Welcome to our WildWood Grown Up Stuff Page
This is our ‘ideas’ board combining our thoughts on courses we’d love to run for you, as well as many that we have already run and several which are now firm favourites!
We are aiming these sessions to all grown-up ages & folks, from guys who’d like a more reflective ‘hen or stag’ gathering with some friends, to party ideas for grown-ups, to those of the University of The Third Age, to community groups & Forums, to the Corporate World for enrichment opportunities & really to anyone who’d like to visit a Forest with a purpose or simply to further hone some skills, hobbies or aspirations in Wildwood’s Forest setting!
Our programmes are very fluid and course content will vary dependent upon the season and client group’s preferences.
Contact Nick on 07817742342 or email email@example.com to discuss bespoke options & your group’s needs or to suggest your idea that we’ve not thought of yet!
So now scroll down & have a ponder on what we could offer you as a group both large & small 🙂
Mindfulness in Woodland Settings and Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing sessions: Our tutor is qualified as a Practitioner for Mindfulness in a Woodland Setting and has a wealth of experience in delivering sessions within the forest. Woodland Mindfulness will be explained in a historical context, enlightening you as to its ancient origins. Leaflets will be available, after an explanation on the wider health benefits of immersing yourself within a woodland setting and breathing in the air offered out to us all from the trees. You will undertake Earthing exercises through some barefoot walking, we shall meditate both alone at sit spots and communally (or as you wish). There is no onus upon anyone to participate at all, watching and soaking up the whole experience is the key, we will all find parts which we think ‘yep that’s for me’ and others that are not – and that is fine! We will run through some mindfulness activities using the forest as the backdrop but also as its resource! We will also connect with and become nature aware whist absorbing the environment about us with an open and non-judgmental mind! There will be an opportunity to taste various wild teas straight from the forest, thereby interacting furthermore with our wonderful location. So come along, kick-back for three hours, feel at ease among like-minded folk, relax, de-stress and equip yourselves with some well researched techniques to overcome anxieties, high blood pressure, and to increase general overall body repair!
Hedgerow and Forest Foraging: Join us for a foray of seasonal delights offered up from our fantastic setting, learn the basics, where and how to locate edibles, understand the legal and ethical points of collecting, realise how our ancestors gathered and used resources, times to get out there and do and not! as well as have a go recipes and cooking on our open fires.
Spoon carving and knife whittling: Come along to our special forest setting and learn to carve, shape and design a spoon of your liking. We’ll show you the correct way to safely handle an array of sharp edged cutting tools; from saws to axes to knives. We’ll run through some of the many cutting techniques and settle you in to develop your skill set further. This session is aimed at those who have a desire to get going and who’ve possibly nurtured a long held desire to have a go, so join us in this most natural of settings and have a wonderful day of whittling away under thoughtful tuition. If you’re a ‘dab-hand’ but just want to explore the whole process from wood selection, product procurement, the billet to work with and doing so in the great outdoors alongside others, then please also feel welcome. Taking the finished spoon home with you, will be a day to ponder for many a year.
Bushcraft: Our sessions follow a ‘hands-on & can-do’ approach combined with a skills development programme tailored from Bushcraft instructional techniques; designed to leave each candidate with an appreciation for the forest environment around them. We will demonstrate all the techniques first before allowing our candidates the opportunity to have a go for themselves. Below is a flavour of our course content, which we are more than happy to discuss with you further, in order to create bespoke packages:
- Fire lighting Techniques – both ancient & modern (friction bow, flint and steel)
- Water Collection, Filtering & Purification Methods
- Natural Foods
- Natural Cordage
- Bow Making & Hands-on Range activities
- Animal Tracking & Signage
- Camp craft
- Knot work & rope usage techniques
- Kit and clothing advice/ideas/adaptations
- Shelter building and construction techniques (natural and man-made)
- Natural Navigation, Basic map work, Orienteering & Orientation
- Survival Psychology
- Tree & Plant Recognition
- Search & Rescue Application
- Traps & Snare information (demonstration from education aspect only)
- Casualty Evacuation from scenarios (Moorland, Mountain, Forest etc.)
- Greenwood Crafts
- Flint Knapping
- Knife/Axe usage – safety, the Law, techniques & knife maintenance.
Woodland Crafts: sessions including willow weaving & all aspects of green woodworking, shave-horse making & use, pole lathing & much more – let us know your requirements!
Art & Sculpture Work: here we envisage you running wild with your imagination in our woodland & coming up with sorts of wonderful outcomes under our steerage! Get to use some fantastic forest resources, clay for tree spirit making as a starting point, to leaf & stick gathering for some Andy Goldsworthy inspired collages, to stones for relief work, using willow to create 2D and 3D work – dream catchers to cockerels! as well as creating mindful mandalas.
Nature Walks: as Social Foresters & woodland owners, we will guide you through the nature of our seasons; pointing out the flora & fauna that visits our Forest
Composting Toilets: come & learn all about them & how to build one as well!
Painting, drawing & photography: enter our woods for the dappled light, views from the wood over meadows & into the dark realms & really gain that Forest feeling for your art, bring along your kit & enjoy a woodland experience with us!
Woodland Management: spend time with us as we walk you through what we have achieved to date & our future projects, giving you inspiration & an opportunity to ask those searching questions, possibly before you commit to buying your own trees!
Woodland & Open Space Archery: with our GBArchery Instructor we can offer you a fantastic setting both for the novice ‘have-a-go’ & the veteran shot!
Bird & Bat Watching: spend your time in our Forest getting up close, in a quiet & secluded woodland, with what nature offers us as Birders, Dawn Chorus Walks: also bat watching & listening with echo locators, guided by qualified experts
Poetry reading & writing inspiration: use our woodland as an imagination release venue; campfire sessions as well as the freedom to roam & experience as a group or alone away from the group
Outdoor Cookery: come along to the Forest and learn how to create the means of cooking, fire-making, oven building & methods; as well as creating your own dishes, experimental cooking, using natural to-hand foodstuffs from the woods or bringing your own ingredients along!