The knowledge and love that Neil and the team has for the land and landscape was clear from the start and it was very special to share that with a group of strangers who very quickly became friends. The way Neil guided the 4 days was an external, experiential mirror of the inner journey we were all taking, whether or not we expected to be doing that! It all unfolded completely naturally and one of the greatest joys of the weekend was being able to be truly in the moment, something that is so hard to achieve in everyday life. The challenge for me is to bring that home and make my life a forward-moving journey, but made much easier by remembering the 1-2-3-4 of the days there.
Matt, The Mull Classic May 2015
The main thing that resonates with me when looking back at my time with Wild Journeys is the strong sense of self that I found during the weekend. I felt like I was listening to my own voice for the first time in a long time… Wild Journeys brought me into a clearer thinking space and has allowed me to gain some perspective. I feel that Neil, Dougie and Mark’s gentle natures and overall approach towards the weekend, immediately allowed us to be relaxed and happy with being ourselves in the moment. I feel like this was key to me having such a valuable and unforgettable experience. The non-pressured yet assertive approach completely works and the outcome is a well-fueled brain and heart! Thank you.
Lucy, Lost Coastlines June 2014
The effects of my ‘Wild Journey’ were quite unexpected! The intelligent way the course is put together creates genuine space for reflection without feeling forced, all whilst seeing some breath taking scenery and wild life. What was in fact four days of getting physical, very quickly began to feel like two weeks of rest. I can safely say I’ll be looking to make this an annual event.
Lost Coastlines June 2014
We cannot recommend Wild Journeys highly enough after our experience of booking them to design and lead a walk for artists this year. Right from the beginning we felt in safe hands and knew it would be a special day. The combination of skills and experience that Neil and Dougie bring meant that in addition to aspects like health and safety, knowledge of the route and weather options covered there were also creative and thought-provoking elements to the walk that really worked for our group. At all times we felt safe, looked after and that the needs of the group were central to the day.
It would be hard to find facilitators with such a professional and creative approach to creating bespoke outdoor activities. It was so successful that we are now working to create a 4-day adventure. Thank you Wild Journeys!
Fiona Ferguson, Development Director, Imaginate.
It exceeded my expectations. The walk and a lot of the chat was what I had hoped it would be but the leadership was what made it really special. Genuinely inspiring. Opening avenues of thought and deed in a way that being in a room can never do. Not so much skill sharing as skill enabling, very positive and nurturing.
Walk on the Wildside September 2013
I’ve known Neil Harvey since he worked as the business manager for the GalGael Trust. He brought us a wealth of experience to effect the hands-on reorganisation of a busy boat-building workshop, a life-skills training programme for hard-pressed folks and outdoor activities. He is a stimulating thinker, a deep seeker and fun to be out with – preferably in a canoe. Failing that, get him for a blether over a tasty bite. He doubles as a first rate chef.
Alastair McIntosh, author of Soil and Soul
I enjoyed very much our Wild Journeys artist’s walk experience. A committed and focussed day with very clear intention in a relaxed environment… I had the opportunity to connect with myself, with others and with nature. Undoubtedly, a journey into totality.
Sáras, Walk on the Wildside September 2013
Neil and Dougie create space with joyful, exacting, pioneering, care. A day to rejuvenate trust in self, others and the world, an opportunity to breath deeper into a simple yet often distant – with today’s velocity – living connection.
Jude, Walk on the Wildside September 2013
It was a highlight of last year – a reminder of what is important to me but I can easily forget to do.
Katy, Walk on the Wildside September 2013
Neil has a meticulous approach to planning and execution of projects, he communicates empathically with young people from marginalised backgrounds as wonderfully well as he does with business executives. He is also great fun to work with. He did an awesome job for us leading a group of marginalised young people from inner Glasgow on a 4 day wilderness expedition last year, which has dramatically altered their view of the world.
Jon Lloyd, Camas Centre Co-ordinator.