Team Days at Young Wood
Healthy teams need time together to create and maintain their bonds, hone their purpose and collaborate on real tasks. Being in a wild, woodland setting with skilled facilitators can provide the space for different perspectives and views to emerge, away from everyday pressures. Our approach is about connecting people with themselves and others through simply being in nature - we make the most of the natural environment as either the main stimulus or the backdrop for a session.
“It was a great away day, and I was struck by the incredible sense of peace and relaxation that I found while we sat around the fire in the woods” (Health Worker )
"There is nothing running around my head now! Great not thinking about work" (Housing Worker)
" It has been so good for morale, for the whole team" (Support Worker)
What we Offer
A session can be as low-key as a half-day team reflection workshop, or as challenging as an overnight wild camp experience - or somewhere in-between. Some teams need a simple session around the fire to relax with some greenwood whittling, whilst others need a more focused activity to help unpick difficulties or build new ways of working together. The activities will reflect the needs of the group and the best process for getting to a desired end result. They could include:
· Bushcraft skills - fire-lighting, from basic fire-steels to bow-drills; foraging and wild cooking
· Collective cooking - using our camp kitchen to feed the team
· Dens and shelters - shelter building; using knots, lashings and tarps; building a group ‘home’
· Ecology - exploring the wild wood, exploring the ecology and systems of the forest and the group
· Nature and tracking - primitive map-making; tracking animals and learning about plants; tracking our team
· Problem-solving - real-team tasks using natural metaphors as inspirations
· Quiet time - taking time alone to listen, absorb and be
· Reflections - our story; journey sticks; group timeline or map
· Stories and creations - dyes and prints from plants, words into stories, making charcoal, sculpture and earth art
· Team games - sneaking and hiding, man-hunt, prey and predator
· Using tools - whittling with knives; sawing and splitting; making objects together
· Vision-making - collectively working up goals or visions for projects using a very structured process
The diverse mix of skills amongst our team encompasses group facilitation, bushcraft, natural systems, ecology and nature conservation, project development and strategy, participatory process, community development, rural arts, green woodworking, organisational development and wild food foraging.
As each session is tailored, costings will vary depending on activities, preparation time and follow-up; we will aim to work within your available budget. For all sessions we have two staff present on site for safety, as the location is remote. We can provide food, or making food can be integrated into the team activities.
Jenny Archard - firstname.lastname@example.org
Gavin Saunders - email@example.com