We hold courses and events in natural spaces, from weaving to fire lighting, wild camping to family camping weekends.

We encourage adults and children to reconnect with nature, find their voice, rediscover the art of play and become a part of a community of like-minded people.

We believe that when people get together in the heart of nature, amazing things happen.

Our events help you let go and explore the magic of nature, inviting you to leave your daily lives behind, and spend an enchanted day exploring, creating memories and learning everything that the wild has to offer.

Our events and retreats promote traditional woodland crafts and skills which are good for people and for the planet.

We are a not for profit Community Interest Company with a mission to help people connect with nature to improve their physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing.

We offer bursaries for individuals who need support to buy tickets, camping equipment and travel to our events. Find out more or donate to the bursary fund here.

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Welcome to Native Trees, a new course across spring and summer 2020 which will introduce you to five of our native trees and invite you to connect with them deeply. Each day will focus on one tree, starting with its biology as a way in to learning about the folklore and crafts that connect us with our landscape. We will work with each tree to learn more about what trees are; how they grow, how they interact with each other and with us, and how they connect and define the ecosystems around them. Each session includes a practical activity using sustainably harvested parts of the tree, from weaving and natural ink making to herbal remedies and woodcraft. We have chosen five tree species for their unique place in our heritage and the story of our country’s woodlands. This course is ideal for those who want to develop their understanding of trees and our human interactions with them, who want to learn nature connection techniques to use in their own work, or simply wish to increase their understanding of trees and all their incredible secrets. The course takes place in all weathers at the arboretum and by the end you will be confident identifying these five trees, understand how they grow and their place in the woodland ecosystem, and have a sound understanding of our human relationship to the trees. You will also gain the tools and techniques of nature connection for wellbeing and mental health. This is the first time we are running this course. In return for your feedback, we are offering reduced-price tickets for the full course in the first year at £350 and concessionary tickets at £290. Your course leader is woodland manager Bec Cork. Bec has been working in woodlands since 2012, managing the restoration of Tortworth Arboretum as well as teaching woodland based crafts and nature connection courses across the South West. #woodlands #exotherapy #naturetherapy #cpd #therapycpd #trees #treesareamazing #natureisgoodforyou #learning

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