Upcoming Courses

Upcoming Courses

Wild weaving- 3 week Swedish immersion

2nd-23rd August 2018

Its exciting to announce that we’re running a 3 week weaving camp in the forest in sweden. More information here.

Hide Tanning Camps 2018

Bark tanning rabbit furs and fish skins weekend

Mid Wales 6 – 8th April

Dartmoor, Devon 29th June – 1st July

4 Day Buckskin deer skin tanning

Mid Wales 8 – 12th April

Dartmoor, Devon 25 – 29th June

The camps are in two continuous sections so you can come for one, or both of them.

Bark tanning fish and rabbit skin weekend-  £150 – £170 sliding scale (arrive 4pm Friday, leave 4pm Sunday)
Brain tanned deer skin – buckskin £280 – £300 sliding scale (arrive 4pm day1, leave 4pm day 5)
For the full 6 days, its a sliding scale between £430 and £470
Sliding Scale: Pay what you can depending on what you earn.

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Bark Tanning Rabbit Fur and Fish skins- 2 days weekend

Using the tannins found in tree bark we’ll tan fish and rabbit skins.
Rabbits on Saturday and fish on Sunday.

Learn about the tanning process and softening with oils.
Then take home a soft rabbit fur and a strong bark tanned fish skin.

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Brain Tanned Deerskin – Buckskin – 4 days

Starting with a raw deer hide and finishing with a soft, brain tanned buckskin.

This course is a practical, hands on experience of how to create a soft, wearable, durable and beautiful buckskin using traditional and ancient methods.

Each step will be taught in detail so that you can take this skill home with you. Focus will be on finishing one buckskin each and learning the process.
Hide tanning is a physical activity and to make your skin soft will require hard work and perseverance.

The harder you work, the more rewarding the process and the softer the leather becomes

You don’t need to be extremely fit or have lots of physical strength but you do need to be ready to work hard and give the hide all of your energy.

After 4 days everybody should take home their own brain tanned deer skin.
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Camp life…

Participants can make camp in the woods and meadow.
Bring a tent or tarp, or contact us if you want to book alternative shelter, there are a few options.
As with all primitive skills – it takes a village, and a village we will be!
Sun will rise and moon will set and the fire will smoulder and we’ll cook together.
Please bring your songs, please bring yourselves. Be ready to soak in community and to wake up on what the earth wants to offer us day by day.
…do your best to leave technology and screens behind.

The course provides two meals a day, breakfast and dinner. food is organic, local and paleo where possible. Materials are included.

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The Schedule… (applying to both camps)

Bark tan weekend

Friday 4pm Arrival – Tanning introduction around the fire

Saturday – Bark tanning fish and rabbit skins

Sunday- Bark tanning. camp finishes at 4pm

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Day 1: 4pm Arrival –  Tanning introduction around the fire

The next 3 days we will be tanning Deer skins.

Day 5 – Complete Deerskin, this part of camp finishes when your hide is fully smoked! We’ll support you as much as possible to be finished by 4pm but in previous years people have been known to be smoking hides late into the night.

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Mid Wales

Our camp will be in a recreated neolithic settlement, thatched huts, with views across Mid Wales’ rolling hills.

Near Llanidloes.

Dartmoor, Devon

Our camp will be nestled within and beside an ancient woodland in Dartmoor National Park. Granite and moss.

Near Moretonhampstead, North East Dartmoor.

Wild weaving camp

This is a chance to spend three weeks in the forest in Sweden learning the basics of weaving and making baskets and other containers.

It’ll be more than just a weaving course, we’ll be living with and from nature in the woods. We will live as a group in the swedish forest, sleeping outside, cooking by a fire and gathering and fishing part of our food from the local environment.

Over these three weeks the focus for the camp will be on making baskets, containers and other items using the materials from the forest around us.

You will journey through the whole process, from harvesting the wild plants, preparing the weaving material and weaving your own baskets. You will forage for materials, whilst learning how to harvest sustainably, within season and efficiently, so that you can use these skills in the future knowing that you’ve made your baskets truly from start to finish.

We’ll cover traditional willow basketry with some pre-prepared willow, as well as more experimental basketry using wild harvested plants and roots.

We’ll start with willow and make small baskets, and then move onto making large willow backpacks.
Using these backpacks we’ll go on hikes away from camp to forage for mosses, bark, grasses, roots, cattails, rushes and anything else which stands out to you from the ecosystem that may be possible to weave with.
Creativity is encouraged and we’ll be there as tutors to support you with your ideas. Letting your imagination run as wild as the landscape!

We’ll go through different weaving techniques such as – frame baskets, stake and strand baskets, coil baskets, bark weaving and diagonal weave. Also cordage making and different braiding techniques.

Over the three weeks there will be the opportunity to make a number of projects – a backpack, a woven hat, bark containers, woven baskets, bowls and bags using different materials. Shapes, styles and sizes to be determined by you. By the end of it, you will have the basics down to continue to make baskets and containers on your own.

There will be plenty of opportunity to explore the forest, and be part of creating woodland camp life together.

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For more information and to reserve a place, send an email to info@naturliv.org. There is a limited amount of places for this course
(twelve people), and it is first people who reserve a spot who will get the spot.

Location: We will be in a wilderness camp, just south of Stockholm Sweden, called “Uvberget”, near “Vackstanäs”.

Date: 2-23 August 2018

Price: 10000-16000 kronor

We have sliding scale depending on you income

Student/very low income: 10.000SEK
Low income 12.000SEK
Average income: 14.000
High income: 16.000

(10 SEK is roughly 1 EURO/ 1 POUND)

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