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Muddy Faces


This CPD training course shares knowledge and opens discussions about how outdoor learning practitioners and teachers can support children through times of anxiety and trauma. The course takes place in our beautiful woodland site in the Hampshire South Downs. Renowned Forest School trainer, Jon Cree, will call on current neurological understanding and share practical ideas to help you understand and support children's emotional wellbeing.

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Event Details

During this one day course with Jon Cree you will learn about:

  • Creating a safe space
  • Working with sensory preferences
  • Embodiment and integration
  • Grounding and centring
  • Recognising behaviour is communication.
  • Polyvagal theory and the five touchstones of somatic practice
  • Importance of co-regulation
  • Working with stories in a therapeutic way
  • Nature-based meditation
  • Reflections and embodiment practices

This course will reaffirm your knowledge of the emotional benefits of working with groups in nature and will give you:

  • Understanding of working with sensory preferences
  • Knowledge of embodiment and integration practices
  • Recognise the importance of working with themselves as well as their learners
  • Understand the crucial role nature interactions can play in supporting emotional regulation

Jon Cree has almost forty years’ experience as an environmental/earth educator and trainer. His passion is helping others ‘get in touch’ with the natural world through dynamic learning programmes and hand-on learning experiences. He has for many years worked in Forest School, particularly with learners who are often stressed by our education system, home circumstances or other situations that set them apart from 'the mainstream'. And yet we all bring gifts to the communities we are part of. During the pandemic signs of stress, anxiety and even trauma have become more prevalent and Jon has been diving deeper in 'somatics' and body based approaches. He has been asked to run even more trainings on anxiety, stress and trauma, and how the more than human world and creative practises can support our nervous systems. This is based on the many years he has worked with young people, especially adolescents.

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