Woodland Crafts and Skills - 3 day courses

Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita 12 - 15 Ocober 2017
In our times crafts such as green woodwork are something truly revolutionary. We find making a useful product with one's own hands straight from the forest is totally inspiring.  Not only is such work simply sustainable it is also deeply empowering and creates an intimate relationship with the materials used and the product. There is an intimate meaningful relationship to the origin of the crafted piece - something that is very rare these days.

Such handmade items reflect and stand for deeply human values, and bring a soulful quality into our world full of mass produced throw away objects. 

To craft things without needing any (or only very little) fuel, electricity or any off site machinery means independence, and the simplicity of working like this brings great joy and satisfaction. The only things necessary are good hand tools that keep their value and knowledge and skill which only become more when shared.

In this introductory course we will look at basic, straight forward, very valuable know how about how to use the wood of common tree species in the area (pine, chestnut, eucalyptus, olive ..) to make something useful. 

You can try out various hand tools, and learn about what you might need or how to go about planning and starting your own projects. You are going to craft an item of your choice to take home such as a spoon, small stool or walking stick. You can even build your own shaving horse if you wish. 

Depending on participants interests we have space to focus on various aspects of the program: we can look at how to make simple products and furniture, building larger structures with roundwood, permaculture woodland management, general understanding of the wonderful material 'wood', tips and tricks for processing firewood or any questions you have. I feel confident to say that for anybody who has not yet explored the themes mentioned above in great depth, this course will be of great benefit.  

We are hoping for good weather to be outdoors but we have a beautiful communal space, covered outdoor kitchen, a big workshop and all facilities on site.

The 3 days will also be an opportunity to relax in a very beautiful natural environment and enjoy delicious vegetarian food cooked on the open fire with wild greens gathered from our land.

Places are strictly limited to 6 to ensure a high-quality learning experience so please secure yours early by contacting Laura or Marko on info@awakenedforestproject.org

Times and meals 

The course will start with dinner together at 7pm and an introduction on the evening of Thursday the 12th of October. The courses will end with tea and a snack at around 5pm on Sunday.

The price of the course includes all meals, tea and fruit available all day.

Food is delicious, simple, wholesome, vegetarian and plentiful. It is sourced locally and organic wherever possible and we receive many compliments about it! Please let us know in advance if you have a special dietary needs.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in a basic dormitory on mattresses. We provide a mattress and some blankets. Please bring pillow, sleeping bag and blanket or duvet. 

We live in a beautiful mountain valley completely off-grid. Facilities include compost toilets, wood-fired hot water and cooking and solar electricity. The tents are reached by old paths and steps located on the valley floor near the clear mountain stream where you can take a cold water dip in the morning instead of coffee if you wish!

Prices

To reflect the financial crisis in Portugal we have two prices, one for Portuguese and one for foreigners. We make a distinction based on financial capacity as the financial realities for those outside of Portugal are often more abundant than those living here. Sometimes this counts for foreign nationals (who are now Portuguese residents) and sometimes it doesn't. We charge different prices so we can make an affordable price for the Portuguese (and others with lower financial means) which is a partly subsidised by those with greater financial means. If these prices are still an obstacle to you coming and you would really like to attend the course please get in touch maybe we can find a solution.

For Portuguese :

In dormitory accommodation:                210€

For Foreigners

In dormitory accommodation:                270€

Places are strictly limited to 6 to ensure a high-quality learning experience so please secure yours early by contacting Laura or Marko on info@awakenedforestproject.org

 

 

 

Events

Benfeita, May 1st 2017
Para Português clique aqui
 
Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita October 21st 10 - 5pm

I am very happy to announce another opportunity to begin to learn the art and science of foraging in our beautiful valley in the Serra do Açor.

Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita 12 - 15 Ocober 2017

In our times crafts such as green woodwork are something truly revolutionary. We find making a useful product with ones own hands straight from the forest is totally inspiring.  Not only is such work simply sustainable it is also deeply...

Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita - Date TBC 2018

People have retreated to wild places for millennia to find inner peace and a greater perspective on life. Nature, in it’s simplicity and beauty, supports a profound relaxation in body, mind and soul.

LATEST BLOG POSTS

I am passionate about building with round wood because it simply makes so much sense.
It’s autumn again and the abundance is obvious. The forest and land is heaving with food and we know of no greater joy than getting out into the hills and foraging this freely given resource.
 

So we have some systems and facilities coming online this month - very exciting!!

Davi and Hazel have been working hard on the bathroom tiling, building glass brick walls and crafting mosaics. It looks beautiful!

Marko has been figuring out the solar system, this is the frame to hold the panels. Washing machine here we come!!!