We can find Nature outside us only if we have first learned to know her within us. What is alive to her within us must be our guide. This marks out our path of enquiry.
— Rudolf Steiner
 
 

The Life Science Centre is a site for environmental education, research and holistic practice, offering opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to renew and deepen their relationship with nature. We explore ways of integrating agriculture, horticulture, woodland management and conservation activities to create a practical demonstration of sustainable land use. Our philosophy is also reflected in the beautiful organic architecture, providing unique spaces for workshops, classes, and retreats.

The wood consists of 60 acres (27 ha) of varied plant and animal habitat. It is situated in a heavily glaciated landscape at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills in South-East Scotland, and has belonged to the Life Science Trust since 1996.  

It is not just a question of what we do, but how we do it that brings art and wholeness into our lives. Our holistic approach can be experienced in our four activity centres: the Life Science Centre for Goethean research and education; the Ecology Centre for Biodynamic cultivation and biodiversity; the Craft Centre for rural crafts and artistic explorations of place, and the Social Centre exploring living in harmony with Nature (onsite co-housing is currently being explored).

 
 
I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown. For going out, I found, was really going in
— John Muir
 

There are many ways to get involved: join one of our workshops or book a course, volunteer in one of our centres, become a member of one of our working groups, come to seasonal events or simply visit the site for a peaceful woodland walk. You can also book our venues, camp on site or stay in our woodland chalet