Winter Community Celebration

Price Options

Adults £50, children free (see booking link in details below)

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About the day

Come & celebrate the trees together with us this Winter Solstice at Spring Rise.

This ticket comes with a gift bundle of Lucinda Warner’s beautiful Hawthorn book and Winter Solstice Print.

Join us for fun & crafts for all the family. There will be singing & storytelling around a hearty fire, and tree based crafts galore. Make Christmas tree decorations, wreaths, healing tree salves for gifts and more. Learn how to plant holly seeds which will one day be planted out in the Children’s Forests.

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
  • Tree based festive crafts
  • Festive song and story, craft and food for all the family 
  • Create an opportunity to engage in simple ceremony together
  • Connecting more with local community


Tickets: £50 purchased by pledging for the £50 ‘Community Celebration & Hawthorn Book & A4 Winter Solstice’ Reward on our Crowdfunder. Your ticket will be doubled in value for us, which will help enable us to plant trees with children in nature deprived areas.

Ticket admits 1 adult, and your children attend free with you. Along with attendance, you also receive a gorgeous Hawthorn book and Winter Solstice print by Lucinda Warner on the day (see pics below). Thank you for your support.

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.

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 deeply connected with nature and their inner landscapes.


Upcoming courses

October 30 - December 4 2023, 4-5.30pm

Forest From Seed 'Greet the Trees' Autumn term offering (for community)

Adults £48, children free (for 6 week block) or £8.50 drop-in per family

During this 6-week block we will meet a new native tree each week, close to the tree nursery. We will learn the song of the tree together and gather in gratitude for the fruits and seeds. We will process the tree seeds to prepare them for germination after their winter sleep and enjoy together a story and tea around the fire.

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May 23-26th 2024

Three day Facilitator Training Course

Standard rate: £475, supporters rate: £550 (contact us for supported rate)

The Children’s Forest Facilitator course is an immersive 3-day camp that aims to provide participants with a deep nature immersion experience in a beautiful Sussex woodland while experiencing the four step journey of the Children’s Forest. Our aim is to create a heart centred learning experience that will inspire you to create your own tree planting projects through nature connection practice, practical knowledge and indigenous wisdom.

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