Is anyone in this community interesting in hearing about and/or collaborating with me and my grandaughter to document and share the learning we're experiencing during our Hutting adventure?
When we first started looking, as a family, to buy some land and build a hut we thought this would be all about, well, buying some land and building a hut. Over the next few months we learned more about Hutting via the 1000 Huts event earlier this year and started to look for ‘some land’ which became looking for ‘a wood’. We learned about Scottish land reform aiming to put land to better public use and broader ownership, reforesting https://reforestingscotland.org/what-we-do/the-reforesting-scotland-vision/ and rewilding Scotland and the principles of permaculture https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture.
In amongst this time we went into lockdown. We started to look at what ‘school’ at home could be like, and wondering what kids will need to fit them for the uncertainties of the coming months and years. My granddaughter, Mischa and I looked at her curriculum to see what subjects buying a wood and building a hut would cover. Turns out all of them and a few more, for example, project management, team leadership and working, financial planning, research.
And along came https://creativebraveryfestival.com/, a festival planned for a week in September, who's vision is to reimagine education by: taking risks, paying attention, collaboration, embracing the uncomfortable, making it up as you go along, creating despite fear, looking to the future.
We’ve storyboarded our plan and are at the finding a wood stage at Bolton Muir in East Lothian. And we’re starting to design the initial huts and oh yes, Mischa is practicing her woods-woman skills.
We'd love to hear from anyone else who's interested in this journey...