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Castaway Carna Wilderculture Week

£300.00£795.00

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

This week of Wilderculture is an immersion into the intertwined connection between humans and the land.

We will learn how healthy land is tied to human wellbeing – everything from the nutrient content of our foods to the healing effects of touching and smelling soil which reconnects us to the land.

People who have no connection to land often feel they have no way of helping to influence land management. We need to reconsider our responsibility of land and how it is being used. By changing just a few small things in your everyday life could have a massive and lasting impact on the future. You have the chance to change a few things today to ensure your future relations have a brighter future.

Join us on a week of ecological and human restoration where we delve deeply into learning the language of the land and how this will help us rebuild our health.

Through a combination of practical activities tied to our innovative ecological restoration work, livestock handling, finding, understanding and eating nourishing foods and taking lessons from the land you will leave feeling nourished and empowered to drive a change from the grass roots.

The wild ‘unplugged’ regenerating environment of Carna is the perfect setting to embark on this life changing journey. From the moment you arrive on our remote and breathtakingly beautiful island your current paradigm will unravel and make room for a new way of occupying our world.

(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 Working Holiday 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 re-wilding 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 and Barnaby. 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.  Fresh 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

Tuesday will be a settling in and orientation day. You can have the morning to explore, take a boat trip round the Island, do some wildlife spotting or just read a book. We’ll meet for lunch at the Wilderculture camp, where you’ll meet the team and get to know each other. After lunch we will have a gentle guided walk with introduction to the ‘Wilderculture Carna’ project.

Wednesday and Thursday after a leisurely breakfast we will be undertaking one or more of a range of tasks that could include: collecting and harvesting seed, collecting seaweed and shells, making ‘seed bombs,’ harvesting and brewing forest microbes, pulling young rhododendrons, fencing, rebuilding traditional bothies, planting trees, impacting rank grass beds and much more! During the work sessions you’ll learn lots about conservation, wildlife, holistic management and can ask lots of questions.

We’ll have lunch at the camp on the West of the Island. The afternoon work session will finish at approximately 4pm, after that you’re free to knock off for a relaxing evening watching sunsets and more. (More details on the task will be available nearer the time)

Friday after a leisurely breakfast and a quick tidy up you will be collected at 10am and returned to dry-land, a changed person – hopefully for the better!

We will have a support boat crossing most days to bring any forgotten essentials and top up supplies.

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. 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 have to cancel.

You will need to be fit and healthy to attend the Castaway Carna Wilderculture Week, there’s going to be some hard, 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.

** 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, Full Price: £795

Overview

Experience Style: Working Week

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.

Physical Rating: Medium

This is a unique working 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. 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 Working Week experience.

Age requirement: 16+

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

Full Details

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 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, there’s going to be some hard, 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.

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.

Our classroom sessions will be help in our wilderness yurt which is on the remote West side of the Island. There is a 40-minute walk to get to the classroom across wild and rugged terrain. A reasonable level of fitness and agility will be required for our basic daily activities.

Day 1: Introduction to the Island and welcome picnic. Waking up the senses. 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 re-root us to the land. This ability also helps us develop a nature-based mindfulness practice which is becoming widely recognised as being helpful to human well-being and learning how to ‘feel’ again.

Day 2: Developing a holistic perspective is essential to holistic management. Holistic Management differs from other land management practices as we understand that we can’t simply manage land, we must manage the ‘whole’ that includes the land but is influenced by people and governed by economics. We must also consider all the interconnected wholes with which we will undoubtedly influence and what outside influences will affect our management. To illustrate this, 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. 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.

Day 3: Delving deeper into the four individual ecosystem processes we will be talking community dynamics and the predator prey relationship. A classroom start learning about trophic cascades and the complex web of life. 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. 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. We will then have a session on the importance of community in the human species and how we as a social species can rekindle this missing element in a modern context. 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. We will end the day learning about the importance of myth and story telling on informing the underlying principles that governs any culture. We will have an evening of storytelling by the fire on the sea shore where we will learn how to create new stories as well as listen to some traditional tales that may have been forgotten by our modern culture.

Day 4: A day to do what you like. Enjoy the wild space on your own or take a trip to a nearby Island 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 monitor the symptoms of a poor water cycle on the land what management we can adopt to improve it. We will look at the pro’s and cons of rewetting a landscape while undertaking a practical session working on one of our projects to try and improve the hydrology of the land. We will learn about the importance of managing livestock health proactively by addressing ecosystem function. To minimise fluke infestation in the herbivore population we are using techniques to impact the fluke’s life cycle at its weak link. We will talk about the importance of hydration on the human body and how to go about finding a healthy water source in your region. This evening there will be more stories round the fire. You will get the chance to tell your own story or myth or just relax and enjoy the firelight experience.

Day 6: Today we will be looking at the mineral cycle and energy flow. We will start with a classroom session looking at the complex 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 on human health and discover how optimising energy flow and mineral cycling is essential to 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 produce per acre as well as how we can effectively rebuild our degrading soils. We will spend a few hours actively managing the land for optimal mineral cycling and energy flow.

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. 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
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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