June 2018

Textile Crafts Short Break

Fri 1 – Sun 3 June (begins 12 noon on the Friday, with lunch)
£175 (Veranda room), £195 (Farmhouse room) • both prices include 2 nights’ accommodation, meals and refreshments and 2 1/2 days tuition • Non-resident price: £150 (includes meals and tuition)
Mary Maguire

A chance to immerse yourself in a tactile world of textile crafts.

Learn the art of needle felting (sculpting using wool and a barbed needle) to make soft toys, pincushions, or small sculptures. We will also use this technique two dimensionally to make a picture, cushion, or bag, embellish clothes or a hat, or to make decorative repairs to holes in jumpers.

You will learn embroidery stitches, which you can use creatively to make a work of art, or up-cycle a garment, or combine with the needlefelting. The warm and friendly atmosphere of a small group will be conducive to creativity!

No previous experience necessary. Tools provided. £20 charge for materials.

Mary Maguire has been creating and making beautiful things with textiles for over 40 years. She holds an MA from the Royal College of Arts and is a graduate of Goldsmiths College, where she specialised in creative embroidery. Mary is the author of craft books covering a wide range of art and design techniques

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Willow Basket Making (fully booked, see below)

Fri 1 – Sun 3 June • Begins 12 noon on the Friday, finishes 4pm on Sunday
£175 (Veranda room), £195 (Farmhouse room) • both prices include 2 nights’ accommodation, meals and refreshments and 2 1/2 days tuition • Non-resident price: £150 (includes meals and tuition)
Norah Kennedy

An opportunity to make willow baskets, garden structures, plant supports, sculptures, and decorations. Learn an eco-friendly skill using local renewable materials!

There will be time to make at least two small baskets, or one larger one. Advice will be available for those wanting to grow their own willow.

The course begins on Friday with lunch at 12.30pm. Tuition begins after lunch. On the Saturday and Sunday, tuition and basket-making will take place from 9.30am until 4pm.

This weekend is suitable for both beginners and for those with experience. (There will be an extra charge of £5 – £20 for materials.)

Norah is an experienced, practising basket maker, and has been teaching this age-old craft all over the country for many years.

Fully Booked, but please email us to request an alert when dates for 2018 are available -

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June Working Weekend

Fri 8 – Sun 10 June
No charge

This is a chance to get to know the farm, turn your hand to old jobs and new, enjoy good company and good food too!

An opportunity to have bright ideas by the compost heap, happy talk in the hen house, and cool chat in the kitchen. Join us to prove that many hands make light work and that today’s stranger is tomorrow’s friend.

Our Working Weekends are run in the beautiful spirit of the WWOOF organisation: we feed and accommodate you, you work, with us.

For more information on WWOOF, see www.wwoof.org.uk.

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Yoga and Walking

Fri 15 – Sun 17 June
£175 (Veranda room), £195 (Farmhouse room)
Mary Mcinerney and Farm residents

A chance to unwind and be rejuvenated!

Yoga works not only on the body but also calms and sharpens the mind and leads to all-round alertness.

Iyengar Yoga will be taught in a way that is suited to beginners and more experienced practitioners. The classes will focus on postures to improve flexibility, strength, and balance.

The weekend will also include a walk on the Wiltshire Downs, and a local walk leaving from the farm.

On Saturday there will be a morning yoga class, followed by a hearty brunch. Then there will be a walk on the Wiltshire Chalk Downs (about 4/5 miles). We will return to the farm for tea and cake, followed by a restorative yoga session. In the evening, our rustic sauna will be available.

On Sunday morning, there will be an early morning Pranayama class, followed by breakfast, then, a short local walk, followed by an asana class, and then a late lunch. Departures during the afternoon, from about 3pm.

Massages with Mary Maguire can be booked at a cost of £35, (payable to Mary during the weekend)

Group size: up to about 12.

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Other Yoga Weekends: Nordic Walking and Yoga 16–18 Mar, Yoga and Massage 6–8 April, Yoga and Running 20–22 July, Iyengar Yoga 27–29 July, Yoga and Massage Bank Holiday Long Weekend 24–27 August, Yoga and Massage 14–16 September.

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