Clay Oven and Rocket Stove Building
Apr 5 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Clay Oven with PizzaClay Oven Making in Cheshire


Join us in our forest at styperson quarry to learn how to make an outdoor clay oven and African rocket stove. We will follow the whole process through from collection of clay to the final form, with a little clay dance in between.

This course is great for anyone wanting to learn more about clay construction, oven making, outdoor cooking, rocket stove making or just wishing to spend time together outdoors on a joint collaborative project, making and strengthening bonds.

Expect to get clay between your fingers and toes, and maybe on your face – it’s the key to the everlasting youthful looks of everyone on site at Schola Foris.


Paper Making – with grasses and leaves
Apr 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Paper SamplesJoin us today and learn the art of making paper.

We will be making a whole range of papers from various leaves, grasses and plant based fibres that can found around the wood. The sessions will involve a forage for fibres and will include everything from fibre harvesting to preperation, pulling and the adorning of your very own sheets of paper.

We will also learn how to make an alkali from wood ash, historically used for everything from washing clothes in to making soap – The true test is whether an egg will float in the liquid or not..

Dress up your unique paper with flowers, or grass words – perfect for writing special one off letters and cards to those you truly care about.

This session is perfect for all hoping to learn more about paper including families, individuals and groups.

Paper Making – incl deckle and mould
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Paper SamplesDuring this session we will learn the history of paper making from collection of material through processing and to making our own paper.

We will look in detail at the equipment used to make paper and will all create our own deckle and moulds which you can take home with you. Giving you all the knowledge and tools to make paper whenever you feel inspired to do so.

We will cover the making of alkali from wood ash (historically used for soap making and the cleaning of clothes)

Everyone will leave with a range of unique hand made papers which you may use to your own desire, be it a letter or card to someone you care for dearly.

Paint making – plants, fungi and insects
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Brazil wood Pigment Join us to learn the history of pigment and paint making, how to make your own pigments and paints, incl mineral, organic, plant and animal based colours.

We will all make a 60 micron sieve to take home allowing you to continue your journey into paint making at your leisure.

We will extract colours, mordant and lake them in to pigments – where we will then turn them in to various types of paint incl egg tempra, milk paint and water colours.

This hands on session really opens your eyes to the other possibilities for utilising wild plants apart from just food.

Wild Basket Weaving
Jul 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wild Basket Weaving in CheshireIn this today’s basket weaving course  we will be learning a number of weaving techniques whilst all building our own unique hand weaved baskets.

We will take to our feet to forage, identify and harvest some weaving materials to include in our basketry such as brambles, ivy, dog wood, willows, silver birch and maybe even nettles.

Learn a selection of weaving techniques.

Learn how to identify and harvest materials from the wild that are suitable for weaving.

Weave your own basket to take home or to give to someone you care about.

In-Depth Paper Making
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm

Paper SamplesSession will run 10-15:00 on both days,

During this in-depth session we will learn the history of paper making from collection of material through processing and to making and using our own papers. We will look in detail at the equipment used to make paper and will all design and make our own deckle and moulds, which you can take home with you. We will look at the potential for using wild and natural dyes to colour your paper pulps and papers. As well as techniques used historically, in modern production and from the wild for sizing paper, or making paper suitable for watercolour works. Giving you all the in-depth knowledge and tools to make your own unique papers whenever you feel inspired to do so.