Natural Art Practitioner's Course with Richard Shilling

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time



Middle Wood Charitable Trust

Backsbottom Farm

Roeburndale West



United Kingdom

View Map

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Event description


Join us for this Natural Art Practitioner's Course with Environmental Artist Richard Shilling. Suitable for Forest School Leaders, teachers, artists, art students, anyone wishing to learn about environmental art techniques and methods or someone looking for time out from the rat race.



After meeting we will walk down into the valley to work by the fabulous, wild River Roeburn and the semi ancient deciduous woodland of Roeburndale.

When your interest is in teaching natural art to younger children we will:-

(for Forest School Leaders, Primary School Teachers etc)

  • Explore easy and accessible techniques to create striking sculptures suitable for all ages

  • Learn about different materials and what they can be used for

  • Explore different creation methods using natural materials only and techniques with limited tools

  • learn about group and individual activities that foster appreciation of nature and the environment, feed the imagination, expand creative skills and encourage team participation

When your interest is to learn about the philosophy of ephemeral nature art and how to put it into practice:-

(for art students, artists etc)

  • We will explore the creation process and how the art is developed by deepening your relationship with nature, through the practice of ephemeral art we seek to discover the subtle nuances in nature and be drawn into the environment and start to understand the cycles and processes of flux and transience

  • You will be guided through this process so you can discover for yourself its ethos via its practice and then take away with you a deeper understanding of how to continue your journey and make further progress through this art form

  • Investigate different creation methods and techniques using natural materials and limited tools

Space is limited to 15 participants to ensure instructor/participant ratio is kept low. When available Julia Brooklyn, another environmental artist, will also be instructing.

The workshop will take place at Backsbottom Farm, Roeburndale West, Lancashire on behalf of the Middlewood Charitable Trust which exists to advance research and provide education for public benefit in techniques of agriculture, forestry, wildlife and countryside management, building, energy conservation and human lifestyle which are in tune with the natural cycle and do not upset the long term ecological balance.


30% of workshop fee goes to the Middlewood Charitable Trust to promote sustainable living and ecological education programmes.


By booking a place on this workshop you agree to these terms and conditions.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email RichardShillingLandArtist@gmail.com

What do I need to be aware of?

The workshop will take place at a working organic farm, we kindly ask that all guests respect the surroundings.

Access to the workshop area is via a steep farm track down to the river which can be slippery in places. The track is approx 0.4 mile. You will need to ascend it back to your car at the end of the day. Workshops will normally take place within 1 mile of the meeting point

Suitable footwear is advised and wellies are useful should you want to wade in the river.

What do I need to bring?

Waterproofs, warm clothing, sturdy footwear, packed lunch, something to drink. Something to sit on (sit mat, small camp chair) would be useful.

You may also want to bring gloves, sometimes we use mud so rubber gloves or similar are handy. Gardening gloves are useful to handle rough materials such as bracken stalks.

What if the weather is really bad?

If the weather is really bad (high winds especially) we may spend all of the workshop or some of it indoors. If the indoor facilities are not available then the workshop may have to be cancelled once the forecast is firmed up prior to the day. Please note this is only if the weather is hazardous rather than just poor. In most cases the workshop will go ahead. If in the rare case of unavoidable cancellation due to the weather you will be offered a refund or a place on another workshop.

How do I get there?

If you are driving use the post code LA2 9LL for your Sat Nav.

Lancaster is a West Coast Mainline train station and is approx 11 miles from Wray. There are buses from Lancaster to Wray. The farm is approximately 1.5 miles walk from Wray via a lane and a footpath.

Is there anywhere to stay?

There is bunk accommodation at Middlewood which is in regular use. If you wish to stay please email Middlewoodtrust@phonecoop.coop to see if there is any space available.

There is a Travelodge in Lancaster. And Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Wray.

Where do I park my car?

There is parking space for several cars at the farm. This is accessed via an unpaved farm track for 1/3 mile. If you do not wish to drive your car down the track you can park at the top just off the road and walk down.


The study centre is usually available for refreshments however there are often other events taking place at the Middlewood Trust which may mean it is not available so please be self sufficient when it comes to food and drink.

There is an outdoor eco-toilet next to the study centre with running water, toilet paper and hand-soap. There is another eco-toilet near to the workshop area, that one does not have running water but does have hand-soap. Please do not bring anti-bacterial soaps – the water drainage system flows into a reed bed.

Are children allowed?

Accompanied children are allowed. Parents or guardians are responsible for their welfare at all times. Be aware the workshops are designed for adults and the day is not really suitable for very young children.

What can't I bring to the event?

Due to livestock present on the farm no dogs are allowed.

What is the refund policy?

Full payment required to hold your space on the workshop.

If cancelled more than 7 days prior 50% of fee will be refunded.

If cancelled less than 7 days prior fee is not refundable.

Is my registration/ticket transferable?

Places are transferable to a workshop of an equivalent value on another date.

Are concessions available?

Depending on numbers attending the workshop concessions are available please email RichardShillingLandArtist@gmail.com to discuss if you would like to attend.

Share with friends

Date and Time


Middle Wood Charitable Trust

Backsbottom Farm

Roeburndale West



United Kingdom

View Map

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Save This Event

Event Saved