Summer Woodland Workshops: Eco-Therapy Walks
Dates: programme starts Thursday 24 June, 2.00 – 4.30 pm every Thursday for 6 weeks
Leader: Stephanie Whitelaw, Eco Therapist.
Cost: £150 for the block of 6 weeks.
Max participants: 8
Walking with trees is a six-part series of workshops held within the beautiful woods of Newbattle college. Over the course of six weeks, we will explore the space, through sensory walking and ephemeral art making. Making art in response, we will work with natural processes, gathering materials on site.
As we move towards summer, nature begins to shower us in colour and new form. Venturing through the trees, we will tune into the small seasonal shifts taking place in our environment and tune into our own internal shifts taking place. The walks will invite new eco-therapeutic activities every week, gathering for:
- Tea and circle
- Sharing Silent-Walking
- Listening meditation
- Ephemeral art making with natural materials
- Responsive creative writing
Please bring with you:
- Appropriate clothing and footwear
- Writing materials
- A mobile phone or camera to take photographs
Eco-therapy describes all therapies that improve our wellbeing through connecting and spending -me in nature. Through slowing down and tuning into the natural environment, we can access the quiet and creative parts of ourselves. See the full programme…
Summer Woodland Workshops: Foraging
Date: Saturday 12 June 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Led by: Ian Edwards, Ecologist and nature writer
Max participants: 10
As Spring growth dies back finding edibles in the woods takes a bit more searching but delectable and unusual leaves, roots, flowers and the first ripe fruits are there for the eating for those willing to search. Stop midway for tea. See the full programme…
Laura Goble: Nature of Scotland Award Winner!
Laura Goble, the college’s Community Woodland Ranger, has won the Youth and Education Award at the 2020 Nature of Scotland Awards for her work with Forest College. Newbattle Abbey College is the national accreditation centre for Forest College, a national centre that supports people of all ages in lifelong learning outdoors.
The Youth and Education Award honours schools and youth groups which can demonstrate how they have made a real difference to the conservation and sustainability of Scotland’s wildlife and habitats. Laura has worked closely with local schools in Midlothian, particularly with youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds, to support them to enjoy the outdoors and learn skills in a safe, and healthy environment, an approach which should open up new life opportunities.
Forest College delivers accredited courses to develop knowledge, skills and leadership in the
forest and outdoors, as well as working with local organisations to provide free outdoor education opportunities in Lord Ancrum’s Wood.
“We are very pleased that Laura has won this award for the valuable work she does in generating a love of the outdoors with young people and ensuring that they understand the sustainability needs of Lord Ancrum’s Wood, the125 acres of ancient woodland and parkland surrounding the college”
Film Night: Robert the Bruce
Unfortunately due to the current situation, we have decided to cancel our film night until further notice. All tickets purchased have been refunded. Thank you for your support.
Open Day on 4th March 2020
Newbattle Abbey College in Dalkeith will be opening its doors to the local community on Wednesday 4 March from 2pm to 6pm.
The event is aimed at anyone who is thinking of signing up for a college course or is looking at future study or employment options. There will be information available on all of the courses offered by Newbattle and a chance to look around the college. A number of other colleges and universities such as; Edinburgh College, Queen Margaret University and Edinburgh’s Napier University will be on hand to provide advice and information on future study options. Skills Development Scotland will also take part in the event and provide information on employment opportunities.
For more information contact the college on phone 0131 663 1921.
Christmas is Coming Early to Midlothian
Newbattle Abbey College is preparing to get into the Christmas spirit early by opening its doors to welcome the local community to the ninth annual ‘Christmas at Newbattle’ celebration on Saturday 23 November from 11am to 4pm. See the full event programme here.
There will be an array of Christmas stalls selling a wide variety of unique gifts, including pottery, jewellery, artwork, wooden crafts and more, many of which are handcrafted by local individuals. In addition to this, there will be face painting and bee computer games for children, Christmas music, song and poetry. There will also be an opportunity to bring along your instrument to take part in a traditional music session. And of course, Santa will make a guest appearance!
Principal Marian Docherty said: “Christmas at Newbattle is a wonderful community event and we are very much looking forward to hosting this year’s celebration in partnership with many local businesses and organisations. It is one of the first festive events in Midlothian’s calendar with poetry, Christmas readings, woodland walks and Gaelic singing and will appeal to people of all ages. We’d like to invite everyone to come along and enjoy it with us.”
Also on offer to purchase will be home-baking, soup and mulled wine.
Entry costs £3 per adult and children go free. Tickets are available from the College reception or on the day. Disabled access and free parking are available.
For any enquiries please call: 0131 663 1921.
Planning for the Future Together: Weds 22nd May 2019
Planning for the Future Together is a conference that reflects a productive partnership between all the main sectors and agencies which support adult learners across the country.
The keynote address will be delivered by Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science. Please click on the conference programme opposite to learn about our exciting programme.
Beekeeping for beginners resident weekend
Over the 8th and 9th June, we will provide you with the theory of beekeeping along with some practical experience. This is an opportunity to learn about bees in a beautiful, historical location – Newbattle Abbey College.
The fee is £350 and includes all accommodation, food, course fees, workshop notes and provision of protective clothing (deposit £100).
To find out more, please click on the programme opposite, or to book your place email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 0131 663 1921
Gaelic Family Learning Weekend on 11 and 12 May 2019
For children and parents in Gaelic medium education. Come and experience a weekend packed full of activities to improve and develop your Gaelic. Free accommodation available for overnight stay (£30 booking fee applies).
Over the weekend you will have the chance to participate in:
- Campfire storytelling
- Field craft skills
- Making a time machine to go back to living in medieval times
- Making percussion instruments from sticks in Lord Ancrum’s Wood
- Sing with Gilliebride Mac’Illemhaoil
Literally All Happening at Newbattle
Literally@Newbattle, Midlothian’s first ever literary festival, takes place on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April 2019. The two-day festival of words, stories and ideas focuses on engaging with children, young people and families living in Midlothian. Friday morning is for invited primary schools in Midlothian, but all are welcome for Friday evening’s exciting programme of music and poetry, featuring BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year, Karine Polwart and the Scottish Poet Laureate, Jackie Kay. Saturday offers a diverse programme of events for all ages including; Gaelic storytelling, poetry and writing showcases, script-writing, and rap/hip-hop workshops, contemporary fiction and crime panels. Join us and find out more by clicking here.
Open Day on 13th March 2019
Come and find out about Newbattle Abbey College. We are holding an Open House on Weds 13th March 2019 between 3 and 7pm. Please join us to investigate our fantastic college courses and our fascinating guided tours of Newbattle’s A-listed estate and buildings. Explore the potential for holding your weddings, conferences and tailor-made events here. Discover why we are more than a college.
Gaelic Weekend, 9th and 10th March 2019
A Gaelic weekend for all levels of learners on 9th and 10th March 2019. A chance to improve your Gaelic and meet other learners and speakers. Free accommodation available for overnight stay. Come and experience a weekend packed full of activities to improve and develop your Gaelic.
The weekend is FREE and funded by GLAIF (The Gaelic Language Act Implementation Fund). Contact email@example.com or telephone 0131 663 1921.
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