Four events in 2017
This year we have funding from the Pump House Trust and Scotrail to run 4 seasonal community events at the Earthship and Life Labyrinth.
The first of the events was in April when we transformed old dated metal-framed chairs by using waste materials such as bicycle inner tubes and fabric – we created functional fun “new” chairs! The skills are applicable at home and no specialised tools or equipment was necessary. Come and see them in our newly-covered yurt, which is very smart!
The summer event, in August is focused around the reflective benefits of the wild-flower Life Labyrinth next to the Earthship. Through the use of storytelling, games and nature activities families can enjoy thinking about areas of their lives where they feel able to make positive changes.
The summer event takes place on the 26th August.
The Autumn event on October 28th is on the theme of harvesting – harvesting what we have. It will bring like-minded and new people together to share inner and practical resources in the spirit of celebration. The event will include a big swap – clothes, toys and books. Any abundant locally grown food produce and recipes will also be shared.
The final event of the year is the annual Xmas fair where people enjoy learning how to make wreaths and decorations from waste and nature. It also features seasonal storytelling and local refreshments, with information on sustainable choices at the highly-consuming time of year. This year it will run on December 9th at the Barn on the Loch.
2017 Outdoor Learning
This outdoor learning project will deliver a nature connection week (5 days) to 12 children 8-12 years who are struggling at mainstream school. The project will give children an opportunity to have fun outdoors in a safe and nurturing way and will help them to discover an alternative to more sedentary out-of-school activities.
The project aims to help children connect to the land around them and create a sense of belonging, connection to themselves and have more awareness of their needs and inner resources, and connect to others and have more skill in listening to others with empathy.
The sessions will include games and activities that focus on nature connection and social skills. The children will play team-building games, learn bush craft skills such as den building, fire-starting, foraging and wild cooking, tracking, and storytelling.
We hope to give the children the experience of freedom outdoors with their peers and that they will also experience comradeship, independence and rekindle their imagination, experiencing the outdoor environs of Kinghorn Loch in a supported and focussed way. We also hope that the experience that the children have of playing and learning safely outdoors will give them and their parents and carers the confidence to continue exploring the outdoors and what it has to offer.
The 12 places have been allocated to P6 pupils at Burntisland and Fair Isle Primary Schools.
Funded by: Shell UK Community Awards administered by Foundation Scotland