Landscape Photography Talk and "Have a Go" Workshop

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This short one-day workshop has been designed as an introduction to the fascinating art of landscape photography.

We will look at the subject’s history and theory but focus on how techniques derived from this study can be used to improve your own landscape photography.

You will receive an overview exploring different photographic methods, equipment and ways of editing landscape photography. Finally, there will be an opportunity to put your new skills into practice in the afternoon with an outdoor workshop set in the beautiful landscape of Denmark Farm.

Dates: 
11 August 2019
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Course commences at 11am and finishes at 3.30pm
Teachers
Simon Tune
Apprentice Teachers
Cost: 
£35 per person (fee includes coffee/tea throughout)
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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01570 493 358
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Discovering Mosses and Lichens

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Explore the fascinating world of the mosses and lichens. These are two important groups of living organisms, often a neglected component of many habitats. There are approximately 760 species of moss and 300 species of liverwort in the UK.

Lichens, with over 1000 species are an association of a fungus and an algae (a dual organism). Just like a marriage they generally get along together! They are particularly abundant in the clean and moist air of west Wales but visible all year round, in every habitat.

During the short course we will examine a range of mosses and lichens both indoors and around Denmark farm enabling you to develop basic identification skills. Identification usually requires a hand lens and a microscope is sometimes required. It will be easy to keep a small collection of samples or photographs for future reference. If the weather is poor a range of material can be collected to ID inside and the tutor will bring lots of additional samples.
A fascinating and valuable skill for professional ecologists and anyone who likes a challenge!
Please bring warm and waterproof clothing, boots and a packed lunch. Hot drinks will be provided.

Reference books, guides and keys for identification will be available to use on the day. The Field Studies Council pull-out identification guide ‘Key to ‘Lichens on Twigs’ is useful and will be on sale in the Denmark Farm Shop for £3.30. Also useful to have on the day would be a notebook, hand lens and some old envelopes to keep a small collection of common species.

Dates: 
4 October 2019
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Course commences at 10.00am and finishes at 4.00pm
Teachers
Margaret Howells
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Cost: 
£38
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
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Deepening Ecology Weekend

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Achieving a fundamental, long term sense of contentment, satisfaction and meaningfulness is something that has challenged the human species for millennia. Can a deeper understanding of our ecological place in the world provide answers that have been overlooked by modern lifestyles that focus on consumption and instant gratification?
This two-day workshop focuses on deepening ecology in four senses:
1. Understanding the effects of the human species’ disturbance of planet Earth’s life-support system
2. Looking at warning signs about the causes of our current predicament
3. Exploring how human behaviour is driven by basic desires
4. Reflecting on how our inner human processes need to become our focus of attention, as a species and as individuals

Dates: 
28 September 2019 to 29 September 2019
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Course commences 10.00am and finishes at 4.00pm each day
Teachers
Paul Maiteny/Glenn Strachen
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Cost: 
£100 per person (£75 students/low-waged)
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
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Willow Weaving - Garden Trug

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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.

Dates: 
14 September 2019
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Course commences at 10.00am and finishes at 4.00pm
Teachers
Justine Burgess
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Cost: 
£38 (plus £10 to be paid in cash on day for materials)
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
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Willow Weaving - Shoulder Bag

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During this two day willow weaving workshop, you will make a stylish and sturdy shoulder bag, hip basket or freestanding basket.

You will learn how to make an oval base using the traditional stake and strand method and have a go at using French rand and German wale weaves.

This workshop would suit anyone who has previously woven a willow basket. A selection of willow colours will be available. All tools and equipment will be provided.

Dates: 
12 September 2019 to 13 September 2019
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Course commences 10.00am and finishes at 4.00pm each day
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Justine Burgess
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Cost: 
£75 (plus £12 to be paid in cash on day for materials)
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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Willow Weaving - Fruit Basket

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A one day traditional willow basket weaving workshop in which we will be using a variety of natural willows to make a shallow round fruit or bread basket, with a Portcullis centre, based on the Irish potato scibs, with waling for the sides and a rod border.

You will learn traditional ‘stake and strand’ basket making, using prepared basketry willow plus some grown at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre on the wetland system to add colour and texture. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners but if you’ve made a basket before and would like a refresher day this is a good opportunity.

Dates: 
15 August 2019
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Course commences at 10.00am and finishes at 4.30pm
Teachers
Jane Welsh
Apprentice Teachers
Cost: 
£45 (includes tuition and all materials)
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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Willow Weaving - Posy Basket

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A one day traditional willow weaving workshop in which we will be using a variety of natural willows to make a little posy basket.

This is a little round basket with bow handle, incorporating a traditional base, waled and randed sides and a simple rod border. Suitable for beginners to start learning the basics of basket making or if you've made a basket before, as a refresher day.

You will be learning traditional ‘stake and strand’ basket making, using prepared basketry willow plus some grown at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre on the wetland system to add colour and texture.

Dates: 
14 August 2019
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Course starts at 10.00am and finishes 4.30pm
Teachers
Jane Welsh
Cost: 
£45 (includes tuition and all materials)
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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Introduction to Natural Building and Sustainable Design Course

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8 day Introduction to Natural Building
These course will be run by experienced teacher and natural builder Barbara Leite from the Mount of Oaks community with a maximum of 8 students.

The courses are designed as an introduction to natural building. Participants have the opportunity to learn and experiment with a variety of different building techniques which will then be used in a practical setting on real buildings.

There is a progression in the teaching and practical methods that allows participants to grow in confidence as the course continues. This course is designed with the 'non-professional' builder in mind and is aimed as an introduction course.

An introduction to natural building will be facilitated by Barbara Leite; a pioneer of the Mount of Oaks community since 2006 (another community local to us). She has over 12 years experience in Permaculture Design and Natural Building, with all the mistakes and successes that go with starting from scratch!

All courses will be held at the off-grid permaculture community Keela Yoga Farm, in Central Portugal. Course participants will have the opportunity to practice daily yoga, meditation and other related activities held on site. A day trip to visit some natural buildings at Mount of Oaks community is also included on the day off.

Come and learn about:

- Gravel Foundation, French drainage and stem wall with gravel bags
- Strawbale walls
- Adobe bricks and light earth slabs
- Wattle and daub walls
- Cob with glass bottles and cordwood
- Earth and lime plasters
- Lime-wash painting with natural pigments

Dates: 
6 July 2019 to 13 July 2019
6 August 2019 to 10 August 2019
Cost: 
500 EUR
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Emergence : Self Care, Earth Care

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Zone 0.0 is a term used in the Permie world for looking after your own inner emotional needs, based on the idea a stressed, unhappy person cannot create the optimum functioning eco-system around them. Emergence workshops fully immerse you in a permaculture inspired garden and offer a guided chance to really listen and explore nature and wildlife, including our own bodies ( since we are nature!). Feeling our emotional responses to plants and wildlife, exploring the wisdom displayed in intricate eco-systems, noticing what happens when you can stop thinking and doing and just start 'being': all creates the most uplifting self care and nourishment, increasing our capacity for greater earth care and people care.This workshop is for those interested in nature connection and those searching for emotional and mental peace in order to function more calmly.

Dates: 
2 August 2019 to 4 August 2019
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Arrivals from 3pm Friday 2nd August - Finishing Sunday 4th August 4pm
Cost: 
£165 including all weekend meals, refreshments and camping.
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Address: 
Foxfield, Gretton Fields
Contact name: 
Alison Ensor
Telephone number: 
01242621152

Darren Doherty - Farm Planning Program 4 days 18-21 June 2019

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Darren is one of the leading teachers in regenerative farming, combining the disciplines of Keyline Planning, Holistic Management, perennial planting, building carbon in the soil, mapping, and market access.

Regenerative farming has been developed by key people over the last 70 years such as P A Yeomans, Bill Mollison, Alan Savory, Jairo Restrepo, and Andre Voisin, and is now becoming recognised as the key tool in combatting climate change. Darren Doherty has bought together their thinking into a cohesive programme that enables farmers to plan profitable enterprises that are not only resilient in the face of a changing climate, but help build soil carbon, rehydrate landscapes and create diverse systems . His work is based on solid practical experience across a wide range of production.

His current tour is taking in NZ, France, Spain, the UK, Sweden, Uruguay, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. The course is aimed at commercial farms, but of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about regenerative farming and healing landscapes. Previous courses in the UK have sold out, so early booking is advised.

Cost $595 To book follow the link at the bottom of the ragmans webpage or click here: http://www.regrarians.org/product/rexi4ragmans/

Sorry this venue is not wheelchair accessible

Dates: 
18 June 2019 to 21 June 2019
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Starts Tuesday 18th and finishes Friday 21st June 2019
Apprentice Teachers
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$595
Address: 
Ragmans Lane Farm, Lower Lydbrook, Gloucestershire
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01594 860244
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