Hello and Welcome! to the SW Home Ed Forest School ‘Natural living & outdoor learning’ Camp page.

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Four days and three nights of nature and culture emersion on the lovely Trill Farm – home of The Trill Trust which aims to inspire healthy and responsible living.

Facilitated by Chris Holland, The camp is running in June. 10am Tuesday 7th June – 2pm Friday 10th June. 

The camp aims to create the place and space to nurture a playful, outdoor learning community for home educating families from across the South West of England. The learning will come in many ways, not only through the facilitated forest school type activities  but also the nature connection games and gatherings for stories and cooking around the hearth.

Trill Farm camping area has hot showers, compost loos, running water, a camping barn that 40 people can sit and eat on tables in,  and acres of farm land and woods to explore. Its a working farm too…so real live animals in the fields, veggies growing, craft workshops and natural cosmetic making on offer and lots more. There is even a climbing wall and a woodworking workshop. Trill is in the Axe Valley in East Devon, only 5 miles from the sea. Click here to visit their website.

This camp is limited to 40 paying places – under 5’s come free. Cost: £100 per adult, £55 per child over 5 (there will be some reduced price places for families on low incomes – contact Chris on 07980 601830 for details) Scroll down to book a place now!

Whats included in the price? All the activities, camping and firewood. If we have enough interest and numbers of children aged 7 and over, taller than about 1.4m then we can arrange to do the high ropes course in the woods too.

This is a self catering camp you will need to be self sufficient for 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners – and we can share food or eat separately according to diets or food preferences. There will be produce grown on the farm available from their shop, and people usually end up cooking meals together. I also have a couple of 5m bell tents for hire – they sleep up to 8 people – which I will put up and take down for you.

Nature: What do like doing on camp? The camp will include facilitated sessions on activities such as whittling, den building, fire making, problem solving, high ropes course walking, raft making, night games, and foraging. In the afternoon will be facilitated games such as capture the flag, nest robbers, sneaking circle and more. If you want to go play in the woods or fields instead, go play!

Culture: What is it? Growing around the hearth will be a camp culture. I hope it will be one that will care for each other, community and nature. We will cook around the hearth together, have stories from the day and wonder tales at night. There will be a chance to experience community living by taking on playful roles and responsibilities too that add to the camp culture and form a natural leadership, shared responsibility model.

The Sunday evening meal will be provided and on the last night we would have a feast and festivities and set light to a a fire sculpture!

Daily Schedule:

  • Dawn chorus with resident bird orchestra
  • Breakfast til 9
  • Community gathering around the hearth 9.30
  • Morning Sessions 10-12
  • Lunchbreak 12-2.30
  • Afternoon sessions 2.30-4.30
  • Free time and dinner time till 8pm
  • Community Gathering around the hearth: for Story of the day, tales and music.
  • 9.30ish Night game
  • 11pm Quiet time

Camp Schedule: There will be an opening circle on Tuesday 2.30 There will then be a walk around the site and some trail finding games.  The closing circle will be at 1215 on Friday

For more information give me a call! 07980 601830 or email me on chris(at)wholeland.org.uk

When you book you will receive an email with some useful info like directions to Trill, a suggested kit list etc. I look forward to meeting you.

To Book your place now drag n drop the pictures into your shopping basket ( I am so pleased with myself to have worked out how to do all this online, when whittling is my forte!)

Who is Chris Holland? “Chris Holland is a leading inspiration in the field of nature connection and creative outdoor learning for families in the UK and increasingly worldwide. He has a BSc in Environmental Science, has been involved in outdoor learning for 20 years, and became a self employed educator in 2001. Chris has a natural talent for working with groups of people, telling stories, sharing bushcraft skills, foraging and creating environmental art. He feels very proud because his first book, a playful hands on nature connection guidebook called I love my World, “is a must” according to children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo. His latest project, The Natural Musicians is at the creative edge of nature interpretation and musical composition.”

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