Wild Harvest – School of Self Reliance
Wild Harvest’s mission is to empower you to provide for yourself and your family using the resources around you. Future-proof your family by learning traditional skills and cutting-edge food growing techniques, reconnect with the natural world and your creative potential and browse our courses.
Learn traditional skills such as basket weaving, leather work, rag-rugging and more. Unlock your creativity and work with your hands to create beautiful, useful household items. De-stress, meet new people and learn a new skill.
We provide half day, full day and residential training courses and workshops in self-sufficiency based at our farm in North Yorkshire. Stay overnight in our well-equipped tipis. We cater for groups and individuals.
Rural Crafts Courses
Our courses in rural crafts include basket weaving, willow weaving, candle making, ointment and soap making, rag rugging and making natural Christmas decorations, gifts and homewares.
“Wild Harvest was a really valued aspect of our Riverside Arts Festival. We aim to provide activities which are accessible to all ages, work with natural or recycled materials and offer participants an opportunity for creative exploration. Wild Harvest brought us all of these things and were also lovely people to have around!”
“My experience of Wild Harvest was at Jollydays Campsite for a hen do, where we made beeswax candles and leather bound journals. It was a really positive experience creating something beautiful to enjoy myself or be able to use as a gift. I enjoyed being absorbed in the activity and like the fact that the crafts were accessible and everyone left with an attractive item they had produced, I had immense satisfaction from that. Since then, I have ordered beeswax and have made candles to give to friends.”
“I went on a wild foraging walk in York with my 2 young children. Not only was it very interesting, Di was engaging, knowledgeable and able to be patient in her explanations. I have gone on to make my own elderflower cordial and have made wild garlic pesto. The pace and structure of the walk give me the confidence to identify, collect and make use of different wild foods on our doorstep.”
“Thank you for inspiring me to look to my surroundings rather than purchasing unnecessary items. With the help of Wild Harvest I have learnt how to weave baskets which now adorn every part of my home! I have made baskets for friends as presents, re-handled a neighbours herb basket to prevent wastage and even passed the skill on to other generations by teaching my nieces how to basket weave. At Christmas time I will be extending my business by making rather than buying baskets to fill, creating personalised hampers which is my business.”
“Your excellent teaching and ability to pass on knowledge has allowed me to produce natural toiletries that are better for my body. You inspired me to look further into natural remedies and I am now producing massage oils for my mum and husband which aim to ease their arthritis.” Sally Anne.
“The weekend was packed with a number of sessions, which included different crafts, foraging and fire making. Di is a wonderful host, making sure each of us were well looked after, providing us all with comprehensive practical experience relating to each session. Di has a very calming influence and demonstrates a deep knowledge and experience about each craft and foraging.”
“I travelled in each day from York which is only a 20 minute drive away. At the end of the weekend it is lovely to take home the variety of things we made. I personally found the experience very exciting, empowering and already (two days after returning home) am considering going on another course to learn more and make more new friends.” Stephanie Brodie
“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for such a fantastic weekend on the self-sufficiency craft camp. It was everything we hoped it would be, and more! You made us feel so welcome and relaxed from the minute we arrived and we loved the range of activities that were involved. We’ve come away feeling relaxed and happy to have learned so much, and to have made many new friends 🙂 We’re really impressed with our goody bag of homemade crafts that we got to take home afterwards too! We’ve already enjoyed the candles, ointments and bath bombs since returning home”. Gabbi
“I found Diane’s wild food walk inspirational in changing my outlook on weeds such as nettles and dandelions into informative suggestions in preparing these foods for maximum benefit. I went on this wild food walk wanting to expand my knowledge of survival skills for future-proofing oneself in a worst-case scenario and found it to be just what I was looking for. I then went on a basket weaving course a few months later which gave me sense of satisfaction and more confidence in making things from willow and things from nature- which
is ultimately where all things come from, so it was nice to re-connect with natural materials with expert guidance. Diane is a very calm and patient teacher. Diane has a real passion for teaching these things as she has lived and breathed self sufficiency for many many years.” Luiza.
“Fantastic weekend at the Self Sufficiency Camp, with a good balance of learning new skills and relaxation. Di is friendly, welcoming and very knowledgeable, and her passion is inspiring. Would highly recommend to those looking for a weekend away from the pace of modern life, learning traditional, practical skills and enjoying the natural environment that’s all around us but often overlooked.” Adam.
“I had a lovely time with my family making crafts with Wild Harvest at the Edible Garden show. Thank you so much for sharing your time and knowledge with us. Wishing you lots of happiness and success.” Morgan
“We really enjoyed the wild food walk. Diane has lots of useful information to share and it’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning. You will learn lots and have fun too!” Sarah Olsen