Woodland Working Week

Woodland Working Week   November 11 – 17

A warm welcome waits for you in the Community woodlands.  We have 10 acres or so of mixed hardwoods- oak, ash, birch and willow, which are managed for wildlife, species diversity from badgers to butterflies and as a renewable resource. Every year at this time as well as cutting, splitting and stacking firewood for the Community wood stoves, we coppice by hand a swathe of willow in the swamp, harvest hazel rods for use in the gardens and renew our dead hedges. This year we hope to be planting some new saplings in the area we cleared last year as well as hedging around the vegetable gardens. And, as usual weather permitting, we conclude with a celebratory bonfire on Saturday night. 

The focus of the week is largely practical, but there will be plenty of opportunity to walk in the environs of Bamford which can be spectacular in the autumn and talk in various reflective sessions led by members of the Community. Perhaps also try your hand at whittling a spoon.

Please note that all sessions, practical or reflective, are entirely optional. However, we all take our turn at preparing meals, washing up and other chores.
What to bring: We provide all bedding and towels. Please bring working/weatherproof clothes & boots, and indoor shoes and slippers. We do have a certain amount of wet weather clothing, overalls, welly boots and gardening gloves, but for comfort it is best to bring your own gear including hat which is recommended in the woods.

Charges reflect the fact that this is a working retreat and are on a sliding scale from £185 to £300 for full board for the whole week. 

BPattern of the day:
8 to 8.30  ​Join us in the stillness of our daily meeting for worship
9.15          ​​Starting with a gentle stretching and warm up session, we will be doing a    morning’s work in the garden – including a much-welcomed coffee / tea break at   11.00 in the Spider Shed
1 (ish)       ​​Lunch, followed by the ‘as led’ time, which could consist of walks, pursuit of individual creative projects, or rest. Some people will want to continue with whatever work they were doing in the morning, which is fine, but we do advise everyone to know their limits and to pace themselves accordingly!
5 to 6.30   ​We will have reflective sessions exploring our commitment to sustainability  and other  topics as led. If you would like to offer a session at this time, please let us know – ideas always welcome.
7(ish)         ​​Supper and socialising
8.30 to 9   ​Community Epilogue
Pattern of the day:
8 to 8.30  ​Join us in the stillness of our daily meeting for worship
9.15          ​​Starting with a gentle stretching and warm up session, we will be doing a    morning’s work in the garden – including a much-welcomed coffee / tea break at   11.00 in the Spider Shed
1 (ish)       ​​Lunch, followed by the ‘as led’ time, which could consist of walks, pursuit of individual creative projects, or rest. Some people will want to continue with whatever work they were doing in the morning, which is fine, but we do advise everyone to know their limits and to pace themselves accordingly!
5 to 6.30   ​We will have reflective sessions exploring our commitment to sustainability  and other  topics as led. If you would like to offer a session at this time, please let us know – ideas always welcome.
7(ish)         ​​Supper and socialising
8.30 to 9   ​Community Epilogue