by Webmaster, 12th April 2022
For an authentic taste of rural Welsh living, sign up to an experience you’ll never forget at Llanfrothen, Gwynedd
Nestled between the sea and the mountains of Snowdonia lies the community Llanfrothen. While thousands flock to the area to explore the dramatic landscape or just to relax, most people don't get to experience the real lives of those living and working in the area.
Three women who grew up in and around Llanfrothen are offering people a unique opportunity as they share their lives, cutlure and livelihoods in a two-day course at the historic Fferm y Llan - giving visitors a hands on introduction to the Welsh language, painting the landscape and sustainable Welsh farming. This is a truly authentic taste of life in rural Wales beyond the ice cream shops and hiking trails.
Sheep and cattle farmer, Olwen Ford champions self-sustaining regenerative agriculture on her third-generation family farm and specialises in rearing native rare breeds. Now she has teamed up with artist Sian Elen and Welsh language tutor Llinos Griffin to offer you the very best of rural Wales in this culturally enriching experience.
“Quite simply, we’re proud Welsh women who have pride in where we live," she said.
"Here, the language, landscape and land go hand in hand. As well as day to day work on the farm, I offer wool courses at Fferm y Llan giving visitors a taste of the old traditions of spinning and carding, using fleece from my sheep of course and people love giving it a go and realise the importance of wool as a sustainable material, but I also teach people about my farm, my family history and our diverse farmland - our flower and herb rich meadows that bustle with a variety of birds – skylarks, snipe and even red kites.
"One sixth of the land is also covered with oak trees. Our course, A Rural Wales Experience means you can also explore the farm and the epic landscape with Sian as an artist and even learn the Welsh words for our surroundings. They’re perfect for anyone who wants to dive into our Welsh way of living and the groups that have been down on the farm leave with a smile on their face, artwork or craftwork they have created and a true sense of rural Welsh culture.”
A Rural Wales Experience is part of the Byw.Bod business community that champions local businesses and experiences in the villages of Croesor, Llanfrothen and Penrhyndeudraeth.