Inspired by the Swedish concept of women getting together to chat, share craft skills and support and inspire each other.

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 March and the arrival of spring with new shoots and new growth is the perfect time for nourishment of mind, soul and body. A time to reconnect with nature. A time for women to get together, to learn and share new skills, walking in the woods and along the stunning Welsh coastline, sharing ideas and stories. This is a weekend of unwinding, slowing down the pace and giving time to yourself.

Come alone or with a friend to enjoy the company and comfort of being a part of this small and intimate gathering. A maximum of 20 people in the peaceful surroundings of fforest with tasty and nourishing food. 

Over the weekend we will enjoy the mornings for exploring with the wonderful women of the woodlands. A walk with local forager Jade on Friday, then wake up and unwind with yoga on Saturday morning followed by woodland creations with Tamsin. 

In the afternoons we can share, make and create. If you have a talent, be it story telling, creative writing, willow weaving, crochet, kimchi making, aromatherapy, cake baking, puppet making, photography, tree climbing or knitting, it would be great if you would like to take a moment over the weekend to share your knowledge. We have plenty of comfortable spaces for creativity and will encourage everyone to bring their own creative project and share some crafting skills over the weekend. Amanda Banham will help us build our own ceramic house or pinch pot on Friday afternoon if you would like to join her. Or just use our spaces to simply relax into a comfy chair, listen to the birds and read a book. There is no fixed schedule or end product. The goal is to inspire, support and help each other and maybe learn something new.

Accommodation is in comfortable shared rooms in either Ty Fforest or our crog lofts or in a private double with en-suite in Ty Fforest.

 
 
 
 

Schedule

THURSDAY 8 MARCH

Arrive early on Thursday afternoon, greeted with tea and cake. Take a walk through the fforest woodland with Sian to seek some inspiration, get your bearings and meet the rest of the group. Enjoy a simple home-cooked supper round the big table in the farmhouse and then relax.

FRIDAY 9 MARCH 

On Friday morning, help yourself to some nourishing breakfast in the farmhouse kitchen, then we will gather for a walk through the woods and across fields with Jade our local forager who is inspired by the landscape, the changing seasons and the wild bounty of blossoms, leaves, fruits and seaweeds. We will go in search of spring shoots, leaves and herbs learning identification, their properties and how you can prepare them, while enjoying a cup of wild tea. 

After a delicious lunch of home-made soup, bread and Welsh cheeses, we will encourage you to make time to share, whether that be stories and experiences whilst keeping your hands busy with personal projects or the sharing of a skill you have with others. Amanda Banham is going to help us build our own little ceramic house or pinch pot this Friday afternoon. We would love you to pipe up and offer something if you feel comfortable, otherwise, draw, read, knit or sew, interrupted by more cake and tea.

Enjoy supper with your new-found friends and then just relax with a glass of wine and maybe some story telling in the luxury of the farmhouse.

sATURDAY 10 MARCH

Start the day with some morning yoga, then help yourself to some nourishing breakfast in the farmhouse kitchen. This is followed by some woodland creations with Tamsin. Making yourself a pencil out of a twig or learn how to light a fire without matches. Stop for lunch, then spend the rest of the afternoon creating and sharing, interrupted by more cake and a pot of tea.

Enjoy a final supper and relax with a glass of wine in the luxury of the farmhouse or the cosy Bwthyn pub.

sUNDAY 11 MARCH

After breakfast there is no need to rush off. We'll fire up the sauna in the woods so that you can have a relaxing morning or go for a final bracing walk before heading home.

 

Times and details of workshops may alter slightly from the above.

 
 

 

What you’ll be eating

We take pride in our food. We grow many of our own salads and greens. We are blessed with fantastic local produce on our doorstep. That makes it easy to keep it simple, seasonal, local and delicious. Everything is freshly prepared and will be mostly vegetarian. We will be making hearty soups with local breads for lunch and cooking comforting suppers from seasonal produce.

We encourage those of you who love to bake to bring a cake, biscuits or tray bake to share with tea.

The stay includes 3 nourishing DIY breakfasts of granola, eggs, toast and jams, 2 light lunches and 3 hearty suppers. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies when booking so that we can take these into consideration when planning the menus.

 

What to Bring

Warm and waterproof clothes and boots as we will be outside enjoying mother nature a lot of the time. Warm snuggly woollies to wrap and cosy up in. 

A creative project you are working on or some basic materials to get you started, whether it be your knitting or sewing kit, a sketchbook or a camera.    This is your time. You decide.

Make sure you bring a cake, some biscuits or a tray bake to share with everyone at teatime. We all love tea and cake. Is there ever a time not to drink tea?

Remember to pack a bottle of wine or two if you would like to relax in your accommodation with a drink in the evening or have a glass with dinner. We do also have our own little private pub on site with an inglenook fireplace which we might fire up one evening if the group is keen for a change of scenery.

 

 
 

 

Where you'll be staying

Every aspect of a comfortable stay and a good night’s sleep has been considered at fforest. We’ve given a lot of thought to the furnishings, using ethically sourced materials and local products which blend function with form. The end result is a combination of thousands of tiny decisions.

We’ve tried to think of everything. We hope you agree.

Ty fforest

From the outside, this is a farmhouse a child would draw: stout as a cottage loaf with a flour-white face and proud chimneys. Inside, though, it has all the swish of a Scandi ski lodge, with its pine cladding and patterned Welsh blankets.  The five bedrooms provide cosy comfort each with their own bathrooms. 

Crog Lofts

The Crog lofts combine heritage quality restoration, natural materials and timeless design. Inside you'll find slate floors with underfloor heating, luxurious bathrooms, bespoke furnishings & textiles, combined with quality mid-century furniture. Inside is all about comfort, but with the living space spilling out onto the terrace you never forget how close you are to the beauty of nature and landscape.

fforest farm

fforest farm is set in 200 acres of rural beauty sandwiched between the river Teifi gorge and the Teifi Marshes nature reserve, minutes from the town of Cardigan and from the beautiful beaches and coves of the West Wales coast. Sian will take you on a walk through the deer-inhabited woodland when you arrive.

Hidden in the woods is our cedar barrel sauna (and cold shower for the brave). Just down the path from here is the Bwthyn, our very own little pub and the oldest building on the farm. A beautiful candlelit old stone cottage with inglenook fireplace.

See below for details of room types and prices.

 

 


Rooms, prices & booking

Thursday 8th- Sunday 11th March 2018. All meals & workshops included.
Drinks are not included. 
 

Private bedroom in Ty Fforest with en-suite bathroom
435.00

This is a private bedroom in Ty Fforest for one person, with a king size bed & en-suite shower room.

 

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Double bed in shared room
335.00

This is a double bed in a shared room in eitherTy Fforest or in a Crog Loft with a shared shower room.

 

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Single bunk in shared room
285.00

This is a single bunk in a shared bedroom in either Ty Fforest or in a Crog Loft with a shared shower room.

 

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Private bedroom in Ty fforest with bathroom
415.00

This is a private bedroom in Ty Fforest for one, with a double bed & private shower room on the landing. 

 

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