Here is what what one family member said (March 2020)
What an amazing place. My 6 year old wasn’t coping with the pressures of full time mainstream school and her life has been turned around by her Wednesdays at kinda forest school. A day to reset, be herself, explore, learn, play and just be 6!The staff are amazing, really supportive and nuture each child to bring out the best in them. From being amazingly attentive when she felt poorly to building self esteem and equipping her with skills she will never learn in the classroom. And one night a week she actually falls asleep at a reasonable time with lower levels of anxiety, rosy cheeks and lungs full of fresh air!
What we’re about
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. Here are the six principles of Forest school to which we adhere.
Kinda Forest School is part of Kinda Education CIC (Reg No 11626237) which promotes and delivers democratic education, with equality, kindness and reconnection, working alongside nature to all layers of our learning communities.
KindaForest School is supported by the Missing Kind whose mission is to support dedicated individuals, empowering them to make a difference to the world and to inspire kindness without boundary.
Learning to build community
Working with and within nature, we use tools and space in nature to connect to and express the childs natural abilities facilitating a sense of belonging. With child led learning, the children will develop social, emotional and physical skills.
Kinda Forest School gently supports children and young people to create, in their own time, strong, fair and equal communities. It does this by bringing kindness, cooperation and democracy central to the teaching sessions. Using consensus decision-making would be an example of this. We are facilitating the space for a sense of belonging and family.
Using permaculture principles, imitating a natural ecosystem, we work with the children and young people to build a productive and sustainable woodland, inspired by the web of beneficial interactions that exist between plants and other animals. We will work with the seasons to observe and manage the woodland sustainably.
Using traditional forest school child-led activities – typically building, whittling, crafting, story-telling, singing, climbing and cooking on the fire – we will nurture confidence and emotional resiliance. This could include, for example, designing a method to capture water, building a beehive or planting a forest garden.
Kaliwoods is a 5 acre Oak nuttery – a wood of planted oak and hazel, with old Hornbeam, Hawthorn, Ash, Elder and Holly. Within Kali Woods is a beautiful wooden cabin, built out of the oak wood from Kaliwood heated by a woodburning stove for winter cosiness and lit with a solar panel on the roof. Near by is and an oak clad compost toilet. Over time children and young people can share the care and sustainable management of this special place with their families. Kaliwoods is a place for reconnection and reflection. It is both remote and within practical reach of the nearest town, Halesworth.
Kinda Forest School is led by Mell Harrison and Eloise Wilkinson with over 20 years of facilitating and tutoring forest schools, and supported by Kym Flodqvist and Rachel Kellett, both teachers. Backgrounds of the facilitators are here
Longer term vision
Our longer term plan is to set up a full time SEMH provision for primary aged children. Along side this would be a nursery and Elders centre, as well as using the care farm model for our young Autistic adult community. A school village using the Kinda Education pedagogy.
We are a CIC registered number 1626237