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.


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 Fungi Forage
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

A Mushroom Hunt

This Fungi Forage will be led by expert mushroom forager Jesper Launder, we will meet at an undisclosed site in goyt valley, in between Cheshire and Derbyshire (one of the car parks, we will let you know by email closer to the time), where there is an amazing array of wild fungi to search for, discover, uncover and learn about. As well as learning about mushrooms we will be teaching you varying techniques for identifying mushrooms safely, how to pick and process mushrooms for medicine, art and food. At the end of this session we will cook up something special and we can all share the days collection and fruits through our taste buds. This may be a risotto, some peculiar mushroom sweets or mushroom tea – or all of them haha!!
jespers mushrooms

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.