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.

Please see below for our 2019 CPD courses. You can find our terms and conditions for all courses listed below here.

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


cpd day
Date: 17th, 18th & 19th June 2019 at Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex OR 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 for the June course or online here for the November course.

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.

Aims of the course:

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: 21st & 22nd September 2019
Lead Facilitator: Ian Siddons Heginworth
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Time: 09.30 - 17.00
Cost: £175.00
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.


This training will apply the therapeutic use of natural materials, natural locations, natural themes and natural cycles. 

As the solar push of summer comes to an end and the season turns, we recoil back into ourselves with the onset of Autumn. As we spiral inwards we meet the shadows that await us there. In celtic tradition the ivy was the most powerful of trees for it could pull down a castle wall, block a path or choke the mighty oak. When we meet an ancient ivy we do not just meet the plant but something lost and suffocated within. In this workshop we explore our own ivy blocks, to reveal and resurrect the repressed and neglected aspects of the self. 

Ian Siddons Heginworth has a wealth of experience as a Drama and Art Therapist. He is a leading Ecopsychology practitioner and Environmental Arts therapist working in the West country for Devon Health Authority. He is widely recognised for the Wild Things programme he created and facilitates with young people who are struggling to cope. His understanding of the power of Mother Nature to heal, calm and inspire was born from his own childhood experience. Please see his website for more information.


cpd day

Date: September 2019 - September 2020
Lead Facilitators: Marina Robb and Eleanor Darley
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £995 for the full year

Our wisdom, connection, nourishment and belonging visualised and celebrated.


Meeting by the fire, in the woods, listening and tending to our well-being, deep in connection, ceremony, plant knowledge, ceremonial practices, laughter and reflection.

This offering is a year course to energise, nourish and celebrate you as a woman; acknowledging your physical and natural connection to the Earth, nature's rhythms, your wider community, kinships and culture. It will offer the support to build confidence, belonging and vitality of being.

More information: please click here for full details about this year long course.


cpd day

Date: 19th October 2019
Lead Facilitator: Mark Lloyd
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £95.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

Details coming soon.

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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