2018, News

The Journey Begins

Kindness – the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate  – is at the heart of Missing Kind, our parent organisation which is a network of like minded projects and from which we have sprung.
Kinda Forest School is a Forest School centred around the principles of kindness and permaculture within the forest school context to provide children with an holistic experience of education.

‘It is very much easier to be intolerant, angry, jealous and resentful than it is to be generous, patient, kind and considerate. Without question it takes far more thought, and far more work to treat others from the stand point of these virtues than from that of those vices which is why the those vices are so prevalent.’

A. C. Greyling, The Guardian 9th March 2002

Henry David Thoreau

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms…”

003 Waldon Pond
2004, visiting Waldon Pond, with Bryan Tucker who first introduced me to Thoreau and the politics of social justice.


Rachel says: I first met Mell Harrison on Facebook (yes, that infamous not real forest of friends), and she came to the wood in June 2018. There had been a small forest school run in the wood the previous year but it closed and I missed it. We began talking about the possibility of starting a different forest School – Kinda Forest School. With the support of the Missing Kind, who gave us our initial funding, we began in September. But before we began, we had to create our space. Mell and a few friends put up the pink parachute. A friend made the wood horses. Paul Jackson donated the Sweet Chestnut for our kitchen, fashioned by Mell and Eloise.

When we were ready Rochelle Wolf, came to bless our land and our project, calling on the four corners of the earth, the five elements, and offering all up to the hole in the ceiling of the pink parachute!

After all this we got our own logo! We were born.