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image for Experience item typeWellbeing in Nature: Short Courses & Workshops at Centre For Alternative Technology

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  • Food Standards Hygiene (Good)
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Experience

Wellbeing in Nature

Wellbeing in Nature

Short Courses @ CAT

Details

Take a journey of self-discovery while developing practical skills in a beautiful immersive environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).

The Centre for Alternative Technology offer a wide variety of day and short residential courses covering a range of sustainability issues, including: renewable energy, environmentally friendly building techniques, water and sanitation solutions, introductory classes in ecology, woodland management, organic gardening and wilderness skills, as well as specialist courses for educators and trade professionals.

CAT is a world-renowned eco centre that celebrates and supports greener ways of living. Nestled in the foothills of Snowdonia and bursting with wildlife you can combine exciting practical skills with immersive wellbeing experiences,

CAT’s series of short courses cover everything from nature connection to mindful forestry. Relax and unwind through calm contemplation in the natural world while learning forestry skills, green woodworking, mindfulness theory and more.

Short course experiences include

Social Forestry - Learn the theory and practice of social forestry, looking at how sustainable woodland management and crafts can help promote human wellbeing.

Mindful Woodland Management - Learn some of the basic techniques of traditional woodland management and coppice craft whilst developing mindfulness skills in the peaceful surrounds of the CAT woodlands.

Connecting with Trees - A unique two-day course immersed in the CAT woodlands, learning about and connecting with the wonderful world of trees.

Sustainable Woodland Management - The theory and practice of managing woodlands in a way that benefits people and wildlife.

A Work that Reconnects Retreat - A week-long retreat combining meditation with volunteering

Type: Sustainable Workshops & Short courses

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsPushchairs availableRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Welcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitalityElectric car charging point

Assisted Access, Coach Access. Group Rates available. Dogs Welcome

Opening Details

Open all the time

Various short Courses and Workshop - see website for details

Address

Llwyngwern Quarry,
Pantperthog,
Machynlleth,
Powys,
SY20 9AZ

Location

Directions

Plan route to Centre For Alternative Technology using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 755044  Lat: 52.62305 Long: -3.84062

The Centre for Alternative technology is ideally situated right in the heart of Mid Wales, just two hours by train from Birmingham International Airport and Train Station.

CAT is located three miles north of Machynlleth on the A487, look out for the brown signs.

By Public Transport
Travel Planner - https://www.traveline.cymru/

Bus services run from Machynlleth and other major towns. The T2 runs regular routes from Aberystwyth to Bangor. The T2 also passes the centre as well. It's worth looking online if you're planning to travel by bus and ask the driver about the best place to alight for the centre.

National Cycle Network Route 8 passes via CAT's entrance and the road from Mach to CAT is quiet and safe (see map above).

Trains are frequent and it doesn't take long to get from the Midlands to Machynlleth

By Car:
Free car parking at Visitor Centre.
EV Car Charging point: Free to Cat Visitors - notify reception on arrival and they will assist you with the charging facilities.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 3 miles from Machynlleth station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Electric car charging pointElectric car charging point

Assisted Access, Coach Access. Group Rates available. Dogs Welcome

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 30
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

Notes

There is disabled parking at the top of both driveways. Please don't hesitate to call us on 01654 705989 for more information.