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
Glass Bead Making
Herblore
Bushcraft Survival for adults  

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

 

Please see Events for booking info 

*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

  • Mixed Metal and Silver Jewelry
    06 May 2023, 09:00 – 07 May 2023, 17:00
    Slieve, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Wet & Needle felting
    06 May 2023, 09:30 – 07 May 2023, 17:00
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  •  Woodcarving with Andrew St. Ledger
    06 May 2023, 09:30 – 07 May 2023, 17:00
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Fishskin Tanning
    06 May 2023, 09:30 IST – 07 May 2023, 17:30 IST
    Slieve , Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Willow Basket Weaving
    06 May 2023, 09:30 – 07 May 2023, 17:00
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Súgán Chair Building
    06 May 2023, 09:30 – 07 May 2023, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Bowl turning on a Foot Powered Lathe
    06 May 2023, 09:30 – 07 May 2023, 17:30
    Sl, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Historical Celtic style leatherwork
    06 May 2023, 09:30 – 07 May 2023, 17:30
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Historical Glass Bead Making
    06 May 2023, 09:30 – 07 May 2023, 17:00
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Herblore with Deb
    06 May 2023, 09:30 – 07 May 2023, 17:00
    Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  •  Wild Food Foraging with Olwyn
    06 May 2023, 09:30 – 07 May 2023, 17:00
    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
    06 May 2023, 09:30 – 07 May 2023, 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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  • Children's Print making Workshop
    06 May 2023, 09:30 – 07 May 2023, 17:30
    Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    A workshop all about printing. 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
    06 May 2023, 10:00 – 07 May 2023, 18:00
    Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
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  • Bushcraft Workshop with the Smooth Gefixt You-tubers
    06 May 2023, 21:00 – 07 May 2023, 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