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Imbolc Online Workshop: Nature Connection, Bird Cakes & Poetry [All Ages!]

Let’s celebrate Imbolc together from our own homes! Nature connection, creative writing and making fatcakes for the birds together.

About this Event

Please note: for this workshop you will need access to an outdoor space (even a very small or urban one!), writing materials, and some ingredients listed below!

In response to the current lockdown, we are taking this year’s community Imbolc celebration online! Come and join us on Zoom to celebrate Imbolc together from your own home. Imbolc is the festival that marks the beginning of the year in the Celtic calendar, as we notice the trees coming into bud, bulbs beginning to grow, and perhaps, on our insides, the first stirrings of anticipation for the year ahead.

This workshop will be led by Susannah Phillipson and Olga Bloemen (community development workers at the Salisbury Centre), and is designed for all ages to join in!

We will begin with some nature connection and a creative writing exercise (or drawing for children), to help us pay attention to what is happening outside in nature. For this we will ask you to go outside: this could be to your garden, or simply to take a walk along your street.

In the second half of the workshop we will make fatcakes together for the birds, to help them stay warm and fed through the coldest part of the year! These can be hung outside from a branch or bird table after the workshop.


ZOOM link to join:


What you will need to have ready for this workshop:

– Paper and pen (or drawing materials)

– 150g dry bird food mix (Could include… Bird seed mix, Raisins, Peanuts, Oats, Grated cheese, Sunflower/pumpkin seeds, Old bread, Other nuts or seeds from your kitchen)

– 250g fat that will set (Either lard, suet or coconut oil)

– Containers that you can put a hole in, to be used as a mold (Eg. yogurt pots or cupcake cases (if using these a cupcake tin is also helpful!))

– Scissors

– String

– Saucepan

– Mixing bowl

– Wooden spoon


We look forward to seeing you there!

A note for those coming with children: We encourage you to come for the whole workshop, and we will offer adapted activities for young ones – who are also welcome to come and go! However, if you prefer to only come for making the bird fatcakes, this part of the workshop will begin around 3pm.

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