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).

Please see below for our 2017 trainings. If you are interested in Forest School Training Level 3 please click here.

 

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).

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2018 - JON CREE IS BACK!

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Title: Story Telling

Date: Thursday 25th January 2018
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£95.00
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 creative, playful workshop will explore the relationship between stories, storytelling and the natural world around us, with its application to school and community groups. It will suit beginners and those who already work with stories.

This day is for anyone involved in working with groups (adults or children) in an educational setting. It is for those wishing to enable a creative to the world around them utilising the power and richness of language and stories. During the process of the workshop we will play games, immerse ourselves through observational exercises and share experiences... and stories of course!

The day will be conducted using a variety of techniques and will cover most of the following:

  • How to start using words in simple ways
  • Methods of learning and working with stories
    How to use the natural world as inspiration for storymaking and how to structure stories
  • The ‘key’ techniques to learning, telling and working with stories and groups
  • Where to source environmental stories and resources for storytelling and story making.

 

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Title: Play & The Ludic Cycle

Date: Friday 26th January 2018
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£95.00
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.

 

How does the outdoors support 'the ecological and spiritual imagination of the mind' of the child? This will be a key question explored on this workshop. We will also be looking at all the other developmental areas humans experience during play.

Outdoor play and 'games' will be shared to explore the many possibilities the natural world and outdoor elements offer for meaningful play – from the creative to the rough and tumble.

We will be exploring the ‘play framework’ and how we, as practitioners, spot cues from learners to interact with their play without destroying the 'play' and the 'drive' to play.

We will also be examining when a 'player' enters a state of flow when the learning becomes integral to the human. The day will look in detail at what practitioners can deduce from play. Are our observations and evaluations telling us what is really 'going on' for the learner and how do we check they are truthful. This can then inform our interventions and non-interventions as co-players.

How do we re-discover the world and mind of the child? - one of the many questions asked and explored on this workshop.

 

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Title: Play Structures (one or two day course)

Date: Monday 26th and/or Tuesday 27th February 2018
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£95.00 for one day or £175.00 for two days
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 course is for educators wishing to be a little more adventurous with creative play structures at their sites, building them out of wood and rope and combining these with the natural features at your site.

We will be sharing techniques and know-how on building safe but slightly risky (!) structures with children that can enhance creativity and physical play at your forest school site.

We will be looking at techniques for making:

  • Rope swings, rope bridges, rope crawls and rope walks 
  • Combining wood with rope including simple rope ladders and tree houses
  • Making free standing wooden structures such as ladders and sculptures to climb on

Including tips on:

  • How to minimise impact of structures on Forest school sites
  • Keeping within the health and safety guidelines for safe construction and use of natural structures

Play Structures Course description (to attend day 2 people need to have either attended day 1 or previously attended a play structures course):

Day 1

This is an ‘introductory day’ looking at basic toolwork, knot and ropework in order to construct ladders, ‘climbing frames’, temporary rope swings and rope courses.  We will look at how to work with young people in constructing basic structures that includes working with trees or if the trees in your own settings are limited how to construct features by adding structures such as ‘beams’ to trees and working with A frames and ‘safe anchoring’.  This day will also start looking at the basics of constructing a treehouse.

Day 2

This day will give time to practise the knots and skills picked up on Day 1 including constructing free standing playstructures, playing with ropes and trees, making more elaborate rope courses and going through the whole process of constructing a tree house.  We will also cover putting up and playing with straplines.

Both days will cover all the health and safety aspects of working with ‘constructed’ playstructures and ropes, looking at risk benefit assessments and key requirements.

 

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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