Woodcraft Wellbeing – 14 May 2023



Woodcraft Wellbeing – 14 May 2023

10.00 am to 4.00 pm

with Chenma and Alistair Hayhurst

Price: Adults £85 (including Lunch and refreshments) Children: £40

This workshop is suitable for Adults and Children aged 10 upwards.

A limited number of concessionary places are available. Please check our Terms and Conditions to see if you qualify.

About Woodcraft Wellbeing

In our workshop you will gain knowledge and traditional skills in woodland crafts, as well as mindfulness techniques and nature connection.
Using Willow and Hazel, we will help you create a selection of items from dragonflies to plant climbers, bird feeders to egg baskets. You will develop an understanding of different types of Willow, how to source it, grow it, and then the different techniques and styles of weaving.
The benefits of crafting go hand in hand with the benefits of spending time in nature. Working with our hands and becoming absorbed in an activity is the perfect way to come into the present moment. Through weaving, the repetitive pattern and focus on the handwork creates a meditative, relaxing experience.
Our workshop will take place in the beautiful space of Whistlewood, surrounded by an enchanting natural environment and a shelter if needed. Included in the workshop is a wholesome plant-based lunch to nourish all guests. Warming drinks and yummy homemade treats are also provided throughout the day and can be enjoyed around the fire.
To participate in this workshop you do not need any experience in woodwork – you don’t have to be skilled in a craft to reap the benefits! Tuition is tailored to every individual’s need, and at our core is the wish to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for all.
As well as the variety of benefits to your wellbeing this day may provide, at the end of the course you will also have several items you have crafted yourself to take home, use, enjoy, and share.

Alistair and Chenma are a Father/Daughter team running Underwood Crafts

About Alistair

Alistair is an experienced woodworker and yurt maker, having ran a coppice crafts business based in Ashbourne for over 20 years. He specialises in traditional woodland crafts such as wattle hurdles, cleft fencing, and hedgelaying, and runs a variety of courses throughout the country as well as locally for organisations such as Derbyshire Eco Centre, The Wildlife Trust, and The National Trust. Spending most of the winter sourcing his materials in local coppice woodland, Alistair gets great satisfaction in seeing the tree from where it came, and using traditional and often ancient methods to transform it into a bespoke item.

About Chenma

Having had the great fortune to grow up watching and assisting Alistair, his daughter Chenma accompanies him whilst adding the additional element of wellness. Having been born and raised in Buddhist centres, she has a close relationship with mindfulness techniques and meditation, and together they aim to highlight the benefits of working with and within the natural environment around us, learning valuable traditional skills along the way.

This workshop is organised and run by Underwood Crafts.

Additional information

Ticket type

Adult (18+), Child (10+), Adult (18+ Concession), Child (10+) Concession


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