Course Provider: Native Hands
Contact Name: Ruby Taylor
Telephone: Contact below
c/o Dernwood Farm
Course Length: 1 day
5 star rating, 4 reviewers.
A day in the woods foraging your materials and using stone-age tools to learn specific bushcraft skills. On offer is wild fire-making, wild cordage (string) and bone needle-making. Empowering, creative, skills for life... you'll find all the details under 'courses' on our website, via the button above.
We aim to give you a satisfying learning experience as well as an enjoyable time away from it all. To support you in getting the most from your time, some simple and enjoyable nature connection activities are an integral part of the course. There’s a camping option so that you can make a full weekend of it. And it’s great to do these courses with friends and loved ones.
Suitable for beginners as well as those with experience. Groups are kept small (max. 10 people) to support your learning. Mainly designed for adults but teens of 16+ are welcome if accompanied.
National Geographic & Toyota put us in their top 125 UK adventures. We’re featured in The Guardian, and also in the recently published 'Wild Times' guide by Bradt.
Tutor Ruby Taylor is a qualified teacher with over 15 years experience. She is appreciated for her ability to teach the techniques of wild crafts with clarity, patience and humour. Her courses are popular for their relaxed and inclusive atmosphere. From both formal training and her own experimentation, Ruby has a breadth and depth of knowledge of wild crafts.
"I enjoy providing a supportive space in which others can develop their creativity and technical knowledge as well as their connection with the natural world. It's great to witness the sense of achievement and satisfaction that comes from making cordage, fire etc this way. I'm also inspired by seeing how people can feel deeply nourished and inspired by the whole experience of taking time out of an often busy and stressful daily life to be creative in the woods round a fire, with birdsong, creatures, wild plants and like-minded people."
What's included in the price?
All materials are provided and we always have a roaring camp fire, plenty of hot drinks, and home made cake to keep us well fueled. We also have shelter arrangements (a large tarp) in case of bad weather.
Participants bring a packed lunch to eat around the fire together.
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This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
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