It all seems to be over so quickly. Ten months, ten weeks, numerous assignments and craft projects, the packing, the travelling and the endless miles walking through the woods looking at plants, trees, animals or for resources.
The last week was devoted to delivery. Clients were sourced by The Woodcraft School over three days and each of us had to deliver a session to each. On Thursday, I delivered fire by friction to school children, on Friday shelter to adult volunteers and for Saturdays family session I did a session around water.
Interspersed with this were the trees in leaf assessment and the plant assessment, not to mention numerous trips into the woods to set up and retrieve Dave’s acorn cameras.
The final day was our own family day and the chance to meet the families of my fellow students and show my own family the site. Sessions were laid on for those wanting to participate and everyone had a relaxing day.
The whole week was very tiring, due in part to the weeks leading up to it. I was keen to have all assignment and portfolio work finished so that I could walk away on Sunday and have no more to do.
It is difficult to quantify the effect that this course has had on me and will continue to have on me in the time ahead. So many doors have been opened and to learn everything would take several lifetimes. Having to live with a group of strangers for an extended period of time brings its own difficulties and rewards and learning about one’s self in different circumstances is maybe the most important lesson of all.
What will I do next month?