Alternative Curriculum & Forest School
We can deliver therapeutic and educational programmes as part of school’s alternative curriculum or as stand alone Forest School sessions. A range of programmes are delivered covering topics such as woodland management, conservation and outdoor activities.
Learning skills such as fire lighting using natural and man made tinders, shelter building and survival, plant and tree identification, wild cooking, map reading and woodcraft and woodland management can teach an abundance of skills. These skills can lead to further education and training, increased confidence, positive relationships and an awareness of our environment.
Young people can work towards certificates and awards such as AQA Unit Awards and The John Muir Award.
Why choose March Wood to deliver this service for you?
• We provide a therapeutic learning environment for pupils of all levels and abilities
• We provide a safe space where pupils can learn a range of practical and social skills
• We help pupils build on their confidence, self-esteem, relationships and life skills
• We help pupils learn skills that are transferable into further education, training or employment
What can students learn?
The project will work with pupils across a range of AQA Unit Awards including:
• Environmental Studies
• Outdoor Education
• Woodland Management and Conservation
• Environmental Art
There are over 100 AQA Awards that students can work towards. All units are adaptable which make them suitable for all abilities. If you are already registered with AQA we can deliver the practical elements for you. If you require us to register your students, additional costs will be added.
One to One Mentoring
We are able to deliver one to one mentoring to young people who are struggling to cope with everyday life. We work with young people who are at risk of exclusion, are NEET or those who have found themselves caught in the criminal justice system. Our sessions can involve working within the allotment, fishing, woodland management and green woodworking. Our therapeutic approach allows for a trusting relationship to be built so that young people can learn the necessary skills to build a sold foundation for their future. We can also offer volunteering opportunities for young people who complete our mentoring programme so that they have something to take forward into further education, training and employment.
We offer the below programmes to single people of any age above 11, couples and families. You will be able to choose what you feel is best for you at our consultation, which will take place in the wood or at a place you are comfortable with having our first meeting. We will also discuss your expectations, and form an agreement of therapy.
These programmes do run all year, as I have two barns we can use for cover. Also I will get a fire going so we can keep warm, and have a hot drink on offer for the session. So don’t let the weather stop you from coming to see me, the woods are beautiful when it is raining.
50 Minute- Walk & Talk.
There is no set way of how the sessions will go, if you find somewhere you want to sit down and talk then that’s what we will do. This session is an ideal opportunity for you to speak to me about the things that are holding you back in life, and you will find the openness of being outside will assist you in your journey of self discovery.
We will discuss ways of becoming in control of your own situation.
Become aware of triggers to certain thoughts and behaviours.
Gain an understanding of how your past is affecting your present.
Help you build healthy, equal relationships.
You will learn coping mechanisms.
Gain control of your thoughts and decisions.
Become your own counsellor for life.
Double session – Walk, Talk & Campfire.
As above, but after the hours walk we will start a fire, where we will sit around and continue to look at your issues. My clients have found this an extremely powerful tool, and allows them to find an inner peace that has not been experienced before.
There will also be time put aside for some silent reflection, which will help you become comfortable with your own thoughts. You will learn to be in the moment, and use the natural elements of the fire and nature to process what we have covered in the session.
In my experience it is not the times that you are surrounded by people that are hard to manage, it is the times when your on your own. So this will allow an in depth look at how to manage your own thoughts, and time on your own.
Costs on request
Group Work & Peer Led Programmes
We are now a Core Programme provider for Live Well Kent and The Shaw Trust.
A 12 week programme will include work around improving mental & physical well-being by using the woodland as a tool for growth. This will include work with woodland tools, lighting fires, work on the allotment, woodland management, mindfulness, forest bathing, meditation and self-exploration.
Opportunities for volunteering at the project will be available after completion of the course.
We run weekly archery sessions for young people and adults with disabilities. Our archery sessions are suitable for all abilities. These sessions have been funded and supported by Sport England.
Adult disability group runs Monday 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Young persons group will restart in the New Year
The March Wood Allotment Project
We run an allotment project where we grow a range of fruit and vegetables. We use the allotment as part of all our sessions and are also looking to set up a weekly volunteer programme. We donate our produce to charitable causes locally including The Salvation Army and local Foodbank.
Corporate Team Building Events
Work as a team to survive in your very own bushcraft adventure.
We can deliver team building days to help improve communication and effective working relationships for employees. Working together in a fun, natural environment allows for a more relaxed approach to office based team building days.
Make a shelter using natural materials
Fire lighting with natural tinders
Map reading and treasure hunt
Morse Code challenge
Team Building Benefits:
- Communication and collaboration
- Problem solving
- Goal setting
- Leadership and delegation
Family Camps and Holiday Clubs
We run school holiday clubs all year round and deliver a range of activities including bush craft and survival skills, pond dipping, nature hunts, archery, fire lighting and camp cooking, team games and more. Sessions are suitable for ages 8 and over.
Our programmes give young people an opportunity to learn new skills, make new friendships and give them a break from technology.
Our family camps are very popular and allow parents/carers and their children quality time to play, laugh and learn together. After a day of fun activities we come together to cook over the camp fire and then sit back and star gaze. Night time in the woods also gives opportunity to see wildlife not seen during the day.