Self-Reliance Craft Retreats


Self-Reliance Crafts Retreats

Now in its fourth year and growing in value and size each year our Self-Reliance Crafts retreat is the perfect opportunity for you to become empowered with lots of different practical crafts all suitable for beginners at the same time as getting to relax with yoga and massage and building new like-minding friendships around the campfire.

Crafts Retreat France

The weekend is cram-packed with bite-sized craft workshops and talks on all things natural and self-reliance with the aim of empowering you to provide for yourself and your family in the realms of food, health and household needs. Within this you will firstly make a leather journal to take notes in over the weekend, learn to weave a basket and take it foraging to gather food and plants for making medicine (you will make a tincture and an ointment), listen to a talk about ‘7 reasons to make your own natural toiletries’ then make soap, bath bombs, lip balm, toothpaste and body butter, make a clay pot fat lamp and nettle candle-wick.  Begin a rag-rug to finish at home or during the evenings here.  You will learn about natural beekeeping and have a go at weaving a skep, you will discover how to make fire by friction and how to create light using household natural materials around you. Have a go at target practice with either wooden bows or air rifles, make cheese/butter and flavour it with wild plants, bake bread/pizza on the fire.   We will also spend one session on Permaculture and you will create a basic Permaculture design of your plot to continue at home.  *The exact content can vary depending on tutor and resource availability but the core remains the same – natural, native materials and practical useful crafts. We offer this retreat in York or the Dordogne, France and offer new for 2018 it will be offered as a four night/four day experience to allow full emmersion in an off-grid life and more down time reading and chatting.  Two massages and three yoga sessions will also be included to ensure you leave not only empowered with new skills and knowledge but fully relaxed ready to go home and continue your journey!

All materials are included,  tipi accommodation and healthy plant-based two course lunches. Please bring some cash/card for a pub meal at the local Boot and Shoe where meals are available from £7 – £14. We provide bedding, towels and shower gel, make up wipes, candles and logs.  Guests have use of the wood-fired Hot Tub so do bring a swimsuit!