Date & Time

Wed 11th Sep 2019
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


The Glade


Increasing emotional literacy through work in the natural world.

An understanding of emotional literacy is essential to help young people develop self-esteem and so become socially and educationally successful. Through relaxation, play and story in the natural world this day will explore the four core emotions and provides a real practical way of working with emotional intelligence and supporting emotional literacy programmes, such as SEAL and SEAD, and the new agenda for emotional well being in schools.

“Knowing the natural world elevates the very concept of life.” This concept, as expounded by evolutionary biologist E O Wilson, can enhance what we term as “emotional intelligence”, indeed can be integral to it, and is at the heart of this workshop. In this day and age where the fast pace of life and stress can impede child development and teacher/educator development, this day will contain strategies and techniques for working with emotional literacy in the outdoors to support learner development. Through a series of reflection exercises in the natural world and an approach that says ‘they can because they think they can’ this workshop is a must for both environmental educators and teachers.

Course Tutor – Jon Cree
Education and Training Officer for Bishops Wood Environmental Centre, International Training Coordinator for the Institute of Earth Education, Jon has worked for almost 20 years now with pupils, teachers, local education authorities and other organisations working in environmental education, and on sustainability issues.


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