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Weekend in the Hills

A weekend of craft learning and community building. 

 

Come learn a skill, soak up the culture, have fun and make everlasting friendships!

Techniques & Skills

Once known as Weekend in the Woods, this popular two day event is now in its second decade! Those attending the events, spend one or two days (depending on the craft) learning their chosen skill. Most students go home with a finished piece, although this is not the objective of the event. The aim is to teach the techniques and skills needed to go home and pursue the craft or subject studied over the weekend. It is an immersive weekend experience set in the Slieve Aughty hills near Loughrea, Co. Galway.

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The Weekend

Saturday begins at 9am with registration and a short introduction. Courses start at 10am and finish up at about 5pm each day. Lunch is usually at 1pm. Saturday night is  spent around the camp fire telling tales and singing, so remember to bring your instruments and warm up your vocal chords!

Courses include

Mixed Metal and Silver Jewelry
Longbow Making
Herblore

Foraging
Bushcraft Survival for adults  

Woodcarving
Willow Weaving 
Sheepskin Tanning
Súgán Chair Building
Bowl turning on a Foot Powered Lathe
Leather Work

Print Making (A course for children)

Fish- Skin Tanning

Felting

Stone wall building

Stone carving

Please see Events for booking info.

If the event you prefer is booked out, please email us on celtskills@celtnet.org and we can add you to the cancellation list 

*Please note our cancellation policy; we require minimum 7 days notice before the event for a full refund to be paid.

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Upcoming Events

  •  Wet & Needle Felting Workshop
     Wet & Needle Felting Workshop
    Sat, 04 May
    Slieve Aughty Centre
    04 May 2024, 09:00 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    04 May 2024, 09:00 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Dry stone wall building
    Dry stone wall building
    Sat, 04 May
    Loughrea
    04 May 2024, 09:00 – 05 May 2024, 16:30
    Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    04 May 2024, 09:00 – 05 May 2024, 16:30
    Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Silver Jewelry Workshop
    Silver Jewelry Workshop
    Sat, 04 May
    Slieve Aughty Centre
    04 May 2024, 09:00 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    04 May 2024, 09:00 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Bushcraft Workshop with the Smooth Gefixt You-tubers
    Bushcraft Workshop with the Smooth Gefixt You-tubers
    Sat, 04 May
    Slieve Aughty Centre
    04 May 2024, 09:00 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    04 May 2024, 09:00 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Stone carving
    Stone carving
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, 04 May
    Loughrea
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    learn the skill of Stone carving
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  • Willow Basket Weaving
    Willow Basket Weaving
    Sat, 04 May
    Slieve Aughty Centre
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Herblore workshop with Deb
    Herblore workshop with Deb
    Sat, 04 May
    Slieve Aughty Centre
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Children's Print making Workshop
    Children's Print making Workshop
    Sat, 04 May
    Loughrea
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    Children will explore basic principles and techniques of printing in a fun and experimental way. Please note our cancellation policy; we require minimum 7 days notice before the event for a full refund to be paid.
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  • Súgán Chair Building
    Súgán Chair Building
    Sat, 04 May
    Slieve Aughty Centre
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Longbow Making
    Longbow Making
    Sat, 04 May
    Loughrea
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 05:30
    Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 05:30
    Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Bowl turning on a Foot Powered Lathe
    Bowl turning on a Foot Powered Lathe
    Sat, 04 May
    Slieve Aughty Centre
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Historical Celtic style leatherwork
    Historical Celtic style leatherwork
    Sat, 04 May
    Slieve Aughty Centre
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  •  Wild Food Foraging with Olwyn
     Wild Food Foraging with Olwyn
    Sat, 04 May
    Slieve Aughty Centre
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Children's workshop Create a Magical Fairy House and Door for Pixies
    Children's workshop Create a Magical Fairy House and Door for Pixies
    Sat, 04 May
    Loughrea
    04 May 2024, 19:00 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    04 May 2024, 19:00 – 05 May 2024, 17:30
    Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    Create a magical /pixie fairy house Using wood, natural materials and mixed media
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  • Herblore workshop with Deb
    Herblore workshop with Deb
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, 13 Jul
    Slieve Aughty Centre
    13 Jul 2024, 09:00 – 14 Jul 2024, 17:00
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    13 Jul 2024, 09:00 – 14 Jul 2024, 17:00
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Children's Print making Workshop
    Children's Print making Workshop
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, 13 Jul
    Loughrea
    13 Jul 2024, 09:00 – 14 Jul 2024, 17:00
    Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    13 Jul 2024, 09:00 – 14 Jul 2024, 17:00
    Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    Children will explore basic principles and techniques of printing in a fun and experimental way. Please note our cancellation policy; we require minimum 7 days notice before the event for a full refund to be paid.
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  • Longbow Making
    Longbow Making
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, 13 Jul
    Loughrea
    13 Jul 2024, 09:00 – 14 Jul 2024, 17:00
    Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    13 Jul 2024, 09:00 – 14 Jul 2024, 17:00
    Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Súgán Chair Building
    Súgán Chair Building
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, 13 Jul
    Slieve Aughty Centre
    13 Jul 2024, 09:00 – 14 Jul 2024, 17:00
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    13 Jul 2024, 09:00 – 14 Jul 2024, 17:00
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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Comments from Past Participants

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"The course was fantastic, set in a beautiful location, the atmosphere is great." - N.P

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" This is my third year and it is constantly epic.  Keep it up! "   

- N.C

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"Great course, very interesting and useful and good fun.  A really enjoyable learning experience" - G.M.

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" I learned lots, great tutor, lovely atmosphere, excellent venue. Will definitely attend again." - N.L