Wild Learning is a series of regular wellbeing and learning sessions at Young Wood on the Blackdown Hills. The days are gentle, at your own pace and we aim to keep the groups small, with 8-12 participants.
Wild Learning is open to adults from across Taunton and wider Somerset. It is especially designed for people who have experienced mental or emotional distress, who feel isolated, need time to reflect on life, and those trying to build skills to get back into work.
At Wild Learning sessions we spend time together as a group, cook lunch on the campfire, explore the woods on guided walks and do practical crafts and conservation tasks. There is a learning element to each session, and our experienced team helps each person get the most from the days.
Our aim is that people who come find their own level of connection with nature. We all have good days and bad days, and in the woods you are able to just be yourself.
Some people describe it as 'ecotherapy' and some describe it as 'Forest School for adults'. Call it what you like - it works! Professionals can make referrals to the programme by getting in touch using the contact form.
How do I get there?
We organise a minibus which picks up in Taunton - Taunton Station, Priorswood and Halcon. The 99a bus passes nearby the woods. Or you can drive.
How do I book?
Please download the forms here and then contact Jenny to book a place.
How often do I have to come?
Each course runs for a series of 6-8 regular Tuesdays. People who come regularly get the most out of it. New people are welcome to start in the the first few weeks of each course. Those who have been before are often welcome to come back.
Download the new starters form and email back to us
This programme is funded through Somerset Skills and Learning. Find out more about them, their funding and other courses here.
Dates for Autumn 2019 (all Tuesdays)
Sept 24th, Oct 1st, Oct 8th, Oct 15th & Oct 22nd.
Nov 12th, Nov 19th, Nov 26th & Dec 3rd
Times for all sessions: 10.00am-2.30pm (back in time for school pick-ups)
Bring along: Wear old clothes and sturdy shoes or boots. Waterproofs for when it rains (we may be able to lend you some) and warm layers as it gets cold.
We provide hot and cold drinks, snacks and lovely food that we cook together on the campfire. All the tools and resources that you need for the day are provided.
Who leads it?
Our team of experienced session leaders, who are trained in bushcraft, forest school, counselling, ecology and conservation run the day, helped by a team of wise and practical volunteers. All are DBS checked and have skills and experience to offer.
How much does it cost?
It’s currently FREE for learners as staff costs are supported by SS&L and other . If you can afford to contribute something then let us know, it helps woodland management and our core costs (you know , all the background things that keep the organisations going). We ask referring organisations to help support our costs, to recognise our effort, honour the work and help look after the place.