A Sanctuary Project in partnership with Friends of the Lake District ...

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The main goal at DeWolfBushcraft is to offer sanctuary and support for Emergency Services workers, NHS staff, and veterans  dealing with moral injuries or PTSD.   By using proven benefits of natural woodland and tranquil outdoor settings we aim to improve mental health,  physical health and well-being.

In order to achieve this we have set up a project in partnership with Friends of the Lake District, an independent charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing Cumbria's landscapes.

Using land owned by Friends of the Lake District, we have created a retreat offering a range of immersive woodland and outdoor activities to allow and enable a unique approach to healing, by way of reconnecting to nature. 

The project is live from end of July 2021 with three pilot weekends in place and places filling fast.  We aim to provide a fully funded programme, mixing activities such as primitive skills and bushcraft (see the Bushcraft page) and woodland management tasks, such as coppicing and personal discovery activities, such as ecotherapy  (mindfulness, fell-walking, open water swimming – accessible from Friends of the Lake District land).

The proven benefits of being in the mountains and woodlands are plentiful. 

 

Below are some links to articles and studies:

Two hour 'dose' of  nature significantly boosts health - Study

Natural Health Service: wildlife volunteers get mental health boost - Article

UK green spaces worth at least £30 billion a year in health welfare - Article

Wildlife Trust: Nature and Mental Health - Poster

For Veterans, outdoor therapy could become law - Article

The project has its pilot episodes coming up, starting end of July 2021 - dates below.  One weekend in each of the coming months whereby we will host members of emergency services and NHS.  We hope to welcome people to the woodland retreat where we will talk and eat by a camp fire, sleep in hammocks or tents or bothies, engage in woodland management, walk up hills and mountains, learn primitive skills and forage.  As we have the pilots coming up we will be concentrating on filling these spaces.  However, we would never wantonly turn away those who wish to seek sanctuary.  Therefore, if you are in need of support, please contact us.

For more information on Friends of the Lake District please check them out here

30th July to 1st August

20th to 22nd August

24th to 26th September