Wellbeing

From a personal point of view I know that spending time in a woodland environment benefits my wellbeing, lulling me  into a calmer frame of mind, slowing my breathing and providing focus in the present moment.

Who am I? My name is Susan Collini, a Level 3 Forest School Leader who has also been running woodland wellbeing sessions for the past 18 months. I’ve recently completed an ONC level 3 course in Social Forestry, a professional qualification related to delivery of woodland wellbeing sessions

Contact me and start a conversation to find out how you could get involved in wellbeing sessions at our woodland in East Northants, or how I can help you run them within your own setting

How woodlands benefit wellbeing

A wealth of scientific evidence now validates the fact that time spent in woodland can deliver physical, mental and emotional benefits.

We’ve worked with the University of Northampton on a research project about how woodlands nurture physical, mental and emotional health in older adults. This is what some of our service users say –

  • “Calming and energizing, helping put some aspects of life into perspective”
  • “Definitely has a therapeutic effect,  recharging the batteries”
  • “Makes me feel more alive, ready to face the week ahead”
  • “Helps me sleep better at night”

Simply being in a woodland environment promotes calmness, helping our service users leave our wellbeing sessions feeling revived, refreshed and invigorated.

How Outdoor Tribe promotes wellbeing

We deliver a variety of woodland wellbeing sessions to adults, including Woodland Working Party sessions and Campfire Circle events.

For children we offer blocks of Forest School sessions and the opportunity to become involved in Nature Ninja awards.

Whether working with adults or children we introduce activities and techniques that promote wellbeing and holistic development; calming and nurturing experiences in a peaceful, private woodland setting.

Regularly spending time in a woodland environment can provide health benefits for both adults and children.

Connecting with nature, in a tranquil environment, helps diminish stress and anxiety levels and encourages the mindful practice of being ‘in the present’.

Experiencing woodland wellbeing

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Woodlands as a therapeutic landscape

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How woodlands can help promote human wellbeing

How woodlands promote my own wellbeing From a personal point of view I know that spending time in a woodland environment benefits my wellbeing. Just being in a woodland environment lulls me into a calmer frame of mind, slows my breathing and my stress levels. Through...
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Attending a Woodland Working Party is a great way to start the week

A friendly and supportive group I have been volunteering as a member of the Woodland Working Party at Oxlip Wood for 5 months now. We meet once a week for 2 - 3 hours and come rain or shine it's always enjoyable to be part of what is a friendly and...
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Woodland Working

Benefit your wellbeing and the woodland through being involved in light woodland management tasks, green wood working, craft activities and cooking over a camp fire.

Our Woodland Working Parties are scheduled once a week and are a great way to experience some ‘Me time’ in a tranquil woodland setting.

Campfire Circle Events

If you’re a member of a group, a party of family and friends or professionals interested in leaning about social forestry and woodland wellbeing, visits can be arranged by appointment.

We can provide refreshments and even provide a Campfire Circle experience. Why not  start a conversation?

Forest School

Making connections with the natural world and learning more about themselves are two of the benefits to be gained from our Forest School sessions for children and family activity sessions.

 We work with children who attend mainstream school, those who are home educated and those who have special needs.

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