FAQ (and: how to get there)
How to get there:
To get to the conference in time, you need to reach the ferry at Oban (to Craignure) at 16:00 (4 p.m.). Then, you will take the Bus leaving from Craignure (next to the ferry port, direction Fionophort @ 16:50 (it will wait for you, no need to rush from the ferry) arriving at “Lee - Ardtun” a station between Paeningaell and Bunessan at about 17:40. Ask the Driver to let you off at "Leob Croft", most drivers know the Croft - if not, ask for the crossing “Lee/Ardtun”, about 3 Miles before Bunessan. In this case you have to go back about 300 Meters. If coming by car, please leave it behind the gate and walk down towards the buildings and meet us there.
In order to get to Oban:
Take a train or coach to Glasgow
From Edinburgh or Glasgow -> Oban
There are buses or trains (quite good prizes if you book online).
Train and Bus terminate in Oban very close to the Ferry Terminal.
Even if there is just a few minutes between arrival time of bus or train there is time enough to buy your ticket for the ferry.
Oban -> Craignure
Take the ferry. Check times and fares here:
If you are traveling by car, you need to have a reservation for the ferry. The spot sells out rapidly, book as soon as possible, at least 4 month prior of journey or you will have no chance to get on the ferry with a car. Also consider your journey back. Passengers are no problem.
What do we eat?
We will have a cook with us.
Leo will prepare wonderful, wholesome meals for lunch.
Coffee & tea, milk and other diary products freshly provided every day from the local suppliers, bread and cereals from the Camphill shop – their products are bio-dynamic, and good porridge. That’s our breakfast!
The combinations between these ingredients are limited, but delicious, especially when we’re eating together.
However, if you have any other food in mind, that you would like to eat, you’re free to bring it.
Lunch will be our festive meal, all together in the big tent. Prepared by our cook, a wonderful creative bio-dynamic caterer. Last year the food was amazing.
Supper will be outdoors in the workshop groups or during a daytrip. After lunch we will prepare a supper-box every day. Mainly sandwiches, some fresh fruits and vegetables.
If you have any special request or needs, like gluten free or vegan we are trying to respond to that, but can’t guarantee. So in this case please get in contact with us as early as possible.
All food will be organic (as far as possible), most meals will be vegetarian, but we are planning one barbecue as well (with local organic meat). Vegetarian salads will be provided.
What about age?
What is age? The number of years that have passed since your first day on Earth? Or is it something that has to do with the way you feel inside, the way you decide to grasp life?
The youngest participant so far, was a baby and a 7 years old, the next oldest 16, most of the organization team is between 26 and 40, some people that have booked already are 50-60 years old, and the oldest person considering to join us, is 70 years old. Jonathan and Ann, our hosts at the Leob Croft enjoy being retired and having free time for such an adventure as well.
So, more important than age is your enthusiasm, curiosity and determination, your interest in meeting others and in discovering or rediscovering a place from where a part of what we humans have become today it emerged.
Still, take a look at other points too: weather, accommodation and midges.
How’s the day going to look like?
First thing in the morning, we’ll “self-serve” and enjoy our breakfast at our accommodations (be it tent, house or flat community, the marquee, your guesthouse or holiday cottage).
Then, our meeting point will be @ the Leob Croft where we’ll start the day with singing and eurythmy in a round circle.
We have workshops and circle discussion groups until lunch time. Some people will have helped the cook with the menu and setting the tables.
After lunch is a good time for preparing supper (sandwiches). We will provide everything you need.
We will go out to explore nature (following certain themes) in the workshop groups or all together in the afternoons until about 9pm.
For a more detailed picture of each day, take a look at the schedule.
Is there time to spend at the beach?
There are at least 3 perfect moments for beach time. Early in the morning, after the lunch break (then we have a lot of free time to explore the island) and in the evening, at sundown. You should know, you are also free to take walks whenever you feel like it, but we’d definitely miss you from our group activities.
Are we going to Iona and Staffa?
We’re planning at least one full day for going to Iona and Staffa with the whole group. Individually (in the workshops) you might go there every day.
Mull is amazing. There are many beautiful spots waiting to be discovered on Mull.
What to bring?
Anti mosquitoes spray, or bracelet – for the midges (mosquitoes).
Raincoat – always good to bring on an island. Also, if you decide to camp, the tent has to be resistant to humidity from all directions. Please bring very good hiking boos or wellingtons (Gummistiefel)!
What does the conference fee include (and what is not included)?
Please read the information on the fees.
We made reservations for a number beds in different holiday cottages. Half of them on the Leob Croft and the other half being within 15-30 Minutes walking distance from the Leob Croft in beautiful landscape with excellent views. If walking is not good for you – there will be a car-shuttle organized for rainy days or tired feet. Prices range according to the standard of the house and room requirements. A self catered breakfast will be included. The accommodations provide all you need for your overnight stay (bedding, towels and so on, no toilet paper whatsoever). They have small kitchens as well. Most rooms will be shared, only a few single rooms are available. So- be quick to announce your favorite setting.
Camping nevertheless will be the best choice to connect with nature and the camping fee (£50) is low. The camping people have a breakfast place as well. The camping site also has all the comfort you need like warm showers, toilets and you can always visit the warm up space (the conservatory of the Croft House) with a cattle to make tea or the "internet cafe", the conservatory of Jonathan's house. Tents need to be brought and should be waterproof (also from underneath).
What if I want to come earlier or stay a few days longer?
Please do so! But only with own tent on our camp site. Or ask us about other possibilities.
After registration and after you told us where you want to sleep we will send you the billing address. All fees need to be paid in advance.
Your accommodation booking will only be binding after we received your payment. We are sorry to say that we can’t reserve a room for you without having received your payment. First come, first served (in other words: your accommodation booking is only secured when being paid for).
What about financial support?
Currently, we are trying to organize financial support for those who really want to come, but money is a problem. Money should never be a problem. So, we are searching for ways to solve this situation, but it is not easy. We are always open for new ideas of financing, if you have any, don’t hesitate to propose them.
Midges are related to mosquitoes, but smaller. Similar to their relatives, they come out early in the morning, but also in the late afternoon. During the day they hide in the bushes, where they should not be disturbed (for our own sake). They are attracted to dark clothing, so wearing light colors and covering up will outmaneuver them. Insect repellents applied to the skin and clothing, usually give several hours protection.
you can find a detailed archive of Western Scotland’s climate, so you know what you’re in for.