Ink making and foraging workshop



Experience nature and learn new skills by joining us on our one-day or residential workshops at our 17th century house and grounds where you can learn how to make botanical natural inks. Come with us foraging for your ingredients in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Ashburnham, East Sussex. Learn how to make your own inks in our dedicated workshop space. Discover the plants, berries, bark, and flowers that can all be used to make your own personal inks for drawing, painting and crafting. Nature and us provide all the materials you will need. We also make sure you are fully fed and watered throughout your stay with locally-sourced produce.

We love animals too, so if you would like to bring your dog with you foraging, you are most welcome.

On the day: Drinks and pastries are waiting for when you arrive. We will then spend 1-2 hours foraging for your own ingredients in woodlands and nature trails. Lunch will be provided for your return from foraging and then we will set up the outside wood-burning stove. Turn willow twigs into charcoal in the fire, and then learn how to turn your ingredients into ink. Time will be spent showing you how to experiment with the inks to layer and blend them to create your own personal projects. Packaging is provided so you can take your inks home with you.

You will only need to bring something suitable to wear for any changes in the weather.

We are a few miles outside of the historical town of Battle in East Sussex. Battle is the nearest station with many regular and direct trains from London.

Unfortunately, we don't have a bus service to us, but taxis can be booked and cost roughly £7. We do have parking for up to 4 cars as well if you are coming by car.

If you are interested in one of our residential weekends, please use the 'Chat with the Maker' button to reach out for more details.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials for ink making and for taking inks home with you. We provide lunch and beverages. Please do let us know if you have any special requirements.


May at Botaninkal


Stevens Crouch
East Sussex
TN33 9LR

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday


6 hours (11:00am to 5:00pm)



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