Nature Wellbeing for NHS Staff and Social Prescribing Link Workers Funded by Natural England
Dates and Times
Thursday March 16th 13.00-16.30 Wednesday March 22nd 10.30-15.00
At Neroche Woodlanders we run nature-wellbeing sessions for adults, families and young people and have been doing this kind of thing for around ten years, developing from our backgrounds in forest school and nature conservation. These sessions are about NHS Staff and Social Prescribers being able to experience immersive time in nature, understand why it works for you and how it could benefit those whom you provide services for or see on a regular basis. We will share what we offer for clients, how you can refer and what other nature-wellbeing services we know of in Somerset. We will also suggest practical ways to bring nature into your work with clients.
Do you want to learn more about the role of nature in practitioner wellbeing?
Find out about the evidence base behind the trend for green social prescribing and nature-connection?
Experience immersive nature-connection activities for your own well-being?
Enjoy some simple time in nature with like-minded professionals?
Both of these sessions include healthy, campfire cooked vegetarian lunch (dietary needs can be accommodated) plus hot drinks. Join the Neroche Woodlanders wellbeing team for a session of structured activity and discussion. Our time together will involve:
being around the campfire circle as a group
making a personal, direct relationship with nature
walk and sit-spot time to allow calming and de-stressing
nature-crafts to develop flow-state and calm
simple cooking on the campfire
discussion of background to ecotherapy and supporting evidence.
These sessions are led by Jenny Archard, Sarah Holdway and Tiff Lovedale. Our team have been leading wellbeing sessions in these woods for more than ten years, with adults, families and children, and currently get referrals from mental health services, MIND and GP practices, schools and others. Between us we are qualified and experienced in bushcraft skills, forest school, conservation, ecotherapy, ecopsychology, group-work and counselling skills. Jenny is currently studying a Masters of Research in Outdoor Learning and is researching practitioner's relationship with natural places.
At the end of the sessions a short survey will evaluate participant’s perceptions of the impact.