Through our hands, we shape our world into being.

Ancestral skills were practiced by all our ancestors, whether it be fire-making. hide tanning, wild food and medicinal plant harvesting & processing, shelter building, music making and much much more. When we create in order to sustain ourselves from our local bioregions, and further afar, we are re-weaving ourselves into the fabric of our environments. By harvesting materials  from our environment and then shaping it with our hands into a useful product we deepen our intimacy with place.  This is called the beauty way, a way of living that cultivates beauty through natural products and tangible relationships.

The Ancient Art of Hide Tanning

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'Weekend in the Hills' May 11th-12th, Slieve Aughty Centre

Come learn the ancient art of tanning! This is a skill all our ancestors carried, being essential to life for clothing, bedding and making other utilitarian and ceremonial items. At the end of the weekend you will come away with a beautiful cosy sheepskin rug and the skills for tanning any animal hide with hair/wool left on, from washing, scraping, racking&drying, egging to stretching. Please note that this is a visceral class but highly rewarding. I myself have been a vegetarian since I was 8 but have found this ancient art deepening my relationships with animals, in a respectful honouring way. When I tanned my first hide (a deer hide into buckskin in California about 6 years ago) I felt an ancient remembering awoken inside of me, the muscle memory of thousands of years of ancestral knowledge. 

Cost €140. Teacher: Sky Buitenhuis. For booking visit