Margaret Colquhoun (1947-2017)


Dr. Margaret Colquhoun

Dear Friends,
A year after a serious illness was first diagnosed, Margaret Colquhoun crossed the threshold very peacefully in her home, as she had wished, at 2.20pm on Thursday 3rd August. Her final months had been generally comfortable and she received wonderful help and support from close friends, neighbours and the NHS, recently supplemented with some private care. A Christian Communty funeral service and burial took place on Sunday 13th August in the walled garden adjoining her home in Craigie Lodge.

Obituary for Margaret Colquhoun


Pishwanton Events Diary 2018


3rd March Art Workshop in Craft Building with Heather Bewick
17th March Herb garden fence weaving workshop


1st April Art Workshop in Craft Building with Heather Bewick
20th-23rd April Nature’s Open Secret with Katherine Buchanan
28th April Open day
29th April Sanctuary workshop


5th May Art Workshop in Craft Building with Heather Bewick
5th May Tree planting workshop Malcolm, & clearing for tree nursery
12th May Tree planting workshop with Malcolm


• Artist in residence: Alexander Hamilton (details tbc)
2nd June Art Workshop in Craft Building with Heather Bewick
5th June RBGE Herbology class with Katherine Buchanan
22nd June St. Johns celebration
29th June -1st July NATURE’S  ALPHABET: Exploring the Relationship between Word and World with Katherine Buchanan and Paul Matthews


7th -8th July Greenwood workshop with Malcom
14th -15th July Greenwood workshop with Malcom


3rd- 5th Aug. Herb memorial workshop with Maureen Robertson
24th -26th Aug. In Partnership with Nature with Katherine Buchanan


5th -9th Sept. Co-creating in Landscape – exploring a deeper connection to landscape and an artistic response with Katherine Buchanan and Johannes Sloendregt
23rd Sept. Sanctuary Workshop

Don’t Google it… Goethe it!

by Margaret Colquhoun

The Natural gifts, naturally inherited knowledge, traditional medicines and so on that have been passed down from ancient times are all losing their value. We need to acquire new knowledge in order to be able to enter into all the inter-relationships of these things. Humanity has only two choices: either to start once again, in every field of endeavour, to learn from the whole of nature, from the relationships within the whole cosmos, or to allow both nature and human life to degenerate and die off. There is no other choice. Today, no less than in ancient times, we are in need of knowledge that can really enter into the inner workings of nature”.                                                                                           Rudolf Steiner in Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture lecture 2, 1924

(Published in the Spring Issue of New View magazine)

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This Spring and Summer We Have New Opportunities for People with Special Needs at Pishwanton Wood!

Sun is shining and we are offering new outdoor opportunities for people with special needs for the warmest seasons of the year.

At Pishwanton Wood we have a  wide experience in looking after people with special needs, with or without their carers.

We offer therapeutic outdoor and indoor activities in a safe, health-giving environment to people of all ages and abilities.

What can we offer?
Through a person-centred learning plan based on a wide variety of skills training opportunities for all ages and abilities.

Supervision and Training for people with behavioural support needs, additional support needs and special needs.

  • Education in Land and Craft Skills.
  • Tailor-made individual programmes
  • A quiet environment to come to peace.
  • Opportunities to practice gentle handwork.
  • A place of good social interaction in a relaxed and tranquil woodland setting.

We strive to ensure the realisation of every individuals potential as far as we are able.

Some of the jobs we do together:
  • Planting trees and caring for them.
  • Felling trees, using the timber in buildings.
  • Constructing fences and woven hedges.
  • Caring for animals.
  • Making a garden.
  • Wool spinning, dyeing, felting, knitting and weaving.
  • Harvesting and processing herbs.




Blog January 2016

Published by WGBH Forum in 2014

” Allan Pittman and Bryan Lynch review the essential teachings of two historic figures, Helena Blavatsky, the founder of the Theosophical Society, who specialized in the teachings of the East (particularly esoteric Buddhism) and Rudolph Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy, who specialized in the teachings of the West (particularly esoteric Christianity).”


We are in the process of restructuring our project and no longer offer corporate volunteering (2017/18).


Donation through Just Giving

  • Sponsor Land care or Education.
  • Offer a gift for a specific aspect of the Project.
  • The Community Garden The Student Chalets & Accomodation Farm Animal Upkeep.

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And feel free to suggest us any of your own ideas to help Pishwanton Wood growing.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!