November 23rd 2020

Winter Wonder Programme: Virtual Workshops & Sessions

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We're so excited to be announcing further dates as part of our new virtual seasonal programme, ‘Winter Wonder’. Made possible through funding from the Culture Recovery Fund for heritage, this upcoming series of online content is designed to inspire and motivate us all during this difficult time of further lockdown and social distancing, especially as we move into the chillier Winter season.

We will be sharing all the positives of the winter season with cosy, heartwarming activities to get you in the festive spirit. At Boundary Way, we know that there is pleasure to be found in every season and winter is no different. Be it crisp walks all bundled up in coats and scarves; looking out for the Winter frost and snow of a morning; or watching the robins bob around the garden - there is much natural beauty to be enjoyed in this season. And, whilst we can't invite you to the allotment, we hope you will join us online this year for 'Winter Wonder' so we can embrace all the joy of Winter together despite the challenges 2020 has thrown at us. So, what will be going on over the coming months in Boundary Way's online space? - 25th November 2020 at 10:30 - 12pm. A Herbal Christmas with herbalist Maria Billington.In this friendly online session via Zoom, Maria will look at how herbs and nature can help us guide ourselves safely through the dark months - this session will focus on simple science experiments and seasonal gifts. This will include; making vinegar, bathsalts, creating an ointment and a festive aperitif. It's not too late - Book your place here. - 26th Of November at 1:30pm. Seasonal Wreath Making with Queenie's Floral Design.Gretel, from Queenies Floral Design will be hosting this online, winter wreath making session via Zoom. She is a florist and grower with a sustainable approach to her work. Following a short introduction and demonstration, you will learn how to make your own seasonal wreath using fresh and dried, foraged materials. Think seed heads, pine cones, evergreen foliage and a thing else you can find that is sturdy enough to last outdoors, through the festive season. If you enjoy connecting to nature, and want a make a door wreath that is unique to you, then this is the workshop for you. It's going to be a great way to kick off the festive season, book your place here. - 6th December 10.30 - 12pm. Winter Poetry Workshop with poets Emma Purshouse & Steve Pottinger.Join performance poets Steve Pottinger and Emma Purshouse for a morning of online creativity. Write poetry with added sparkle, shimmer and shine. Have a go at creating a triolet, and enjoy the opportunity write about a favourite green space in its winter attire. A fun and friendly session with experienced workshop facilitators. Book your place here. - 14th December 10.30 - 12pm. Winter Poetry Workshop with poets Emma Purshouse & Steve Pottinger.Join performance poets Steve Pottinger and Emma Purshouse for a second morning of December creativity. Have a go at creating verse suitable for turning into shape, visual or concrete poetry with a wintery feel. A fun and friendly session with experienced workshop facilitators. A fun and friendly session with experienced workshop facilitators. Want to join in? Book your place here. - 14th December 7:30 - 9pm. Boundary Way Poetry Premiere.We would like to welcome you to Boundary Way's first ever poetry evening! Join us via Zoom for premiere performances of a new collection of poems inspired by nature, green spaces and the Winter Season. Dave Pitt, Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger from the 'Poet's Prattler's and Pandemonialists' will each share a new poem that was inspired by a visit to Boundary Way Allotments and Community Garden back in the Summer. They will be joined by Kuli Kohli, Santosh Kumar and Priyanka Joshi from Wolverhampton's Punjabi Women's Writer's group who will also be performing new work. As well as this, poems created in our recent series of poetry workshops will be shared by participants. Book your place to enjoy the poetry here. - 16th December at 10.30 - 12pm. Herbal Winter Health with herbalist Maria Billington. Join herbalist Maria Billington for an exploration of herbal uses during the festive season. In this friendly online session via Zoom, Maria will look at how herbs and nature can help us guide ourselves safely through the dark months - covering simple syrups, mind medicine and the benefits of nurturing nature. Book your place here. - 5th January 2021 at 10:30, Twelfth Night Folklore with folklorist Anne Marie Lagram

On the morning of Twelfth Night join folklorist and artist Anne Marie Lagram for an informal talk and chat session exploring folklore traditions at the start of the New Year. Learn how to prepare a drink to enjoy with your own Wassailing celebration.

Wassail your apple trees; celebrate Twelfth Night & other seasonal traditions & customs through snippets of folklore. Via Zoom Anne Marie will be showing you how to make Lambswool, a traditional Wassail drink dating back to at least Tudor times, encouraging you to learn a wassail song, getting you to forage for natural materials to help you go guising and telling you all you need to know to encourage a bountiful harvest, a year full of good fortune and to truly celebrate this wondrous season. Book your place here.

- 11th January 2021 at 10:30. Gentle Movement, Mindfulness and Meditation for the Winter season with Clare WassermannJoin Clare Wassermann for a relaxing and therapeutic meditation.We are in a time of January hibernation both in the garden, allotment and this year spending more time than ever inside and alone. Can we see the opportunity as one of nurture and kindness to ourselves before the busyness begins once more? We welcome you to a guided session of gentle self care. This will help to see you through the darker months and teach you techniques which you might find valuable to keep away anxieties and worries. Themed around the season Clare. invites you to a session of stillness, relaxation and ease. With a cushion, a chair, a blanket and a little room for some light movement learn techniques to beat the blues, bring in the light and calm the mind. - 18th January 2021 at 10:30. Seasonal Poetry Workshop with Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger. Join performance poets Steve Pottinger and Emma Purshouse for the third in their series of winter workshops. It is claimed that the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year! Come along for an online antidote. Spring is just around the corner. Show your love for the natural world by creating some praise poetry. Have a go at a ghazal. A fun and friendly session with experienced workshop facilitators. Want to join in? Book your place here. Please note all sessions and workshops will take place via Zoom and cost just £2.50.