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Wellbeing for Young People

School environments can be extremely stressful places for young people, often experiencing difficult emotions in challenging times.

There are exams to sit, huge choices to be made and society pressures to find your path when you are only just beginning to work out who you might be.

Practising Mindfulness in nature and building resilience through nature connection has proven to be extremely successful in reducing anxiety and stress in young people, together with an increase in their self-esteem and confidence. We deliver workshops and therapeutic sessions set against the backdrop of the beautiful North Wales countryside.

Young people will come away with a ‘tool box’ of techniques designed to help them practise self-belief, follow their hearts, put less pressure on themselves and combat stress. Studies have shown that spending time in woodland settings reduces stress, lowers anxiety, increases productivity, concentration and creative skills.

“The course provided by Woodland Classroom was excellent in every respect. It was fantastic to see our students open up and talk honestly about the challenges and difficulties they face in school. It was noticeable how the woodland environment combined with the expert guidance of James and Lea gave the students the space and time to reflect on their feelings and experiences in a positive and constructive manner. Overall, I would highly recommend a visit to Woodland Classroom to other high school groups.”

James Hadley – High School Teacher

We cater for:

Our Wellbeing for Young People sessions can be catered for:


High School pupils or College students, suffering from anxiety, stress or depression.

Gifted & Talented

“Gifted & Talented” students, often under immense pressure.

Young people

Young People studying for or taking their exams

Primary School

Primary School children, looking to be introduced to themes of Health & Wellbeing.


Teachers looking to incorporate Health & Wellbeing into their outdoor settings.

Lea, a qualified Counsellor and Life Coach

Lea, a qualified Counsellor and Life Coach, Outdoor Activity Leader and Mindfulness in the Woods Practitioner, offers young people a range of workshops including:

  • Building Resilience Through Nature Connection
  • Mindfulness in Nature
  • Coping Strategies to Reduce Anxiety
  • Recharge, Re-Energise & Refocus
  • Mindfulness & Bushcraft
  • Rediscovering Our Inner Hunter-Gatherer
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Wellbeing for young people

By combining quality time in nature with practising Mindfulness and coping techniques young people are not only going to feel an increased sense of wellbeing, but they are going to improve their problem solving skills and information retention, which leads to better performance.

Our workshops promote not only a desire to grow and improve wellbeing, but also the importance of being gentle and forgiving of ourselves when we just need to rest and remove unnecessary pressure from our shoulders. Both these aspects of wellbeing are covered in an age appropriate way.


You can be sure that our Wellbeing for Young People sessions link into the Four Purposes of Education For Children & Young People as set out in the new Welsh Curriculum. In fact two of these purposes are for young people to become Healthy & Confident Individuals and Ethical & Informed Citizens. Our sessions align fully with the following goals as set out in the curriculum…

  • Children are building their mental and emotional well-being by developing confidence, resilience and empathy.
  • They have secure values and are establishing their spiritual and ethical beliefs.
  • Applying knowledge about the impact of diet and exercise on physical and mental health in their daily lives.
  • Children form positive relationships based upon trust and mutual respect.
  • Facing and overcoming challenges.
  • Having the skills and knowledge to manage everyday life as independently as they can.
  • They understand and exercise their human and democratic responsibilities and rights.
  • Children understand and consider the impact of their actions when making choices and acting.
  • Respecting the needs and rights of others, as a member of a diverse society.
    Showing their commitment to the sustainability of the planet.

Siân Beynon – School Teacher

“The workshop you delivered has had a huge impact on my personal wellbeing. I left the session feeling calmer and more relaxed than I had in a long time. The strategies you shared reminded me very much of my own childhood and the upbringing that I was fortunate enough to have. It reinforced how crucial these experiences are to share with the children we teach. I am very much looking forward to developing outdoor learning experiences this year, and would like to thank you and James for the time you spent, and the many strategies and ideas you shared.”

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“Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. The ethos is shared by thousands of trained practitioners across the UK and beyond. Its roots reach back to early years pioneers in outdoor learning and across the sea to Scandinavia.”
Forest School Association

Forest School Association

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