What's happening at the Centre for Stewardship
Most events can be booked through our office (firstname.lastname@example.org, 01337 858838). Where indicated, some events can be booked on-line.
The Art of Mentoring
21st to 27th July
Essential education for teachers, outdoor educators, naturalists, parents and other community creatives.
The Art of Mentoring is an immersion into a living, learning culture of nature and self-awareness. It reinforces knowledge, tools and practices that enrich the relationships that allow you to sustain a culture of connection in all aspects of your life and community. View a video of the Art of Mentoring events which have taken place in previous years.
In this week long residential course you will receive an experiential introduction to the '8 shields' nature-based map for healthy culture, team building and learning. Primarily an adult focused training, the event has teen and youth programmes running concurrently to offer an inter-generational mentoring experience.
"I expected to learn practical exercises I could pass on, instead I got a whole map of transformation" Dr. Adrian Harris, Eco-Psychologist
The curriculum draws on a combination of approaches from modern education, indigenous wisdom, and principles observed in nature. This course awakens new possibilities and provides clear specific ways of working.
"A mindshifting, heart opening, profoundly connecting extravaganza" Ana Dijon, Outdoor Educator
"At its best, the Art of Mentoring helps individuals realise their full potential to the benefit of their community" Jon Young, Tracker and Storyteller.
To book or find out more, visit the Art of Mentoring website or email Liz at Nature Culture Network.
New Farmers Scheme at Falkland
Saturday 15th June
starts at 11am and 2pm
As part of the Centre for Stewardship’s commitment to promoting enterprising stewardship, Falkland Estate is considering a pilot scheme that will enable those who want to get into farming or growing, and do not already have access to land, to make a start.
We are inviting expressions of interest from people who may be interested in leasing incubator plots of between 0.5 and 5 ha. The land being made available is class 3.1, some of the best on the estate, and suitable for a range of uses including horticultural crops. In line with Nourish’s New Farmer programme, technical and business advice is likely to be available from SRUC’s Elwood campus as well as potential synergies with other enterprises on the estate.
An open day will take place on Saturday 15th June 2013 (11am-2pm) to enable those interested to see the land and discuss possibilities. During the day it will be possible to view the site for the New Farmer units, the new community orchard and to learn about other development plans. http://www.nourishscotland.org/projects/new-farmer-programme
Please email email@example.com if interested in attending or phone 07879 698983 OR 07976968480 for further information.
Saturday 15th June
Revamp sessions start at 11am and 2pm
Clothes swap starts at 12.30pm
As part of Recycle Week Zero Waste and Centre for Stewardship will be hosting a clothes swapping party. There will also be revamp demonstrations taking place to give you some inspiration to create whole new outfits.
Bread And The Food To Go In It
Making A Meal Of It At The Stables Workshop, Falkland
Hosted by Colin Lindsay and Wendy Gudmundson
We will work individually or in pairs using local, seasonal and organic ingredients where possible to bake the bread and cook the food to compliment it. The flavours and textures will marry and enhance one another to give us a delicious meal to end the session. Whatever you don’t eat you can take home to share.
Making A Meal Of It In June
Wednesday 19th June
Soft floury pitas with Armenian eggs cooked with onion, tomato and a hint of chilli
Bread soup pots with tasty soups. How about a walnut bread bowl with carrot soup? (and no, they don’t leak, not even after second helpings.)
Zhatar spiced dip. Dip in left over soup bowl or pitta. This keeps well in an airtight container - instant nibbles with good bread.
Making A Meal Of It In August
Wednesday 21st August
Trencher bread with rich vegetable stew. Not a drop of juice wasted and no plate to wash up?
Oatcakes with mackerel pate. Simple and delicious.
A quick salad with wholemeal croutons. The last of a wholemeal loaf transformed into a crunchy herby addition to salads or soups.
Making A Meal Of It In September
Wednesday 18th September
A bloomer stuffed with roasted vegetables. Perfect picnic food.
Staffordshire oatcakes with cheese and spinach and for pud, Staffordshire oatcakes with berries and honey.
A left over tired white cob transformed into a brilliant quick bread and butter pudding.
All ingredients and lunch are included in the cost. £30 per person. Book and and pay for via the BreadinFife website
Children's Summer Nature Club
Wednesday 10th - Friday 12th of July
10am - 3.30pm
3 days - £50
Ages 8 - 12 years
Join the ranger for fun, sunny days, chasing butterflies and bees, build shelters in shady woods, create a butterfly and bee friendly garden with feeders and boxes and get creative with craft.
To book a place please download this form
Summer Club Booking Form
Tea and Twenties
Saturday 22nd June
2pm – 5.30 pm
As part of the Falkland Festival the centre is holding an afternoon tea and craft event.
Come along and enjoy tea, cakes, strawberries and cream, jelly and ice cream. Get creative with simple family based craft and free teapot colouring competition.
An impressive Display of Falconry from the birds of Steven Brazendale of Inspired Falconry will take place in the field at 3.30pm.
Collect your free ticket from the Stables workshop on the day, numbers strictly limited so come early.
Entry to event is free with small 1920’s prices for refreshments and craft .
Details on Inspired Falconry found at www.inspiredfalconry.com
Cooking and baking workshops
Seasonal Demonstration and Dinner with Christopher Trotter, Fife's Food Ambassador
Join Christopher on Tuesday 11 June at 7pm, for a Masterclass of delicious local foods celebrating the season. Bring a group of friends for a relaxed evening of cooking, food and wine.
Enjoy a walk in Falkland Estate then sit with a glass of sparkly and watch as he demonstrate a series of dishes using wonderful local produce, and join friends and other food lovers for a four course meal with carefully chosen wines, all for only £55 a head or £100 per couple.
There will be a little asparagus pastry; a soup from wild foraged food; A dressed organic salad followed by a fish dish and a glorious pudding with summer fruits.
Coming soon....Bread and the food to go with it
Giants in the Forest
In April the Giants woke up in the Forest of Falkland. There are three giant heads waiting to be admired - go find! We are now pleased to offer some fun activities with the Giants during the June in-service days (Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th June).
We are offering two fully supervised days of art and cooking for children of all ages. You can book the kids into one day or both.
On both days they will be outdoors for half of the day creating woodland art along the Giant's trail, so outdoor clothing is a must. The other half of the day will be spent in the workshop doing some Giant baking.
Both days run from 10am to 4pm with drop off and pick up from the Workshop at the Centre for Stewardship. Cost is £12 per day per child (+ on-line booking fee).
Monday 3rd June - Art Workshop
We will be making woodland mobiles which will be hung on the trees along the Giant's trail. These can be made with anything you find on the forest floor.
We will also be adding willow tubes to a tree to help connect it to the stream...bring your wellies! Followed by Giant Baking.
Tuesday 4th June Art Workshop
What does a Giant's foot look like? Do they have toes..or claws?
Using tree trunks as inspiration we will make giant feet, shaping them from earth on the forest floor. Can't wait to see what they look like. Followed by Giant Baking.
Booking for either of the Giants workshops is essential. Either book on-line or email. Payment in advance required. If you have to cancel, we will only be able to offer a refund if we can fill your place.
Dietary advice for Giant Baking. Please be aware before booking that we will be baking with ingredients that contain gluten, we will be using dairy products and we cannot guarantee a nut-free environment.
Finally, please be aware that children should have waterproof/warm clothing with them for outdoor events and bring a packed lunch
Giants in the Forest is all about getting outdoors and experiencing Scotland's most amazing wilderness.
Giants in the Forest is a Vision Mechanics project and is part of Year of Natural Scotland 2013.
In Praise of Walking
Saturday 29th June, 10am to 4pm
“She was someone who could not be rushed. This seems like a small thing. But it is actually a very amazing quality, a very ancient one… She went about her business as if she could live forever, and forever was very very long.” Alice Walker
Almost everything we care deeply about, we do with some nimbus of slowness around it, whether that be writing a poem, digging a garden, or baking a birthday cake for a beloved child. “The greatest assassin of life is haste,” said the poet Theodore Roethke. And yet more than a third of us say we “always feel rushed.” This day-long session is intended as an antidote to that frantic sense of urgency. Over the course of our time together, we will focus on very ordinary, everyday activities -- walking, talking, writing, drawing, telling stories – exploring them both as a source of pleasure in themselves, and as a pathway to our own creative work.
In Praise of Walking will be a hands-on workshop, combining stories and discussion with a special focus on reading, writing, walking, and drawing. Come dressed for the weather and wear walking boots. Bring a packed lunch.
Cost £12 (concessions £10).
Book in Praise of Walking online
Events with Plantlife
Wednesday 12th June
Wildflower Identification with Heather McHaffie from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. A close-up look at flowers and how to use a plant identification key. Suitable for complete beginners or those wishing to improve their skills.
Book via Plantlife.
Saturday 2nd November
Lichens in craft. Lichen expert Sally Eaton will spend the morning taking us around the estate and teaching about lichens, in the afternoon we will use lichens and other plants to dye wool. For children and adults.
Book via Plantlife.
Falkland and the Lomonds Cycling Project
CycleStart rides are designed to meet the needs of beginner cyclists, or for those who have been away from cycling for some time, and would welcome the opportunity of easy rides with experienced cyclists to gain confidence, and to meet and socialise with like-minded people.
The Cycle Chase event will now be held during Bike Week on Sunday 23rd June at 2pm. Venue: Falkland Community Village Hall.
All rides are free and open to anyone aged 10+ (10-17 year olds need to be accompanied by an adult).
Please contact Stuart Knowles for further information.
On your bike - trial a Brompton
As part of our Cycling Project, we are offering individuals the chance to trial a brompton bike. Bromptons are the perfect bikes for combining with other public transport travel options as they fold away and can be carried on to buses, trains etc.
We have a number of Bromptons available along with safety equipment for trials of one month. The trials are free and are available to anyone though priority will be given to users in the project area (the villages of Falkland, Freuchie, Gateside, Strathmiglo, Auchtermuchty and Dunshalt).
Please contact Stuart Knowles for further information.
Project supported by Cycling Scotland.
Following the success of our community art project, 'the inside out of the woolly tree' which was showcased at the Big Tent, we are delighted to introduce a series of skillshare sessions here at the Centre for Stewardship.
The Living Lomonds Quilt project - ALL WELCOME
Inspired by Patrick Geddes Valley Section stained glass panel, the Woolly Tree group is creating a new community arts project, a quilt showing the Lomond and Benarty Hills. As well as the landscape of hills, forests, fields and loch, this could include interesting wildlife, buildings, place names and other features important to people who love these hills. The group meet on a Wednesday afternoon and all are welcome - no experience necessary, tuition and all materials will be provided - email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of times.
Volunteer opportunities A group of Conservation Volunteers meets every Monday to carry out a range of practical tasks around Falkland Estate. There’s a range of tasks to suit everyone so why not come along and try it? There’s also a number of people carrying out wildlife surveys e.g. red squirrels, birds, moths and plants. Training is available for anyone who’d like to learn more about this. It’s a great way to learn more about this beautiful area and get closer to wildlife.
There are also Zero Waste volunteering opportunities - find out more on the Zero Waste page.
Woodland events are part of the Centre for Stewardship's woodland learning and development programme. This programme has been kindly funded with support from Scottish Natural Heritage
and Leader in Fife.