Sustainable Sympathy Flowers

We’re very excited to announce that included in our 3 day Sustainable Sympathy Flower Course is a talk and demonstration from Sophia of Woven Farewell Coffins. Sophia began working with willow as part of her bereavment support in 2012. Six years on and one epiphany later, Woven Farewell Coffins was born. Making coffins combines Sophias passion for willow, ecological practices and support of family-centric funerals. You will have the opportunity to weave part of a coffin with Sophia as well as hear her speak knowledgeably about the industry. You will of course also learn and create foam free floral designs. Using moss, twine and willow we encourage you to explore the benefits of using sustainable sympathy techniques. You will have the opportunity to work with both flowers and planted material, adding depth to your portfolio as well as to your skill set. We advise you on the most suitable arrangements for both formal and informal services. We explain in detail the best way to approach the business side of sympathy flowers covering; funeral director collaboration the do and don’ts, working with a grieving family, costing and quotation and how to market your business.

We have a willow casket in school for you to dress and take those all important portfolio images. We’ll also head out into the parkland area of Levens Hall with our professional photographer, Jessica Reeve, in order that we capture the beauty of your flowers nestled amongst the beauty of nature.

During your three days here with us you will create a large casket piece, a hand tied sheaf, a garland, a large wreath and an urn arrangement.

As many British flowers and foliage supplied by local Cumbrian and British growers as possible will be used on this course.

This course is not restricted to experienced florists, we welcome anyone wanting to learn a more sustainable method of sympathy flower designs.

Course Price –  £1450

Deposit payment  – £600  

A deposit of £600 is required to secure your place, the balance payment is taken 8 weeks prior to the course start date.

For information on places to stay during your course please visit Recommended Accommodation.

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