|Well Being Well Doing|
Our Well Being Well Doing (WBWD) project was a victim of lock-down for many months with several stops and starts. However since March this year we have managed to meet regularly with the Dads Group at The Cottage Family Centre in Kirkcaldy.
Dougie Mackay, storyteller and nature connection facilitator, has enjoyed getting to know a small group of dads who have built up their skills in gardening and made a start on growing food to feed their passion for cooking. The aim of the group was to learn new practical skills as well bring in small changes to take care of themselves in everyday life.
They have gathered round a fire most weeks to burn debris, explore herbal medicine, make rosemary oil, hold fire rituals to support them practising mindfulness and thinking about their physical and mental health.
With their past experience as chefs coming to the fore they have decided to create a recipe book together from easy-to-grow in the garden ingredients. Look out for that here.
|Youth Climate Stories|
Our Youth Climate Stories project brought together young people and the ancient art of creating story. Dougie Mackay has enjoyed working with a group of young people from Hillside School in Aberdour to create stories round the fire. Whilst they harvested willow at Halloween they shared stories of witches and cats that evolved into a tale of Atannis, now on a podcast for all the school to hear.
In their incredible school grounds they have harvested apples, built shelters and got to know how to start fires with natural tinder materials.
Next year the group want to make more podcasts and encourage more outdoor time in the school through stories that can be listened to in the woods and nearby beach. Look out for one here in the Autumn/Winter
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Wilder Ways continues to thrive in the woods in Falkland and beyond. This year the home-educated teenagers tackeld thier first exam and all successfully passed a National 5 in Environmental Science. That experience took them all over Fife (when Covid allowed it). Here are some links for more information and weekly stories of how the young people rewild themselves.
Wilder Ways website and Wilder Ways blog
The Horizon Group is Wilder Ways for the younger children (6-12 years). Meeting fortnightly in Falkland the group has grown to full capacity this year, and we are starting a second group in September. The group enjoyed the skills of herbalist Anna Kinross, who has recently joined us. Last week nettle pancakes and wood sorrel lemonade were on the menu. I wonder what they will discover next?
Here is a link to the Horizon Group