Self-Reliance Crafts Retreat
Stay in a Soulpad Tipi for a long weekend of practical crafts (all suitable for beginners) combined with healthy living. Start on the Friday evening making a leather-bound notebook to take notes during the weekend and a clay pot to make a fat candle. Friday evening is spent getting to know the other participants around the campfire – bring a pizza to put in the wood fired pizza oven. There will be a talk on Permaculture or Wild Medicine on the Friday Evening. The next day, after a relaxing morning yoga session in the garden (or stretching and meditation indoors if heavy rain) you will learn basket weaving then after a raw food lunch you will go wild food foraging. Upon your return you will make 100% natural bath bombs which will include some of the foraged flowers this will be accompanied by a talk on making your own natural toiletries. Paul Dore Bushcraft arrives early evening to teach you Fire-by Friction then the rest of Saturday evening usually involves a pub meal at the Boot and Shoe in Ellerton but this is optional as there is always the campfire and wood-fired pizza oven.
Sunday begins again with an outside Yoga session (or indoor meditation if rainy) and is followed by beeswax candle and ointment making, plus you will fill your clay pot with fat and learn how to make a nettle cordage wick for it to make a fat lamp. After a healthy raw food vegan lunch we begin a rag-rug workshop where you learn the techniques of hooky and proddy and how to turn your old rags into rugs, cushions or bags, during this session participants take time out for a 30 minute neck and shoulder/back massage, Indian Head Massage or Reflexology with a local qualified therapist (Dawn or Claire). The day finishes with bread and wild herb butter making cooked on the outside fire and eaten as our farewell snack.
And to ensure that you go home feeling both empowered with new skills AND relaxed and healthy the course includes….
* Two 50 minute Yoga sessions
* 30 min. Massage (either neck/back/shoulder or Indian Head or Reflexology).
* Two course healthy lunch each day
Course participants have use of our Tipi Glamping site facilities as detailed below plus ample free parking.
Participants stay in one of three shared tipis, each sleeping four people or less (same sex accommodation but if there is a spare tipi a couple may get their own tipi). The tipis are heated with mini wood-burners and have flop out foam chair beds, soft clean duvets, sheets and pillows. Towels can be provided for £2 per stay. If you wish to bring your own tent or van that is possible too.
There is a fire circle, a wood fired pizza oven, an outdoor kitchenette with gas hob and bucket sink, plates, pans etc. a toilet and a shower. Classes take place either in the classroom or if sunny outside.
Weekend Crafts Retreat Testimonial
“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.”
Springtime is a season of renewal, of energy unleashing itself towards the life impulse… if you are still feeling winter-weary why not try YOGA?! Here’s what Wild Harvests own Yogi Sonia Perry has to say about Yoga…
Perhaps one of the reasons I love Yoga so much is because it is so empowering. In terms of self-reliance its one of the best ways to nurture your own health and well being. Like a good hair cut yoga works every time. The mind becomes clearer and sharper, the body more toned and free.
Forget the media hype of the bendy bikini babe, Yoga is more about being happy in your own skin. Help your body relax and be strong, your mind be at ease. Breathe freely.
Not only does Yoga help us enjoy more energy, it can also directly address imbalances and disease such as insomnia, digestive disorders and back pain. Yoga helps heal the chronic exhaustion that many people feel living in this over-stimulated and pressured technological age. It encourages a more mindful way of living with greater appreciation and respect in our lives.
Yoga recognises how we are all part of a whole..
…each of us having an effect as we play our part. Practice helps us be the best we can be. Addictions and bad habits fall away naturally as you happily become true to yourself. Living in a peaceful and as service way at the foundation of Yoga is a belief in non-violence. Ultimately a spiritual practice, Yoga encourages us to question the nature of reality. This really isn’t navel gazing, more about appreciating that we are much more than a brain in a body.
And Best of All…Once you’ve got the basics Yoga is easy to practice by yourself – at home, at work in the bus queue, on a walk.
As a tonic for these times, this ancient art and science has much wisdom and joy to freely give us all.
Yoga Teacher/Therapist/Teacher Trainer
Reserve a weekend for you and your group to stay at Wild Harvest Tipis and book Sonia for Yoga/Meditation tailored to your groups needs. Make your own Yoga Retreat at Wild Harvest. Stretch your body with your feet on the grass while you look over the open fields – I guarantee you will float home after your sessions with Sonia! Email [email protected] to start your yoga retreat planning. Accommodation from £16 per head!