As well as our public and corporate events, giving back is at the heart of Salt & Light Retreat, which is why a large part of our business is dedicating to reaching those who might otherwise struggle to access the wellbeing services that can truly change lives.
Previously, we have offered wellbeing services free publicly and for charities and organisations such as the Swansea Community Farm and Swansea Carer's. Every public event provides two gifted spaces for anyone who would struggle to be there otherwise.
Our current outreach project, Salty Society, is our biggest yet. We are creating an eight week program to bring youths from more deprived areas of Swansea to enjoy Gower, and everything that it has to offer, in order to improve the ongoing wellbeing of the young people involved, whilst helping them to find a passion for nature - enabling them to become stewards of Gower.
Wonderful Abbi from Big Meadow CSA reached out to me when she heard about the project, as she shares the same passion for reaching those who do not have such easy access to the abundance that we are spoilt with here in Gower. Having experience in a very similar line of work to that involved in Salty Society, it became a match made in heaven!
We have made some tweaks to the original format, which has produced an incredible offering for the youths of our city, which we hope will have a rippling impact on both our local environment and wider community. We are hoping to run our first cohort in spring time, and hope to conclude the eight weeks with an overnight stay in accommodation available at the Big Meadow CSA farm where Abbi is based.
The project involved the young people being provided with transport to attend an experience day once a week, for eight weeks - ending with a on-site residential. Each week the participants will be guided through activities that will boost their wellbeing, develop their resilience, help them to connect to themselves, to nature and to one another. Each day will begin with yoga and self-development exercises (including journaling, team building, self-inquiry), an outdoor activity (including foraging, stand up paddle boarding, rock climbing and more), and time spent dedicated to conservation/horticulture.
The young individuals will leave with new skills both for enjoying the outdoors, and for coping with daily life stressors. Through our pilot, we will evidence wellbeing benefits, impact on environmental attitudes, and immediate impact on local environment.
This project came about as our first lockdown restrictions began to ease, and our local beaches became overrun with litter. Unfortunately there was a very clear link between our young people congregating and the hoards of beach litter being left behind. The idea for Salty Society was brought about as a solution to tackle this problem, by helping our young people - who were enjoying nature, without comprehending the impact and devastation that they were leaving behind - to benefit from healthier activities in nature, where they become educated about the positive impact that we can have on our beautiful coastline.
We believe that change in the world begins with change in ourselves, which is why our approach is both internal through self-development, and external through learning and immersion in nature.
If you feel passionate about helping those who haven't been afforded the opportunity to develop a strong passion for nature, or the space and support to grow as an individual, then please consider supporting our project. We are happy to speak with you in more detail about the project. If you have the means to contribute financially, please use the button below to connect via GoCardless and let us know how much you'd like to give. The amount is not debited immediately, you will be notified via email you once it has been processed.
We are aiming to raise £7500, and here's what your money goes towards:
Outdoor Activities (Stand up Paddle Boarding, Rock Climbing, Foraging, Woodcraft etc.)
Travel to & from site for participants
Equipment (Wellies, Gloves, Overalls)
Staff (Project Leader, Outdoor Educator, Project Manager, Yoga & Wellbeing Leader)
If you are a young person who may be eligible to take part in our project - please help us to understand the specific needs of our local community by answering these questions. It should only take a moment, and you can take part anonymously.