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Self-Reliance Crafts Retreat.  Five Day Midweek Edition.

September 10, 2018 at 11:00 am - September 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm


Self-Reliance Crafts Retreat. Five Day Midweek Edition.

Wild Harvest are now running our popular Self-Reliance Crafts Retreats for a longer duration to allow more relaxing and reading time.

The retreat is suitable for beginners and it runs for five days and four nights. Arriving Monday lunchtime for meet and greet and the first couple of workshops then settling in to your tipis before gathering round the fire to cook supper.  Each day Monday to Friday will begin with a cup of herb tea and eggs from the garden (help yourselves) then, during the week there will be two morning yoga sessions with Sonia Perry, two massages each with Claire Cutler-Casey and Dawn Emmerson aimed at ensuring you go home fully relaxed and empowered for the next part of your journey.

See our ‘Meet the Team’ page for details of course leaders and therapists.  The rest of the day will be packed full of workshops and talks interspersed with breathing out time chatting with new friends, reading,  sunbathing or sleeping.  We even have a wood-fired hot tub so you can take a dip with a glass of wine or mug of herb tea and relax looking over the fields (bring a swimsuit).

Workshops and Talks are as follows:

Leather journal making,  candle-making, rag-rugging, willow basket weaving,  making natural toiletries (soap, toothpaste, bath-bombs, beeswax mineral tinted lip-balm), wild medicine talk (make a tincture and ointment), instinctive archery, permaculture design session, natural beekeeping talk inc. have-a-go at making a bee-skep, cheese and butter making, wild food foraging and pizza making, fire-lighting and making a leather (tinder) pouch with Paul Dore Bushcraft. Finally you can release your inner Katniss Everdean with a session in instinctive archery with our beautiful wooden bows.

 Participants will go home with their arms full of their hand-made natural crafts plus the knowledge of how to do it all again. New friendships are formed around the campfires and everyone leaves feeling connected, relaxed and empowered!

You will make/take home:

A leather journal

Beeswax Candles of two types.

A willow basket

A rag rug

Beeswax lip balm (scented/tinted)

Two bath-bombs

Two bars of glycerine soap

An ointment

A tincture


A Permaculture Plan of your own Plot

A leather pouch

Tipi accommodation:

Our TimberTipis are carpeted and have fold out chair beds with proper hotel quality duvet bedding.  Mini wood-burners heat the tipis and candles light them.  Tipis are same-sex shared with two or three other ladies but this isn’t a problem as you don’t choose your tipi until the end of the first day by which time everyone has connected!  There is a covered fire circle and picnic benches plus a communal cosy hut.  Just one minute walk from the tipi site is the loo/sink, fridge room, a courtyard and the crafts workshop.  See our Tipi Site Page for more info. on the venue.


One plant-based, two-course meal a day Tuesday – Friday will be provided along with refreshments.  Please bring 4 x breakfasts and some bbq food for the first night.  You may help yourselves to eggs and herbs from the garden.  On two or three of the evenings we go to local pubs where meals can be purchased from £7 – £14.

Come along on your own or bring a friend or family member!  See our Facebook page for many more photos including reviews of Wild Harvest.  Some Photos of Previous Self-Reliance Crafts Retreats:

Video Testimonials:


Written Reviews:

“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.

“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 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

Reasons To Choose Wild Harvest School of Self-Reliance:
Di has twenty years of teaching experience and has also walked-the-talk being raised by her grandad and father in a very self-reliance lifestyle in the seventies then raising her own three children alone, off-grid in a remote area. – Wild Harvest has been established for 14 years. – Highly Qualified Staff – most of our staff are educated to post-graduate level. – We are members of The Association of Foragers, Permaculture Association and The Natural Beekeeping Trust. – Regularly asked for opinion on Self-Reliance by radio and newspaper. – Are asked to give talks on various aspects of living a Natural Lifestyle at National Shows and has done walks for Forestry Commission. – 5* rated with Tripadvisor, Facebook, Google and Airbnb. – Our prices are kept very competitive we can boast we offer the best value retreat around. – Ethical, Green and Socially Responsible – Fully insured with a specialist outdoor activities insurer. – We beat York Racecourse to become Visitor Experience of the Year Highly Recommended in 2015 Visit York Awards.


September 10, 2018 at 11:00 am
September 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm
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Wild Harvest School of Self-Reliance
Boundary Farm
York, YO42 4TA United Kingdom
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