Folkcraft

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A unique outdoor skills workshop that blends bushcraft with ancient lore and stories.

 

“The landscape tells - or rather is - a story." 

Tim Ingold

These very special one day workshops are built upon the premise that we are storying creatures - that it is through story and anecdote we learn best. The wide range of outdoor skills shared are accompanied by folklore and folktales throughout - helping everyone to better remember all that is shared and complimenting every practical experience by really bringing the bushcraft to life. 

 

Folklore and stories offer us a fascinating window into history and help us understand the relationships our ancestors shared with the plants, trees and creatures we live alongside today.

 

During the day, we'll explore the four core branches of bushcraft - shelter, fire, food and sharp-edged tools - while I weave a web of ancient tales around everything we do.

Folkcraft workshop is designed to provide you with the skills and stories to really boost your confidence outdoors and definitely deepen your understanding of how folk before us connected with the natural world!

This day course includes an introduction to the following:

Plant & tree identification

Seasonal foraging

Wild crafting such as making cordage & mats

Natural navigation techniques & map navigation 

Shelter building using tarps, ropes and knots

Using tools outdoors including axe, knife & saw 

Fire lighting, types of fires & campfire cooking

The folklore and stories of the trees, plants & creatures encountered

 

As well as...

A guided walk in the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons 

A delicious supper cooked on the campfire (vegetarian)

The option to camp overnight on the Friday and Saturday at Cwmffrwd Farm Campsite at no extra charge (the farm is in a Dark Sky Reserve and is perfect for stargazing!) 

Please note that participants are asked to bring their own lunch to eat on our afternoon walk, and will need to bring their own camping equipment if staying overnight. 

Practical information:

  • Workshops scheduled for 18th June, 30th July (women only), 3rd September 2022

  • Workshop starts Saturday at 10.30am 

  • Workshop ends Saturday at 8pm

  • 16yrs+ welcome (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)

  •  Toilets are available on site

  •  Supper is provided, please bring light lunch to eat while walking

  •  Bring your own camping equipment if staying on Friday and/or Saturday night - more information about campsite facilities can be found here.

  • Complimentary camping is for participating guests only.

 

Prices and booking information:

Maximum group size: 8

Standard ticket 16+: £130 

Early bird ticket: £110 (four tickets available per event)

Tickets can be purchased here.

Your tutor:
Pridie Tiernan

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As well as being a qualified teacher and professional storyteller, Pridie is also an accredited bushcrafter and Mountain Leader (MLTB).

"My work centres around supporting others to gently reconnect with the natural world; building confidence by providing a variety of practical and empowering outdoor experiences ​in a sensitive and supported way - with story at the heart of it all. 

It’s all about being outside; listening, learning, contributing if you feel able, sharing, talking and supporting if it feels right. There's no pressure to produce anything epic - it's all about letting the stories and experiences lead you towards a stronger understanding of the natural world around you."

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

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HANNAH

I'll never walk past a tree now without greeting it. (And then run away from the fairies if necessary!) Loved every second, especially the tree ID! 

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ADAM

REALLY enjoyed myself, thank you! When you carve your spoon, you start thinking why you chose that wood and about the people in those stories from the past.

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SARAH

Magical - just what I needed to get back outside.