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"I loved having the opportunity to unwind, usually my day is
pretty full on."

Phil, Brighton.

Experience Wilderdays

Reconnect with nature, de-stress & unwind.

Boost your mental, physical & emotional 

wellbeing with some simple

woodland activities.

Choose from a half day or full day experience. 

We have regular events - check out our upcoming wilder experiences here.

We also host private and corporate events - contact us to discuss building the perfect experience for your group.

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About

About Us

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Kathleen Sinclair

Born in Scotland, I was raised in Buckinghamshire and took a degree in Theatre Studies at the University of Kent in Canterbury. Looking for adventure I moved to Brighton where I spent my twenties. I took a diploma in Aromatherapy and Massage before falling in love, moving back to Scotland with my partner and having our first child. I worked for British Gas in Edinburgh as a team manager but after three years my partner and I missed the calling of the sea and our Brighton community so we moved back down to East Sussex where we had our second child. At the same time we discovered the home educating community in Brighton which took us on our biggest adventure yet. I became a full time mum and spent the next seven years learning and growing with my children. After spending a couple of years taking my children to forest school, inspired by what I saw and falling under the spell of the natural world, I took the Forest School Leadership Training with Circle of Life Rediscovery and set up as an independent forest school provider.

I've been delivering forest school for children in Brighton for 8 years through Wilderways Forest School, and over that time I've seen the tremendous benefit that spending time in nature has for all the children that I've had the privilege to teach. Children are able to build their confidence and grow their skills in a supportive group setting that has the flexibility to allow them the space and time they need to develop at their own pace. During lockdown I noticed how the absence of that time in nature was having a detrimental affect on my own mental health and it gave me a new perspective and passion to provide this experience not just for children but for adults, too. 

Over the years of delivering forest school I've developed my ability to hold space and facilitate learning in the outdoor environment. My skills also include foraging, whittling, forest bathing, bird and animal ID, fire making, cooking on the fire, swings and rope courses, wood coppicing and woodland arts and crafts. 

"We love Wilderways forest school :) My daughter has been joining the Monday sessions for at least two years now and absolutely loving it!! The way Kathleen holds the space for all children to learn explore and express themselves makes it a special and valuable piece of our home Ed journey!!" Alkisti, Brighton.

"My daughter has been going to forest school for years. She loves it. Kathleen is great at dealing with a mix of different children and their needs. I think she has a great knack of encouraging the children to take part and develop new skills whilst giving them freedom to choose. I highly recommend Kathleen." Fiona, Brighton.

Victoria Dickson

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I am South African born into an Scottish family. The youngest of four very dynamic, adventurous siblings, I was introduced to outdoor activities from a young age. I grew up surrounded by the natural beauty of South Africa as well as being seeped in my ancestral heritage through the Scottish community, folklore, mythology, traditions and song. Nestled between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, I would seek nature as my playground where I developed a deep connection with the cycles of nature. I moved to London as a performing arts graduate wanting to make my fame and fortune but in the big city I felt disconnected from the land. I was longing for nature. Circumstances brought me to Brighton and I am eternally grateful now to be snuggled between the South Downs the ocean once more.


I retrained in early years education, working in one of Brighton’s magnificent outdoor nursery schools, Tarnerland. I went on to become a teaching assistant in a mainstream primary school however I gravitated towards the arts once more,

working with the children on creative projects such as the Brighton Children’s Parade and the annual ‘Let’s Dance’ at Brighton Dome. This lead onto community events and to studying for a BA (Hons) in International Events Management at the University of Brighton. I helped organise large scale events such as Brighton Pride and the London Tattoo Convention, amongst others.

 

It was having a son with neuro-diverse needs that lead me back outside. He is most at ease in the natural environment and I witnessed some of his traits completely dissipate. This sparked an interest in me which lead me onto studying Forest School Leadership. During this time I explored the effectiveness of daily ritual of outdoor practice through yoga and meditation, working with plant medicine ,deepening my connection with the natural world, moon cycles, Equinox’s and the rhythm of nature. My Seasonal Adjustment Disorder began to ease.


I joined Kathleen at Wilderways Forest School at the beginning of 2022 where I could practice and develop my skills in forest school leadership. Kathleen and I  are both passionate about introducing nature connection to children and adults. We know the importance & proven health benefits of reconnecting with nature especially if working in an indoor environment. I look forward to hosting Wilder Days Events along side you as we share the beauty that awaits.

Contact

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Wilderdays

Tel 07909871650/07854047354

Email info@wilderdays.uk

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