The 9 Principles of Rewilding - Rewilding Retreat - Rewilding Learning Day


Rewilding Learning Day

Glen Nevis, Highland, Scotland
1 day
Fitness: Easy
Group Size: 15

Join ecologist and rewilding consultant, Ellie Corsie, for an informative and inspiring introduction to the principles of ecological restoration, or rewilding.


Over recent years, the rewilding movement in Scotland has gathered real momentum. There are now hundreds of projects all over Scotland putting rewilding principles into action. They include large estates, farms, crofts, community landholdings and even parks and cemeteries.

Rewilding means the mass recovery of the living systems on which we all depend. Rewilding means restoring and protecting vast areas of land and water – where nature is free to direct the ebb and flow of life. Rewilding means giving space back to wildlife and allowing natural processes to shape whole ecosystems so that they work in all their colourful complexity.

Rewilding is also about the way we think. It’s about understanding that we are one species among many, bound together in an intricate web of life that ties us to the atmosphere, the weather, the tide, the soils, the freshwater, the oceans, and all living creatures on the planet.

Scotland is ranked as one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world and although the power of nature to heal itself is extraordinary - it is not unlimited. Rewilding provides a practical pathway to address the climate and nature emergencies, and to renew our fractured relationship with the natural world. It is a pathway of hope.

This Learning Day will cover:

  • What is rewilding and why does it matter?
  • The nine principles of rewilding
  • How does rewilding benefit people?
  • The social and cultural barriers to rewilding
  • How to get started on your own rewilding journey

This Learning Day is for you if:

  • you are a student, graduate or interested in pursuing a career within the rewilding/nature restoration sector.
  • you are a landowner or land manager interested in learning the rewilding basics.



Additional 2024 dates coming soon.




  • Tea/coffee/biscuits on arrival
  • All presentations, excursions and take-home resources
  • Certification for course attendance


  • Travel to/from the course
  • Lunch (please bring a packed lunch)
  • Personal expenses



Arrival from 9.30am for tea/coffee/biscuits, for a 10am start. The day will wrap up around 4pm.

How do I get there?

By car:

The venue (Glen Nevis Holidays) is a short drive from the centre of Fort William.

If you are approaching Fort William from the north on the A82 you will see a signpost on the roundabout just after you cross a bridge over the River Nevis on the way into town.

If you are approaching from the south then stay on the A82 and you will find a signpost at the second roundabout you encounter after bypassing the town.

GPS Longitude/Latitude: N: 56.804474 W: 5.073954  

Postcode: PH33 6SX

On foot: 

It is roughly a 45 minute walk to/from Fort William - just follow the road up the glen, it's paved all the way.

By bus:

Fort William - Glen Nevis
Shiel Buses operate a daily service from Fort William bus station to Glen Nevis.

Inverness - Fort William
Stagecoach and Scotish Citylink operate daily services throughout the year.

Glasgow - Fort William
Scottish Citylink operates daily services.

By train:

There is a regular train service from Glasgow to Fort William operated by ScotRail.

You can travel directly to Fort William from London by travelling on the Caledonian Sleeper.

What size are your groups?

Our Learning Days are for groups of up to 15 participants.

Is the course suitable for me?

Some of the day will be spent outdoors, sometimes walking over rough ground. Please wear appropriate clothing. 

If you want to discuss suitability further, please get in touch with our Rewilding Training Lead.

How does my custom benefit rewilding?

After covering the necessary costs associated with delivering the course, we are left with a surplus which, unlike a commercial tour operator with shareholders, is reinvested into our rewilding work.

Do local people benefit from my booking?

Yes. We are committed to developing nature-based business models that show how a landscape rich in nature can also support vibrant communities. Your custom allows us to train and employ local staff and to purchase supplies and services from local businesses. In doing so, we can demonstrate that rewilding is an economically viable land use in Scotland.


The Learning Day will be run from Glen Nevis Estate, nestled in one of Scotland’s most iconic glens below Ben Nevis. Glen Nevis Estate is in the early stages of its own rewilding journey following the principles shared in this course.