Adventures don’t have to mean spending an arm and a leg, flying to the other side of the planet, or taking time off work.
A Microadventure takes the spirit and key elements of an adventure and squeezes them into under 24 hours.
We invite you out of the office, to escape the city for a night. Take a walk down a coastal nature trail & share food around the campfire. Go to sleep under the stars & wake up in the morning to the sound of surf and skylarks. All just 30 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh.
Living Alive offer high-quality, fully-organised, bespoke overnight wild camping experiences, to meet the needs of you and your team. All you need to do is meet us at the train station, ready for an adventure. Let us handle the rest.
Microadventure pioneer & author Alastair Humphreys sums the experience up very nicely as “a refresh button for busy lives”. You can watch a video made by Alastair to learn more about the concept of “5-9” Microadventures here.
Whether you’re a group of colleagues from a co-working hub looking to connect, a company management team in need of fresh perspective, an HR manager looking for a wholesome staff away-day, or you’re part of a creative team at the start of a new project; there are many professional and personal benefits for choosing a Microadventure experience for you & your team.
We offer our Microadventures for professionals overnight on weekdays. Each trip is flexible and bespoke to meet your needs, so we can help you can choose the date & timings to best suit your group’s schedule.
In our experience, the most memorable away-days include space for reflection & connection. For this reason, we encourage groups to build in enough time during the afternoon to make the most of the Microadventure experience.
Our suggested schedule would be: Leave the office at lunchtime to catch the 14.14 train from Edinburgh Waverley to Dunbar. The next morning we’ll have you on the 08.56 train back into Edinburgh, to be at your desk by 10.00 ready for the working day.
We’ll meet at Dunbar train station, just a 30-minute ride outside of Edinburgh & spend the night at a secluded spot on the wild and beautiful East Lothian coast.
After walking together along the coastline from Dunbar, we’ll create a basecamp between the forest and dunes of John Muir Country Park.
Your guides Elle & Rupert provide high-quality bespoke microadventure experiences for small groups of 4-6 people per trip.
We operate different pricing schemes dependent on the final schedule, type of organisation & group size. As a guide, the investment ranges between £165-£225 per person.
GET IN TOUCH
We’d love to talk with you about how a Microadventure could benefit you and your colleagues. To discuss what we offer, please get in touch at email@example.com or give us a call on 07796 461892.
We provide bivvy bags for all participants and encourage you to give sleeping outside a try (weather dependent of course!). On your Microadventure we’ll do an introduction to using a bivvy bag and share all our top tips for finding a good spot & creating a comfortable set-up, for you to get a great night’s sleep under the stars.
A bivvy bag is a bit like a waterproof cover for your sleeping bag; they’re discreet, light and allow you to get in touch with the elements (more detail on that here, thanks again to Alastair Humphreys!).
For those for whom this sounds a bit too wild, we can provide a choice of your own small tent or a space under canvas in the bell tent.
Please bring along the following personal equipment:
- (Head) Torch
- Sturdy shoes
- Warm clothing – layers are good!
- Hat + gloves
- Spare socks
- Waterproof jacket
- Toothbrush + any other personal toiletries
- Water bottle
If you have your own sleeping bag, mat, or bivvy bag you’d like to use; you are more than welcome – just let us know.
We will provide everything else!
We’ll be cooking up a 3-course Fireside Feast to warm the cockles for dinner, and when you wake up the following morning we’ll serve a quick & nourishing breakfast to give you a good start to the day before heading off back to catch the train.
Elle & Rupert are both passionate & talented outdoor cooks; experienced at serving up delicious meals cooked over the fire. We work with primarily seasonal, local ingredients, to create mouthwatering, adventurous flavours. You’re in for a treat!
We ask you to let us know your group’s dietary requirement at the time of booking; vegetarian, vegan or any other specific dietary requirements, and we’ll do our best to cater for them.
In the event of some rain on the forecast, we will provide tarps, tents and a canvas bell tent to sleep under. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure that you stay warm & dry.
No-one enjoys a cold night in a soggy sleeping bag, so if it’s forecast to blow a gale all night long; we’ll reschedule the trip. We will contact you 24 hours before the date of your Microadventure to discuss if the weather forecast warrants a change of plan.
Don’t worry! We provide all the equipment needed for you to be comfortable & dignified when nature calls.
You do not need to be specially fit to take part in our Microadventures. The walk to basecamp takes between 1-2 hours depending on speed, follows a well-established coastal path and isn’t steep or challenging at all. We’ll take the walk at a pace to suit the group’s needs, and can stop for breaks if necessary.
Due to the terrain, this particular Microadventure is not suitable for wheelchair users or for individuals with other kinds of accessibility limitations. However, if you have limited mobility and are interested in join a Microadventure – please get in touch. We aim to make our experiences as inclusive as possible and would love to work with you to find a bespoke solution that helps you to sleep out underneath the stars!
It is your responsibility to make sure we are fully informed about any medical conditions that we should be aware of before booking, which may impact your ability to join this microadventure.
We provide a Medical form which is to be completed by each participant before attending.
Your guides Elle & Rupert are seasoned adventurers, who have camped & bivvyed out in all sorts of wild and beautiful places. Rupert is a fully qualified UIMLA International Mountain Leader and UK Winter Mountain Leader, with over 12 years of experience taking groups into the most remote and wild places on Earth.
Both Rupert & Elle are BASP certified Outdoor Emergency First Aiders and hold Level 2 Food Hygiene for Catering… It’s safe to say; you are in good hands!
Our love for nature means that we operate a strict leave-no-trace policy. We ask that participants support us in treating the landscapes we enjoy with sensitivity & respect.
In the unlikely event of an urgent problem, we have a vehicle available close-by and there is good mobile signal for contacting the emergency services.
Living Alive are fully trained & insured to provide all the activities encompassed in the Microadventure. We have been granted permission from the land management to operate our Microadventures at the site in question.
If you need any additional info, or want to plan how a microadventure could suit your team or group, just get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
I had an amazing, relaxing, starry night on the Microadventure. I found it inspiring that with an hour's journey you can escape the city and be in the lap of nature, get some distance from everything, clear out the mind and then go back to the city in no time.
Thanks to you guys I had a brilliant first time camping experience and it has given me the confidence to try it out again!
My Microadventure experience was inspiring, fun, memorable. I was looking forward to sleeping outside in the open air and the opportunity to learn about wild camping from people who know what they are doing... ALL my expectations were surpassed!
Living Alive put together a very special event for us. The location was perfect, the food delicious and the atmosphere wonderful! Rupert and Elle are lovely people to spend time with; you feel completely safe and looked after. I can’t recommend them highly enough.