Winter Wonderland

Emma’s Monthly Blog – a Youth Participant from Circle of Life Rediscovery

2013. New Year. New Beginning. It only felt like last week that Christmas was around the corner. It’s amazing how fast time flies, January is nearly over!

I love January, there’s something about the freshness of the first month of the new year that brings a smile to my face. The air is cold. The wind is chilly. The frost is thick. Your cheeks are blushing red from the wintery air but when you come home and get out of cold,  wrap yourself up in the warm presence of a thick blanket and steaming hot chocolate, that moment truly warms my heart.

I remember when I was a little girl, my dreams of Winter would be of waking up in the morning to a thick blanket of whiteness. Yes, you know the stuff. Cold. Wet. Finger numbing…Snow! Oh, how I wanted to see snow. I remember tales from my parents about the snow back in 1963 and how it had completely covered everything for weeks on end! I needed my fill of the white stuff. Rarely would it snow when I was little, only having the odd occasion of a snow day. How times have changed!


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TOP TIPS for connecting to nature!

Nicola Chester’s top tips for getting yourself and your family closer to nature:

What worked for Nicola as a child
• Spend some time just being outdoors no pressure because you’re not ‘doing’ anything.
• Gardening, walking a dog, photography, collecting – finding a new way.
• Find new ways! Raise butterflies and tadpoles.
• Keep a diary of what you see.
• There’s nothing like the buzz of discovering something for yourself. You don’t have to know stuff, you just have to enquire, be curious, and wonder with them.
What works for Nicolas’ children
• Enthuse about it, get excited, show some passion, wherever you are.
• Stop at places and let them do what they like. Take a flask, take a book.
• Let them research things in their own way back home. Discover them through multi-media – bring the modern world right into it. Blogging, websites. They’ll love to feel part of a club.
• Feel the weather and the seasons and make doing things a seasonal tradition.
• Find things out together.


Nicola Chester, RSPB Birds Spring 2013

How connected to nature are you?

“I NEVER TOOK IT FOR GRANTED, but nature was always in my life: I loved it, need it and it defined me. Somehow it made a connection with everything else.

As a child, we walked a lot. Not having a car, my mother was resourceful and independent and could find her way home from anywhere. Having a dog ensured good, long walks were a necessity whatever the weather and we did simple things: we played in the fields, in the river, build dens and came home in time for tea. Nature was part of me, not something separate to be sought out. But we had time on our hands.

Our parents had more freedom than us, and we had more freedom than our children. And that’s not down to a fear of what might happen to them: we lead far busier lives, there are more distractions and no time to get bored. We see the world through a screen, darkly, and it can isolate and insulate us from nature.

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Volunteer for CLR!

Volunteer for CLR!

Interested in Volunteering for Circle of Life Rediscovery, Outdoor Learning Specialist?

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Opening Speech, Call of the Wild

The introductory speech for the launch of the film Call of the Wild:

Written by Emma, a young person who participated in the project.

I’ve been asked to write a speech today about the woodland projects in partnership with CAMHS and Circle of Life Rediscovery.

I want to share with you what these woodland projects mean to me. The over-riding feeling that I get when being in the woods is FREEDOM. I’m sure I’m not the only person that feels this way. It’s getting that chance to be who you really are, may that be random and loud or shy and quiet. The woodland brings out the absolute best in people, that’s what I love the most.

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Joanna Macy on The Great Turning

Eco-philospher Joanna Macy from “The Work That Reconnects”, talking about the concept of a Great Turning.

A Poem, for you.

A poem written by a young woman who participated in the Call of the Wild project about her year, 2012.

The end of 2012 is fast approaching,

could this have been the worst year yet?

So much has happened…

So many laughs yet so many tears,

so many positives, yet so many negatives.

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Volunteer Feedback from 2012

Why did you volunteer?

  • For the experience, and I wanted to contribute.
  • I am very interested in conversation. I read about CLR and thought it sounded amazing and worthwhile. I wanted to volunteer for the project. I would like to eventually work in this area, and thought this would be a really good experience.
  • To gain experience working with children.

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