Basket Weaving Residential Retreat

Date and Time
Fri, 23rd Feb, 2024 - Sun, 25th Feb, 2024 at 18:00 - 16:30

Helen ( and Clair ( are artists and teachers who share their love of these natural materials.

In groups of five you will make a rush bread basket on one day and an asymmetric willow basket on the other.

Clair will guide you through the process of making your own unique rush bread basket. Rush is a wonderfully soft material to use, and creates beautiful, textural baskets. This bread basket introduces the basic techniques of rush. It will be made over a mould to achieve the final shape.  At the end of the course you will have a basket to take home.

Spend one day weaving an asymmetric willow basket with Helen, start by creating a traditional round base, stake and strand upset, then finish off with a stepped-up asymmetric border, topped off with a unique stick handle. You will use a selection of different willow varieties to create your own design and Helen will guide you through the process to ensure you have a stunning and unique basket to take home. (If you have your own special stick please bring it along otherwise I’ll have plenty to choose from.)
Course fee: £350 (includes tuition, materials, tools, 2 nights full board accommodation)
Accommodation will be in the Georgian Stables at Hellens Manor. Single rooms with shared facilities and spacious living and kitchen area. Food will be home-cooked and plentiful and we can cater for any dietary requirements. Refreshments will be available all day.
Menu (tbc)
Friday dinner – lasagne, garlic bread and salad, pudding
Saturday breakfast – bread, cereal, fruit, eggs, yoghurt, tea, coffee and fruit juice
Saturday lunch – soup and bread roll
Saturday dinner – curry, rice and poppadoms, pudding
Sunday breakfast – bread, cereal, fruit, eggs, yoghurt, tea, coffee and fruit juice
Sunday lunch – quiche and salad

The price (£350 for the full weekend) includes tuition, materials and tools, food, drink and accommodation.

We will ask for a £50 deposit to secure your place. Please book by 19th February 2024. Places are limited to 10 and are on a first come first served basis.

For more information email:, or speak to Justine on 01531 660504

This event is fully booked.