The Andrew Raven Trust blog

Dowsing at Ardtornish


Fiona describes a fascinating insight into water dowsing experienced by June 2015 weekend participants.

The Marks t’ Gan By


The poet Katrina Porteous attended the 'Water' weekend and provided a fascinating poetry reading and personal reflection. Her particular interests include the inshore fishing community of the Northumberland coast, and the cultural and natural history of that area. Katrina has kindly sent a poem to be shared. The text below opens with a message from Katrina describing the background to her choice.

By Katrina Porteous



Each guest at the recent Water weekend had been encouraged to bring an object or image about water to discuss in small groups on arrival. Preoccupied with housekeeping and organization (unnecessarily as the Ardtornish team had all things running beautifully from the outset) I failed to share my offering.

By Amanda Raven

The culture of food


How we produce, consume and share food has deep links with our sense of individual and community well-being.

Reflections from an organiser


Having attended all the ‘Ardtornish weekends’ volunteering to organise one on my favourite topic – the impact of the food we consume - seemed like a natural thing to do, especially when a former colleague (Sally Thomas from the Scottish Government) was also keen.

Archived blog entries