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Creative workshops to reconnect you with nature

macro photograpHy
& silver clay



one day workshop to capture the beauty of nature forever

Macro Photography and Silver Clay Workshop

What is Macro Photography? A unique form of photography that involves capturing small objects to make them look life size or larger in a photo. Macro photography is a chance to marvel at the detail, to really focus and observe so much that we miss in our busy lives and forget to take time to truly see. Mindful photography at its very best.

This workshop aims to make you ‘Stop and Stare’. To marvel at the breathtaking detail of a butterflies wing or dive in to some Honeycomb. To inspire you to open your eyes again and really notice and appreciate the magical natural local world we live in.

Morning Session

Joe Welham, a Freelance Fine Art Photographer, will lead the morning’s session, supported by Katie, who is delighted to welcome him to Wild Oak Workshops. Joe will take us on a guided magical mystery tour around the garden where you will be able to study with a special Macro attachment lens* the incredible detail of structural textures of bark, fragile fronds of fern, flower petals, leaves or whatever you discover under a microscope.

Surrounding ourselves with the sights and sounds of Katie’s beautiful country garden you will ‘mindfully’ take photos with a gentle purpose and gain some clever tips about lighting, focal points and composing a picture more artfully.

During our wanderings you will be asked to collect objects to use in the second half of the workshop back at The Nest. So keep your eyes peeled for intricately veined leaves, seed heads, moss or lichen.

Back at the Nest, at around 12:30pm, we will break for lunch A selection of teas, coffee and refreshments will be supplied.

Afternoon Session

After lunch with our energies restored you will capture your ‘Natural Treasures’ that you found earlier into Silver Clay. A specially chosen objects will be supplied with a gorgeously natural array of foraged and harvested seasonal findings from the local forest floor and garden to also choose from. Once you have chosen your precious objects we will get cracking as Katie guides you through the technique of imprinting onto Silver Clay. Setting, burnishing and then creating either a pendant or keyring for you to immortalise your treasures and keep forever.

*You will be supplied with the Marco Lens that clips onto your mobile phone.
Do feel free if you own an SLR camera to bring this along too.

Follow Joe Welham photography on Instagram for inspiration



  • The use of a Macro Photography Lens to attach to your mobile phone

  • Stunning Silver Clay pendant or keyring - created by you

  • Refreshments throughout the day including lunch.

    Friday 4th October 2019

    One Day Workshop - 11am to 4pm
    £60 per person


    Book before Friday 20th September to receive your very own Macro Lens worth £5


two hour relaxed workshopS in the stunning sanctuary of ely cathedral

christmas wreath
the lady chapel

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Katie from Wild Oak Workshops welcomes you to a magical Christmas Wreath Workshop where you will ignite your creativity in the beautiful Lady Chapel.

A relaxed workshop using armfuls of locally harvested spruce, pine cones foraged from the forest floor, hedgerow teasels and deliciously scented cinnamon sticks and dried citrus fruit slices. The heaven scent of natures gifts will truly be sensational.

A dusting of snow and extra sparkles will be an additional touch at the end of the creative session.



  • A Natural, living wreath to bring the Christmas spirit to your door!

  • All seasonal supplies included

  • Entrance into Ely Cathedral

  • Refreshments including Mulled Wine and delicious mince pies

    Thursday 12th December

    Workshop Sessions to choose from:

    10AM - 12PM | 2PM - 4PM | 6.30PM - 8.30PM

    Price: £45 per person

    Please place your booking by Thursday 5th December


two hour festive wreath making workshop at church farm

christmas wreath
Church farm

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Katie from Wild Oak Workshops is bringing her gorgeous wreath making magic to Church Farm. Enjoy a relaxed, festive workshop using spruce, forest floor pinecones, hedgerow teasels (all locally sourced from Stow Estate), completed with cinnamon sticks and dried fruit slices. Create a gorgeous, natural, seasonally scented Christmas wreath to take home. Perfect to welcome Christmas cheer to your front door!

A dusting of snow and extra sparkles will be an additional touch at the end of the creative session.



  • A Natural, living wreath to bring the Christmas spirit to your door!

  • All seasonal supplies included

  • Refreshments including coffee, tea and biscuits

    Monday 9th December

    Workshop Session

    10AM - 12PM

    Price: £45 per person

    Please place your booking by Monday 2nd December


one day create your own natural cosmetics WORKSHOP

 lavender and rose

a wild oak collaboration with Neal’s yard remedies

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‘Lavender and Rose Workshop’
In collaboration with Neal’s Yard Remedies - make your own gorgeous cosmetics

Come and enjoy a blissful day playing with deliciously scented Lavender harvested from the garden and ripples of dried Rose petals too.

Julie from Neal’s Yard Remedies will be here at The Nest guiding us through creating your very own Neal’s Yard bath oils, hair/body wash or face/body lotion or a sumptuous oat and lavender exfoliating body scrub.

With a focus on using the bounty of ‘Rose and Lavender’ from the garden and adding divine oils to enhance and entrance!

End the day with a relaxing hand massage. Be pampered soaking hands in lavender bath salts, exfoliating with wild rose beauty balm, enjoying a hand massage with rose hand cream.

Katie will remind us of all the ancient ways Rose petals and Lavender were used medicinally and nutritionally. You will also take home some adorable heart shaped infused mini bath bombs too.

All essential oils and ingredients are included for the day.

As are delicious nibbles and refreshments served all day with a break for a light vegetarian Lunch.

You will leave laden with gifts and your creations, with wafts of Lavender and Rose.



  • Delicious Nibbles served all day

  • Light Vegetarian Lunch

  • Heart Shaped infused mini bath bombs

  • Relaxing hand massage

  • All handmade delights ‘made by you’ are yours to take home

  • Goodie bag

    Friday 26th July

    One Day Workshop - 10am to 3pm

    Booking deadline is Monday 22nd July

    £60 per person



 into the garden



Due to inclement June weather it’s with great regret that I have had to make the difficult decision to postpone this workshop. I plan to reschedule another date soon.

All tickets purchased to date will be fully reimbursed.


‘Into The Garden’
Alfresco Dining Table Decorating Workshop

Come for a stroll around my beautiful herbaceous borders here at Hall Farm, breathe in the intoxicating scents then gather a rich assortment of garden foliage and seasonal blooms to create your own stunning Alfresco Dining Table arrangements.

With all sorts of clever tips to dazzle your friends and dress your garden table for the long summer evenings to come. We all know that food always tastes delicious outside so when the opportunity comes to enjoy meals in your own garden, my Alfresco workshop will teach you exactly how to make the most from nature to enhance your dining experience.



  • Garden posy and inspirations to take home

  • All flowers and foliage included

  • Delicious refreshments using herbs from the garden, fresh fruit platter
    and yummy nibbles served throughout the workshop

    Thursday 27th June -

    Morning Workshop - 11am to 1pm

    Evening Workshop - 7pm to 9pm

    Booking deadline is Monday 24th June

    £45 per person


 2 hour refreshing workshop




Come and be energised at this inspiring ‘Spring Green’ workshop. Packed with deeply cleansing techniques that will reawaken your senses, delicious tips on how to make the most out of culinary herbs and make your very own ‘Kitchen Herb Garden’.

Guest Speaker: Kim Smart from SmartSpace will guide us through some yummy, healthy, energising cooking ideas and remind us of how fundamental ‘Eating our Greens’ is for our Skin, Metabolism and our Mind!

The day will start with a few quick meditation tips to learn how to find brief stillness in your day. Followed by why it really is so important to ‘Eat your greens!’ - learn about the powers of five common herbs Rosemary, Mint, Parsley, Basil and Oregano as you whip up a few simple recipes to lock in those healing vitamins and minerals to nourish us from within.

We’ll be getting our hands dirty by re-connecting your senses with herbs and making your very own mini ‘Herb Kitchen’, which you’ll take home with you.



  • Delicious refreshing drinks and nibbles provided throughout the day to stimulate your tastebuds!

  • Mini Herb Kitchen Garden to take home

    Friday 26th April

    12:30pm to 2:30pm // 6pm to 8pm


2 hour workshops

mother’s day



Why not spoil your mum rotten and enjoy a morning or evening workshop where we explore the relationship we have with Mother Earth and our Mother’s. We shall be exploring ‘harmony’ in nature and matching a variety of flora and fauna together to create the most beautiful hand tie bouquet. Working with armfuls of wild foliage and a special selection of blooms that celebrate the symbology of The Mother.

You will be guided through mastering the art of the ‘Hand Tie’ whilst learning all sorts of fascinating facts about our wild flowers and how they were used to depict the Mother and the Maternal Energy in Art and Spiritual gatherings and Folklore since ancient times. Come together to make new friends, gain new skills in a happy safe and nurturing environment and celebrate our Wonderful Mothers.

Happy Mother’s Day!



  • Coffee and nibbles upon arrival

  • Beautiful Hand Tie Bouquet creation to take home

  • All flora and fauna provided

    Thursday 28th March
    10am - 12pm // 1pm - 3pm // 6pm - 8pm


A 3 hour lovely workshop

valentines day



Choose from one of my three hour workshops. Where I’ll be sharing with you the secrets of how to make a beautiful bunch of roses look like works of art through adding simple touches of nature. If you’re always stuck for ideas on how to make your cut flowers really sing, or keen to ‘Wow!’ your loved one with a beautiful centrepiece at supper time, then you’ll love this workshop.



  • Roses, a medley of natures offerings

  • Drinks and nibbles

  • Take your lovely creation home

  • Laughter and fun

    Tuesday 12th February

    11am - 2pm // 6pm - 9pm