Upcoming Walks & Events
Learn to read the language of nature through interpreting track and sign. Share the stories and different meanings of footprints in mud, feathers on a log, antler rubbings on a willow tree, or scat left on a rock.
Delve deep with the question 'What happened here?. And touch on the 'Five Arts of tracking - who, what, when, where, and why'. And, learn to read the landscape through natural navigation.
Join Dartmoor's Daughter and Robin Bowman to meet the inhabitants of this beautiful Dartmoor woodland including deer, fox, badger, otter, fish, and birds.
Which bird voice can teach you that a sparrowhawk is approaching? Unlock the secrets of the Dartmoor woodland, heath and wetlands by learning Bird Language, and the different voices of the birds.
Dartmoor is rich with native birds as well as Autumn migrants at this exciting time as flocks of Redwings and Thrushes arriving from Scandinavia descend to feast on the berries the native Mistle Thrushes jealously guards. In the background Robins are singing their melancholic autumnal song. Come join us to learn to read the language of nature through Bird Language which can deepen our awareness and understanding of what's happening in the natural world, and strengthen our connection to the birds at this time of Autumn.
John Christian is one of Dartmoor's foremost watercolour landscape painters. He 'paints to feel love. And to become part of the landscape'. He is profoundly inspired, both emotionally and visually, by the landscape of Dartmoor, of which he has an intimate knowledge.
Join us for a day of gentle walking and sitting with invitations to sketch and paint along the way. John will teach and offer technique suggestions as much as you individually want or the group needs. We will stroll along the Taw River in Skaigh Woods, one of John's favourite painting locations, up past the weir, over Tarka bridge, what he calls 'the cathedral' canopy of trees, 'red gate', 'Impy's pool', and more secret spots. There are many places to choose to sketch and paint along the way so watercolour tuition will be for all levels - you will learn to enhance the artistic skills you already have or learn new techniques and media.
Painting has been running, like a thread, through John's life for over 60 years. Inspired by Wesson, Seago and Merriott among others, he is rooted in their distinct tradition. Like them, John is driven by an immediacy of response to a deeply felt sense of place which necessarily involves fast sketching. He works swiftly, with spontaneity and a sense of quiet passion, preferably out-of-doors and is known for his fast, wet-into-wet approach. He has contributed to 'Leisure Painter' and is a popular demonstrator. He organised his own residential courses for 16+ years and tutored too in Scotland, the South of France, Tuscany and Majorca. He has also exhibited with the Pure Watercolour Society.
Families or children will be invited to join forces in pairs or teams to find natural and man-made features in the landscape using grid references and the four cardinal directions. There may even be a letterbox or two to find along the way! A photo on their phone (or yours!) will be proof that the object has been located. And each object found will piece together to solve a picture puzzle.
Join us for a fun and active morning where children will be encouraged to work without direct supervision, giving them a sense of independence and adventure.
Map reading is a life-long skill that can be applied to walking, running, or just enjoying the great outdoors together. (It also helps once you’re old enough to drive a car too!)
Recommended age-range: 7-12 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Bring your children on a fascinating meander through ancient and modern history. We will walk through the ruins of Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements and ritual complexes (stone circle, rows, and a standing stone) to explore how people lived 4-5,000 years ago. And we will sit together in nearby hut circles to make a clay pinch pot like our Neolithic ancestors may have done or a simple woven bracelet made from Dartmoor sheep wool.
Option: Depending on the pace and interest of the children, we can also cross a stream and walk further up to King's Tor to learn more about the industrial history of the area including granite quarrying and the old Princetown-Yelverton tramway/railway.
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Ah wow...today certainly lived up to all I thought it would deliver, such a lovely, well thought out and educational day. The children absolutely loved it and raved about it all the way home. Save to say we'll be doing this again. Fantastic value for money.
Thank you so much Emma and Pip xxx
Thank you Emma, the dowsing earth energies day was great fun. So many techniques to learn, great teachers in Sally and Gwyn plus everyone was so open to talk and share their experiences.
We dowsed for water, Scorhill stone circle, the Toleman Stone, a hut circle and finally a cairn.
A hugely enjoyable and educational day out on the moor.
I attended a Fungi Foray, at the steward community woods. An inspiring talk by an expert, he identified fungi from my farm, which I can now eat with confidence ..We learnt about Fungi, in a way that has inspired me. Thank you so much for arranging this.x
I had such a beautiful day out on the 'Dowsing for Earths Energies' walk, where I met some welcoming and inspiring people who humbly shared their knowledge and wisdom. Thank you so much Emma and everyone who shared the day :)Would recommend going on one of Emma's many and varied walks to anyone!!x
What a fab time dowsing on Dartmoor. Wonderful autumn day spent amongst great people, amazing scenery and ancient stone remains. Emma is a beautiful host whose cheerful warmth and calming nature draws everyone together. A real hands on day where I learnt so much without being bombarded. A memorable day on so many levels, heartfelt thanks. Looking forward to the next time.
Emma and Verran were fantastic leaders and facilitators. In just three hours, I learnt the basics of using a compass and how to work out where I might be in - in the middle of windy Dartmoor. It was a great morning and I definitely want to do more, on the moor! Thanks to you both x
I went on a full moon walk and story event. Just waw! We listened to a beautiful story as we watched the moon rise above the hill. We then sang and those with drums played them to the moon. Several people came along in pairs, but a lot of people came on their own. We all talked amongst each other happily and shared our food and just had a beautiful, relaxing evening/night that was so magical. Definitely worth going to these events! Definitely going to more!
Big thumbs up to Emma and Verran for their map reading and navigation day on Dartmoor. Been wanting to do this for years and if I had known how much I would learn in bit size pieces in one day I would have done it much sooner! Loved every minute, and really appreciated how Verran and Emma set out the teaching so that everyone could learn piece by piece using the teachings in a practical way as a group throughout the day.
Lovely morning spent roaming beautiful Hound Tor with my kids on the Tails, Trails and Tales day. Emma was engaging and knowledgeable, the session had obviously been well planned and the kids loved it! Highly recommended but remember to bring a packed lunchxx
Spent a lovely day with Emma dowsing for energy lines, water courses and what ever else we wanted to find out about on Dartmoor. Cannot wait to go out again with Emma to learn more about stunning Dartmoor. Made some lovely new friends too- what a way to spend a day! great day thanks Emma and your lovely Mum xxx
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