Wilder Ways


We have weekday sessions organised over terms where we work on larger themes and projects. These often suit home educated teenagers. 

We also have weekend sessions that are designed to be stand alone and we have many teenagers in school that come along. 

We have a focus on outdoor learning but within that embrace a large variety of activities, skills and approaches that will increase confidence, resillience practical abilities and almost most importantly enable us to have fun. 


Wilder Ways started with a yearning to live more fully, a desire to reimagine education and nurture young people in nature coupled with a courage to vision sustainable communities.

Supported by community, a core group of us spent a year meeting, visioning and designing what became a very successful pilot year. One that nurtured and grew 10 young people and many adults that acted as mentors, skillsharers, volunteers and visitors along the way.

How we work

Wilder Ways is a rites of passage school run weekly for young people aged 12-16.

Since 2017 Wilder Ways has been offering  place based education with a diversity of approaches and .

We have a woodland base camp on Falkland Estate, Fife and we also wander widely throughout Fife and Scotland.

 At our heart the encompassing principles of connection to ourselves, our community and our landscapes are our guiding and grounding forces.

Inspired by the 8-shields movement, permaculture and nonviolent communication we have built a curriculum that looks to nature as our teacher. The role of the mentor is to create a space for everyone to travel through together and in their own way with empathy and compassion.

 Through these connections we support each person to discover their own interests and gifts.

At our basecamp and on regular field trips we foster a sense of place by exploring and discovering the stories of our history, culture and ecology, our trees, rivers, weather patterns, animals and people.

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure, self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.”

Mark Jenkins

“Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest.

Freya Stark

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by.” 

Robert Frost

Would you like to join us?

If you are a craftsperson with a skill to share or a teenager longing to get outdoors we would love to hear from you.