L1 Introduction to Forest School

Exploration of the ethos and principles

Your mentors

Sarah Lawfull


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Location address: Long Wittenham, OX14 4QT
Chosen age group:

Ages: 18+ years

Available tickets:
Adult Trainee £460
Next date: Friday 14th Jun,
A summary
This is great for parents, young people, and volunteers who want an introduction to the Forest School ethos. It usually takes four days of training and completing a simple e-portfolio. This practical course gives a good ’taste’ of Forest School. Advertised L1 courses are the first four L2/ L3 training days. Different course models are available. Please get in touch with us if you would like us to run this in your setting for a group of adults. It could be presented as a set of twilights. We also have an option to train alongside one of our trainers.
About your mentors
Sarah Lawfull
Transformation through nature connection
We help leaders and change makers rediscover their purpose and realise their potential by training and coaching in and through nature. Our FSA-endorsed trainers work alongside FSA Recognised Providers and the local FSA-affiliated group, building an effective learning community to nurture and encourage our trainees.
Forest School Trainer and Practitioner
If I'm not running my own Forest School sessions, then I'm helping others to become Forest School Leaders - what could be better than supporting other people to do the job I love!? I spent over 15 years teaching and teacher-training in British international schools around the world before returning to the UK in 2012 when I started helping out at her local Forest School. Since 2017 I have worked full time as a qualified, freelance Level 3 Forest School Leader, setting up and running long term Forest School programmes in Oxfordshire schools and I now train with Sarah Lawfull at Where the Fruit Is. When I'm not out in the woods, I can be found out on my bike, hammock-camping or volunteering with our local scout group – i.e. somewhere in the great outdoors!
How we train
This Level 1 qualification is taught alongside our L2 and L3 so that trainees learn with people who are training to be Forest School Assistants and Leaders. This enables you to quickly top up your training if you wish to continue learning. We train in small, person-centred groups at the beautiful Sylva Wood Centre. Most of our courses have monthly in-person workshops with regular virtual webinars to help you with your studies. Our course structure is flexible because we know life can sometimes become challenging. If a workshop is missed, trainees can join the next cohort. Much of our time is spent outdoors at the Future Forest Forest School site or in local woodlands and nature reserves. Our base is a modern teaching barn.
Learning aims
Aim 1
Understand the Forest School approach to learning through participating in Forest School experiences
Aim 2
Understand methods of identification of woodland species and how Forest School impacts the woodland environment.
Aim 3
Understand hazards at Forest School and how to use the risk-benefit approach
Pricing information
Ticket nameAdult Trainee
InformationIncludes VAT
Where we'll be
Sylva Foundation Wood Centre , Teaching Barn , Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QT
Enhanced DBS
Risk Assessment
Public Liability Insurance
Safeguarding Training
First Aid Training
First Aid Kit
Smoke Detector

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.

Cancellation Policy
No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor. On confirmation of the cancellation from WTFI in writing, the Learner must pay a cancellation fee at a percentage of the course fee: 50% between three months and up to one month before commencement of training. 75% between one month and one week before commencement of training. 100% in the final seven days before commencement of training or once training has commenced

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.