We invite you to join us on one of our courses.  During the facilitator training course we will take a deeper dive into the 4-step journey of Children’s Forest.

All of our courses are taught by our own heartwood team together with leading practitioners and are designed to be made as accessible to as many as possible; please get in touch to discuss any barriers to you participating.

Our inaugural course took place during October 2021 in the woods and fields of a biodynamic farm near Danehill in East Sussex.  We have long had a relationship with this place, and planted a Children’s Forest here with one of the Forest School groups some of our team work with.

It was a wonderful few days in which we followed the CF four step journey, getting to experience each step as would children whilst planting a Children’s Forest.  We had time to reflect and discuss each step, and to get into the ‘nuts and bolts’ of planting a Children’s Forest.

There was also plenty of music, song and storytelling around the fire during the evenings – we even had an impromptu shadow puppet show!  And to finish off there was delicious acorn cake, cooked over the fire.  Please see the photos below for a flavour of this course.

We are planning further CF facilitator training courses for next year.  These courses are designed for people with previous experience of working with children in a nature-connection setting. They offer an opportunity to deepen and broaden your practice, and introduce the skills and knowledge to plant Children’s Forests with your groups. Following the taught section of the courses all participants will be invited to attend an actual planting session with children, facilitated by the CF team. Once participants have completed both portions of their course they will then be welcomed into the community of Children’s Forest facilitators.

Following the success of our pilot course, and of our participation in the FSA conference, we are looking at running some one-day courses in the four-step journey – spending a whole day exploring each step – and also some shorter workshops around themes close to our heart at Children’s Forest, for example Tree Lore and Songs.

Please do get in touch if you are interested to hear more about these shorter courses, and let us know if there’s something you’d like to see offered here!

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