Scotland’s Wild Medicine Festival: A Celebration of Health & Wellbeing

Scotland’s Wild Medicine Festival: A Celebration of Health & Wellbeing


We were able to support some folks working in community-led and social enterprises to attend Scotland’s Wild Medicine Festivals in Tarbert, Argyll, and Broadford, Isle of Skye. This was in recognition of the stories gathered with social and community-led enterprises in Argyll through our work on the Social Action Inquiry, which highlighted the toll often taken by those working on the front lines of providing services and support for our communities. The story-gathering work highlighted themes of burnout, juggling multiple responsibilities, and feelings of uphill struggle and resulted in an interactive pdf entitled Third Sector Grind. As such, it has become evident that self-care, wellbeing, and taking time out to recharge are essential components of resilience, both for individuals and organisations.

It is quite common for those working to support community wellbeing, to experience burnout, with increasing pressure in terms of needs and vulnerabilities, alongside increasing costs and decreasing availability of funding and resources. Burnout is not just feeling a bit tired or stressed. It is when we are completely worn out, like a candle flickering out. It might look like feeling constantly exhausted, losing interest in things we used to enjoy, or struggling to concentrate. Indeed, if left unaddressed, burnout can pave the way for serious health concerns.

The word ‘disease’ literally translates to being detached from the state of ‘ease’. Three causes of many diseases are stress, inflammation, and toxicity. For many working in social enterprise in ever challenging circumstances, stress is something many of us have to deal with.  As we live in a world of ‘dis-eases’, the demand for a range of treatments and medications within the NHS become increasingly under strain.


Lilia Sinclair of Heal Scotland, a social enterprise and charity, has been taking a stand to provide educational resources and events to help people across Scotland take control of their health and wellbeing to live the best possible quality of life. The organisation is moving forward with a big mission to address Scotland’s current health picture of heartbreaking mental health issues, increasing auto-immune disorders, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and so on. Heal Scotland has been helping people take action by making informed, wise lifestyle choices, leaning on the wealth of natural resources across our landscapes and within our communities as outlined in the Scotland’s Wild Medicine Book.

The first of two Scotland’s Wild Medicine Festivals was held in Tarbert, Loch Fyne, at the Tarbert Harbour Authorities Community Marquee and Corranbuie Camp Site. It featured workshops on foraging, somatic yoga, sound bathing, sunshine dancing, from teeth to toe holistic health, ferments, and how to turbo-charge your family’s gut biome.

Rolling Pizza was at the campsite with sourdough delights, and Lullabee’s had a festival special menu of delicious healthy food. Kerrie Noor and BB Love provided entertainment along with a feel-good disco on the first evening, and Gary Little and Ceilidh had us all belly laughing for wellbeing.

The second of two Scotland’s Wild Medicine Festival’s, was held in Broadford Village Hall, Isle of Skye, by Heal Scotland, provided a fantastic opportunity to celebrate wild medicine in all its forms. The festival covered wellbeing workshops and talks about meditation, Pilates, the Wim Hof breath work method, lifestyle medicine, emotional release, forest bathing, beach cleaning, kirtan chanting, and more.

John Coghill of Self Health Food served an incredible wild banquet, a nutritious vibrant medley of colours and tastes, discovering the natural beauty and flavor of the wild. The Sheepshank Redemption treated everyone to a rip-roaring Ceilidh, unleashing the inner joy through dance and connecting to our traditional heritage!

If you’re eager to delve deeper into the realm of holistic wellness and embrace the healing power of nature, be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming festivals and events hosted by Heal Scotland by clicking here.


All photos credited to Julia Ann Nosal.