Spring 2017 Woodland Women Day

Wow! What a fantastic day in great company with many creative and inspiring women.  We began the day check in with ourselves taking some time to connect with our bodies and internal experience.  A few of the days treats involved harvesting birch sap, whittled our own roasting skewers, learnt fire starting techniques  and made a delicious lunch of foraged delicacies to cook over the flames. Thank you to every one who made it such an enjoyable time together.

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Fantastic February Holiday Club

This week at the Wildlings Holiday Club was amazing despite of and because of the weather! Adventures. Rock scrambling, tree climbing, mud slides, fires, fun and friends……… book now for the Easter Holiday while theres an early bird discount and before it gets booked up again. 

Eventbrite - Wildlings Easter Holiday Club

Live Wild’s First Fire Forage and Family Day! April 14th

A fantastic day of nature connection games and bushcraft skills including fire making and foraging. Fun for the whole family, friends and loved ones in a beautiful woodland setting. Go Wild with your kids! Our specially trained and experienced forest school leaders are excited to inspire and delight adults and children with Bushcraft, Fire Making, Hunting Games, Den Building and lots of adventure and fun all in a beautiful outdoor setting in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. An opportunity for adventure in a supported context and lots of other interesting ways of building confidence, nature connection and a love for the outdoors. Suitable for children 5 and older.

Eventbrite - Fire and Forage Family Day

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Weekend Retreat With Live Wild and Treesponsibility! 21st April- 23rd April

We are excited to announce a a new collaboration between Treesponsibility and Live Wild

We have created an opportunity for a whole weekend of deep connection, relaxation and nature immersion along with an opportunity to give something back to the earth by spending part of the time planting trees restoring the natural habitat of the area and helping to build flood resilience. Learn about foraging, whittling, have guided solo time in nature and have an opportunity to repay nature for the gifts we receive by planting trees.  What a treat!

Lovely home cooked vegan food, accommodation and facilitation from our amazing Live Wild Nature Guides and Treesponsibility all for the amazing price of £120,  including everything!  For more details click here.

Eventbrite - Live Wild and Treesponsibility Weekend Retreat

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How can we inspire a culture of Nature Connection?

How can we inspire a culture of Nature Connection? that was the question posed at a gathering I attended in a swanky gallery in London last week. Not the usual setting for nature connection activities and not the usual people actually. There was a wonderfully diverse array of participants, ranging from bankers and business men to teachers, youth workers, festival organisers and yogis. It’s not uncommon for me to be surrounded by people passionate about nature connection, but they are usually always directly involved in the business in some way. This was different. The organisers at Way of Nature had reached outside the bubble and created some interesting possibilities.way-logo.jpg
Way of Nature is an exciting organisation that was established around 4 years ago. They have been successfully running a range of retreats and programmes to inspire connection and purpose as a response to the challenges of modern day life. No wonder they have been popular. Working with businesses to inspire transformation and unity, working with groups of men to create evolution of purpose and awareness, family camps, day courses; you name it they have been doing it and now they are hoping to expand the possibilities.
My first encounter with their work came a few months ago when a friend posted a link to an ‘Open evolution; joining in the future of way of nature’. I love big ideas. I also love what I do and I have a deep passion for sharing it and working towards a nature connected future. .Since I started my journey learning about the fields of ecopsychology, traditional cultures and other contemporary approaches, my fears and knowledge about the dire straights of our current industrial growth society have had to give way to my hopes for a life sustaining culture. There is so much potential for change and I truly feel that now is the time. I sense that Way of Nature, inspired and connected individuals that they are, are aware of the huge need for societal change but also have the skills to really think differently about how we reach the masses. It’s ambitious and bold and yet it seems that when a diverse range of people with an equally diverse set of skills come together,  some magic can really happen.
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I was only part of a portion of what was discussed, I heard talk of lobby groups, corporate interventions, tackling accessibility, education and media presence, the need for grass roots action, working with healthcare systems, it was vast and yet the power of the possible was present in the room. The post evaluation results and responses from the discussions and workshops that took place have not been released yet. The brave format of the open source structure of this call out are risky, the potential for rapid loss of momentum with nobody to call to account and motivate the members. However, if it works, if people rise to the challenge, use their power of personal entrepreneurship, agency, self motivation and collaboration then we are on to a winner. Using the metaphor of  mycelium webs – self organising of connections beneath the forest –  we are being invited to get connected,  build strength in numbers, in knowledge and emerge together to become much greater than the sum of our parts.  th-3
If any of this excites you then do make contact. In the spirit of abundance, I am hoping to start a directory of research bodies and organisations that deliver nature connection opportunities and I would love you to make this possible by forwarding contact details, emails, or websites that you are aware of in that fit this category. Way of Nature will also be happy to hear from anyone who feels inspired and available to get involved. Watch this space.
by Leona (Live Wild Outdoor Leader)

Coming Up! Wildlings Holiday Club! Dates for 2017

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Highly recommend this club. Our kid’s been twice and LOVES it! This morning he was super exited about it. Thank you to all you hardworking people who run this. It’s no mean feat engaging children for so long! 
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Just wanted to let you know that the boys had brilliant day in the woods on Wednesday. Despite looking utterly miserable when I dropped them off they were returned to me muddy, full of stories and very happy. Since then, they’ve regaled everyone with tales of making jaffa cakes with jelly ear mushrooms, making ink and quills, playing games and hanging out in the hammock. Brilliant stuff, thank you so much’ – Parent

Final Day Wildlings Holiday Club Easter 2016

Our final day of Wildlings Easter Holiday Club was fun and busy! We sawed and split wood for the fire, played a blindfolded ‘meet your tree’ game and went on a foraging walk to collect edible plants. The children then learnt to use a kelly kettle to boil water and made teas from the foraged leaves. Finally we finished off the day by cooking wood ear mushrooms in orange juice and dipping them in melted chocolate, they are surprisingly tasty!

We are now taking holiday club bookings for June half term and the Summer holidays, go to www.livewild.org.uk/wildlings-holiday-club

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We had some lovely feedback from a parent about their children’s day on Holiday Club. We’re so glad they enjoyed it!

‘Didn’t know the best place to post, but just wanted to let you know that the boys had brilliant day in the woods on Wednesday. Despite looking utterly miserable when I dropped them off they were returned to me muddy, full of stories and very happy. Since then, they’ve regaled everyone with tales of making jaffa cakes with jelly ear mushrooms, making ink and quills, playing games and hanging out in the hammock. Brilliant stuff, thank you so much’ – Parent 

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