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What is the Litle Færøy Nature Life School?

A group of friends and colleagues have poured their hearts and hands into creating the concept,
finding and restoring the location and implementing the seasonal programs for youngsters and students.
This island is located at 61 degrees 06' 36" North and 04 degrees 47' 21" 

Professor Douglas Hulmes, U.S. professor of Environmental Studies Prescott AZ
describes the program and philosophy for the American audience.
I first met Roar when I worked at Olavskolen, when he taught Friluftsliv at the Foss Folkehøgskule. Since 2003, I have
visited Litle Faerøy with 12 students every two years for approximately 5 days.

I selected Litle Faerøy because this remote island at the mouth of Sognefjord gives my students an opportunity to experience
the traditional West Coast fishing culture. We are given the opportunity to sail traditional wooden boats, and learn techniques
of fishing and preparing traditional foods as well as gain perspectives of the long history of fishing and trade that has
occurred on the west coast of Norway. This opportunity gives my students a meaningful way to understand cultural traditions, and
the challenges of surviving on a small island that is buffeted by storms off the Norwegian Sea and North Atlantic.



Background
Roar is a quiet self reliant man who incorporates direct experience into his teaching style. He has studied under Nils Faarlund, one of Norway's top Friluftsliv vegleders (sp?) (leaders of the way). Roar decided to commit his life to a simple life style based on the deep cultural traditions of the Norwegian west coast fishermen and farmers. His work with young people demonstrates, through example, the philosophical values of Deep Ecology, and the need for cultural wisdom to be retained in a modern world that cannot continue at the present level of consumption. My students recognized the incredible value of experience and through discussions with Roar, they gained a perspective of the depth and commitment of his philosophy and chosen life style. Several of my students have been profoundly
impacted by their experience on Litle Faerøy and are continuing to reflect on ways to simplify their own lives and incorporate some of their understanding of Friluftsliv into their personal and professional lives.
 
Team
When I see Gudrun, tears come to my eyes. She reminds me so much of my Swedish mormor, grandmother. She is clearly a dominant force to be reconned with on Litle Faerøy, and she keeps me and my students busy with her tasks for preparing traditional Norwegian meals from the fish and crabs that we have harvested from the sea. It is apparent that her strength and character has been
molded from the icy grey waters that lash the coast, and she has kept us entertained late into the evenings with stories of rescuing a cow that had fallen into the sea or the time that she has had to swim to shore with the boat in tow with a rope after being smashed onto a submerged rock.
 
More on Jon and Rich and others coming soon