Wilderness Activities

This year 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

APPLE & PEAR TREE PRUNING WORKSHOP – 22nd Jan 2022

Join us for our Apple & Pear Tree Pruning Workshop on Saturday 22nd January 2022 from 1-3.30pm. Based at our Down to Earth Allotments (Hobart Close, Chelmsford, CM1 2ES) you will enjoy an afternoon of horticultural excellence where you will learn how to prune and care for your fruit trees whilst sharing and exchanging ideas of how best to use your produce.

All funds raised will support our horticultural therapy work on the allotments. Please bring your own loppers/secateurs where possible as we only have a limited amount of tools available and we ask that everyone brings their own gloves. Refreshments will be provided on the day.

Please book your tickets via Eventbrite.
Price: Make a Donation on the Day

LONDON LANDMARKS HALF MARATHON – 3rd April 2022

Calling all runners! 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️ Want to run for a charity but don’t have a place already booked? Why not become a Wilderness runner! We have 5 places up for grabs for the London Landmarks Half Marathon in April 2022. Registration Deadline is 16th February.

If you want to help fundraise for us please send in your details along with why you want to run for us. We will then send through registration details.

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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.

2022 Dates: Visit the Home Farm Glamping website for more details
Cost: £25 pp for a 2 hour session in the beautiful grounds of the Aldenham Estate

INTRO TO THERAPY TRAINING/IMMERSION

Our Wilderness Therapy Training involves the Intro to Theory of Wilderness Therapy in conjunction with a week’s Wilderness Immersion which explores the practicalities and practice of wilderness therapy in the field.

9th May – 14th May 2022
12th September – 17th September 2022

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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.

10th April – 14th April 2022
1st August – 12th August 2022

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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.

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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