The Ways of the Wilderness: Living and Learning from the Land

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Sheltered within an idyllic Welsh valley, in the heart of the Cambrian mountains is Old Chapel Farm. Here a small community of people live and work together, growing their own food, rearing ancient breeds of animal with compassion, whilst engaging in conservation work and experimental archaeology. We would like to invite you to take part in our four-day course, exploring land-based living, wellbeing and sustainability through active learning. Through a program of classes, workshops and outdoor sessions in our gardens, woodlands and a Neolithic reconstruction site we will explore our connection with the landscape.

Drawing from Science, philosophy and practical experience the four daily themes of the course will be.

  1. Growing on the Land
  2. Food and Wellbeing from the Land
  3. Living with Nature
  4. The Origins of Agriculture

Course date: Thursday the 13th of June 2019 (Arrive by 9pm)- Tuesday the 18th of June (Departure after breakfast)

Cost: £400.00 for five nights and four days. All meals and tuition included This includes:

  • Three vegetarian/vegan meals each day, served in the old chapel and unlimited snacks (People with other dietary preferences should email before booking to check their needs can be met).
  • Camping, indoor relaxing space, showering facilities and composting toilet
  • Morning mindfulness sessions
  • Daily workshops and lectures
  • USB stick with an electronic copy of course materials and resources
  • Your course facilitators will be Scott Bennett and Iona Blockley. If you wish to book a place on the retreat or you have any questions, please email lanidloes.land@gmail.com. There is a £100.00 deposit required upon booking which can be paid by bank transfer.

Day One: Growing on the Land

07.00-07.45- Mindfulness in nature (Outdoors in Nature)

08.00-08.45- Breakfast (The Old Chapel)

09.00-09.45- Soil, Nutrition and the Organic Grower- Talk (The Old Chapel)

09.45-11.45- Sowing and Germination- Practical (Gardens)

11.45-12.00- Break

12.00-13.30- Feeding the Soil with Mulches, Manures and Feeds- Practical (Gardens)

13.30-14.30- Lunch (The Old Chapel)

14.30-16.30- Weeds and Pests- Practical (Gardens)

16.30-17.30- Organic Farming and Sustainability- Group workshop (The Old Chapel)

19.00-20.00- Evening Meal (The Old Chapel)

Night two camping: In the valley by the crook

 

Day two: Food and Wellbeing from the Land

07.00-07.45- Mindfulness in nature (Outdoors in Nature)

08.00-08.45- Breakfast- The Old Chapel

09.00-09.45- We are What we Eat- Talk (The Old Chapel)

09.45-11.45- Harvesting Our Food- Practical (Gardens)

11.45-12.00- Break

12.00-13.30- Fermentation Workshop- Practical (The Old Chapel)

13.30-14.30- Lunch (The Old Chapel)

14.30-16.30- Foraging for Food and Medicine (Local countryside)

16.30-17.30- Our Food, Land and mental wellbeing- Group workshop (The Old Chapel)

19.00-20.00- Evening Meal (The Old Chapel)

Night three camping: In a woodland glade

 

Day Three: Living with Nature

07.00-07.45- Mindfulness in nature (Outdoors in Nature)

08.00-08.45- Breakfast- The Old Chapel

09.00-09.45- From Hedgerow to Hill: Identifying plants and animals- Talk (The Old Chapel)

09.45-13.45- Habit Exploration and Species Identification- Walk (Local countryside)

13.45-14.45- Lunch (The Old Chapel)

14.45-15.45- What we Found and Where Things Live- Group Workshop (The Old Chapel)

15.45-16.00- Break (The Old Chapel)

16.00-17.30-Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction (The Old Chapel)

19.00-20.00- Evening Meal (The Old Chapel)

Night four camping: In a woodland glade

Day Four: The Origins of Agriculture

07.00-07.45- Mindfulness in Nature (Outdoors in Nature)

08.00-08.45- Breakfast- (The Old Chapel)

09.00-10.15- From Hunting and Gathering to Rearing and Growing: The Rise of the Neolithic Farmer- Talk (Neolithic reconstruction site)

10.15-11.45- Neolithic and natural building- Practical (Neolithic reconstruction site)

11.45-12.00- Break (Neolithic reconstruction site)

12.00-13.30- Neolithic Building and Outdoor Cooking – Practical (Neolithic reconstruction site)

13.30-14.30- Lunch outdoors (Neolithic reconstruction site)

14.30-16.30- Natural Skills and Crafts- Practical (Neolithic reconstruction site)

16.30-17.30- Our Connection to Land and Spirituality- Group workshop (Neolithic reconstruction site)

19.00-20.00- Evening Meal (Neolithic reconstruction site)

20.00-20.30- Calling into the Fire (Neolithic reconstruction site)

Final evening camping: Amidst the Neolithic settlement

08.00-10.00- Departure breakfast (The Old Chapel)