Recent outdoor skillshares have benefited from some good weather, and certainly brought on plenty of inner sunshine! It's fun to learn co-creatively from each other and heart-warming to witness such generosity in the community!
The Woodland Olympics at the Hillyfield on 9 September were a delightful festival of games, music, skillshares and delicious food – including stewed squirrel – offered in a great atmosphere of connection with each other and the stunning land, with hosts Doug and Claire King-Smith leading the festivities. The pictures show the Log Splitting Competition and the popular Foraging Walk, lead by Larch Maxey.
Feelings of delight, gratitude and optimism for a promising future were shared at this green gathering. Previous skillshare sessions were also much cause for rejoycing. I loved the September monthly gathering at the Follaton community site, and look forward to the next one, on 7 October, when Larch Maxey will lead a Forest Garden planning session.
The clothes swap was great fun! This is so easy to organise, I recommend it: choose a date when you have one or two hours free, invite friends, probably just from your gender, tell them to invite their friends, make sure you have at least one mirror and that's it! Refreshments or a meal are optional.
I could not attend the session on Permaculture in a Suburban Setting but heard it went down very well and was packed with information. Thank you Cathy!
The tool sharpening session lead by Mel Milne in Wendy's beautiful home was highly enjoyable. Much gratitude to both!
Learning land navigation on Dartmoor with expert Verran was a delightful way of spending time in nature with a lovely group – and I am much looking forward to another skillshare on Dartmoor coming up on 23 September.
The Café Fun and Catering Skills session, led by Holly, was another superb social event. Don't miss the next Brunch Café on 29 September at the Methodist Church Hall, when you can help and learn (contact Holly on firstname.lastname@example.org), or just come and enjoy lovingly-prepared local food and entertainment.
Two skillshare sessions took place on Castle Meadow: Big thanks again to Doug King-Smith for his expert guidance at the scything workshop, when even our Mayor and town councillors Robert Vint and Alasn Gorman enjoyed some scything tuition.
Another Castle Meadow skillshare was organised by Little Bo People, with Ollie the young farmer giving general sheep care advice.
Many other skillshares ran this summer, such as designer Hele Oakley's excellent poster design session. A big THANK YOU! to all who offered and all who attended.
To find out about all the upcoming ones, please go to the Skillshare website page.