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12PM - 5PM

Festive feasting / Workshops / Connection 

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Take yourself out of the pre-Christmas mayhem and find space to connect to yourself and others at Assembly's Festive Winter Gathering. 

Let's get festive on our own terms and find connection in the simple pleasures of food, making and discussion as we gather at the family farmstead of Laura Bayley in her home amongst the green hills of Downpatrick.

Together we will gather to enjoy a beautifully laid hearty lunch, styled by the effortless Grace & Saviour and then dive into two workshops led by local creative women.

+ Dot and Erin from NearyNogs Stoneground Chocolate will be hosting a Chocolate Tasting Workshop. You can expect to learn about flavour wheels, explore various percentages of chocolate and try and beans from around the world - as well as taking some of their beautiful chocolate away with you.

+ Janice, from Gathered Threads will lead us in a foraged wreath workshop, where we will take a walk in the nearby woods and learn how to put together our own wreaths to take home to display.

You can also expect to receive a luxurious treat-bag full of goodies from local and sustainable makers (OH MY! These are such a treat!) and be full up on seasonal food, drinks and heartfelt discussion as we discuss and connect around the campfire.

While December encourages us to be busy and distracted - this is the perfect time to carve out space for recharging and investing in your creative path in the company of other honest and inspiring women. 

We cannot wait to have you...



+  Assembly Gatherings is a female-only event - sorry fellas.

+  Please dress in layers, as we will be both inside and outside for different parts of the event. Bring appropriate footwear for taking a walk in a forest!

+  Feel free to bring your camera to capture the evening if you wish. Laura's farm property is beautiful, with lots of opportunities for great pictures.

+  You do not have to be part of a creative profession to attend Assembly, but the heart of the gatherings is to connect with other women who are creatively inspired.

+  If you are a breastfeeding or new mama, don't feel left out. Babes in arms (or slings or prams) are welcome. Just let us know what you need.

+ Please make sure to tell us if you have dietary requirements when you register so we can provide you with the yummiest food to suit your needs. 

+ You'll get an email nearer the time with lots more information and reminders once you have booked your space.

+ Spaces go quickly for our gatherings and we have intentionally create a space limit so that people can really connect. There is always a waiting list of people who would love to be there so please book ASAP to avoid disappointment!

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* Please note that ticket sales are final and we cannot offer a refund for any cancellations or if you are unable to come. You are welcome to sell your ticket on to someone else in replacement if you so wish - please let us know the name and email address of the person you are transferring it to. Thank you for understanding!