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Sylva Sisters: Wild Fire (Friction)

  • NT Footprint Patterdale Rd, Windermere LA23 1NH UK (map)

10.30am - 4.30pm at National Trust Footprint in Windermere, Cumbria

A day of exploring ancient techniques of friction fire-lighting in beautiful woodlands. The day also includes yoga, mindfulness and forest bathing, making the day a nourishing as well as a learning experience. We have the whole woodland and Footprint building all to ourselves to explore and retreat in.

This would be a great follow up day for those that have attended the Percussion Wild Fire workshop but it’s not essential to have done.

We shall cover:

- Identify, gather and preparation of tinder

- Identify and forage for materials to make bowdrills (which you can take home)

- Explore techniques of friction firelighting

- Campfire baking

- Yoga, mindfulness and forest bathing

It's an absolutely fantastic day for all women, no matter your experience. You can join in with as much or as little of the activities as you feel like on the day.. it's Y O U R day. 

Booking essential, see website. There are toilets and a beautiful indoor space with wood burning fire and woodland views to retreat to in very bad weather.

The day is led by Yoga and yogic mindfulness teacher and yoga therapist Nes Bear who is also a qualified and experienced forest school leader, woodland manager and craftswoman who shares her skills in a way that is fun, welcoming, calming and gentle. 

There will be lots of snacks and teas available throughout the day, as well as the vegan cake that we'll bake on the fire. Please bring waterproofs, wear boots and bring some vegan food to share for lunch. It can be something simple like bread or hummus or your favourite dish!


If you book before midnight on 27th August it's buy one ticket, get one half price!

£65 / £50 concession (JSA, ESA, Universal Credit and those receiving tax credits and/or a basic state pension.)

One £10 ticket is available each session for someone experiencing financial hardship e.g. unwaged (and unable to claim benefit) that would otherwise not be able to attend. This is on a first come first served basis/ no questions asked about your situation. If the ticket isn't listed it means that it has already gone for that event. 

All adults welcome. Please note that though the Footprint s fully accessible some parts of the woodland that we'll be using have uneven paths. If you have mobilty issues please get in touch before booking to discuss the terrain. 

Please find the event terms & conditions here.

Beautiful image by Olivia Waller