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Individuals and Families

"Caring for people and planet"

Based on the "Art of Mentoring and the 8 Shields model" 

Facilitators: Adele Clarke and 8 Acorn volunteers.

Exploring together on the journey to deep nature connection. Creating nature-connected communities.

Suitable for individuals and families with children of all ages.


How to book:  Text 07944 156 882


Saturday: Is for those who would like to learn to be an Acorn and hold space by facilitating an activity for the community on Sunday.

Sunday: Is for families and individuals participants


Exchange: Donation


"The deep nature connection brought together many aspects of outdoor learning for me.  I was very grateful for the wisdom and skills that the facilitators organising the weekend had.  They enabled us to feel at ease very quickly and because of that we weaved together a magical connection with one another.  The land on which we spent time together is rich and abundant and it also facilitated my sense of wonder and awe.  Altogether an inspiring time where I felt expansion and growth on a personal and professional level. " Louise


Dates for your diary in 2018 for full nature weekends:

19th and 20th May 2018

16th and 17th June 2018 

15th and 16th Sep 2018

Dates 06th 07th Oct 2018

03rd and 04th Nov 2018

This is a time for coming together, to co-create what our world needs more than ever: resilient, regenerative, nature-connected communities. For that to happen we begin reconnecting with our 'original blueprint' by coming back to the Village and Deepening Our Nature Connection DoNC - (therefore) we remember!

We use the 8 Shields model which is an incredibly dynamic design tool for all aspects of our lives from understanding our natural rhythms, to repairing our neurobiological and sensory systems. The model can be used from planning events and projects to designing peaceful regenerative communities and culture repair. It is a pattern language that has been tried and tested over millennia of human existence, all over the world and it belongs to us al.

Awareness: self-awareness, nature awareness, people awareness, oneness with all.

Belonging & Community: Truly knowing our place on the Planet.

Connection: Real relationship with animals, plants, trees, the elements, the Earth and people.

What is in it for you? Stories, songs, games, mentors, nature activities, nature education, working with the 8 shields, wilderness, supportive community and much more.

All facilitators and the Acorn team have considerable experience running nature connection events for communities.



The meeting point is at Pillar of Hercules Organic Farm, Shop and Cafe between 1030am and 11am both days. From there we will move to the Falkland Estate.

Address: Pillars of Hercules, Falkland, Fife, KY15 7AD. See google map here.


Times for the programme:  Saturday 11am to 5pm.  Sunday 11am to 5pm. Arrival 10:30am for registration, orientation and a cup of tea.

Important note: It takes time to move into the time of no time. To help all of us to make the transition from city into nature we have 1030am as arrival time with half an hour for settling down, slowing down, having a mindfull cup of tea and fully being present in the now without rushing into "doing" or activities. The aim of the day is to totally slow down, relax and just "be present" from the very begining.


About the Falkland Estate where we will be working from:  The beautiful and historic Falkand Estate offers us the chance to deeply connect and immerse in nature in a landscape of diverse habitats.


Important practicalities:

You can book one day or both days.


What to bring: Food and water: Please bring a pack lunch and water for each day. If camping also bring food for your dinner and breakfast. Pillars of Hercules opens around 9am and closes at 5pm.


Camping facilities: Those wishing to camp overnight with facilities, can book camping with Pillars of Hercules. There is a cost for this and it is pre-paid directly to Pillars on their website. They offer water, hot shower and toilet facilities at their cafe.


Important: Parents are responsible for their children at all times.


How to get there:

Bus and coach: Click for more info


By train from Edinburgh: Train from Edinburgh to Ladybank train station in Fife is around 1 hour and from there there are two options to get to Pillars: local bus or taxi. The station is around 5 min by taxi to Pillars of Hercules or there is a regular local bus. Train ticket from Edinburgh is around £12.60 one way. Click for more info.


Car share / travel from Edinburgh: We encourage car share, so get in touch with us to find out if other people have spaces in their car. Likewise: if you are driving and can offer lifts, please let us know.








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Learn more about the 8 shields: 

The Role of Deep Nature Connection


Let Nature grow on you!


Our Village


Songs around the campfire


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