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Browse through last year's Workshops to get a taste of what the May Fair is all about! Workshops for 2024 TBA

Seascape Painting with Dee Ci Art

Paint a beautiful seascape that you can take home with Dee Ci Art. Deirdre is a sustainable landscape artist known for stunningly atmospheric and realistic sea and landscapes. She mixes her own paints, using ethically sourced pigments mixed with eco friendly oils. Deirdre even makes pigments using local earth, clay and trees, in a sense painting landscapes from her landscape! In this one hour workshop she will teach you the tricks of capturing light, horizon and the movement of the sea, as well as explain the benefits of sustainable paints. Suitable for beginners and seasoned painters, unlock your creativity, learn expert painting techniques and create a beautiful seascape.

Seasonal Wreaths with Elements of Action

Join Elements of Action this May to craft your own beautiful wreath, using natural materials, creativity and with the help and expertise of artist and designer Esther. Elements of Action create beautiful bespoke furniture and are known for their delicately balanced wreaths. 'Our designs showcase our love for the beautiful Irish landscape and its natural resources. We use materials in a contemporary way; rethinking bog-oak; staining beech boards, foraging dried material and having fun with your traditional wreaths’

Make Your own Natural Toilet Bomb with Amy Orr from YouMe

Creating your own natural toilet bomb workshop is a fun and rewarding activity that can benefit both you and the environment. Toilet bombs are an eco-friendly alternative to traditional cleaning products and are made from natural ingredients like baking soda, citric acid, and essential oils. In this workshop, you will learn how to create your own toilet bombs using simple ingredients and tools, and customize them with your favorite scents. You will also learn about the benefits of using natural cleaning products, and how they can help reduce your carbon footprint and promote a healthier home. Whether you are looking for a new hobby or want to make a positive impact on the environment, this workshop is the perfect way to get started on your natural cleaning journey.

Lip Balm Recipe & Scent Bank Development with Suzanne Clarke

This workshop will have everything you need to create your own bespoke, fabulously scented lip balms. No need for special equipment, as this process is both fun and easy. Rest assured that all ingredients are vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, with no synthetic chemicals or additives. But that's not all, we are also excited to begin the development of your own unique scent bank. Using ethically sourced essential oils and foraged ingredients, we will craft a scent that is truly one-of-a-kind. The herbs we are going to use are even grown right here at Ballymaloe, making this a truly unique experience. With your new scent bank, you can continue to elevate your everyday experiences and reimagine how scent plays a role in your life. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your self-care routine to the next level.

Candle-Making & Scent Bank Development with Suzanne Clarke

This workshop will cover everything you need to make your own fabulously scented 100% melt and pour soap – a great little treat for yourself. Fun and easy to make with no specialist equipment needed, As well as being completely natural, with no additives or synthetic chemicals. All the ingredients are vegan friendly and not tested on animals. We will also start to develop you own scent bank while using foraged Ingrediants with ethically sourced essential oils. We are so lucky to be able to use some of the herbs grown at Ballymaloe which makes this a truly unique experience. You will learn how to create beautiful scents and how to reimagine how we experience scent

The Art of Kokedama with Aoife Banville

Come and join visual artist Aoife Banville in this fun workshop where you can learn how to make your own beautiful Kokedama. Kokedama is the Japanese art of growing plants in a moss-covered ball of soil.

It's a beautiful, natural and completely organic way to display indoor plants. The moss balls can be placed either on a surface or suspended with string to make a hanging feature. All materials are provided.

Kokedama is a form of Japanese garden art that is centuries old and tied into the practice of bonsai. It is an accent to that mode of plant display where a moss ball is the focal and supporting point for a sculpted tree or plant. The moss ball is fixed to a platform or suspended from string with the plant growing out from the sphere.

Join Aoife Banville and make your own piece of suspended plant art. Aoife is a visual, light and installation artist. She has a Postgraduate degree in Fine Arts and has worked on incredible installations around Ireland and internationally.

Introduction To Whittling with Tadhg Walsh-Peelo

Learn from experienced green woodworker Tadhg Walsh-Peelo the basic knife techniques to start your journey into the meditative craft of whittling and carving. Discover the joy of the craft while learning to carve a butter spreader, a coat hook, a pickle fork or many other simple and fun projects. Workshops will be limited to very small numbers to make sure the experience is tailored to the participants needs and interests. Suitable for all ages and no experience necessary.

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