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Castaway Carna Wilderculture Week

£300.00£795.00

£795 and access to the Wildervore approach for 3 months.

This is an eco-holiday with a difference. It’s a unique hybrid of an active educational holiday as well as offering the chance to relax and detox from the modern world on a remote Scottish private island.

If you’re deeply concerned about the environment and climate change, but confused about how you can help and what foods are genuinely ‘sustainable’ then this is a wonderful way to learn more.

The setting is the Isle of Carna, nestled in Loch Sunart on the West Coast of Scotland where we’re running our ‘Wilderculture Carna’ innovative ecological restoration pilot project. The 600 acre Island is privately owned with just two comfortable holiday cottages which will be our ‘off grid’ accommodation for the week.

See ‘full details’ below for more.

(Carna is located in Loch Sunart on the West Coast of Scotland. Our meeting point at Laga Bay is easily accessible.)

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SKU: Carna Castaway Wilderculture Week Category:

11th – 17th May 2019 ~ 6 nights

I hope you can join us on this special week of Castaway Carna Wilderculture Week and activities. The week is as much about your rewilding journey as it’s about innovative ecological restoration. This is no ordinary conservation week of endless tree planting and humping heavy materials up hillsides. It will be energetic, but you’ll be experimenting with new and innovative regeneration techniques, enjoying comfortable accommodation on an exclusive Island and eating like a king.  It will be a modern world detox and great fun too.

Stephen and I, along with other core team members will be running the Castaway Carna Wilderculture Week.  We’re pulling out all the stops to make this an exceptional and life changing experience.

The Isle of Carna is a truly secluded location accessed only by your inclusive boat, this uninhabited island is surrounded only by mountains, abundant wildlife,(otters, seals, eagles at the very least), sea, and sky with no mobile signal, Wi-Fi or TV.  Imagine how wonderful the night skies are…bring a telescope, and you may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!

The Itinerary ~ Castaway Carna Wilderculture Week

Monday. Arrive by 4pm at Laga Bay, Ardnamurchan to meet Andy. They will take you to the Island and get you settled in for the evening. Please give yourself plenty of time to arrive as the boat can’t leave until everyone is present. 

Laga Bay, Glenborrodale, Acharacle PH36 4JW

 

When you book you will be invited into the on-line group on ‘Wildside’ to communicate with us and your fellow group members and co-ordinate elements of your stay.

All lunch and evening meals are provided.  Please bring your own breakfast ingredients.  We will send a proposed menu nearer the time and you’ll be able to make amendments in your group.  The menu is based on a healthy but delicious omnivore diet and will include locally sourced foods where possible.  If you follow an ancestral diet the menu will be easily adaptable.  We will be foraging some elements of the meals.  We can accommodate vegetarians and vegans by request.  Freshly caught seafood will be used too.

Lunches will be served at the Wilderculture camp on the far side of the Island and will consist of hot soup, oatcakes, a selection of cheese, cured meats and pickles, followed by cake or nuts and dried fruit. The ingredients for the evening meals will be provided in the individual cottages and a recipe card will help guide you.  We suggest alternating the task of cooking between members of the group.  Please bring your own wine, drinks and snacks.  (There will be boat runs to the mainland should you run out!)

There will be 9 places on the Castaway Carna Working Holiday and accommodation will be provided in two separate cottages. Rooms will be allocated depending on the composition of the group. Couples will be together in either single beds or a double. A family of four of five may be allocated a cottage to themselves on request. Children must be over 16. Minimum age 18 if unaccompanied by an adult.

There is electricity provided by generator/solar power. The cooker and fridge are gas, the heating and hot water is by gas boiler and open fire.

  • Accommodation in either Carna House or Carna Cottage
  • Two self-drive boats with training to explore Loch Sunart 
  • Logs, linen, essential toiletries, tea, coffee, salt, pepper
  • Transfers on and off the island with full ‘settling in’ service
  • 24 hour mainland radio support service
  • Exclusive access to the whole island unimpeded
Carna House:

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Pets Allowed: No
  • Non smoking
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Linen: All Bedding & Towels included
  • Fuel: All inclusive
Carna Cottage:

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Pets Allowed: No
  • Non smoking
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Linen: Towels and bedding included
  • Fuel: All inclusive

 

Though remote, Carna is still accessible at just over an hour’s drive from Fort William, 3 hours from Inverness and Glasgow and 4 hours from Edinburgh to our departure point at Laga Bay where you will be met by Andy and the team. 
 

You will need to be fit and healthy to attend the Castaway Carna Wilderculture Week, there’s going to be some physical work.  You will be remote, which when in bad weather, means rescue or help may be severely impeded or impossible. If you have any known health concerns please consider carefully the likelihood of medical care being required.

If you have any questions please ring Caroline on 015394 37794 or ask us on ‘chat’.

** Deposits that are taken are non-refundable, however should the working holiday be unavoidably cancelled, we will of course, refund all payments made.

Date

Castaway Carna Wilderculture Week 11th – 18th May 2019

Book Me In!

Deposit option: Pay £200 now and £395 by 28/08/2018, Early Bird: £495, Full Price: £595, Deposit option: Pay £300 now and £495 to be paid 6 weeks before departure, Early Bird: £695 (Ends 31st December), Full Price: £795

Overview

Experience Style: Active and Educational

This trip is one of our working weeks and will include a combination of practical activities tied to our innovative ecological restoration work, livestock handling, finding, understanding and eating nourishing foods and learning lessons from the land.

Accommodation level: Very Good

You will be accommodated in comfortable and well-equipped cottages for 4 nights. The cottages include logs, linen, essential toiletries, tea, coffee, salt, pepper. Lunch and dinner are included in the price. Please bring your own breakfast ingredients. All rooms accommodate 2 people and will be 2 single beds or a double bed, bathrooms are shared.

Depending on the composition of the group individuals may be asked to share a twin room with another same sex individual.

Physical Rating: Medium

This is a unique week which focuses more on education rather than heavy lifting and manual labour. Any physical activity within the trip will be light and not too challenging and is entirely optional. If you have any queries or concerns about this please contact us directly at info@wilderculture.com

Trip Type: Small Group

There are 9 spaces on the Carna Wilderculture Week experience.

Age requirement: 16+

All trip members under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Full Details

Our Wilderculture experiences are designed to explore the complex question of what we should be eating to best support our global and local environment.

Our food contains a fraction of the nutrients it did 50 years ago but instead contains a wide range of toxins and anti-nutrients that are making us sick.

Our farm animals are often reared inhumanely, and our wildlife is disappearing before our eyes. Parts of our world are suffering from desertification and wildfires and even in the UK the symptoms of poor soil health appearing in the form of increased flood and drought events.

Our soils’ ability to sustain food production is likely to fail on a global scale within 60 years and all the while our population is growing rapidly.

It seems like we’re getting our land management badly wrong.

What You’ll Learn:

People who have no direct connection to land often feel they have no way of helping to influence land management. In fact, everyone has an important part to play in saving our world.

Lifestyle and eating choices are the main driver that can influence a dramatic change, but to save it you must first understand it. This is where it gets confusing. We are often told that eating a vegan diet is the best way to help nature and that grazing livestock are destroying important habitats.

Plants and animals are intertwined in the ecosystem and cannot be separated from each other unless we produce our foods using intensive agricultural practices that harm the planet.

It’s certainly true that in many cases, our subsidy systems along with public demand for cheap food has driven production to environmentally destructive levels. Livestock however are a tool, it’s the management that matters. Under poor management they can be highly destructive, but under good management they are a powerful tool to regenerative soils and increase biodiversity.

You’ll learn the difference:

Caroline will take you on an educational journey looking at the problems with our global food system and the flaws in our reductionist approach to assessing the sustainability and climatic impact of our food.

Through presentations in the ‘wild’ classroom, walks across the Island and a series of practical demonstrations you will learn to look at food production more holistically.

The week will round off with a shift in focus to the global to the local. We’ll explore why traditional diets were the healthiest and most sustainable diets of all, and how this ancestral wisdom could inform what we eat today.

How This Can Help You:

You will leave feeling more able to nourish yourself in ways that will positively influence land management as well as your own health. You will be able to engage in debates on the sustainability of our common foods in a more informed and confident way.

You will enjoy the breath-taking tranquil beauty and abundant wildlife of the Island. You will have plenty of time to walk, watch otters or just sit on the sea shore with a good book. If you prefer to get hands on and learn some of our innovative conservation techniques you can opt in to some of the practical activities we will be undertaking in the afternoons. Activities include moving cattle, learning to ‘leaver and mulch’ rhododendron, or gathering material for our wild compost bins.

You may even leave feeling empowered to get involved in ecological restoration projects; be it tending a pot of salad and making compost in your backyard or starting a new career in land management or farming.

Included:

  • Accommodation: 6 nights in a comfortable self-catering cottage, bedrooms are 2 single beds or a double. Bathrooms are shared. Logs, linen, essential toiletries, tea, coffee, salt, pepper will be provided.
  • Meals: All lunch and evening meals are provided. Please bring your own breakfast ingredients.  We will send a proposed menu nearer the time and you’ll be able to make amendments in your group.  The menu is based on a healthy but delicious omnivore diet and will include locally sourced foods where possible.  If you follow an ancestral diet the menu will be easily adaptable.  We will be foraging some elements of the meals.  We can accommodate vegetarians and vegans by request.  Fresh seafood will be used too.

Lunches will be served at the Wilderculture camp on the far side of the Island or in the ‘wild classroom’ near the cottages and will consist of hot soup, oatcakes, a selection of cheese, cured meats and pickles, followed by cake or nuts and dried fruit. The ingredients for the evening meals will be provided in the individual cottages and a recipe card will help guide you.  We suggest alternating the task of cooking between members of the group.

Please bring your own wine, drinks and snacks.  (There will be boat runs to the mainland should you run out!)

  • Equipment: Any tools or equipment needed for the tasks will be provided.
  • Transport and excursions: Two self-drive boats with training to explore Loch Sunart, transfers on and off the island with full ‘settling in’ service. Exclusive access to the whole island unimpeded.
  • Security: 24-hour mainland radio support service

Not Included:

  • Transport from your home to at Laga Bay, Ardnamurchan.
  • Food: breakfast, snacks and alcohol are not provided however you are more than welcome to bring them with you.

Additional Information:

Though remote, Carna is still accessible at just over an hour’s drive from Fort William, 3 hours from Inverness and Glasgow and 4 hours from Edinburgh to our departure point at Laga Bay where you will be met by Andy and the team.

You will need to be fit and healthy to attend the Castaway Carna Working Holidays, the terrain is rough and rugged and walking is included in the activities.  You will be remote, which when in bad weather, means rescue or help may be severely impeded or impossible. If you have any known health concerns, please consider carefully the likelihood of medical care being required.

We must fill a certain number of places on this event to be able to run it. We will give you a months’ notice and a prompt, full refund if we must cancel.

Itinerary

7-day retreat.

Day 1: Introduction to the Island and welcome picnic. While walking we will learn how to listen, smell, touch and see what is happening in our environment. This is the foundation to good land management and helps to build awareness – reconnecting us to our ecosystem.

Day 2: Developing a holistic perspective is essential to understanding our food systems and land management.  We will start with a classroom session on climate change, learning about the mechanisms mother earth developed to keep our wider ecosystem cool and habitable and how we are damaging these systems through our modern agricultural practices. Our afternoon session will be a practical land management session that will depend on the weather and the season – we’ll be getting dirt under our finger nails and using all our senses while helping our land regenerate itself. (optional)

Day 3: Delving deeper into the four individual ecosystem processes we will be talking ‘community dynamics’. A classroom start learning about trophic cascades, the complex web of life and how our modern farming methods are causing the pests that create the need to use toxic and energy intensive responses. This will be followed by a walk looking at natural succession and the importance of having or mimicking the herbivores and predators in an ecosystem. We will look at how important complexity is in our diet and the difference between the diets of healthy hunter gatherer populations and our own – and especially its impact on our gut health. After lunch we will have a practical land management session working with the tool of living organisms; it could be big hairy cows or microscopic creatures. (optional)

Day 4: A day to do what you like. Enjoy the wild space on your own or take a trip to the mainland to get supplies.

Day 5: Today will start with a classroom session on the water cycle. Following on from our climate 101 session we will look at the more local water cycle and what has gone drastically wrong with this important function in the UK. We will look at how to spot the symptoms of a poor water cycle on the land and what management can improve it.  We will learn about the importance of managing livestock health proactively, by rearing them in ways that mimic nature, and how this relates to human health.

Evening BBQ by the beach.

Day 6: Today we will be looking at the mineral cycle and energy flow. We will start with a classroom session looking at the ways in which our plants, animals and humans get the 42 (or more) essential nutrients required for optimal health and disease resistance. We will look at the importance of sunlight and mineral cycling in creating elevated levels of biodiversity and why many ecological restoration projects fail. We will learn how all food comes from sunlight and that photosynthesis is the key to how much food we can sustainably produce per acre. Effective mineral cycling and photosynthesis are the key to rebuilding our degrading soils while significantly reducing the green house gas burden. We will spend a few hours actively managing the land for optimal mineral cycling and energy flow. (optional)

Day 7: Dawn walk. We will get up early and take a walk at sunrise. As we walk we will discuss the ways in which you can take what you have learned and use it in your own life or work. The knowledge you have gained will leave you with a sense of optimism about the future of our planet. But to have the happy ending we need to act now and spread the world. We will give you access to our Wildervore online learning programme to further develop your skills and knowledge. You will be invited to become ambassadors of Wilderculture and if you desire our team will support you to initiate projects in your own environment.
Say goodbye and return home.

Accommodation

There will be 9 places on the Castaway Carna Working Holiday and accommodation will be provided in two separate cottages. Rooms will be allocated depending on the composition of the group. Couples will be together in either single beds or a double. A family of four of five may be allocated a cottage to themselves on request. Children must be over 16. Minimum age 18 if unaccompanied by an adult.

There is electricity provided by generator/solar power. The cooker and fridge are gas, the heating and hot water is by gas boiler and open fire.

Key Features:

  • Accommodation in either Carna House or Carna Cottage
  • Two self-drive boats with training to explore Loch Sunart
  • Logs, linen, towels, essential toiletries, tea, coffee, salt, pepper are provided
  • Transfers on and off the island with full ‘settling in’ service
  • 24-hour mainland radio support service
  • Exclusive access to the whole island unimpeded
  • Fuel is all inclusive
  • No pets allowed
  • We will have a support boat crossing most days to bring any forgotten essentials and top up supplies.

Cottage Details

Carna House:

Sleeps: 8

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

Carna Cottage:

Sleeps: 6

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

Prices

Deposit option: Pay £300 now and £495 6 weeks before departure
Early Bird: £695 (Ends 31st December)
Full Price: £795

** Deposits that are taken are non-refundable, however should the working holiday be unavoidably cancelled, we will of course, refund all payments made.

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