Our 27 day learning community is centered in Wales with an emphasis on exploring sustainable living, earthen construction and farm living. In the amazing countryside we will be able to experience the culture through local storytelling, botany, beekeeping and food foraging.
The 2019 Wales Retreat is a temporary learning-community, utilizing the landscape and culture of Wales as a means for immersive discovery in botany, folklore, sustainability and construction. Project World School is not a typical study abroad program as it takes advantage of the power of a learning-community to produce collaborative goals, knowledge acquisition, personal development and changes in global perspectives.
Aug 15th - September 7th 2019
Llwyndafydd, Wales & Dublin, Ireland
8 or more participants (ages 15-25) self-directed learners, unschooolers, homeschoolers & worldschoolers
$4250 USD before February 15th
$4400 USD after February 15th
OPEN & ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Full accommodation for the duration of the learning community retreat
• All airport transfers
• All ground transportation
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinners during the retreat
• Entrance fees to all the included attractions
• All workshops, talks, guided tours, and classes throughout the retreat.
• Filtered drinking water to refill your water bottles (water bottle not included).
• International airfare
• Other personal items
• Meals on travel days (arrival & departure)
• International flights from your home country to each retreat location are not included
Most of our meals will be prepared by our team on the farm. Breakfasts will consist of fresh fruit, juice, coffee, eggs, fresh yogurts, cheeses and local breads. Lunches will be a combination of local dishes, salads, bakes and other meals cooked from locally sourced ingredients. Dinners will be self-prepared meals on the farm cooked by our team. We will make every effort to accommodate everyone’s diet restrictions including having vegetarian and gluten-free options. Please indicate any special needs on your application.
During the Wales – Construction and Organic Farming – 27 Day Teen Learning Community, we will stay in a few locations including one hostel in Dublin, and a farm in rural Wales. Generally, we always occupy dorm rooms (in this case, roundhouses and tepees), so all of our teen participants will be sharing a room at any given time.
What to Bring?
You’ll be gone for a month, and for those of you who haven’t traveled for long periods of time, we’ve prepared this list in case you might need some assistance with deciding what you should pack. So here it is, our packing list ‘suggestions‘! Our recommendation to you is not to over do it. You’ll have to haul everything you pack around initially, and there are weight restrictions through all airlines. Also, keep in mind you will be living in shared space. There will be laundry available, and you will be able to purchase replacement shampoos, lotions, etc. during the trip, so no need to haul around ‘family size’ bottles of anything.
NOTE: Remember the list below is a suggested list! Feel free to modify, based on your own needs.
1 Long Sleeve Shirt
1 Long pants (I would recommend wearing this on the plane)
4 T-shirts (one should be a formal shirt)
2 bathing suits
1 sunhat with a brim
personal items / toiletries
tooth paste & toothbrush
shampoo & conditioner
English outlet converter
copy of passport
anything you will need to lead a session
tiny first aid kit
small journal or notepad and pens
costume, wigs, funky hats, etc. (if you are into that sort of thing)
Schedule for Wales
Day 1 – Arrive in Dublin International Airport + Spend night in Dublin
Day 2 – Group travels to Wales + Icebreakers
Day 3 – Demo of Roundhouse subflooring + footing + Opening talk about Troed y Rhiw Farm
Day 4 – Build Roundhouse platform + Swimming at Cymtydu Beach
Day 5 – Build Roundhouse platform + Storyteller session
Day 6 – Build Roundhouse walls + Swimming at Cymtydu Beach
Day 7 – Day hike + picnic lunch + Speaker on sustainability
Day 8 – Cheesemaking workshop
Day 9 – Building Roundhouse walls + Swimming at Cymtydu Beach + Storyteller session
Day 10 – Building Roundhouse wall plates
Day 11 – Building roundhouse wall plate + Walk in the woods
Day 12 – Building Roundhouse roof
Day 13 – Building Roundhouse Hazel Web + Storyteller session
Day 14 – Day hike
Day 15– Beekeeping workshop + Swimming at Cymtydu Beach
Day 16 – Building Roundhouse Hazel Web
Day 17 – Building Roundhouse porch extension + Waterfall hike
Day 18 – Building Roundhouse roof cover + Storyteller session
Day 19 – Roundhouse windows and doors + Swimming at Cymtydu Beach
Day 20 — Roundhouse final plastering
Day 21 — Wild Food Foraging Course + Storyteller session
Day 22 — Free day + hike + Farewell BBQ
Day 23 — Travel back to Dublin + Spend the night in Dublin
Day 24 — Fly home from Dublin International Airport
*Schedule is subject to shift
Miro Siegel is a 19 year old Project World School co-founder and facilitator, who specializes in writing, mythology, history and cultural studies. Miro acts as both a mentor, and a friend to all. To read more about him, click here.
Cricket McGriff is an unschooled world-traveler teacher, mentor and jeweler. Her laugh is infectious and she’s brimming with positive energy. To read more about her, click here.
Dylan Hickcox is a 4 time Project World School participant and has previously attend the PWS Wales retreat in 2016. Because of this, he has had experience in organic farming and natural construction, and has agreed to come back to Wales to volunteer on this retreat.
Oak is an organic, natural build master who lives in a roundhouse (one that he built himself) in the Welsh countryside. He’s lead many builds and has an incredibly gentle approach to the whole construction process, which makes it accessible to everyone. To read more about him, click here.
NATHAN & ALICIA
LOCATION MANAGERS AND OWNERS OF TROED-Y-RHIW FARM
Nathan and Alicia are the proprietor and founders of Troed-y-Rhiw, an organic and sustainable farm in the Welsh countryside. To read more about them, click here.