There was much fun a happening during the first ever Forest Schools Training that happened in Wicklow last week, basically we got to play in the woods for the week, embrace our inner child, play with mud and light fires!!!!
This is the first ever Forest School Training ever to happen in the Republic of Ireland, NI has already taken the leap, and the UK of course has been running Forest schools for at least 20 years. It originated from the Nordic countries, Denmark and Norway mainly and then spread to the UK in the late 70’s.
The idea behind Forest schools stemmed from the urbanisation of children, who had no access to or experience of the wild or nature in its natural state and more recently it has of course been proved that children are really losing out without time in nature, affecting their health and well being, brain function, creativity, curiosity and resilience.
If you want to read more about what Forest Schools is and does follow these links below. I’m going out to play in the woods with my inner child!
Forest Schools England. Link here.