DAY MODULES 2016

These modules form part of the Level 3 (Advanced) course, but can also be taken individually as part of Continuing Professional Development. They are all day-long courses and delivered by leading experts in their respective fields.

We are aiming to add more modules to the portfolio in due course as demand requires.

Price per module: £95 incl VAT.

Coastal Interpretation

Trainer: Myles Farnbank

Date: May 17th 2016 in Arisaig / West Coast

This one day course explores the life and stories of the diverse plant and animal life to be found on Scotland’s 16,500 km of coastline.  Interpreting the coastline would not be complete without the human relationship going back to the ice age. Exploring this rich heritage and folklore, along with the diverse ways people, both past and present, have made their living along the coast, will include enjoying some tasty coastal edibles.

 

WiSE Course

Trainer: Myles Farnbank

Date: May 16th 2016 in Arisaig / West Coast

 

Dates for the following modules will be announced shortly:

Gaelic in the Landscape

Trainer: Roddy MacLean

Gaelic place names cover large areas of Scotland and who hasn’t struggled pronouncing them, let alone interpreting them. This day course aims to provide non-Gaelic speakers with some of the tools that will allow them to interpret the Gaelic landscape. A lot of time is spent looking at maps, perfecting pronunciation and telling a story which can be found in the Gaelic Landscape.

Introduction to Bushcraft

Trainer: Pete Long

Wherever we live we require shelter, warmth (often through fire), food and water. In order to live in a ‘wilderness’ setting we must understand the environment, this includes a knowledge of flora and fauna and how much of this can be useful to us. This course will bring us close-up to nature, to recognise, utilise and preserve it. We shall learn methods of how to incorporate simple bushcraft techniques into almost any guiding experience.

Words in the Landscape

Trainer: Pete Long

Nature writing has seen a major resurgence in recent years, matching the increase in the number of people spending leisure time in the outdoors. This workshop will introduce the idea of using written text, be it poetry, prose, journalistic items, historical accounts, or guidebook interpretations, to enhance the client experience within the varied landscapes and environments we work in.

Geology

Trainer: Angus Miller

Scotland’s scenery and landscape character owes much to the underlying rocks and a geological journey that stretches back over billions of years. This workshop will explore why a small piece of continental crust at the edge of Europe has such an amazing diversity of rock types and ages and such varied lowland, mountain and coastal scenery. We’ll discover the background to major features of the Scottish landscape and give you some tools and ideas to enable you to share some of these stories with groups.

Environmental Storytelling

Trainer: Gordon MacLellan

Stories, whether traditional or newly written, offer people an emotional, creative and intuitive way of engaging with the world around them. Well told, stories offer an audience ideas and experiences without dictating how they should feel or what a story should mean, encouraging listeners to value their own reactions to the places they encounter in a Guided Experience. This module will work with both established traditional stories and techniques, to use in developing new stories with a group.

Wild Stargazing

Trainer: Rupert Hutchinson

Looking up at the night sky can be a deeply humbling and profound experience, especially when we are in wild places away from the glare of streetlights. But what are we actually looking into when we look up, where are we within the vastness of space and how can astronomy teach us about the way we live our lives down here on Earth? Using a mixture of formal and non-formal methods, this module aims to tackle some of these questions by exploring the basics of astronomy in an accessible and inspiring way, with an aim to help participants bring the awe and wonder of stargazing into their personal lives and work with guests outdoors.

Upland Interpretation

Trainer: Duncan Macdonald

For this module, we’re heading into the hills. The Scottish hills and mountains can be a challenging environment, but they are still home to so much life. What were these mosses and lichens used for in the past? What hides within the name of this plant? Learn about the physical geography and human culture elements of the upland environment, as well as gaining a basic understanding of the main plant, bird and mammal species that inhabit these spectacular landscapes.

Woodland Interpretation

Trainer: Duncan Macdonald

From the plants covering the woodland floor, to identifying trees by their bark, to looking up at what animals are living in the upper reaches – this is a day discovering first-hand, the rich and unique biodiversity of the Scottish woodland. Wild foods, folklore, conservation issues and reforestation are just a few of the topics we shall cover in this module.

Riparian Interpretation

Trainer: Duncan Macdonald

The riparian area is the interface between the land and a loch, river or stream and is a rich habitat full of unique plants and animals. Whenever you are heading out, it’s likely that you will encounter some form of freshwater and learning how to interpret this environment, will enhance your clients experience.  On this one day module we will be exploring from folklore to laws, from dipper to trout, from crowfoot to bogbean, from transport to recreation.

 

Coastal Interpretation

Trainer: Myles Farnbank

Date: May 17th 2016 in Arisaig / West Coast

This one day course explores the life and stories of the diverse plant and animal life to be found on Scotland’s 16,500 km of coastline.  Interpreting the coastline would not be complete without the human relationship going back to the ice age. Exploring this rich heritage and folklore, along with the diverse ways people, both past and present, have made their living along the coast, will include enjoying some tasty coastal edibles.

 

 

 

Cultural History and Interpretation

Trainer: Dr. Sam Harrison

Date: TO BE CONFIRMED (late 2016/early 2017)

The cultural depth of the land we take clients through is often profound, but can be difficult to access. However a simple story emerging from a specific place, or a brief explanation allowing a group to imagine the human presence on the land, brings those places to life. This module will give a basic understanding of some of the features that can bring a cultural dimension to a guided experience: place-names, old settlements, work activities, tracks, maps, historic patterns of life. The day will give a grounding in these elements, but equally will show how to communicate and express this as part of a guided experience, to make the information engaging.

 

More Day Modules will be added as interest requires