Three day Facilitator Training Course ~ Sussex

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Standard fee: £500, Supporters fee: £650 (contact us for Concessionary fee). Paying the supporters fee enables us to offer concessionary fees. (payment plans are possible)

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About the course

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is designed for people with previous experience of working with children in a nature-connection setting.

What you will gain?

  • An opportunity to expand your tools and deepen your practice in nature with children.
  • Introduction to the skills and knowledge to plant Children’s Forests with your groups.
  • Direct experience of planting trees with children in the months following, facilitated by the CF team.
  • Practical ecological skills, information and experience, enabling you to tend community and biodiversity in a Children’s Forest.
  • You will be welcomed into the community of Children’s Forest facilitators pending completion of all three parts of the course.

Our training is in three stages

STAGE 1:

Children’s Forest Facilitator Training

STAGE 2:

Experience Planting a Children’s Forest

About the tutors

Anna Richardson: Anna has been a nature mentor and trained forest school leader for over 20 years, working with children of all ages and mentoring adults in plant lore, foraging, nature connection and bushcraft. The 8 Shields deeply informs Anna’s work and approach.  She is passionate about connecting to nature through creativity and reverence for life and is also a forest school trainer through Circle of Life Rediscovery and has co-authored two books : Learning with Nature and The Children’s Forest and is the founder of the Children’s Forest.

Pippa Johns: Pippa has 25 years experience of working with land, designing and making ecological gardens that produce food for people alongside providing habitat for abundant wildlife and building soils. She has worked on Organic farms and smallholdings and has taught Permaculture for over 20 years. Pippa is passionate about inspiring people to develop their own connection to a piece of land to grow food for families and communities. She has designed and taught on Permaculture design courses, been a tutor for the Permaculture Diploma and developed her own courses in ecological gardening and connection gardening. She has created the first Children’s Forest tree nursery, facilitating children to grow native trees from local seed, for planting Children’s Forests. 

Erica Shorter: Erica has been learning and playing in nature as a Forest School Leader and Nature Connection Mentor for over 10 years. She is happiest wandering barefoot in the forest and brings a flavour of deep nature connection into her work with children and adults. She is informed and inspired by the 8 Shields and is passionate about creating spaces for people to feel deeply connected with nature and their inner landscapes.

Ellie Fuller: Ellie is an experienced nature mentor and wilderness skills facilitator. Her passion is supporting children and young people especially to connect with the natural world in reciprocal, fun and adventurous ways. The vision of Children’s Forest and her own are deeply aligned, and she loves her role as a Children’s Forest Facilitator

STAGE 1: Children’s Forest Facilitator Training including Tending

May 22 -25th 2025

Course Content

STAGE 2: Participating in a Planting Project

Dates TBC

About

What does a planting project involve?

DAY 1: Step 1 & 2

DAY 2: Step 1 & 2:

Forest Experience & Imagining

DAY 3: Step 3

Tree Planting

  • Standard fee: £500
  • Supporters fee: £650
  • Supported fee: £400

“The Children’s Forest Facilitator course has been the most inspirational training I’ve ever been on.
…I feel like I have been physically shifted in my heart after these four days. Your knowledge, your love and your organisation of the days have been so gratefully received.”

~ Rosie

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Upcoming courses

September 21st 2024, 10-3pm

Autumn Equinox Community Celebration

Adults £25-£50 (sliding scale), children £5

We will gather together at the Autumn Equinox to celebrate the land and the bounty of the years harvest. Wandering together we will learn about tree and plant lore as we gather wild berries and nuts, celebrating the gifts they provide through song and story. Bringing together home grown vegetables from the Spring Rise garden with the wild food we have foraged, we will cook stew on the fire as we craft.

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September 28th 2024, 10-3pm

Seed Song & Tending; Community day

Adults £25-£50 (sliding scale), children £5

Join us to wander the land & gather tree seeds. Meet some of our native trees & learn about their ecology, lore, food & medicine through song & story. We will gather fruits & nuts for food, and tend to the trees at the Children's Forest on this land.

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October 26th 2024, 10-3pm

Seed Song & Tending; Community day

Adults £25-£50 (sliding scale), children £5

Join us to wander the land & gather tree seeds. Meet some of our native trees & learn about their ecology, lore, food & medicine through song & story. We will gather fruits & nuts for food, and tend to the trees at the Children's Forest on this land.

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