“Sometimes it’s important to go into the woods to a beautiful place, and do something awesome.”

WHAT IS

The Nest

The Nest is a place where people and woods come together.

Designed by our friends at The Workshop Collaborative it is an insulated, all-weather, move-able structure. In The Nest we intend to curate a program of events, courses + activities which bring people to the woods.

It can offer a regular, comfortable, easy + functional year round venue for your suitable activities in a woodland setting, which can house groups of up to 25 adults. We also have an 11m star tent to accompany it which can be used as an indoor/outdoor space for messier/larger functions.

Watch this space for more info on upcoming courses and events at the nest. If you think you would like to use The Nest for your own activities, please speak with us asap.

Building the Nest

In partnership with The Craft Revolution and The Workshop Collaborative, we’re offering the build of the nest as a learning experience for all those who are interested in learning how to build beautiful, useful and (relatively) small structures. In particular, the course focusses on:

  • Experience in modular construction
  • Construction detailing basics – junctions, thermal performance, weather tightness, architectural aesthetics.
  • Building breathable, lightweight timber framed constructions.
  • Working with local, sustainably sourced timber, natural insulation and recycled products.
  • Principles of ecologically sound timber sourcing
  • On site Problem solving and teamwork
  • Tool use techniques and experience.

Food + Accommodation

But let’s face it, in June you don’t want all work and no play…! For this reason, we’ll be offering the opportunity to camp in the woods for the duration of the course. We’re passionate about the therapeutic value of such things.

Obviously, you are also welcome to arrange your own accommodation and/or travel to us each day. We will provide lunch each day and a big slap-up BBQ on one of the nights. We shall also provide a field kitchen where you may make the rest of your meals.

Other Activities

The site is a 10 minute walk from the river Dart which has ideal natural swimming spots (and a rope-swing). As an added bonus: we’re going to set up a 4m screen in the woods and show some films in the evenings. If you’re interested, we can also offer some fireside whittling and carving tuition.

Shape of the weeks

The course runs Mon – Fri over a week. You’re able to attend either, or both of the weeks but places are limited and will fill up fast. Whilst the particulars of the course are still being finalised, on our past courses, a typical day has looked a bit like this:

9:30am: Demonstration
10:00am: Practical session 1
11:15am: Break
11:30am: Practical session 2
1:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm: Seminar/Talk/Walk
3:30pm: Break
3:45pm: Practical session 3
5:00pm+: Swimming/Relax/Dinner/Evening Entertainment/Bed

Details

When

26th – 30th June

Cost

£200

Who

The course is suitable for all, no previous experience necessary, however is particularly relevant to those interested in architecture.

Where

The place to travel to is the Craft Ed Car Park, right next to Schumacher College.
Details on how to get there.