Think like a Tree programme Rosliston April, May 2020



Facilitators: Clare Hopkins & Felicity Towns

Think like a Tree programme – Three days to attend over a month:

Wednesdays 22nd April, 29th April & 13th May 2020

For more details and to book contact the Environmental Education Project at Rosliston on 01283-535039. Email:

Venue: Rosliston Forestry Centre, South Derbyshire

Unlock nature’s secrets to happiness, resilience, health and wellbeing on a refreshing and thought-provoking 3-day course delivered over 4 weeks.

We associate woodlands and other natural ecosystems with resilience, integration and harmony, but often struggle to experience these in our own personal and working lives.

By exploring principles derived from nature this course will guide you, step-by-step, through a design process that can be used for your circumstances, whatever they may be. You will be invited to engage with some reflection and ‘homework’ activities between the course days to start building your own personal- or work-life design. Although this is optional, you will gain much more from the course by committing at least 2 hours between the course days to these activities.

Rosliston Forestry Centre is a hidden gem in the heart of The National Forest in South Derbyshire with a mix of woodland, meadow and ponds. The Environmental Education Project has been delivering quality outdoor sessions at Rosliston and elsewhere since 1994. We have won a National Green Apple Environmental Award for education and training, and have delivered activities around the country for the Woodland Trust. We have held the national ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ Quality Badge since April 2013 and won a national award from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom in 2014.

This course will be co-facilitated by 2 trainers from the Environmental Education Project team.

We aim to create a safe and enjoyable group culture where people can feel comfortable to explore and discuss ideas and feelings openly. We will use a variety of individual, small group and whole group activities to help that process along. There is always much laughter and your participation will be encouraged and supported.

We will spend sometime outdoors on each day, whatever the weather, so come prepared with suitable clothing and footwear.

Light refreshments will be provided in the breaks. Please bring a packed lunch or funds to purchase food from the cafe at the Forestry Centre.

VENUE ADDRESS: Rosliston Forestry Centre, Burton Road, Rosliston, South Derbyshire, DE12 8JX

COST: £160 (two low-income places available at half price)

The course facilitators…

Felicity Towns (PGDTLLS, PhD Geography, MA Tourism & Leisure, BSc hon Ecology) spent 10 years working in social housing developing community projects. For the last 10+ years Felicity has worked for the Environmental Education Project based at Rosliston Forestry Centre, developing and managing a range of educational projects, becoming a Forest School level 3 leader and a certified Forest Bathing guide. She is inspired by nature and learning about natural principles to guide her life. She enjoys family time (with her husband and 2 daughters), trail running, looking after her 2 pet rabbits and making nature inspired knitting and crochet creations.

Clare Hopkins (BA Honours Fine Art, PGCE in Further Higher and Adult Education Education) has over 16 years experience in education working as an art teacher and currently as an environmental education facilitator at Rosliston Forestry Centre. She is also a volunteer cub leader at her local group and has a husband, three children and a pet cat and enjoys nature and all things creative, particularly sewing and painting. Long standing health issues were progressing and the “Think like a Tree” course came as an opportunity at the right time and helped her to review work and family life and what was really important, to find strategies for coping with challenges that lay ahead. Following principles that nature uses to rest, be creative and be productive in the best possible way have been inspiring…

You can attend this programme for your own personal development or as the first stage in the Think like a Tree facilitator training.

This course was developed by Sarah Spencer – author of the book ‘Think Like a Tree’ and co-founder of Derbyshire’s Whistlewood Common permaculture centre.

**Felicity Towns and Clare Hopkins are delivering the course as part of their roles with the Environmental Education Project (part of South Derbyshire District Council) based at Rosliston Forestry Centre, with the permission of Think like a Tree.