Plas Helyg Courses 2018

Plas Helyg is our lovely 7 acre smallholding at the Lammas Eco-village, boasting a range of eclectic buildings, including a roundhouse stable, two cob greenhouses, and a cruck framed barn. We have many animals including sheep and ponies, and grow a very wide diversity of trees and plants for food, fuel, and beauty. For lots of pictures of past courses and updates on what we are doing, please go to FB Plas Helyg, FB Pembrokeshire Willow, and for info on the setting it's FB Lammas Ecovillage and FB Lammas Community Hub. 

Here we offer several different ways you can get involved. Please see below for day courses and residential experiences, as well as volunteering opportunities. 

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Cob Building Course

July 30th - August 3rd £125 pp

Join in with our Cob Greenhouse project, learn all about basic cob building techniques, and get excited about mud! We are in the final stages of the cob greenhouse, and are hoping this course will be able to complete our project. We will be putting in a door & window on the east side, using basic timber framing techniques. We will also be learning about spragging, splooging, mushrooming and more! Add to this the art of creating walls from wood and mud, relief sculptures, and an opportunity to try lime and clay plastering , we cram a lot into a little time!
The course fee includes all tuition, and a yummy vegetarian lunch each day, made with local and organic ingredients. It also includes camping space at our lovely community hub building, where you will have full access to the hall and kitchen where you can prepare your own breakfast and supper together. There is an accessible compost loo, and a basic gravity shower too!
Please email cassandra@plas-helyg.co.uk if you would like to book. 

Eco-pod Courses

April 9th - April 15th  
May 28th-June 3rd
June 25th - July 2nd

Course fee: £95 for 3 days or £175 for the full 7 days

Our Lammas Eco-pod Crowdfunding began the build, now we need more people to be involved with the build in order to move it on and finish it this summer. It is designed to be a small self contained building, with a timber frame, cordwood walls with lime stabilised cob mortar, and recycled rubber tile roof. It will have a reclaimed polystyrene insulated cob floor, and 12 volt solar power for lights. We are offering 3 separate weeks where you can join in learning about how to build, and help support our amazing little project! 

You will be able to learn a wide variety of building techniques, depending on which dates you choose. The first week will be mainly the timber frame and the roof. The second week we expect to finish the roof, start the cordwood walls and install window frames. The third week we hope to finish the cordwood, lay the cob floor, and do any internal plastering and snagging as needed. As with any build it's likely we wont totally finish it in time so may add more dates later in the year. 

The course fee includes organic vegetarian lunches, and basic supplies for you to cook together in the evenings and for breakfast, but bring any special food you like to eat! It also includes access to the community building in the evenings, camping space, and a compost loo and gravity shower. 

To book please email cassandra@plas-helyg.co.uk stating which dates you are interested in attending.


Willow Sculpture & Basketry Courses


All courses below are held at the Lammas Community Hub. Bring some vegetarian food to share for our lunch, and please bring secateurs. Course fees include all materials unless stated.
I ask that you pay your fee by BACS prior to the course, in all cases booking is essential.

To book or for any more info just email cassandra@plas-helyg.co.uk

April 28th - Leaping Hare Sculpture - 10-5pm

This is the third year I have run this course, and now back by popular demand! Make a lovely leaping hare for your garden, using my own organic willow. Course fee £40 plus £12 for metal frame.

May 5th - Honey Bee Sculpture - 10-5pm

Make a unique tribute to our native honey bee in my own organically grown willow, using random weave techniques. Your sculpture will be around 50cm long. Course fee £40 plus £12 for metal frame.

July 14th - Heron Sculpture - 10-4pm

This will be the 4th heron course I have run, and back again just in time for the British summer! Using metal legs developed through my partnership with local blacksmith Aaron Petersen of Ferric Fusion, weave into the frame to create a quirky heron for siting near a pond or on your lawn. Course fee £40 plus £22 for metal legs.

August 5th - Harvest Basket - 10-4pm

A lovely harvest or foraging basket, made using a simple yet effective frame basket design, and perfect for beginners. Made with my own hand harvested organic willow. Course fee £35.

October 13th - Pod Frame Basket

An unusual frame basket which looks like a seed pod! For crafty beginners or improvers, using my lovely willow. Course fee £35.

November 10th - Living Willow Chair

Create an amazing willow chair, which we design and build using my own organic willow, then you take home with full instructions to plant on your own land. It will grow very well creating a unique woven seat. Course fee £45.

December 8th - Willow Angel Sculpture

Create a lovely standing angel or herald around 80cm high, to grace the entrance to your house or for your hallway, just in time for Christmas! Course fee £40. 

 

Volunteering at Plas Helyg
Limited opportunities to come and help us during the spring & summer months.  Mainly gardening & land maintenance, we have a variety of jobs for volunteers and  we welcome  contact from anyone interested. No experience needed, but expect to  work  6 -7 hours per day, 5 days per week. All your basic food is provided on days when you work with us. You can camp or stay in our little caravan. Contact us if you are interested.

 

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