TRADITIONAL WOODEN LONGBOW-MAKING MEN RETREAT

Details

  • Start: February 14, 2025 5:00 pm
  • End: February 16, 2025 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $690 - $775
  • Available places: 15

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Location

  • Oyster Cove, TAS 7150, Australia

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TRADITIONAL WOODEN LONGBOW-MAKING MEN RETREAT

Tapping into the wisdom of our ancestors – a Rite of Passage for the urban man.

Cultivating Awareness, Resilience & Focus.

Make a Traditional Wooden Longbow with Archer, Yoga Teacher, & Holistic Life Coach Lars Richter. (All experience levels are welcome.)

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land and give great thanks and honour to be on this land.

Lars is passionate about making traditional skills accessible to everyone with an interest, and in the practical application of these tools in our ‘day to day’ life. A bow can be used not just as a sport or a tool to hunt for food, but as a discipline, meditation, or spiritual practice as in the popular 1930s book on zen Buddhism, Zen in the Art of Archery. Our most celebrated quote is, “In the case of archery, the hitter and the hit are no longer two opposing objects, but are one reality.” It points to the experience others have since described as “flow” or being “in the zone”.

This unique weekend retreat for men offers much more than making a longbow. By focusing on moving from within, & observing your mind and energy flow, Lars will show you ways to reconnect; ground with the Earth & get in touch with your true self, by exploring the art of making a longbow and learning the skills to use it. This can be a true awakening of layers of yourself and a life-changing experience.

Lars has been teaching longbow making and other traditional skills to both children and adults in Victoria, interstate and overseas for more than 8 years, and has helped many people make significant changes in their life offering his knowledge and experience as a Holistic Life Coach through his business ‘Narrative Yoga’.  Lars has studied Yoga, Qi-Gong and similar energy work practices since 1996. He has taught Yoga and Meditation in Germany since 2001 and has been running workshops overseas since living in Australia. He holds a diploma in Transpersonal Counselling, is a certified Results Coach and in the Compassionate Inquiry method and has extensive knowledge and experience in wholesome living.

YOUR WEEKEND: 

You will come away from it with your own Wooden Longbow, as well as the knowledge & skills to make many more. You will learn how to make a bowstring that perfectly complements your own bow, & understand the art of tillering (the process of carefully removing wood to cause the bows to bend in optimal arcs). You will learn how to tiller your bows to precise measurements of draw length and draw weight so that they are suited to your individual needs. After the bow is functionally finished, the bow is brought to an aesthetically pleasing finish with fine sanding and oiling.

And you are invited to sense deeper into your own being, into your journey thus far, purpose, focus and resilience. 

And we will dive into the discipline and art of Archery. You will receive an introduction to the instinctive shooting method and also different release techniques. Archery is a powerful tool that can be applied metaphorically in many daily life situations.

“Thanks for a great weekend with the longbow-making workshop. I appreciated the mix of longbow expertise with the more meditative elements and advice that could be applied to other areas of life. To paraphrase: Don’t get too hung up on the final product without enjoying the journey. You need to enjoy the journey. If you don’t enjoy the journey, you’re missing the point. It was a relaxing time and I’m proud of the work I completed. I would definitely recommend the longbow workshop to others.” David

RETREAT DETAILS:

FRIDAY: arrival from 5pm. 

Provided dinner together from 7pm.

A sense of archery and official opening from 8pm

SATURDAY: free morning – connect & relax

9:45 am – 5 pm: longbow making

SUNDAY: Natural Yoga Moves. 7:30-8:30 supporting archery, a balance of strength and flexibility.

9:45 am – 5 pm: longbow making continued, archery practise with your new Longbow

WHERE:  Fireside 

Oyster Cove (30 minutes south of Hobart)

Fireside is a property owned and managed by Darvis Walker and Brittany Laidlaw. Darvis and Brit run a Social enterprise called Nature Culture with their focus being on Mens and Womens rites of passage programs in wild places.

Fireside Facilities. 

  • Flat Campground with large fire space. 
  • Very basic compost toilet. 
  • Drinking water. 
  • Small kitchen shelter for cooking. 
  • Some small backup spaces in the event that it rains. 
  • A cast iron camp cooker. 
  • Perfect telstra mobile reception.
  • No shower. 

WHAT TO BRING:

Weather-appropriate clothing, towel, hat & water bottle, cup and anything you need to sustain yourself.

Your own little camp kitchen if you like.

==>> Workhorse, clamp,  <<==

…and any woodwork tool you might think will help (optional). 

To keep costs to an absolute minimum, we ask that you bring your own food & drinks.

Pre-made meals and snacks, including an esky for cold goods.

Camping gear. 

EARLY BIRD: $525 (Book 5 weeks before the event.)

THEREAFTER: $575

Included are all materials and one arrow, tools are provided and an archery session is inclusive.

Places are limited! Please secure your spot by transferring $175 into the following account:

Lars Richter, BSB 242 200, Acc. no. 431159268

Or via PayID and the phone number 0402322200

Please send an e-mail with the receipt/copy of your completed transfer to

State WORKSHOP LOCATION next to your NAME in the subject line. Thank you.

BOOKINGS AND COMPANY INFORMATION

Narrative Yoga

8/39Mitford Street, Elwood, VIC3184

Book now or call Lars Richter: +61402322200 if you have any questions. You can also use the contact form on www.narrativeyoga.com.au

“In archery practice one connects to the imminence of inner stillness, the silence between two heartbeats, and the oneness of it all; it is a wonderful way to pay attention to the world around you.” Lars

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It is understood and agreed that Narrative Yoga will not be liable to the Customer, or any agent or associate of the Customer, for any mistake or error in judgment or for any act or omission done in good faith and believed to be within the scope of authority conferred or implied by this Agreement.

Ticket terms and conditions

Tickets are sold subject to the ‘Presenter’ (Narrative Yoga) and any third party vendor’s ‘Terms and Conditions’ of sale, which are available for review at the time of purchase. The ‘Terms and Conditions’ of sale, entry and participants presence at Narrative Yoga events include but are not limited to the following:

1   A change in personal circumstances of the ‘Ticket Holder’ does not entitle the return or the exchange of the ticket. However they can be transferred to another person as long as you notify us at least 48 hours before the event.  A $20 handling fee applies.

2   Children under the age of 18 must be advised of their responsibilities by a parent or legal guardian.

3   Children under the age of 12 must be under the care of a parent or legal guardian at all times.

4   Narrative Yoga reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute any elements of the program or vary the advertised ticket prices or patron capacity.

5   Community standards of behaviour are expected and persons deemed to be behaving in a manner that is dangerous or unacceptable will be refused admission and/or removed from the site.

6   Deposits are not refundable.

Purchase of ticket and/or entrance to Narrative Yoga workshops indicates acceptance of the following warning: The property/venue you are about to enter is a provider of recreational and educational services and activities, where you are further warned and advised that Narrative Yoga and/or the land it is staged on is an inherently dangerous place that may contain all manner of obstacles, risks and dangers, both known and unknown, natural and man made which may result in loss or damage to your property, personal injury or even death. Knowing this to be the case you voluntarily assume the risk of serious injury or death if you choose to come onto the property and do so at your own risk.

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Responsibility/Liability Waiver
The decision to take part in the workshops is ultimately yours, as is the responsibility for whatever results come from that decision. The workshop involves the use of body movement, sharp tools and arrows, and facilitator will do their best to make all participants aware of the inherent dangers of their particular workshop and relevant safety guidelines, however you (or you for your child) are responsible for using your own judgement and common sense when doing anything. If you (or your child) do attempt something and suffer injury at the workshop, I will of course do everything I can to help. In the end we are in a natural and often unpredictable environment….if you want a safety cocoon it might be best to stay home.
While I believe in taking full personal responsibility for our actions, all participants will be asked to sign a waiver on entry to the workshop.
Everyone (including the host and their guests, helpers and family) who enter the workshop space does so at their own risk. The Workshop organisers accept no​ liab​ility​ for any injuries or issues arising during or from the workshop. You agree to the private and refund policy from Narrative Yoga.
Ticket terms and conditions

Tickets are sold subject to the ‘Presenter’ (Narrative Yoga) and any third party vendor’s ‘Terms and Conditions’ of sale, which are available for review at the time of purchase. The ‘Terms and Conditions’ of sale, entry and participants presence at Narrative Yoga events include but are not limited to the following:

1   A change in personal circumstances of the ‘Ticket Holder’ does not entitle the return or the exchange of the ticket. However they can be transferred to another person as long as you notify us at least 48 hours before the event.

2   Children under the age of 18 must be advised of their responsibilities by a parent or legal guardian.

3   Children under the age of 12 must be under the care of a parent or legal guardian at all times.

4   Narrative Yoga reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute any elements of the program or vary the advertised ticket prices or patron capacity.

5   Community standards of behaviour are expected and persons deemed to be behaving in a manner that is dangerous or unacceptable will be refused admission and/or removed from the site.

6   Deposits are not refundable.

Purchase of ticket and/or entrance to Narrative Yoga workshops indicates acceptance of the following warning: The property/venue you are about to enter is a provider of recreational and educational services and activities, where you are further warned and advised that Narrative Yoga and/or the land it is staged on is an inherently dangerous place that may contain all manner of obstacles, risks and dangers, both known and unknown, natural and man made which may result in loss or damage to your property, personal injury or even death. Knowing this to be the case you voluntarily assume the risk of serious injury or death if you choose to come onto the property and do so at your own risk.

Thanks for a great weekend with the longbow making workshop. I appreciated the mix of longbow expertise with the more meditative elements and advice that could be applied to other areas of life. To paraphrase: Don’t get too hung up on the final product without enjoying the journey. You need to enjoy the journey. If you don’t enjoy the journey, you’re missing the point. It was a relaxing time and I’m proud of the work I completed. I would definitely recommend the longbow workshop to others.

David