School of Youth

When you book this course please will you send us a short introductory letter telling us about yourself. You can do this by email or by clicking the booking link above to use our online booking system where there is more information about writing your letter.

for sustainability & human flourishing

A Findhorn Foundation Special Event
16–26 August 2017

The School Of Youth brings together young people (ages 16–27) from different social, cultural, religious and economic backgrounds to engage in a magical 10-day learning experience. Blending outdoor adventures with music, art and philosophy, the programme is highly innovative, developing life-skills related to peace, sustainability, entrepreneurship and human flourishing. You will be exposed to multiple cycles of both action and reflection throughout a variety of activities. The learning experience is transformative, empowering you to become a more responsible leader in all aspects of your life. Past students and their parents have reported the programme to be life-changing.

It's amazing what happens when young people from all over the world meet and build deep friendships...

At the School Of Youth, we believe that young people play a vital role in leading the world towards a more sustainable and peaceful future. Professional facilitators, guides and language coaches create a safe and caring atmosphere that will inspire you to deeply inquire into themes that truly matter to your heart. It's amazing what happens when young people from all over the world meet and build deep friendships, bridging geographic and cultural divides. Inspired by the New Story Summit at the Findhorn Foundation in 2014 we will explore the old cultural and personal stories that frame and limit our world and create new stories to inspire and live into.

The educational approach has been developed over the course of 14 years working with thousands of students.

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A taste of some programme activities

The programme offers a diverse range of adventure, art and community based activities. While no single activity is compulsory, you are encouraged to take part in a variety of different options and experiment with new challenges. Each activity covers a number of learning outcomes.

Rock Climbing & Trekking. A gentle introduction to rock climbing with experienced guides and climbers lead a journey through coastal caves, up colourful sandstone cliffs and through ancient archways and caves. Participants learn how to belay and trust each other to safely move up vertical cliffs in one of Scotland's most beautiful climbing areas.

Mindfulness & Meditation. You will enjoy being in an environment that waters the seeds of awareness and understanding to what's happening within and around us. In a very real down-to-earth fashion you will learn how to work with feelings and emotions, how to deal with conflict and explore how to create peace and well-being.

Music & Dance. With the support of experienced artists, participants are given the space to find expression through music, dance and performance. You may learn a new instrument, create a song, a rap, write a poem or simply feel the beat of a drum.

Yoga & Massage. Participants learn yoga postures and simple breathing exercises to energise the body and calm the mind. You also have the chance to give and receive massages, learn techniques such as Indian head massage.

24hr Wilderness Solo. The solo is about making space to slow down, reflect and reenergise; a magical and potentially transformative experience. After days of preparation, participants are alone in the wild for 24 hours, followed by a celebratory return to base, and sharing of the experience.

Learning Spaces. A variety of games, films, dances, theory sessions and group exercises are carried out in a variety of beautiful indoor and outdoor venues around the Ecovillage.

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A Typical Day

Before, each student completes a learning questionnaire and is given a session with his or her personal tutor at the beginning of the week to gauge learning needs and interests.

Each Day is a unique learning journey, tailored around the learners' needs, combining a balanced mix of physical activities, disclosure of theory, silence, relaxation and creative group work. None of the activities are compulsory and students are given the opportunity to choose how their time on the programme unfolds.

At The End of each day students have the chance to reflect on their actions, explore abstract concepts and experiment with their own ideas. Participants are also directly involved in supporting the daily rhythms of the community as they lend a hand in the kitchens and keep their accommodation tidy and beautiful.

A Typical Day in the Schedule

  • 08:00 Energetic wake-up activity, i.e. yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Activity time, i.e. rock climbing; exploring the theme of emotional development experientially and through theory sessions along the way
  • 13:00 Lunch en route
  • 17:00 Return to base
  • 18:00 Dinner and free time
  • 19.30 Reflection of the day
  • 20:00 Optional film, music or workshops
  • 23:30 Silence

Safety

Your Well-being Is Our Priority
At the School of Youth, our students' physical and emotional well-being is our priority. Hence we operate a comprehensive Safety and Risk Management Policy. Our operational backbone is an impeccable safety record and 12 years of experience in safely guiding thousands of participants through learning adventures.

We put greatest care in selecting and training our team of highly qualified and experienced guides and facilitators. Our facilitator-participant ratio is 2:8. All safety equipment is maintained at a top standard. All staff and activities are covered by our professional liability insurance. Students are required to show proof of a health and accident insurance.

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Enroll as a Participant

  • You are between 16–27 years of age?
  • You are passionate about creating a world that is socially just and environmentally sustainable?
  • You love the outdoors, art, music and a holiday that is fun and a treasure for life?
  • Then click here to BOOK NOW

Price: £1250

If you cannot afford the​ ​fee you can apply for a bursary when completing the Application Form. We are actively fundraising to bring a diverse group of young people together, so please let us know if you require assistance​.

Includes all programme content, 10 nights accommodation (arrive Wednesday afternoon 16 August; depart Saturday morning 26 August) with full board and refreshments. Accommodation includes a kitchen, a lounge, bathrooms/showers and toilets.

For any enquiries please contact

Letter of Introduction
When you book your School of Youth Week, please write a letter telling us about yourself. Write about half a page to a page and please include your age, a recent photo and, in your own words, an outline of your present life. Mistakes in language do not matter, it is more important that you write a letter from the heart.

You could perhaps write a bit about your path and what made you want to come to the School of Youth at Findhorn. You could tell us about your current life, your inspirations, joys and challenges in your work as well as in your life in general. If you have, or have had, any emotional or health difficulties, we would like to know if and how these are affecting your life now.

This introductory letter is your first step into the spirit of the week and helps the facilitators get to know you, your motivations and intentions for participating, and to prepare the programme. It is also an important first exercise for you as it helps you to reflect on what it is bringing you the the programme at this time of your life.

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One of the biggest problems in the world right now is how we're treating the environment, we all know the heat is coming down on us right now and here at the School Of Youth they've helped me know that I can help the system even just by small steps

Camille Smith, aged 22, from Jamaica

I asked God to give me water, he gave my rivers, I asked God to give me a tree, he gave me woods, I asked God to give me light, he gave me the sun, I asked God to give me friends, he gave me you ... thank you School Of Youth!

Belal Dalas, aged 18, from Palestine

At the School of Youth I learnt so many new things I've never tried before. I made friends with people from different countries and cultures and it felt like we were a family. I'm so grateful to have taken part, the experience has been unforgettable and I hope to go back next year.

Banxayeu Casals, aged 16, from Catalonia

Nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams! At the School Of Youth you are accepted for who you are. Although we came from different backgrounds and cultures, we shared the same goal - to learn from each other - because we need many hands to make big changes in the world.

Ghayda Hamoudeh, aged 19, from Palestine

The best part was the solo, being by yourself in the wilderness, facing your fears, getting to know who you really are. The School Of Youth is a beautiful experience, you learn about yourself, others and different cultures. It's really worth it. Go if you can!

Janna Ribes, aged 16, years from Spain