Sempervivum is an informal network of like-minded people who meet up to explore and celebrate being together and being alive. It’s open to anyone. The main event each year is a residential week at Easter. 

During COVID at the start of 2020, meeting up for residential events had to be suspended. An online event took place that year.

As the pandemic continued, we also met informally for walks down the River Almond and safe distance meet-ups on Portobello Prom. As things stand in 2024 we are currently re-grouping, and the Committee are actively planning a new and positive future for Sempervivum.

With this in mind we are welcoming new people to make contact, and to join us in some of our events going forward. Please contact us via the contact form to get an update.

Photo from the 'Embracing Uncertainty' virtual event

The Easter 2020 event could not take place due to the coronavirus outbreak, so there was a virtual event on Embracing Uncertainty. Participants produced work on the theme of ‘Embracing Uncertainty‘. The work has been collected together by Ed Tyler and can be viewed online.

During our gatherings, a wide range of activities and workshops are on offer, generated by participants themselves and by members of the communities where our events are held.

In past years we have enjoyed: singing and song writing, art events in the woods, making fire sculptures along the river, spoken word and music performance, open-air poetry, stand-up comedy and cabaret, peace dances, yoga and circle dance, equinox bonfire celebrations, labyrinths in the landscape. You may be inspired to try something new and discover the shoots of a hidden talent, or you may just want to relax in good company.

Sempervivum means “always alive”, expressing a wish to celebrate those impulses which regenerate and enliven us all. Our focus is on community building through creative collaboration and gentle self-enquiry, providing a safe, open environment in which to connect with the self and others in a real way.