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  • Writer's pictureEliza Brown

Preserving the Wild: The Value of Traditional Skills

Our Founder, Eliza, recently spoke at the Scottish Game Fair highlighting the value of comprehensive knowledge and traditional skills in preserving our wilder places. In an age dominated by technology and rapid urbanization, we find ourselves increasingly detached from the natural world that sustains us. It is imperative that we recognize the significance of our connection to nature and take decisive action to protect the remaining wild places.

Nature has always been our greatest teacher, providing us with inspiration, solace, and a sense of belonging. It has shaped the course of our history, fueled our imagination, and sustained our physical and emotional well-being. Yet, as our lives become increasingly disconnected from the natural world, we risk losing this profound connection.

Human beings have a long history of coexistence with nature. For centuries, our ancestors lived in harmony with the earth, learning from and adapting to its rhythms. Indigenous communities and those who have spent their lives amongst nature possess a wealth of knowledge and skills that are invaluable in understanding and conserving our natural environment. Their comprehensive understanding of ecosystems, plant and animal life, weather patterns, and sustainable practices can provide us with vital insights and solutions to the challenges we face today.

Yet, as modernization has taken hold, many of these traditional skills and knowledge systems have been marginalized or forgotten. The loss of this accumulated wisdom not only deprives us of valuable insights, but it also weakens our ability to protect and preserve the wilder places that still exist. It is high time that we recognize the significance of this knowledge and support efforts to document, preserve, and revitalize traditional skills.

Fortunately, there is hope. We possess a comprehensive knowledge base and skillset in the form of those who have spent their lives immersed in nature, learning from its wisdom and understanding its delicate balance. These individuals, found in indigenous communities and rural areas, hold invaluable insights that can guide us towards a more sustainable future.

Their traditional skills, passed down through generations, encompass a deep understanding of the land, its resources, and its limits. They possess expertise in sustainable agriculture, land management, wildlife conservation and countless other practices that have enabled them to live in harmony with nature for centuries. Learning from my personal immersive journeys amongst some of the world's wildest places, I believe we must recognize and preserve these traditional skills, for they hold the key to protecting the wilder places that still remain.

It is in this context that I am proud to mention RVIVAL. Recognizing the need to reconnect people to nature and preserve traditional skills and knowledge, RVIVAL has embarked on a mission. We understand that simply advocating for conservation is not enough; we create meaningful experiences that engage individuals with the natural world.

RVIVAL offers adventure, culinary, and well-being experiences that tap into the richness of our natural surroundings. Through our carefully curated experiences, we provide a platform for those who have spent their lives amongst nature to share their knowledge and wisdom with those who are disconnected. These experiences immerse participants in the beauty and fragility of our environment, fostering a deep connection that we believe will motivate positive action and stewardship.

By promoting traditional skills and sharing knowledge, RVIVAL not only safeguards cultural heritage but also helps protect the wild places that still exist. Our efforts extend beyond entertainment and exploration; we aim to cultivate a profound sense of responsibility and respect for the environment.

As we navigate the complexities of the modern world, let us remember the importance of our connection to nature. Let us value the knowledge and skillset of those who have lived amongst its wonders, for they hold the key to preserving our planet for future generations. Our endeavors strive to reconnect us with the natural world, offering experiences that inspire, educate, and empower.

United, as stewards of this majestic landscape, we can ensure that the wilder places endure, and that the harmony between humanity and nature is not lost. I believe it is our duty to protect the legacy of the past, embrace the wisdom of those amongst us here, and create a sustainable future where nature thrives alongside us.

In addition to the broader concept of reconnecting people to nature, I would like to highlight the specific efforts and contributions of the local teams working at a selection of estates in Scotland. These dedicated individuals possess a wealth of conservation knowledge and skills that can profoundly impact our connection with the natural world.

Scotland, with its breathtaking landscapes and diverse ecosystems, serves as a perfect backdrop for fostering a deep appreciation for nature. The local teams, often consisting of ecologists, stalkers, fisherman, foragers and conservationists, work tirelessly to protect and manage these estates, ensuring the preservation of their natural beauty and biodiversity.

Their in-depth understanding of the local ecosystems, including the flora, fauna, and geological features, allows them to serve as invaluable resources for connecting people to nature. They possess comprehensive knowledge about the various species that inhabit these estates, their habitats, and the intricate web of interdependencies that sustain life in these areas.

By sharing their expertise through interactive experiences we create at RVIVAL, the local teams engage with visitors in a meaningful way. They introduce people to the wonders of the natural world, helping them develop a profound appreciation for the delicate balance of ecosystems and the importance of conservation.

Moreover, these teams are often deeply rooted in the local communities surrounding the estates. They understand the cultural significance of the land and its history, and they work hand in hand with local stakeholders to preserve traditions and promote sustainable practices. Their knowledge extends beyond scientific facts and figures; it encompasses the rich tapestry of stories, folklore, and traditional practices that have shaped the relationship between people and nature in Scotland.

By involving the local teams in initiatives aimed at reconnecting people to nature, we tap into their wealth of knowledge and skills. They possess the ability to weave narratives that bring the land to life, infusing the natural world with meaning and personal connections. Through their guidance, visitors can gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of humans and nature, realizing that our actions have consequences that ripple through these delicate ecosystems.

RVIVAL, recognizing the immense value of these local teams, partners with estates in Scotland to offer unique adventure, culinary, and well-being experiences. Participants are not only immersed in the stunning landscapes but also have the opportunity to learn directly from the passionate individuals who work tirelessly to protect these areas. By engaging with the local teams, visitors gain insight into the intricate workings of nature, the challenges of conservation, and the ways in which traditional skills and knowledge are vital in preserving the wild places.

In summary, the efforts of the local teams working at estates in Scotland are instrumental in reconnecting people to nature. Their wealth of conservation knowledge, deep understanding of local ecosystems, and close ties to the communities make them invaluable resources. By sharing their expertise and fostering meaningful connections between individuals and the natural world, they contribute to the larger goal of preserving and cherishing our planet's wild places.

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