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Wernog Wood


group course botanicals skincare

For a while, I have been looking for a creative course different from anything I had tried before. My search brought me to Wernog Wood, on a hillside of the Clwydian Range above Ruthin, offering a broad array of traditional and contemporary courses.


I booked a one-day course for Botanical Skincare and last Sunday set out down the country lanes winding across the hills, following a set of quirky directions.


Seven years ago, after a long search, Claire and Rob found Wernog Wood, which was up for sale. There they discovered an old derelict cottage and acres of woodland nestled near the top of a hillside, where nature had run rampant for a long time. Undaunted and hopeful, they took it on and birthed their dream to create a home and craft business.


Their entry lane is winding, with sharp bends, and the world drops away to reveal a special place. Claire and Rob's home is habitable in parts and a work in progress in others. Dry stone walls are part-built and there is a rustic camping ground with a few sturdy tents dotted about, and a renovated wooden house offering accommodation. A long barn has been sensitively built with workshops on either side with shower and loo facilities in the middle. With imagination, inventive recycling and care, everything built lends itself to the natural surroundings. The loos are a great example, as they have been built to resemble stalls, as you would find in a cow shed or stable.


Chickens, a rooster (confused about the time of day), dogs and a sleepy cat were pottering about and we were greeted with a hot drink by Claire and Rob. Two courses were running that day, our Botanical Skincare and Basket Weaving, which was being held outside in the sunshine. Two trays were laid out ready with our names on a mug. A gentle way of checking we were all there and helpful, as a reminder of everyone's names.


Our workshop was decorated with tools, works of art, creativity, quirky finds and everything we might need. Windows line the walls, so you can see the herb and wildflower beds and the woods. Comfy sofas, chairs, and cushions are dotted about, and butler sinks and wooden worktops are plentiful, where the water comes from a spring. Everything is natural and the calm, loving energy that flows is welcome.


Sami, our tutor, was lovely, calm and kind and we learned much. Foraging in a field, in the woods, at the edge of the driveway and from the stone-edged beds, we learned how to create oils, balms and creams and ended the day with a generous amount of pots and bottles filled with our endeavours to take home.


During the morning, Rob was outside carrying out his thoughtful renovations and Claire prepared and cooked a delicious lunch for us on the other side of our workshop. I found that so comforting.


We all sat outside when we took a break for hot drinks with biscuits and later, for lunch. The only sounds were gentle chatter, as we shared stories, and watched the birds, bees and wildlife, while a buzzard flew between the trees.


I made a new friend as we stood side by side at the table, we all learned much from Sami's skills and experience, as Claire and Rob's generosity and thoughtfulness in sharing their home at Wernog Wood gifted us a peaceful and loving day.


We returned home with memories to treasure.


It is one of life's gifts when a day is filled with magic, and Claire, Rob and Sami are special people, as I feel all the people who share their skills at Wernog Wood are.




workshop with chickens and flower pots




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Guest
Jun 12
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Looks like a most lovely day and event, and a bonus of making new friends. Beautiful my UB. <3 xox Hugs

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Jane Sturgeon
Jane Sturgeon
Jun 12
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Thank you, our birthday UB buddy. Much love flowing to you, with hugs. Xxx 🩷 🦄 🎂🩷

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Sue Dreamwalker
Sue Dreamwalker
Jun 07
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

This sounds a most fantastic place, How wonderful this couple set their dream in motion with creating this craft centre to learn these often neglected crafts.. Your description of it sounds a most idyllic setting. Love all of those smiles in that photo... And I am sure Jane your wonderful day brought you not only JOY but some useful knowledge to go away and make more of those wonderful products..

Sending love x 💖

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Jane Sturgeon
Jane Sturgeon
Jun 08
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Dearest Sue, it was a wonderful day and I'm going to make more at home. My skin looks different. There no such thing as a weed, is one of the lessons we learned. Magic memories. Much love to you both, with hugs. Xxx 🩷🌸🩷

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Guest
Jun 07
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Sounds like a peaceful place. -John Howell

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Jane Sturgeon
Jane Sturgeon
Jun 07
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You'd love it, John. Much love to you, Mrs H, Twiggy and Tempeste. Xxx 🩷

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Guest
Jun 07
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

This absolutely sums up the wonderful day we shared at Wernog Wood Jane. Thank you for capturing all the little things, that combined, made the day so special. 💖

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Jane Sturgeon
Jane Sturgeon
Jun 07
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I met you, and you are a gift, Lou. Xx 🩷

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Guest
Jun 07
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

It sounds a delightful day in lovely company Jane. You were in a beautiful part of my enchanting Country, but then, you already knew that diidn't you. The kettle is always on if you're ever close enough........ Huge Hugs

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Jane Sturgeon
Jane Sturgeon
Jun 07
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Hello, thank you. Tim and I feel blessed to live in Wales and yes, I will get in touch if I'm over your way. Huge hugs and much love flowing across the hills to you, always. Xxx 🩷

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