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.

NATURAL MUSICANS WITH CHRIS HOLLAND

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Date: 2nd February 2019
Lead Facilitator: Chris Holland
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £120.00
Time: 09.30 - 16.00
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

 

This is a training day for those who would like to become kitted up with loads of activities for delivering the Music Curriculum outdoors through Nature Connection activities.

This is Nature interpretation with bells, didgeridoos, guitars and whistles! Discover and learn to share the harmony, literacy, numeracy and science of Nature through fun activities. Make a guiro and a shekere to take home. Suitable for beginners, Forest School leaders, Teaching Assistants, and adept music and class teachers alike.

Chris is a leading inspiration in the field of nature connection and environmental education for families and schools in the UK and increasingly worldwide. He has many things in his teaching bundle including a degree in environmental science and a natural talent for working with groups of people, telling stories, sharing bushcraft skills, foraging, creating environmental art and playing the didgeridoo too. He wrote his first book, “I Love my World”, in 2009 and launched an "inspirational" Storytelling for Outdoor Learning course online in 2017. He lives in Devon and loves swimming, surfing and climbing trees barefoot. Chris is founder of Wholeland, and all of his free resources are available at https://www.natureconnection.co.uk/ 

EXPLORING THE NATURAL WORLD & THE FEELING SELF WITH IAN SIDDONS HEGINWORTH (TWO DAY TRAINING)

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Date: 21st & 22nd March 2019
Lead Facilitator: Ian Siddons Heginworth
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £175.00
Time: 09.30 - 17.00
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.  
 
At the beginning of March winter still has her claws in us but by the end spring will have come. The power to make this happen is urgent and all persuasive. This rising masculine energy, the desire to push up and out, lights the flame that begins the alchemy of spring. On this workshop we will be working with the mythology of Igdrassil the world Ash, to explore how we too can rise up and out from our ashes, transmuting the lead of our emotional wounds into the gold of our personal power.
 
The theme is 'Alchemical Ash' with  Ian  Heginworth.   Ian is a leading practitioner, innovator and teacher of environmental arts therapy, a practical ecopsychologist Author of 'Environmental Arts Therapy and the  Tree of Life'. Please see his website for more information.

NATURE PLAY & THE THERAPEUTIC SPACE (TWO DAY TRAINING)

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Date: 1st & 2nd April 2019
Lead Facilitators: Marina Robb & Kate Macairt
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £175.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

 

An Experiential training for health and education practitioners wanting to work in 'Green Spaces' and will include:

  • Therapeutic nature play
  • The Forest School Continuum
  • Exploring vulnerable and challenging needs
  • How to hold a safe space
  • Managing difficult behaviours
  • Play ideas with use of ropes & swings
  • Key communication strategies
  • Increase the tool kit to include more outdoor games and skills
  • Develop understanding of Attachment Theory and how it relates to emotional insecurity
  • Play skills include sand, puppet and music.

Click here to see full details about this two day course.

NATURE PEDAGOGY AND GAMES FOR LEARNING

cpd day

Date: 27th April 2019
Lead Facilitators: Marina Robb
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.

This workshop brings together new thinking around ‘Nature Pedagogy’.  This includes exploring the models, methods, worldviews and values that underpin our teaching practice in nature. 

It is much more than learning in nature, asking  us to explore our own person relationship with the natural world to reflect and directly experiences ways that deeply connect us to nature in a personal, authentic and meaningful way.  This will also equip you to offer these ideas to adults, young people and children that you may work with.

We will explore:

  • Approaches within nature education and key differences
  • Connection Practices & nature awareness games
  • Nature-centric models that inform our planning and holistic approach
  • Experiencing and activities that support an inclusive and nature-centric worldview
  • Indicators of awareness and attributes

This workshop will draw on best practice from Forest School, ecopsychology, ecotherapy, indigenous and western knowledge,  earth education and deep nature connection.

FORAGING & PLANTS

cpd day

Date: 25th May 2019
Lead Facilitators: Anna Richardson
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.


EXPLORING THE NATURAL WORLD & THE FEELING SELF
 WITH IAN SIDDONS HEGINWORTH (TWO DAY TRAINING)

cpd day

Date: 23rd & 24th 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. 

The theme is 'Suffocating Ivy.'  Ian is a leading practitioner, innovator and teacher of environmental arts therapy, a practical ecopsychologist, Author of 'Environmental Arts Therapy and the Tree of Life'. Please see his website for more information.

TOOLS & ROPES - FOREST SCHOOL SKILLS SESSION

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Date: 19th October 2019
Lead Facilitators: 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:
Harriet@circleofliferediscovery.com 
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, 2017.

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

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