Woodcraft for Wellbeing Sessions

An afternoon of mindful, nature-based whittling with Alex Finberg


Friday 26 July 2024, 2pm – 4.30pm


Alex Finberg


Schumacher College


Unless otherwise stated, our Short Courses are for adults 18+ years


About this course

Woodcraft for Well-being is an immersive nature-based experience centred around learning the craft of whittling with a mindful approach. The session focuses on fostering mental health and well-being whilst participants engage in woodland crafts such as spoon carving, meanwhile benefiting from peer support, nature immersion, and the myriad benefits of hand carving wood.

The outcomes are remarkable, with participants reporting significant improvements in both physical and mental health. So far, 100% of attendees have recommended the sessions to others. The sessions are also funded by the NHS Recovery and Learning community, serving as social prescribing activities for adults requiring mental health support and access to creative well-being opportunities

what to bring

All materials and tools will be provided.


Alex Finnberg

alex finberg

Alex is a British green wood worker based in South Devon, using age old carving techniques to carve wood into beautiful, functional woodenware from wind fallen and sustainably cut local trees. He is an advocate for the new wood culture movement and the rediscovering of our relationship to the origins of everyday things, the trees they grew from and the people who made them.​

Read More


Our courses are part of the wider Learning programme at Dartington, and you will join a community of students on site studying at Schumacher College and Dartington Arts School as well as other short course participants, volunteers and visitors.

While you are here we invite you to take part in our learning community life by attending morning meetings, taking part in activities such as meal preparation and clearing, and evening social events. This is entirely voluntary, but participants tell us that taking part adds to their experience at Dartington.

short course community lunch

Book now

Begin your online booking below. You will receive an e-ticket for this event. You are welcome to email us at shortcourses@dartington.org or call us at 01803 847008 with any queries you have. Full Short Course T&Cs can be found here >

If you place a deposit, you will be contacted by us four weeks before the course start date to pay the outstanding balance. You will also be contacted with full details about the course before you arrive.

Please note that in most cases bookings for all our Short Courses close at midday on the Thursday before the course begins. This enables us to give you the best possible course experience and ensures all bookers receive the relevant course materials before they arrive.

Friday 26th July

Offer: Special rate for Dartington Members

Dartington Members will receive a 10% discount, applied when they log in during the checkout process. For more information about Membership, click here (opens in new tab).

Related Events

View All Courses