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Wild basketry- workshop in the woods, forage your materials


About the Course

Learn how to make baskets from foraged materials which we gather on the day from the woodland site. On offer is a wide variety of techniques & materials including bramble, bark, bone, wild rose, grass, reed mace, bulrush.

Learn about the whole cycle of production- harvesting the raw materials & processing them, through to completing a beautiful & useful basket to take home with you. Courses are scheduled to coincide with the seasonal availability of plants for foraging, therefore a different plant material and process is offered on each date shown.

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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, we start each day with a simple and enjoyable mindfulness-based nature connection practice.
There’s a camping option so that you can make a full weekend of it (not included in the price). It’s great to do these courses with friends and loved ones.

Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention. Suitable for all levels including beginners.
Age suitability: our courses are designed for adults, but teens of 16+ are welcome if accompanied by a participating adult.

National Geographic & Toyota put us in their Top 125 UK Adventures. Native Hands has been featured in the Guardian and also in the recently published 'Wild Times' guide by Bradt.

Tutor Ruby Taylor is a trained teacher with over 30 years of experience. She’s appreciated for her ability to teach with clarity, patience and humour. Her courses have a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere. From both formal training and her own experimentation with foraged materials, Ruby has a breadth and depth of knowledge, including an interest in the crafts and technologies of our ancient ancestors.

"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 a basket or pot 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."

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials are provided and we always have a kettle on the camp fire, plenty of hot drinks, and home made cake to keep us well fuelled. We also have shelter arrangements (a large tarp) in case we need it.
Participants bring packed lunch/food to share around the fire together.


Ruby Taylor at Native Hands
c/o Dernwood Farm
East Sussex
TN21 0PN
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  • Accommodation offered
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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1 day (10:30am to 4:30pm)

Next available date

14th November 2020


In-person course
- - #31362

I just wanted to write to thank you again for such a special day in the woods. I took so much away from it, it’s definitely ignited a love of weaving! Hopefully next year I can treat myself to another day of learning in the woods with you.

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- - #30306

Thank you very much for yesterday’s course. It was such a fun and rewarding day. Everyone loved my basket and I got lots of compliments. I loved the whole experience in the woods and the atmosphere and just came home happier than in the beginning of the day.

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- - #30184

Just fabulous. Fun, creative, incredibly informative (Ruby’s hugely inspiring teaching) and in a place of such simple beauty. Way beyond all hopes, a treat of an experience that I shall never forget – shared with lovely people.

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- - #23955

It was the most wonderful day....really well planned and sorted to give us the very best of the time we had...I was just astonished at how fast the time went....I so rarely loose track of time ...and that shows just how powerful and absorbing the making became.

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- - #23908

Thank you so much for such a lovely day in a magical setting. It was perfect. I really enjoyed the day and have been eyeing up my neighbours' grasses for my next basket :)

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- - #23896

That was such a great day!
It was such a tonic to spend a day making in the woods - feeling very inspired to attempt another basket .

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- - #23454

I enjoyed the workshop hugely. It was great fun, and there was a nice bunch of people. So thanks very much for making it a really interesting and enjoyable two days. I learnt a lot and had fun doing so.

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- - #23140

Cordage is so magic. I've done more work on my netted bag, still loving it and it's nearly finished! Thanks for the the fabulous weekend, it really reignited my passion for all things wildcrafty. I loved the mindfulness session - and miss it now I'm back in the city and surrounded by noisy distractions. Really want to do your bone needle course next.

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- - #21762

Thank you again Ruby for another inspiring and joy-ful experience. Each time I do one of your courses I feel more and more in tune with, and so grateful for, the amazing gifts from the wildness of this wonderful countryside.

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- - #21302

Ruby- thank you for being such an inspiring teacher. It was the best medicine to be in the woods, making for the weekend and a most welcome meditation. I’m already busy spreading the word and loving my basket. Lovely to meet lots of inspiring and like minded people- thank you also for your good energy. Will keep an eye on future courses :)

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- - #16037

We both had a delightful time creating our baskets with you and all participants in the stunning woods. Thanks for such inspiring and nourishing experience, for your fire and tea and for teaching us and caring so beautifully.
We feel so proud and happy with them, we put them next to our bed that evening! Couldn't part from them... kept on feeling and smelling them! Such joy they bring. Jeremy's basket is filled with our garden apples.

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- - #11006

A peaceful and fascinating weekend in the Hornbeam woods with a kettle continuously on the fire, plenty of flapjacks and a stream of incredible information from Ruby about basket making and plants and land. I'm left with tingly fingers itching to do more. Thank you.

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- - #10855

Thank you Ruby for giving such calm, unhurried and reflective sessions for us at the Retreat. The feedback was so positive about you, your energy, your tone and the work you inspired and guided. We are so delighted you were with us and would absolutely love to work with you again.

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- - #9770

Thank you so much for yesterday, it was such a beautiful day. Love what you teach and the peaceful creativity of the way you teach it. Both the basket and the fire have made me so happy!

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- - #9303

I thought it was an excellent weekend and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Hopefully I'll be able to learn something else from you in the future. Thank you Ruby.

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- - #7005

This is the second workshop I have done with Ruby - what a wonderfully gifted teacher! So much care is taken over the whole weekend - from making fires, to foraging the plants, and imparting valuable knowledge in such a clear and kind way. And weaving is glorious! It's so satisfying... what a wonderful way to learn to make a basket. I can't wait to try to make one myself now!

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- - #6950

Thank you Ruby for such a lovely weekend. I really felt the benefit returning to work on Monday, it's been far too long since I've sat round a fire in the woods! You're a very natural teacher, and I'm so grateful to you for passing on your crafts and knowledge.

In-person course
- - #6303

Totally fantastic. I made my first ever basket and feel confident about my ability to make another . I'm really inspired and feel enabled get my next basket project together! Ruby is so full of grace and knowledge and she imparts it in a such a super fun way. It really was a joy to attend this Wild Rose and Bramble Basketmaking course. The camping at the venue was great too. Happy days. Thanks Ruby.

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- - #5657

Just got back from the most sublime weekend workshop. If you ever get a chance to go to one of Native Hands events then do so.
Fabulous weather, great friends and lovely group. Brilliant venue and the most perfect guide.
Earth and water, fire and air. From clay to pot. Greatest gratitude to have been able to have take part in this and come home with gifts from the imagination. Highly recommended

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- - #5524

We had such a good time on the reed mace workshop, and we've been recommending it to everybody. Ruby is a skilled and generous teacher - we learned so much, in a wonderfully calm atmosphere. Spending the day in the woods was magical, and Ruby has the most graceful way to light a fire with flint and steel, tinder and grass. I want to go on ALL the workshops!

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- - #5166

Thank you for such a wonderful weekend of digging, potting and fire-making. We all had such a blast, and learned LOADS. Arthur practised his spark making all the way home in the car, and has continued this morning at the breakfast table… He’s going to have worn out his flint by the end of the week. We will be back again for more adventures. Steve (family wild pottery)

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- - #3835

Picking the bramble prior to making the basket made me feel really connected to the finished product. I also felt the achievement of mastering the skill of turning an unwanted plant into something of beauty and use. Feeling the rain on your face makes you feel alive; hearing birdsong, you share the bird’s vitality and zest for life.

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- - #2676

Loved both the bark containers day and the native cordage one. Ruby makes ancient techniques simple and achievable, and imparted a vast amount of knowledge in bite-sized chunks. Am totally inspired and can't wait to make more!

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- - #2657

It was an inspiring day (Wild Cordage), Ruby is a charming and dedicated instructor, it was a pleasure to meet some like-minded people.

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- - #1880

I’d recommend these courses to anyone…because if I can do it anyone can! I’d been on several basket making courses over the years , with different teachers, and hadn’t managed to come away with anything other than a tangled mess and a belief that I couldn’t do it.
I loved the day with Ruby because we were out in nature, sitting around a fire and it all seemed very relaxed. I was very skilfully tutored and encouraged, met some lovely people, ate delicious food and generally had a great time! Not only did I leave the woods relaxed and happy at the end of the day, but I also came away with a very useful basket and a restored faith in my own abilities!

In-person course
- - #1879

Ruby, thank you for such a wonderful bark basketry workshop. I thought it would be something special I could share with my sister, and it was even lovelier than I had hoped.

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- - #1159

Thank you so much for a wonderful, and I mean REALLY wonderful day learning about bark, fire making and connecting to nature again, and all the good soul nourishing things that we did. I’m very pleased with my container. Mary said that the workshop was one of the best birthday presents she’s ever had!

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- - #1154

Ruby – I wanted to thank you again for the lovely basket workshop, making coiled grass baskets in the woods. It was so relaxed yet focused, clear modelling with space to crack on and explore with your supportive skills and knowledge on tap.

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