Nature-based practice training for health and education
Learn knowledge and skills to take your educational and therapeutic practice outdoors
This course is led by experienced health and education nature practitioners
Nature-based practice training for health and education empowers teachers and health and social care professionals to apply nature-based practice to educational and therapeutic settings.
You’ll learn a therapeutic nature-based model that meets your clients’ whole health: their mind, body, social and environmental relationships.
This experiential training supported by online materials, brings together best practice and theory from nature connection, forest skills, eco-psychology, embodiment, resilience, mental health and neuroscience to enable working with individuals and groups.
Who is nature-based practice training for health and education for?
Professionals that support children, young people and adults in their care.
Nature-based practice training for health and education is for professionals who want to overcome barriers and get confidence and skills to adapt services to include natural urban and rural settings where appropriate.
In particular, professionals wanting to reap the therapeutic benefits of a healthy relationship with nature. Also, the positive effect nature has on mental health and overcoming challenging behaviour.
What you’ll learn
By the end of this nature-based practice training programme, you’ll be able to:
Learning Objectives 1: Place | Locate a suitable place
Learning Objective 2: People | Your clients
- Understand the equipment required to undertake activity in a woodland/greenspace site
- Understand how to engage staff, groups, parents, teams, volunteer helpers and the wider community
- Be able to develop routines for going outdoors through safety, inspiring games and activities
- Understand how the partnership model supports the values and approach that underpins this model: co-production and participation
- Recognise how ‘the relationship heals’: to self, other, nature
- Be able to employ effective communication, therapeutic skills and strategies
Learning Objective 3: Practice & practical | How to set up and facilitate nature-based programmes
Learning outcome 4: The Practitioner
This module explores:
How nature-based practice gateway training works
Practical outdoor nature-based work
We’ll explore experiential activities outside in nature, including core practical outdoor skills and nature/social connection activities, emergency planning, risk-benefit assessment & health & safety, core routines and outdoor activities. Also, an introduction to environmental management and leave no trace principles. And model therapeutic sessions.
The role of nature in mental health
We will explore how nature aids recovery. In particular, the links between the rise of mental health problems and our separation from nature in Western culture. Also, the benefits of sensory experiences for our wellbeing, including sensory processing dysfunctions and sensory integration as per Ayres (1989), supported by neuroscience of body-based, bottom-up, and top-down strategies for regulating our emotions. We will introduce nature-centric models, where we link our development to broader natural cycles.
Therapeutic skills and effective communication
We’ll explore theoretical and therapeutic research efficacy and value of nature-based work, such as green intervention and nature activities. We will underpin our practice with theory, including the person-centred approach, habitat theory, biophilia, emotional literacy, mind, brain, body relationships with trauma and the polyvagal theory.
Personal development & reflection
We’ll champion the need to be a reflective practitioner and lifelong learner. We will explore the limits of our constructs and invite participants to have their own experience of nature, connection and relationship with the more-than-human world.
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|EARLY BIRD: LIMITED PLACES ONLY UNTIL 31ST JULY||£780.00|
- Four days direct training: (2 parts: 3 days; 1 day (post-delivery)
- Plan and deliver three sessions in a green space
- Comprehensive nature-based practitioner manual
- 6 active and pre-recorded webinars
Access to The Outdoor Teacher’s Forest School Activities Online Training Course taught by Circle of Life Rediscovery founder, author, and trainer Marina Robb. This includes:
- 100 videos and resources and step by step instructions
- A bumper pack of additional inspiring activities and ideas to use in your forest school sessions
- Core nature and forest skills underpinned by safe and person-led practice
Your Nature-based practice training for health and education facilitators
Course Director: Marina Robb (MS, MSc, PGCE, Author)
Marina is a national expert in nature-based educational and therapeutic interventions. Marina also has extensive experience in the development of the Forest School movement, and is an endorsed trainer for the Forest School Association.
Elsewhere, Marina co-authored the popular, ‘Learning with Nature: A how-to guide to inspiring children through outdoor games and activities’ and ‘The Essential Guide to Forest School and Nature Pedagogy’
Dr Alan Kellas
Webinar 2 Speaker
Why get certified?
The contemporary industrial model for social and economic development has a fatal impact on our ecosystems and a detrimental effect on human mental health and psychological wellbeing.
For this reason, we must work together to offer nature-based approaches to mental health interventions.
Nature-based training for health and education is a preventative and early intervention model that supports practitioners to work outdoors in partnership with clients and groups.
When developing the model, we weaved together findings from neuroscience, forwarded a systemic understanding in a trauma-sensitive way, and built trust and safety to thrive in relationship with other humans and the non-human world.
At the same time, we minimised any risks of nature-based practice while leveraging its potential benefits.
Why learn with Circle of Life Rediscovery?
Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC is committed to transforming education, health and family and supporting people to reach their potential through nature.
We have over 25 years of experience in training professionals and inspiring thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds into the outdoors in both the UK, Ireland, Portugal and SE Asia.
We are a leading organisation in nature connection and personal development. As such, we’ve received many grants and awards for our work with groups across different ages and backgrounds.
Next available course dates
Part 1 will take place at our stunning woodland site located at Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6BP
Part 1: 6th – 8th October 2021
Webinar 1: Health & safety in the outdoors
8th November 2021, 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Webinar 2: Dr Alan Kellas
Insiders and outsiders:
Bringing nature into mental health practice and services
6th December 2021, 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Webinar 3: Nature-centric models & human development
10th January 2021, 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Webinars 4, 5 & 6 (Pre-recorded / live TBC)
The senses and nature play
Mental health and nature
Green care interventions and the wider impact
Group sessions TBC
Part 2: 25th February 2022
EARLY BIRD: LIMITED PLACES ONLY UNTIL 31ST JULY £780
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