A weeklong workshop with Alan Watson Featherstone & Pupak Haghighi
Glen Affric, Scottish Highlands
28 October – 4 November 2023
Practical details about the workshop:
Location: The workshop will take place in Glen Affric, which contains one of the largest remnants of the Caledonian Forest in Scotland, and where practical work to restore the forest has been underway since the 1960s.
Accommodation: The workshop will be based in the remote Athnamulloch bothy, situated to the west of Loch Affric, and surrounded by the Affric-Cannich hills. The bothy was renovated in 2016 by Trees for Life, from whom we are renting it for the week, and is comfortable, weathertight and an ideal venue for accessing wild Nature.
Because of its location, there is no mains water, electricity, Internet access or mobile phone signal, and facilities are simple – a wood stove is the heat source, sleeping mats are provided on the bedroom floors, there is a compost toilet and a photovoltaic panel provides enough power for lighting in the evenings.
Meals: The week will feature a vegetarian (and largely vegan) diet, as a shift to that is essential for Rewilding to be effective on a large scale in the world. We will provide all the food for meals for each week, and cooking will be done on a shared basis by the workshop participants.
Transport: We will meet participants at 12 noon on the first day (Saturday 28th October 2023) at the Railway Station in Inverness, and will provide minibus transport from there to the workshop. Because of the remote site where the workshop is based it is not possible to take private cars there. At the end of the workshop we will return you to Inverness by 10 am on the closing Saturday (4th November 2023).
What you need to bring: Please bring a sleeping bag, warm clothing, waterproof outdoor wear (ie jacket and rain pants), good hiking boots, insect repellent and a midge net (it will be the start of the midge season), a small daypack, lunchbox, thermos flask for hot drinks, water bottle and a head torch, as well as personal toiletries, towel etc and any special or luxury foods (eg chocolate).
Cost: We are offering this workshop on a three-tiered price scale. We ask potential participants to reflect on, and choose, which price to pay, taking into account both their own situation, and how their payment may help others as well.
£600: This level of payment will cover the basic costs of the week.
£700: This will enable us to offer a bursary to someone who has limited financial resources of their own, so they can take part in the workshop.
£850: Paying this amount will help to fund a rewilding project, as well as contributing to the bursary fund.
We do not want money to be the limiting factor which prevents the right people from participating in the workshop. If your personal circumstances preclude you from paying the fees quoted above, please provide details of your situation, as we may be able to assist with a partial bursary.
Bookings and payment for the workshop can be made here.