Community


πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸ’šπŸŒ³A BIG part of the Forest school ethos for me was creating a COMMUNITY. During the sessions I would not often have the chance to chat so I am really looking forward to seeing some of YOU lovely lot this afternoon …. this is NOT a session and no activities will be set out BUT I am bringing the fire pit for us to chat around and some hot water and a selection of teas etc should we feel the need for a cuppa β˜•οΈ. PLEASE bring a blanket, picnic and whatever else you and your family may need. I haven’t been to the site for a week or two so imagine that there will still be nettles tho they may be going over πŸ˜ŠπŸŒ²πŸ’šπŸŒ³

New Logo


🌳🌲🌳A sneaky peak at the new logo I can use once my course finishes (it may change a bit) …. πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ’š. Looking forward to working with the Woodland Trust to deliver these sessions πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ’š

Sound of Summer

Camp Kin – Weekend 3


πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸ’šOUR last weekend at Camp Kin! Beth Allen and I have had an AMAZING time meeting so many lovely adults and children and have been totally inspired by them all! πŸ’šπŸŒ²πŸ₯°. We have been SO busy putting up slack lines and hammocks, teaching tool use and safety, giving natural art possibilities, chatting and cooking around a fire, creating and making potions and mud pies, hoisting up shelters (rapidly!! 🌧), bug hunting, resting and meditating, leading mindfulness games and activities and enjoying the site and views on the Kelmarsh estate to name a FEW of the lovely activities that we got up to. There are SO many lovely moments with no two sessions the same, following the flow of the session and the interests of the children attending. An amazing experience. πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸ’š

Camp Kin – Weekend 2

🌲🌳🌲ANOTHER lovely weekend working at Camp Kin, Kelmarsh. Beth Allen and I have had a great time meeting lots of lovely inspiring children and adults, enjoying playing together, creating craft together, using tools together and then coming together round a fire for conversation and reflection. 🌲🌳🌲

🌲🌳🌲I have loved being back at the Outdoor Classroom for the Woodland Adventures Northampton Summer sessions and there are sessions being planned by the lovely Sonia Williams and Beth Allen working alongside Sustrans with the focus on community and being able to provide sessions to learn alongside Nature. Watch this space for sessions, dates and times. IN the meantime – don’t forget our Forest Friends get together at the Outdoor Classroom on Wednesday 25th August- a chance to chill and chat. Save the date! Details to follow πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸ’šπŸ˜ŠπŸ’š


Camp Kin -Weekend 1


🌳🌲🌳OUR first weekend at Camp Kin, Kelmarsh …. Wow! Flew by in a whirlwind of potions and mud stations, bug hunting 🐜 πŸ› πŸ•· and clay bug making, bug and tree identification, natural art and jewellery making, fairies houses and fairies, a LOT of tools, clay, dens, slack lines and hammocks, CHILD LED exploring and taking the activity possibilities wherever they wanted finishing each day with a totally magical Well-being session exploring Forest bathing and sit spots, mindful crafting, fire and food. SOOOO many thanks to the lovely Beth Allen for being my partner in crime in this 😘😘😘. WE may have a LOT of bites 🦟🦟🦟 BUT we also have a lot of lovely moments to reflect back on. Can’t wait for next weekend…. 🌲🌳🌲

🌳🌲🌳IN the meantime we are now prepping up for the Woodland Adventures sessions running next week at the Outdoor Classroom, Brampton Valley Way, a space that means a lot to me. I shall be posting videos tomorrow on Facebook giving a flavour of what the activity possibilities MAY look like … πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ˜Š

Woodland Adventures Summer Camp!

πŸ”†Spending Summer Days as a family, trying new activities , mastering skills in the sun and shade of the trees..

πŸ’•β€¦ meeting new friends and catching up with old friends whilst crafting, dancing, then perhaps chatting and cooking around a campfire, and being a part of, oh many more summer woodland adventure possibilitiesπŸ’šβ€¦.

πŸŒ·πŸŒΈπŸŒΌβ€¦.If this sounds like your kind of start to Summer, then Jenny Flude Buckley, Beth Allen and Sonia Williams would love you to join us for the Woodland Adventures Northampton 3 Day Camp! πŸ’šβ˜€οΈπŸŒ³

Email us at woodlandadventurescamp@gmail.com for pricing options amd more info!

Every Day a Wild Day!

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🌲🌳🌲WELL I knew I’d never remember to post every day 🀦🏻 …. BUT every day is a WILD day πŸ’šπŸ˜Š. FROM planting and weeding 🌱🌱, mud pie and sandcastle making, barefoot water splashing πŸ’¦ to crown making, den building, sitting staring at the light coming through the tree canopy, sitting in a tree 🌳 or hammock to tracking games, stick whittling and wand making and LOTS of hide and seek – a FAB first week back and loving the sunshine 🌞.

πŸŒ³πŸ’šπŸŒ²πŸ’šBut the BEST thing of all has been the look of JOY on faces as we listen, share, communicate, practice our fine motor and gross motor skills, as we negotiate the rules of the game, as we take turns and share, as we work in teams and solve problems, as we have the confidence to try new things and develop a curiosity of the world around us, as we are engaged and motivated, growing in self confidence and able to get it wrong and try again building up our self esteem and relationships with others as we play πŸ˜ŠπŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ’š

🌳🌲Happy Friday everyone! 🌳🌲🌳

Woodland Adventures

πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸ’šπŸŒ³πŸŒ²LOVED the first β€˜Woodland Adventures’ session this morning with the lovely Sonia Williams and Beth Allen …. πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸ’šπŸŒ³πŸŒ²

πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ’šπŸŒ²πŸŒ³I was set up further in the site with activity possibilities aimed at around the 8-11 year mark … we called ourselves the β€˜Tree Monkeys’ and started off our session stripping the skin off nettles to dry out a bit for our cordage which we went back to later … we made a den as a team which had the watertight challenge, some of us had a go with the knives making tent pegs and we finished off having a go with the fire steels before joining everyone else to help set up and light the main fires πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸ’šπŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ˜Š

πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ’šIT was lovely to see both NEW and OLD faces all out enjoying the activities in the sunshine. Thank you so much for coming to join us πŸŒ³πŸ˜ŠπŸ’šπŸ˜Š. Summer session dates will be posted soon along with a β€˜Forest Friends’ picnic date later in August to celebrate our lovely outdoor communityπŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸ’šπŸŒ²πŸŒ³

Nettle Cordage

πŸŒ³πŸ’šπŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸ’šThe STRANGELY addictive process of making nettle cordage … not sure I’m doing it quite β€˜right’ (go easy on me please ) BUT I’ve obviously been paying attention to my daughter’s friendship bracelet making πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

🌳🌲🌳SO how to do it … I picked tall nettles and then holding them by the end (rather than the top where the leaves are) I swept my hand upwards to take off the stings. The stings point towards the tip. I picked off any remaining leaves. I then used a mallet to gently bosh the nettle down a bit especially on the nodules and using my fingers – but you could use scissors or a knife – opened down the middle of the flattened nettle. The next bit is a bit fiddly, you need to peel out the hard middle as it’s the outer skin that makes the cordage. This may take a while and is VERY relaxing. I then left mine to dry for a bit – the nettle skin will shrink down a bit. I then folded it in half and hung the middle bend off a nail holding the ends taunt and plaited them together. That’s the bit I’m not sure I did right but I enjoyed the process and I’m pleased with the result – I also think I could now show others πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸ’š