The Shieling Project is an off-grid learning centre in the Highlands of Scotland

Do you want to live sustainably, learn new skills, and spend time outside? Learn how to milk a cow, weave a basket, build a bothy or investigate our recent past at our off-grid learning centre. Come outdoors and get stuck into the shieling life with us.

The Shieling Project is an off-grid learning centre in the Highlands of Scotland.  We have two sites – in Glen Strathfarrar near Beauly, and in Gartymore near Helmsdale. The project is all about outdoor living – from looking after our livestock to making real buildings and weaving baskets to making burgers from the meat we have raised here. You can help with seasonal tasks like planting, moving the cattle, making hay, or harvesting the crops. The tradition of the shieling where folk lived outdoors all summer herding the cattle, gives us a window onto the past, but also helps us look forward to a sustainable future. Alongside our schools provision, we offer lots of courses and events throughout the year from craft weeks to family camps.

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Do you want to milk a cow, build a bothy, or plant a forest? Be an archaeologist, a poet, a weaver? Come outdoors and get stuck in to shieling life with us.

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We're hiring a Gaelic Education Manager to join our team. The Shieling Project has a huge potential to inspire all its visitors to appreciate and learn Gaelic. From the stories, songs and place-names of shieling life, to inclusion of Gaelic within tasks and routines around the site, the project can show fluent speakers, learners and those totally new to the language the rich weave of Gaelic within the landscape. We'd love for you to join us at our beautiful site in the Scottish Highlands. Check out the job description linked in our bio for more details and please get in touch with sam@theshielingproject.org to discuss further. 
This post is funded by Bord na Gàidhlig.We're recruiting! The Shieling Project has a huge potential to inspire all its visitors to appreciate and learn Gaelic - so come and be our Gaelic Education Manager. Full time, £34K salary, 9th Jan '23 start date.
This post is funded by @bordnagaidhligA reminder for our workshop dates next year. We will be launching our new booking system in the next few weeks (but you can also get in touch with Sam meantime to book your spot and make sure you don't miss out - email sam@theshielingproject.org).

#theshielingproject #shieling #sustainablescotland #sustainablecoursesscotlandShielings were mostly lived in by women and children over the summer months. It was considered a special time - hard work but also full of song, poetry and stories. Young people took on new responsibilities learning more about themselves as well as the landscape beyond their homes. 
Our project looks at how the principles of Shieling life can be applied to good living in the 21st century. We focus on outdoor life, building resilience and learning skills such as looking after animals, growing and cooking your own food, building from local materials and entertaining yourself. Offering an alternative to screen time and consumerism.

#sustainablelife #sustainablescotland #shielinglife #theshielingproject #Scotland #buildyourown #craftingcoursesscotland #foodresilience #localfoodsystems #noticewonderconnectIn shieling times, the hills wouldn't have been what we experience now - they would have been busy, green, tracked and sung.

Photo by Abel McLinden taken on our last D of E Gold camp at the Shieling Project.

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#sustainablelife #sustainablescotland #Scotland #craftingcoursesscotland #theshielingproject #dofeTurf roofs aren’t just beautiful! They slow down water run off, insulate and provide habitat, plus often reuse the turf cleared to put up the building. In September next year we will host a Turf Roof and Wall Building course at our Helmsdale site. We will turf a compost toilet building, looking at roof membranes, drainage and how to keep the turf on. We will also look at turf walls – both fully turf and a turf and stone mix. These are easy to construct (compared to stone walls!) and very robust when grown in.

Course dates - 16 and 17th Sept 2023. Please get in touch with Sam@theshielingproject.org for more details.

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26 Nov 22Just a reminder - applications must be in by the 30th November. Please just get in touch (sam@theshielingproject.org) if you want to discuss further or have any questions. Le taic bho Bhòrd na Gàidhlig. @bordnagaidhlig https://t.co/VoxVtr4Erz
21 Nov 22Winter ready. https://t.co/yLUjR3nEx0Winter ready. https://t.co/yLUjR3nEx0
19 Nov 22Looking back to the early days of the Shieling Project. So many people have helped and contributed towards making the project what it is today. Did you visit the Shieling Project in its early days? What memories do you have from the project over the years? https://t.co/Zcp2SD6qrPLooking back to the early days of the Shieling Project. So many people have helped and contributed towards making the project what it is today. Did you visit the Shieling Project in its early days? What memories do you have from the project over the years? https://t.co/Zcp2SD6qrP
16 Nov 22Missy’s time with us will be coming to an end soon but she will be returning next year and will share more about her experience at the Shieling Project as well as some of her findings about ‘green prescribing’. Keep an eye on our socials for more details. https://t.co/oiZ4t56bvkMissy’s time with us will be coming to an end soon but she will be returning next year and will share more about her experience at the Shieling Project as well as some of her findings about ‘green prescribing’. Keep an eye on our socials for more details. https://t.co/oiZ4t56bvk