Bradford Forest School Network ForestFest, 15 & 16 September 2018

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ForestFest has always been a highlight of the Bradford Forest School calendar and a chance for practitioners and anyone interested in forest schools to get together, meet new people, swap ideas, learn some skills and have a really good laugh, all in a beautiful and relaxing woodland environment!


We aim to run two at a time, so you get to choose the type of training/activities that you most need or want:

1a)       Developing Therapeutic Attunement and Interaction - Facilitated by Alison Chown, Play Therapist in the Outdoors and Author (‘Play Therapy Outdoors’ and ‘A Practical Guide to Play Therapy in the Outdoors’)

A practical experiential session to help practitioners to develop an understanding of the concept of attunement, its importance in working with all age groups and how we can interact and communicate in a more facilitating and therapeutic way.


1b)       Practical Outdoor First Aid Scenarios - Facilitated by Chris Leleux, CLX First Aid & Forest School Leader

Join Chris to refresh your first aid skills.  The session will take place entirely outside and it will involve kneeling and lying on the floor, so be appropriately dressed.  It would be helpful if participants could attend with their usual safety bag that contains what equipment could be used/improvised to deal with incidents in reality.  Also bring any out of date dressings etc because they can be put to good use - a good opportunity to recheck your first aid kit.  How much fun can it be to roll around on the floor in the woods?  The only session where you hope never to put the skills into practice.


2a)       Nature’s Ink - Facilitated by Lizzie Lee, Forest School Practitioner at Get Out More CIC

Experiment with a range of everyday and more unusual pigments from nature, to create your own tie-dye wall-hanging masterpiece. A great opportunity to develop your creativity.


2b)       Forest Bathing - Facilitated by Annie Berrington, Founder & Managing Director of Get Out More CIC, a social enterprise on a mission to help people engage with nature to feel better in mind and body.

Shinrin Yoku or Forest Bathing is gaining ground as a means of reducing stress and improving concentration. This introductory session is an invitation to de-stress and boost mental energy through some simple forest bathing techniques. No swimming involved; we will immerse ourselves in the sights, sounds and smells of Blackhills to soak up the wellbeing benefits of the woods.


3a)       Showing up as yourself – being authentic in your work and in your life - Facilitated by Julie West, Outside and Indoor Play and Filial Therapist, Forest School Practitioner & Wellbeing Trainer.

Using a wide range of dressing up clothes and masks, we’ll take a look at the roles we play in life and discuss and/or play out how these feel and explore your choices. When do you hide an aspect of yourself, pretend to be something you think you should be, or shy away from doing what feels right for you because it’s not what ‘others’ are doing?


3b)       Make your own Mocktails - Facilitated by Helen Rook, Lecturer at Bradford College, Forest School Leader & Forest Guide

Helen shares her love of alchemy and foraging for an hour of making and tasting to finish off our day event and kick-start our fun-filled evening…



Published: 06/09/2018
Audience: All Staff
Contact: Ruth McBain

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