Learn to build a dry stone wall event at Sweet Life Farm

Saturday, July 13, 2019 to Sunday, July 14, 2019
52 Pitt's Lane Madoc, Ontario
Beginner Seminar

Planting stones and harvesting a wall.

Richard prepares the soil so we can plant our stones all in a row, and then watch how our wall grows.
The wall is completely grown up in two days and the Sweet Life Farm Workshop is a complete success. 
The stones were all waiting there to be picked.
Our happy group of walling participants proudly stand by their manually grown wall

We were excited to hold a unique hands-on walling workshop at a beautiful farm retreat not far from Madoc Ontario.

The July 13-14  workshop will be a continuing event offered each year to reestablish a network of historic walls on the estate, reconstructed to their former glory.

This was a two day event and had several aspects and activities related to the craft of walling including an informative talk on the history and the unique geological features of the area by the author and journalist Gordon Pitt’s whose ancestors settled the farm in 1867, 

Dr. Judy Adler guided participants in postural and stretching techniques to avoid strain and injury. 

At the end of the day participants enjoy a relaxation class with hot Acuballs .

There were scrumptious lunches, an evening musical gathering, swimming in the aqua blue pond and opportunityies for meditation on this lovely getaway in the rolling hills of Centre Hastings

Sweet Life Farm http://sweetlifefarm.ca/retreat.html is run by Judy Adler a Chiropractor, and Richard Eaton a Forester. The farm is located in Centre Hastings, a once geologically active part of Ontario. There are several small veins of Talc running through the property produced by the intrusion of magma into sedimentary rock about 1 billion years ago.  You can look out from the house across to the steep escarpment on the southerly edge of Lake Moira. This escarpment marks the edge of limestone to the south and the southern edge of the Canadian Shield to the north.The rocks around the property display the rich geological activity of the region.The sand and rocks by the ponds as well as the  rocks and boulders in the many dry stone walls were brought here by the meltwater action when the last glacier receded.