Read our testimonials and success stories below:
Becky got a job at Kingwood Outdoor Education at the end of the Nature Beats programme.
One of our Wild Earther's, she has enjoyed her outdoor experience and overcome her fears of anxiety and social isolation. She is being trained to guide others in the outdoor leisure sector.
"Best thing I have ever done helped me to get a job working for Kingswood would love to carry on will be so sad to leave next week.
Once in a life time opportunity been great for my social anxiety, mental welbeing and honest bunch of people. Made some friends for life."
Derrin joined the Nature Beats programme over two years ago and has never looked back. She was a mentor and has now joined the Wild Earth team.
She has started her outdoor forest school educational instructor journey, while working with Wild Earth. Here Derrin writes her reflections on her Wild Earth experience so far.
Yoga, Relaxation and Mindfulness at Wild Earth
"Yoga and relaxation has opened me up emotionally and has helped me develop a lot of personal growth. When I feel overwhelmed or anxious in everyday life I remember our sit spots or sensory meditations and I am able to calm myself. I am more in tune with my physical health and feel much more alert daily.
It has affected my life by helping me feel less anxious, surer of myself and feeling more positive than I ever have. Since taking these practices into my life I feel I have grown a lot and I feel healthier for it. I am currently learning to drive and was only brave enough to start because I finally felt self-confident enough through these exercises.
I feel that thanks to the mindfulness I have changed the way I think, and I now rarely have dark or negative thoughts and when I do I can deal with them and carry on with positivity and a bit of motivation."
Nature based music
"Nature based music is a way for me to connect two great loves together and feel like I am part of the earth and the music. Being able to collect the sounds ourselves and hearing the finished piece is such a wonderful journey.
It has affected my every day life by helping me connect more with the sounds around me and reminds me music can be made with anything or anyone very simply but very effectively.
Since I started making nature-based music I have begun to listen closer to the birds and every day noises to find rhythms that happen naturally, it has given me a greater love of bird song and identification and I feel better connected to music again."
"Natural art sessions have allowed me to tap into my creative side and express myself in a very primitive and raw way, giving me a way to address my own issues and feelings in a way I can understand and enjoy. It has been a very calming and meditative experience.
I have been affected daily by natural art, I notice more beauty and form in any environment and I notice more nature in urban areas. Its has allowed me to try new directions in art and and make new choices when making creative decisions.
I have developed a love for using nature more in my own art and using nature as a muse to produce something that connects us with the earth in different ways. I have enjoyed exploring different medias like leaves and sticks to make things that are simple and beautiful and connect us to our ancestors."
"Bushcraft has given me the chance to work and live like my ancestors. It has taught me patience and many things about the natural world, about myself and the resilience of life.
It has helped me realise my true passion in life and where I want to be in the future.
I have become more mindful towards the planet and the affect modern man has on the planet. It has taught me the impact our intelligence has had on our world and how we need to change to save it for the future. It reminds me to be thankful every day and be kind to others and the environment, as well as trying to live sustainably.
Bush craft has opened my eyes to energies I wasn’t open enough to feel. I believe I listen much more and speak less, I am gentler towards other people and I am far more sympathetic to the damage we are causing to the planet."