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What courses do downsizers provide?

We run our charcoal making courses, but we wondered what courses other downsizers are running, where they are held and any relevant details.
www.bulworthyproject.org.uk/courses
mochyn

I do various at Acton Scott if Shropshire: one day courses in poultry keeping, pig keeping, duck keeping and veg gardening.
Wentworth

We run chair caning and rush courses here in Asturias, our next course is in May.


Details here: http://tinyurl.com/crrsk44
sally_in_wales

apart from helping out at the various DS fibre weekends and retreats, I'm doing a two day traditional skills course at Renew in mid Wales http://renew.midwales.org.uk/events in July, and will be doing a number of demonstrations and sessions on historic food, soap, cosmetics, textiles and similar topics in museums around the country throughout the year. Easiest way to see what we are up to is to have a look at the diary at http://sallypointer.com/diary

Happy to travel anywhere, can do sessions on specific skills or on a related group of topics.
mochyn

apart from helping out at the various DS fibre weekends and retreats, I'm doing a two day traditional skills course at Renew in mid Wales http://renew.midwales.org.uk/events in July, and will be doing a number of demonstrations and sessions on historic food, soap, cosmetics, textiles and similar topics in museums around the country throughout the year. Easiest way to see what we are up to is to have a look at the diary at http://sallypointer.com/diary


Do you want to stay with us while you do the Renew thing?
Chez

I run 'An Introduction to Chicken Keeping' and 'From Hatch to Despatch'.

http://greenmeadowpoultry.co.uk/courses.html
wildfoodie

I've got some wild food walks and mushroom foray experience days
http://www.gastronomicdiscovery.org/
and http://www.foodsafari.co.uk/course/mushrooms-in-a-day/
and my first chutney and preserves course
http://swaveseyvc.co.uk/page/default.asp?pid=64&title=More%20Community%20Education%20Information.
There might be some more, including a coastal wild foods day June 23rd - still planning that one.
Andrea

We do Permaculture Design Courses here in central Portugal. Two courses this summer, one in July and one in August.

www.casalinho.com/courses
gil

Scythe Association of Britain and Ireland (SABI) representative/contact for the south of Scotland (south of the Great Glen)

Available to run local and regional scything courses through the summer, from May to September, depending on grass conditions.
sally_in_wales



Do you want to stay with us while you do the Renew thing?


Thats very kind, we'll probably stay on site that weekend but may well come and visit en route Very Happy
mochyn

Always lovely to see you. woodsprite

Having handed over several of my courses to Mochyn, I still run a few at Acton Scott. Victorian farmers wife, the still room, lotions & potions and Victorian Christmas (stir up Sunday). In addition I run a writers course and an improvisation course as part of my day job. :0) Rob R

Northmoor offers butchery courses & Jacqui cattle keeping ones, I think. Lorrainelovesplants

I do poultry keeping and beekeeping.
John does welding and blacksmithing.

We do arrange courses through RBS as well as privately. The RBS ones are considerably subsidised by EU money.

I also am a training coordinator for the RBS setting up loads of other courses all over the SW (but concentrating on Cornwall & Devon) on subjects ranging from cattle hoof trimming to succession planning. We also work closely with Young Farmers.
Melli-Jane

I am the GTO for the Small Farm Training Group in East Sussex, we run courses for our members throughout the year on anything smallholder, farming or craft related. Membership is £20 per annum and the courses cost anywhere between £10 and £60 per person.
I am looking for new tutors in the area who would like to give a morning or day of their time for a small remuneration to run some new courses. We are covered on livestock but could do with some new blood for anything craft or downsizer related, we love anyone with some passion, confidence and experience, no qualifications required!... email me at gto@sftg.co.uk if you are local and can help Very Happy
dpack

bushcraft by arrangement Chickem

bushcraft by arrangement

Is that like flower arrangement only more rustic? Wink
dpack

the salad can be Wink kirstyfern

Beginners sessions for chicken keeping steve tomlin

I run Scythe and Greenwood working courses in Kendal, Cumbria.

Greenwood Working
Fan Bird Carving 27 May – £70
Birch Bark Boxes 2-3 June – £125

More info at http://stevetomlincrafts.wordpress.com/courses/

Scythes
Learn to Mow with an Austrian Scythe 26 May, 30 June, 9 Sept 2012 - £60 each
Scythe Improvers 11 Aug – £70
Improve your Peening 12 Aug – £60 - Book both improvers’ courses together for £115

More information at http://scytherspace.wordpress.com/courses/

I can also travel to you to teach a group on your own land (you also get your mowing done!), contact me for details steve-tomlin@hotmail.co.uk

Steve
Jamanda

I've stickified this thread. Lorrainelovesplants

Can we update this thread please?
You never know when money might become available to people offering courses on heritage skills or stuff like this........ Wink
Wentworth

We have a couple of places left on the chair caning course in October:

http://ianandluis.blogspot.com.es/2012/02/do-you-want-to-learn-to-weave-cane-seat.html
mochyn

There's a Fibre Frenzy running in my village hall on the weekend of June 8/9/10. Hosted by me, and with teaching by me and Sally-in-Wales, amongst others. There's a thread about it here: http://forum.downsizer.net/viewtopic.php?t=68982 Andrea

Still spaces on the two PDCs we're running this summer, and currently finalising details of a wind turbine building course and oven building workshop. Rob R

bushcraft by arrangement

Is that like flower arrangement only more rustic? Wink

I've only just spotted that Laughing Laughing
bulworthy project

Just closed the kiln from this weekends charcoal course. Next course 2nd-3rd June. This is either a one day charcoal making course or there is the option to stay overnight. Nell Merionwen

Ginkotree hosts a variety of different things on her farm. http://www.cwmoernantfarm.co.uk/
The what's on link is broken at the moment by BA will fix it in the next couple of days.
Over the summer we are hosting a few herby days. Now I have the relevant paperwork and public liability ins.
I am also open to running a few others. In the past she has hosted Fibre weekends, Corsetry, basket making, art, pottery, To name a few. If anyone is looking for a venue give her a call, you will be surprised by how much she can accommodate.
I am happy to offer, herbal, Sewing/all things thread related, corsetry, basic massage.
It is also a wonderful location to run foraging weekends from.
She has a huge barn(with it's own kitchen), A sleeping barn, other random and more secluded accommodation, a camping field. There is a separate building that is warm and comfy for smaller groups.
She has an outdoor bread oven.
She provides the most sensational cakes, B&B and is all round lovely.
steve tomlin

Hi all,
Some new green wood working courses for this autumn and next spring. Come to the Lake District and learn to make beautiful presents from local wood.

Green Woodwork

Spooncarving 6-7 Oct 2012 - £125
Fan bird carving 17 Nov 2012 - £70
Working with bark 27-28 April 2013- £125

more info at http://stevetomlincrafts.wordpress.com/courses/

Steve

mochyn

Those look good, Steve. Chez

Those are beautiful! DawnMK

Hi all,
Some new green wood working courses for this autumn and next spring. Come to the Lake District and learn to make beautiful presents from local wood.

Green Woodwork

Spooncarving 6-7 Oct 2012 - £125
Fan bird carving 17 Nov 2012 - £70
Working with bark 27-28 April 2013- £125

more info at http://stevetomlincrafts.wordpress.com/courses/

I do love those birds fantastic I wonder if i could be available Rolling Eyes

Steve

bulworthy project

We're getting our course programme together for next year and as well as our charcoal courses we have teamed up with a local blacksmith to do a 2 day charcoal making and blacksmithing course.

Hopefully more to come soon.
mochyn

Well, I was scheduled to do four one day courses at Acton Scott, but the last one has just been cancelled (like the other three) due to lack of numbers. Sad Chez

I guess it's the sort of thing that goes first when people are on a tight budget Sad Lorrainelovesplants

We have noticed the same thing here with some courses.

Ive got scheduled some wool extra value event - a visit to the Natural Fibre co, and a home processing/spinning event - no interest, so cancelling them today.

The cider/juicing event on 13th October is popular however...strange that. Laughing
bulworthy project

We had a few charcoal courses cancelled due to not enough people when we were trying to learn. That was in the boom times. As a result, we always run the course even if we only have 1 person booked on which has happened a couple of times. It's not very profitable but it does mean that people know that if they book on a course, it will run. We have a marquee that we can that we can put over the kiln if it is raining.

So far we've not cancelled a single course.

Now we have people comming in to do courses, it needs to be worthwhile for them. We would probably have got more outside courses if the economy was in a better shape, but we started doing this in the economic downturn and have not yet seen a good economy or a good summer. We're looking forward to it!

Other than charcoal making our courses this year are:
Blacksmithing
Spooncarving
Green Woodwork
Bowmaking

Details on the courses page of our website:
www.bulworthyproject.org.uk/courses.html
Lorrainelovesplants

I still have loads of funding for putting on events within Cornwall. They have to be (even loosely) tied to farming, smallholding, rural tourism, diversification, so Im open to ideas.
I cant run qualification courses - ie ones where you NEED the qualification in order to do whatever - eg sprayer or chainsaw competency course.

Looking at gundog training, ice cream making, website design & marketing......
Bodrighy

Just seen this thread.

I do one on one woodturning tuition. at different levels. Either in my workshop or in a students workshop. Also do demonstrations at clubs, schools etc.

Pete
Nell Merionwen

Well, I was scheduled to do four one day courses at Acton Scott, but the last one has just been cancelled (like the other three) due to lack of numbers. Sad

Heritage has gone like this over the last four or five years. It's slowly starting to pick up again.
Lorrainelovesplants

Ive just had a 'work chat' this afternoon - apparently our funding is open to all all over the UK IF they are a farmer or farmworker (the smallholder thing is just in Cornwall).
To be honest, differentiating between a farmer and a smallholder has never been an issue for me. If you have a holding no your eligible.
Wentworth

This reminds me.. we are running another two courses this year on chair seat caning (bergere cane work) - combined with a holiday in the most beautiful region of Spain - who could ask for more?

http://ianandluis.blogspot.com.es/2013/02/course-learn-to-weave-cane-seat.html
shadiya

Lorraine : I'd really like to do cattle foot trimming if you're going to be running one of those some time? It's supposed to be being offered by the local ish training place but they seem to have a lot more stuff they say they do than they actually do, if you see what I mean..... I have been waiting for what seems like millenia but is probably only a couple of years.

I have a holding number and DEFRA agrees I'm a farmer, even though I've only got a piddly little place....
Lorrainelovesplants

yes, the RBS do cattle foot trimming - check the course list ...
go to Duchy Rural Business school and down the left hand menu go to short courses/event.
There should be something nearish to you.
Jamanda

I always read these posts as Royal bank of Scotland. They'd be a sight more useful if they did do cattle foot trimming. Lorrainelovesplants

who? the bank?
Would you really let fraudulent crooks let loose on live animals?
overtherainbow

Courses

We are running a Beekeeping course for beginners, at Over the Rainbow in west Wales on 7th and 8th September 2013.
See website for details: http://overtherainbowwales.co.uk/news.html
bulworthy project

We have our course dates up for 2014.
http://www.bulworthyproject.org.uk/courses.html

We're doing fewer charcoal courses this year. Now that our courses are fully catered they take a lot more out of us than they used to. Due to building our house, running the charcoal business and the courses last year was really intense. We want to run courses that are not only informative but also inspiring and enjoyable. So we thought that we'd go for fewer courses this year and therefore have more energy to put into them.
http://www.bulworthyproject.org.uk/courses/charcoalcourse.html

As well as the charcoal courses, we're running a food-smoking course in the autumn. We cold-smoke our own bacon and hot smoke a roast dinner most weeks. Because lots of people ask us about food-smoking when we are smoke roasting or hot-smoking food for our courses, it seemed like an obvious course to run.
http://www.bulworthyproject.org.uk/courses/foodsmokingcourse.html

We hosted a 1 day bowmaking course last year where people made a primitive bow and it was fully booked with people asking for more so Matthew Yung who ran it is coming back this year to run that course and a 2 day course to give the opportunity to make a more sophisticated bow.
http://www.bulworthyproject.org.uk/courses/bowmakingcourse.html

We also have a different sort of charcoal course with Liza Harding coming down to Devon to teach charcoal drawing techniques using the artists charcoal that we make. It seems kind of cool to use the charcoal to capture the woods in which it grew.
http://www.bulworthyproject.org.uk/courses/charcoaldrawingcourse.html
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