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2pm Friday 2nd February – 4pm Sunday 4th February 2024 with Emma Capper.

Tune in to your body wisdom through the practice of forest bathing as we meet the plants of this beautiful place and learn how to process and weave foraged fibres into unique and useful vessels. Come and be nourished by delicious food in the peace and comfort of Bala Brook.

Course content

Weaving with foraged fibres is an ancient craft which connects our bodies back to the land. When selecting and gathering materials we connect to our senses; through this we build relationships and deeper appreciation for our plant kin. The rhythm of weaving invites the wisdom of our ancestors into our hearts through our fingers as we remember our part in the tapestry of life on earth.

Forest bathing or “Shinrin-yoku”, is a health promoting practice originating in Japan. It holds a resonance with the practice of mindfulness as a state of being in sensory immersion, translating as “bathing in the atmosphere of the forest.”

Both these practices invite a deeper relationship with our authentic self and the natural world. Over the three days, working in partnership with the land and the elements we will offer you:

  • Time to just be
  • Time to learn about wild fibres and how to gather, process and weave them into little woven vessels
  • Time to reflect together and alone
  • An opportunity for digital detox, bringing you home to your senses and leaving you inspired and refreshed.
  • Nourishing, lovingly prepared vegetarian food
  • Beautiful, comfortable accommodation
  • Plenty of time to relax and enjoy the sacred land surrounding Bala Brook

Take away

  • Invitations and techniques to help you continue on your nature connection journey wherever you are and promote your wellbeing.
  • One or two little vessels for use around the home.
  • Invitations to share with friends and family to help them create a deeper relationship with nature in a playful way.

No weaving experience necessary. This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced weavers. Come, free up your style, learn a new skill as you explore your untapped creativity.

Within these spacious offerings I will guide you with simple sensory invitations to gently explore and deepen your relationship with yourself and the natural world.

About the leader

Emma Capper is the founder of Creative Journeys in Nature.

She is an artist with a love of traditional crafts and a certified nature and forest therapy guide with the ANFT. She has over 25 years’ experience guiding walks and facilitating groups in outdoor and indoor settings.

Instagram @creativejourneyswithem

We have a range of fees to suit your financial situation. There is no difference in the course content or accommodation whatever you pay.

Standard place £270
Supported place £245
Supporting place £295



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Supported Bala Awakens to the Art of Wild Weaving
£ 245.00
Standard Bala Awakens to the Art of Wild Weaving(copy)
£ 270.00
Supporting Bala Awakens to the Art of Wild Weaving
£ 295.00


If you would love to attend this retreat and are unable to make the full payment at this time, please do contact us on manager@balabrook.org.uk to secure a place and arrange split payments

A limited number of bursary places may be available, please ask.

To book offline or for further information please contact us on manager@balabrook.org.uk