Our Practical Wildlife Management for Wellbeing programme 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. It is held in a relaxed and supportive environment and is aimed at those feeling socially isolated and/or experiencing mild depression, low mood, anxiety or stress..
It is important for our wellbeing that we are not always ‘doing’, and we give ourselves time to ‘be’. Sessions are held at The Community Farm overlooking the Chew Valley Lake and activities include simple health interventions that encourage us to tune into and notice our surroundings, and activities that manage the margins at the farm and the rich ecosystems that they support.
You will have the opportunity to use a range of practical skills in: hedge-laying, 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 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, the Wild Steps course is framed by 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, are unable to commit to the full course at the moment, or want a taster, our Wild Days are one-off sessions intended as 'first aid', providing a boost to mood and general wellbeing.
For both pathways a typical day is:
- We meet on Fridays between 11am – 3pm.
- We do a ‘check in’ & Grounding.
- We grow our attention and connectedness 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!
July 1st – Wild Farm Flowers – We all know something about wild flowers. Share your knowledge, any special memories and love of plants as we explore the farm’s hedgerows and fields and the role that wild flowers play in farming.
July 15th – Wild Farm Birds – We all know something about wild birds. Share your knowledge, any special memories and love of birds as we mindfully wander the farm. We will then map the bird boxes on the farm and make some new ones.
July 29th – Mindful Sit Spots – Come and build some sit spots across the farm to encourage people to take some time and be present. Learn nature-based mindfulness techniques and other practices that you can take away and use in your own local green spaces.
August 13th – Bee Count – Join us for a bee-filled day and learn about our amazing native bees and how to survey them. We will also be getting practical by making some solitary bee homes.
September 9th – Scything Day – Come and learn something new and join us for a day of scything as we help encourage greater flower-rich margins to support the biodiversity of the farm.
Wild Steps Course:
Fridays in September TBC