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category clare | environment | news report author Thursday October 11, 2007 16:10author by Bob Wilson - CELT - Centre for Environmental Living and Training, also East Clare Agenda 21 Associationauthor email info at celtnet dot orgauthor address CELT, c/o E.Clare Community Coop, Scariff, Co.Clareauthor phone 061-640765 Report this post to the editors

Traditional and ecological skills training event

More than 60 people from all walks of life - and all parts of Ireland (plus a couple of overseas visitors) - came together at Bealkelly Wood, Tuamgraney, Co.Clare for a weekend of skills training in 12 different disciplines. CELT professional tutors provided tuition at introductory and intermediate level in workshop areas within the oak woodland which is beside Lough Derg on the Shannon waterway.
Basket weaving
Basket weaving

Trainees booked in advance for the skill of their choice from a selection that included Sugan Chair making (Sean Walshe), Rustic Furniture making (Stuart McIntyre), Stone Carving (Dermot Twohigk), Silversmithing (Suzi Lewisohn), Blacksmithing (Peter Collins), Basket making (Padraig Larkin), River Ecology and Management (Del Harding), Herb-lore (Kes Clarke), Ti-pi making (Ti-pi Dave), Lime / Hemp Plastering (Phoebe O'Brien), Spinning and Weaving (Susanna Anker) and, for youngsters, Woodcrafts (Mark Wilson).

The courses ran from 10:30am to 5pm with a break for lunch (an excellent organic, vegetarian meal was available from caterer Karen Prinsloo) - also teas and snacks were available throughout the day (provided by Angie Pinson) and at 6pm pizzas were prepared in the clay oven by Ewan McKewan as a fundraiser for the local Alfa Project secondary school.

Many people camped on site (free) (others staying in local B&Bs) and there was a joyous gathering on Saturday night with music and singing around the campfire for many and another social get-together in the big ti-pi.

Christophe Mouze was visiting from Clare Island Yoga Centre and he provided a yoga class on the Sunday morning which helped stretch a few reluctant muscles !

CELT is a national charity for environmental education, training and awareness with the key theme of sustainable living and is involved in a number of projects including a community woodland and a tree nursery and exhibitions at events around the country.

Related Link: http://www.celtnet.org

Blacksmithing workshop
Blacksmithing workshop

Furniture making
Furniture making

Tipi making
Tipi making

Spinning and weaving
Spinning and weaving

author by Bob - CELT - Centre for Environmental Living and Training, also Eapublication date Thu Oct 11, 2007 16:45author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Here are some more pics from the weekend

River ecology
River ecology

The Lime / Hemp team
The Lime / Hemp team

Del Harding takes charge !
Del Harding takes charge !

Stone Carving
Stone Carving

Mark Wilson and Woodcrafts trainees
Mark Wilson and Woodcrafts trainees

Related Link: http://www.celtnet.org
 
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