Sweet Life Farm Weekend in the Country Walling Workshop July 13-14

We are excited to announce a unique hands-on walling workshop to be held 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 is a two day event and will have 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 will guide participants in postural and stretching techniques to avoid strain and injury. 
At the end of the day participants can enjoy a relaxation class with hot Acuballs and partner stretching, in the studio. 
There will be scrumptious lunches, an evening musical gathering, swimming in the aqua blue pond and an opportunity for meditation anywhere on this lovely getaway in the rolling hills of Centre Hastings

Cost for this two day seminar/ experience is only 250 dollars and includes full hands on instruction by certified professional waller John Shaw-Rimmington, printed walling material, lunches, refreshments, taxes and evening activities.
Please contact mcclaryharris@sympatico.ca to register
Limited spaces are available. 
Camping is available on site , or if you prefer something less rugged guests wishing to stay at the farmhouse a $100 accommodation fee includes a comfortable bed for 2 nights, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, refreshments and taxes. Our gardens are lush and 100% organic and our food is delicious and healthy. Space is limited. To register please contact


The Franklin Bridge

Photo by Franklin Smith 

"The experience of the five days conducting the briudge workshop in Asheville felt a bit like the dry stone equivalent of a major musical performance. I had been invited to come to Asheville to conduct members of a guest orchestra . The stone/musicians had not seen the music before but sight read and performed the ‘bridge piece’ perfectly. Bravo orchestra !"


The dry stone amphitheater we built at Hart House Farm during the Walling Adross Canada Festival, is still looking marvellous. We revisited the site this winter after ten years. The Venus Gate arch entrance and accompanying 'plinth' is very much a show piece on the University of Toronto property retreat. 


John Shaw-Rimmington designed this unusual 'picket fence' dry stone wall which he and Mark Ricard and Shwn Kelley built recently on the West Coast.

Special thanks to Kevin Carman and Ian for doing the pebble work at the base of the gate boulders.



Our most recent bridge we built in September 2018 in Victoria B.C. showing the process from the 'future bridge site' photo, through to the 'proposed dry stone design', and the 'final construction phase' (with form still in place), to final shot of children enjoying 'finished project'.


Our dry stone bridge we built in the Haliburton Forest late July of 2018


A new dry stone bridge students built during the workshop in Pontypool in early July of 2018


Dry Stone Feature by John Shaw-Rimmington

This dry laid crevice garden wall is looking very attractive. Photographed each spring the stone’s colours seem to match the vibrant new growth everywhere. Garden walls like this can be as practical as they are beautiful, since they not only retain the soil above they provide many secure pockets of planting areas for new plants to grow over the slope of the terrace..


Some Past Dry Stone Installations

Rockport Ontario Canada  


Snow makes the perfect topping for dry stone structures here in Canada.

The Ennismore Arch has become a well known and well loved landmark since it was built two years ago during two consecutive weekend Dry Stone Walling Across Canada Workshops . It can be veiwed in the parkette situated where three different roads converge near Ennismore Ontario.


The 'bones', are the most important aspect of a well designed garden. Carefully fitted stones used in an aestheticly pleasing hardscape create the best bone structure .  This terraced garden has good bones. It will have a strong healthy visual appeal, not just in spring, summer and fall, but also all through the winter.


Farley Mowat Boat

Port Hope's Air and Sea Cadets at the dry stone Farley Mowat Boat-roofed House on November 11th Canada Remembrance Day 2017. Farley would be proud.