Training & Courses

Mel and the team deliver bespoke training on request. Recent clients have included Embercombe, Plymouth University, Amichi del Boschi (Italy), World Jungle and the Institute for Outdoor Learning.

Day programmes available to book:

Introduction to Forest School – taster days, INSET days, higher education groups and twilight sessions.

Visiting lecturer for Forest School training – talks and workshops to guide trainees through the wealth of research and theory that backs up Forest School practice.

Get Creative Outdoors – adventurous and stimluating ways of using art, music, voice, drama, movement and writing. Create your own focus from a menu of choices.

Working Therapeutically Outdoors exploring the skills and approaches involved to ensure wellbeing and the transformative potential of outdoor practice.

Improvisation ways into improvising with music, voice, drama and words. Indoors or outdoors.

Going Feral an immersive programme exploring both natural and urban environments using the expressive arts. A new year-long programme will be launched in 2016, alongside our creative ecotherapy programme.

Visiting lecturer
Mel is currently a visiting lecturer on the Creative Arts Therapies Foundation Degree at City of Bristol College, teaching outdoors and participatory arts.

She has recently worked as an associate lecturer at Plymouth University on the BA in Education Studies and MA in Outdoor Learning, developing the Early Adventures module, leading experiential field trips and sharing best practice.

Talks and presentations
Mel is a popular and engaging speaker and gives regular presentations, for both academic, professional and popular audiences. A list of her recent talks can be found on her website.

For training bookings, usually Mel is hired directly by local authorities, schools, colleges and organisations to work with a group. We don’t run open courses where we manage the bookings and marketing as that is not cost effective. If you are interested in booking training for your group, please contact us.

For Going Feral courses, bookings are managed by Beccy Golding


A before and after shot capturing the effect of one of Mel's play courses
© McCree, 2012. ‘Before and after’ shots, capturing the effect of one of Mel’s play courses.