Our wellbeing programmes are all about improving mental health and wellbeing by reconnecting to nature and to community. We have programmes in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, Chopwell Woodland Park and Byker Community Centre as well as some nature trips around the North East. Some of our programmes are in 6-8 week blocks and some are ongoing. Our approach is based on the Forest School Model, evidence-based, person-centred and holistic and we aim to help you build resilience, confidence and wellbeing. During our programmes you'll learn new practical skills from bushcraft to gardening to environmental arts and crafts, practise some wellbeing techniques, meet new friends all whilst spending time outdoors relaxing in a peaceful natural setting. We also have training and volunteering opportunities for those who have tried our programmes and would like to develop their skills working in the outdoors and helping others to access these great experiences.
“Love it so much, gives me time away from all my stressful life and relax in the beautiful woods."
“It helps me to be more more relaxed as the way I feel after Forest School stays with me for a couple of days, Mindful and chilled"
Bespoke Programmes and days
We'd love to shape a bespoke woodland wellbeing programme to suit the needs and interests of your service-user group.
We have an experienced team of Forest School Leaders and assistants as well as volunteers with lived experience of mental health needs to facilitate a highly impactful programme. And we work on a number of sites around the North East so we can work in a location that is accessible to you.
Get in touch to find out more.
Byker Community Garden @ Byker Community Centre
With support from Byker Community Centre and Chilli Studios, we've started a new project at Byker Community Centre - developing a vegetable garden.
In response to the challenging Covid-19 situation, we have turned to developing a vegetable garden in order to help support people's mental health and wellbeing needs.
We meet weekly to tend to the garden, with additional ways to get involved from your own home. Get in touch to find out more.
A Forest School for adults with mental health needs to support mental health and well-being.
Build campfires, cook lunch in the woods, learn new skills, make friends, reconnect with nature belong to something special.
Forest Folk runs monthly in Chopwell Woods. There are also nature-based trips each month, volunteer opportunities and accredited training.
Woodland Wellbeing at Satlwell Park is an 8 week programme of forest school for adults combined with some core DBT wellbeing skills, mindfulness and WRAP® (Wellness Recovery Action planning).
We run this programme in partnership with ReCoCo.
Forest Lunch Club
In 2020-2021 we will be working with Stomping Grounds to host a Forest Lunch Club in Chopwell Woodland Park for women living in Chopwell.
This lunch club has a creative focus, we'll be learning creative techniques and making artworks for a Forest Exhibition early in 2021.
Comfrey Forest School
We've been so lucky to work with The Comfrey Project since 2018 delivering Forest School Sessions to their members.
They support refugees and asylum seekers in the North East, find out more on their website...