WHOSE WOODS THESE ARE:
A joyous celebration of trees in music, talks & films this Thur 17 - Sun 20 Dec.
Featuring folklorists, historians, scientists, activists, foresters, artists and visionaries. All events are free.
Welcome to The Leaf Lounge where at anytime during the festival you can enjoy films, stories, creative activities and suggested tips for getting out there solo or with friends and family. Join us every evening at 8 pm for :
Each evening at 8 pm we will premiere episodes of TREE TV with folklore & history talks, musical vignettes, short film premieres, a workshop on making acorn flatbreads & visits to a few lovely Leitrim tree lovers.
All festival events are free! Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Click on this link below, you will find a copy of the gorgeous Festival Poster by Helen McDonell, which you can download and print out.
CALL OF THE FOREST: THE FORGOTTEN WISDOM OF TREES
Watch the feature-length documentary and join the movement, inspired by environmental visionary Diana Beresford-Kroeger, to save our global forest. Hosted by our friends at Still Voices Film Festival. The screening will also include a prerecoded Q&A with Botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger.
HANNAH MOLE OF EARTH CARE DESIGN INTRODUCES THE MAGICAL SEA BUCKTHORN
Sea Buckin’ Bronco Mocktail
1 Part Sea Buckthorn Berries (fresh or frozen)
1 Part Lemon Juice
2 Parts Orange Juice
2 Parts Apple Juice
1 Freshly Squeezed Lime
2 Tablespoons Sweetener
(Honey, Maple Syrup or Agave)
Tonic Water To Taste
Use a mortar and pestle to mash the Sea Buckthorn Berries
Sieve the mashed berries through muslin
Put the mashed berries and all other ingredients into a blender
Blend with ice (or not!)
Add a sprig of mint
Illustration by Caroline Walshe
Recipe by Virginia O'Gara (My Goodness)
FILMS FOR WEE ONES
'A QUACK TOO FAR' BY MELISSA CULHANE
SORCHA FOX READING A SURPRISE CHILDRENS' STORY
CHILDRENS NATURE WORKSHOPS WITH DAVID SMITH
NOTAN - JAPANESE PAINTING IN BLACK AND WHITE
COLOUR FLOW WITH DAVID SMITH
THE ALDER TREE WRITTEN AND READ BY FARAH RAHMAN
CREATIVE ENCOUNTERS WITH TREES
Get outside and enjoy the woods either solo or with friends and family! You can print off a pdf to bring with you.
Or print some off to give as gifts this winter.
CREATIVE ENCOUNTERS WITH TREES NO. 1
Drawing in Nature – Tree Trunk Bark Rubbings
The joy of taking tree rubbings is not only the pleasure of a visual reminder and a record of your walk in the wood but the natural exploration of the vast variety of tree barks you may encounter on your way.
What to take on your walk: pencil and paper.
You can also use charcoal, wax crayons, and experiment with paper quality, thickness and colour etc.
Making a bark rubbing is like drawing the ‘skin’ of a tree.
1. To begin with, observe the various tree trunks around you. Notice all the bark patterns.
Some might have deep ridges and valleys, others only gentle bumps.
Look for other life in the bark. Before you start rubbing make sure there are no spiders or tiny insects that might get harmed. Avoid any lichen or moss. Bark is essential for a tree’s survival. It protects the tree among many other functions so be careful not to harm the bark when taking your rubbing.2. When you have chosen a tree, before you start your rubbing take a few moments to look at the tree, ALL of it.Look up at the tree top, look at the leaves, see where the branches come out of the trunk.3. Then take a few minutes to really look at the bark. Walk around the tree, and then start touching the bark. Really take time to absorb what your fingers are feeling, press your whole hand, front and back onto the bark. Imagine if you were covered in this bark, what would it feel like? 4. Now you are ready. Start anywhere. Place the paper against the trunk and rub using the pencil or crayon over the paper to make a print of the bark pattern. After a while you will realise how some barks give very interesting patterns. Notice what is iit about that particular bark, ask yourself questions. Notice the texture.5. You might find holding your pencil differently from how you hold it when you write helps get a better rubbing. Try holding the pencil or crayon it on its side.6. This is a tactile activity. You might experiment with pressing harder or lighter on your pencil as you keep rubbing, noticing the difference it makes.7. After you have taken a rubbing spend time to appreciate your drawing and the tree. Write a note of anything that stands out about the tree trunk or the tree, ie. the colour of the bark, the height of the tree, the shape of the leaves, if it was windy or cold, what you were thinking about. Or detailed notes so you can Identify the tree later. “When in nature it is possible to naturally restore ones focus and wellbeingMindful drawing exercises allow you to do this in an effortless and easy way”Illustration: Caroline Walshe * Text: Cassandra Eustace
CREATIVE ENCOUNTERS WITH TREES NO. 2
Forest Sound Explorations
Start at the edge of the forest. Take a moment before you enter. Close your eyes and breathe in the scent of the forest.
When you feel you are ready, open your eyes again and walk into the forest.
Walk slowly, taking in everything you see. Notice what’s there, above you and
below you on the forest floor and all sides.
Find a quiet place to sit, close your eyes again and revisit everything you saw as you walked in.Listen Carefully. Become aware of the whole forest sound together.Bring your attention even deeper to what you are hearing. Can you hear any sounds being made by the things you saw as you walked in?Explore each of the following questions and really enjoy each sound.Do you hear birds? How many? Are they near or far? High or low?In which direction is the wind moving through the forest? Is it fast or slow?Are leaves rustling? Do they all sound the same or can you hear the leaves of different trees at different times?What about the branches? Are they moving or still? Are some of them creaking?Are there water sounds? Is there a river? The rain falling on the leaves? The droplets landing on the forest floor?Are there people? Is there a dog? Where are they? Do their sounds carry clearly?Can you hear insects in the tree nearest to you or on the forest floor?Take a couple of minutes to think about what other sounds you can hear.Now in your mind’s eye, picture again the whole forest together and listen to how the sounds work together.Open your eyes again. Take in all the sights and sounds and scents that make up the forest. As you leave, thank the forest and everything in it for having you visit.Illustrations: Caroline Walshe * Text: ‘Whose Woods These Are’
'SPEAKING OF FUNGI' - A CONVERSATION WITH MYCOPHAGIST BILL O'DEA & ARTIST / MYCOPHILE VANYA LAMBRECHT-WARD
LEITRIM TREE OF THE YEAR 2020
Here are some of your nominations for the Leitrim Tree of The Year Competition. We will be posting the entries here at the Leaf Lounge so keep an eye out for yours over the next couple of weeks! The winner will be announced on Sunday the 20th of December on TreeTV.
Check out the glorious trees entered in the competition here:
IN CONVERSATION : RICHARD RAMSAUER AND NEIL FOULKES : THE FUTURE OF FORESTRY IN IRELAND
A FOREST WALK
by Kimberly Ruffin
"Kimberly Ruffin created this guided practice as a companion to her essay “Bodies of Evidence” in our Faith issue. For Kimberly faith is an experience that is palpable among trees. Here, she offers ways to connect to the living world through a walk in the forest."
TELL ME A STORY WITH EDDIE LENIHAN
Eddie Lenihan is Ireland’s most well known storyteller. He has been telling tales for over 35 years. In this episode, Eddie speaks about the great trees of Ireland, and why they held such a profound spiritual power over the native Irish people - from druids, to saints and farmers. He discusses the traditions and folklore that surround Irish trees, and how the Irish translation of their names give us an important insight into the geography and history of the island of Ireland.
A SONIC WOODLAND JOURNEY
with Eimear Reidy and Natalia Beylis
Originally broadcast as part of Cairde Festival, July 2020.
Crann Film Screening Monday 21st December 20:00 – 21:00
Iomann siansach don chrann agus gach gné de is ea Tree de chuid Richard Berengarten, dán fada a tharraingíonn ar Chrann na Beatha sa Chabála, agus an t-ionad lárnach atá ag an gcrann i dtraidisiúin spioradálta ar fud an domhain. Tá Nick Roth tar éis an leagan Gaeilge de a rinne Gabriel Rosenstock a chur in oiriúint do chór guthanna leis na hamhránaithe Caitríona O'Leary, Michelle O'Rourke agus Olesya Zdorovetska. Roghnaíodh suímh scéimhe ar fud na tíre agus an scannánú á dhéanamh ar Crann.
Richard Berengarten’s poem Tree is a symphonic hymn to a tree in all its aspects, drawing on its sacred and central place in the world's mythology, history and religion. Composer Nick Roth has created a new setting of Gabriel Rosenstock’s Irish translation of the text in a dendro-chronographic film work for three voices, tree, vessel and currach, directed by Laura Hilliard and featuring singers Michelle O'Rourke, Caitríona O’Leary and Olesya Zdorovetska.
Psithurism is a monthly show on CAMP Radio by Mark Waldron-Hyden which shares the sonic findings of Waldron-Hyden's sound art experiments, chronicling his explorations into the musical potential of trees, leaves and the things that cause them to move.
Show airs 18/12/20 at 7pm GMT at: http://listen.camp/
Mark Waldron-Hyden is a composer and producer from Cork, Ireland. His work revolves around how drone, repetition and polyrhythmic patterns interact with each other to create seemingly random yet cohesive passages of sound.
Link to other work: https://linktr.ee/markwaldronh...
ROSEHIP & BRAMBLE LEAF TEA
Virginia Stearns from My Goodness, Cork suggests enjoying a mug of 'Rosehip and Bramble Leaf Tea' while you're relaxing in our lounge:
'For the rosehip and bramble tea: head outside and harvest 10 rosehips, or 'haws' and 2 handfuls of bramble leaves. Cut off the tops & ends of the haws.
Pour boiling water over and let steep for 5 min.
Sit back and relax!'
Packed full of vitamin C, Rosehips were once used as a cure for scurvy!
Virginia will be providing more 'Friends of the Forest' drinks suggestions throughout the festival here in our lounge. Yum!
'WHOSE WOODS THESE ARE' PROJECT
The ‘Whose Woods These Are’ Festival grew from an arboreal music & research project by Natalia Beylis & Eimear Reidy. The aim of the project is to bring audiences into woodland settings to listen to music amongst the trees in the hope that this will encourage people to relish time spent in nature and look after the woodlands. This summer we created a virtual Sonic Woodland Journey for Cairde Festival. Join us here.
The title of the project ‘Whose Woods These Are’ is taken from Robert Frost’s ‘Stopping by Woods.’ The poem entered public domain on midnight 1 Jan 2020 and now it is owned by no one/owned by us all collectively.
‘The woods are lovely dark and deep.’ Who owns the trees? Who owns the woods? Is it the birds who build homes within the branches? Or the worms who create the nutrients among their roots? Or all creatures whose very lives rely on their oxygen? Imagine a public domain of trees where no one owned them & together we were their guardians.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS & LINKS ON TREES, GOOD FOREST ECONOMY & ALL ARBOREAL MATTERS
WHOSE WOODS THESE ARE: A FESTIVAL OF TREES FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
The festival is organised with the ‘Whose Woods These Are’ project and the Dock Arts Centre and is supported by a Music Project Award from the Arts Council of Ireland.