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Wild camping retreat: Plants

Start Date: 05/08/2022
End Date: 07/08/2022

Come and wild camp in the woods next to the Findhorn ecovillage, on this weekend retreat from the Findhorn Hinterland Trust, with a special focus on plants of this land.

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 has a special focus: Plants – Delving Deeper, with Jennie Martin, an expert botanist and founder of the dynamic environmental education charity Wild Things!

You’ll journey into the intriguing world of the plants, trees and fungi of the Hinterland, discovering their many facets  in a new way, and developing a more intimate relationship with these incredible living things.

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.

 

Tent in starlight

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.
Close up of Hinterland leaf

Come prepared!

  • 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’.

 

 

 

 

Why join this retreat on plants of the Hinterland?

This is a unique opportunity to get up close with the Nature that surrounds the Findhorn Community, hosted by members of the Findhorn Hinterland Trust, which manages 35 hectares of land there.

On the middle day of the retreat, local ethnobotanist Jennie Martin will provide specialist input, guiding participants on an exploration the plants and fungi of the site.

With over 30 years’ experience of teaching people from a wide variety of back grounds, Jennie is skilled at helping those with some, or no, botanical knowledge to go deeper with being able to identify plants, understand their relationships with other organisms (their ecology) and how they have been used, or are still used, by humans today (their ethnobotany).

The morning will focus on learning the skills of plant identification, playing some games to embed this learning, and looking at the resources available to support your continued exploration of this fascinating area of the natural world.

In the afternoon we’ll enjoy a walk around the woods exploring the plants and fungi and possibly trying some wild food, depending on what is available!

You’ll gain knowledge and insights about the fundamental relationships that are essential to healthy ecosystems, and be introduced to some of the management principles and techniques employed by the Trust to maintain, enhance and protect the biodiversity of the site.

This specialist retreat is aimed at all who love nature! Whether you some botanical knowledge or none, all you need is your love of the natural world and a curiosity about becoming more familiar with petals and sepals, cones and cuticles and so much more.

 

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

10-12 June – themed weekend: Biodiversity

2-9 July – week-long retreat, seven nights

3-10 September – week-long retreat, seven nights

30 Sep-2 Oct – weekend retreat

About your guide

Kajedo Wanderer

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.

Jennie Martin

Jennie Martin

Jennie is a Kew-trained ethnobotanist who has designed and delivered rewilding/conservation and nature engagement projects for a wide variety of clients from The Princes Trust and the Forestry Commission, to primary and secondary schools, conservation organisations, social workers, addiction-recovery services, ecologists, forest school leaders, mountain leaders and private individuals.

She is the founder of award-winning environmental education charity Wild things! In 2014 she received the prestigious Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award that recognises and rewards the contributions of extraordinary people working in Scotland. Visit her website to find out more.

‘Jennie is an intelligent, inspiring and skilled practitioner. You can’t fail to be enthused by her knowledge and passion for plants and wilderness. I can honestly say that working with Jennie transformed my own practice. I’d often felt out of place amongst the bush-craft teachers I’d met but Jennie’s thoughtful, open and clear teaching transformed my confidence. Jennie shares her knowledge with an openness and humour that makes being taught by her a real joy.’

Former student

'It is the poetry of Nature, it is that which uplifts the spirit within us...' ― John Ruskin

Details

Start Date: 05/08/2022
End Date: 07/08/2022
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