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Sustainable Living Skills

Scotland 2024

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Sealladh Mor, Airdens, Bonar Bridge, Sutherland

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Offering Two Workshops

Herbal Medicine & Natural Building

Hands-on, community learning workshops for Wildlings! 

Herbal Medicine Garden

with Heather Luna

24 - 28 July

&

Round Timber Framing

with Henry Fosbrooke

31 July - 4 August

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Herbal Medicine Garden

SCHEDULE

24 - 28 July, 2024

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

COST

£500 per person

Space is limited to 12 participants

Engage in the Healing Power of Nature…


This is a project oriented course in applying key principles from permaculture and the regenerative agriculture to create a medicinal herb garden. Learn to created living soil and a sustainable garden ecology. We will muse over edible and medicinal uses for many wild plants and common weeds as well as applications for each of the herbs selected for this garden. The garden location and design will be determined by the landscape, bringing us to ramble at herb walk pace in ecological discovery. We will spend ample time with our nose in the plants, deepening our relationship with them and sharing their many uses. 

The purpose of this garden project is to create a sustainable ecosystem that contributes to the greater landscape. To achieve this goal our gardening practices will include disturbing the soil as little as possible, keeping it covered with organic matter, enhancing biodiversity through species, and the integration of compost, pollinators, and animal life for developing a garden ecosystem. Once established, the "soil sponge" creates a living food web which plays an important role in sequestering carbon emissions and producing amazingly healthy plants with little effort. This medicine garden project will apply elements to regenerate soil and create habitat for a healthy co-existence with wildlife. This dynamic establishes health for soil, plants, people, and the planet.

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Introduction to Permaculture Design

  • Soil Ecology and Compost

  • Regenerative Gardening Practices

  • Integrating a garden to become part of the greater landscape

  • Weeds: How they support soil ecology and planetary health 

  • Edible and medicinal uses for weeds, herbs and wild plants

SCHEDULE

  • Day 1 - Intro to permaculture design and garden site selection

  • Day 2 -  Medicinal Plant Walk

  • Day 3 - Biochar and Compost

  • Day 4 - Weeds: For soil health and medicine

  • Day 5 - No Till Bed Prep, Planting, Healing Plant Ceremony

WHAT TO BRING

  • Lunch, water, and snacks

  • Garden snips, gloves (and spade forks if you have them) 

  • Weather appropriate clothing. Prepare to get dirty!

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Heather Luna

Clinical Herbalist & Nutritionist


Heather is the founder and director of the ACORN School of Herbal Medicine based in Nevada City, California. She teaches all levels of herbal medicine, from the beginner to the practicing clinician. She tends the Medicine Garden outdoor learning classroom, hosts clinical training programs in herbal medicine online, and runs an online free clinic working with clients all over the world. She has held a private practice since 2002 and has instructed classes in Western Herbalism since 2006. Her clinical work emphasizes Vitalist Therapeutics with the use of herbs, nutrition, and Nature Cure practices. Heather is passionate about regenerative agriculture and sustainable living as part of a greater healing context. 

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Round Timber Framing

SCHEDULE

31 July - 4 August, 2024

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

COST

£500 per person

Space is limited to 6 participants

Round Timber framing is a distinctive style of natural building construction in which the frame is made out of unmilled timber in its natural form. In the round the timber is stronger than if milled and therefore smaller dimensions can be used to get a bigger span than using milled timber.

Also, rather than using metal fixings, the joints are held together with oak pegs. Heavy timber is joined together via mortises and tenons, then secured with wooden pegs. 

In this course, participants will learn the skill of preparing logs and joining them to create a single barn frame using trees harvested from local forests. We will focus on the construction of one frame, out of a total of five frames as part of an 8m x 20m log barn. This frame will consist of three 6m logs that will become uprights for two 12m logs which will become a 22m beam and four braces in the region of 3m long.

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COURSE OVERVIEW

We will cover the key elements of a log build:

  • Foundation stone placement, using Pythagoras’ Theory (stones for barn build already in place)

  • Log Selection and Orientation

  • Preparation of Logs: Peel and Oil 

  • Optimization of materials for creating maximum space

  • Tenon and Mortise Joints: straight tenon, right angle, and scarf

SCHEDULE

  • Day 1 - Peeling, marking, and positioning logs

  • Day 2 - Marking up and creating a scarf joint

  • Day 3 - Preparing, marking, and cutting/chiseling to form mortise and tenon joints 

  • Day 4 - Cutting and fitting mortice joints

  • Day 5 - Marking, cutting, and fitting at least one brace

WHAT TO BRING

  • Lunch, water, and snacks

  • Weather appropriate clothing

  • Tools*: Chainsaw, axe, drawknife, large flat chisels, large framing square, mallet, pencils, knife, ink line or chalk line, spirit level, plumb bob

*These will be available on site, but folks are welcome to bring their own.

Henry

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Henry Fosbrooke

Musical Woodsman and Craftsman

http://www.logtagon.com/

He has been building with logs since 1997. To date he has worked on 15 buildings in the Scottish Highlands from private log homes to community barns, sawmills, machine sheds, agricultural barns, and outside classrooms. His woodworking journey started with a pole lathe and greenwood work leading to community woodland management and log building. Alongside the log building work he plays music as a solo artist with the Drumsoulution, as well as with the band Woodland Roots and coordinates the Woodland Orchestra.  The musical journey grew from asking a tree how to fell it respectfully the “answer” was to start making drums. He is married and has two grown-up children.

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Barn built for Logie Timber  https://logietimber.co.uk/

Built for Black Isle Yurts  https://www.blackisleyurts.co.uk/

Pole Barn built for Assynt Foundation

https://www.assyntfoundation.scot/pole-barn

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Registration

  • £250 Deposit due at the time of registration

  • £250 Final payment due on or before 24 June, 2024

Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • If you need to cancel for any reason, send an email to herbalists@acornherbschool.com 

  • If you cancel before 1 June, 2024 you will receive a refund for half of the deposit.

  • If you cancel after 1 June, 2024 there is no refund.

Accomodations for Lodging

Click on the button for a PDF document with a list of nearby places to stay. 

How to Register:

1. Complete the Registration Form below.

2. Next, pay your deposit(s) using the PayPal button below. If you are attending both workshops you will need to make two payments. 

3. You can make the final payment at any time. You will receive an email one week prior to the final due date with a reminder and instructions to complete the payment. 

Registration Form

Payments

You can pay your deposit and make your final payment using the PayPal button below. This can be used for either workshop.

£250 PAYMENT

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FREE MEDICINAL HERB WALK

21 July 2024 at 11:00 am
Findhorn

At the Hinterland Trust Edible Woodland Garden 

in Scotland

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