Free The Change
How To Change The World And Stay Human

Friday 1st June to Monday 4th June 2018, The Isle Of Coll

Early Bird DISCOUNT deadline: SUNDAY 25 March 2018.

How to apply:

  • Please read this page in full first, and then complete the simple application form underneath.
  • There is no selection criteria, but please note that you must be over 18, and there are just 30 places available - so we strongly advise early booking. Applicants will typically be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • “Early birds” can secure our early bird rates (see Fees below). Early Bird deadline: Fri 2 March 2018.
  • Please do not book travel or onward accommodation until your place on the weekend has been confirmed. We will be unable to refund any travel expenses incurred prior to your application being approved - in case the weekend not proceed for any reason.


What’s included:

  • Facilitation and retreat materials.

  • Dormitory accommodation at Oban Backbackers (Friday night) and on Coll (Saturday and Sunday nights). If you wish to arrange alternative accommodation in Oban this would be at your own expense.

  • All meals, snacks and drinks from Friday evening to Monday morning.
  • Return ferry travel to/from Coll.



It costs us an average of £300 (out of pocket) to deliver every place on the weekend, which is entirely participant-funded.
Please pay what you can using the self-assessment guidelines below.

Self-assessment guidelines:

  • We hugely value people on higher incomes paying a bit more than the average cost, to help other people participate.
  • Regrettably we won’t be able to run the weekend if everyone opts to pay the lowest amount.
  • We don’t want cost to exclude anyone who’d benefit from taking part but genuinely struggle to sacrifice other things to afford even the lowest suggested fee. Please indicate this confidentially on your application.
  • If you’re a philanthropist who’d like to support more people to take part, please get in touch! This is unfunded work.

Suggested fees:

  • £195 unwaged/low-income + cost of travel to/from Oban. (£170 with early bird discount).
  • £300 average income + cost of travel to/from Oban. (£265 with early bird discount)
  • £400 high income + cost of travel to/from Oban. (£360 with early bird discount).

When you fill in the application form, you'll be asked to select your fee level and make payment in full in advance. You can cancel and request a refund, subject to penalties, up to one week in advance of the weekend. Details are in the application form.


What you’ll need to arrange yourself:

  • Travel to/from Oban (see arrival and departure info below).

  • Basic equipment & clothing - please view a list here.


The journey:

Getting to Coll is part of the “learning journey” of the weekend, and we’ll offer some simple tools and reflections for use on your way, to help you arrive and return home in good spirit.

Getting there: Trains to Oban leave Glasgow Queen Street on Friday 1st June at 12.21 or 15:28, arriving 16:37 or 19:43 respectively. Where possible we ask that you take the earlier train to arrive in time for orientation at 6pm.

Arrival: Arrive at Oban Backpackers Plus from 3.30 to 6pm on Friday 1st June (view map - not be confused with Oban Backpackers). We will gather informally at 6pm, including dinner. If you are arriving after this time, no problem. Just let us know in due course.

Coll sailing: We set sail for Coll on Saturday morning at 7.15am. Once on the island, a mini-bus will transport participants from/to the ferries.

Departure/getting home: Our programme will finish on Coll at 11am on Monday 4th June. The return ferry to Oban leaves at 12.45, arriving 15.25. There is a connecting train returning to Glasgow Queen Street at 18.11, arriving 21:21.


Arrive or leave in your own time. If you want to arrive on Coll before Saturday 2nd June, or leave after Monday 4th June, you’re welcome to - just let us know. But please note that accommodation on the island outside Sat/Sun is over to you to organise. Accommodation on the island books up well in advance, but camping (wild or on the island campsites) is straightforward. Please note: some orientation activities will begin in Oban / on the ferry - but if you plan to arrive on Coll independently we can share these with you in advance.


Safety & outdoor proficiency:

The outdoor activities we’ll recommend are optional, gentle and don’t require any prior experience. There will be first-aid trained facilitators on hand and there is a medical practice on the island. All official activities are covered by our public liability insurance.

It's not essential but you will benefit from being able to carry a small rucksack containing personal equipment (waterproofs, jacket/jumper, lunch, flask, etc.) for between 30 minutes and one hour, and be able to sit on the ground. If you this is difficult for you, you might want to bring a small folding stool.

Please let us know in your application if you have any issues around mobility, so we can adapt things accordingly.