Think like a Tree programme Swindon UK Jan/Feb 2020



Facilitator: Milly Carmichael

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

Wednesdays 15,29 Jan and 12 February 2020

For more details and to book via Eventleaf click here


Richard Jeffries Museum, Swindon

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.

The maximum group size is 12. I 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 some time 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 Museum

VENUE: The Richard Jefferies Museum, Coate Water, Swindon, SN3 6AA (

COST: £150 (early bird  – before November 30th – £140,  and two low-income places available at half price)

I am a trained facilitator and perpetual student of permaculture. I also practice solution focussed and compassionate communication and have a background in nursing. I have studied horticulture and am a keen gardener which helps me draw on the myriad ways that nature can inform our personal and organisational development.

Milly is a trained facilitator and perpetual student of permaculture. She has also undergone training in solution-focused practice and compassionate communication and seeks to deepen and extend her skills and practice in both. She has a background in nursing and youth work, with most of her clinical experience focused on sexual health, substance use and associated mental health and wellbeing. Milly has also studied horticulture and is a gardener. She draws on the myriad ways that soil, growing, weather and land management offer us analogy, metaphor and direct comparison to inform our personal and organisational growth and development.

Milly seeks to contribute to a broader understanding and practice of systems thinking, nature connection, power-sharing, collaboration, cooperation, resilience and sustainability in our education, business, health and social care, criminal justice, retail, food and entertainment systems and industries.

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. 

**Milly Carmichael operates as an independent training provider, with the permission of Think like a Tree.