Wilderness Summer Activities

This summer 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

Bushcraft was defined in 1906 by Horace Kephart as ‘the art of getting along well in the wilderness by utilising nature’s storehouse’. (The Book of Camping and Woodcraft)

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: 19th June, 31st July and 21st August

Cost: £25 pp for a 2 hour session in the beautiful grounds of the Aldenham Estate

WILDERNESS FOREST BATHING – Home Farm Glamping

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.

Dates: 13th May for a taster session with additional dates TBC

Cost: £15 pp for a 1 hour intro session followed by a Dinner under the Oaks event in aid of the Wilderness Foundation for Mental Health Awareness Week (bookings for the dinner to be taken separately)

HOLIDAY CAMPS – Ages 5-10

Our holiday camps will be running throughout the May Half Term and Summer Holidays. Dates will be released soon and bookings are based on a first come first served basis, with limited spaces available. One-day camps cost £30 per child per day. Places must be pre-booked and paid for in advance.

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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.

Wilderness Immersion Dates: 19th-23rd July
Intro to Theory Training Dates: 10th-12th September

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THERAPY CAMPS – Ages 13-17

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.

Current 2021 Dates: 9th-20th August and 25th-29th October

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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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