Woodland Holiday Programme 23-25 Aug

A 3 Day holiday programme immersing in nature

Mentored by

Cultivating Curiosity

Daniel and Vicky

Location address: East Grinstead, RH19 4JL
Chosen age group:

For ages: 7 - 11 years

Available tickets:
3 Day Holiday Programme £100
Next date: None - message Mentor to express interest
A summary
So much more than just child entertainment in the holidays. Let Cultivating Curiosity provide a fun-filled three days of wild time where your children get to explore, play and create in diverse, rich, and natural environments. Your children will be supported and encouraged to follow their own interests and passions and we adapt our plans to meet them where they are at. Come and join us for woodland crafting, games and adventures! These programmes are for 7-11ish year olds. ​ Cost: £100/child for all three days. 10am-4pm daily. Develop existing skills and learn new ones and have fun. Activities on offer will likely include: ​Wild cooking, Shelter building, Fire lighting, Story telling, Wood craft, Tracking, Woodland Games, Survival skills and much fun!
About your mentor
Cultivating Curiosity
Daniel and Vicky
This three day experience will be held and facilitated by our founders: Daniel Yabsley and Vicky Mew. More about Daniel Having grown up on a small holding on the Channel Island of Guernsey, Daniel had always sought out ways to be in, and connect to, nature. This has been coupled with an equal interest in connecting to humanity and has resulted in a wide spectrum of outdoor work; various gardening and agriculture, social care work; mental health support and live-in care with tetraplegics, university studies; Geological Oceanography BSc and Applied Marine Science MSc. All interspersed with healthy doses of traveling, including cycling solo to Morocco. This has all led to Daniel living in a self built tree house on a community biodynamic farm since 2009, which is when he also embarked on a once-a-month year course in nature connection and primative skills at Trackways on Sussex. Since then he has attended three UK Art of Mentoring week long gatherings where he deepened his understanding of nature and community connection. He has been facilitating groups of children and adults in their personal nature connection journeys for over five years. Recently he had travelled for three months along the West coast of the US visiting other nature connection organisations for a cross cultural exchange and bringing back inspiration to enrich his work in the UK. Daniel has been running short courses with adults through the International School of Storytelling for the past three years. He had himself been a student of the school and weaves storytelling throughout his work. More about Vicky BScHons Human Sciences. Forest School L3. Graduate of Wilderness Awareness School "After experiencing a family camp with Trackways when I was 12, I was hooked when it came to learning about the natural world and my place among it… I found it extremely valuable having a variety of nature-based experiences and mentors sprinkled into an otherwise ‘ordinary’ education throughout my teens. I chose to spend my gap year with Wilderness Awareness School. During the year my earth-based skills improved, my confidence in storytelling was nurtured, my awareness of the natural world and the plants and animals of that place grew and I was deeply inspired by their approach to mentoring and cultural regeneration. The inspirations from this year lead to me being a significant part of the team that has launched the Art of Mentoring here in the UK. I finished a degree in Human Sciences in 2010, which included the opportunity to research on the topic “How Growing Up Separate From Natural Environments Affects Childhood Development”. I am now based in Sussex and work with several organisations (including: Circle of Life Rediscovery, Sacred Earth CIC) expanding people’s comfort with, connection to, skills and awareness of the natural world. In addition to facilitating earth living skills and growing sensory awareness, I love sharing the bundle of peacemaking teachings and cultural elements gathered by Jon Young and the 8-shields from indigenous cultures world wide. Some of my favourite things to bring to this work include: helping people develop and deepen their relationship with fire, helping people feel more comfortable out in natural environments, and to feel more comfortable with others through games and child’s passions. With my more recent work with adults, I love exploring the inner landscape and tracking our patterns to free us of those that no longer serve us and supporting people to live their fullness. ​I have completed the Forest School and Environmental Education OCN L3 training through Circle of Life Rediscovery. More recently I have been enjoying bringing gems from my experiences to the context of teaching adults. This has been in the form of providing CPD for other outdoor educators or outdoor activities organisations as well as being a presenter on the larger scale Art of Mentoring event in 2017. I'm thoroughly looking forward to supporting adults' nature connection journeys in 2018."
Learning aims
Aim 1
Feeling a sense of belonging in nature
Aim 3
Aim 2
Wild Food and Campfire Cooking
Aim 4
Crafting skills
Pricing information
Ticket name3 Day Holiday Programme
Where we'll be
Plawhatch Lane, East Grinstead, East Sussex, RH19 4JL
Enhanced DBS
Risk Assessment
Public Liability Insurance
First Aid Training
First Aid Kit

Please note

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Cancellation Policy
I am not able to offer refunds in general but may be able to if there is good notice.The children will take part in creative and practical activities within a woodland environment. Cultivating Curiosity holiday programme will run from 9.45 for a 10am start until 16.00 daily at: Old Plawhatch Farm, Plawhatch Lane, Sharpthorne, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 4JL Your child will need to bring: • a packed lunch, a drink and a healthy snack • appropriate clothing for the weather/season o layers to be warm in the shaded woods, suncream, sun hat o suitable footwear – wellys or walking boots if it has been wet The day(s) will be cancelled at the latest by 9am on the morning of the programme in extreme weather conditions in which case there will be a full refund. We also reserve the right to cancel a programme if insufficient places have been booked and confirmed. Course participants must expect to be involved in adventurous and sometimes strenuous activities. No previous training or experience is required but you must be of good general health. A medical declaration form must be completed and returned to us on confirmation of your booking. If you are under 16 years of age, your parent/guardian must sign the form. We can take no responsibility in the event of any ailment or aggravation of ailment suffered either during or after the camp that arises from an undeclared injury or illness. Cultivating Curiosity states that woodlands & other habitats are potentially dangerous environments and may be hazardous. Whilst we alert participants to these possible dangers it is impossible to cover all such hazards & dangers. The following require the most specific attention: Risk of falling deadwood; trip hazards such as logs, roots, brambles, burrows; poisonous plants; eye level hazards such as twigs, branches, etc. Parents of children attending agree they are fully aware that there may be risks involved during a Cultivating Curiosity programme even where best practices for managing risk are followed. We will meet in the car park of Plawhatch Farm at 09.45 with pick up at 16.00 each day. If for any reason you are late for drop off or pick up please call: +447828 061037 Forest School practitioners teach basic woodland skills, the correct use of tools where relevant to an activity and an appreciation of the natural world. All lead staff are certified First Aiders with experience in facilitating fun learning outdoors. All lead staff are CRB/DBS checked (any support staff that may not have a current DBS check are not left alone with any children and are always in sight of a lead staff member) All staff have had at least 2 reference checks.

My experience consists of a leisure activity, on a specific date(s), and therefore the 14-day ‘cooling off period’ under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 does not apply.