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The Earth Steward Apprenticeship

Natural rites of passage for teenagers

Mentored by Sacred EarthMentor summary: Nature educator & environmentalist
Organisation links:
Sacred Earth
Location address: Heathfield, TN21 9HJ
Chosen age group:

For ages: 12 - 16 years

Available tickets:
Standard £300Concession £240
Next date: None - message Mentor to express interest


The Earth Steward Apprenticeship (ESA) is rites-of-passage journey for young people aged between 12-16. We have been running this programme for almost ten years now and have seen many young people grow into thriving, aware and connected young adults. It provides abundant opportunities for our future generations to connect with nature and learn through direct, sensory experience about nature awareness, rewilding ourselves and the land, conservation, ecology, wildlife, woodland, wetland and the art of deep nature connection (which is proven to improve individual wellbeing and resilience). Our camps support participants to develop deeper connections with themselves, each other and the natural world. We encourage them to feel the excitement of discovery, curiosity, creativity and community as they develop a sense of belonging through knowing their place in the world. And they'll have a lot of fun along the way! The programme was originally designed to address the problem of Nature Def...

Sacred Earth·Nature educator & environmentalist
I am a group facilitator, a teacher, a nature guide, a change agent, an outdoor education specialist and a naturalist. More recently I've become an Earth and Culture Restoration Specialist and a Connection Coach with the 8Shields global mentoring network. I lead on education for the Sacred Earth Community Benefit Society but I'm also the land manager. I've studied Permaculture, Arboriculture and Biodynamic farming and I'm proud to say that since we took over management of our beautiful 40-acre site in 2011 we've significantly increased its biodiversity. I have spent over 20 years working with young people in nature. I have studied, practiced and taught the core routines of nature connection, as well as advanced shamanic practices from indigenous cultures around the world. I spent my young adulthood as a Royal Marine Commando, working as an outdoor guide in Canada and various conservation expeditions. By experiencing much of the world through travel, I understand what we need to do to create a healthy human culture. I am also currently a steering group member of the UK Nature Culture Network and I work with the Helpers Mentoring Society in the USA.

Kit List

Please make sure your child's learning needs and allergies are updated on their Eequ profile. Sleeping bag Sharp knife - fixed blade Bivvy bag Sleeping mat Water bottle Torch with batteries Appropriate footwear Natural coloured clothing for cold, wet and warm weather Small tent optional

Learning aims

How to make a fire

Concession prices explained

Our offer of a concession price is based on three factors: • Household income • Value of assets (property equity and savings) • Unusual or difficult circumstances that may affect your ability to pay Contact Phil directly if you'd like to apply for a concession and he'll talk you through the details. Please note we won't ask you to provide proof of income or asset value in the first instance, because we assume honesty, but we do reserve the right to audit your finances at any point during the year.

Strengths to develop

Participants will face a range of physically challenging situations. For example, they will be expected to build their own shelters and sleep outdoors in cold weather. We often have fun physical activities and games, like swimming in the lake.

What's provided






Enhanced DBS

Basic DBS

Risk Assessment

Public Liability Insurance

Safeguarding Training

First Aid Training

First Aid Kit

Coronavirus Safety Policy

Please note

Please note, it is the responsibility of the booker to satisfy themselves about the adequacy of the safety measures. This platform is merely an introducer and does not verify the items listed here.

we'll be

(Please note not all events are located on our site) Tiny entrance lane opposite Cowden Hall Lane, Off Horebeech Lane, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 9HJ

Pricing information

Ticket: Standard £300Ticket description: Eligibility for concessions price is determined through an application process (see below), please contact Phil to discuss. We prefer that students sign up for the full year's journey and we'll prioritise these bookings. If we still have spaces left can offer them as drop-ins on some of our weekend camps. If your child can't commit to the full year but you'd like them to take part in one or two camps, please message us directly.
Ticket: Concession £240

Pricing information


My experience is an educational activity and the 14-day cooling-off period under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 therefore applies. After the 14 day period my standard policy will apply.

No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.

Please be aware that we are not able to issue refunds should you miss part of the course for any reason. We will, however, support you to be able to retake the missed part of the course at a mutually convenient time.


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