Weekend in the Hills 2022

Sept 24th & 25th 2022 
Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack, Loughrea, Co. Galway
Two day courses: €145/adult course, €85/child 
NEW family rate: €410 for two adults and two children 
All courses include simple organic lunch, soup, salad and bread
Courses Scheduled in 2022 Include:
  • Mixed Metal and Silver Jewelry

  • Wet & Needle felting NEW!!

  • Longbow Making

  • Glass Bead Making 

  • Spinning, Weaving & Dying

  • Herblore

  • Wild Food Foraging NEW!!

  • Bushcraft Survival for adults  

  • Woodcarving

  • Willow Weaving  

  • Fishskin Tanning NEW!!

  • Súgán Chair Building

  • Bowl turning on a Foot Powered Lathe 

  • Leather Work

  • Mosaic


For all course booking inquiries please email Esther at celtskills@gmail.com or call her on 0876871769.

For accommodation and meal inquiries please email Esther at info@slieveaughtycentre.com  

Once known as Weekend in the Woods, this popular two day event is now held at Slieve Aughty Centre, an eco friendly and certified organic venue, situated 10 km outside Loughrea town in county Galway. A busy equestrian and activity centre, the venue has ample space for parking, camping and even has 9 glorious bedrooms and two lodges for those who wish to experience some luxury for a night or two. Meals are prepared by the team at Slieve Aughty Centre, and must be booked in advance. You can email or ring them on 090 9745 246.


Those attending the events, spend one or two days (depending on the course) 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. 

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. Súgán chair usually goes over time on the Sunday evening. Saturday night is  spent around the camp fire telling tales and singing, so remember to bring your instruments and warm up your vocal chords! 

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

Come with us. Learn a skill, soak up the culture, have fun and make everlasting friendships.

Some comments from participants at past events:


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


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


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


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


" It was very casual & relaxed, the location was very nice. "   - C.R

Visit the SHOP to purchase your tickets today.

Camping and hostel style acommodation is now avaiable to purchase through our shop.

For other types of accommodation please contact Slieve Aughty Centre directly on 090 9745 246 or email them.

Slieve Aughty Centre

Weekend in the Hills

Crafts and skills