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Textile traditions in India July 2016

Dates: 25th June - 8th July 2016

Textiles traditions in India November 2016

Dates: 12th - 25th November or 5th - 18th November 2016.

These are two unique 14 day journeys which will take you to parts of India which have some of the most wonderful textiles traditions. The journey will look at the skills and processes that are used by crafts people, and how these skilled communities are responding to India’s rapidly changing environment.

The visits aim to enable people interested in art and crafts from the UK to visit and interact with crafts people from India, mainly in the field of textiles. You will visit their workshops and facilities, learn about their traditions, and practically learn some new skills through hands on activities

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Summer 2016

2nd - 12th August 2016

Enquiry and change in South India.

This is an experimental journey, which will cover many aspects of the Geography curriculum; but will also explore India in a broader sense. The focus will be on Geography. Ecology of the region, Geomorphology of the river basin and the impact of humans and environmental change through time along this vast river system.

Areas that we will investigate along our journey may include:

  • the sharing of water as a resource;
  • the ecology of the region, including trees, bird, animal and plant life (this will include a safari into the national parks at the start of the trip and the incredible Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary near Mysore)
  • agriculture and landuse;
  • geopolitics of the fast development of this area;
  • sustainable farming and food production;
  • crafts and traditional products;
  • religion and the Hindu and traditional symbolism of water and the river;
  • the fluvial geomorphology of this river basin and its impact on resource use across the river basin;
  • resources of the river and how are they accessed, shared, distributed, and what industries are sustained by the river.
  • fishing industry on the Tamil coast and the impact of the tsunami;
  • visiting schools in the locality with a strong environmental focus and those effected by the tsunami ;
  • diversity of wealth within development, socioeconomic issues relating to development in south India

If you are interested and would like to chat about joining the journey with Helen, please email her on the address below.

Group leader: Helen Martin. Headteacher, Graffham Infant and Duncton CE Junior Schools, West Sussex




South India: Wildlife, Birds and Cultural Adventures.

31st November- 12th December 2016

This unique eleven day tour of South India will take you on a circlar journey from Bangalore City, to the ancient Hindu ruins of Hampi, on to the forested mountains of the Western Ghats, to beautiful beaches of the west coast and then following the River Cauvery back through Mysore to Bangalore.


The journey includes time spent in forest sanctuaries where you will see a wide range of forest wildlife and birds. This is the best time to visit India from a birders point of view, when migratory waterfowl and raptors can be seen alongside the vast variety of residential birds. The visit will explore Indian culture and life with time spent visits to some of the most exquisite temples in South India, cycles and walks through farms and  rural grasslands, time spent in South Indian cities and markets, and will include a focus on Indian food with visits to spice forests and cookery workshops.

Group leader:

Gyles Morris. (Director, Natures base. Education outreach centre, Ceredigion, Wales.) Email:


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