Camas Garden Week
Description: Camas welcomes groups and individuals to its pink granite cottages nestled in an isolated bay on the Ross of Mull, a mile and half away from the road. The aim of the centre is to provide a safe haven for individuals to enjoy the company of their group, the wonder of Scotland’s west coast environment and to offer each person opportunities for personal and spiritual development. Camas has a simple daily life. Electricity is generated solely from our wind turbine and solar panels heat water. Food is vegetarian and where possible gathered from the organic garden. Building a community based on nurturing confidence and acceptance is all important.
Type of Work: The project will involve practical work in the garden and on the track to the centre such as drainage work. Everyone takes part in chores, which are done in small teams by rota. They include tasks such as washing up, cleaning bathrooms, cutting firewood and helping with the garden. The centre ethos is built around community and hospitality and all guests are invited to hang out around the fire in the evening. There will be an opportunity to do outdoor activities such as rock climbing, kayaking and local walks. All bring guests and staff together and allow time for individuals to value each other and themselves.
Study Theme: The days at Camas are framed by morning and evening reflections. These are short times, generally led by the Camas staff, which focus on the groups experiences at Camas and allow people to share their thoughts if they wish.
Accommodation: Camas has 4 bunk rooms, sleeping either 4 or 8 people, as well as 2 rooms each containing 2 beds for group leaders. Sleeping bags are helpful but we do have some duvets. Camas food is vegetarian. Please let us know of any other special dietary needs in advance. Shared bathrooms and shower rooms. Separate male and female Phones: no phone signal, landline available in emergency
Requirements: Volunteers will be required to have ability to understand English and good willing to get involved.
Approximate Location: Ross of Mull
Notes: We usually run the week with a full day of work on the first day (Sunday) then a morning of work on Monday, followed by an activity after lunch (kayaking, beach or free time) same again on Tuesday and a day out on Iona Wednesday. Work on Thursday morning, with free time in the afternoon. Then everyone leaves about 9am on Friday morning.
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