Pine Journey day (for families)

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Adults £20 per person, children by donation.

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About the day

Come & celebrate the Pine tree together. Wandering in the Ashdown Forest we will explore the home & ecology, tree lore, food & medicine of the pine. In the winter, Pine provides us with many gifts.
Through song, and story, craft and medicine making, we celebrate the sacred Pine tree of our land.

Who is this day suitable for?

  • This course is suitable for adults and accompanied children, both beginners level and those with more experience in nature connection.

The day will cover

  • Seasonal celebration and traditions of our land
  • Foraging and plant lore
  • Pine tree based crafts & medicine making
  • Song and story
  • Create an opportunity to engage in simple nature connection
  • Connecting with local community

Terms & Conditions

Please read our Terms and conditions, linked here.

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 am the founder of the Children’s Forest.

Lucinda Warner: Lucinda is a medicinal Herbalist, naturopath and nature lover. She loves to spend time on the Downs with the plants that grow there and can often be found in her kitchen blending, brewing, bottling and batching any number of strange and wonderful potions and elixirs. Lucinda loves sharing her experience of the many gifts that the natural world has to offer and empowering others to know and use some of the common plants that grow freely around us. You can find her at


Upcoming courses

June 29th 2024, 10-2pm

Summer Family Forage & Medicine Making

Adults £20-£45 (sliding scale), children £5

Join us for a morning of gathering and crafting medicines from the forest, hedgerows and meadows, followed by an afternoon of medicine making, song, story and games. Adults and accompanied children are welcome.

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July 5th 2023, 10-1pm

Oak Wisdom journey Workshop (for adults)

£20-£45 (sliding scale)

Deepen your connection to the mighty Oak as we embark on a beautiful drum journey into the heart of the Oak. Learn tree lore, medicine and the plentiful gifts of Oak and receive wisdom and guidance from this sacred tree. Experience the nurturing effects of nature as we attune to the subtle energies of trees and receive their gifts of relaxation and rejuvenation.

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July 9th 2023, 9.30-2.30pm

Tending & Ecology CPD workshop (for adults)

£55-£80 (sliding scale)

Guided by ecologist Tom Forward, this practical day will be an introduction to identification of easy-to-do species groups and common survey tools and methodologies for recording wildlife at your site. Turn species data into biological records using a free online platform to store and share information.

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