FAMILIES & COMMUNITY
Our Wild things groups are for parents and toddlers. Here, you can let your little wild things be free to explore, discover and play in local woodland, marshland or shoreline surroundings.
Our sessions focus on child-led play and have a relaxed atmosphere about them, whilst our experienced and skilled staff are on hand to facilitate activities and respond to curious minds, we very much encourage children and parents to play freely.
Age range? Activities are predominantly aimed at children aged 2-5 years but parents can bring their younger children (under 2’s) and let them enjoy the woodland.
Also, for home educated families we are happy for older siblings up to the age of 8 to attend at the reduced sibling rate, please contact us to discuss this further.
Where and When?
Wednesdays: Church Wood, Church Wood Lane (Hollington), St Leonards on Sea. 10am – 12pm: Meet at the Church in the wood car park.
Fridays: Helenswood, The Ridge, Hastings, 10am - 12pm: Meet at the entrance of Helenswood Leisure Centre
Both sites have access to toilets and a car park
We aim to continue year-round, to expose children to changing seasons and variable weather conditions and do encourage resilience. “There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing” Any cancellations due to extreme weather will be refunded.
Cost? Sessions cost £5.00 per child (2-5 years), £2 for extra siblings. Siblings under 2 years come for free.
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS THESE GROUPS ARE VERY POPULAR.
Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a short video made on our Wednesday Wild Things group: https://youtu.be/3KiXPg5Y2go
We run a range of adult events and courses which aim to help reconnect recharge and rewild.
Nature Connection and Mindfulness Woodland day for adults
An opportunity to take time away from busy lives, to fully immerse yourself in nature,
This day includes Nature connection activities, mindfulness practice and woodland play.
The day will take place in our magnificent ancient woodland site in Staplecross. This site offers us a complete immersion in nature, the perfect place to let go, slow down and reconnect.
(The village is on a regular bus route from Hastings and St Leonards)
The day will be led by Polly Palmer and Luke Funnell
"We feel connected to nature, yet we can hardly explain why nature impresses us so much, or why do we seek to spend time in nature. The truth is nature is our natural habitat, and when we disconnect we forget our inner selves"
these groups are now finished for 2019. 2020 dates to be announced soon
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8 Week woodland mindfulness course
Practicing mindfulness in a woodland setting can help to enhance our sensory skills through immersion in nature. Gently learning to pay attention to ourselves as well as our environment can help deepen our sense of connectedness with the natural world as well as ourselves
The 8-week mindfulness course (MBSR/MBCT) is secular and evidence-based. Participants will learn simple meditation practices to help become more aware of what is happening with-in everyday experiences, therefore more able to manage thoughts, emotions and body sensations effectively.
Throughout the course, learn to:
- Observe and train your attention away from stressful thought
patterns which can improve your health and well-being.
- Connect more fully with pleasant experiences.
- Meditation practice includes sitting, laying and gentle movement.
Introductory offer, £50 for full course including materials. Concessionary rate £40.
Usual rate £150 for full course.
This 8 weekly course takes place in Helenswood, Hastings
Polly is fully trained and certified to teach Mindfulness Based Approaches (MBCT & MBSR). She completed her mindfulness teacher training with the NHS at the Sussex Mindfulness Centre Brighton (SMC).
Here is a video of Polly explaining Mindfulness: https://youtu.be/XgIONaHxrh4
Free informal family exploration: Walk, talk and play.
Improve health and wellbeing
Meet new people, socialise, Create communities and connections
Get to know local outdoor spaces better
Learn more about the natural environment
Great opportunity for children to play freely outside together
Age range? For the whole family
Where are we? Local outdoor spaces; we will arrange meet ups all across Hastings and the surrounding area.
When? Meet-ups will be posted our events page and on our Facebook group ‘Rewild Connections’. Our aim is to expand our connections with people so that in time we can all offer places to meet up as much as possible, including evenings and weekends to engage as many people as possible.
Cost? FREE!! This is a community project which aims to help make connections between people and connections with outdoor spaces. This belongs to all of us.
How to book? We will announce dates, times and locations for sessions near the time of the sessions and if you want to come along then just meet us there. No booking required. Feel free to contact us to discuss any concerns or questions we can help you with. Follow us here.