I’ve rejoined the Forest School Association and look forward to catching up with recent developments. This includes reading the report ‘Bringing Children Closer to Nature,’ by the Sylva Foundation, in partnership with the FSA. This research considers barriers to participation in FS programmes, and also provides recommendations to remedy this problem.
With its holistic approach and learner-centred principles Forest School is a very important influence on my work with nature-based storytelling. The FSA describes Forest School as ‘an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem. This is achieved through ‘hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.’
In 2014 I completed my Level Three Qualification at Bishopswood. I also enjoyed running CPD courses in Storytelling and Storymaking at the centre. I then led sessions for groups across England and Wales, which included workshops at a FSA Worcestershire conference, the 2015 National Conference and for our local group – FSA Herefordshire.