Wild Souls - return to nature is our new page, please search, like, follow, share etc I'd be extremely grateful 💚💚💚
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Please, please please, like, follow and share Wild Souls new page - it's exactly the same but means I can link to other social media easily. I will keep both pages going for now then delete the older one eventually. I'm not very good with this sort of thing and this is the only way I can figure out how to do it 🤣
Much Love Lisa
The last few tickets are available for our lovely wellbeing event at the gorgeous Holly Mount Orchard. We have plenty on offer; yoga practice with The Yoga Process, making willow hanging baskets with Joy of Willow, getting creative with paints with Lucy Berry Art and some delicious, apple based, autumnal camping cooking with Wild Souls. We'll also have hot drinks, sweet treats and soup fresh vegan friendly soup on offer, plenty of blankets and a warm fire. Come and get cosy, relax and connect with yourself, each other and a beautiful place 💚
Wild Things & Wild kids starts back on Thursday....please share with anyone who may be interested 💚
Day 3: Today, we noticed that some of our apples have ripened early so we picked some and made campfire apple tart 😋. The children also experimented making natural paints, did rock painting, storytelling, friendship bracelet making, tree climbing and the usual favourites 💚
Day 2: More craft, den building, tool use, fire lighting and learning how to safely extinguish a fire, bouncing, climbing and lots of play. Capture the flag is proving popular but exhausting 😆, so the children taught me and Charlotte how to play Among us 💚
Day 1 of summer camp: full of child-led fun, play and creativity. Plus campfire treats, fire lighting and an epic hour of team games (not easy in this heat!). Looking forward to tomorrow.....please thunder and lightning tonight 🙏 🙏🙏😬💚
Gorgeous day with .net Joy of Willow and Incredible Edible Ramsbottom. Storytelling, nature art and crafts, willow bird feeders, campfire snacks, family yoga and freshly foraged flavoured water. Thank you for braving the heat and sharing this space with us 💚
Booking now open for Wild Things Preschool and Wild Kids Forest School 👇💚
What an amazing year we've had at wild things, so many happy memories. We'd like to wish all our wild things starting school in September the best of luck on their new adventures. If you'd like to join us in September, please follow the link below. We'll be offering block booking and drop in options. We also have a new session, starting in the afternoon, for older children (4+ up to 13 years). Any questions, please message me or email me at [email protected] 💚
3 spaces left on the Monday, Tuesday fully booked and 1 place left on the Wednesday 💚
What a lovely day with this bunch, lots of fun, creativity, challenges and s'mores 😋 Thank you Friday Forest Schoolers 💚
Eeeekkk im super excited about the return of our well-being day! 🍂🔥🌿
“A day for you, in the beautiful Holly Mount Orchard, where we will be getting all cosy as Autumn draws in, taking some time out to relax, be creative, feel connected and be inspired. Suzanne, from The Yoga Process, will guide you through a gentle practice of movement, breath work and relaxation. Lucy, from Lucy Berry Art, will provide all the materials and guidance for you to create your own piece of art. Joy, from Joy of Willow, will help you create beautiful willow structures. Finally, Lisa, from Wild Souls will provide a warming campfire soup, with crusty bread and show you how to bake apple flapjacks over the fire....just as the apples are due to be harvest! There will also be hot drinks and sweet treats on offer.
You will be free to do as much or as little as you want, there will be hammocks and blankets a plenty to entice you into taking some time out to just be. We can't wait to share this beautiful day with you.”
Last years Wellbeing Day was a sellout, so make sure to get your space booked! You can follow the link here to book..
So after a few enquiries today, I thought I'd share a little more about Wild Kids, starting in September, earlier than planned......
Wild kids is a Forest School session for children and young people 5+. These session are for home education families, families that flexi educate and children who are struggling to access mainstream education for whatever reason. We aim to provide a safe, nurturing place where children and young people can explore and discover, connect with other children and young people and connect with nature.
Both Lisa and Charlotte are experienced Forest School Leaders and during these session we will facilitate the children's learning, not dictate it. We value a play based, child led approach and encourage children to explore their surroundings, take responsible risks and celebrate nature. We always have a hot drink with a campfire snack and their is also a hot brew for their grownups if they wish to stay.
Sessions starting at 12:30 pm - 2:00pm. There will be a reduced price per session if you block book, however there is also an option to pay per session at a slightly higher price. All information can be found by following the link below. Any questions can be directed to Lisa via messenger or emailed to [email protected]
I'd really appreciate it if you could spread the word and share between your community 💚
What's coming up......
As we draw closer to the end of the school year, I thought I'd do a post letting people what is coming up over the next few months and September 💚
🌿 This Sunday (10th July) we have our Free Family Event at Nuttal Park 10:00-1:00, collaborating with Joy of Willow and Incredible Edible Ramsbottom
🌿 15th, 16th and 17th August, we have our mini Forest Camp at Greenmount Primary School. 9-3, suitable for children aged 4-12
🌿 Wild Things, our outdoor Preschool sessions, starts back on Thursday 8th September 10:00- 11:30 suitable from 18mths to 4 years old. Block booking and pay as you go options available. Holly Mount Orchard
🌿 Wild Kids, starting on the 8th September we will be running an afternoon for children aged 4+ (older preschoolers also welcome). This session is for any child that would enjoy a safe, nurturing, play based forest school style session to explore and connect with others and their environment. 12:30 -2:00. Block booking and pay as you go options. Holly Mount Orchard
🌿Adult Wellbeing session Mount Orchard. Yoga, willow craft, guided painting session and campfire cooking......more details to follow soon.
Please follow the link for further information and to book a place. Email [email protected] or send me a message with any questions. Much love, Lisa 💚
Free Family Event this Sunday at Nuttal Park. Our theme this time is birds 🐦 we look forward to seeing you all there 💚
What's your flavour??? Our wild things had tones of fun making mud ice creams 🍦 this morning 😋. They were also very into snipping last week so we delved into that more this week with some beautifully scented herbs. We noticed the trolls have been back as they've left their ears again!! And we observed slugs very closely today, this one had a tiger like print along the bottom 😍
Friday forest school shenanigans. The morning children experimented with making natural pigments to paint with. The afternoon gang got creative making things out sticks, including a guitar 🎸 💚
Lovely day celebrating the summer solstice. We made crowns and wands, climbed trees, hung out in hammocks, whittled, made fires, fully embracing summer and the opportunities it brings. We also found this really cool bug, any ideas???? 💚☀️💚☀️💚☀️
These little birds explored the world of our feathered friends through breath, movement and relaxation. The made these lovely stick birds, inspired from webekids.net free online resources 💚
Dreamy morning in the orchard today, our wild things got stuck in and did their thing as always, such an inspiring bunch of kiddies.💚
If you'd like to join us for the remainder of this block, get in touch 💚
Really sad to find that our lovely compost toilet has been vandalised and the beautiful grade 2 listed stain glass window smashed. More funds to be spent on repairs rather than conservation. 😔
Are you thinking about the summer holidays yet??? We definitely are....Wild Souls are running a mini Forest Camp in August at Greenmount Primary School. It may be short but it'll be jam packed with fun and adventure. Follow the link to book your child's place, email [email protected] with any questions.
The last Wild Things,for this block, was a soggy one....boy did it rain! But that didn't stop us have fun.....copious amounts of birthday cake helped too! Follow the link below to book a place for next term, starting 9th of June 💚
Great pictures from today's family event 💚
Beautiful morning colour hunting with our Wild Things. We used colour wheels to hunt for colour in the orchard, then brought a little back to see if we could transfer the colour with hammers. We've also had a great time swinging, digging, building towers, bug hunting, hiding, chasing cats and splashing in a mud/water play area.
If you'd like to join us after half term, follow the link below. Our sessions are completely child led and encourage exploration and creativity 💚
Its all about the wildflowers at wild things at the moment. Last week we noticed the blue bells appearing, so we had a go at making some this week, although it turns out its much more fun to paint ourselves! We also made daisy chains, mud soup, towers, hung out in the orchard in hammocks and bounced away on the slack line, lovely morning 💚
Well this became very addictive today. We managed to get it all the way to the bottomb🙌🙌💚
Lovely time on Tuesday watching the kids get creative. They wanted a stick day, so we brought a heap of sticks and let their imagination run wild. The older kids also gave campfire cooking a whirl, making campfire calzone 🍕💚
So excited to be a part of this project. Get in touch with WeBeKids if you're interested or know of any families that may benefit 💚
Our next block of Wild Things starts on Thursday.....follow the link to book your place.
If you are a new parent or carer or have children under the age of 18 months and looking for a friendly, supportive community please get in touch. We would love to run an afternoon drop in session, but do need to know if anyone is interested. Please share 💚
Day 4. Our last day today and what a belter! All the good stuff, including that massive hot thing in the sky making an appearance AND sticking around 🌞 Rounded off with a game of capture the flag 👌 Super week, amazing kids, brilliant staff. Thank you all, it has been a blast 💚
Day 3.... it was hot!!!! Great day today with bucket loads of free play, mud play, team game, pop corn, nature crafts to name but a few. More nice weather tomorrow please 🙏💚
Day 2....very soggy! So we had a day of making, we made fires, dens, campfire calzone, hamsters, mallets, swords, s'mores, magnetic sticks, mud balls (for battles) and a whole heap more. When it dried up we played camouflage, base and ninja squirrels. Well done team Tuesday, you certainly didn't let the rain stop you 💚
Day 1 of Forest Camp and I'm already shattered 😆. Fires, jewellery making, spear making (including arrow heads), den building, mud kitchen play, epic mud battles and many many games played today. Let's see what tomorrow brings 😊💚
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Wild Souls is a nature based, outdoor education provider with a key emphasis on ‘child led’ learning through play. We are based in Bury, Lancashire and can offer support for schools and preschools within our surrounding area including Bolton, Rochdale, Burnley and Blackburn. Founders Rob Dart and Lisa McBride have a passion for the outdoors and are committed to providing high quality learning experiences for all children. We value uniqueness, allow children to learn at a pace that suits them, and encourage children to take ownership of their learning. Underpinning all of this, we celebrate the natural world and hopefully inspire children to develop a deep and lasting connection with nature.
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