I'm much more than an audiologist and workshop leader...
Since being a little girl, I have been happiest outdoors, immersed in nature and in recent years, I have been on some of my very own BIG girl explorer adventures.
Conserving our world for future generations of plant, animal and human kind to come is something of utmost importance to me. On a mission to DO something about it, I have completed a PgCert in Wildlife Conservation, become wildlife feature writer for the Paddler UK Magazine (Seasonal Delights) and have embarked on Forest School Leadership training to create my soon to be launched project, Green Earth Adventure, operating in Cardiff and the surrounding areas.
I want to give all children and adults, no matter their background or abilities, the opportunity to access Forest School; I don't want there to be any hurdles due to funding issues or people being unable to afford it. That is why I make this very special pledge...
A percentage of my private audiology profits will go into a pot to, depending on need:
1. Help fund a number of free places on my sessions for those who can't afford to come to independent sessions
2. Subsidise a portion of the cost for any schools or charitable/welfare organisations within Cardiff and the surrounding areas that are struggling to access Forest School due to price, making Forest School Programmes obtainable.
3. For those children or adults who can't afford appropriate outdoor clothing, I will look to help purchase kit where I can for those individuals.
Forest School has the very real power to change lives and the world around us. But what IS Forest School I hear you cry?!
For children and adults alike, forest school breaks free of the constraints of classroom learning, enabling participants to learn and develop as humans in our wild world. Learning is playful and led by the participants and their individual needs. Imagine – a classroom with no walls and the freedom to explore as much or as little as you like!
Forest school grants the opportunity to; have the space and time to truly investigate our wild surroundings, take manageable risks boosting self-esteem and confidence, nurture interpersonal relationships, be at one with the natural environment by being immersed in nature in all weathers, and develop a sense of and experience trust.
Forest school is not only instrumental in developing sense of self, but it can be a powerful tool in spreading key messages surrounding the importance of sustainability of our natural world for future generations, creating valuable guardians and advocates of our planet.
Forest School is led by a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner or Trainee Level 3 Forest School Practitioner, who has been trained in a variety of bush craft skills and has studied the social and emotional development and indeed human development of learners.
To sum up Forest School, the Forest School Association define it as:
Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland or natural environment with trees…Forest School is a specialised approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland learning.
If you would like to learn more about the Forest School’s Code of Good Practice, check out: