We have practical courses, taster days for our courses, debates to open up conversations and share ideas and residential experiences to help make sense of the present and plan your future.  Here’s our line up…  Find our Latest News here.

Open Day

Find out what Black Mountains College is all about! Join us at Gwernyfed Rugby Club from 10am – 3pm on Saturday 9th July, 2022 for a range of all-day and planned activities...   All Day Activities: Food and drink from The… Read more

Print Making for Activism Workshop

Gain an introduction to lino cutting to help you draw, cut and print you own activist designs. Printmaking techniques have long been associated with protest and following in this tradition we will be using lino cutting tools to carve a… Read more

Riven Ash Hurdle Making Course

Learn a traditional skill by having a go at using a draw knife and a shave horse to create traditional riven ash sheep hurdles. One-hour sessions – at Hay Castle, outdoors on the lawn This workshop is for people who… Read more

Home Cooking for Students 

One-Day Short Course Going to uni or college this September? Can’t cook or won’t cook? This course is for can’t cook new students who would like to be equipped with recipe knowledge to create their favourite foods. From pizza to… Read more

Pole Lathe Making Course

This is a one-day Pole Lathe Making course at our Troed-yr-Harn campus in Talgarth... This workshop is for people who are interested in sustainable woodland management and would like to know how to make useful products from coppiced and other… Read more

Tool Sharpening Workshop

A repeat of our Tool Sharpening course from April... Bring two or three unsharpened tools to the TFSR workshop and learn how to make them sharp again rather than replace them. Types of tools you can bring include sickles, axes,… Read more

Ecological Futures Camp

Experience Black Mountain College and explore your future. How can you use your passions and skills to make a difference? For school leavers and others thinking about the world of work at a time of uncertainty and ecological crisis. Read more

Composting Toilets Re-Run – September

Learn why dry/compost toilets are environmentally significant, how to plan for, design, and build a wooden dry/compost latrine. Key Information Date - Sunday 18th September 2022 from 9am – 5pm Location - at our Troed yr Harn Campus. Our campus is a car… Read more

Writing, Climate and the Living World

3-day residential course exploring how writing can confront and reflect the climate and ecological emergency. Read more
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Past Events

Cooking with Foraged and Seasonal Produce

One-Day Short Course Want to learn how to use local and seasonal ingredients? You’ll learn some simple, healthy and delicious recipes to cook at home on this one-day course. For individuals or pairs with an interest in cooking in a… Read more

A New Story – Imagine, Transform, Adapt

Explore what the era of climate breakdown means for you, brainstorm practical strategies for meaningful action in every sphere of your life. Read more

Apples for All

One-Day Short Course  This course is for gardeners, people interested in community orchards, local food production and for everyone who loves apples! Have a go at planning your own orchard, or your community orchard, and learn how to propagate new… Read more

Composting Toilets Short Course – Repeat

Composting Toilet Discover why dry/compost toilets are environmentally significant. Learn how to plan for, design, and build a wooden dry/compost latrine. This practical course sets the scene to make the “case” for compost toilets in some situations, explaining how to… Read more

Community Orchards Short Course

Join us on our one-day Community Orchards course in Talgarth... Learn about community orchards and why local food production is so important for our future food supply. This course is for people with an interest in creating a community orchard,… Read more

Coppicing Crafts: Making a Hurdle Short Course

Make a Hurdle This course is for people who are interested in the ancient craft of sustainable woodland management, coppicing, and would like to know how to make useful products from coppiced material. You will make a garden hurdle to… Read more

Climate Careers Fair – Online Course

How will the impact of ecological and climate crisis affect the context of your working life – what can you ‘be’ in that future and how do you get there? Read more

Composting Toilets Short Course

Composting Toilet Discover why dry/compost toilets are environmentally significant. Learn how to plan for, design, and build a wooden dry/compost latrine. This practical course sets the scene to make the “case” for compost toilets in some situations, explaining how to… Read more

Tree Planting

Come and join us for a tree planting session to create a shelterbelt at our Farm campus! In partnership with Stump up for Trees and the Talgarth Community Woodland Group. Key Information Date: Saturday 23rd April 2022 Time: 10am - 3pm Location: Our… Read more

Tool Sharpening Short Course

Tool Sharpening Bring two or three unsharpened tools along with you to our Troed yr Harn campus and learn how to make them sharp again rather than replace them! Types of tools you can bring include sickles, axes, slashers, billhooks,… Read more

Understanding and Changing the Financial System Short Course

An online course delivered with ShareAction over two evenings in April for anyone wanting to understand how the financial system impacts our world socially, economically, and ecologically. What will be covered? The functioning of the dominant financial systems. The leverage… Read more

Community Tree Planting

Join us for a Community Tree Planting session! Take part in planting for the future at our Troed yr Harn farm campus.  This is a free drop-in session! When? Date: Sunday 20th March 2022 Time: 1pm - 5pm Where? Meet… Read more

Family Learning: Community Growing Short Course

Learn how to grow food plants sustainably for yourself, your family and your community. A morning or afternoon session at Gwernyfed Walled Garden. Read more

Community Seed Swap

Join us for a Community Seed Swap!  This event is free! Remember to label your seeds clearly.  Have a look around and take what you need...  No seeds? No problem! When? Date: Saturday 19th March 2022 Time: 10am - 12pm… Read more

Introduction to Coppicing: One-Day Course

TICKETS FOR THIS COURSE HAVE NOW SOLD OUT!   Take part in our Introduction to Coppicing short course! Learn how to use tools, and create products from the material you've coppiced This course is for woodland group members, people with… Read more

Spring Discovery Day – 12th February

Are you interested in the environment? Looking to learn something new? Maybe you're looking to study on a more practical course where you can learn outdoors and in context... Then come along to our free Spring Discovery Day at Gwernyfed… Read more

Winter Discovery Day – 27th November

Join us at our Winter Discovery Day on Saturday 27th November, from 9.30am – 11.30am at Gwernyfed Walled Garden (Three Cocks, Brecon LD3 0SG) which is the beautiful location of our Regenerative Horticulture course. This event is open to all… Read more

Volunteer Working Party – 14th August

Join us for our next Volunteer Day on Saturday 14th August, for a day of fun and hard work up at our farm campus.  This working party will involve continuing the upgrading of the footpath from the farm to Talgarth, as… Read more

Further Education Taster Day

We will no longer be holding our Taster Day as we have filled all of our available positions on both of our NVQ courses for this year! If you were hoping to attend, and are interested in one of our… Read more

Volunteer Working Party – Footpath upgrading

Join us on the 28th July, for a day of fun and hard work up at our farm campus.  This working party will be focussing on clearing and upgrading the path from the farm to Talgarth. We'll make sure we have… Read more

Apples for All

Join Regenerative Horticulture Tutor, Rashid Benoy, for a day's workshop learning about growing, pruning and grafting top fruit (tree-growing fruit) such as plums, pears, cherries, as well as apples.  apples, and how it grows a community. Understanding the needs of… Read more

Discovery Day

Find out what Black Mountains College is all about. Join us at Gwernyfed Rugby Club 10am - 3pm on 3rd July, 2021. Activities will include: All Day Activities Food and drink from The Malthouse Share visions of the Black Mountains College… Read more

Stories of Talgarth, with Owen Sheers

Come and join us at the Bridge End Inn to share stories of Talgarth. All are welcome to listen and tell stories along with Owen Sheers, Rob Stephens, Elwyn Jones, Havard Prosser and other keepers of histories of Talgarth. We'll… Read more

Webinar: Zero Carbon Britain – Rising to the Climate Emergency

Paul Allen, from the Centre for Alternative Technology joins us to explore the problems we face with our changing climate, give an overview of the solution presented in our Zero Carbon Britain report and end-point vision and explore practical steps, available… Read more

Community Q&A

We have exciting news to share.  We have secured a 50 year lease on a farm just outside Talgarth.  Troyd yr Harn will be our college campus.  On this Zoom webinar, we'll be joined by Talgarth residents County Councillor William… Read more

Hope Imagined: Creative Writing Course (4 weeks)

Hope Imagined is a series of four one and a half-hour interactive workshops to be held weekly, on Monday evenings.  The course will be facilitated by Lynn Clausen. Register on Eventbrite Week 1 - 2/11/20 6pm - 7.30pm Week 2… Read more
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