How to get there (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions


How to get there:

To get to the conference in time, you need to reach the ferry at Oban (to Craignure) at 16:00 (4 p.m.). Then, you will take the Bus leaving from Craignure (next to the ferry port, direction Fionophort @ 16:50 (it will wait for you, no need to rush from the ferry) arriving at “Lee - Artun” a station between Paeningaell, Beach and Bunessan at about 17:40. You can’t miss the Bus station, because one of us will stop this bus on the road next to the Leob Croft. But if you take a bus earlier you have to get off yourself. Ask the Driver to let you off, at the crossing for “Lee” and “Artun”, about 3 Miles before Bunessan. Don’t ask for “the Leob Croft” he/she will probably not know the place.



In order to get to Oban:

Take a train or coach to Glasgow
http://www.citylink.co.uk/service900.php

Look here:
https://sales.citylink.co.uk/CitylinkWeb

From Edinburgh or Glasgow -> Oban

There are busses or trains (quite good prizes if you book online).

Train and Bus terminate in Oban very close to the Ferry Terminal.
Even if there is just a few minutes between arrival time of bus or train there is time enough to buy your ticket for the ferry.

Oban -> Craignure

Take the ferry. Check times and fares here:
https://www.calmac.co.uk/oban-craignure-mull-ferry-summer-timetable


What do we eat?
We will have a cook, Eunike with us.
She will prepare wonderful, wholesome meals for the evenings.

Breakfast
Coffee & tea, milk and other diary products freshly provided every day from the local suppliers, bread and cereals from the Camphill Shop  – their products are bio-danymic, and good Porridge. That’s our breakfast!
The combinations between these ingredients are limited, but delicious, especially when we’re eating together.
However, if you have any other food in mind, that you would like to eat, you’re free to bring it.

Lunch
Lunch will be outdoors in the workshop groups. After breakfast we will prepare a lunch-box every day. Mainly sandwiches, some fresh fruits and vegetables.

Dinner
Dinner will be out festive meal, all together in the big tent. Prepared by Eunike, a wonderful creative bio-dynamic caterer from Stuttgart. Last year the food was amazing.


If you have any special request or needs, like gluten free or vegan we are trying to respond to that, but can’t guarantee. So in this case please get in contact with us as early as possible.

All food will be organic (as far as possible), most meals will be vegetarian, but we are planning one barbeque as well (with local organic meat). Vegetarian salad will be provided.


What about age?

But what is age? The number of years that have passed since your first day on Earth? Or is it something that has to do with the way you feel inside, the way you decide to grasp life?
The youngest participant so far, is 7 years old, the next oldest 17, most of the organization team is between 26 and 36, some people that have booked already are 50-60 years old, and the oldest person considering to join us, is 70 years old. Jonathan and Ann, our hosts at the Leob Croft enjoy being retired and having free time for such an adventure as well.
So, more important than age is your enthusiasm, curiosity and determination, your interest in meeting others and in discovering or rediscovering a place from where it emerged a part of what we humans have become today.

But!
Still, take a look at other points too: weather, accommodation and midges.


How’s the day going to look like?

First thing in the morning, we’ll “self-serve” and enjoy our breakfast at our accommodations (be it tent, house or flat community, the marquee, your guesthouse or holliday cottage). We thought that this would also be a good time for preparing our lunch, so we don’t need an extra time, and can enjoy our first half of the day. We will provide everything you need.

Then, our meeting point will be @ the Leab Croft where we’ll start the day with Eurythmy and a round circle.

We will go out to explore nature (following certain themes) in the workshop groups, sometimes all together, sometime alone.

We meet again at the Leab Croft at 5 p.m. for some evening activities like: working and participating in the play: The last Druid of Iona, storytelling, music, games, fire.
We will also prepare and share our dinner, together.

For a more detailed picture of each day, take a look at the schedule.


Is there time to spend at the beach?

There are at least 3 perfect moments for beach time. Early in the morning, after the lunch break (then we have a lot of free time to explore the island) and in the evening, at sundown. You should know, you are also free to take walks whenever you feel like it, but we’d definitely miss you from our group activities.

Are we going to Iona and Staffa?

We’re planning at least one full day for going to Iona and Staffa with the whole group. Individually (in the workshops) you might go there every day.

But!

Mull is amazing. There are many beautiful spots waiting to be discovered on Mull.


What to bring?

Anti mosquitoes spray, or bracelet – for the midges (mosquitoes).
Raincoat – always good to bring on an island. Also, if you decide to camp, the tent has to be resistant to humidity.


What does the conference fee include (and what is not included)?

Please read the information on the fees.


Accommodation:

We made reservations for 20 beds in 5 different houses. Half of them on the Leob Croft and the other half being within 25-30 Minutes walking distance from the Leob Croft in beautiful landscape. If walking is not good for you – there will be a car-shuttle organized for rainy days or tired feet. Prices range from € 120 to € 250 per week. A self catered breakfast will be included. The accommodations provide all you need for your overnight stay (bedding and so on). They have small kitchens as well. Most rooms will be shared, only a few single rooms are available. So- be quick to announce your favourite setting. 
Camping nevertheless will be the best choice to connect with nature and the camping fee (€50) is low. The camping people have a breakfast place as well. The camping site also has all the comfort you need like warm showers, toilets and you can always visit the warm up space, the conservatory of the Croft House with a cattle to make tea or the "internet cafe", the conservatory of Jonathans house. Tents need to be brought and should be waterproof (also from underneath).


What if I want to come earlier or stay a few days longer?

If you are camping, that’s no problem. You can help us to prepare beforehand and also afterwards to leave the place in good conditions.

If you booked a room in one of our houses that’s different:

The reservations are from: Saturday 8th 5 p.m. Until Saturday 15th 10 a.m. (Conference ends on the 15th). The holiday cottages are all rented for 1 week (7 days) and they always go from Saturday to Saturday. But, for people coming early we have the "Harbor Croft House" (you need to bring your own beddings for it). Otherwise there are pubs and hotels on Mull and Iona where you can book single nights.


Payment procedure:

After registration and after you told us where you want to sleep we will send you the billing address. All fees need to be paid in advance.

Your accommodation booking will only be binding after we received your payment. We are sorry to say, but we can’t reserve a room for you without having received your payment. First come, first served (in other words: your accommodation booking is only secured when being paid for).


What about financial support?

Currently, we are trying to organize financial support for those who really want to come, but money is a problem. Money should never be a problem. So, we are searching for ways to solve this situation, but it is not easy. We are always open for new ideas of financing, if you have any, don’t hesitate to propose them.


Midges?

Midges are related to mosquitoes, but smaller. Similar to their relatives, they come out early in the morning, but also in the late afternoon. During the day they hide in the bushes, where they should not be disturbed (for our own sake). They are attracted to dark clothing, so wearing light colours and covering up will outmaneuver them. Personal insect repellents applied to the skin and clothing, usually give several hours protection.


Weather?

Here: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/regional-climates/ws
you can find a detailed archive of Western Scotland’s climate, so you know what you’re in for.