A Cultural & Eco-Centre
The centre is open all year round for visitors and has a network of nature paths to gardens and woodcraft workshop. We close the volunteering and training programmes in September and recommence in May, so there is usually just the main thatched workshop operating and open during the weekdays over the winter. During the summer months - and occasionally during the quieter winter months - we host a regular programme of Storytelling and Music Events in our Celtic Roundhouse.
The centre is in the final phase of its 15 year development plan so many of the buildings projects on site are still underway. This gives visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the process and engage with the teams of trainees and volunteers doing the construction.
Visitors may combine their visit with a stay in one of our beautiful thatched roundhouses or meadow cabin.
We are currently fundraising to complete a new Organic Garden Cafe, Workspace Hub and Farm Shop.
We sell exquisitely made crafts - from traditionally inspired Welsh furniture made of local timber to beautiful willow baskets and garden decorations, richly textured weavings and beeswax candles crafted from local and natural materials. These are available at the Farm Shop at the centre. You can also view some of the items online here on the Shop page.
Short Courses and Workshops
We host a number of short craft and Eco-building courses, these are aimed both at beginners and intermediate level learners. Often people combine them with a stay in one of our unique thatched roundhouse accommodations or the meadow cabin. We can also tailor workshops and experience days for larger parties with the option of staying in the beautifully refurbished former mill across the river which accommodates up to 10 self catering guest.
Volunteer in the Garden
Every Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Our volunteer days offer members of the local community the opportunity to get their hands dirty in the garden, as well as providing a space to come and socialise and have fun! We have a two acre productive garden, two polytunnels and a herb garden. We're always looking for more help and encourage you to pay us a visit or get in touch for more information.
Being in a hands-on, can-do, cooperative work environment, using beautiful natural materials, enhances our well-being, it gives us a sense of community with others and with our surroundings.
Over the years, participants have gained an impressive portfolio of experiences in a broad range of skills. Our holistic approach to craft learning is widely recognised by practitioners in the heritage industry and in national programmes, such as, the Prince's Foundation and many centres of higher education. Our students and volunteers find that their experiences at Felin Uchaf provide a valuable springboard to the next step in their lives; many have gone on to become engineers, architects, designers, ecologists or to work within conservation and heritage organisations such as the National Trust, Wildlife Trusts and the National Parks. Our young people have received prestigious awards for their volunteering achievements such as Wales's Young Volunteer of the Year Award and have gained scholarships for further study at specialist craft skills centres both here in the UK and Scandinavia.
Former trainees and volunteers keep a close connection with the centre for many years after they have completed their internship. It is a place which has fostered deep friendships and a close alumni fellowship that now extends to over 30 different countries across the world.
“I have had one of the best experiences of my life and I don't say that lightly. I decided to volunteer with you to use my creative skills in a different way. I wanted to get in touch with the land, the ground, and work my body hard, learning new skills to create something with others. I also wanted to have some mental space and time to reflect on where I am in my life. Felin Uchaf gave me all of this and more than I could have expected. I feel this experience supported me to make some changes in my life that mean I can grow and move forward, happier”
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Our Registered Charity depends upon your goodwill and support to enable us to provide these life changing opportunities and to develop our public facilities.
Menter Y Felin Uchaf Cyf is registered in England & Wales as a Company Limited by Guarantee and a Registered Charity. Reg. No. 1120510.
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