Introduction to Forest Gardening

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A forest garden is primarily a food-producing habitat and is based on the model of a natural woodland. It is comprised of several layers which are usually composed of fruit and nut trees, as well as fruit bushes, perennial vegetables and herbs.

It can be tailored to fit any garden. With informed design, a forest garden will be low maintenance and highly productive for many years to come.

The course will cover:
Concepts and principles of forest gardening.
Crops and other uses of forest gardens.
Design and selection of plants.
The basics of plant establishment and maintenance.
An inspirational site visit to a local forest garden.

No prior knowledge of the subject is needed, although some further gardening and fruit growing knowledge may be necessary to practice forest gardening after the course.

Dates: 
30 May 2020 to 31 May 2020
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Course commences 9.30 am and finishes 5.00 pm each day
Teachers
Dr Angie Polkey
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Cost: 
£60 full price (£55 concessions available)
Address: 
Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DZ
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Life Long Learning
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01970 623111
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Willow Weaving ~ Creel Weave Basket

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This light-weight oval basket uses the Irish “fishing creel” weave to create open, beautiful sides.

During this two day workshop you will learn how to weave a Catalan base, set the stakes and begin the sides. The sides will then be completed with the creel weave and you will also learn how to add shape to the top and weave the border.

Because there are more complex techniques involved than some other baskets, this creel weave basket workshop is more suitable if you have some experience of willow weaving (or attended any of our other willow workshops).

**This workshop does not include the straps. You can source your own or purchase leather straps from the tutor on the day** All tools and equipment will be provided.

Dates: 
18 April 2020 to 19 April 2020
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Course commences at 10.00 am and finishes at 4.00 pm each day
Teachers
Justine Burgess
Apprentice Teachers
Cost: 
£80 (plus £15 to be paid in cash on day for materials)
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
Telephone number: 
01570 493 358
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Willow Weaving ~ Plant Support / Obelisk

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During this workshop, you will make a practical plant support obelisk for use in the garden for beans, clematis, sweet peas, climbing roses etc. using locally grown prepared willow.

There should also be time to weave a dragonfly or giant sunflower, again for use in the garden.
This willow obelisk workshop is suitable for all levels. All tools and equipment will be provided.

Dates: 
5 April 2020
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Course commences 10.00 am and finishes at 4.00 pm
Teachers
Justine Burgess
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Cost: 
£40 (plus £10 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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01570 493 358
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Micro-Generation at Home (day 3)

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This is the third in a series of three one day courses on DIY Micro-Generation. An understanding of the topics covered in day one will be necessary for the following two days. Day one and two will take place on the preceding Wednesdays (11th and 18th March 2020).

Day three will cover the designing and building of permanent magnet generators from scratch.

Those attending will build a small hand cranked demonstration generator which they will take away with them. This day will focus predominantly on practical work, although some initial theory will be covered.

NB. There will also be a charge of between £10 and £20 for the demonstration generator which you will make and take home.

Dates: 
25 March 2020
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Course commences at 10.00 am and finishes at 4.30 pm
Teachers
Richard Bambrey
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Cost: 
£40 (or £110 if booking all three days)
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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01570 493 358
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Micro-Generation at Home (day 2)

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This is the second in a series of three one day courses on DIY Micro-Generation. An understanding of the topics covered in day one will be necessary for the following two days. Day one and three will take place on the preceding and following Wednesdays (11th and 25th March 2020).

Day two will cover up-cycling of existing equipment, such as automotive alternators, motors and dynamos, for Micro-Generation.

Also understanding the matching of available energy (wind strength and rotor size or water head and flow) to load and storage/usage options. There will be more practical work in this day.

Dates: 
18 March 2020
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Course commences at 10.00 am and finishes at 4.30 pm
Teachers
Richard Bambrey
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Cost: 
£40 (or £110 if booking all three days)
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 ~ Foraging Backpack

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This practical basket can be used for foraging, shopping or even carrying your picnic on a walk.
Because there are more complex techniques involved than some other baskets, this willow backpack workshop is more suitable if you have some experience of willow weaving (or attended any of our other willow workshops).

During the two day workshop you will learn how to weave the D-shaped base, add upright stakes, weave the sides with 3-rod wale and French rand weaves and put on a border.

**This workshop does not include the straps. You can source your own or purchase leather straps from the tutor on the day** All tools and equipment will be provided.

Dates: 
7 March 2020 to 8 March 2020
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Course commences 10.00 am and finishes at 4.00 pm each day
Teachers
Justine Burgess
Apprentice Teachers
Cost: 
£80 (plus £15 to be paid in cash on day for materials)
Address: 
Denmark Farm
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Mara Morris
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01570 493 358
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Willow Weaving ~ Polish Asymmetrical Basket

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Suitable for all levels from beginner, this workshop gives you the techniques you need to create a willow asymmetrical basket with wooden handle, thought to have originated from Poland.
Feel free to bring any interesting pieces of drift wood or wood for your handle, or thick willow rods will be available for you to chose from to complete your Polish Basket.

What you will learn:
How to make a stake and strand base using pairing weave
How to stake up the sides of the basket
How to weave the sides
How to finish the asymmetric border
How to attach the wooden handle

All tools and equipment will be provided.

Dates: 
6 March 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: 
£40 (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 - Zarzo Basket

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During this willow weaving workshop, you will make a Zarzo basket that has been adapted from a traditional Spanish design originally used in cheese making.

You can choose from a round or square form and a selection of willow colours will be available.
This Zarzo basket workshop is suitable for all levels. All tools and equipment will be provided.

Dates: 
18 January 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: 
£40 (plus £7.50 for materials to be paid in cash on day)
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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01570 493 358
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PEACE - Peace, Empowerment and Cultural Emergence

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This module of the Cultural Emergence toolkit gives us the opportunity to deeply connect with ourselves, each other and the more than human world. It is an experiential journey to finding peace and empowerment within ourselves. We can carry these tools forward to emerge a peaceful culture in our own lives.

Join Looby Macnamara, author of People and Permaculture, and Chris Johnstone, author of Seven ways to build resilience, and co-author of Active Hope, for this nourishing and empowering week.

Dates: 
3 August 2020 to 9 August 2020
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Chris Johnstone
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Emma
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07786 262 864
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ACE - Activating Cultural Emergence

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Join Looby Macnamara, one of the co-founders and developers of the Cultural Emergence toolkit, for this pioneering experience to discover tools for positive cultural evolution. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the global activation and development of Cultural Emergence.

During this weekend we will be exploring the questions -
How can we facilitate cultural change?
What do we want the new culture and new story to look like?
What part can we play in helping it to emerge?
We will look at the many levels of culture, right through from our own personal culture and patterns of being, to the global context. We will share tools, techniques, processes and ways of being, thinking and seeing differently. Each person is adding their own unique voice of insight and wisdom to create exciting, engaging and illuminating experiences. You will learn how to use the toolkit in your own lives to become more intentional in making your relationships kinder, more connected and truly regenerative. You will be invited to contribute to the ongoing, evolving, global conversation of how we can use Cultural Emergence to manifest action and momentum in enhancing positive connections for individuals, families, groups and communities of all types. The collective wisdom of the group will be harvested to further the development and effectiveness of this inspirational toolkit.

Dates: 
14 June 2019 to 16 June 2019
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Apprentice Teachers
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Sliding scale starting at £95 with early bird discount
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Emma
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07786 262 864
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