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Sun, 07 Jul


Riverside Community

Willow Weaving Together

Learn how to weave fences, structures and sculptures with willow

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Willow Weaving Together
Willow Weaving Together

Time & Location

07 Jul 2024, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Riverside Community, 289 Main Road Lower Moutere, R.D.2, Upper Moutere 7175, New Zealand

About the Event

This month, Riverside Education’s Adult & Child workshop is all about hands-on creativity with natural materials. Set aside some time for a special young person in your life (it doesn't have to be your child) and join us to learn how to create a sustainable fence, play structure or simply a whimsical sculpture.

In this beginners' weaving workshop, participants will use willow whips harvested from our Riverside gardens. Sylvia and Verena will discuss which varieties to use and explore two different techniques for creating a long-lasting, practical, and slightly magical structure for your garden.

Working with willow is not just about creativity and fun, it's also a practical way to embrace sustainability and 'slow living'. By decelerating the pace of modern life and combining the wisdom of the past with a new connectedness with the world around us, we can create structures that are not only beautiful but also environmentally friendly.

Historically, willow has been a valuable resource for countless cultures around the world. Its flexible yet strong branches have been used for making baskets, furniture, and even construction materials. Traditional medicine has also benefited from willow bark, which contains salicin, a natural compound similar to aspirin, used for pain relief. Willow’s symbolism is rich too, often representing resilience and flexibility due to its ability to thrive in various conditions. 

By participating in this workshop, you connect with a time-honored tradition, understanding how willow has played a part in human life for centuries. This deeper appreciation will enhance both your creative projects and your overall environmental awareness.

And... pushing sticks into the ground that will grow pretty little leaves, create shelter, exciting spaces, or just beauty...why would you not want to?!

Participants will walk home feeling empowered to plant their very own living fence, igloo, tipi or sculpture.

Limited to 6 adult-child pairs. Payment of $35 is per pair. Bookings are essential. Bookings close Friday, 5th July at 2pm.

This workshop is proudly sponsored by the Riverside Community Trust. Please contact Tanja (at education@riverside.org.nz) for workshop questions or to ask about sponsorship options.

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