Woodland Wellbeing ....
...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.
It is open to adults from across Taunton and wider Somerset. We have designed it with the help of many people over the years, and it works especially well 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 moving in life again.
Each session is made up of:
- Talking together as a group around the campfire
- A guided explore walk through the woods looking for plants, animal tracks and other things of interest
- Looking after the campfire, boiling kettles and cooking lunch
- Simple ecotherapy or nature mindfulness techniques
- Practical activities in small groups. These vary depending on the interests of those in the group. They might include: conservation tasks to look after the woods, learning to make things from wood, weaving with willow, creating nature art.
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.
It's all about give and take. As you give some energy to the woods, and learn a little about how it all works and grows, the place is able to give back something to you. That's how nature works.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
We organise a minibus which picks up in Taunton - usually Priorswood shops and Roman Road in Halcon - others stops can be arranged.
The 99a bus passes nearby the woods.
Or you can drive.
HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO COME?
Each course runs for a series of 5 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.
Professionals can make referrals to the programme by getting in touch using the 'contact us' form.
Sets of 5 Sessions
18th January 10am - 2.30pm
25th January 10am - 2.30pm
1st February 10am - 2.30pm
8th February 10am - 2.30pm
15th February 10am - 2.30pm
8th March 10am - 2.30pm
15th March 10am - 2.30pm
22nd March 10am - 2.30pm
29th March 10am - 2.30pm
5th April 10am - 2.30pm
Starting in May
Please go to our online booking form here. You will need a password which you can get by having a quick chat or email with one of the team.
firstname.lastname@example.org. 07541 080397
Pay what you can genuinely afford, anything from £0-£30 per session. That helps cover staff costs, bus fees and food. The booking form gives you options to pay. If you this is a barrier then please call and we will sort it out.
(Grant Funding from OPEN Community Health covers most of the costs.)
Pay online when you book, or pay when you come to the woods.
Wear old clothes and sturdy shoes or boots. Waterproofs for when it rains. Warm layers. We can lend out waterproofs as we have a big supply.
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FOOD AND DRINKS
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, greenwood working, 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.
We ask referring organisations to help support our costs, to recognise our effort, honour the work and help look after the place.