Wilder Ways is a rites of passage school run two days a week for young people aged 12-16.
Wilder Ways offers place based education.
We have a woodland base camp on Falkland Estate, Fife and we also wander widely through out Fife and Scotland.
At our heart the encompassing principles of connection to ourselves, our community and our landscapes are our guiding and grounding forces.
Inspired by the 8-shields movement, permaculture and non violent communication we have built a curriculum that looks to nature as our teacher. The role of the mentor is to create a space for everyone to travel through together and in their own way with empathy and compassion. Through these connections we support each person to discover their own interests and gifts.
At our basecamp and on regular field trips we foster a sense of place by exploring and discovering the stories of our history, culture and ecology, our trees, rivers, weather patterns, animals and people.
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Wilder Ways started with a yearning to live more fully, a desire to rethink education and nurture our young people in nature and the courage to imagine sustainable communities.
Supported by community, a core group of us spent a year meeting, visioning and designing what became a very successful pilot year. One that nurtured and grew 10 young people and many adults that acted as mentors, skillsharers, volunteers and visitors along the way.