Just a brief email to say thank-you for your time with us on our visit to
Greyfield Woods today, 18th September 2020.
As a group of men from South Bristol, meeting as “Man Alive” under the
auspices of the Knowle West Health Park, we are all concerned to promote
wellbeing, in respect of our physical health and mental/emotional wellbeing.
The visit to the woods today ably met these objectives. The natural
environment and the physical exercise was good for us physically. The
opportunity to learn more about our local environment and tap into your
knowledge about the woods, and their ecology was educational and enjoyable.
The opportunity to light a fire using natural material, flint and tinder,
use the Kelly kettles and then prepare and cook our own lunch was very
rewarding and the meal was healthy! The mindfulness session that you led
promoted our spiritual wellbeing and we all left feeling much better for our
time at Greyfield Woods, particularly because we were able to appreciate so
much more of what we were doing under your expert guidance.
Life has been tough for all the members of the group for a variety of
reasons, but of the various activities that we take part in together, the
visits to Greyfield Woods have always featured well up near the top in the
Many thanks again.
A wonderful day in the stunning woods and bluebells reconnecting with nature and my place in nature. Has made me feel peaceful and ready to go back into the madness of every day. KJ
A new and blissful experience to meditate outdoors. CD
Woods, meditation and a wander, what else could you ask for? Excellent, thank you! JE
I now understand what I need to do to resonate. I understand how to resonate with others. I understand what it is to resonate with the world. Now doing it is the hard bit, but I’ve learnt enough about myself and others and feel equipped to go forth!
It is important to be able to give expression and voice to the feelings created by the destruction of our environment. Recognising and owning these are the steps of opening ourselves to the solutions.
Emily and Huw’s gentle nature really warm your soul on such a cold winters day. The gentle tones played by Huw are emotionally pleasing and his gentle voice will send you into a magical lullaby.
During that session, I found myself reaching stillness easily and naturally, giving full gratitude for that precious moment and helping to enjoy every moment in life precious- thanks for that.
“We love spending time in the woods come rain or shine its a lovely, relaxed welcoming group. The fresh air and chat is a wonderful way to spend our morning.”
“Great to be outside, nice snacks!”
“We love coming – great to be outdoors, lovely activities for the children, and a cup of tea for me – perfect!”
“We love our adventures in the woods. It is so rewarding interacting with nature.”
“I love the peace and tranquility and the chats. Emily loves you and the activities” “We enjoy being outdoors and the activities, dens, animals…”
Thank you so much for nourishing my son today, Melita.
For the rest of her life Bella will have fond memories of her thrilling tree – climbing experience with Charlie , the kind , gentle , encouraging tree – surgeon . His mission is to convey his love for trees and the environment , to inspire the young to care for our planet .
As I stayed with Bella throughout the day , I was able to observe the superb coaching taking place , as she almost disappeared from sight , up in the canopy of a wonderful old hornbeam .
Great emphasis was placed on safety , as she was taught to “read” the tree , in order to find an ascent route . She became familiar with the safety – harness , the ropes and carabiners , and was taught two different methods of climbing upwards , plus how to abseil down .
Charlie’s patience , humour and reassurance was evident throughout and thanks to his inspired teaching , Bella overcame any fear and her courage and resilience grew before my eyes .
With grateful thanks ,
Pamela Leah ( Bella’s Granny )
Technical Tree Climbing May 2018
“I like the way you are always positive” Ruby
“I thought it was good that when lots of people wanted your help you got round to everyone quickly” Billy
“I liked all the chances we had to make things” Zack
“I was really happy about the rope swing I made!” Bobby
“Its really good because you never tell anyone off” Ruby
“The Hurricane rescue scenario was so great, I enjoyed that” Sam
“Whittling a spiral was so good; it was hard but I was pleased with the result” Harry
Ironically I nearly didn’t come as I’m “so busy”!! I’m so glad I did. From the minute I set foot in the woods, surrounded by a stunning sea of bluebells, i felt my whole self completely relax and knew in that moment it was absolutely what I needed. Its been so good to be still in nature for a day, expertly guided by Huw and his team, surrounded by lovely, like-minded people, sharing food, conversation, stillness and peace. thank you all!
A unique experience combining two things I enjoy: mindfulness and the outdoors. Greyfield Wood was an idyllic setting for this mindfulness day especially at this time of year when the wood was carpeted in bluebells.
Excellent day with nature and like-minded people. Best bit- whittling! How to improve; make it a weekend under canvas? The creative nature of the day helped to still the mind. I liked the focus on self-ness not selfishness! Camp fires are always a good idea!
I didn’t know what to expect but it was brilliant.
The course has been amazing. My mental health, especially my anxiety has really improved. DM
It has taken me back to a childhood memory of playing in the woods, which I loved and felt most free. MT
I like to get out and enjoy the woods. I wouldn’t have done the Mindfulness course in a village hall. EP
Great just to get out in the woods every week. SS
Its helped me get some space to think, sort out my feelings. Fresh air and wellbeing, Peace and Quiet. Skills to calm and relax. CH
It has made me so much more aware of the nature around me and the beauty of things that surround us. Thank you so much Emily and Huw – a great opportunity to expand my horizons! CB
It has been great to connect with other people and the natural environment in such lovely surroundings. To slow down, stop and consider has been really useful. AP
“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for this afternoon.
We felt blessed to spend such a restful, welcoming and nurturing time in the woods with you and the cake was utterly delicious!”
“I’ve taken a call from a lady today who came along to the woodland wellbeing course yesterday. She has various medical issues and also public transport issues so she really was very happy about yesterday’s session and so grateful to everyone who helped her with her walking/bad foot. We’ve had a very long chat today and she wanted me to tell you how happy she was with the session yesterday and she has told loads of her friends about the course.”
I want it to start all over again, I feel like I’m on Safari!
I think EcoWild is epic. I’m writing with a pencil we made. George
EcoWild is cool and fun. Harry
EcoWild is amazing. Wesley
I think EcoWild is the best. Luca
EcoWild- we have so much fun everyone loves it. Dan
I really like EcoWild because we always make stuff. Jake
EcoWild is amazing. Eloisa
Bee Class loved EcoWild. Pascale
Fabulous Forest school. Mrs Stephens
It helps in more ways that I could put into words. Everything about me just feels better. I feel like me, I feel free. M
Extremely enjoyable, so well organised and friendly. Would encourage other people to attend. B
Has helped with an extra bit of routine. And will be thinking of another course. S
I feel more relaxed, it gets me out more, nice people here. Thanks. B
I feel more confident and useful. A
Taking time away from family responsibilities and commitment allows me to focus on my own needs. K
Coming out with EcoWild is ….
Amazing I loved it
Love it, it’s full of fun
It was great
I loved it and really don’t want it to stop
It was fun and I loved it- Yasmin
It was fantastic
I loved how amazingly they taught us to love the outdoors
I enjoyed the milkshake
I really enjoyed it 🙂
I love ecowild
I really enjoyed Ecowild
I really enjoyed EcoWild – Ben
It was amazing I really enjoyed it
I really enjoyed it because of the challenge of lighting the fires- Lucas 🙂
I couldn’t wait to go out
It was great
I loved it
I thought it was amazing 🙂
“This course has positively affected my day to day wellbeing” 6/7 people completely agreed, 1 neither agreed nor disagreed.
“The setting made me feel relaxed and comfortable” 6/7 completly agreed, 1 agreed.
“I feel more engaged with the natural world” 6/7 completely agreed, 1 neither agreed nor disagreed.
“Coming here makes me feel better able to cope with life’s stresses” 7/7 completely agree
“I would recommend EcoWild’s Nature Nurture to a friend or relative” 7/7 completely agree
This is the best school day EVER!
“I really liked being barefoot in the stream best!”
“I liked being outside best, because usually I am inside all the time.”
“Playing in the stream and making dens, playing games was really good”
“I’m definitely coming again”
describe in 3 words your EcoWild adventure
“Fabulous, amazing, adventurous!”
“fantastic, amazing, great”
“looking after the fire, looking after the fire. looking after the fire!”
“amazing, outstanding, epic”
“nice, amazing, i liked whittling!” Daisy
“whittling & strikers were best” Albi
Apologies, for the delayed thank you for giving my grandson Isaac such a wonderful experience last Thursday. He is still carrying his stick and talking about “his adventures” all the time. You can bet he will be up for some more adventures in future school hols. Thank you.
Out of 5 how many stars do you give today?
Jack C 5/5
Sam ” the fire was quite exciting”
Jack “Best thing was looking after our baby” (the kelly kettle!)