Boswedden House provides a tranquil and comfortable environment for workshops, seminars and retreats. It's a place where body, mind and spirit can relax and renew in a caring atmosphere yet very elemental location. They can house up to 18 en suite and there is additional accommodation nearby. They offer a varied programme of workshops, courses and retreats including music, poetry, voice and body work, retreats, womens workshops, spiritual training and counselling. They offer a place where people can take time away from their busy lives to reflect and find inspiration from the tranquility of the house and the breathtaking scenery around it.
Their ultimate aim is to provide their guests with the opportunity to learn more about the countryside and increase visitors environmental awareness. Their courses have two main themes of: Sustainable organic farming and bushcraft-survival skills. Courses may include bow making, natural dyeing and spinning, willow weaving, flint knapping, green woodworking, bush craft, tipi and yurt construction, yoga and tai chi.
Undergraduate course leads to professionally accredited vocational training with extensive field work and an industrial placement, offered over 3 or 4 years. Postgraduate research opportunities enhanced by expert academic supervision and excellent field and laboratory research facilities. Their research expertise spans energy policy, marine renewables, bio-fuels, electrical power and networks, wind, photo-voltaic and thermal technologies. Their academics are committed to working with a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure a better informed and more inclusive approach to sustainable energy solutions.
Although education is compulsory in the UK for children between the ages of five and sixteen, school is not. Many families prefer to educate their children otherwise than at school, and it is their right under UK law to do so. Home educating families do not have to follow the National Curriculum and there is no single 'right' way to educate a child at home. Education Otherwise provides information and resources for home educating families and those considering home education for the first time, including guidance on home education and the law and links to local home education groups across the UK. In Penzance "PZ Home Ed" meet on Monday afternoons for workshops during term-time. You can contact them via the Education Otherwise website.
Forest School Camps is not a commercial holiday company but an educational charity and a voluntary organisation. All officers and staff are unpaid volunteers. Special importance has always been attached to the experience of boys and girls, children and adults, learning to work and play together close to nature. Their education is about discovering for oneself how to do something, rather than being told in the abstract. Children and staff find themselves in situations that encourage this; the outdoors demands and encourages learning. They remove unnecessary authority and, with due regard for safety and legality, encourage children to take responsibility and to reach their own decisions on small and not-so-small issues, individually or as members of a group. At camp they aim to teach how to live with independence and responsibility; concern and care for oneself, other people and the environment; resourcefulness and self-confidence; tolerance and respect. FSC is determined that all people be treated equally regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, religion and disability.
Future Tracks provides small woodland management and outdoor education. Working across the county with organisations such as Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Cornwall Heritage Trust as well as a number of private clients, they help to connect people to Nature. With over 7 years experience in sustainable management of woodlands (specialising in growing woodfuel for small woodland owners) their qualified woodsmen will help from planning and planting to extraction. Alongside woodland management the outdoor education they provide supplies the skills needed to live, enjoy and relax in the Natural world. They focus on traditional archery and bowmaking, bushcraft, green woodwork, coppicing and environmental art.
Global Boarders is a multi award winning surf experience company which looks after people and the planet. Together with GB Boardriders Community Interest Company (the first CIC dedicated to improving wellbeing through surfing) one of their main motivations is to promote behaviour change towards a sustainable future by facilitating a reconnection with the natural environment as well as transforming clients through surfing. The result is empowerment to improve personal and collective responsibility. They achieve this through highly structured informal, outdoor, experiential education where they focus on fun and self-development.
LILI is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to help people reduce their impact on the environment, improve their quality of life, gain new skills, live in a healthier and more satisfying way, have fun and save money. They run courses, provide factsheets, have an online shop ... and much more.
Plan-it Earth Education Project in Sancreed specifically aims to address the need for re-skilling (relearning skills that have become, or are in danger of becoming, forgotten) in order to build healthy, vibrant communities in a post-peak-oil world. Thus they host a variety of workshops and talks for audiences of all ages. Recent activities and workshops have included:
Low-impact sustainable building; Textiles and recycled clothing; Permaculture; Sustainable food growing; Behavioural change; Green wood working; Blacksmithing; Conflict Resolution; and Working with the natural cycles and seasons.
They offer a semi-structured healing respite week to people who could make use of the artistic and therapeutic facilities at Sancreed House. In a quiet setting they offer a flexible program of one session per day that is appropriate to different needs. It is a chance to relax and unwind and review current life issues and blocks as well as experience some deep healing and a sense of inner peace. Residential and non-residential sessions range from counselling to dance; from riding to meditation; and from reflexology to foot massage.
The Sustainable Trust was formed by and for a group of people including voluntary groups and small businesses working in association with each other to improve the understanding and implementation of sustainable practices. Building on the principles of Local Agenda 21, recommended at the first Earth Summit they think globally and act locally to conserve natural resources, and effect small changes to our environment. Their aims are to advance the education of the public in the principles and practice of sustainable development; research or to fund research into the practice of sustainable development; conserve, protect, manage and restore for the benefit of the public the natural resources, animals and plant life of Cornwall and Asia; and advance the education of the public in the ecology, conservation and management of different habitats.
The Woodcraft Folk believe passionately in equality and co-operation – all young people are welcome to join their groups. Every week thousands of volunteers and young people meet in school halls, community venues and a host of other places to learn about big ideas through fun activities like singing, playing and debating. Their aim is to have great fun, but also to try and develop children's self-confidence and build their awareness of society around them. Through their activities, outings and camps they help members understand important issues like the environment, world debt and global conflict. In recent years they have focused on sustainable development. By encouraging children to think, they hope that they will help build a peaceful, fairer world. There are no groups in Penwith but in Helston there are Woodchip (up to 6 years), Elfin (6-9 years), Pioneer (10-12 years) and Venturer (13-15 years) Groups. Contact them via the central organisation.