Transformations 2017:
Transformations in Practice

Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR)
University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held at the Falkland Centre for Stewardship, Falkland Estate, Fife.

Nestling under the Lomond Hills, Falkland Estate is located on the outskirts of the beautiful conservation village of Falkland, Fife, Scotland. In this historic landscape, once home to the Stewart monarchs, a community of practitioners are today seeking to transform an old estate into a good place of the future, a Centre for Stewardship where land gives life to people and people give life to the land.

Those attending the dinner will be bussed across the water to Fife straight from the conference venue.  Following a visit to Falkland Palace , once a favourite retreat of the Stuart dynasty (including Mary Queen of Scots who played as a country girl in the landscape), guests will journey through the garden and orchard into the estate. Today, the Falkland Estate is no longer an exclusive resort but is widely accessible to the public.  It is unusual as an estate that welcomes land reform, and is currently working on a new business model based on mutuality, pioneering new opportunities for a range of people to realise their own potential.

The guided walk will finish at the  Centre for Stewardship where you will be met with a welcome drink on entering the marquee.   The Centre is striving to re-skill communities and to address the impact of today’s decisions on the future – whether climate change or the wellbeing of future generations. During the evening, guests will experience the height of Scottish hospitality – in a way that respects the environment, celebrates regional traditions and brings together a vibrant community in which everyone matters. Welcoming the outsiders (not to mention the recent American TV Series “Outlander”) is something Falkland has done for centuries – and today’s community is now cultivating the art of hosting events with thoughtfulness, quality and integrity.

The food will be provided by Falkland Kitchen Farm who farm 5 acres of land on the Falkland Estate.  They produce delicious, organic food that is healthy for people, the planet and local communities.  Guests will be encouraged to take part in a ‘Transition Ceremony’ which will be organised by a local artist, who will invite the group  to leave behind the old and adopt the new (more information to follow!).  A traditional Scottish gathering would not be complete without a Ceilidh so we will be encouraging everyone to wear comfortable shoes and partake in a jig! This will be an informal event and an opportunity for everyone to meet and mingle in a beautiful setting.

Please join us for this wonderful evening, a fitting end to the first day of the conference.

You can register for the conference and dinner here or if you have already registered for the conference (and not the dinner) you can go back into your booking and select the dinner add on. The Conference Dinner costs £45.