Hosted by the wonderful Alex from Schola Foris at her site; Wacky Woods in Cheshire 40 odd Forest school practitioners, woodland workers, their families, children came together to play in the woods.
There was drumming with scrap instruments and djembes.
A wander through the woods with an ecologist talking about and grazing on plants.
Leigh from Bushcraft Reunion shared lots of skills, working with Jo's sack to make an ace chair and building a hungi pit oven to cook some big lumps of pork.
There was so much creativity in the woods, making felt, hapa zome, weaving with sticks, upcycling the milk bottles into doves, carving and whittling and plenty of cooking, baking eating and chatting.
The thing that I really liked was how informal everything was. People did what they needed to do and found others to do it with. The ethos behind Forest School's is to create something that is participant led, the environment, the potential and the resources are prepared, but what you do and who you do it with and when is totally up to you. How wonderful to find a CPD opportunity that totally reflects the ethos.
The children and dogs on site formed a number of packs, and it was so wonderful to see how the children thrived in the atmosphere, there were adults around who were interested enough in them to add the elements they needed like catapults, chocolate biscuits, bubble wands and plasters.
But they spent most of their time doing their own thing, on the structures, on the zip wire, and hanging out.
And there was mud! Oh yes, a wacky woods staple!
Such a wonderful weekend, I can't wait until next year!
Thanks to the Wacky woods team for hosting us, Leigh, Adam and most of all the incomparable Alex.
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