Easter Event 2014

Isle of Eigg, April 12th – 19th 2014

The Easter 2014 event was a week on the beautiful Isle of Eigg.

There was an unfortunate start to the Easter event on Eigg this year. The ferry was cancelled either due to the weather or because the crew was at a wake for, “A well known local character”, so we crossed the next day when the weather seemed to us to be worse and a number of folk were sick and then several got really wet crossing the ramp off the boat and to cap it all some luggage was lost but 24 hours later the sun came out all settled down. From then on it was a great 6 days with laughter, games, talking, dreaming, painting, walking, cooking, relaxing, singing, eating, knitting, relating, learning, looking, living, enquiring, exchanging, loving, creating. Too soon it was time to go home on a smooth uneventful ferry back to the mainland.

About our Easter Events
During our gatherings, a wide range of activities and workshops are offered both by participants themselves and by members of the local communities – whether Laurieston Hall, Wiston Lodge or the Isle of Eigg.

In past years we have enjoyed: singing and song writing, art events in the woods, making fire sculptures along the river or on the beach, spoken word and music performance, open-air poetry, standup 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.

About Sempervivum
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.

Many roads, one path
Many rivers, one ocean
Many worlds, one planet
Many feelings, one heart
Many hearts, one feeling

Kids and teens
This year we are very low numbers (currently 10 adults and 7 kid, but can fit up to 24). We have decided that since the kids are all old enough and we want to keep costs low, we will not have a kids’ club worker, but will take turns stepping out to help them with making films (a big hit last year!), crafts, outdoor pursuits such as archery, and whatever else they decide. The youngest is 9, then 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. Since we don’t have any small kids booked we don’t have any facilities for them. If you want to book then you are welcome to bring a younger kid but be aware nothing is laid on this year for an age group that hasn’t materialised by the time we had to make the decisions!

About Eigg
One of the inner Hebridean ‘Small Isles’, Eigg has a diverse landscape including the dramatic An Sgurr, several beautiful beaches including the famous ‘singing sands’, the Giant’s Footstep loch and the longest exposed volcanic rock face in Europe!

Paying for it
Our usual low, medium and high income different bands can’t genuinely include people who don’t have money (given the low numbers we have at the moment) we are seeing if we can raise enough money to cover someone coming this year for free, or almost free (someone who otherwise couldn’t come). For the rest of us the costs are:
£217 – for adults
£162 – for 13 to end of High School
£108 – for 7-12
£55 – for 2-6

Getting there
You can get to Eigg by Ferry from Mallaig or Arisaig. The journey takes about an hour. Visitors are not allowed to bring cars onto Eigg, so once we’re on the island, we’ll be on foot, bike (best to bring your own, or rent one http://www.eiggadventures.co.uk/bike_adventures.html) or being ferried in Eva and Justin’s car.

If you’re driving up to the ferry in Mallaig, you can park your car in the library car park for the week. There is also a good train service from Edinburgh and Glasgow. You can catch a train early on the Saturday morning from Glasgow or Edinburgh and get to Mallaig in time for the ferry in the afternoon http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/. If you can’t get there for the ferry in the morning, you can stay overnight on Friday in a local B&B http://www.road-to-the-isles.org.uk/mallaig.php.

There is also a sleeper train service from London to Fort William www.seat61.com/CaledonianSleepers.htm#Sleeper%20times. With all trains, if you book three months in advance you get the cheapest fares.

The timetable for the CalMac ferry from Mallaig will be available http://www.calmac.co.uk/ in January 2014. You can also cross from Arisaig on the small Sheerwater ferry that looks out for dolphins http://www.arisaig.co.uk/.

We will meet the ferry with transport for you and your luggage, but if you fancy the walk, it’s 20-30 minutes from the pier (including a steep hill!).

Staying there
We have booked the Glebe Barn Hostel, Sandavore Farmhouse and Sandavore Cottage. So we have more room than last year. Sandavore is 10-15 minutes walk from Glebe Barn.

There will be space for small groups during the day in each of those venues and also in the Community Hall and if we need it we will have a 16-foot yurt pitched outside the Glebe Barn. Some groups may prefer to be outside, weather permitting.

The booking form will allow you to say what your accommodation needs and wants are. To summarise:
• Glebe Barn: sleeps 22 in five rooms/dorms (Room One – 8 in 4 bunks; Room Two – 2 singles; Room Three – 6 in 3 bunks; Room Five – 3 singles but could be 4 with a mattress on the floor if a family; Room Six – 3 singles but could be 4 if a family)
• Glebe Barn flat: sleeps 2 adults in the upstairs sleeping space (with sofa beds for two more). The kitchen/living room will also be used as a workspace during the day.
• Sandavore Farmhouse: sleeps 6, two people per bedroom. The living room and kitchen may also be used as workspaces during the day.
• Sandavore Cottage: sleeps 4, two single beds upstairs, a fold down double bed downstairs.
• Camping: there’s space for a few tents next to the hostel for those hardy enough (camping is free). “Own accommodation” rates apply for the week (see below).

Eating and other stuff
We are planning to prepare and eat our own meals in the kitchen at Glebe Barn. You can specify special diets on the booking form. Eggy Bread, a local business, will bake our bread for us. Sempervivum is run on a voluntary basis and there is always an element of voluntary help as part of the running of the week, so jobs like tidying,cleaning and helping with cooking and washing up will be organised with a rota. We are going to take turns cooking as we did last year (with two people taking on cooking an evening meal and preparing a soup for the fllowing day’s lunch). We may decide to ask Eiggy Bread to cook us one evening meal for the sheer hell (heaven!) of it.

Eva Schonveld and Jane Lewis will be co-ordinating our food needs with the person from Eigg who will be organising this aspect.

Please use this link to book for the Easter week.

Your booking will not be firm until you have filled in the booking form, paid a deposit of £25 per adult and £15 per child, and heard you have a place (if you don’t get a place your deposit will be returned).

If you pay by making a bank transfer then please remember to add your name to the transfer so we know who has paid!
Account name: Sempervivum
Account number: 00640726
Sort code: 80-11-00
Bank: Bank of Scotland, St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh.
If you need to send a cheque please make it out to ‘Sempervivum’ and post to:
Justin Kenrick, Flat 2, 8 Marlborough Street, Edinburgh EH15 2BG, Scotland.

If you need to send a cheque please make it out to ‘Sempervivum’ and post to:
Justin Kenrick, Flat 2, 8 Marlborough Street, Edinburgh EH15 2BG, Scotland.

Any questions: enquiries@sempervivum.org.uk