Hide Tanning Camp 2019 at the Irish National Heritage Park, Co.Wexford

Would you like to learn the alchemy of turning animal skin into a beautiful, wearable material?
Would you like to live in a nature-based community for one week- learn, laugh, play, sing and tan?

Do you feel drawn to living a wilder life, more in touch with your ancestors and the more-than- human world?

Then come to our HIDE TANNING CAMP this August 7-11th in the gorgeous surroundings of The Irish National Heritage Park, County Wexford, and awaken your ancestral muscle memory.


We’ll explore a variety of tanning methods, both vegetable (bark) and fat (brain/egg) tanning on a diversity of animals. You will have the opportunity to work deer skin into buckskin, sheep skin into a bark-tanned rug, fish skin into a durable and waterproof material as well as exploring fur-on rabbit pelts.
Tanning is a very involved and physically demanding process. We will introduce you to a wide variety of methods but it is entirely up to you how much or how little you do. We will check in (via Skype or phone) with each individual before the start of the course to discuss your intentions for the week.


This camp is suitable for absolute beginners to tanning, as well as those with some experience who would like to consolidate their knowledge or explore other methods.


The camp will take place at the very inspiring Irish National Heritage Park, County Wexford. We will camp outside for the duration of the course and live as a community. Tanning, eating, singing, playing and sharing together.


Steven Dirven is a passionate wanderer, diving into earth-skills where ever he has the chance. Finding out about materials from the base makes for a solid understanding from where we can play and discover. He has learned the art of tanning from several people, in all kinds of environments. From the dry and hot summer in the north American cascades to freezing winter in Norway. With this foundation, he can do it anywhere he can get his hands on some hides, trying out ideas and seeing what the skin has to say and work with what is around. “Tanning is a personal affair where no two tanners do the same. Every hide in every climate asks for its own approach which makes it a wonderfully dynamic art”.

Lucy O’Hagan is the founder of Wild Awake & Phoenix Forest School, based in Dublin’s iconic Phoenix Park. As well as being a Forest School practitioner, Lucy is also a certified ethnobotanist, wildlife tracker & Bushcraft instructor. This year, she has spent 4 months living wild with ancestral skills teacher Lynx Vilden. From the ancient caves of the Dordogne, to the northern lands of the Sami, she has deepened her love & understanding of ancestral wisdom and cultural repair.
She is certainly still an apprentice to the hides and is passionate about learning more and reawakening this ancestral art for people from all walks of life.


7th-11th august. Arrival on the 6th from 5pm onwards. Finishing at 5pm on the 11th. (Or longer if you’re still smoking your hides!)

How Much?

Sliding scale: €500-€550

* We are able to offer a limited number of sliding scale places to those who are unable to afford the full cost of this camp. Please get in touch if you need to avail of sliding scale.

What’s included?

Nutritious Breakfast and dinner meals cooked for you on all days (Dinner also on night of arrival).
All teaching, materials and equipment needed
A gorgeous cob roundhouse for evening stories & music

What you need to bring:

Lunches and snacks for 5 days (Tanning is hungry work!)
Cup, bowl, spoon
Camping set up- Tent, tarp, sleeping bag, mat etc. (There is a small space to sleep indoors if you wish)
Towel & Toiletries
Songs, Stories and craic!

Safe Space:
This camp is inclusive for people of all abilities and backgrounds to learn and share together. We are queer-friendly, straight-friendly, race-friendly, gender-friendly, age-friendly—just plain friendly! If anyone makes you feel uncomfortable, please talk to us.

Please contact lucy@wildawake.ie if you have any questions.


Aug 06 2019 - Aug 11 2019


8:00 am - 6:00 pm




Irish National Heritage Park
Ferrycarrig, Co.Wexford


Lucy O'Hagan
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