CPD & Outdoor Learning Days

 

cpd dayCircle of Life Rediscovery is passionate about training schools, organisations and education departments, in Outdoor Learning. All of our tutors have a background in education as well as knowledge about sustainable schools, nature connection, nature-centric models, the curriculum and the natural world. 

We offer a range of bespoke trainings that will improve outdoor learning in your setting. We draw on best practice from around the world and offer a holistic approach. 

We aim to enable practitioners to foster a more mature relationship with the natural world and leave you inspired with a bag full of practical and theoretical tools that link to an educational/learning based setting.

All trainings take place in our beautiful woodland in East Sussex.

We offer a 10% discount for mulltiple bookings (i.e. if one person books two or more CPD dates or if two or more people attend from the same organisation).

See below for our 2017 CPD courses or download the list here.

 

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Title: Risk & Play with Children - From Protection to Resilience, with Tim Gill - Rethinking Childhood.

Tim Gill is one of the UK’s leading experts on childhood and play. He is author of the influential book No Fear: Growing up in a risk averse society and was Director of the Children’s Play Council (now Play England) from 1997 to 2004.

 

 

Tim will be joined by Marina Robb, Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery and Author of 'Learning with Nature'. 

This day is suitable for Play Workers, Educators, Forest School Leaders and Service providers. 

Date: 4th April 2017
Where: Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex.
Cost: £85
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

Across the world, adults are becoming ever more anxious about children’s safety and well-being. Paradoxically, these anxieties can end up harming children’s learning and development, fuelling unnecessary fears and undermining trust and confidence in ourselves and our children.

This day’s training workshop will help us to revisit our thinking so that we can strike a better balance between protecting children from genuine threats and giving them rich, challenging opportunities to learn and grow.

The day will be a rich mix of presentation, useful information and healthy dialogue alongside some direct experience of ‘risky’ outdoor-based activities in the woods. It will support participants to take a more balanced, inspirational and  thoughtful approach to managing risk in children’s play and learning.  Tim will address the value and benefits  of risky play and the role of the adult  including an updated understanding risk benefit assessment (RBA).  This training  that will enable you to become an advocate for this approach and embed it across your setting/service.  

Please see https://rethinkingchildhood.com/about/ for more information about Tim. 

 

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Title: The Language of the Birds - A way to live life more fully.  

Date: Thursday 4th May 2017
Lead Facilitator: Alex Travers
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £70.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

 

What if there was a way to help expand our senses to levels of awareness in the world that allow for deep understanding, empathy, creativity and full connection? 

Well... there is.
The Birds offer us a great gift to be able to lift us out of our minds and thoughts and place us deeply into the senses, the place of real understanding and connectivity.  Through the birds we can tap into the flow of the landscape and the beings that are moving across it. Our place. We can start to access a four dimensional picture, using all the senses, of the place that we inhabit and the flow of life that is there. Being fully alive and in the moment of now. 

Why is this important? 
If the life of a human being is to experience as fully as possible the gift and joy of being truly alive in ourselves and learn the great wisdom of other forms of life then surely we need to switch on and pay attention. 

Imagine a world where the next generation of children are fully awake and delighting in and learning from the experience of life itself. That they are connected deeply to themselves, others and the natural world. 

Come and experience one of the most powerful core routines to help create deep nature connection in yourself and be able to pass this ancestral gift to our children. 

 What will we do? 

 During this one day CPD we will:

  • Look at switching on the senses to as deep a level as possible and explore processes to keep them on. 
  • Through theory backed up with direct experience, start to pick out the voices of the birds and what they can tell us. 
  • Identify the birds that offer the most learning possibilities and why. 
  • Understand how birds move, why and what this means.
  • Explore the interconnectedness of all life and how that can enrich our everyday lives. 
  • Understand how bird language can keep us safe. 
  • We will also throughout the day show ways to pass this on to people you work with, be that children or adults. 

 Come and join us for this magical day and switch on to the beauty of life!

 

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Title: An introduction to Outdoor Learning and the Curriculum

Date: Thursday 18th May 2017
Lead Facilitator: Katie Scanlan
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£70.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

 

Celebrate national 'Empty Classroom Day' with an inspirational day in the woods! Explore how to utilise the Natural World for learning across the curriculum.

This day is suitable for teachers and Early Years Practitioners. This is a chance to apply new outdoor skills and ideas through practical activities in the outdoors.

The training will help you:

  • Develop a greater understanding of the benefits of the outdoors and learning.
  • Apply the curriculum to the outdoors - with lots of creative ideas.
  • Make best use of the outdoors as an engaging and fun way to learn.
  • Focus on numeracy, literacy, art and science in the outdoors.
  • Activities will be suitable for use in concrete playgrounds, school fields or woodlands!

 

cpd dayTitle: Explore your Senses!

Date: Tuesday 30th May 2017
Lead Facilitators: Marina Robb and Anna Richardson
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£70.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

Lose your mind and come to your senses! 

This day is suitable for teachers, there will be an emphasis on ideas for working with children to develop natural awareness in outdoor education.

Our senses are powerful tools for connecting to and understanding nature. During this day, we will explore lots of games and experiences to awaken the 5 physical senses and learn some fun ways to introduce the development of 6th sense/ intuition/instinctual sense.

 

cpd dayTitle: Trees as a Model for Learning

Date: Thursday 8th June 2017
Lead Facilitators: Katie Scanlan
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£70.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

 

Inspire creative thinking and imagination, investigate maths, explore history, sample some science and get to know the trees in your school grounds (or local environment) in a whole new way.

The day will include lots of fun, cross-curricular ideas and activities and is suitable for teachers or Early Years practitioners.

 

cpd dayTitle: Outdoor Cookery - Forest School Refresher!

Date: Monday 12th June 2017
Lead Facilitator: Jennie Lamb
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£55.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

 

Refresh your Forest School skills! This day is for Forest School leaders, beginners and experts alike!

This is an exciting opportunity to extend your outdoor cookery skills, explore different cooking methods, make snacks which can be achieved in short forest school sessions, complete an outdoor cooking risk assessment and consider basic food safety regulations. Lunch will be included!

 

cpd dayTitle: Games for Learning with Nature

Date: Wednesday 14th June 2017
Lead Facilitator: Marina Robb, Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery and Author of 'Learning with Nature'.
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£70.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

 

This day is for teachers & outdoor practitioners to experience directly how learning through games & play can provide huge benefits! You will receive a tool kit of our favourite games plus creative tools for developing games creatively. These games can be adapted for the curriculum or provide key learning multiple subject areas. Fun for all!

 

cpd dayTitle: Tree & Plant ID Plus Games for Forest School Leaders - Forest School Refresher!

Date: Tuesday 4th July 2017
Lead Facilitator: Anna Richardson
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£55.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

 

Improve your confidence and identification skills, learn some new games and have some fun! On this day you will learn how to ID a dozen native trees and wild plants in the woods, and gain valuable insight into their practical uses. You will use observation, games and use your senses, as well as field guides. Great as a refresher for Forest School practitioners. 

 

cpd dayTitle: Autumn Foraging - Berries, Nuts and Fruits!

Date: Saturday 23rd September 2017
Lead Facilitator: Anna Richardson
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£70.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

 

Join us for a day foraging in Autumn. We will make food by the fire. This day is suitable for all including teachers, outdoor practitioners and forest school providers. 

Nature provides all that we need. At this time of year we need the energy provided by the nuts and seeds to help us through the winter, and the medicine and vitamins of the berries to keep us strong and resilient in the cold times ahead. On this day we will gather and  process some of our wild berries and nuts. Learning how to confidently identify them and how we might use them safely and with great benefit. We will use some ancient cooking techniques and make a berry medicine you can take home.

 

cpd dayTitle: Oak Day

Date: Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Lead Facilitator: Anna Richardson
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£70.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

 

On this day we will learn the important and precious knowledge of how to process acorn. We will create delicious and nourishing food including acorn flour and share simple recipes that can inspire you to try this at home or with groups of all ages in the forest.

The Oak is a well loved and respected tree of this land. It has been called the 'King of the Woods' and in the essence of true kingship, this tree supports, shelters and nourishes more variety of life in the ecology of Britain than any other.

Some say that an old oak may support over a thousand species from the tiniest insects, fungi, lichen and mosses to birds and mammals large and small. Oak provides shelter and has been an important timber in human buildings for many generations. The advent of farming created many huge changes in peoples relationship to the land, one of the least known and yet significant, was that once people who once processed and ate acorn, then turned to grain as their staple. 

 

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Title: Fire and Tools - Forest School Refresher!
Fire Making & Tool Use for Forest School Practitioners.

Date: Saturday 11th November 2017
Lead Facilitator: Anna Richardson and Mark Lloyd
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£55.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

Refresh your Forest School skills! This day is for Forest School leaders, beginners and experts alike and those wishing to explore tool use and fire on a deeper level.

On this day we will look at the basics of lighting and maintaining fire, both modern and ancient. This will be especially beneficial for Forest School practitioners.

We will explore natural and man made tinders, different woods and how they burn, fire lays and how to minimise smoke. You will be taught how to safely use tools with children such as knives, axes, bilhooks and saws to cut and split wood for kindling and feather sticks. The day will include tips on where to find the driest wood even on wet days and an introduction into the bow drill (Fire by friction).

To view some previous CPD's CLICK HERE.

 
 
 
For more information please email:
bookings@circleofliferediscovery.com
01273 814226  / 07966 514469
 

 

 

 

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Thank you so much for a fantastic day in the woods on Friday - I loved it! The course was the perfect mixture of practical and theoretical (and also a little bit magical too!).  I loved thinking of plants in terms of directions and times of life."
Lucy Collins - Founder, Bee in the Woods, 2016

"I can highly recommend the CPD training at Circle of Life. I went on an excellent 'Ropes and Plants' course, the facilitator Marina was very knowledgeable and I came away from the session with loads of great ideas, and enthusiasm!"
Katie, 2016

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