Course Date: Friday 24 November 2023
Location: Penhurst Retreat Centre Charitable Trust, The Manor House, Penhurst, East Sussex, TN33 9QP
These courses are for absolute beginners and improvers. Teenagers from the age of 12 are also able to take part.
Weaving with rattan or stripped willow is very light, easy and therapeutic, as you are using head, heart and hands, bringing body and mind back in sync. You’re focused and in a tranquil setting, allowing your brain to use work in a different way. You will be weaving, using slender rattan wood and a few techniques which are easy to grasp. Making these lampshades is free-style and playful and is less methodical than weaving a basket, for instance.
What can I Expect?
- A relaxed time, immersing yourself in being creative with natural materials;
- Making a lampshade, using rattan and a number of basketry techniques to make your item rigid;
- Step-by-step, easy to follow guidance from start to finish;
- Learn ancient basketry techniques and explore other projects with the same use of techniques;
- Your amazing lampshade(s) is/are made from 100% sustainable materials, the ethical, eco-friendly way; and
- All willow, use of tools, teas, coffees and fruit are included. I advise people to bring a packed lunch, but there will also be plenty of time for you to grab something from the many delicatessen shops in the centre of Tunbridge Wells or in the Amelia café. There will be fruit for when we get peckish.
There is a maximum of eight and a minimum of five participants per course.
It’s a fantastic time to spend with friends, but also really refreshing to share with like-minded people you’ve not met before.
Basket weaving is very therapeutic, as you are using head, heart and hands, bringing body and mind back in sync. Working in a group allows you to share experiences, bounce off ideas, so it’s also a great way to build new friendships. Truly refreshing for both mind and spirit.
Is this for me?
Over the years, people with disabilities, or who were thought to be lesser abled were still able to weave with rattan, as it’s a light, slender and flexible material. Not quite sure about your abilities, then just get in touch and I will assess to see whether it’s for you. The Centre is fully accessible by wheelchair.
I try to organise the courses in creative and / or rural locations; on farms and in art studios for instance. This way, we have the benefit of nature and inspiration around us to fully reconnect and rewild. The Penhurst Retreat Centre is fully equipped for a creative craft experience and, should the weather be good, then we can weave outside.
Please contact me for a more tailored experience, should you like to book a private course, or would need to have certain needs considered.
Please note: A minimum of four delegates is required to run this course. Should bookings not reach the minimum number this course may be rescheduled. Please book your course two weeks in advance of the course date to allow for the preparation to take place.