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Published on 15.10.18

Health & Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing outdoors

The FSA National Forest School Festival at the beginning of October was open to families this year so, with my small tribe, I headed off to a wonderful wood in Norfolk for the weekend. We arrived in the dark - amazing structures and decorated tents caught our eyes, it felt enchanted, all lit up with lanterns, a fire surrounded by figures, and a tree illuminated with thousands of lights. The theme was Recognise, Reciprocate & Regenerate - a holistic journey to nature connection. A highlight for me was attending a very thought-provoking workshop run by Marina Robb, founder of Circle of Life Rediscovery, where we explored the foundations of nature connection. Marina is co-author of Learning with Nature.

With Health and Wellbeing high on the agenda in schools, a deeper understanding of our connection to nature is vital. We have been adding lots of new information to the Health and Wellbeing section of our Outdoor Hub - if you have anything you would like to contribute to help this free resource grow please do contact us.

There are a number of related events on our Outdoor Hub, one in particular is the Health, Wellbeing and Learning Outdoors on 18th October in Buckinghamshire.

10 October was World Mental Health Day, with a focus on young people. MHFA England launched a new set of resources for young people’s wellbeing: the free #HandsUp4HealthyMinds toolkit.

Thanks for reading, wishing you an autumn full of rosy cheeks and scrunching leaves.
Liz Edwards
founder of Muddy Faces


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Voting for this year’s CLOtC Awards for Outstanding Contribution to learning outside the classroom is now open - celebrating the many fantastic people involved in creating inspiring play and learning opportunities outdoors. Read all about the shortlisted nominees and cast your vote by 26 October here.


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