Groups and Group Workshops

Brewers Guild
The Brewers Guild is interested in all aspects of brewing from the mundane to the medical. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic recipes are researched. However, NO underage drinking is tolerated. We want to represent the best in our craft, and invite you to join us at our regularly scheduled meetings; usually once a month on a Wednesday evening we get together at a local pub.


Cooking Guild
The Cooking Guild studies period recipes and cooking techniques. If you would like to learn more about period cooking, please contact the Guild about scheduling new workshops.


Herbal Guild
In the Herbal Guild of Darach we research both period and modern herb uses, growing tips and recipes for use in the “current middle ages.” Meetings vary in time and dates, so please check the social media pages and announcements and join us!


Textiles Guild
The Textiles Guild is another way of saying “Sewing” or “Costuming Workshops.” Textiles is open to anyone, regardless of whether you are at a beginning, intermediate, or advanced sewing level. Workshops are hosted often at the home of either Mathom Grange (in Oxnard) or Wit’s End (in Ventura). Sewing machines are available as well as libraries full of medieval costuming at both locations. Future Arts and Sciences workshops in sewing and pattern drafting resuming on Sundays, when fair weather allows. Various other arts workshops –all held outside, on Sundays—will occur at the whims of the Darach Populace and Arts Officers:) Please stay tuned to the Shire of Darach FB wall—as well the Shire email list. For more info contact Comptess Albra Katerine at—or ask questions on the Shire of Darach FB wall. As we navigate the former ‘lockdown times’ we are working to re-establish a workable class schedule whilst ‘staying safe’ and healthy. Stay tuned!


Scribal Guild
Project Night is a “monthly-ish” get-together for anyone interested in Arts & Sciences, with emphasis on Scriptorium (calligraphy & illumination). Usually hosted at Bruce Draconarius house in Oxnard. Learn calligraphy, practice borders, paint pictures, or create a fancy letter. We usually work on award scrolls or private projects or donations to the Kingdom.


Woodworking Guild
The Woodworking Guild is dedicated to historical research and practical application of medieval woodcraft. Our goal is to learn the art of woodworking, period techniques and tools, modern tool use and safety. Currently hosted on a request only basis.


Equestrian Group
Equestrian Practices are the third Sunday of each month, starting in February 2023 and weather permitting. Location is Conejo Creek Equestrian Center: 1350 E Avenida De Las Flores, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Currently co-hosted by the Barony of Altavia and the Shire of Darach. Open to any participants regardless of territory of residence. Authorization is available at this location for Jousting, mounted combat, crest combat, mounted games, marshalette/marshalette-in-training, and general riding. Riders are advised to bring their normal tack and equipment. No rental horses are available. Minors must have a parent or guardian present at all times. All practices run from 10am to 12 noon unless stated otherwise.
Rider must bring their own mounts.
Unmounted ground crew training available.