Derbyshire American Training Program 2022 -Sept 24 -Oct. 8, 2022 (UK)
September 24, 2022 - October 8, 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Derbyshire American Training Program
TWO WEEK WALLING TRIP TO DERBYSHIRE, ENGLAND
SEPTEMBER 24-OCTOBER 8, 2022
Guided by Martin Beevers, Facilitator of the Stone Trust Training Site in Tennessee
Open to 9 participants
Please join us for the first of what we hope will be many visits to one of the heartlands of traditional dry stone walling, Derbyshire, England. We are offering you a chance to spend two weeks in the beautiful Peak District National Park, learning the traditions and techniques of dry stone walling, leading to Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) examination at Level 1 Initial Waller or Level 2 Intermediate Waller (recognized as professional level) depending on your current skill level.
The craft of dry stone walling in Derbyshire dates back to the 1600’s although there is stonework within the county that predates this. The landscape tells its own story with thousands of miles of stone wall crisscrossing the countryside. The long tradition of dry stone masonry here continues to this day.
Advance your understanding and skill through this field trip, where you will learn from instructors from Walls For The Future at the Derbyshire Eco Centre. Immerse yourself in this ancient landscape as you experience expert instruction, lectures, and trips to areas of interest within the county. At the same time, focus on achieving your next level of certification. Trevor Wragg and Sally Hodgson, two of the country’s most talented and respected Master Craftsmen, have tailored a program of learning specifically to achieve this within our timeframe. Examinations take place on the penultimate day under the DSWA-GB certification scheme. This is the internationally recognized qualification, administered in North America through the Stone Trust. To understand the program, please review the Derbyshire American Training Program Itinerary.
Enjoy comfortable accommodation in single-occupancy Glamping pods at the Mount Cook Adventure Centre, a five-minute walk from the Eco Centre. All meals are included, with options to visit some of the local pubs and restaurants.
For an anticipatory experience you may want to view this excellent documentary, If Walls Could Talk. It was filmed on location in Derbyshire and features both Trevor Wragg and Sally Hodgson. Many of the scenes are shot at the Eco Centre.
This workshop is open to all levels and hs no prerequisite requirements.