Wilderness Activities

This year and next is packed full of fun activities dedicated to supporting nature and wild places to flourish whilst also helping people to reconnect with nature and be the best they can be, both mentally and physically.

What’s On

WILDERNESS FAMILY BUSHCRAFT – Home Farm Glamping

Our introductory family Bushcraft sessions at Home Farm Glamping are not designed for survival in the wilderness but will offer a range of fun and engaging experiences from fire lighting, knife work, nettle string, shelter building, camp fire cooking, and identifying plants and trees that can be useful to us. We will together develop an understanding of how to use tools and equipment responsibly to achieve these tasks, and what nature has to offer, whilst building a love and connection to the natural world.

Our programmes always encourage making as little impact on the natural world around us as possible by teaching Leave No Trace ethics.

Dates: 29th October Half Term
Cost: £25 pp for a 2 hour session in the beautiful grounds of the Aldenham Estate

WILDERNESS FOREST BATHING

Forest Bathing came out of Japan in the 1980s and is called Shinrin-Yoku. Shinrin means ‘forest’ and yoku means ‘bath’. Simply put, Forest Bathing is about immersion in a forest or woodland, using all of your senses; connecting to the full ecosystem of the forests, from canopy all the way down to the roots below.

Forest Bathing offers a range of psychological and physiological benefits including:

  • Immune response: increase in NK (natural killer) cell activity
  • Anti-inflammatory: common forest terpenes temper inflammation and reduce oxidative stress
  • Nervous system: forest air creates a relaxation response and lowers nervous system activity
  • Mood enhancing: exposure to forest air reduces cortisol levels and β-pinene has anti-depressive properties
  • Sleep: phytoncides like α-pinene enhance sleep
  • Blood glucose: exposure to VOCs can reduce blood glucose levels.

Please contact us for more info. The 2 hour session will take place in a beautiful private wood in Great Leighs, Essex.

WILDERNESS HOLIDAY CAMPS – Ages 5-10

Our October Half Term Holiday Camp is open to bookings. One-day camps cost £30 per child per day. Places must be pre-booked and paid for in advance.

Bookings for Wilderness Holiday Camps must be made via EVENTBRITE

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THERAPY TRAINING

Our Wilderness Therapy Training involves 2 modules which are complementary but not exclusive. The Intro to Theory of Wilderness Therapy is offered in conjunction with a week’s Wilderness Immersion which explores the practicalities and practice of wilderness therapy in the field.

Intro to Theory Training 2022 Dates: TBC
Wilderness Immersion 2022 Dates: TBC

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THERAPY CAMPS – Ages 13-15

Our Wilderness Therapy Camps take you deep into nature, away from the pressures of everyday life. Our associate therapy team are qualified and vetted wilderness counsellors and therapists.

2021 Dates: 25th-29th October Fully Booked. Please enquire for future dates in 2022.

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WILDERNESS Golf Day – Sept 22nd

We had a fantastic day at Benton Hall Golf & Country Club for our annual Wilderness Charity Golf Day. With 16 teams of friends and supporters we were able to raise over £4,400. Thanks to all of the players who joined us in the glorious sunshine along with our kind sponsors and those behind the scenes who helped make it such a success! If you’re interested in joining us for our 2022 Golf Day then please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Standon Calling Wild Wellbeing – July 22nd-25th

Visitors to our stand in the Wild Wellbeing area at the Standon Calling Festival from 22-25th July helped create some fun nature arts and crafts. Our CEO, Jo Roberts, also gave two talks at the main wellbeing tent, about ‘Nature and Me – The proven benefits to Mental Health’ and ‘How to Immerse Yourself in Nature’.

OPEN FARM SUNDAY – June 27th

Over 150 people joined us on the 27th June as we opened our gates to visitors for our Open Farm Sunday event. People brought their family, friends and even those with four legs, as we welcomed them all to our Chatham Green site. Activities included Walk and Talk sessions with our local farmer Andrew, Woodland Craft, Pond Dipping and Bug Hunts as well as being able to just explore the beautiful 40 acres we use here at the foundation. There were light refreshments but many families brought a picnic and found their own quiet corner and enjoyed time in nature.

Stay safe, stay wild, stay connected.

Book a visit

Contact us via email or call us on 0300 123 3073.

All bookings are subject to availability.
Full terms and conditions are detailed on our booking form, a copy of which will be supplied to you on receipt of your enquiry.

The Details

Please contact us with regards to prices as group discounts are available.

Places must be pre-booked, but payment can be made either in advance or on the day by BACs.

We look forward to welcoming you at Chatham Green!

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