Inputs & activities we offer

Hazel Hill aims to offer valuable and enriching experiences to groups that centre around developing wellbeing and resilience through connections with nature. We have worked with a wide range of groups, and we can offer tailored inputs for visiting groups, ranging from a couple of hours to a complete programme. If you would like to explore this further, please contact Lauren, our Operations Coordinator. Here are some of the themes we can cover:

Resilience and wellbeing: life and work are becoming more challenging and changeful for many of us. We offer workshops and training for individuals, work organisations and community groups: we draw on such proven methods as mindfulness, emotional intelligence and positive thinking. Natural ecosystems like Hazel Hill are a great role model of resilience, so we involve the wood as a teacher.

Woodland ecology and conservation: Hazel Hill offers over twenty years’ experience on these topics. We can provide guided walks and hands-on conservation activities, as stand-alone events or as an input to longer programmes.

Woodland adventures for kids and teens: we can offer sessions including nature observation, woodland crafts, outdoor cooking, trust games and much more. These can be tailored to curriculum objectives for school groups if desired. For older groups, ecology and conservation tasks can be included. Our experienced team all have DBS clearance.

Regenerative practice: we intend our project to embody and teach regenerative practice in many aspects, including renewing the health of humans and ecosystems, reconnecting people with nature in an inner and outer way, and collaborative approaches. For more on our vision, click here: we will be happy to explore this theme with visiting groups.

Climate crisis responses: we can help groups explore this in many ways, including processes to face the emotional impact (such as the Work That Reconnects), systemic responses such as Deep Adaptation, and practical sustainability, see below.

Sustainable living: Hazel Hill is an ideal place to explore many aspects of this theme. Visitors to the wood experience the benefits and challenges of living with a low-carbon footprint, such as sharing cooking and domestic tasks, conserving electricity, and using wood fuel efficiently. Our off-grid facilities demonstrate many eco-technologies: including three pv systems, five types of compost loo, and six wood-burners including two biomass boilers. We can arrange guided tours or short seminars on topics of interest, or longer events including resilience and wellbeing.

Workshops for organisations: we have hosted programmes for numerous business and non-profit groups. The themes we can facilitate include: team building, strategic visioning, leadership, change management, regenerative practice and climate responses.

Rituals, rites of passage, vision quests: A ritual is a way of honouring, witnessing, celebrating or grieving a major event. Rites of passage are rituals for key transitions in life such as moving into elderhood. Rituals could take from 2 hours upwards, rites of passage 1-4 days. The Vision Quest is a rite of passage for adolescents moving towards adulthood. Its heart is solo time in a beautiful natural setting, and the whole process may take 4-8 days.

Previous visitors to the wood include:

  • School and college children
  • Guides/Scouts and other youth groups
  • Home Educated children
  • Young Carers
  • Individuals with special educational needs
  • Children with emotional and behavioural issues
  • Adults with Alzheimers
  • Adults with mental health issues
  • Young homeless adults
  • Veterans and military families
  • Frontline workers
  • Hospital Doctors
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Therapists