Our Practical Wildlife Management for Wellbeing course will provide you with an opportunity to try something different, learn skills in practical nature conservation, and discover ways to help care for wildlife, on the farm and at home. The course is held in a relaxed and supportive environment.
It is also important for our wellbeing that we are not always ‘doing’ in nature, and we give ourselves time to ‘be’ in nature. Sessions will also include simple nature-based health interventions that help encourage us to tune into and notice nature more.
You will have the opportunity to use a range of practical skills in: hedgelaying, tree and wildflower planting/sowing, building and construction and pond maintenance to care for a mixture of habitats on the farm. We will also combine nature-based mindfulness, natural crafts, campfire cooking, folklore and seasonal celebrations.
We offer two pathways for you to access Wild Steps here at The Farm:
The Wild Steps Course
Run as a block of 6 structured sessions, this course is aimed at those feeling socially isolated and/or experiencing mild depression, low mood, anxiety or stress. Sessions will be framed within the 5 Pathways to Nature Connectedness*: Contact, Beauty, Emotions, Compassion and Meaning. These sessions allow people to experience relaxation in a safe and supportive space, foster a sense of community and develop greater awareness of how our connectedness to other life benefits our own wellbeing.
If you have already been to the full Wild Steps course, or are unable to commit to the full course at the moment, our Wild Days might be of interest to you. These one-off sessions are aimed at anybody looking to take some time for their wellbeing whilst helping care and connect to the other life on The Farm. You might also like to come to one of these days to get a taster for the 6-session Wild Steps course.
For both pathways a typical day is:
- We meet every Friday from 11am – 3pm.
- We do ‘check ins’ & Grounding.
- We grow a connectedness to nature with nature-based mindfulness, crafts, folklore, campfire cooking.
- We care for the hedgerows, wildflower areas, forest garden, pond and agroforestry.
If this sounds appealing to you, we would love to have you here!
The programme runs in 6-week blocks and, once registered, you are welcome to join the current course (if there is availability) or wait for the next course to commence.
- 20th May
- 17th June
- 1st/15th/29th July
- 12th August
- 9th September
Wild Steps Course:
- Fridays in September TBC
* 5 Pathways to Nature Connectedness is a set of evidence-based actions developed by the University of Derby which improve wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours when practised regularly.