A group of young people from SiMY took part in a residential experience on the island of Mull recently, spending the week at the Iona Community’s centre at Camas Tuath.
The centre is located in a secluded bay at the western end of the Ross of Mull, and can only be reached via a 40 minute walk down a footpath – all the food and materials for the centre needs to be brought down the same track by the staff and volunteers who run the centre from March until October. Life at the centre is very simple; there’s no electricity supply, limited hot water, and little or no phone signal. The centre grows a lot of the vegetables used in the kitchen, and groups get the chance to help out in the garden as part of their week, alongside taking part in a range of fun adventure activities. These include climbing and canoeing, coasteering, wild camping and the ‘Camas Challenge’. The week also had plenty of opportunity to soak up the sun on some of the beautiful golden beaches dotted around this part of Mull, and each day included time to reflect on the day and take stock of how life is going.
Despite being a younger group than on previous visits, the young people settled into the pattern of the week really quickly, getting themselves involved in the activities, and displaying lots of willingness for some of the more mundane jobs, including having to help with the dishes after each meal – drying up after a two course meal for 26 people is no laughing matter. We were really impressed with how well they did, especially as it was the first time away from home for several of them.
Overall, a great week, and we’re already getting requests for a return trip next year!