North Light Arts, John Muir Fellowship, Natalie Taylor, Workshops

There was a varied programme of workshops and events throughout the project, these were focused on exploring differents aspects of soil, our relationship to soil, highlighting the abundance of life that soil holds and the importance of healthy soils for ourselves and the planet.

Creative workshops included cyanotype printing of soil creatures, stitching and emboridery of the Keepers of the Soil cape, creative writing and poetry, painting with soil and a series of clay and ceramics workshops including a pit firing in the local community woodland.

The richness of life found within healthy soil was highlighted in a soil microscopy workshop and soil/plant realtionships explored in two foraging sessions held in the spring.

There were also a series of conversation events – a mini soil summit, evening talk with a soil scientist and local conservation farmer and a talk by author and forager Monica Wilde at our Midsummer supper, looking at links between the gut biome and soil biome.

Close to 2000 people attended or participated in the workshops and events during the project, all learning about, discussing and reflecting on the importance of this taken for granted substance that we all depend upon for a healthy life and environment.