October 2017

Mushrooms and Toadstools – A Fungi Foray

Fri 6 – Sun 8 October
£156(a single room in the main farm house is £30 extra, or £15 per person extra for twin/double/triple occupancy, please request on booking).
Dr Patrick Harding

In the woods, on the downs, and in the fields of north Wiltshire, over 100 different species of mushrooms and toadstools have been found on our previous courses.

Fungi are neither plants, nor animals. Whatever you like to call them – mushrooms, toadstools, truffles, champignons, or bolets - they belong to the fungal kingdom. Britain boasts more than 4,000 different species, including those that are edible, poisonous, beautiful, bizarre, or just plain hallucinogenic!

On this weekend, we shall explore fungal habitats, learn how to identify the big, the bad, and the edible ones while discovering their innumerable medicinal and culinary uses; the latter tested by way of fantastic fry-ups. All this and slide shows too!

Allow the miracles of mycelia and the fables of fungi both to instruct and delight you. They will and they do!

Patrick is the author of four books on fungi and a regular speaker, broadcaster, and tutor on the subject.

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Yoga and Massage (fully booked, see below)

Fri 13 – Sun 15 October
£156 (a room in the main farm house is £20 extra, or £15 per person extra for twin/double/triple occupancy, please request on booking).
Mary Mcinerney and Mary Maguire

A rejuvenating weekend and a chance to unwind.

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.

On Saturday there will be an early morning Pranayama (breath control) class, then following breakfast, a two hour asana (postures) class, and a massage class. After lunch the options are to relax at the farm, use the rustic sauna, or go on a led walk in the local countryside. In the late afternoon there is a choice between a restorative asana session, and a massage class.

In the evening there will be either a guided meditation, or foot baths, or time to relax around the wood burning stove, or campfire. On Sunday morning, the programme will be the same as Saturday’s, with a late lunch. Departures during the afternoon, from about 3pm.

Group size: up to about 20.

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

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October Working Weekend

Fri 20 – Sun 22 October
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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Autumn Children’s Activity Day

Wed 25 October
10.30am – 3.30pm
£15 per child (Concessions £12)

For children aged 5 to 13 years. Outdoors and around the farm: meet the animals; arts and crafts in the big barn; cooking over a real fire, and more!

Please wear old clothes and bring a packed lunch.

Booking: This is a Children’s Project event. To book, please download and print out the Children’s Project Booking Form and send to us by post. If you wish to confirm availability beforehand, please phone 01793 771080 or email .

Autumn Family Weekend

Fri 27 – Sun 29 October
Adult £150 • Child 2 – 18yrs £87

This is a weekend for families, with children of all ages.

As the season turns and nights draw in, we mark the change by getting together to make and do Autumn things. We shall carve and hollow pumpkins and fill them with light, decorate little lanterns to shine brightly and drive away the darkness, make marzipan skeletons, harvest apples and turn them into golden juice, light fires and make fire sculptures to remind us of the sun, build campfires and tell stories that warm the heart, and play autumn games that fan the flames of human imagination.

A weekend for all ages to get together and be imaginative, and have fun, in autumn!

The weekend begins on Friday evening and finishes after lunch on the Sunday.

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October 2017 Events

Fri 6 – Sun 8

Mushrooms and Toadstools

Fri 13 – Sun 15

Yoga and Massage (fully booked)

Fri 20 – Sun 22

Working Weekend

Wed 25

Autumn Children’s Activity Day

Fri 27 – Sun 29

Autumn Family Weekend

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