Mindfulness Weaving

Organised by our partners Ignite CIC, this course starts 4th September. There will be 5 weekly sessions from 10.30 to 12.30 and a further opportunity to help with the harvest in Jan/Feb 2022.

Learn to weave with local craftsman Clyde Hoare from Wild Wicker.

By its very nature, the attention required for the basket making process – which embodies a physical, sensual and active focus – supports weavers to be present and mindful.

This course will allow you to develop a variation of weaving techniques and create functional forms which might include obelisks, platters and foraging baskets.

Your mind and body will be activated through the creative process, utilising spatial, rhythmic, memory, sensory, emotional, intuitive and communicative skills.

This creative, repetitive and meditative activity is a great way to help improve mood, whilst creating a bespoke and beautiful piece of art for your home.

Weather dependent these sessions will take place outdoors.

Willow, from Clyde’s own plantation, will be provided.

If you find difficulty using your hands, please get in touch to have a conversation, something as simple as soaking the willow for longer may enable you to take part.

In conjunction with h.Art – Herefordshire Art Week, the first two weeks of the course will take place at Wobage Farm Craft Workshops, Upton Bishop, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7QP.

Weeks three through to five will take place inside (or around/in front of (on a nice day) the polytunnel at Ross Community Gardens, Old Gloucester Road, Ross on Wye, HR9 5AA.

The harvest in winter will take place at Wobage.

The course venues are Wobage Farm Craft Workshop willow plantation and Ross-on-Wye Community Gardens. Please note the plantation itself is not wheelchair accessible, Ross Community Gardens are however, the area where the weaving is done and where the willow is growing is pretty flat but accessible via a grass path. In wet weather grass paths can be a little slippery. There will also be the opportunity to help with the willow harvest at Wobage in January or February, where a number of more and less demanding tasks will be available.

We can provide support to help carers or those without their own transport to attend!