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About the Course
James Dyson is an experienced woodsman and skilled basket maker. He is a warm and humorous soul with a deep understanding of the struggles of being human in these times.
He has an infectious enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge and connecting people with the skills of our rural heritage.
Emma Capper is the founder of Creative Journeys in Nature.
She is a Certified ANFT Nature and Forest therapy guide, expressive artist and craftswoman living and working in Devon. Her Wanders for Well-being have their roots in the practice of Shinrin-yoku - Forest bathing. She delights in playfully awakening your imagination and intuition through nature connection invitations. remembering our lost heritage and the wisdom's of our natural home.
Willow basketry is one of our ancient traditional crafts. In modern times basket making has been used as a therapeutic activity connecting you into the land and your body while creating a beautiful and useful item.
This weekend you will learn how to make a frame basket which is probably the oldest indigenous style of basket. Simple perfection of a hooped frame with ribs and withies woven onto it. Many hedgerow and ‘gypsy’ baskets are made using this simple to learn technique. This style of basket is fairly shallow with a curved base so ideal for gathering delicate items from hedgerow. field or garden.
Forest Bathing (Shinrin-Yoku)
What is it?
The name comes from the Japanese “Shinrin-Yoku” which literally means “taking in the atmosphere of the forest”. This is done by using our senses - breathing, listening and noticing the beauty of nature that surrounds us. Forest bathing is a research verified way of supporting well-being, health and happiness. It is becoming well-known as a tool to reduce stress. It also benefits the cardiovascular and immune systems and improves mood and cognition.
This weekend we invite you to really step away from the everyday hustle of life and lose yourself in the moment. Experience through all your senses the beauty of this riverside setting using forest bathing techniques to immerse yourself into the creative process.
It is our hope that you come away feeling renewed and full of joy, swinging your basket, with the knowledge of how to make another and effortlessly drop into the practice of forest bathing in your everyday life.
All materials are included in the price and tools are available for use.
Please feel free to bring your own secateurs and pen knife.
Refreshments are provided but you will need to bring a packed lunch or you can eat at the local pub, a few minutes walk away.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the course.
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What's included in the price?
Tea, Coffee,Biscuits,Tools, Materials, Expert Tutors and a stunning location.
We can arrange Local accommodation for you to stay at. Accommodation is not included in the course fee.
We have limited Camping facilities but no shower on sight.
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