Summer Unschool

Check out the new Feral Summer Unschool.

In the Lake District this August for a week of feral bliss. Can’t wait!

Dates for Feral Spring and Summer term

13 March / 10 April  / 5 June / 10 July 
Please note the change from a 3rd Weds to 1st or 2nd Weds. Venue still chez Rik’s at the Greenhouse Studio, 292 Ashley Down Rd, 7.30 – 9.45pm
The price is still right. £7 full  / £5 concession.
No May session – sorry.
Some great news for the summer – Bookings for going feral with us are open. The feral intensive in the Lakes is going to be FANTASTIC and places are already being booked. We’re dead excited.

Going Feral in the Lake District – A natural play intensive for grown ups
with Itta Howie, Mel McCree & Lily Horseman
17-23 August 2013

A weeklong workshop to immerse yourself in nature, disconnect from civilisation’s demands, let your instincts run feral and celebrate your creativity. Playful provocations in richly sensual environments, making, creating, song, words, grooves, movement, mapping or questing. Enjoy open fire cooking, wild adventure and group experience as well as time to just ‘be’.

Seriously recommended to everyone wanting to deeply engage with their playful and creative side. Previous participants include people working in the arts, social engagement, therapies, education, outdoor learning, ecological practices and anyone who enjoys a wild stomp and howl in the woods under the light of the full moon.

The workshop is facilitated by experienced workshop leaders and feral artists Mel McCree, Lily Horseman and Itta Howie.

Lily is new on the feral team. Described by a wise person as ‘Lily who plays out for a living’, Lily takes an inspirational approach to working with children and adults out in the woods. Whether developing creative projects or training new Forest School practitioners she explores traditional crafts, outdoor living skills and individual growth with a playful glee.

Venue: Rookhow Centre, private woodland and the surrounding Lake District National Park.

Cost: £475 / £355 concs. incl. camping/communal dormitories and delicious food.

Further info on and



Human Echo Location, Nov 14th


The Feral choir are having a sonar session tomorrow November 14th at 7.30pm. You may be interested to join us and we have a few places left in this special one-off session.

The artist Kathy Hinde will lead most of the session and we will be playing with the new sonar device prototype as R&D for her Vocal Migrations project. There is lots to look forward to as it was very interesting to have her attend the September session. We are exploring how you move and vocalise when echo locating as a human.

Experimental voice, movement and cutting edge technology.

VENUE: THE COLLEGE in South Bristol: Marksbury Rd, BS3 5JJ (entrance via Timsbury Walk)

It will start at 7.30pm. Go to the main hall & look for signs.


Forthcoming workshops

Grab the chance to go feral with us in April as it’s our only date until the Autumn. Things are quieter this year as we develop the Urban Feral wing. More news on that later.

GOING FERAL: Creative playdays for adults in the woods
With Mel McCree, Bristol Feral Choir leader and Itta Howie, movement artist

Sun 22 April, 10.30 – 5pm
Location: Woods near Bristol
Costs: £35/£25 concs. Advanced booking essential.

With Mel McCree
 @ Expressions Festival of Creativity, Paintworks, Bristol
Weds April 18th 2.30pm and Sat 22nd drop in on day

Bristol Feral Choir: Vocal improvisation and play
Weds May 16th and Weds June 21st (every third Weds)

GROUND WORKS: Embodied approaches to site-specific performance
With Itta Howie
Sat 2 to Sun 3 June, 10am –5pm
Location: Bath Spa University campus, Newton St Loe
Costs: £70/£60 Concs. Discount for BSU students. Booking & deposit essential.

Mindful Creativity Outdoors – 241 course deal this Fri 23rd Dorset

Stop press! Come out to play this Friday in sunny Dorset. The good people at the Institute for Outdoor Learning have now made this course even better value. If you work creatively or socially with people outdoors, you’ll find this course useful.

  • Mindful creativity outdoors – imaginative place-based ways into reflection and evaluation
  • Date: 23rd March 2012 – at Brenscombe Outdoor Centre, Corfe – Times: 9.30 – 16.30.
  • 2 for 1 offer on this event. Book with a friend or colleague. Cost for 2: £30 members, £50 non members including lunch
  • Bookings open now. On line HERE or contact IOL as below.

A day to explore reflective practice and evaluation through creative experiences outdoors and learn how to apply them with your own groups. On this training we’ll touch on a variety of approaches informed by ecopsychology, groupwork, participatory arts, questing, Land Art and others. This will involve reflective walks, building trails and natural artworks, guided dialogue, writing and sensory exercises. Trying out experiences for ourselves, we’ll learn new ways to incorporate reflection and evaluation into your groupwork. We will discuss how we support groups and ourselves as leaders when deep issues emerge and the challenge of building in time for reflection in an action-packed programme. You’ll come away more confident and prepared to support a group to get the most from an experience.
Trainer: Mel McCree. Mel has a wealth of experience running similar courses, aimed at teaching adults to play outdoors with a variety of focuses.


Wondrous Wassailing

Wassail season is drawing to a close. Lucky that, as I’ve had enough cider for 2012. We’ve had loads of fun singing, drinking and making noise near trees. I’m glad the songs have taken me around the place. For posterity, here is the songsheet for use at your leisure.

wassail songsheet back
Wassail songsheet inside2
Just the words here but please consult the great folk song archive Youzletube to singalong to the tunes. There are tons of others for the song-thirsty.

Most of the surviving songs are about wassailing or carolling from door to door. For the wassail ceremonies, it would be good to share more songs that celebrate the apple tree, winter to spring, fertility, people gathering etc. I’d be interested to know of more songs like that. Maybe I’ll get over my shyness and share some of my own next year. Tsh! Or….huzzah!