Traditional Wooden Longbow Making in Oyster Cove – Tasmania
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.
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
FRIDAY: arrival from 5 pm.
Provided dinner together from 7 pm.
A sense of archery and official opening from 8 pm
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
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 Women’s rites of passage programs in wild places.
Flat Campground with large fire space.
Very basic compost toilet.
Small kitchen shelter for cooking.
Some small backup spaces in the event that it rains.
A cast iron camp cooker.
Perfect Telstra mobile reception.
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.
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…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.
EARLY BIRD: $525 (Book 5 weeks before the event.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
State WORKSHOP LOCATION next to your NAME in the subject line. Thank you.
BOOKINGS AND COMPANY INFORMATION
8/39Mitford Street, Elwood, VIC3184
Book now or call Lars Richter: at +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