Summer Woodland Workshops

All courses designed for adults (aged 16+)
To book any workshop please email or call 0131 663 1921

Summer Woodland Workshops
Wild strawberries

Foraging Workshop

Date: Saturday 12 June 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Led by: Ian Edwards, Ecologist and nature writer

Cost: £35.00

Max participants: 10


As Spring growth dies back finding edibles in the woods takes a bit more searching but delectable and unusual leaves, roots, flowers and the first ripe fruits are there for the eating for those willing to search.

Stop midway for tea.

Eco-Therapy Walks

Dates: programme starts Thursday 24 June, 2.00 – 4.30 pm every Thursday for 6 weeks

Leader: Stephanie Whitelaw, Eco Therapist.

Cost: £150 for the block of 6 weeks.

Max participants: 8


Walking with trees is a six-part series of workshops held within the beautiful woods of Newbattle college. Over the course of six weeks, we will explore the space, through sensory walking and ephemeral art making. Making art in response, we will work with natural processes, gathering materials on site.


As we move towards summer, nature begins to shower us in colour and new form. Venturing through the trees, we will tune into the small seasonal shifts taking place in our environment and tune into our own internal shifts taking place. The walks will invite new eco-therapeutic activities every week, gathering for:

Tea and circle

Sharing Silent-Walking

Listening meditation

Ephemeral art making with natural materials

Responsive creative writing


Please bring with you:

Appropriate clothing and footwear

Writing materials

A mobile phone or camera to take photographs


Eco-therapy describes all therapies that improve our wellbeing through connecting and spending -me in nature. Through slowing down and tuning into the natural environment, we can access the quiet and creative parts of ourselves.

Walking with trees
Walking with trees
Stephanie Whitelaw
Stephanie Whitelaw
Woodland craft activity
Woodcraft tools

Woodland Craft Skills

Date: Saturday 26 June from 10.00 – 4.00

Led by: Stephanie Walker, Forest School and Outdoor Learning Practitioner

Cost: £55.00

Max participants: 10


In the beautiful woodland setting we will learn, play and make at a gentle pace. We will use greenwood freshly cut with a high moisture content. This is a beautiful and easy way to carve wood. You will be supported through the whole process and encouraged to explore carving and making in your own way and at your own pace. Subjects include effective techniques for any age of student, types of knives/saws, key safety issues, the law and maintenance of tools. Throughout the day you can expect to be making a wide range of useful products to take away with you which may include feather sticks, whistles, mallets, tents pegs, as well as other crafts.


All tools provided.  Suitable for beginners.

Whittle a Wooden Bird
Wood carving for beginners

Dates: Saturday 17 July 10.00 – 1.00 pm

Leader: Ian Edwards, Ecologist and nature writer

Cost: £35

Max participants: 10


Whittling a life-sized bird, in the Danish-style, is a great way of getting experience in handling a whittling knife and practice the different kinds of cut. Each bird has a unique charm and can be finished to suit your taste.  All tools and materials supplied.

Whittle a wooden bird
Pewter jewellery

Pewter Jewellery Making Outdoors

Date: Saturday 24 July 10.00am – 4.00 pm

Led by: Stephanie Walker, Forest School and Outdoor Learning Practitioner

Cost: £60.00

Max participants: 10


Working in a beautiful space in the woods this workshop involves making and using moulds, melting and pouring pewter, finishing and polishing your design and turning it into jewellery. You will learn techniques for fire lighting, tool use and how to construct natural cordage from tree bark. You will leave with at least two pieces of your own pewter work and a new skill too.  All tools and materials are included in the cost.  Suitable for beginners.

Foraged Fibres Weaving

Dates: Saturday 21 August 10.00am – 4.00 pm

Leader: Stephanie Walker, Forest School and Outdoor Learning Practitioner

Cost: £55

Max participants: 10


Learn how to combine locally foraged vines, roots, leaves and bark using a variety of basketry techniques to create unique miniature functional and structural pieces. The session will start with a walk in the woods to gather natural materials and explore the traditional uses of plants in weaving.  On return to the outdoor classroom, you will be guided through the stages of creating a small container or vessel using your foraged materials at a gentle pace.  Tools will be provided.  Suitable for beginners.

woven foraged object
Woven basket
Carved feather sticks and tent peg

Wilderness Skills
A weekend of bushcraft, survival and outdoor learning

Date: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 August 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Led by: Sam Gardiner, Outdoor Learning and Rural Crafts Leader

Cost: £140 for the 2 days, includes a forest knife to take home.

Max participants: 8


Over this 2 day course you’ll receive a comprehensive introduction to the key skills needed to live comfortably in a woodland wilderness setting. The weekend is designed to transfer as much knowledge as possible through hands on tasks, practical work and demonstrations. Throughout the weekend, techniques and skills are built upon so that by the end, you will have real confidence in your own abilities and judgement.


We want you to learn as much as possible from our qualified and experienced instructor in an open and friendly setting, so that you can get the most out of your future outdoor adventures!


Day 1

Edge tool use and safety (knives, saws and hatchets)

Basic carving skills

Essential camp knots

Shelter (natural and manmade)

Fire lighting 1 (flint and steel/flash tinders/birch bark/prepared fungi/feather sticks/solar (if possible!)


Day 2

Tree ID, foraging and essential plant identification

Water sourcing, filtration and purification


Fire lighting 2 (char cloth and friction fire lighting)

Camp fire skills and whittling project


We will be based in the beautiful ‘Lord Ancrum’s Wood’ at Newbattle Abbey College and will have both an outdoor woodland site and a teaching classroom. The weekend will be outside as much as possible, but we will have access to toilets and tea/coffee making facilities. We ask people to please bring their own lunches/snacks and cups.


This is a fun and safe weekend designed to inspire and enable people to enjoy the wilderness and acquire the skills necessary to deepen their relationship with the outdoors.


You don’t need to have any prior experience, just a desire to learn and share knowledge and have a go!