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The Power of the Gentle Warrior Yoga and creativity weekend retreat

The Power of the Gentle Warrior: Yoga & Creativity weekend retreat. January Friday 27th (4pm)- Sunday 29th (2pm) 2017 Cost: from £250 (includes all classes, accommodation & meals)

 

Start 2017 with a wonderful weekend Yoga retreat. Recharge after the busy festive season & create a space for yourself to enter the New Year with clear intentions and a deep sense of wellbeing. This retreat is suitable for complete beginners as well as more experienced yogis. Everybody is welcome.

 

Programme: There will be a full programme of yoga & creative practices lead by Marina White Raven during the weekend as well as free time in the afternoons for walking, reading and resting. (a timetable is available)If you have any questions feel free to email me.

 

Teacher: Marina is a Yoga teacher, holistic coach and creative facilitator. She has worked with professionals, creatives & athletes all over the world, as well as people coping with learning difficulties, mental illness, addictions & imprisonment. An established teacher with a unique style, Marina communicates the ancient teachings of Yoga with clarity, practicality and her own creative flair. Marina studied yoga for 3 years with the British Wheel of Yoga, Buddhism at Esalen institute, California & Thai massage at ITM, Chiang Mai. Marina is dedicated to the creative, spiritual life of service; performing, teaching and generating transformative artworks and experiences for everyone.

 

Venue: Monkton Wyld Court is a large country house and grounds in an idyllic location in Dorset near Lyme Regis. A beautiful Neo-Gothic house, with arched windows and doors and comfortable rooms, each full of individual character. Food: All the meals are home-cooked, vegetarian and lovingly produced in a Victorian Kitchen and working in close partnership with the garden, serving meals based on the abundance of each season. This is likely to be a popular weekend and places will be limited to 14 so early booking is recommended!

 

For more information & to book contact: email: marinawhiteraven@gmail.com tel: 07972737434 web: marinasossiyoga.tumblr.com

Starts On:
January 27, 2017
4:00 PM
Ends On:
January 29, 2017
2:00 PM
£250.00
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Living in Yurts

An intensive introductory course with Gill Barron, Tom Barron and Dan Botting. covering Inspiration, Construction, Erection, Habitation, and Permission. Friday evening: Inspiration: Illustrated talk on the origins, history and evolution of the yurt in Britain. Saturday: Construction. The day starts with erecting an English woodland yurt, learning the structure, dynamics and how the parts fit together; moving on to techniques for building a laminated crown; shaping, steaming, drilling and joining up trellis (khana) and roofpoles; alternative doorframes; canvas and insulation materials. Sunday: Habitation: Breakfast in a yurt; explanation of furnishing layouts, lighting, ventilation and heating, alternatives for plumbing etc. Earth floors versus platforms; general siting considerations. Maintenance issues. Permission: How to get to live in a yurt legally and without hassle: a talk by planning expert Simon Fairlie.
Starts On:
March 3, 2017
5:00 PM
Ends On:
March 5, 2017
5:00 PM
£205.00
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Basic Skills for Woodland Work

Tom Barron, of Lakeside Charcoal, will take you through a variety of green woodwork skills, tools, economics and products, with charcoal production, bodger's equipment, tool maintenance and coppicing. As well as making charcoal here at Monkton Wyld Court you will visit a local working coppice and learn the art of splitting and weaving hazel for hurdels and coracles, as well as other uses. On the weekend you can expect: Friday evening: illustrated talk on coppice history, techniques, economics and products. Saturday: Starting a charcoal burn in a small kiln and a DIY 40-gallon drum kiln; this continues all day. Selecting wood for different purposes. Introduction to the bodger's equipment: shaving horses, cleaving breaks, pole-lathes and besom engines. Keeping tools sharp. Correct way to use a billhook/ side-axe; brashing-out practice session. Evening: discussion around the kiln Sunday: The art of splitting and weaving hazel, for hurdles, coracles and other uses. Completing the charcoal burn. Barbeque lunch. PM: site visit to a local working coppice.
Starts On:
March 10, 2017
5:00 PM
Ends On:
March 12, 2017
5:00 PM
£205.00
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Getting to know our soils and what they need from us

Course tutor Dan Powell Dan is manager of the farm River Cottage HQ, Devon and one of the drivers of the LandBase initiative. He has been practising organic forms of land use in various European countries since 1982! Over this time he has developed a deep relationship with the soil that has been influenced by Bio-Dynamics, Organics, Permaculture and traditional soil science. From these perspectives he has come to view soil as a familiar and dependable friend and holds the opinion that the relationship we have with the soil is generally under-valued and requires nurture.

 

Course detail: This course is designed for those who want to gain a deeper relationship with soils that they encounter. Whether they are used for growing food, developing a beautiful garden or supporting grazing or crops for animals, we rely on soils to provide us with stability and security for us and generations to come. What are our soils made of and how did they come to be? How do we get to know our soils better and how they fit in to the ecology of the natural world around us? Once we have laid the foundations for building a deeper relationship with our soils, only then we can develop plans for feeding and nurturing them to ensure this relationship endures into the future.

 

Ideal for farmers and gardeners or those who always wanted to know more about the secrets of their soils but are daunted by a more scientific approach.

 

Sessions include…………………

1. What kind of soil do I have on my land? Warm, cold, dry or wet.

2. Understanding my soil in relation to minerals, chemistry, water and air. Clays, Sands and Silts. Pores and drains!

3. Understanding my soil in relation to the biology within the soil. Meeting family soil.

4. Getting to know soils by getting our hands dirty! Digging and delving. Undersstanding the concept and practice developing a sense for soil quality.

5. Options for improving our relationship to our soils. Manuring, cultivations, building and protecting fertility.

6. Current approaches to improving our soils for the future. Organic, Bio-Dynamic, Permaculture, Regen Ag methods, Bio-char and Glomalin. Please bring outdoor clothes, waterproof clothing and foot-ware and if possible a spade. Bring a sample of a soil you like (1kg max!) in a plastic container with you if you can.

 

2 day ticket including accommodation & food

GBP 190.00

 

1 day ticket including food (no accommodation)

GBP 80.00

2 day ticket with lunch (no accommodation)

GBP 150.00

Starts On:
March 13, 2017
9:00 AM
Ends On:
March 14, 2017
5:00 PM
£190.00
Getting to know our soils and what they need from us
March 13, 2017
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Growing Mushrooms on Logs

Join us for a fungal weekend where you will learn how to grow your own mushrooms at home. The course will look at various types of growing techniques from traditional low input cultivation, growing Shiitakes out of logs, to outdoor beds of the delicious King Strophoria and Oyster mushroom growth on waste materials. For each type you'll learn about the propagation, care, maintenance and fruiting processes so you'll be confident in the process of growing your own mushrooms independently. Lastly we'll also look at cultivating your own mushroom spawn so you can save money and grow more tasty mushrooms to eat and feast on! We start with dinner on Friday evening and the course price includes full board accommodation.
Starts On:
March 24, 2017
5:00 PM
Ends On:
March 26, 2017
5:00 PM
£205.00
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5 Day Low Impact Timber Frame External Construction

Everything you need to know to Build Your Own Outdoor Timber Structure, this practical DIY course will include: Planning and location; Setting out - where to start; Quantity surveying and obtaining materials; Post setting; Carpentry techniques; Frame assembly; Roofing ; Angle-grinding and bolt-making ; Spraying; Tool use and sharpening, and more…

 

This outdoor kitchen was the result of the previous course from 2015. While Lynden can teach the participants theory and skills, he will also give you the confidence to go and try it. £230 for the 5-day course. Food and accommodation options available

Starts On:
March 27, 2017
9:00 AM
Ends On:
March 31, 2017
5:00 PM
£230.00
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Build your own wood fired cob pizza oven

This delicious day out with expert Kate Edwards and pizza chef Charlotte Eve will give you all the skills to go home and build your own cob pizza oven. You'll learn how to source your materials, build your oven and enjoy a short introduction to cob building in general.

 

Cob ovens cost very little to make and they can be sculpted into any shape you want so there will be a chance to try your hand at sculpting too. Kate will also show you how to light and cook in your oven. Probably the best bit of the day is the mouthwatering wood fired pizza lunch you'll enjoy whilst sitting back and soaking up the view. Homemade cakes are served in the afternoon.

 

Kate and Charlotte's hands on and informative day has been featured on BBC One, BBC Good Food Magazine and The Guardian to name a few. They promise you'll have great fun on the course and hopefully the best pizza you've ever tasted!

 

Cost £130 per person including pizza lunch and homemade cakes.

To book and information on other dates please visit www.cobcourses.com or phone 07949 241815

 

Cob Courses | House Building & Pizza Oven Workshops in ... www.cobcourses.com Workshops on how to build a cob house and how to build a pizza oven. Learn to build a cob house, studio, shed, plus cob repairs, based in Devon, Dorset, UK.

Starts On:
April 1, 2017
10:00 AM
Ends On:
April 2, 2017
4:00 PM
£130.00
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April 1, 2017
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3 Day Market Gardening

This workshop will not only cover much of the fundamental principles of crop production, but will also focus on how to run a successful market garden business. One of the critical aspects of running a market garden well is being organised, so record keeping and basic accounts will be talked about as well as crop planning, sowing schedules and crop rotations. The course will be suitable for people who are looking into starting up a small scale market gardening business, as well as those who have already started. Soil types as well as soil health and fertility will be talked about along with other technical aspects of growing vegetables such as propagation, cultivation, protected cropping, pests and disease, seed saving and harvesting, packing and storing vegetables. The course will be run over three days (early Spring 2017) and led by three different tutors at three different holdings. After meeting at Monkton Wyld Court, the participants will go to Trill Farm Garden where Ashley runs a 2.5 acre smallholding with his partner Kate. He will run through setting up their business and running a succesful market garden, growing salad and other high value vegetables including producing in polytunnels. On the second day, participants will go to Longmeadow Organics near Dorchester where Hugh and Patsy Chapman have been organic vegetable growers for well over 20 years. They will talk about selling vegetables through a farm shop and growing more field scale crops using tractor tools. On the final day of the course we will be visiting Homeacres, where Charles Dowding grows salad and vegetables using a no dig system. He will talk about the merits of using no dig in a market garden. Overall the course will cover three very different production systems from tutors with a combined experience of over 70 years of growing vegetables.

 

3 day ticket including accommodation & food

GBP 315.00

2 day ticket including accommodation & food

GBP 190.00

1 day ticket including food (no accommodation)

GBP 80.00

3 day ticket with lunch (no accommodation)

GBP 210.00

Starts On:
April 8, 2017
10:00 AM
Ends On:
April 10, 2017
5:00 PM
£315.00
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Wild Foraging Walks and Cooking

Martin Bailey of www.goforaging.co.uk will lead a weekend of walking, foraging and cooking. "Step back in time as we spend the weekend foraging, feasting and quaffing fine wild cocktails in the exquisite surroundings of the quintessentially English country house at Monkton Wyld Court. Together we will explore nearby coastal habitats abundant with seasonal wild vegetables. From our base, we will adventure around the grounds and beyond picking wild shoots, leaves and flowers then transforming them into scrumptious meals and delicious drinks. Co-hosting this weekend will be wild booze extraordinaire, author and teacher Andy Hamilton." The cost of the weekend includes accommodation, vegetarian meals and drinks, plus morning and afternoon foraging walks. There’ll also be the opportunity to create your own wild salads, pickles, kimchi, and cocktails from the ingredients we forage! Come away with a renewed sense of wonder and a heightened appreciation of the edible and drinkable landscape. Anyone booking before 31st December will receive a free Go Foraging gift voucher, valid for any walk, and a copy of Andy’s award winning book 'Booze for Free.'
Starts On:
April 21, 2017
5:00 PM
Ends On:
April 23, 2017
5:00 PM
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How to build your own cob house or garden studio. (4 Day course).

This intensive 4 day course is run by the award winning cob builder Kate Edwards. Kate and he partner Charlotte have previously built their own pioneering cob-bale home and completed many beautiful cob projects around the UK. Kate's greatest strength is her teaching - her enthusiasm is infectious and her vast knowledge of regarding earth building is impressive. She has taught  thousands of people from around the world already how easy and affordable it is to build your home with cob.

 

 

Each day begins with theory and the rest of each day is spent gaining hands on experience. You will be working on a cob roundhouse project on site. Kate will cover building regulations and planning as well as foundations, walls, doors and windows, roof options, clay plasters and lime renders. You will leave the course with all the knowledge and skills to go away and start your own cob building project. This workshop promises to be a life changing experience for anyone looking to find a sustainable and affordable solution to building their own home or smaller structure.

 

Absolutely no previous building experience is necessary. 

 

To book and information on other dates please visit www.cobcourses.com or phone 07949 241815


Starts On:
April 28, 2017
10:00 AM
Ends On:
May 1, 2017
5:00 PM
£480.00
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April 28, 2017
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Stillness in Chinese Healing and Martial Arts; The Foundation of Tai Chi and Qi-gong

Chinese culture is seeped with the concept of Wu Wei or emptiness. Most martial, healing and meditative arts have quotes about this complex issue. Yet few spend time really exploring it. This idea is found through the practice of stillness. In TAI CHI we work from movement to find stillness at the centre. In CHI GONG we find that in centre of stillness lies movement. Many people have seen the gentle and relaxed flow of Tai Chi. Zhan Zhuang Qi Gong or Standing Like A Tree Energy Exercise is less well known. It is based in static postures. Both arts have been demonstrated to develop an improved sense of wellbeing. Sifu Tony Dove has three decades experience under Master Lam Kam-Chuen (of Channel4's Stand Still Be Fit and author of the ground breaking Way of Energy). He currently teaches full time in the Bristol Area. The workshop is based in exercises giving direct experience supplemented with lectures. The course is open to all, everyone works at their own pace.
Starts On:
May 12, 2017
5:00 PM
Ends On:
May 14, 2017
5:00 PM
£300.00
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Scything & Land Management Course contact: info@monktonwyldcourt.org

With Simon Fairlie

6pm Friday - 5pm Sunday  (Whole course)

  6pm - 8pm Friday AND 10am - 5pm Saturday (Beginner course only)

  10 am - 5pm Sunday (Advanced course only)

 

Whole course £135 per person includes supper on Friday and lunch on Saturday and Sunday

 

Beginner course £80 per person includes supper on Friday and lunch on Saturday

 

Advanced course £65 per person includes lunch on Sunday

 

From the course leader:

Beginners often imagine that a two day course is a bit excessive, just to learn how to use a garden tool; and that is true if all you want to do is knock down weeds. But anyone who wants to mow grass on any scale will benefit from a two day course, and people who do the course come away saying "I don't know how you could cram all that into one day".

 

Two days gives you enough time to practice different peening methods; I also spend more time on grass management, and demonstrate how to make and stack a hay rack, which enables you to make hay even in changeable weather.

 

Beginners may opt to come only on Friday evening and Saturday. Improvers who have done a beginner's course with me or someone else can opt to come only on the Sunday.

 

Friday Evening:

  • Brief history and sociology of the scythe

 

Saturday:

  • Selecting the right blade and snath for the job (or making best use of what you've got):
  • Setting up a scythe and snath;
  • Sharpening;
  • Basic mowing technique;
  • How to avoid damaging the blade, and how to repair chips and cracks;
  • Basic peening demonstration.

 

Sunday:

  • Early morning mowing
  • Managing grass with scything in mind;
  • Small-scale haymaking techniques
  • Peening practice with jig and bar peen anvil

 

TO BOOK please email info@monktonwyldcourt.org or telephone 01297 560342. 

 

Scythe importer and grass management enthusiast Simon Fairlie heads Chapter 7 of The Land is Ours and The Land Magazine (among other things) from his stable block offices here at Monkton Wyld Court.

 

 

 

Starts On:
May 19, 2017
5:00 PM
Ends On:
May 21, 2017
5:00 PM
Scything & Land Management Course contact: info@monktonwyldcourt.org
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Willow Basket Making

Judy Hartley of The Court Cupboard Craft Gallery, South Wales, will be here to show complete beginners the art of basket making, with each attendee leaving with their own small round basket with a handle.
Starts On:
August 25, 2017
5:00 PM
Ends On:
August 27, 2017
5:00 PM
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