Our guide Maarika Naagel coined a phrase early on in our journey. She told us we would meet many “positive crazy people” on our Estonian adventure. She assured us that this was a great thing – we would see! With a glint in her eye she informed the group that she herself was indeed a positive crazy person. So, in a new country, unable to speak the language and with no other options, we all clambered aboard the bus with a self-confessed crazy person at the wheel and began our Estonian adventure.
Re-scheduled: 30th Aug – 6th Sept 2022 The course will be centred around Tampere University and will include a presentation from Scottish participants to Finnish students; there will be visits to conservation, commercial and urban forest a national park, either Seitseminen or Helventinjarvi National Parks.
The aim of this course is to provide people working in Scottish upland land management the opportunity to see and hear how native woodland has been responding to changes in grazing pressure in the part of Scandinavia most environmentally similar to Scotland. Participants will visit a variety of biodiverse, reforested landscapes from exposed coast to mountain top, where climate and geology are very similar to our own, and where multiple land uses such as forestry, hunting and farming, are often practised together.
Aims & Themes: exploring small scale sustainable farming; hay making & orchards within a cultural landscape; the challenges of sustainable rural development, community engagement and heritage management. Participants will learn about subsistence farming as opposed to intensive farming, as well as traditional ways of managing the land. Hands on work like hay making with a scythe, fruit gathering, making preserves.
Hunting, land rights and conservation; predator management and conflicts; cross-border management and monitoring
Linking rich biodiversity with traditional skills and rural development in Transylvania. Apply now for this great course with ADEPT, leaders in natural and cultural heritage conservation though rural development & small scale, high nature value farming. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com Read more about ADEPT’s award winning work in Transylvania for almost 20 years – ADEPT Hosts: Fundatia ADEPT Course Dates: *NEW DATES* 8th to 15th of September 2022 2 spaces available for this course (June 2022) Aims & Themes: exploring traditional skills as part of rural development and heritage engagement in a biodiversity rich area of small scale sustainable farming. Draft Itinerary: Airports: Either Sibiu, Targu Mures, Cluj-Napoca, or Bucharest Proposed accommodations: Hotel Central Park, Dracula Danes, Viscri guesthouses Day 1: Arrival and transfers to Sighisoara. Dinner with the hosts. Day 2: Saschiz- visiting the ADEPT office, short presentation of each partner and discussion of food regulation barriers to small producers Lunch at the office Fruit and vegetable processing unit Ceramic workshop Dinner in Sighisoara (or in Saschiz- local association of women+ discussions) Day 3: Angofa project- visit and discussions (educational center, cattle farm) Lunch at the ANGOFA SCHOOL Bio-Mosna visit (milk processing model) Dinner at the farm […]
Woodworking & forest management: tradition and innovation in Galicia. Update March 2022: we are talking with our hosts to determine new dates for this course. Participants from the postponed course in 2020 will be offered first choice on any rescheduled courses in 2022. As soon as we have course dates and communicated with the 2020 group we will post any availability for the course. As soon as we have confirmed dates and details we will post them here and share through our consortium. The proposed course for 2020 is provided below for information. 2022 course content may change slightly due to COVID regulations. Hosts: XERA Agency for Forest Based Industries Galicia Course Dates: tbc Application Deadline: tbc Preparation Meeting Dates: tbc Aims & Themes: exploring traditional woodworking alongside forest management: innovation, enterprise and strategy in Galicia Galicia is a diverse region of North West Spain with a rugged coastline, the famous wine region of Riberia Sacra, and Atlantic forests of oak, chestnut and beech. Pine and eucalyptus are grown widely for timber. It is perhaps best known for the pilgrim route of St James which leads to the UNESCO world heritage city of Santiago de Compostela and numerous monasteries. The exact […]
2nd to 9th August 2022 Update June 2022 Host: Maarika Nagel (Viitong/Heritage Tours) Course Dates: 2nd to 9th August 2022 Application Deadline: 3 spaces available Preparation Meeting Date: tbc Aims & Themes: exploring cultural heritage interpretation and management in a range of contexts; community heritage as part of community cohesion and rural development; heritage tourism. Draft Itinerary: DAY 1 : Goal of the day: Old Tallinn (UNESCO heritage site) 14:30 Guided tour in Old Tallinn Free time in Old town DAY 2 : Goal of the day: Military history, soviet history Drive to the west, traces of Peter the Great in former Soviet nuclear base in Paldiski town Haapsalu town – resort Meet the officials of Haapsalu medieval castle. Visit the site, discussion Haapsalu tour – resort, historical wooden houses and train station, Tchaikovsly bench DAY 3: Goal of the day: Island heritage alive wooden boat building in a vocational school „Spaaremaa“ – 195 years of using local sea mud for healing and wellbeing. Ferry to Muhu island, drive to Kuressaare town Wooden boat building faculty of Kuressaare Vocational School, meet specialist. visit one of the medical spas. Using sea mud in healing. Discussion, tour. Värava farm – […]