There is, however, a quiet revolution happening! Whether consciously or subconsciously, most of us recycle, reuse, upcycle, adapt, or keep things that, a few years ago, we would have been more likely to discard. We remember to take our 'bags for life' to the supermarket. We turf out our wardrobes, rediscover old treasures, and avoid the throwaway fashion trap. We grow herbs in pots, tomatoes in buckets, and potatoes in trugs or, if we're really lucky we feed ourselves and our families from an allotment or corner of the garden. Instead of mindlessly buying more stuff, we mindfully consider if we actually need it! We fix things!! In so many ways, we're recognising more and more the quiet contribution we can make to the planet and to our own wellbeing: our emotional, physical, financial, and social wellbeing.
The upshot of this bombardment of bad news over the past few years means that we're more inclined to try and think of ways that we can inject a bit of positivity into our lives through protecting our environment, protecting our mental wellbeing, and protecting our physical health. There's never been a more important time to really take stock and look to a new way of living more naturally in the future. Let the revolution begin!
Take things easy and think of one or two things that you can easily implement in your life in the coming year (you could jot your ideas down in a wellbeing journal). For instance, when spring kicks into gear, foraging (safely of course) offers many opportunities to boost your nutrition, get some fresh air and exercise, and also save some money (fun fact: nettles are a rich source of antioxidants and vitamin C and cost nothing). You might consider switching to some alternative, eco-friendly cleaning products that can easily be put together at home from every day basics. How about trying out some natural remedies or beauty products made with your own fair hands?
An Introduction to Herbal Medicine with Rowan Mconegal in Herefordshire.
This weekend course covers the basics of herbalism and using herbs to make your own top quality cosmetics and herbal preparations. Medical herbalist Rowan works with people who want to learn how to use herbs sustainably in their own lives to enhance health and wellbeing, teaching them how to identify, cultivate, harvest and make remedies, learning and respecting the power of herbs. Check out Rowan's maker's page for lots more inspiration.
Grow your own organic, climate change savvy produce with Green Rocket Courses in West Wales
Growing some of your own produce in line with the natural world has to be one of the most empowering experiences going for person, plate and planet. Kim will be running courses outside in her large, climate change savvy training gardens in beautiful West Wales in 2023. This course is ideal for those new to 'grow your own' as well as those with experience looking to learn how to nurture delicious home grown fruit and vegetables with a greater resilience around our changing climate. This is all about working closer with nature for the benefit of all. Check out Green Rocket's maker's page for this and for Kim's inspirational online, on-demand courses.
How to create herbal tea blends
Make a Simple Dress in a Day
This course is aimed at students who enjoy sewing and would like to learn more about making their own paper patterns and creating their own designs to suit their figure. During the day the course will cover changing dart positions, incorporating seam lines, gathers and flared skirts. But don't stop there, have a browse of our range of dressmaking and tailoring courses. You're sure to find something to fire up your own sewing revolution!
Rag Rugging - the perfect way to use fabric scraps
Upcycling with Pallets in Somerset
If you simply want to have a go at upcycling, then look no further. We have plenty of ideas to keep you busy in 2023! How about making an amazing piece of furniture from pallets. Scott at Black Paw Upcycle Project will show you the techniques used in taking apart a pallet and turning it into something new.
We hope you've found something to inspire the quiet revolutionary in you so that you can look forward to living more naturally in 2023 and beyond.
A happy and successful year to all of you from all at CraftCourses. Vive la révolution!