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 Paenygael and Bunessan at about 17:40. Ask the Driver to let you off at "Leob Croft", most drivs know the Croft - if not, at 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 lave it behind the gate and walk don towards the buildings and meet us there.
In order to get to Oban:
Take a train or coach from Glasgow or Edinburgh
Buses (Coaches) leave also fro the airport of Edinburgh or Glasgow towards Oban, you might need to change buses io trains in Glasgow.
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:
What do we eat?
We will have a cook with us.
She/he will prepare wonderful, wholesome meals for lunch. Volunteers will be helping.
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 bread and soup when at the camp or outdoors in nature when on a excursion. In theses cases we will prepare a supper-box which is 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? Please attend when this attracts you and you urgently feel "this is it. I need to be part of it!".
More important than age is your enthusiasm, curiosity and determination, your interest in meeting others and in discovering or rediscovering new things.
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, someone will get up to start a big pot of porridge, others help preparing and then we "self-serve".
Then, our meeting point will be @ the Leob Croft in the marquee (the big tent) where we’ll start the day with singing and movement in a round circle to get is uplifted for the day.
We will listen to amazing stories and insights to get inspired. Lectures will provide us with new ideas and hopefully motivate us to share our ideas about the previously hared in the workshops.
In the program it says as the next slot "Action". This means after sitting and listening, we have some physical interaction to get us back into the present.
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) or to have a short nap.
We will go out to explore nature (following certain themes) in the workshop groups or all together in the afternoons until supper.
Supper is at the camp and afterwards we celebrate community: we dance, we have open stages (everyone can share their gifts) and storytelling evenings.
For a more detailed picture of each day, take a look at the schedule.
Is there time to spend at the beach?
Definitely- if you dare to! Its cold, very cold, but tempting. There are at least 3 perfect moments for beach time. Early in the morning, after the lunch break (then we have some free time to explore the place) 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 but no trip to Staffa. It just is to expensive and we want to keep cots low. If you find time (maybe after the camp), its a god idea to go if you have the possibility.
But! Mull is amazing too. There are many beautiful spots waiting to be discovered on Mull.
What to bring?
Anti mosquitoes spray – for the midges (mosquitoes).
Raincoat and protective warm clothes. It can get quite fresh in August already. Expect a range of temperature between 10 and 18°C. Your tent has to be resistant to humidity from all directions. Your sleeping bag must be a very warm one! Please bring very good hiking boots or wellingtons (Gummistifel)!
What does the conference fee include (and what is not included)?
Everything during the conference time frame like food, accommodation (in own tents), activities, participation in workshops etc.
Not included are traveling to and back from the camp and additional expenses that you choose to buy yourself like snacks. First meal is supper on the 2nd, last meal provided breakfast on the 9th.
Accommodation / Campsite:
Camping is the choice to connect with nature. Camping site comes with toilet, shower and washing basin area. All is quite limited, so use responsibly and be aware of the others needs as well.
Tents, mats and sleepingbag need to be brought and should be waterproof (also from underneath). Please also bring your own dishes and cutlery!
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. Please tell us about it beforehand! We will ask you for a small contribution of £10/night. Thanks.
After registration all fees need to be paid in advance.
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.