Traditional Wooden Longbow Making in Melbourne

Traditional Wooden Longbow Making in Melbourne

A Traditional Wooden Longbow Making in Melbourne with Archer, Yoga Teacher, & Holistic Life Coach Lars Richter.

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

This workshop is for you if you are 12 years young or older.

Your Learning:

You will come away from the workshop with the knowledge and skills to make your own longbow. You will learn how to make a bowstring that perfectly complements your own bow and understand the art of tillering, the process of carefully removing wood to cause the bows to bend in optimal arcs.

Students will learn how to tiller their bows to precise measurements of draw length and draw weight depending on the archer. After the bow is functionally finished, it comes time to bring the bow to an aesthetically pleasing finish with fine sanding and oiling.

This workshop offers much more than making a longbow. It shows you ways to reconnect, to ground with the Earth, to get in touch with your true self by exploring the art of making a longbow and learning the skills to use it; to play with your conscious awareness to allow essential aspects of your being to be/unfold/shine or hide.

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”.


During the second day afternoon of Traditional Wooden Longbow Making in Melbourne the bows are ready for students to take to the shooting range to learn how to shoot. You will get your introduction to the instinctive shooting method. A powerful tool you can also utilise in many daily life situations.

Archery is a powerful tool that can be applied beneficially in many daily life situations.

Awareness: Resilience: Focus

Workshop Details:

WHEN:  15th – 16th June

SATURDAY: 10 am – 5 pm: Longbow Making

SUNDAY: 10 am – 5 pm: Longbow Making, beginner archery skills with your new Longbow

WHERE: Thornbury, Melbourne


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


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


Lars is passionate about making traditional skills accessible to everyone with an interest in the practical application of these tools in our ‘day-to-day’ life.

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 been teaching Yoga and Meditation in Germany since 2001 and running workshops overseas since living in Australia.

He holds a diploma in Transpersonal Counselling, is a certified Results Coach and has extensive knowledge and experience in wholesome living.

Past Feedback:

“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 like-minded 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!” Michelle

Places are limited!

Please secure your spot by transferring $175 into the following account:

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

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.


Narrative Yoga, Elwood, VIC3184

Book now or call Lars Richter: at +61402322200 if you have any questions.

You can also use the contact form on


15 - 16 Jun 2024


10:00 - 17:00

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 14 - 16 Jun 2024
  • Time: 22:00 - 05:00



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