Earth Steward Apprenticeship (ESA) Junior

The ESA journey for children

Mentored by


Nature educator & environmentalist

Organisation links
Location address: Heathfield, TN21 9HJ
Chosen age group:

Ages: children 9 - 13 · adults 18+ years

Available tickets:
3 night camp £3003 night camp concession £2752 day camp full price £150 +5 more
Next date: Saturday 15th Jun,
ESA Jr provides a stepping stone experience toward our full Earth Steward Apprenticeship programme for teenagers and young people. Early in 2024 we are running some winter warmers days with themes of art of fire, winter tracking expedition, and some winter survival in the forest, 10am-3pm. If you want to find out more about these days then check out our Wyld Days listing at ** Bring a drink and packed lunch. ** ESA Jr offers younger children (9-13) the opportunity to sink into the rhythms of nature, with a range of outdoor games, bushcraft activities and time to develop nature-based skills and crafts. The junior programme enables 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. The programme was designed to address the problem of Nature Deficit Disorder. It creates a space where rich experiences in nature can be processed and integrated in safe but exciting ways. It enables participants to: Develop a variety of skills to help them thrive in the natural environment Discover new and exciting ways to interact with the natural world Gain a greater depth of appreciation and understanding for nature Become more self-reliant Wherever our camps are located, our vision is to create a space where all kinds of people can come together to explore and express their connection to the earth, nature, self and others. A place where skills are shared and curiosity and understanding are nurtured, each individual can contribute to the collective wellbeing. A place where people can build strong and lasting relationships, not only with other people, but also with the plants and animals with whom we share the land. Please contact Phil Greenwood on for a kit list, medical/enrolment forms and directions. FYI drop off and pick up point is the public car park in Horam. Your child will be met there by one of our facilitators and the group will walk down the Cuckoo trail for 20 minutes, to arrive at our site decompressed and ready for a weekend spent in the great outdoors! Please note that for those choosing a day only ticket, when available, they will be walked back to Horam village car park for 4pm collection . Bring a packed lunch.
About your mentor
Nature educator & environmentalist
Hello, I'm Phil Greenwood. I am the founder of Sacred Earth. I'm a former Royal Marine Commando but have spent the last 20 years working with young people in outdoor education. I'm an experienced group facilitator, mentor and naturalist. I'm also part of the global 8 Shields nature mentoring movement and the Helpers' Mentoring Society. I strongly believe that our young people - especially teenagers - need rites-of-passage programmes to help them find their place in the world. At Sacred Earth we have set up the Earth Steward Apprenticeship to do just that. The programme helps young people develop their social and emotional intelligence through a range of experiential learning programmes. We encourage creativity, community, ingenuity and a deep connection with the natural world.
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.
Learning aims
Aim 1
How to build a fire
Aim 3
How to identify local flora and fauna
Aim 5
Improved powers of concentration
Aim 7
Becoming more self reliant and adaptable
Aim 9
Developing emotional and natural intelligence
Aim 11
Cultivating curiosity about the world
Aim 2
How to build a sleeping shelter from found, natural materials
Aim 4
Animal tracking and observation skills
Aim 6
How to work as part of team
Aim 8
Developing communication and social skills
Aim 10
Developing social intelligence
Aim 12
Cultivating and expressing creativity
Pricing information
Ticket name3 night camp
Ticket name3 night camp concession
InformationLow/no wage. Please get in touch for this option as there are only 4 places available
Ticket name2 day camp full price
Ticket name2 day camp concession
Ticket nameDay ticket Saturday only
Ticket nameDay only concession
Ticket nameDay ticket
Ticket nameConcession ticket
InformationThere are some concession places available, please get in touch for this option.
Where we'll be
(Please note: not all events are located at our site) Tiny entrance lane opposite Cowden Hall Lane, Off Horebeech Lane, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 9HJ
Enhanced DBS
Basic DBS
Risk Assessment
Public Liability Insurance
Safeguarding Training
First Aid Training
First Aid Kit

Please note

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Cancellation Policy
No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.Cancellations up to 14 days in advance will be refunded in full. Cancellations up to 7 days in advance will receive a 50 per cent refund. For cancellations less than 7 days in advance we reserve the right to retain the full fee, because we will have incurred food and set up costs by then.

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.