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Regular activities by women for women. Suitable for all abilities, and all women are welcome.

Gift Economy

Our activities are offered without charge but with principles of gift economy. Our gift of free access to resources and activities is based on the responsibility that comes with gifting. Mostly we ask you to show up, show kindness to other women, to contribute as much as you take and at some point perhaps to exchange or offer your knowledge and time to other women through Idle Women or elsewhere.


Idle Women is growing a sisterhood of women who volunteer their time, energy and passion. If you would like to volunteer or have any queries about our activities please contact us.

Medicinal Plant Study Group

(Mud to medicine observation project)


Monthly meet up for women to explore local medicinal plants, focussing on one plant per month with some practical herbalism techniques  and creative ways to get to know plant medicine.

Monthly on Sundays 1 – 3.30 pm

22 Sept, 20 Oct, 17 Nov 

Physic Garden, Hargreaves St, Nelson BB9 7DB

Women's skill share

A monthly workshop led by one of the many Idle Women who harbour wonderful skills and interests. Come along to have a go at a range of activities from pottery to DIY to book binding, and perhaps you have something you would like to share?

Monthly on Wednesdays 6-8pm

28 Aug, 25 Sept, 30 Oct, 27 Nov

Unity House, 2nd Floor, 49-51 Preston New Rd, Blackburn BB2 6AE


Herbalism Summer Course

Herbalist and Teacher Mara Baughman specialises in how our Hormone systems affect every aspect of our health from our mood to chronic conditions. Mara will be in residence with Idle Women throughout August.

The Summer Course is suitable for women with an interest, even if very basic in how herbs and holistic practices can support our health. The course also includes a days training in facial acupressure.

The course is delivered over four dates and attendance at each session is prioritised.

Each day is from 11am-4pm

You will need to bring your lunch and note taking materials.

Sunday 11 Aug – At the Physic Garden, Nelson.

Tuesday 13 August – At Unity House in Blackburn (this part of the course will teach facial acupressure)

Sunday 18 & 25 August- At the Physic Garden, Nelson

Willow Weaving

A  monthly group meeting to learn and practice together, with visiting tuition and support from Hebridean basket weaver Dawn Susan. The group will also plant and harvest willow for weaving. 

This is a skill development group for those
interested in supporting other women to learn.

To express interest and for further details please email

Monthly on Saturdays, 10am-3.30 pm
21 Sept, 19 Oct, 16 Nov 

Physic Garden, Hargreaves St, Nelson BB9 7DB

Meet Idle Women

For women who are interested in being part of a regular group meeting weekly in Nelson, come and meet us, take part in a taster day and help create a new space for women in Nelson.

Each taster day will share some of the things we like to get up to at Idle Women

Thu 1 Aug – Using power tools to make something useful

Thu 8 Aug – An intoduction to making plant medicine

Thu 15 Aug – A creative workshop using textiles and plants inspired by our artist in residence Emma Blackburn

These events are held in collaboration with Great Places who will be sharing some of the offers for qualifications and training that they can offer women.

Physic Garden, Hargreaves St, Nelson BB9 7DB

women at the boat

Winter Solstice

A gentle winter gathering with some seasonal activities.

Wednesday 18 December, 11am – 2pm

At the Physic Garden, Hargreaves St, Nelson BB9 7DB


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