School in the Woods..... Inspired by a setting previously utilised by home educating families, School in the Woods has emerged as a warm community resource for families wishing to develop their understanding of democratic, self-directed learning here in Cheshire.
Our aims are...
...to ensure that emotional well-being is at the centre of everything we do
...to promote democratic thought and intrinsically motivated learning experiences
...to bring community together within a therapeutic learning space
...to promote mindfulness through reflective practice and awareness of our energies
...to offer workshops and courses to promote our holistic approach to education
...to ensure ethical practices for all stakeholders and support local businesses
Key aspects include...
...Use of non violent communication during areas of conflict.
...Empowering the learner through project based, self directed learning
...taking an unconditional and non-judgemental approach throughout the sessions
...Use of the natural environment as a therapeutic and awe inspiring 'teacher'
As a Steiner inspired setting and with Forest School trained staff, children and their families are welcomed into our community in a number of ways;
Birth to Threes Group- A small group who meet every Monday to spend time together in our beautiful garden space, promoting a gentle and nurturing approach to parenting.
SitW: Outdoor Nursery
Our outdoor nursery began in 2014 and has brought together families from far and wide. We utilise both the grounds of an old chapel and the nearby nature reserve. Children have the time and space to create, build and learn through play. The changing seasons provide a host of natural occuring learning opportunities.
Community gatherings and work days
We hold annual gatherings and work days for families to come together at significant times throughout the year. These include seasonal celebrations around the equinoxes to bring everyone together and work days to develop our gardens using permaculture techniques.
Workshops and training
A series of workshops and training courses are being arranged for 2019. These will focus on therapeutic, outdoor learning for a variety of age groups and professional practice.