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South West Learning for Sustainability Coalition 
 November 2015 Update
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Natural Mindfulness

True lasting change in this World can only happen from the inside out, one person at a time....SUSTAINABILITY STARTS WITH YOU.

In this busy world with so many calls on our time, a phenomenon called MIND WANDERING is becoming more well known, where our minds are so distracted and flitting very quickly from one thing to another, a myriad of thoughts firing in our brains. We may spend up to 49% of our time ‘mind wandering’, thats nearly half our lives. So many of us now live on ‘automatic pilot’ racing from one thing to the next, which is why there is a growing interest now in Mindfulness and Reconnection with Nature. Unless we connect with Nature, we cannot care for it....its simple.

This morning I took a walk in the rain on Dartmoor with my dogs, I revelled in the colours and the beauty of the Ockment River tumbling down the moor, I found joy in the colour of the bracken and the changing autumn leaves, I found true reflection in the pool with its high slate wall and I grounded myself fully for the day ahead. I could feel nature healing me from the school run, I could feel the wellness rising up in me and calming my systems, making me whole again.

Tell us about your time in nature and how it FEELS , because unless we can feel , we cannot care for Mother Nature. Write a poem, make a video, send us a picture with your thoughts attached, we want to use this information to inspire others and make change happen from within.
Clare Moody, Coalition Executive Director
Send us your 100 word thought!
Making the link to local installers of energy efficient services Businesses, Community groups and householders in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire are being encouraged to visit the new ‘Link to Energy’ website that links people planning energy efficiency improvements with local installers.
Courses & events


Can we trigger the biggest climate mobilisation of our generation?


A gathering on people from all sides of Dartmoor, to Crockern Tor, to show solidarity for a sustainable World for Future Generations. Bring your friends and family to walk, cycle or ride a horse to Crockern Tor, the lower outcrop was the Open-Air meeting place of the Devonshire Stannary Parliament from the early 14th Century until the first half of the 18th Century.

Bath Climate Change Day 29th November
Linking with 800 cities world wide who are hosting the Avaaz Global Climate Change March12noon -3pm Parade Gardens, Grand Parade: speakers, acoustic music, children's activities followed by an indoor: Sustainability Fair 3-7pm@ The Friends Meeting House, York Street : for refreshments acoustic music and a networking-opportunity to meet other green/conservation and sustainability groups.

Forest school
RECRUITING Level 3 Mentors.

Are you a qualified Level 3 Forest School Practitioner with a teaching qualification? Could you support current level 3 learners complete their portfolio? We are looking for freelance mentor to help support new and current learners complete their Level 3 Forest School Training. the role is flexible to fit around other commitments.
For more information about our training please visit our website or call 01209 215211
or email
Forest School Practitioner Level 3 Training Course ... FOREST SCHOOL TRAINING. I wanted to pass on the magic that can happen when small groups of people gather together to cook on a camp-fire, tell stories, play games. Read more...


Thinking about a taking learning outside the classroom. Why not find out more about becoming an inspirational outdoor practitioner for health and learning by coming along to one our FREE Forest School Training Sessions:
  • Wednesday 18th November, 11am - 2pm. Idless Woods, near Truro
  • Sunday 22nd November 1pm - 3pm. Whitleigh Woods, Plymouth
  • Tuesday 8th December 10am-1pm Colwell Woods, Totnes
  • Saturday 12th December 10am - 1pm Idless Woods, near Truro
All sessions are lead by one of our experience outdoor leaders and include hands-on actiovities as well a hot lunch cooked over the fire! Read more


Gloucester Diocese are organising a walk to raise awareness of Climate Impacts, from the Cathedral to Robinswood Hill, on November 21st, 11am to 1pm. Everyone is welcome. There will be opportunities to have displays in the Cathedral leading up to the event. You can also put out your own call to action about something people could do with your organisation to make a difference e.g. participate in a project, volunteer, support an appeal etc. We are covering the costs of organisation, PR materials and refreshments, but would love to have displays from other organisations and help to promote the event as widely as possible. The diocese will shortly be sending out a formal invitation for people to register their attendance, so at this stage you don’t need to do anything other than mark the date.

Hope to see you there.

Dr Gareth ParryHead of Community Programmes Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Conservation Centre, Robinswood Hill Country Park, Reservoir Road, Gloucester,
GL4 6SX Main Switchboard: 01452 383333 ext 132 Mobile: 07918768064

School improvement through outdoor learning and sustainability:DESWG

March 18th 2016:
Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre 09.00 – 15.45

This conference has been organised by the Devon Education for Sustainability Working Group (DESWG) in collaboration with Naturally Devon. It will provide educators in all schools and settings and at all stages of learning with an invaluable opportunity to:
  • Understand how outdoor learning across the curriculum can improve the engagement, achievement and wellbeing of children and young people as well as enabling them to feel more hopeful about the future;
  • Appreciate the motivational power of learning about and for the environment through sustainability; Clarify how to embed outdoor learning and sustainability strategically across their school or setting and assess its impact on learning and teaching;
  • Leave with inspiration, resources and support to be a more effective educator in outdoor learning and sustainability
This will be a very practical and interactive day which will accommodate the needs of educators new to outdoor learning and sustainability as well as those with more experience. The programme will consist of workshops (inside and out), symposiums, TeachMeet sessions, seminars and presentations. There will be an emphasis on providing opportunities for networking and learning from the good practice of colleagues. There will also be a large exhibition of outdoor learning and sustainability providers currently working with schools and settings across the region, from which colleagues can seek advice and practical support.

The cost of the whole day including refreshments and lunch is just £65 plus VAT. Places are limited and ea booking is advisable. We look forward to meeting and working with you on the day.

Challenged by Behaviour?
Changing Perspectives, a participatory Workshops with Jon Cree

Friday 13th November: Gweal an Tops, Redruth 11am - 2pm  £25
With 28 years experience of delivering exceptional services in outdoor settings, Nature Workshops welcome Jon Cree, Chair of Forest School Association, shares his expertise in working with people deemed to have challenging behaviour; helping you to re-think how you behave. This workshop is aimed at people working with children, young people and adults regardless of experience. Delivery will be outdoors with a strong practical focus and will include opportunity to debate practise and approaches. A hot lunch cooked over the fire is also included in the price. Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets can be purchased online by following the link above or by calling 01209 215211 or emailing events@natureworkshops,

Fundraising for Outdoor Learning Workshop

South Molton Community Infant School, Thursday November 12th, 1.30 – 4.30 p.m. 

The workshop is aimed at teaching staff, school business managers and outdoor learning providers. Though we’ve focussed on outdoor learning, the skills offered by the workshop can be used for fundraising for any learning. More details are attached about the workshop programme and how to book. A discount is available for a second person attending from the same organisation. (Read more.)


will launch its tour at the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, University of Exeter and continue around England as part of the United Nations’ Year of Soil and the British Geological Society’s Year of Mud. Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) is a not-for-profit organisation which explores new understandings of our place within Nature through the Arts. It delivers its programmes regionally through partnership working and collaboration, operating from the University of Exeter. (Read more)

Devon Schools Sustainability bulletin. 

At the end of 2012, Devon County Council Waste Department launched a new bulletin which contains information on gardening, composting, waste and general sustainability that relates to schools. Bulletins are emailed out at the beginning of each half term. If you would like to subscribe to this, then click here

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This edition was edited by Coalition Executive Director, Clare Moody.
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