Four day Facilitator Training Course ~ Cumbria

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Standard fee: £675, Supporters fee: £900 (contact us for concessionary fee). Paying the supporters fee enables us to offer concessionary fees.

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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 on completion of this course.

Our training is in three stages


Children’s Forest Facilitator Training


Tending a Children’s Forest


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. 

STAGE 1 & 2: Children’s Forest Facilitator Training including Tending

September 12-16th  2024

Course Content

STAGE 3: Participating in a Planting Project

Dates TBA


What does a planting project involve?

DAY 1: Step 1 & 2

Forest Experiencing & Imagining

DAY 2: Step 1 & 2:

Forest Experience & Imagining

The second group of 15 children come for the same experience as the first group.

DAY 3: Step 3

Tree Planting

“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


Upcoming courses

April 22 - July 1 2024, 4-6pm

'Greet the Trees' Summer term (for community)

£10 drop-in per family, or Adults £35 for 4 week block (children free)

Join us for these weekly sessions on Monday afternoons to greet some of the trees we met in the autumn in their Spring and Summer finery. With games, songs, stories, crafts and food we will experience the gifts of the trees and tend the tiny seedlings growing from seeds gathered and sown in the autumn.

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April 27th 2024, 10-2pm

Tree Nursery Community Volunteer day


Join us to tend the tree nursery and learn about growing trees. These are volunteer work days for individuals and families where we will tend the young trees growing in our tree nursery. Work includes watering, weeding, pricking out seedlings, sowing tree seeds and more depending on the time of year. You’ll learn some aspects of growing and caring for young native trees at each session.

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April 28th 2024, 10-3pm

Beltane Fire Making & Tree Tending (for families)

Adults £25 per person, children by donation.

Join us for a family fire making and tree tending day. We will explore ancient fire making techniques, plant trees and tend the childrens forest together. Enjoy fireside community connection through song, games and nature connection.

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