Youth - Community - Connection Project

empowering young people and community

Youth - Community - Connection

Falkland 2018 & 2019

for empowering young people, individuals & families
Based on renowned world movement "Art of Mentoring" & and "Deep Nature Connection"
The programme is free for all young people up to 26 years old

Leaders: Young people

Facilitators: Adele Clarke and 8 Acorn volunteers

Coordinator: Claudia Goncalves

Creating nature-connected young people and communities. Empowering future generations. This programme for young people and community will be supported by the acorn team of volunteers.

It is suitable for young people, individuals, friends and families with children of all ages - you are welcome to join in to these 6 programs which will be created and delivered by young people. You have an option to extend your weekend with camping.

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Dates for your diary for full nature experience

today  21 Dec 2018 - Winter Solstice

today  23 Mar 2019 - Spring Equinox

today  04 May 2019 - Beltane

today  22 June 2019 - Summer Solstice

today  21 Sep 2019 - Autumn Equinox

today  02 Nov 2019 - Samhain

  11am to 5pm

Acorn volunteers and young people will be mentored by Adele Clarke for a day that week in preparation for the community event. Costs of transport for young people and their families and friends are available for the asking. Just contact us.

In this programme the young people will be co-creating community events around the Celtic Festivals and Seasons, re-connecting their community to their ancestral heritage.

The programme will use the 8 Shields model which is dynamic design tool useful for all aspects of our lives from understanding our natural rhythms, to repairing our neurobiological and sensory systems.

The 8 shields model can be used for 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.

What is in it for you?

Stories, songs, games, young people as mentors and leaders, nature activities, nature education, learning about the 8 shields, wilderness, supportive community and much more.

All volunteers part of the Acorn team have considerable experience running nature connection events for communities.

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The meeting point is at Pillar of Hercules between 10.30am and 11am.

Address to meet: Pillars of Hercules, Falkland, Fife, KY15 7AD.

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

Donations: Any donations from individuals and families participants to support our charity are gratefully received. The programme is FREE for all young people up to 26 years old who come as participants or as young leaders.

Important note for all: 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 10:30am 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.

In partnership with the Falkland Estate: The beautiful and historic Falkand Estate offers us the chance to deeply connect and immerse in nature in a landscape of diverse habitats.


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.

Important practicalities

Camping with facilities: Those wishing to extend their weekend independent of our programme 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:

Food: Please bring a pack lunch. If camping you will need to bring food for your dinner and breakfast. Pillars of Hercules caffee opens around 9am and closes at 5pm. They serve breakfast, lunch and are also an organic shop.

Parents are responsible for their children at all times!


Young people who would like to become young leaders in this programme:

text us on message  07944 156 882 or email us

Individuals and families wishing to join in as participants:

text us on message  07944 156 882 or email us

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What people say

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  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.