Continued Professional Development Training

cpd dayCircle of Life Rediscovery is passionate about training schools, organisations and education departments, in Outdoor Learning, Forest School and Nature-based Practise.

Our tutors all have a background in education as well as sustainable schools, nature connection, nature-centric models, the curriculum and the natural world. Our bespoke trainings aim to improve outdoor learning in your setting.


We draw on best practice from around the world and offer a holistic approach. This enables practitioners to foster a more mature relationship with the natural world and will leave you inspired with a bag full of practical and theoretical tools that link to an educational/learning based setting. 

If you are interested in Forest School Training Level 3 or Forest School First Aid, please click here.


forest kindergarten training

Date: 18th October & 4th November 2019.
Facilitators: Marina Robb, Nikki McKnight, Louise Hack, Vicky Tideswell & Lucy Collins.
Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex.
Time: 09.00 - 16.30.
Cost: £100.
Booking: Please book online


A two day introductory course based on the Scottish Forest Kindergarten Model.

Key Overview:
Forest Kindergarten is modelled on a Forest School approach and is based around child-centred learning through play in the Early Years. Forest Kindergartens offer young children frequent visits and regular play opportunities in a local, natural setting all year round – this could be a woodland, park or even a beach!

The aim of this two-day training is to develop Early Years practitioners’ skills to enable and empower them to make regular visits to a local greenspace/woodland.

What themes underpin this training?

  • Based upon three themes- people, place and pedagogy (activities).
  • The importance of sustained, free play for children’s development and engagement.
  • The value of nature for well-being – both for child and practitioner.
  • Making a connection with the natural world leading to long term environmental awareness and care for our world.
  • Importance of reflective practice.

Key Content:

  • How to prepare both yourselves as practitioners and your young children to go to a greenspace.
  • Setting up a suitable site and setting boundaries with children.
  • Preparing for risks (risk benefit model).
  • Research on the benefits of playing and learning outdoors.
  • Games and songs to support children with the routines of regular visits to a greenspace.
Understanding Mental Health & Well-being in the classroom. A two day training for teachers in the outdoors blending theory and practice.
mental health and wellbeing

Date: 11th & 18th November 2019.
Lead Facilitators: Marina Robb, Anita Marsden, Rivkah Cummerson, Nicky Aisher and Marian Williams.
Location: Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex.
Cost: £150.00 (10% reduction for group bookings).
Time: 09.00 - 16.30.
Booking: Please book online.


Alternative dates & location: Please note this course is also running at Duncton C Of E Junior School, Willett Close, Duncton, Petworth GU28 0LB on 14th & 21st October 2019. Book online here.

Key Overview:

  • This two-day training will be hosted, contained and facilitated by the natural environment, drawing on the broad body of evidence that shows how this supports positive mental health and wellbeing.
  • Building on the skills brought by each participant and exploring our shared direct experience of working with children and young people, together we will de-mystify mental health, explore behaviour as communication and seek to understand how we all do what we need in our given circumstances to survive.
  • Underpinned by cutting edge research on mental health and well-being and nature based practices, the course is experiential and will deliver practical skills to support your work in the classroom drawing on aspects of neuroscience, play, cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative techniques, body based practices, compassion, effective communication and reflective practice. The training is purposefully designed to hold self-care as a central aspect of our work.

What themes underpin this training?

  • Behaviour is always communication – hence what are you trying to tell me?
  • How to apply to working directly with children and young people.
  • Reframing and Demystifying mental health.
  • Recognise the systems around the child & YP and their networks.
  • Shared humanity and dignity.
  • The value of nature for well-being and mental health.
  • The empowerment of the experts – that’s you.
  • Importance of reflective practice and attention to yourself.
  • The doing & being, not always thinking. Being hopeful.
  • Not ‘what’s wrong’ with the YP or child. It can be helpful to ‘normalise/express/give words to’ difficult feelings.
  • Safe space to explore communication: moving from behaviour to healthy communication. With younger or non-verbal children, we learn to look for patterns.

Key Content:

  • Narrative – our stories.
  • Power Threat Meaning Framework – 4 Qs. Behaviour is survival (environment is key).
  • Importance of the body / senses.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – impact of beliefs / thoughts on how we respond / behave.
  • Effective communication.
  • Current Neuroscience.
  • Compassion.
  • Reflection time.
  • Case studies.
  • Embodied learning & Play.

Note: This training has been created in collaboration with a number of experts and professionals within health and education.


cpd day
Date: 20th, 21st & 22nd November 2019 at Parkwood Campsite, Poynings, East Sussex. 
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree.
Cost: £325 for the 3 day course, £55 for the Accreditation (optional). This Level 3 West Midlands Open College Network Accredited Course.
Time: 09.00 - 17.00.
Booking: Please book online here.

This course is aimed at any educator who feels they want to engage and work with students in the outdoors who may be reluctant learners (of any age).  See our interview with Jon Cree about the course here.

This course will delve into:

  • What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors
  • Theory on challenging behaviour
  • Up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for challenging behaviour
  • Ways of dealing with 'real life' scenarios in the outdoors
  • De-escalation
  • How to transfer outdoor strategies into an indoor and other settings - including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards.
  • Reviewing your own policies

Day One, 9am - 5pm:

  • Welcome, introductions and how we work together
  • What is behaviour – our challenges
  • Overview of course – Assessment criteria and learning journal
  • 4 Theories of Behaviour, (behaviourism) Skinner and Bandura, (Psycotherapy) Vaillant and Freud, (humanism) Rogers (constructivism) Kohn, Glasser and Rosenburg
  • Course expectations
  • Magic Spot – qualities the outdoors brings to 'affecting behaviour'
  • Fire
  • Needs met and unmet by the outdoors for me and my clients
  • Responding in the moment – the role of EI, Empathy and de-escalation

Day Two, 9am - 5pm:

  • Personal ecology – how I see myself, how others see me
  • Neural Development including the adolescent brain
  • How the outdoors meets my needs and particularly working with groups and challenging behaviour in the outdoors – link to 'feelings'
  • 'Reading' our learners
  • Empathic language and communication
  • The 'isms'
  • Intervention strategies and de-escalation
  • Participants Scenarios, Planning and simulation

Day Three, 9am - 4pm:

  • Revisit scenarios and de-escalation
  • The challenging behaviour First Aid Kit and Support Networks
  • The whole cycle and how to work with each part of a behavioural cycle
  • Review own Policies and Procedures
  • Back to Assessment criteria, Personal Learning Journals, Paperwork for portfolios
  •  Review and Action plans


cpd day

Date: 23rd November 2019.
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Cost: £95.00.
Location: Parkwood Campsite, Poynings, East Sussex.
Time: 09.00 - 17.00. TBC.
Booking: Please book online here.


Earth education is the process of helping people of all ages live more harmoniously and joyously with the natural world. One of the most commonly led earth education vehicles for encouraging people to connect to nature in a deeper way is an Earthwalk. 

Earthwalks foster feelings of joy, kinship, reverence and love for the natural world - ‘a light, refreshing touch of nature that focuses on reawakening individual senses and sharpening perceptions in the natural world’.

“Earthwalks, an alternative nature experience” is the new Earthwalk book packed with old and NEW sensory based activities. The book works alongside the workshop to help with the ways of planning for and delivery of earthwalks.

This new publication is the culmination of many years work by the international organisation, the Institute for Earth Education, renowned for it’s earth education programmes and training workshops. This workshop will be delivered by one of the I.E.E.’s accredited trainers; Jon Cree.

What you will gain:

  • An introduction to earth education and where Earthwalks ‘fit’ in our programmes
  • A chance to plan and review your own Earthwalk
  • Experience two different Earthwalks
  • In-depth analysis on leadership, mechanics, and flow of an Earthwalk
  • Tools and confidence to lead earthwalks
  • An update on earth education developments
For more information please email: 
01273 814226  / 07966 514469
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"The Fire and Tools CPD was a great day! There was so much packed in and still space to accommodate our questions and needs. It was an inspiring day, ticking off some personal goals and leaving me hungry once more. Thank you!"
Heather Hadley, CPD participant, 2018.

"I have been through a range of emotions from tears to sheer joy! I thank you from the bottom of my heart. The training has made me take a step back and look at how we can support children in their development rather than specific knowledge. I have loved every minute and feel totally inspired. "
Sarah, Forest School Training Ireland, 2019.

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, 2018

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