Outputs from Forest School Association national conference 2014, Danbury Essex

This page has the various outputs of the 2014 national Forest School conference held at Danbury Centre for Outdoor Learning, Fri 26 to Sun 28th September 2014. It includes:

  • Video of the welcome address with Carol Middleton (FSA Essex) and Jon Cree (Chair of FSA)
  • Video of Phil Waters, Eden Project. Key Speaker: Narrative journeys
  • Video of Jay Griffiths, author of Kith. Key Speaker: The riddle of childscape
  • Introductory video of Terri Harrison, Camphill School. Key Speaker (sorry the battery went at the worst time)
  • Power Point presentation used by Terri Harrison, Camphill School. Key Speaker: Promoting resilience in outdoor settings
  • Reflection worksheet (to go with the presentation): Promoting resilience in outdoor settings
  • Workshop reports




Welcome address by Carol Middleton and Jon Cree – conference theme: Fostering and exploring sustainability … with a bit of yoga

Keynote: Phil Waters, Eden Project, Narrative Journeys

Based at the Eden project. Phil has developed a pedagogy called
“Narrative Journey” which explores how children narrate their own
nature experience and how narrative can be used as a tool to encourage
children’s attachments to nature.

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Keynote: Jay Griffiths, author of Kith: The Riddle of Childscape

Jay Griffiths’s question is simple: why do our children feel so unhappy? Her main
answer lies in the title of her new book, Kith. Now used only in the phrase ‘kith
and kin’, the word has come to mean something like ‘extended family’ or ‘circle of
friends’. But it originally referred to a person’s ‘home territory’, the country or
region where they lived. For Griffiths, our children have been cooped up indoors,
imprisoned in front of their screens (whether television or computer), and they
have lost all contact with their kith – with the woods and the wilds, the mountains
and moors, the rivers and streams. That, she argues, is the heart of the problem.



Keynote: Terri Harrison Camphill School, Aberdeen

Terri, together with her husband Daniel, has developed an early intervention approach
known as Nature Nurture, which helps vulnerable children develop resilience. The key
elements of Nature Nurture programmes are time spent in natural environments, nurturing
by especially trained adults, and free play. In this presentation Terri will explore how
Forest School approaches can help build the resilience of all children and she will challenge
perceptions about vulnerability, behaviour and the role of Forest School practitioners in the
health and well-being of the individuals who come to play in our woods.

 Just a taster – sorry the battery went at the worst moment (unable to show the images and videos used during presentation in any case) – please see presentation document below

Terri Harrison’s presentation to the conference 2014 (images removed)

Reflecting on resilience

Reflection document printed out for the participants to use during the presentation. There are numbers on the slides that refer to questions or points in this reflection document, helping the reader to make connections between their own practice and the theory outlined in the presentation. This can be a really useful team activity for groups who wish to work on developing their practice in promoting resilience through Forest School.

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Workshop reports


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