This year 2020 we are NOT hosting any workshops due to Covid restrictions insurance costs and logistical issues. Please check out Wicklow Wild Foods, and Hips and Haws Wild Crafts and Carraig Dulra and An Tairseach Ecology Centre Wicklow . Thank you!
Some years we have hosted a selection of workshops, talks and demonstrations which might interest you as a crafts person, a nature lover, a food enthusiast or an avid animal lover or home-steader. Whether you want to re-skill or find a new hobby you can check out our range of traditional skills workshops which we are sure will bring pleasure to your life or maybe even save you money.
Weekend Basket Making Workshop on Sat 15th and Sun 16th Sept 2018* - With Renate Bradbury & Team
Weekend Basket Making Workshop on Sat 15th and Sun 16th Sept 2018* – With Renate Bradbury & Team
A weekend work-shop for beginners with Renate Bradbury from Camphill Community, Ballymoney, who has been teaching basket making for over 25 years and assures us that we will go home with a hand-made basket made by very own selves!
This weekend workshop will run from 10am to 4pm approx on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September 2018 and will cost €100 for the two days. Booking in advance online see below.
There will be an additional materials charge of €10 which is payable on Saturday 15th September.
It is quite a physical workshop but with hard work and determination it will be very rewarding and you will have an amazing basket to bring home. Renate brings along TWO extra tutors who will give you hands on assistance through-out the day if required. Along with the THREE tutors we only have a maximum of 8 spaces available. Therefore this workshop will book out fast. Tea and Coffee and snacks provided. Please bring warm clothes and a packed picnic lunch.
Preserves and Fermentation with Clothilde Walenne
Preserves and Fermentation Workshop date to be confirmed – from 10am to 1pm – with Clothilde Walenne (Professional Forager) – Cost €25 per person – booking in advance essential – online www.greenanmaze.com
Preserving and fermenting food methods and traditions can be found in every culture of the world and dates back thousands of years. From drying herbs and making jam and cordials to lactic acid fermentation, pickles and wine, Clothilde will show you how extremely satisfying and rewarding these simple and low cost methods can be.
This workshop is open to all curious people with or without experience, it is an exploration of food preserving from basic concepts to nutritional benefits, some demonstrations and tips to make your experiments successful at home.
Clothilde Walenne has been working as a professional forager for 6 years. She has regularly hosted workshops for the public and has great experience in preserving and fermenting for the restaurant trade.
Wild Herbal Remedies* - With Eleanor Sutherland Sat 29th Sept 2018
Wild Herbal Remedies with Eleanor Sutherland from 10am to 1pm – Sat 29th Sept 2018 – Cost €40.00 – booking essential
Eleanor Sutherland is a traditional herbalist and homeopath who has been growing herbs for over 40 years and teaching for more than 20 years so she will take a short walk around the hedgerows of the farm, identifying the seasonal wild plants and discussing their medicinal properties and remedial qualities. She will then follow with an in-depth talk and demonstrations, answering all your questions and providing you with a beginners knowledge of medicinal wild plants and how you can use this knowledge for your health and wellness in life. This is an extremely poplular work-shop so book early. Materials charge applies if you take home a remedy only. Tea and Coffee and snacks provided. Please bring warm clothes and a packed picnic lunch.
Deep Ecology with Kathryn McCabe Sun 7th October 2018
Deep Ecology with Kathryn McCabe.
Deep Ecology Workshop from 11am to 5pm costing €40 per person. Booking essential
The Deep Ecology Workshop aims to bring together like minded people who actively seek to make a positive impact on the environment and in their community. It is a step towards making a change for the better in our world. The workshop will be facilitated by social ecologist, Kathryn Mc Cabe in collaboration with Greenan Maze.
Kathryn studied Science and Applied Physics at NUI Maynooth and then continued seeking academic pathways that would explore a big picture approach to achievable change. Upon achieving a radical masters in Australia on Social Ecology, this enabled her to engage with complex systems, design context-specific change strategies and, crucially, feel inspired about what is possible when people feel respected and trusted to take their next step towards transformation.
She now works as an independent consultant for groups that are engaged in change; community groups, schools, businesses. She has lectured at the University of Western Sydney, has worked internationally guiding NGOs and large multinationals towards sustainability and well-being and has a special interest in youth Rites of Passage; delivering a summer program on Vancouver Island, Canada. She is a published author having written ‘Social Ecology; Applying Ecological Thinking to Our Lives and Our work’.
In a series of indoor and outdoor activities drawing on Joanna Macy’s ‘The Work that Reconnects and Social Ecology‘, this workshop will invite you to explore your own personal responses to place and the state of the planet, connect more deeply with others in attendance and create space for new perspectives for the next steps in your work / life.
The oxford dictionary’s definition of Deep Ecology; An environmental movement and philosophy which regards human life as just one of many equal components of a global ecosystem.
Embedded in the experience we have with the environment rests our emotional responses to place, society and ourselves. Deep Ecology suggests that when our emotional responses remain unacknowledged they can act as blocks to effective action. Through acknowledging these emotional responses we enliven ourselves more fully; creating greater energy, focus, joy and meaningful action.
Making Soaps, Lotions and Potions for fun* - With Anita Wheeler
A fun day of soap making demonstrations, learning how to make luxurious natural soaps by the cold process method. Using all natural vegetable ingredients such as olive oil and coconut oil, scented with essential oils and coloured with natural herbs and spices, you can enjoy the sensual delights of creating your own delicious looking soaps which appear almost edible! In the afternoon we will demonstrate how to make creams, lotions and lip balms, discuss the use of skin food and talk about how to make our own skin care products without chemicals and using natural ingredients.
This workshop will be run in aid of local Cancer Support Groups. All profits will go to Cancer Support.
We hope to run this workshop on Sunday 11th November 2018 from 11am to 4pm and the cost will be approx €50.
Bring your own picnic lunch.
please email us email@example.com to express your interest.
Wild Foods Walk with Geraldine Kavanagh of Wicklow Wild Foods re-scheduled
One Hour Wild Foods Walk with Geraldine Kavanagh of Wicklow Wild Foods – rescheduled dates to be advised
Take a walk around this beautiful farm and our wild nature walk with Geraldine Kavanagh of Wicklow Wild Foods and discover the joy of foraging for your own wild food. These walks are an introduction to foraging for the beginner interested in identifying commonly found wild leaves, flowers and fruits and discussing the health benefits and culinary delights in wild garnishes and unusual tasty wild ingredients. You will have the opportunity to see how wild foods can be easily incorporated into your daily diet and also to taste wild foods that have been preserved in different ways. At this time of year wild garlic pesto, sorrel and nettle soup, bramble leaf tea, and gorse flower ice cream could all form part of your own wild food and foraging feast.
Geraldine is a professional forager for an international distillery so we are likely to learn about the wild botanicals incorporated into many wild drinks and restaurant delicacies. Geraldine is also extremely careful at pointing out look-a-likes to ensure you keep your safety in mind. (General Rules for Foraging include: Always ensure you have a good field guide and can confidently identify a wild plant before you taste any wild food. Always ensure you do not remove more than you will use and leave some for the wild-life). Notes are provided.
One hour Wild Food Walk from 11am to 12pm costing €20 per person. Booking essential