Nature-based ways to resource yourself and your practice

Hazel Hill Wood, near Salisbury: June 10-11, 2019
The impact on GP’s of prolonged overload, and the stress of facing ever-rising demands with shrinking resources, needs creative responses.  This Woodland Resilience Immersion offers a different way to gain new insights and skills, to raise your resilience and nourish your wellbeing.

These programmes have been jointly developed by Hazel Hill Trust and Westminster Centre for Resilience. Following two very successful pilot programmes with hospital doctors, they are now offering a pilot group tailored to GP’s.

In 2018, Westminster Centre for Resilience recognised that a more immersive, catalytic process than the typical half or one-day session in an urban training room was what many health professionals needed.

Hazel Hill Wood have several years’ experience of delivering nature-based resilience programmes for a range of front-line services. These Immersions offer a unique combination of both teams’ expertise. The format for the June programme is a one-night, 28-hour residential, including the following elements:

  • Conservation work and physical activities together to de-stress, relax into the woods and shift gear.
  • An evening campfire circle for sharing, mutual support and insights on work stresses
  • Learning about resilience from the woodland ecosystem, and practical tools for our own wellbeing and our teams.
  • Practicing simple techniques based on applied neurobiology, mindfulness and traditional sources which can be used in everyday work.
  • Processes and time to consider better approaches for tackling work challenges and systemic pressures.

CREDENTIALS Whilst the idea of Nature immersion for medics may seem novel, there is good research evidence for it. For example, the book Your Brain on Nature, written by two doctors at Harvard Medical School, sets out extensive research support for the specific benefits of Nature contact in offsetting high levels of stress, Directed Attention Fatigue, information overload, and excessive ‘screen time’.

The pilot programmes at Hazel Hill have been formally evaluated on several measures by Westminster Centre for Resilience, and showed statistically significant impacts. A summary of their evaluation is available.

FACILITATORS The partner organisations involved can draw on a wide range of facilitators: Immersions have at least two facilitators, one a medical professional, one from Hazel Hill, both with extensive experience of resilience programmes for the health sector.

The hosting team for June is:

David Peters: Trained as a GP, and has worked in a range of professional roles in the NHS. Founder and Director of the Westminster Centre for Resilience (WCR), now an Emeritus Professor.

Alan Heeks: Many years’ experience in using ecosystems as a model for human resilience, and has created the Seven Seeds of Natural Happiness model. See  Founder/Chair of Hazel Hill Trust.

Julie Chinn: was in practice as a GP for many years: she now works in a non clinical role supporting fellow professionals. This includes being a Case Manager for the Wessex Deanery Professional support unit, helping trainees of across the specialties, teaching on the vocational training scheme, appraising fellow GPs as well as working as a coach and mentor.

Jane Sanders: is a psychotherapist and group leader with a special interest in ecopsychology and deep ecology, with several years’ experience of leading resilience and wellbeing groups at Hazel Hill Wood.

ABOUT HAZEL HILL WOOD Hazel Hill is a magical 70-acre wood, near Salisbury. It has simple, yet beautifully crafted off-grid wooden buildings with lovely indoor and outdoor group spaces, single or twin accommodation in bedrooms, good hot showers and compost loos, plus a sauna. See more at The wood is run by an educational charity whose aims are to promote wellbeing, resilience and sustainability through programmes at the wood for a wide variety of client groups. The food is outstanding!

TIMINGS From 12.30pm Monday June 10 to 4.00pm Tuesday June 11. Group limited to ten participants: book soon to be sure of a place.

COST AND BOOKING The total cost is £130 per person, including facilitation, accommodation, and food.  Single room supplement £20.

TO BOOK Please contact Nicky Green for a booking form: or m: 07854 089 239


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Woodland Resilience Immersions

A variety of tailor-made programmes for professionals in the NHS and other parts of the health and care sectors.

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Future Conversations Train the Trainer Workshop

LONDON: January 15-17, 2019

  • Are you working in a community that faces challenges?
  • Want to learn more on how to host conversations to become more resilient for the future together?

The changes we’re facing in the next two or three decades are complex, often contradictory, and can feel daunting. Research shows that our main strategies for coping with future changes are denial and avoidance.  Moving people from detachment to active participant in a positive future is the key aim of the Future Conversations project.  Future Conversations is programme of guided conversations and workshops to look at how we can do this together in community. See more at


We’re inviting you to join us to learn and be trained in how to facilitate these conversations with your groups and communities. Join us for 3 days (15th – 17th January) for a Train the Trainer Programme in London where you will:

    • Learn and practice facilitation methods such as Community Organising, Conflict Transformation, The Art of Hosting, Harvesting Conversations that Matter, Participatory Leadership, Dragon Dreaming, U Lab, Permaculture and Social Theatre
    • Get access to a range of materials to support you in delivering a Future Conversations programme
    • Become part of a community of practice for Future Conversations to deliver this within your community and continue to connect with other facilitators

Where and when:

At Lumen Community Centre, 88 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9RS.

Tuesday 10-5, Wednesday 9.30-5, Thursday 9.30-4; plus practice sessions with coaching for facilitating sessions, 6-8.30 on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

How to join in:  

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This training on a non-profit basis would cost £350.00 per participant. If you would like to attend but cannot afford the full price please get in touch and have a chat as there may be some bursaries available.We’re also offering an Early Bird rate £300.00 if booked before Thursday 20th December.  To book or for more info do get in touch, we’d be happy to have a chat… 

Georgina: 07824 331 110

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