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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 Autumn Workshops

Herbalist and Teacher Dedj Leibbrandt joins us for a two part residency this Autumn to take a closer look at how herbs can be used to support women through a range of menstrual and menopause related health concerns.

Public Sessions at Unity House in Blackburn on 19 & 26 September and 24 & 31 October

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

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