Willow Sculpture Woodland Retreat

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Date: Saturday and Sunday May 15th/16th 2021

Cost: £250 per person

Max 10 spaces

Level of experience: Some basic knowledge is good, however if you haven’t used willow before that is fine. Maybe choose a slightly easier animal such as an owl or a standing fox.

This is the most amazing opportunity to take part in a woodland willow weaving experience like no other!!

I shall be running a 2 day retreat in the beautiful ‘Shining Cliff Woods’ in Derbyshire. We will be making woodland creatures out of willow and relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet of the surrounding woodlands.

I can’t begin to describe how stunning the wood is, especially in the spring. This will bring such inspiration to what we make and take the experience of willow weaving to another level.

Fox and Badger by learners

Choose from a fox, owl, hare, rabbit or badger. All the soaked willow will be provided. I shall guide you through all the stages of how to make your sculpture. We will start by drawing inspiration from pictures and images of the creatures. Then I will show you how to create the frame, all from willow. It will be a solid structure that we can then random weave into. On the Sunday the filling and shaping will continue and then you will add features and character until you are happy with it.

I do hope we will be actually able to weave outside and sit among the trees. If it happens to be heavy rain, we shall retreat into the cosy woodland classroom, or under gazebos.

Throughout the weekend we will be fed by Vegan Revelation, who will be providing us with delicious, wholesome vegan meals. Leise and her team cook the most amazing food. I can vouch for how tasty the food is as I am a regular customer. You will receive lunch and an evening meal on Saturday. On Sunday breakfast, lunch and afternoon cake.

In the evening you could go for a walk and explore the area or just sit around the fire and enjoy the stillness and hopefully the odd owl hoot.

This is an experience not to be missed if you like nature, art and good food!


Shining Cliff Hostel

Shining Cliff Woods youth hostel, Near Ambergate, Derbyshire.

There are 5 rooms, 2 per room sharing, or pay extra for a room on your own, bunk beds. There are x2 bunkbeds per room, so you can choose from top or bottom.

Basic but cosy hostel accommodation. A community area for eating and socialising. 3 bathrooms with toilet and shower in each.

For an extra cost of £10 you could stay on Friday night too, but you would need to provide you own food for that night. There is a cooker and equipment in the hostel.


I have limited the places to 10. So it will be first come first served, with a reserve list.

To book please send me an email or call me. This way I can keep track of who is coming and your individual needs and requirements. I will take payment over the phone.

01773 821154


I ask for a 15% non- refundable deposit of £37.50 to secure your place. The outstanding balance of £212.50( or extra if you stay x2 nights) will need to be paid by April 15th or before.

If I have to cancel due to COVID regulations then I will pay back in full both the deposit and balance.

For info about Vegan Revelation visit Facebook at Vegan Revelation, or call 07341896921

For a more detailed look at the hostel visit their website



It is about a 10 minute walk from the car park to the hostel, down a track. So luggage and equipment needs to be taken in a wheel barrow to the site. There will be people who can help you get it all there, so if this aspect concerns you then please do not worry. If you do have any accessibility issues please give me a call to chat about it before booking. To look at the accommodation please visit the hostel website.