Five Senses: Magical walks and outdoor experiences in Scotland

Five Senses: Magical walks and outdoor experiences in Scotland

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Walking tours in Orkney and Scotland, outdoor and cultural activities to awaken all five senses, fun exploration of life past and present, making life affirming experiences.

Five Senses provides magical cultural and outdoor experiences that help you enjoy finding your way in a wild world. We’re based on a country estate in Perthshire, Scotland and lead eco-tours in the Orkney Islands and teachings to connect you with nature, traditional skills and your true self. Our activities reawaken senses that have been dulled by stresses of modern living. Whether you relax on a

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24/06/2021

I’m here to enable you to get out into the countryside / nature / wilderness because being ‘out there’ is where our ancestors evolved, where we come from and therefore where we are healed and helped to grow. It is where we can find space to be alone with our thoughts - yet feel connected to everything. You can feel the freedom to be the master of your own destiny. I give you the skills to be safe and to belong. You might say ‘happy’. #fivesensesactivities #barefootwalking #nature #wilderness #countrywalk #forestbathing #rewildyourself

I’m here to enable you to get out into the countryside / nature / wilderness because being ‘out there’ is where our ancestors evolved, where we come from and therefore where we are healed and helped to grow. It is where we can find space to be alone with our thoughts - yet feel connected to everything. You can feel the freedom to be the master of your own destiny. I give you the skills to be safe and to belong. You might say ‘happy’. #fivesensesactivities #barefootwalking #nature #wilderness #countrywalk #forestbathing #rewildyourself

23/06/2021

Loving this book. I highly recommend it! #trees #lovebooks #climatecrisis #environment

Loving this book. I highly recommend it! #trees #lovebooks #climatecrisis #environment

20/06/2021

A wee overnight camp in the Highlands. #leavenotrace #rewildyourself #campfire

A wee overnight camp in the Highlands. #leavenotrace #rewildyourself #campfire

14/06/2021

Celebrating with spruce and lime tea. #firebyfriction #campfirecooking #limetree #limeleaf #sprucetips #simplepleasures #getoutside #bushcraft #magicoffire

Celebrating with spruce and lime tea. #firebyfriction #campfirecooking #limetree #limeleaf #sprucetips #simplepleasures #getoutside #bushcraft #magicoffire

14/06/2021

Rachel makes her own fire by friction. Look at that smile! #lifechanging #rightofpassage #firebyfriction #bowdrill #campfire #bushcraft #fire

Rachel makes her own fire by friction. Look at that smile! #lifechanging #rightofpassage #firebyfriction #bowdrill #campfire #bushcraft #fire

13/06/2021

#rewildyourself Rachel sits by the camp fire, like humans have done for possibly millions of years, ie before modern humans. Fire is central to human life. You will feel it when you sit by a fire you hand kindled with your bare hands. From gifts that nature provides and which you give thanks for. What some people call a w**d, our ancestors knew as life saving plants. Making fire reteaches us this and connects us with life, nature and the human story. It was brave to wear white trousers though! #stylish #recreation #rewilding #fire #campfire #bushcraft #humanstory #mindfulness

#rewildyourself Rachel sits by the camp fire, like humans have done for possibly millions of years, ie before modern humans. Fire is central to human life. You will feel it when you sit by a fire you hand kindled with your bare hands. From gifts that nature provides and which you give thanks for. What some people call a w**d, our ancestors knew as life saving plants. Making fire reteaches us this and connects us with life, nature and the human story. It was brave to wear white trousers though! #stylish #recreation #rewilding #fire #campfire #bushcraft #humanstory #mindfulness

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#rewildyourchild Two pictures of quickly improvised shelters for adventurous kids … no need for plastic or money. Just brains. In the first image, branches from a fallen tree are piled against a tree trunk, then packed full of branches and leaves. Time is of the essence. In the second image, dry leaves were found under an overhang of rock. Snug. #rewilding #bushcraft #naturalshelter #outdoorplay #safekids #improvisedshelter #rewildyourself #rewildyourlife #survivalskills

12/06/2021

Can you ever be lost in beauty? What is wildness? Wilderness? Does a place stop being beautiful if you have fear? Is urban sprawl the real wilderness, where we are lost, disconnected from our support and safety? Is the city where predators roam? Have you been told a lie, all your life? Do you now need to rewild yourself and get back into your true home? #nature #forest #rewilding #fear #wildness #wilderness #rewildyourself #rewildyourlife #forestbathing #woodlandwalk

Can you ever be lost in beauty? What is wildness? Wilderness? Does a place stop being beautiful if you have fear? Is urban sprawl the real wilderness, where we are lost, disconnected from our support and safety? Is the city where predators roam? Have you been told a lie, all your life? Do you now need to rewild yourself and get back into your true home? #nature #forest #rewilding #fear #wildness #wilderness #rewildyourself #rewildyourlife #forestbathing #woodlandwalk

12/06/2021

Looking through the eyes of a giant. Oak. Blue. Bells.

Looking through the eyes of a giant. Oak. Blue. Bells.

11/06/2021

Which would you choose? Given the choice between a wooden bridge and a fallen tree, which would you cross the stream on? This was my brief dilemma. The tree is fun. But what if I slip? I’m in my 50s and it’ll hurt, likely I will break a bone if I fall awkwardly - and think of the hassle of recovery, the lost work and loss of fitness. Blah blah. But think of the fun! So, over the log I went, again and again, simply focusing and thus enjoying the experience. This is what I am talking about on my new walks and courses with Five Senses - how to be fully present, mindful, have tiny moments of adventure and feel you are alive. After over a year of this covid pandemic (and it’s not over yet) I feel I need to carefully get away from this risk averse over cautious living. We have been so reluctant to risk a trip to A&E, because of not wanting to go near hospitals and people. It’s time to start stretching our wings again and get that balance back in life. #outdooradventure #covidlife #getoutside #risk #fun #fivesensesactivities

Which would you choose? Given the choice between a wooden bridge and a fallen tree, which would you cross the stream on? This was my brief dilemma. The tree is fun. But what if I slip? I’m in my 50s and it’ll hurt, likely I will break a bone if I fall awkwardly - and think of the hassle of recovery, the lost work and loss of fitness. Blah blah. But think of the fun! So, over the log I went, again and again, simply focusing and thus enjoying the experience. This is what I am talking about on my new walks and courses with Five Senses - how to be fully present, mindful, have tiny moments of adventure and feel you are alive. After over a year of this covid pandemic (and it’s not over yet) I feel I need to carefully get away from this risk averse over cautious living. We have been so reluctant to risk a trip to A&E, because of not wanting to go near hospitals and people. It’s time to start stretching our wings again and get that balance back in life. #outdooradventure #covidlife #getoutside #risk #fun #fivesensesactivities

10/06/2021

Sheiling. This is a bit of an obsession of mine and I hope to build a few, around the highlands, for anyone to use, like a very simple bothy or howff. A Sheiling was a summer shelter, an upland camp where people could live while protecting their grazing animals on the pasture. It is part of our transhumance heritage and it’s kept alive somewhat here at the Highland Folk Museum - but wouldn’t it be great to have more of these scattered across the countryside? They are basically natural tents, made from turf, stone, Heather or whatever is locally to hand. Any landowners want one built? Yet another way to help #rewildyourself #sheiling #shelters #scotland #scottishhighlands

Sheiling. This is a bit of an obsession of mine and I hope to build a few, around the highlands, for anyone to use, like a very simple bothy or howff. A Sheiling was a summer shelter, an upland camp where people could live while protecting their grazing animals on the pasture. It is part of our transhumance heritage and it’s kept alive somewhat here at the Highland Folk Museum - but wouldn’t it be great to have more of these scattered across the countryside? They are basically natural tents, made from turf, stone, Heather or whatever is locally to hand. Any landowners want one built? Yet another way to help #rewildyourself #sheiling #shelters #scotland #scottishhighlands

09/06/2021

‘Home’

In the most elemental sense of the word, beside the fire hearth. This is where humanity evolved. I believe this is where we need to return to, to find ourselves. Join me beside the fire, with tea and a glowing smile.

There is something profoundly spiritual and magical about fire and especially about making that fire with your bare hands, the ancient way, by rubbing wood together. This is one form of alchemy and to do this is to reconnect with the human story, our deep ancestors and to truly feel connected.

This is why I teach fire making and why we sit around a fire drinking tea. This is my church. This is my home. ❤️🔥 .

#rewildyourself #fire #humanity #peatfire #hearth #health #heart

08/06/2021

Nature awareness exercise - walking barefoot in a field of thistles. A great way to awaken my senses and develop my rewilding walks here at #bamffecotourism #barefeet #walkingbarefoot #thistle #natureawareness #rewildyourself

Nature awareness exercise - walking barefoot in a field of thistles. A great way to awaken my senses and develop my rewilding walks here at #bamffecotourism #barefeet #walkingbarefoot #thistle #natureawareness #rewildyourself

08/06/2021

Rewilding yourself should be beautiful. Rachel is enjoying a short walk at Bamff, taking in the environment with her senses, ignoring me hopping amidst thistles in my bare feet. The secret to rewilding yourself is it’s a process, giving up some things and changing old habits, while motivating yourself to persist with new things. It takes time as your comfort is protected but expanded. It might take years, so make sure it’s a journey you enjoy! Let nature guide you, one step at a time. #rewilding #rewildyourself #nature #bamffecotourism #naturetherapy

Rewilding yourself should be beautiful. Rachel is enjoying a short walk at Bamff, taking in the environment with her senses, ignoring me hopping amidst thistles in my bare feet. The secret to rewilding yourself is it’s a process, giving up some things and changing old habits, while motivating yourself to persist with new things. It takes time as your comfort is protected but expanded. It might take years, so make sure it’s a journey you enjoy! Let nature guide you, one step at a time. #rewilding #rewildyourself #nature #bamffecotourism #naturetherapy

07/06/2021

Sometimes I remember to pause and notice as I walk familiar places. I’ve walked past here hundreds of times but never really noticed the beauty. I could say I’m usually looking out for traffic but still … practice what you preach Malcolm! Take time, let your senses fill up with the joys of life and carry those as memories like jewels found. #fivesenseswalk #lintrathen @lintrathencycles #roadsigns #mindfulness

Sometimes I remember to pause and notice as I walk familiar places. I’ve walked past here hundreds of times but never really noticed the beauty. I could say I’m usually looking out for traffic but still … practice what you preach Malcolm! Take time, let your senses fill up with the joys of life and carry those as memories like jewels found. #fivesenseswalk #lintrathen @lintrathencycles #roadsigns #mindfulness

05/06/2021

A very clear example of tree growth influenced by available sunlight. Guess which way is south 😉 #naturalnavigation #trees #findingyourway #navigationskills

A very clear example of tree growth influenced by available sunlight. Guess which way is south 😉 #naturalnavigation #trees #findingyourway #navigationskills

05/06/2021

Wild honeybee swarm. Delightful. #bees #bamff #bamffwildlife Play with volume high. You can see them with the cloud behind. #honeybees #wildlife #ecotourism

03/06/2021

Time for adventure. This is the way forward, a map and compass. Self reliance, confidence and exploration. This is the portal to a new world, extended time, a release of tension and energy, detoxing and becoming oneself. It’s called rewilding now. It’s escaping the city, the path, the shackles of our minds. It’s shedding our own identity like a snake it’s old skin. It is re-creation, hence the word ‘recreation’. If you want this too, contact me. We are leading walks into the wilderness, teaching the necessary skills, mentoring and guiding those who wish to change. First step. #mapandcompass #navigationcourses #outdoors #rewildyourself #recreationtherapy

Time for adventure. This is the way forward, a map and compass. Self reliance, confidence and exploration. This is the portal to a new world, extended time, a release of tension and energy, detoxing and becoming oneself. It’s called rewilding now. It’s escaping the city, the path, the shackles of our minds. It’s shedding our own identity like a snake it’s old skin. It is re-creation, hence the word ‘recreation’. If you want this too, contact me. We are leading walks into the wilderness, teaching the necessary skills, mentoring and guiding those who wish to change. First step. #mapandcompass #navigationcourses #outdoors #rewildyourself #recreationtherapy

02/06/2021

Reading about trees. #themothertree #trees #booklover #rewilding #fivesensesactivities

Reading about trees. #themothertree #trees #booklover #rewilding #fivesensesactivities

01/06/2021

Birch twig tripod-style chopsticks. #bushcraft #outdoorskills #outdoors #picnic

Birch twig tripod-style chopsticks. #bushcraft #outdoorskills #outdoors #picnic

31/05/2021

It is so beautiful in Perthshire, especially this time of year and in sunshine. When we arrived at this viewpoint Rachel discovered she had left the spoon for her rice and stew lunch. She had the hot flask and tupperware but no cutlery. In a moment of improvisation I said “do you want me to make something from wood?” I didn’t think about what I would make, I just knew this is what humans do, we solve problems, we use our hands, brains and immediate resources. Without a knife, the route has to take a more creative turn, and quickly as the food is getting cold. I will see if Rachel has the picture of what I made. It worked and became a conversion topic with other hikers. So, remember, here at Five Senses, we always find a way! #woodlandcrafts #bushcraft #survivalskills #fivesensesactivities #perthshire #pineconepoint #improvisation

It is so beautiful in Perthshire, especially this time of year and in sunshine. When we arrived at this viewpoint Rachel discovered she had left the spoon for her rice and stew lunch. She had the hot flask and tupperware but no cutlery. In a moment of improvisation I said “do you want me to make something from wood?” I didn’t think about what I would make, I just knew this is what humans do, we solve problems, we use our hands, brains and immediate resources. Without a knife, the route has to take a more creative turn, and quickly as the food is getting cold. I will see if Rachel has the picture of what I made. It worked and became a conversion topic with other hikers. So, remember, here at Five Senses, we always find a way! #woodlandcrafts #bushcraft #survivalskills #fivesensesactivities #perthshire #pineconepoint #improvisation

31/05/2021

Blue belle walk. Rachel heads off on a new path above #thehermitage #dunkeld because we are so lucky to live near here and be able to do this. #mondaywalk #perthshire #bluebells #feelingblue

Blue belle walk. Rachel heads off on a new path above #thehermitage #dunkeld because we are so lucky to live near here and be able to do this. #mondaywalk #perthshire #bluebells #feelingblue

28/05/2021

So here’s the thing ... we live in a stressful world and it can be hard to get our minds to relax and stop the constant thinking and problem solving and anticipating the next big stressor. It’s great to meditate for hours on end but to be honest, I find that rather challenging so what I try to do is play. Behaving like I’m 5-10 years old instead of 55. Here I’m clambering on an old beach tree, watching red squirrels and imagining turning this into a natural shelter. I might be thinking but it’s at a much lower level and takes my mind off the daily worries of climate, capitalism and covid incompetence. So, when I lead walks in nature, it’s not as an expert on botany or mycology but as someone in tune with nature and himself, happy, playful and passionate about life. If you feel the need to get outside and escape from the intensity of human life, I can teach you how to take care of yourself, navigate, choose appropriate equipment, stay safe and have fun. Just don’t be too surprised if I start climbing a tree or scrambling barefoot into a freezing stream. #rewildyourlife #fivesensesactivities #naturetherapy #hiking #getoutside

So here’s the thing ... we live in a stressful world and it can be hard to get our minds to relax and stop the constant thinking and problem solving and anticipating the next big stressor. It’s great to meditate for hours on end but to be honest, I find that rather challenging so what I try to do is play. Behaving like I’m 5-10 years old instead of 55. Here I’m clambering on an old beach tree, watching red squirrels and imagining turning this into a natural shelter. I might be thinking but it’s at a much lower level and takes my mind off the daily worries of climate, capitalism and covid incompetence. So, when I lead walks in nature, it’s not as an expert on botany or mycology but as someone in tune with nature and himself, happy, playful and passionate about life. If you feel the need to get outside and escape from the intensity of human life, I can teach you how to take care of yourself, navigate, choose appropriate equipment, stay safe and have fun. Just don’t be too surprised if I start climbing a tree or scrambling barefoot into a freezing stream. #rewildyourlife #fivesensesactivities #naturetherapy #hiking #getoutside

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Five Senses provides magical cultural and outdoor experiences that help you enjoy finding your way in a wild world. We’re based on a country estate in Perthshire, Scotland and lead eco-tours in the Orkney Islands and teachings to connect you with nature, traditional skills and your true self. Our activities reawaken senses that have been dulled by stresses of modern living. Whether you relax on a bed of heather, learn to make fire, navigate by the Sun and stars, inhale the aroma of Scottish green tea, or taste vibrant wild plants in chocolate, you’ll feel completely alive, your senses awakened! We offer cultural, sensory and mindful walking experiences, wild plant explorations, natural navigation, traditional outdoor skills, barefoot and energy healing. Malcolm has been exploring the natural world with intuition and empathy his whole life, while Rachel brings a focus on always feeling comfortable and having fun! This combination makes for life changing experiences for you.
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