Wild camping retreat: Biodiversity
Join us for an exciting exploration of the biodiversity on the Hinterland at this season of its greatest abundance of the year, on a wild camping weekend retreat with the Findhorn Hinterland Trust.
Embrace the spirit of the woodlands, heathlands, sand dunes and sea on this weekend retreat, camping in the wilder land next to the Findhorn ecovillage.
This weekend focuses on the very special biological diversity of the Findhorn Hinterland area, with specialist input from Alan Watson Featherstone, Findhorn Hinterland Trustee and founder of the award-winning charity Trees for Life, assisted by local lichen enthusiast and Trust member, Heather Paul.
With its mix of sand dunes, heath scrub, woodland and species-rich grassland, the Hinterland is home to a wealth of life including rare lichens and fungi, special plants, numerous bird species and fascinating invertebrates.
The invitation is to come and join us for an exciting exploration of the biodiversity on the Hinterland at this season of its greatest abundance of the year.
This is a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in the healing qualities of nature with a group of likeminded participants. We will listen to each other’s stories in sharing circles, balanced with solo time in Nature and periods of silence every day.
We’ll learn skills that allow us to become still and listen to our highest, deepest wisdom, and have a short daily Chi Kung Practice. There will be guided tours of the land, with visits from members of the community who will join us to share their stories.
This retreat is facilitated by Kajedo Wanderer, land manager of the Findhorn Hinterland Trust.
What you'll enjoy
- Camping in individual tents on our wild camping pads.
- Simple meals around the fire.
- A full day’s input from specialists who will help open your eyes to a different natural world.
- Guided tours on the land around Findhorn.
- Quiet time to sit alone in the wilder parts of the land and listen…
- Sharing circles in small groups and with the full circle.
Why join this biodiversity retreat?
This is a unique opportunity to get up close with the Nature that surrounds the Findhorn Community. On the middle day of the retreat, Hinterland Trustee Alan Watson Featherstone and local Trust member Heather Paul will provide specialist input about the habitats and biodiversity of the site.
Drawing on their connection with the land, and their deep knowledge of many of the species that live there, they will introduce you to some of the plants, lichens, insects and birds in this area, and the fascinating ecological relationships that link them together as part of the web of life.
You’ll learn to recognise and identify some of the key species occurring on the Hinterland site, and will gain knowledge and insights about the fundamental relationships that are essential to healthy ecosystems.
You’ll also be introduced to some of the management principles and techniques employed by the Trust to maintain, enhance and protect the biodiversity of the site.
- Come equipped for the Scottish climate.
- Bring your own camping equipment.
- Be prepared for a weekend of simple living.
- Bring your openness to ‘listen deeply’.
More dates to choose from
The Findhorn Hinterland Trust offers various weekend and week-long wild camping retreats, as well as themed weekends with an extra environmental education focus.
13-15 May – weekend retreat
2-9 July – week-long retreat, seven nights
5-7 August – themed weekend: Plants
3-10 September – week-long retreat, seven nights
30 Sep-2 Oct – weekend retreat
About your guides
As land manager of the Findhorn Hinterland Trust, Kajedo Wanderer, 65, spends his days out in the woods and the dunes actively loving the Earth. He has been a forester in Germany, a guide for pilgrimages in the Nepalese Himalaya, and at times a gardener by default.
His passion is the ‘spirit which runs through it all’ – the interconnectedness between Nature around us and our own inner Nature. He has been a member of the Findhorn Community for nearly 40 years, learning about and teaching our ‘common unity’.
He has taught meditation retreats, T’ai Chi, the ‘Gentle Warrior’ course and various other spiritual practices at Findhorn and internationally for as long as he has lived here.
Alan Watson Featherstone
Alan Watson Featherstone is an ecologist, nature photographer and inspirational speaker. In 1986 he founded the award-winning conservation charity, Trees for Life, as was its Executive Director for almost 30 years.
He has been a Trustee of the Findhorn Hinterland Trust for four years, and has a special interest in, and knowledge of, many of the small creatures that live there – wood ants, spiders, fungi, aphids, springtails, mites and slime moulds, to name a few.
Heather Paul is a member of the Findhorn Hinterland Trust and has been the diverse lichens on the coastal lichen heath and woodland at Findhorn since 2007.