Foraging is a bit like surfing! Ok, so I am not having to bunk off work at a moments notice. Then drive 4 hours to the coast, mid week to catch some awesome Atlantic swell!! But, I can walk for miles in the woods and fields trying to find a certain ingredient without luck. Or wait for weeks for a good period of rain to bring up the mushrooms… Foraging, like surfing can take a whole load of commitment and waiting. Some things however are much less trouble to get your hands on. The mighty Chestnut is one such prize and as the October winds start to blow through, they will be dropping from the trees in their millions. Originating in Greece and brought to our shores by the Romans, this tasty treat is identifiable by its green hedgehog jacket with many more spikes than the inedible Horse Chestnut (conker). Unlike most nuts, chestnuts are high in carbohydrate rather than protein but contain no gluten making their flour a great option for a gluten free diet. Finding these beauties is not hard. Find a Sweet Chestnut tree, battle with squirrels, pick up nuts, take home. Easy! At home things need a …
This course covers massage strokes, gentle movements, songs, suitable oils and how to alter the routines as your child develops. Held over 4 x 1hr sessions, with each session building on the previous to cover all areas of the body. 12.45 – 1.45pm, 4 weeks starting 10th January, £40. Balanced Beauty & Fitness, 25 Newerne Street, Lydney, GL15 5RA. Contact Kate Kerslake on 01452 762 029, email email@example.com, website www.littleonesbabymassage.co.uk.
Beginners and improvers very welcome. Friendly group, come and find your hidden talent. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Phone for more information. 10.00am – 12.15pm, Wednesdays, ongoing. £48.00 for six weeks. Just turn up to meet us. The West Dean Centre, Bream. Contact Sylvia on 01594 562901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applying meditation and mindfulness techniques to explore Well-Being, we will re-place ourselves in nature. Saturday 24th February, 10am-3pm. Millers Farm, Brains Green, Blakeney, GL15 4AP. Contact Steve England on TheArtofSustainability@hotmail.com, Facebook The Art of Sustainability.
A chance to make your own Felt Green man planter to fill with your favorite herbs or flowers for the summer. 10am-4pm, Saturday 28th April, £65 including lunch and materials. The Studio, Kent Cottage, New Road, Blakeney Hill, Blakeney, GL15 4BS. Contact Christine Waygood on 01594 516902 or 07947123665, email email@example.com, website www.christinewaygood.com.
This course is aiming to teach skills and give confidence on how to use homeopathy to treat minor ailments such as headaches, coughs & colds, digestive upsets, children’s ailments, female complaints etc. By using homeopathy you can save on painkillers and antibiotics. 10am- 3.30pm, Saturday 17th March. 6 The Cottages, Hom Green, Near Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7TG. Contact Andrea Degen, WSHom, on 01989 563705, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.homeopathrossforest.com
Sunday Workshops, 10am-1pm, £10. Yoga Sutra Study, January 28th, March 25th, Vedic Chant, February 25th Millers Farm, Brains Green, Blakeney, GL15 4AP. Contact Sue Chudley on 01594 510655, email email@example.com, website www.millersfarm.co.uk/yogaspace
Fun and engaging drama sessions for children of all ages and abilities, between 5 – 12 years. The Youth Theatre meet weekly during term time in Lydbrook. Each session builds skills and confidence in a fun and safe environment, leading to local performances and sharings. Facilitators are DBS checked + fully insured. £4 per session, 10 week blocks. Between 4pm – 6pm (max 1.5 hours), ongoing from September. Lydbrook Memorial Hall, Central Lydbrook. Contact Rachel Adams on 07877581740 email firstname.lastname@example.org, website wyldwoodarts.co.uk
Way2go Adventures offer a range of fun outdoor activities including Canoeing, Kayaking, gorge walking, Stand up Paddleboard, SUPYOGA and teambuilding. From half to full days, and canoe & campouts for 2 days or more. Multi activity days. Let us tailor a package to suit your requirements. Acticities start from £25 per person. Contact Di Worral to discuss your needs on 01594 800908 or 07794 189841, email email@example.com, website www.way2goadventures.co.uk
Do you long to work with plants in a more intimate way? Learn simple yet powerful techniques to tune into nature and receive guidance and healing gifts. Finding your plant and tree allies, heart perception, sensory awareness and entering the dream time of plants. 10am-4pm, Saturday 21st October, £50. Millers Farm, Brains Green, Blakeney, GL15 4AP. Contact Clare Barnes on 07551 055079, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.artemisrising.co.uk
Bring your own materials, patterns, projects, sewing machine + sewing kit to the first class. 6.30-8.30pm, 8 weeks starting Thursday 18th January, £63. Lydney Community Centre, Naas Lane, Lydney GL15 5AT. Contact Wyedean on 01291 625340 (leave a message and they’ll get back to you) or download the brochure and enrolment form from www.wyedean.gloucs.sch.uk (go to ‘Community’, ‘Adult Learning’ ‘Courses available’). You can post your enrolment form (+SaE if you wish for a receipt) during the holidays, or enrol at the school at the start of term.
Fitness class based on the 12 dances of Strictly Come Dancing. Includes both Latin and Ballroom. Suitable for all fitness levels. 11.15am-12.15pm, 9 weeks starting Tuesday 16th January, £38. Lydney Community Centre, Naas Lane, Lydney, GL15 5AT. Contact Wyedean on 01291 625340 (leave a message and they’ll get back to you) or download the brochure and enrolment form from www.wyedean.gloucs.sch.uk (go to ‘Community’, ‘Adult Learning’ ‘Courses available’). You can post your enrolment form (+SaE if you wish for a receipt) during the holidays, or enrol at the school at the start of term.
Suitable for those who wish to learn French and consider themselves beginners or very ‘rusty’. 10am-11.30, 9 weeks starting Monday 15th January, £75. Assembly Rooms, East Street, St Briavels, GL15 6TG. Contact Wyedean on 01291 625340 (leave a message and they’ll get back to you) or download the brochure and enrolment form from www.wyedean.gloucs.sch.uk (go to ‘Community’, ‘Adult Learning’ ‘Courses available’). You can post your enrolment form (+SaE if you wish for a receipt) during the holidays, or enrol at the school at the start of term.
A weekly opportunity to enjoy the freedom of dancing in a beautiful space to a wide range of music. No steps to learn and no pressure to do anything except enjoy yourself in the company of others of all ages in a safe atmosphere. £3 or whatever you can afford. 1.30-3.00pm, ongoing. Yorkley Community Centre, 2 Bailey Hill, Yorkley, GL15 4RS. Contact Richard Henson on 01594 837874 or 07946 295009, email email@example.com
You will be given the opportunity to explore a wide range of media like graphite, pastels, watercolours and more. Suitable for beginners and the more experienced. 10.30am-12.30pm, 9 weeks starting Wednesday 17th January. The Pavilion Café. Angus Buchanan Recreation Ground, Victoria Road, Coleford, GL16 8DR. £60.00 (£25 concessions) + £2.00 weekly for materials. To book a place, ring Sue on 01594 825111 (ext 4), email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.artspacecinderford.org.
This is a peer led support group for people who suffer/ awaiting diagnosis with fibromyalgia or chronic pain. We meet on the last Wednesday of the month, 11am-1pm at the Salvation Army Building in Broadwell. It is completely free to attend and is for people who have chronic pain or fibromyalgia and their carers to come together for support. Salvation Army Building, 43 North Road, Broadwell, Coleford, GL16 7BX. Contact Emma Cornish on 07804 506395, email email@example.com
The School of Medieval European Fencing offers classes in Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) and specialises in late medieval German longsword. We also practise sword and buckler, dagger, staff weapons and many other disciplines from the medieval period. Adult classes take place at Broadwell Memorial Hall every Sunday evening between 7pm and 9pm. Junior classes are available. Contact Chris by phone or text: 07802476604, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. First two lessons are free.
The Practical Shamanism course will allow you to birth your shamanic practice, building your skills and confidence. This is an opportunity to build your confidence in your Shamanic Journeying skills. Letting go of the superficial. Nine months of deepening and expanding the Soul. Course runs from 27th January 2018 from 10 am -5 pm, and runs from Jan-Sept 2018. Cost is £599 before 31st December 2017, and £699 thereafter. Redbrook Village Hall, Redbrook Road, Redbrook, NP25 4LR. Contact Maxine Smillie on 01873858391, email email@example.com, website shamaniclife.co.uk
Friendly multi-craft group, varied monthly projects or bring your own with you. Also monthly lunches. £2.50, 7.15 – 9.15pm, 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at Yorkley Community Centre, Baily Hill, Yorkley, GL15 4RS. Come along or contact Tiny Wood on 01594 560219, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook at Forest Threads Group.
Sky grey, dark grey, lighter grey… “What the heck, we’re off!” The strong south westerly tries its best to pull me from the slippery rungs as I descend. Bare footed I step from the ladder into cold grey slightly funky mud. Like icy worms it slips between my toes as I sink just a little and the rain that has been threatening all day decides now to come at me, sideways. Paddling across the last of the retreating water, my little man Ed and I are off to the salt marsh, freshly exposed by the receding tide, for a spot of seaside foraging. As a committed/committable foodie and lover of wild delicacies, the opportunity to indulge in one of my favourite coastal ingredients is too good to miss, come hell or high water! Marsh samphire is very ‘on trend’ and a surprisingly versatile food. Less bitter than rock samphire, which is sometimes seen for sale, it has a very short season from late June to early August. After that it starts to get a stringy core and later, it’s plain woody. You will find it in salt marsh in and around estuaries this summer on your holidays across the UK. …
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For me, food is one of the most important things I have to think about every day. I am a darned good cook, creating unforgettable flavours from seasonal British ingredients everyday!! But I do get fed up of shopping, planning meals, using things up in the fridge, so like to introduce a bit of imagination to make it all much more exciting. So I mix it up, and that is where foraging kicks in and breaks the cycle. I am not some mega bearded bush master jedi, no, I am just a dad of 2 who is lucky enough to live in this wonderful wilderness. With every season of every year, I learn of a few more wild foods I can harvest, where to find them and when. So my wild pantry grows and grows. At this point it is worth pointing out that as a mad foodie I am not foraging for a matter of life or death survival type stuff. No, I am all about finding amazing tasting wild ingredients that will take a dish to the next level for free (wild mushrooms, spring nettles, Wild Garlic, Elderflower…). A walk in the beautiful forest with my family and …
One to one workshop based at my home studio, where you can weave on a table loom. Workshops are tailored to your needs, please get in touch to have an informal chat about what you would like to do. Prices start from £40. Day and time is flexible, but generally 10.30am to 2.30pm. You can choose from half a day, full day, or a weekend. Railway Cottages, Station Lane, Longhope, GL17 0NA. Contact Gaby Devitt, Woven Textile, on 01452 831461 or 07769 290567, email email@example.com, website www.gabydevitt.co.uk.
Nettle has a unique and delicious flavour. No surprise then that its soups with potato, a luscious risotto, and the various flamiche recipes become favourites. This recipe concentrates the taste of the dark green fleshy leaves with the rustic flavour of toasted sunflower kernels, a soupcon of chilli heat, and the richness of a good olive oil. You could use this forager’s Nettle pesto as a base and build it up with flavours of your own: such as basil, anchovy fillets, Kalamata olives, crab apple purée, or hazel nuts. INGREDIENTS 100g stinging nettle leaves (single leaves without stalk or petioles) 100 ml good olive oil 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped finely 2 tsp mild red chilli, chopped finely 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground 50g sunflower kernels juice of 1 lemon Put the nettle leaves into a bowl and cover with clingfim and microwave on full power for 2 minutes. Take out of the microwave, leave the clingfilm on and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Alternatively steam the nettle leaves for 5 minutes until tender. Fry the chilli in 2 teaspoons of the olive oil until soft and the oil is coloured. In a food processor add the rest …
Four weekends of sensory plant immersion open to all with Freya Davies and Mandy Pullen. Dive deeply into the world of plants! Build a relationship with one or more plants and follow it through it’s seasons of emergence, embodiment, purpose and culmintation whilst creating your own plant monograph/journal. First weekend start 10am Saturday 24th March until 4pm Sunday 25th 25 March. £600. Millers Farm, Blakeney, GL15 4AP. Contact Mandy Pullen on 01594 541850 or 07805 800313, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.mandypullen.co.uk.
Day workshop learning about plants using our ‘heart’ sense – this is a sensory exploration of plants including the making of a potent plant elixir. Lunch included. With Freya Davies and Mandy Pulle. 10am – 5pm Saturday 10th February, £45. Ragmans Farm, Lower Lydbrook, Glos, GL17 9PA Contact Mandy Pullen on 01594 541850 or 07805 800313, email email@example.com, website www.mandypullen.co.uk.
A series of six long weekends from April 2018 to July 2019 studying the contemporary areas of shamanism with an emphasis on eco reciprocity. You will be embarking on your own personal eco shamanic journey within a community of like minded beings whilst also learning all the major shamanic healing techniques. Certificates optional. First weekend starts Thursday 19th April, 6.30pm to Sunday 22nd April, 4pm. £1500 (conc £1350). Ragmans Lane Farm, Lower Lydbrook, Glos, GL17 9P. Contact Mandy Pullen on 01594 541850 or 07805 800313, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.mandypullen.co.uk.
We are a new, friendly group for people who enjoy singing or just want to sing for fun. No experience necessary and no need to be able to read music. We hope to cover a wide range of songs. All ages and abilities welcome. 7.30- 9.15pm, Mondays, ongoing, £2 per session. Drybrook & District Male Voice Choir Room (in front of Drybrook Methodist Church), Hawthorns Rd, Drybrook, GL17 9BX. Contact Anita Chaloner on 01594 821207 or 07565 909492, or email email@example.com.
You will learn how to design and make a pair of seamless felt slippers from wool,using a template.Starting from how to make your template,design your pattern and finish and decorate them however you wish, with flowers, bobbles or tassels. 10am- 4pm, Thursday 25th January, £65 including lunch and materials. The Studio, Kent Cottage, New Road, Blakeney Hill, Blakeney, GL15 4BS. Contact Christine Waygood on 01594 516902 or 07947123665, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.christinewaygood.com.
Design and make a felt hat to suit you, using a template, decide on the colour and pattern and finish it off with bobbles, flowers or tassels. 10am -4pm Sunday 25th February, £65 including lunch and materials. The Studio, Kent Cottage, New Road, Blakeney Hill, Blakeney, GL15 4BS. Contact Christine Waygood on 01594 516902 or 07947123665, email email@example.com, website www.christinewaygood.com.