats which run on the following days.

Children aged 12+ are welcome, with an accompanying adult.

All tools and materials provided. If you have your own sharp secateurs and a knife, please bring them along. Please wear warm old clothing. Places are limited to eight participants per event and must be booked in advance.

Dates: 
19 October 2020
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Course commences at 10.00 am and finishes at 4.30 pm
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£45 (plus £7.50 for materials, payable in cash on the day)
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Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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01570 493 358
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Little Rush Bag – (COVID Safe Event)

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Explore this beautiful, soft, aromatic material by making a Little Rush Bag.

A two- day workshop making a Little Rush Bag to take home. The bag will have two round plaited handles and the base and border will have a ‘core’ edge, to add resilience. Suitable for beginners as well as those with experience as the tutor will adjust the style of weave accordingly.

All the rush (Bulrush, Scriptus Lacustris) used in this workshop is harvested by hand as a co-operative effort from the river Ilse in Somerset. It has not been treated with any chemicals- a truly sustainable material.

Rush is a wonderful, rewarding material to weave with as it is softer and much gentler on the hands than willow. Ideal for anyone suffering with Arthritis or other hand issues.

All tools and materials provided. This workshop will take place outdoors with social distancing and hygiene measures in place. There will be a small number of participants split between two undercover areas. Please come prepared to work outdoors with warm clothing etc. Please also bring all of your own drinks, food and cups etc. There will be access to a compost toilet with plenty of hand sanitiser available. Places are limited to six participants per event and must be booked in advance.

Dates: 
26 September 2020 to 27 September 2020
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Course commences at 10.00 am and finishes at 4.00 pm each day
Teachers
Angela Groombridge
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Cost: 
£90 (plus £5 for materials payable to the tutor on the day)
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Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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01570 493 358
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Willow Weaving ~ Garden Trug (COVID Safe Event)

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During this willow weaving workshop, you will make a beautiful garden trug for collecting your veggie harvest or storing your tools perhaps.

A slightly different twist on the garden trug that we usually do. You will learn how to make the handle from a wreath which is then attached to the rim using a “Gods Eye” weave. You will insert several ribs and also learn how to weave the willow to form the body of the basket. You will learn traditional weaving techniques to create a beautiful and strong basket.

A selection of willow colours will be available. This workshop is suitable for all levels. All tools and equipment will be provided. Places are limited to six participants and must be booked in advance

Dates: 
10 September 2020
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Course commences at 10.00 am and finishes at 4.00 pm
Teachers
Justine Burgess
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Cost: 
£50 (plus £10 for materials, to be paid in cash on the day)
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Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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01570 493 358
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Think like a Tree facilitator programme

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Train to facilitate the Think like a Tree programme.

This training aims to equip you to:

- Run the Think like a Tree in your own venue
- Integrate the programme and principles into your existing discipline, such as: wellbeing, education, counselling, complementary therapy, business or organisational management, workplace wellbeing, life-coaching, health, mental health, disability etc.
- Adapt the programme for different audiences, such as children, specific needs groups.

DUE TO THE COVID SITUATION PLEASE CONTACT US TO EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST IN TRAINING AS A FACILITATOR. WE’D LOVE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT HOW YOU CAN START YOUR THINK LIKE A TREE FACILITATOR JOURNEY DURING THIS PERIOD. PLEASE ALSO CONTACT US IF YOU OUTSIDE THE UK AND WOULD LIKE TO TRAIN AS A FACILITATOR OR IF COMING ON A COURSE IN-PERSON WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE.

The training will take the form of a weekend course (20,21,22 November 2020) at Whistlewood Common, south Derbyshire plus a portfolio. Note: you will also need to complete a Think like a tree programme prior to the training course.

Dates: 
20 November 2020 to 22 November 2020
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20 - 22 November 2020 but please also note the possibility of completing the course if you can't make these dates or are from outside of the UK/unable to travel.
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£350
Contact name: 
Sarah Spencer
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