Woodland Resilience Intensives

A new approach for health professionals.

doctors2-600The endless grind between rising demands and shrinking resources puts all health professionals at risk of depletion or burnout.

Woodland Resilience Intensives offer a different way to gain new insights and skills, to raise your resilience and nourish your wellbeing.

These intensives have been jointly developed by the Seeding our Future project, with Westminster Centre for Resilience and Hazel Hill Trust.


Can be tailored to different client groups and a range of formats. The three main formats offered are:

One-night residential: typically a 24 to 36 hour workshop including overnight stay at Hazel Hill Wood (see more below). Key elements include:

  • Conservation work and other activities to help participants de-stress and open to reflection
  • An evening campfire circle for sharing, mutual support and insights on work stresses
  • Learning about resilience from the woodland ecosystem
  • Processes and space to find better approaches to daily and systemic work challenges

Action Learning Programme: a group of 10-18 participants share a journey over 4-8 months exploring issues in depth, which may be individual, team, or systemic. Each programme typically involves 2-3 residentials at Hazel Hill Wood, plus online support, Skype calls and so on.

One-day non-residential: this would cover some elements of the one-night residential, but in less depth.


The facilitation team have worked with a wide range of professionals in the NHS, and other parts of the health and care sector, such as hospices and private care homes. In general, programmes are more effective with a single interest group, for example junior hospital doctors, GPs, or a team from the same organisation.


The three partner organisations involved can draw on a wide range of facilitators with experience in the health sector. The lead facilitators are:

Marcos Frangos: General Manager of Hazel Hill Trust. Has led numerous resilience programmes for health professionals and other front-line services.

Alan Heeks: Director of the Seeding our Future project, and founder/Chair of Hazel Hill Trust. Many years’ experience in using ecosystems as a model for human resilience.

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, now as Emeritus Professor.



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, basic accommodation in bedrooms and sleeping lofts (or camping), good hot showers and compost loos. 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.


To discuss a tailored programme, please contact Marcos Frangos: 07881-425804, or marcos@wellspringchange.com.
For more information on open events, see www.hazelhill.org.uk and www.futurescanning.org.
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