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Make a Traditional Wooden Longbow with Archer, Yoga Teacher, & Holistic Life Coach Lars Richter. All experience levels welcome.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land and give great thanks and honouring 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”.
You will come away from the workshop with your functional 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 and if time allows, the bow is brought to an aesthetically pleasing finish with fine sanding and oiling.
This workshop 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 truly awakening and life changing experience.

Sunday 11th of April, 9am-4pm. Numbers are limited to 8 participants.

$250 special festival price. Follow the booking link and choose the amount (Total Due) – you can pay in full – $250 or a deposit of $100(bring the remainder on the day). Thank you.

The course runs for 2 days usually. Archery and polishing up the bow is not part of this one day course. You are welcome to join one of my courses in future on the second day to re-visit and learn more about the art of bow making and archery. (additional $50 investment)

Please read the Narrative Yoga Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions before booking for this course.  Please ask if you have any questions and request more information.

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What to Bring

  • Weather appropriate clothing, sun hat
  • Packed lunch and snacks (up to you), Water bottle
  • A clamp and a work horse. (not required for 1 day workshops)
  • Optional: your working gloves and your own tools(rasps & files) ALL TOOLS PROVIDED.
  • An adult – if you’re under 14 years old (no extra charge for helpers)
  • A curious and open mind 😉

Please read the Narrative Yoga Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions before booking for this course.

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.

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.

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.

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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
Just wanted to thank you again for such an awesome bow making weekend the other weekend. I’ve taken my bow out shooting since and I’m still so impressed with her. It’s an awesome feeling to know that I’m shooting with something I created myself and could make again too. Jessie
The longbow workshop in Trentham a couple of weeks ago was the best! My son and I enjoyed bonding time in the company of a friendly group of likeminded souls. Best of all, we made something together that we will cherish and look after for a lifetime…reminiscent of the toys and tools of my own childhood. A bonus is the time my son spends daily (!) honing his newly discovered archery skills 🙂 The longbow workshop was a beautiful and enduring experience for us both. Thanks Lars!