Wilderness Journeys and Earthquests
The changes brought about participants who experience one of our Wilderness Journeys are always profound.
"As we approached the shoreline the sun broke through the mist and the light began to dance on the water..." This is the start of a diary entry for a memorable trip to the Isle of Eigg.
Clients have used words like 'inspiring!', 'Life changing!' and 'The best thing I ever did for myself!' to describe their journeys with us.
Now you can book onto one of our bespoke trips, designed around what you, and maybe your family or friends, would like to see. Maybe otters playing? Minke whales? Badgers feeding at dawn? We do our very best to find the experiences for you. We cater for all fitness levels and trips can be designed specially for clients with reduced mobility.
All images ©Hilary Parke 2010
The John Muir Trust
Until a few years ago the John Muir Award, the educational arm of the John Muir Trust, used to run many excellent residential trips every year. Most of these were for 14 - 18 year olds and those of us who were lucky enough to be volunteer leaders of the 'rezzies', as they were called, still cherish many wonderful memories. There's no doubt that many lives were changed by these trips. Some were to the northern and western extremes of the UK, places like Orkney, Rum and Eigg, while others took young explorers to the Picos de Europa, the USA, Finland and Russia.
Following the amazing Karelian adventure I wrote the following article for the JMT Journal.
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The Voyage of the Dawntreader: Clip from a Diary
Loch Nevis, July ©Hilary Parke 2010
"For those of us who had never sailed before, setting off from Arisaig in a 42 foot yacht was a little daunting but nevertheless exciting. The wind rose as we skimmed across to the island of Canna to find our first night's anchorage.
The next day, as a Hebridean heatwave began to build, in blissful warmth we sailed past cliffs resounding with the cries of nesting seabirds and explored tiny coves with exquisite white sand beaches.
Life on board soon became familiar and everyone relaxed visibly. We swam and chatted, shared life stories and jokes, visited tiny, isolated communities and ate the finest seafood whilst we watched otters playing beside the boat or scanned the waves for a glimpse of a Minke whale.
In the space of a week, every one of us felt we had found personal strengths and skills that were useful and we had all left our cares well and truly behind us.
This is one of several journeys I have been on in my life. Each one has had a lasting effect on me, making me more self-confident, more contented with life and definitely much better able to field the inevitable trials and heartaches that afflict us all at times. It's not so much what happens to you but how you deal with it that can make your life heaven or hell. Without the strength I gained from my experiences of the wonders of the natural world on these amazing quests, I doubt I would have coped with some of the events that life has thrown at me since.
I thoroughly recommend a wilderness journey to anyone who wants to take a big step forward in their life."
(From a Converted Journeyer)
Join the EarthQuesters Forum. Originally formed to follow up on one of our Earthquests (to the Isle of Eigg), this Yahoo Group is being revivied to provide a place to share information about forthcoming activities, to discuss the value of wilderness and share thoughts and images relating to ecotherapy and ecopsychology. By clicking on the link above you can send an email to the moderator and join the group.
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The John Muir Award
To find out more about the current work of the John Muir Award, please follow this link...