Wildcraft and Bushcraft Summer Camp at Hunting Brook Gardens
WILDCRAFT SUMMER CAMP
Your kids will finish this week with a new curiosity about nature and will have creative tools to go outdoors and make fun for themselves!
See attached booking form to register your child. To book, you must send payment as described, we will endeavour to include all interested however places are limited.
We are highly experienced facilitators who can offer your child inspiration in the natural world while having a lot of fun! Suitable for children from age 6 to 15, your child will be in a clan with their peers, with larger group activities woven in during the week-long programme. They will experience each of the following:
“Wild apothecary, foraging and trees”
“The Art of Nature – crafting from willow, planting, hunting mini-beasts”
Over the week, they will have time to really explore the fantastic surroundings at Huntingbrook Gardens; the woodlands, standing stones, river and gardens.
Age: Clan age groups are: Teens 13-15, 9-12′s, and 6-8′s.
Dates: Monday 19th to Friday 23rd August
Where: Huntingbrook Gardens, en route to Blessington. The 65 Dublin Bus stops at the end of the road, a short walking distance up Lamb Hill to the Gardens.
Cost: Five days €120, three days €80*, one day €30*.
*Places are offered first to those booking five days and if there are places left we will allocate those from a waiting list. The longer we can work with your child the deeper the experience and there is a learning arc designed over five days so booking the full week is preferable.
With Ciara Hinksman of Earth Force Education, Co. Wicklow, as seen recently on RTE’s Nationwide.
Ciara has worked in nature connection and bushcraft with children and adults for nearly five years, is hosting the first Forest School Level 3 Leaders training in Southern Ireland in September, is a Heritage in Schools specialist and leads Art Of Mentoring workshops for adults to learn how to embody deep nature connection in their daily lives.
The Art of Tracking; how to get close to wild animals, camouflage, bird awareness, sensory awareness and stalking.
The Four Basics of survival, Fire techniques and lays, Five-minute Fire and making essential survival items.
With Eleanor Sutherland of Dragon Herbs and The Medicine Garden at Hollywood.
Eleanor worked in education with the National Parks and Wildlife Service for many years. She is a teaching herbalist and homeopath who also treats people. She makes remedies, salves and teas.
We will go on a hunt for the plants which give us medicines and learn how to identify them and we will learn about and make some simple first aid preparations in the wild.
Nature provides us with a garden full of nutritious food all year round, if we know how to look and find her offerings. We will learn to find and identify some wild edibles and make a wild salad for our lunch.
The wild wood is full of magic, and the trees will tell us their stories if we learn how to listen. Explore the woods and find some of the best friends you will ever have.
With Lucy Bell of GROW, Co.Kildare.
Lucy is an organic horticulturalist and artist with natural materials and native habitat expert. She offers a fun and dynamic workshop that will give your kids an aptitude for craft, and an experience of nature and our natural habitats that they can use for the rest of their lives.
Wild crafting from natural materials including willow and other natural materials you find in your garden.
Explore the unseen world of our native bugs and insects that live hidden in the earth and water.
Learn how to grow plants from seed, see how plants grow and harvest and eat food from the garden.
“Thanks very much for last weeks camp. Ben and David really had a great time and have been talking about it to anyone that will listen since they left!” Rachel Wright
Monday 19th Aug - Groups form into Teens, 6-8 yrs and 9-12 year olds, explore the lay of the land and get into nature with awareness games.
Tuesday 20th to Thursday 22nd - Rotation to one of the three workshops: Bushcraft, Foraging, Crafts.
Friday 23rd - Feast Day: camp-fire cooking, cordage making, capture the flag and big group nature awareness games.
See EFE in action at this years Easter Camp, as appeared on Nationwide