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March 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

spring equinox celebration in north wales

Celebrate the arrival of Spring with good company, good food and beautiful surroundings. Shake off the long, damp winter and welcome this special moment in nature’s calendar. Spring Equinox is one of only two times of the year that day and night are of equal length. Join Lea and James for a day of crafts, foraging, cooking and nature connection, all against the backdrop of the beautiful woodland and parkland of the National Trust’s Chirk Castle estate. We will be looking at the emerging woodland and hedgerow plants that can be picked and eaten for a tasty snack, added to a salad, or made into a soothing tea to help cleanse and detoxify the body. So, be sure to bring your foraging basket 🙂

At lunch time we will use our foraged ingredients to cook up a fresh and healthy wild greens risotto over the campfire, enjoying community and marking this special moment in the rural calendar. So, take some quality time out for yourself to notice the seasonal changes in nature, find your tribe and celebrate the Spring Equinox with us.

  • Forage for wild foods
  • Cook up a delicious nettle & wild garlic risotto
  • Learn the science & folklore behind the Spring Equinox
  • Get stuck into nature crafts
  • Build nature connection during a secret Sit Spot
  • Identify native tree species in the Spring season
  • Make your own Wild Garlic Pesto to take home
  • Practise spring wildflower identification
  • Unwind with a tree meditation
  • Practise barefoot ‘fox’ walking (weather permitting)
  • Enjoy live music around the campfire, with James’ mandolin
  • Make herbal teas from wild plants

Event details

Date: March 21, 2020

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Venue: Chirk Castle

Cost: £55

spring equinox celebration in north wales

The Return of Spring

“The Spring Equinox is traditionally known as the first day of Spring. Day and night become equal in both the northern and southern hemispheres. This point of balance in the Earth’s yearly cycle holds many gifts for us to contemplate while walking the land.” Glennie Kindred, author of Letting in the Wild Edges.

After the long dark of winter there is a change in the air and for many people it is their favourite time of year. We feel hope for the warmth and return of the light and sunshine. New growth is sprouting everywhere, birds are thickening their nests, wood anemones carpet the woodland floor, lesser celandine and daffodils bring that burst of yellow to brighten your day.

“Nature gives rise to all of life on the planet, including our own, and connecting with the natural world is an integral part of our happiness and well-being.” Claire Thompson, author of Mindfulness and the Natural World

Your Guides: Lea & James Kendall

Lea is a qualified Counsellor and Mindfulness in a Woodland Setting practitioner. She is a firm believer in the power of nature to be therapeutic for everyone. Lea is an active forager, passionate about how we can use common plants for both food and medicine. She enjoys making her own tinctures and medicinal remedies for treating common ailments.

James is the Head Bushcraft Instructor at Woodland Classroom, having worked in environmental education & conservation for over 10 years. James’ approach to teaching  steers his students toward fostering a deeper connection with nature through understanding the landscape around us; “Bushcraft skills are an effective way to do this as we learn how to make use of natural materials and live lightly with the land, whilst also connecting with our own ancient past by seeing the land through the eyes of our ancestors.”

James and Lea Kendall from Woodland Classroom

Skills you will learn

Over the course of the programme you will learn a range of skills, including…


Nature Connection


Ancestral Skills




Campfire Cooking


Hedgerow Foraging


Meditation techniques


Tree & Plant identification


Hedgerow Medicine

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This event costs £55 per person and is open to adult learners aged 16 years and over. You can read our Event Terms & Conditions here.


March 21, 2020
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Chirk Castle


Woodland Classroom
07876 794098


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