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Deepening Connections- A Nature Immersion experience for all nature connect...

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OL14 6JA

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Whether you are a Forest School Leader, teacher, nature guide, parent or interested person we would like to invite you to our Nature Immersion weekend designed to develop your existing skills, deepen your knowledge and inspire your creativity.

The intention for this weekend is to come together as a community of like minds where we can engage playfully in skills, challenges, games, stories and song whilst supporting and deepening our relationships to the core routines of nature connection. With a specific focus on fire we will be igniting your passions. There will be opportunities to deepen your skills in methods of fire lighting from prehistoric percussion to fire by friction. We will also have the space to engage with our relationships to different types of fire and how we can tend them.

The weekend programme will be designed around natural cycles as we follow

the map of the Eight Shields and use the teachings of the Art of Mentoring to intentionally create and hopefully model the optimum conditions for connection.

All of this will sit on a foundation of the question, ‘How do we create a culture of connection and personal growth for the people we live and work with that can be accessible and woven into our daily lives?’.

You will gain an embodied knowing of many of the core routines of nature connection:

Sit spot

Story of the day

Expanding sensory awareness

Questioning and tracking

Animal forms




Survival living

Minds eye imagining

Exploring field guides

Developing relationship to plants

Listening for bird language


What you need to know

The weekend is a residential programme in the beautiful valley Calderdale based at the Heightgate Hostel, Near Todmorden.

All food will be provided.

Accommodation will be camping in your own tents.


In a bid to make this programme accessible to parents we are are providing a Forest School leader and assistant to entertain and care for any children that need to come in order for parents to be able to attend. Childcare will be provided during the daytimes on Saturday and Sunday. This will come at a small extra cost.

We want to create a community feel and therefore breakfast times and evenings will include everybody but we want to make it clear that this is not intended as a family camp, teachings are intended for the adults only.

Arrival will be between 4pm and 6pm on Friday and departure will be 4pm on Sunday.


£300 for the whole weekend including, food, refreshments, resources and equipment, and camping.

Children £35 per child.


A small number of places are available for people who are interested in volunteering. This is an interesting way to get a feel for the whole experience but may mean you will miss the bulk of the teachings. Available jobs may include childcare shifts, food preparation and cooking for the camp and other practical jobs to support the smooth running of the weekend.

Who we are

Victoria Mew

Live Wild is happy to be hosting Victoria Mew as the lead facilitator for this gathering.

Vicky has been involved with nature connection, survival skills and outdoor learning since she was mentored herself as a teenager. Throughout her teen years she learned from Thomas Schorr-Kon at Trackways based in the UK, as well as The Tracker School and Coyote Tracks in the US. In her gap year she then went on to train with the Wilderness Awareness School on their 9 month immersive Anake training.

Vicky now runs ‘Cultivating Curiosity’ and ‘Seeing through Nature’s Eyes’ organisations in Sussex which base their work on developing a culture of Nature Connection through offering skills, creativity and culture building workshops and events. In fact it was through our affiliation with Vicky and Cultivating Curiosity that we came to model our current Monthly Nature Mentoring Programme for children.

Vicky is also involved with the Art of Mentoring UK and Sacred Earth CIC and co-authored Learning With Nature, a how to guide to inspiring children through outdoor games and activities.

Vicky is a passionate, skilled, knowledgeable and inspiring leader and we are excited to have her here in the Calder Valley to share her wisdom and expertise of the Eight Shields and The Art of Mentoring as well as cultural mentoring .

Leona Johnson

As one of the founders of Live Wild and I have been working towards creating a culture of nature connection, community cohesion and personal empowerment for the past 10 years. Originally a Social Worker I left my profession because I felt the need to really get back to the Earth, to our roots and to a more healthy, sustainable and holistic way of life.

I am now working as an Eco-therapist and Nature Mentor having trained in Eco-Psychology, Non Violent Communication, Way of Nature Guide Training, Cultural Grief Tending, Forest School Leading Level 3, Permaculture and Traditional Cultural Deep Nature Connection Practices from various lineages over the past decade.

I believe that we all have the power and potential to live our most authentic and fulfilled lives with all of the attributes of nature connection in order to fully contribute and live reciprocally with the earth and all beings and that in these times more than ever we need to connect with that wisdom in order find our way back to a more life sustaining culture.

I am so excited to be bringing the Deepening Connections Weekend Experience to the North of England as having worked with The Eight Shields for the past 4 years in Live WIld I have found it a really inspiring and exciting approach to working as a cultural mentor. We are now able to share the knowledge and experience gained from the Art of Mentoring which we all attended in Devon 2017 and other Acorn Training Weekends with all the amazing Nature Connectors locally.

Leonie Morris

is a qualified Bushcraft Instructor, Forest School Leader and Wild Food Teacher. She runs Burn and Brae Wilderness School in Hebden Bridge, after many years working with Manchester Forest School and The Wood School in Manchester, which provides a nature based learning experience for urban children. After finishing a degree in Anthropology and Sociology and a Masters in Visual Anthropology, Leonie realised that it was being in nature that made her feel most alive. She began on the path of immersing herself in greenwood craft, foraging and fire making and over ten years later she is keen to share all her learning with others.

Claire Godden

has worked with young people since 2000 as a Playworker, environmental educator, and Forest School Leader. She was an apprentice woodsperson to Ben Law of “Grand Designs” fame. She holds chainsaw qualifications. In her spare time she makes rustic furniture. She also volunteered for The Woodland Trust as an Ancient Woodland Heritage researcher, researching and recording the history of local woodland. When she is not in the woods she is mumming a busy 2 year old. She has a degree in English. She has wwoofed in many stunning places visiting lots of forest schools on her travels.

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