You can book upcoming courses and events at Monkton Wyld Court and pay by bank transfer — we will send you our bank details once we receive your booking enquiry. Please contact us if you have any questions. This is the event list, you can also view as a calendar…

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The Goat Gathering

Course Tutors: Aimee Lawn (Hill Farm Dairy), Sylvan Friend (Chagfarm), Kerry Goolden (Fivepenny Farm) and Lynne Davis (Street Goat)

Keeping goats can be a rewarding and satisfying option for people seeking to establish a husbandry enterprise on a relatively small area of land, or pursue a part-time livestock occupation.  The market for goat milk is growing, there is a surge of interest in artisanal cheeses, and there is rising demand for goat meat, particularly from ethnic minorities.

However dairying requires a wide range of skills, and information about goatkeeping is thin on the ground; Learning by your mistakes over the years can be a slow and expensive process.

We have organized this event so that people already running a goat herd and dairy can meet up and exchange information. It is also serves as a training course for people interested in starting up a small dairy, who will learn about different approaches, and hear about the rewards and the pitfalls from people with experience.

Starts On:
February 22, 2017
10:00 AM
Ends On:
February 24, 2017
5:00 PM
Goat Gathering
£85.00
Goat Cheese Making Demo
£30.00
Accommodation Available From
£25.00
The Goat Gathering
February 22, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Starts On:
April 8, 2017
10:00 AM
Ends On:
April 10, 2017
5:00 PM
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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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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
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£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
Upcoming Dates:
Starts On:
May 19, 2017
5:00 PM
Ends On:
May 21, 2017
5:00 PM
Starts On:
July 14, 2017
5:00 PM
Ends On:
July 16, 2017
5:00 PM
Starts On:
September 15, 2017
5:00 PM
Ends On:
September 17, 2017
5:00 PM
Whole course (excluding accommodation)
£135.00
Beginner
£80.00
Advanced
£65.00
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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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