The Permaculture Scotland Gathering 2020 FAQ
Due to Covid-19, we are sorry to have to say that the Permaculture Scotland 2020 gathering is postponed until further notice.
We are monitoring the situation closely and are looking forward to hosting the gathering in Findhorn as and when it is safe to do so. This may either be September 2020, or June 2021, we are still unable to say.
Until we can see each other in person again, we are looking into hosting online events, webinars and gatherings - stay tuned for more information on this!
(any more questions get in touch via email here!)
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
- a tent and a sleeping bag, if you are camping
- a torch
- waterproof boots and jacket
- crockery and cutlery
- mosquito/midges/ticks repellent/hat
- sun lotion
- swimming costume
- gardening gloves for foraging and other workshops
- Binoculars if you like watching wildlife
- musical instruments
- dancing shoes
- yourself, family and friends
WILL THERE BE ANY KITCHEN ACCESS OR OTHER FOOD PREPARATION OPTIONS?
6 vegetarian meals are included in the weekend ticket (with vegan and gluten free options available). A lunch is provided if you book Saturday only. Anticipate the following kind of food choices...
- Breakfast: Porridge, Fruit, Vegetarian Rolls, Vegan French Toast
- Lunch: Homemade Soup, artisan breads, salads, pickles, cheeses
- Dinner: One course delicious main meal and sides. Please bring cakes/ desserts to share!
There won't be any kitchen facilities on the site. Solar hot water (depending on sunshine) and tap drinking water will be provided.
WHERE ARE THE NEAREST SHOPS?
There is a small community shop open during normal hours. Here's a shops link to Google Maps.
WHAT IS THE EVENT WASTE MANAGEMENT POLICY?
We are striving to make this event as waste-free as possible. Please, avoid bringing disposable items, especially non-recyclable. There will be recycling bins on the site and we will have a separate compost bin.
HOW DO I FIND ACCOMMODATION?
All the links to accommodation are on our logistics page here.
HOW IS THE BEST WAY TO GET THERE?
We strongly advise to use public transport as limited parking may be anything between 5 and 30mins walk away. More information can be found HERE. You will be met by volunteers with wheelbarrows to get you to your accommodation. You can use this Google Maps link too!
If you are driving, don't go alone, share your car with others! We set up a Facebook CAR SHARE GROUP to enable matching people up. Apologies to everyone who doesn't use Facebook, but at the moment we don't have resources to set this up otherwise. We’d be happy to copy and paste offers and requests on the group on your behalf. You are welcome to use other car sharing platforms such as Liftshare.
ARE THERE ANY KIDS ACTIVITIES?
Parents and carers will be welcome to leave children aged 4+ at the children's space while they attend workshops. The children will be engaged in lots of fun activities and allowed space for free play in the outdoor spaces provided. The space is is managed by a qualified children's activities leader but we do ask that any parent doing so also signs up to help out in the children's area for one session. Younger children will be welcome to join in with their parent or carer.
DO YOU TAKE VOLUNTEERS?
Yes, our event is powered solely by volunteers and we welcome your support. Get in touch via email here or on Facebook Messenger, tell us something about yourself and let us know your availability. We will reply as soon as we can to discuss your potential involvement.
Findhorn also welcomes volunteers to help the site get ready for the event. You can find out more about volunteering with them HERE
CAN I BRING MY BUSINESS TO THE GATHERING?
We welcome businesses to have a table/marquee at the event and distribute their products or offer services, as long as they are in line with permaculture ethics.
Please, get in touch via email here to discuss your involvement.
ARE THERE ANY SHOWERS ON THE SITE?
Wild campers will not have access to showers on site (the sea is nearby for those that fancy a dip). If access to showers is required please book other accommodation. Provision will be made for compost toilets and hand washing facilities.
HOW DO I BOOK PARKING SPACE?
You can contact Findhorn to arrange a parking spot, get in touch via email here.
The ticks in this part of Scotland can carry Lyme's disease - so we encourage you to be extra vigilant, remove any ticks as soon as you find them using an appropriate tool, tuck your trousers into your socks if you're concerned, and best to refrain from lying naked in the grass if at all possible.
The Findhorn Hinterland Trust manages the land for green burials among other things and request that dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead at all times while in the woods with no exceptions.
You may walk your dogs off the lead off-site (eg the dunes, the beach etc) but please not in the woods.
For more information about the:
Main page click HERE
Programme click HERE [under construction]
Logistics click HERE
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) click HERE