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Events Descriptions Nov – Jan 2014/2015

Volunteering

The various projects and initiatives being delivered are concerned with the care of the natural environment, the spiritual, moral and practical education and development of children and adults and the spiritual, physical and social health and wellbeing of communities. Volunteering opportunities exist for individuals who share these concerns in heart and mind but more importantly are genuinely motivated and committed to action.

If you can contribute time and effort on a regular basis, opportunities are available in the following:

Administration – Providing the communication, organisation, management, promotion and sales,

where relevant, for the different projects

Earth School – Assisting with the design, preparation and delivery of nature based, outdoor

practical education and development activities for children from birth up to 16 years

regular, term time weekly sessions as well as the monthly Family Learning Days.

Earth Active – Assisting with the design, preparation and delivery of nature based and adventurous

Outdoor education and development activities and programmes for children & adults

Earth First – Assisting with the monthly Sunday Earth Market environment awareness outreach

Events, regular urban and countryside wildlife conservation activities and

organic permaculture food growing and production

Health Train – Health education and first aid and safety training for adults and children

Apothecary – Education and remedies through wholesome food and lifestyle and natural medicine

Volunteers will gain valuable knowledge, skills and experience through participating in either a specific area of interest to them or a diverse range of initiatives. Additional courses and training and travel and meal expenses will be provided.

Please make contact if you would like to find out more about the different projects and how and when you can get involved.

Holistic Health- Three week introductory module in Holistic Medicine

Date – Starts Saturday, 22nd November – Finishes 6th December, 10am – 1pm

Repeated again starting Wednesday 3rd December 10am – 1pm

(also at 5pm-8pm on Wednesdays subject to demand)

 

Venue – Shed, Poplar Road, B11 1UH

Cost - £120 (£150 if pay on the day)

Suitability – Adults and over 16 years.

Kit and Clothing – Waterproof boots or wellies, waterproof over trousers and jacket, warm layers, gloves, small rucksack for outdoor element of course.

The course will be run on Saturdays initially and then repeated on Wednesdays. It will be of interest to individuals both looking to maintain optimal health well as those looking at ways of recovering from ill health through herbs and traditional therapies.

The format of the course will involve an outline study of normal physical, spiritual and emotional and mental dimensions of the human condition and how these are maintained in optimal condition. This will be accompanied by an analysis of factors which cause imbalance and so disease and then a consideration of the various traditional options for remedy as well as the practicalities and limitations of these. Participants will also learn to safely and carefully identify a small selection of wild medicinal plants and trees and make simple remedies as well as learning a little about the  more complex uses of medicinal plants.

It is our view that knowledge and the time, effort and money invested in it is only of value if it is put into use. In keeping with this principle, this introductory module will allow people to decide if more detailed study of the subjects and indeed the style of delivery will be of value to them. The module will also provide people with basic skills and confidence to put their initial learning into practice with themselves, family and friends. Subsequent modules will cover the subject matter in progressively greater detail  as well as focusing on specific conditions, for example winter ailments, allergies, detoxification, rheumatic conditions, energy and fatigue and others.

Archery – Two Day Essentials of Archery Course

Date – Saturday 22nd and 29th November  Women Only

Saturday 6th and 20th Men Only

Venue – Foremans Road, Sparkhill, B11

Cost - £35 (£45 if pay on the day)

Cost  for Practice Session following completion of this course £7 per session (£3 if club member)

Includes use of Equipment and Group Instruction

Suitability – Adults and children over 10 years.

Kit and Clothing – Waterproof boots or wellies, waterproof over trousers and jacket, warm layers, gloves.

The course will provide an introduction to and opportunity for practice in the basics of archery.  As well as providing a valuable overview of the equipment, etiquette and techniques. This course is an essential requirement for individuals wishing to apply for membership and attend regular practice sessions with this club in future. On completion of the course participants should be able to safely participate in individual and group practice sessions and be familiar with the correct basic techniques  which they can further develop through continued practice.

First Aid – Three Day Course

Date – Wednesday 1.30pm – 4pm Starts Wed 3rd December to the 17th

Venue – Poplar Road, B11 1UH

Cost - £50 (£70 if pay on the day)

Suitability – Adults as well as children over 12-14 years.

This is an interactive course where essential first aid knowledge and skills are acquired largely through practical activities. The course will deal with common first aid emergencies involving both adults, children and infants both in the home and outdoor environment.

Wild Craft

Date – Sunday 30th November and Sunday 7th December

Venue – Blackwell Adventure, Agmore Road, Bromsgrove, B60

Cost - £40 (£50 if pay on the day)

Suitability – Adults as well as children over 8 years.

Kit and Clothing – Waterproof boots or wellies, waterproof over trousers and jacket, warm layers, gloves, small rucksack.

Learn to safely and carefully identify wild medicinal and food plants and trees. Make simple remedies and learn about more complex uses of medicinal plants. Prepare or cook and try wild food recipes. Valuable opportunity to spend time with and get to know others, especially oneself through worthwhile educational and challenging activities.

Activities Include:

Team Building

Open fire cooking

Tools and Tool Safety

Fire making techniques (including in rain)

Wild Food and Medicinal plants and Tree identification

Wood working for Shelter, baskets and traps

Essential Knots and Lashings

Essential Outdoor First Aid

Winter Reflections Camping

Date – Saturday 13th/Sun 14thDecember, 2014

Venue – Blackwell Adventure, Agmore Road, Bromsgrove, B60

Cost - £65 (£85 if pay on the day) – includes activities for two days, tent and equipment hire if

needed, meals (all share in preparation of meals)

Suitability – Adults as well as children over 8 years.

Benefit from a valuable opportunity to learn from simplicity, de stress, relax, spend time with and get to know and make connections with others and one especially ones self through worthwhile educational and challenging activities. Get to appreciate the many blessings and comforts we take for granted and so develop a new, refreshed outlook.

Activities Include:

Camp Craft

Bush Craft

Weather, Seasons and introductory Astronomy

Night walks

Campfire

Story Telling

Night Bushcraft and activities (torch making)

Team Building

Reflections and Reminders

Family Countryside Activity Day

Date – Sunday 14thDecember, 2014 11am-3pm

Venue – Blackwell Adventure, Agmore Road, Bromsgrove, B60

Cost - £15 children over 7

£10 Adults and children 3-6

(£7 surcharge on all tariff if pay on the day, free for children under 3)

Suitability – Adults as well as children over 6 years.

Kit and Clothing – Waterproof boots or wellies, waterproof over trousers and jacket, warm layers

Spend valuable time with and share fun and memorable learning experiences with family, especially children. Relax, de stress and benefit in many other ways from the peace and quiet of the countryside, especially during the shorter winter days.

Activities Include selection from following, time and weather permitting (please specify preferences):

Team building

Archery

Bush Craft

Nature  and Tree Trail

Obstacle Course

Air rifles

Story Telling

Reflections and Reminders

Grass Sledges/Pedal Go Karts

Rubber Band Alley for Smaller Children

Campfire

Peak District Residential

Date – Sunday 21st December to Wed 24th December

Venue – Alstonfield, Peak Distrct, Derbyshire DE6

Accommodation - four beds per rooms with en suite bathroom facilities in each room

Cost - £150 for 3 nights (£180 if pay after 1st December) – Includes shared ensuite accommodation, activities and meals (Preparation of meals is a shared by all). There is also the option to participate in the day time and evening activities only - Cost £30 per day.

Kit and Clothing – Sleeping bag, waterproof boots or wellies, waterproof over trousers and jacket, warm layers, gloves, hat, scarf and small daypack rucksack.

Explore the spectacular natural scenery of the Peak District.  Learn about the wild food and medicinal plants and trees, geology geography and local history of the area.

Activities include:

Hill Trekking

Weather, Seasons and introductory Astronomy

Camp Craft

Navigation and map and compass

Team Building

Archery

Night walks

Bush Craft

Air Rifles

Visit to an Organic Dairy Farm

Reminders and Reflections

The following can also be arranged subject to demand, a surcharge and suitable weather and the availability of time to fit them into the schedule:

Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Mountain Biking

Youth Camping Residential

Date – Monday 29th December  to Wed 31st December – Women and Girls

Wednesday 31st to Friday 2nd January – Men and Boys

Venue – Alstonfield Peak District, Derbyshire DE6

Cost - £130 (£150 if pay on the day)

Suitability – Adults and young people over 14 years.

Kit and Clothing – Waterproof boots or wellies, waterproof over trousers and jacket, warm layers (for overnight outside camp - two or three loose fitting trousers and 3-4 loose fitting tops, preferably one with hood), gloves, balaclava or woolly hat that rolls down over eyes and nose,  head torch, water bottle, toiletries, small rucksack, Sleeping bag and ground mat. Tents, sleeping bags and ground mats can be loaned if needed.

Valuable opportunity to learn from simplicity, de stress, relax, spend time and get to know and make connections with others and one especially ones self through worthwhile educational and challenging activities. Reflect on, consider and appreciate the many blessings and comforts we take for granted and so develop a new, refreshed outlook. Personal Development (confidence, esteem, efficacy, self admin and management, organisation), Self Awareness (purpose, direction, ambitions, aspirations values, principles) Team Building (planning, goal setting, problem solving and conflict, communication, leadership, task management) through adventurous activities, games, challenges, discussion and reflection

This is a tent based simple camping experience – although there will be access to a toilet and indoor overnight shelter if necessary. This arrangement is by design and provides for practical, experiential learning and appreciation of vital values and principles, for example self knowledge, organisation and administration. This in turn is the foundation for the management of events or people other than one’s self.

To ensure the experience is rewarding and enjoyable, we ask participants to pay careful attention to clothing and kit list and let us know if there are any items they don’t have, so we can provide them.

Activities Include:

Trekking

Bush Craft

Night Bushcraft and activities (torch making)

Reflections and Reminders

Map and Compass Navigation

Weather, Seasons and introductory Astronomy

Campfire

Archery

Air Rifles

Camp Craft

Night walks

Story Telling

Team Building

The following can also be arranged subject to demand, a surcharge and suitable weather and the availability of time to fit them into the schedule:

Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Mountain Biking

Winter Vehicle Maintenance Course – Women Only

Date –Tuesday, 2nd December, 9.30am – 1pm

(Evening course may also be available subject to demand)

Venue – Poplar Road B11 1UH

Cost - £40 (£50 if pay on the day)

Suitability – Adults and young people over 14 years.

Kit and Clothing – Warm Outdoor Clothing

Learn about important vehicle maintenance and avoiding or troubleshooting common winter vehicle problems such as car not starting, burst radiator or dead battery and precautions you can take to avoid these. For example, learn how to change a punctured wheel or repair it at the road side or replace one of the many types of light bulbs on the vehicle. The course will also provide an overview of the key accessible components of a car, where these are located and how to effect repairs or replacement. Learn what to include in a vehicle safety kit and how to use the items to safely help yourself as well as other road users if necessary.   Battery/Bulbs/Fuses/Coolant Kit/Tyre (Spray/Repair/Compressor) High Vis/Triangle/Leads, Tow Rope, Choc, Foil Blanket, Shovel, Torch, Deicer/mister/First aid kit components.

Earth School Children’s Conservation Group

River, Woodland, Meadow Habitat Management for People and Wildlife

Date – Weekly Tue am, Sat pm

Venue – River Cole Foremans Road to South Yardley

Also includes workdays at Organic Farms and conservation work in the countryside with the National Trust and Natural England on Thursdays.

What is Involved:

Litter picking along wildlife corridors, green spaces, water courses, parks and surrounding streets

Gathering and collecting leaves from footpaths

Cutting back overhanging bramble, branches and other hazards for walkers and cyclists along footpaths. Filling in potholes in footpaths, using natural materials

Crafts

Benefits

– Social opportunity to meet other people from richly diverse backgrounds with similar interest in

and concerns for the natural environment and who are actively motivated to work for the

improvement of it.

- Mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing

-Learn by doing. Greatly enhance knowledge and understanding of Ecology, Biology, Wildlife

Forestry, Urban Forestry, Herbal Medicine and Wild Food through practical experiential learning.

-Practical Skills, project management, planning, tool use and maintenance, woodland management

techniques, risk assessment and safe working, woodland products

-Benefit from the benefit provided to wildlife and people and place through work done

Earth School Thursday Trips - Fortnightly

Date –Starts January

Venue – Sparkhill, Birmingham

Cost £10 transport and £20 for the day (9am-7pm)

Expand physical, geographical boundaries and horizons through travel and experience. Translate this experience into mental and spiritual enriched scope and depth of outlook and learning.

Subjects covered on these days will be selected from the following, non exhaustive list:

Faith, Science, geography, P.E., history, maths, English, Map & Compass, Hill Walking, Climbing, Mountain Biking,  practical, trekking, expedition skills, weather, seasons, astronomy day/night,

Geology, tribolite and fossil remains proving ocean bed origins of the hills, calcium (limestone)another proof, copper and lead and limestone (for agriculture and cement) mining economic and industrial heritage.

Geography – actually ‘see’ and learn about, first hand, the features, rivers and meanders, valleys, as well as the economic geography, such as mines (different mineral copper, lead, limestone). More able to relate local to world geography for the GCSE syllabus.

Agriculture and the different types of farming – organic, arable, livestock, dairy.

Holiday Earth School

Date – School Holidays

Venue – Poplar Road Park, Sparkhill, Birmingham

Cost - £15 per day, £40 for three days, £70 for six days

Innovative, educational, challenging inspiring activity programme for 5-14 year olds. To provide stimulating and rewarding use of holiday time and produce valuable changes in knowledge, skills and attitudes as individuals and collective over the course of the programme.

Activities include:

Kids Outdoor Kickboxing

Circus Skills

Media, ICT

Theatre

Team Building

Individual Games, Sports

First Aid

Junior ‘Medical School’

Archery

Climb, Abseil

Map/compass

Junior Humanitarian Relief Club

Engineering/Science

construction

Solar Off Grid, urban agriculture, horticulture

Bushcraft

knots/shelters Pioneering

Adventure Youth Club

Date – Sundays

Venue – Poplar Road Park, Sparkhill, Birmingham

Cost - £5

Innovative, educational, challenging inspiring activity programme for 5-14 year olds. To provide stimulating and rewarding use of holiday time and produce valuable changes in knowledge, skills and attitudes as individuals and collective over the course of the programme.

Activities include:

Kids Outdoor Kickboxing

Circus Skills

Media, ICT

Theatre

Team Building

Individual Games, Sports

First Aid

Junior ‘Medical School’

Archery

Climb, Abseil

Map/compass

Junior Humanitarian Relief Club

Engineering/Science

construction

Solar Off Grid, urban agriculture, horticulture

Bushcraft

knots/shelters Pioneering

Family Learning Fun Days/Earth Market

Date –Last Sunday of Month Starts December

Venue – Poplar Road and Greet Mill Meadows, Stratford Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham

Cost £3-5 Donations

Activities will include a selection from the following activities, subject to availability of volunteers:

Litter picking, conservation, composting, gardening and other environment awareness displays, stalls and literature, Crafts (bottle bugs, bottle and carton pull along vehicles or animals) Balloon modelling, Outdoor MMA, Games (badminton, Frisbe, beat the goalie, traditional games), Circus Skills (plate spinning, diablo, juggling, unicycling), Science Activities, Bush Craft (Nature collages, Willow baskets and ornaments, fire lighting, shelter building, outdoor cooking). Free health literature.

Raise awareness of our impact on the environment and the consequences to our own wellbeing. Provide solutions and suggestions for easy and effective adaptations we can make. Provide engaging and memorable activities and information for children and adults relevant to health, education and the environment.

Camp Nomadic

Date – Starts Sunday, 29th March, 2015

Venue – TBC, Varies each week, National.

Cost – TBC

Accommodation – Usually tent camping with occasional indoor shared accommodation

Suitability – Adults and Children

Kit and Clothing – Waterproof boots or wellies, waterproof over trousers and jacket, warm layers (for overnight outside camp - two or three loose fitting trousers and 3-4 loose fitting tops, preferably one with hood), gloves, balaclava or woolly hat that rolls down over eyes and nose,  head torch, water bottle, toiletries, small rucksack, Sleeping bag and ground mat. Tents, sleeping bags and ground mats can be loaned if needed.

To ensure the experience is rewarding and enjoyable, we ask participants to pay careful attention to clothing and kit list and let us know if there are any items they don’t have, so we can provide them.

Learn and develop through a combination of camping and travelling in different parts of the country each weekend and on selected weekdays.  Valuable opportunity to learn from simplicity, de stress, relax, spend time and get to know and make connections with others and especially ones self through worthwhile educational and challenging activities. Reflect on, consider and appreciate the many blessings and comforts we take for granted and so develop a new, refreshed outlook.

For those who do not wish to travel, there will be the option for people to each camp venue to join in for an overnight camping experience or a day of family adventure activities.

Activities Include:

Trekking

Bush Craft

Night Bushcraft and activities (torch making)

Reflections and Reminders

Map and Compass Navigation

Weather, Seasons and introductory Astronomy

Locality Studies Geography, History, Culture

Campfire

Archery

Air Rifles

Camp Craft

Night walks

Story Telling

Team Building

The following can also be arranged subject to demand, a surcharge and suitable weather and the availability of time to fit them into the schedule:

Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Mountain Biking

Courses:

Food For Thought

Date –TBC Weekend Course

Venue – Pembrookshire

Cost - £250 - (£350 including board and lodging)

Suitability – Adults and young people over 12 years.

Kit and Clothing – Warm Outdoor Clothing

Learn to perform the halal slaughter and recipes and techniques for honouring the life you take by learning to use all parts of the animal.

Participants will learn to carefully process the animal and learn techniques for cooking much of the animal that is usually discarded.  

Practical Permaculture

Date –TBC Start February

Venue – Sparkhill, Birmingham

Cost - £120 per module three 3hour sessions

Suitability – Adults and young people over 12 years.

Kit and Clothing – Warm Outdoor Clothing

A series of practical learning modules that will focus on components of organic urban agriculture or agro forestry, modules include:

Plant Nursery Plant – propagating herbs, vegetables, shrubs, trees and flowers

Solar Solar/0ff Grid – Constructing your own photovoltaic solar panels and solar powered systems.

Bee Keeping/Children’s Beekeeping – Natural Beekeeping for honey and bee products

Apothecary – Plants and medicinal and cosmetic formulations

Wild Food Foraging

Date –TBC Start February/March 10am to 1pm and 2pm – 5pm

Venue – Sparkhill, Birmingham

Cost - £30

Suitability – Adults and young people over 14 years.

Kit and Clothing – Warm Outdoor Clothing

A 3 hour foraging and plant identification walk looking at edible, nutritious wild food, precautions, plant identification, nutritional and medicinal benefits, and simple raw and cooked preparations.

Outdoor Education Skills Development

Date –TBC Start February/March

Venue – Sparkhill, Birmingham

Cost - £TBC per module

Suitability – Adults and young people over 14 years.

Kit and Clothing – Warm Outdoor Clothing

A series of practical learning modules designed for individuals wishing to facilitate learning outside the classroom with their children. Each module will provide key information and skills in a selected topic area and demonstrate how these are used to effect academic and personal development. This programme will be of interest to teachers, home educators, parents and anyone else wishing to provide outdoor education programmes.

Participants will be able to benefit from the knowledge and experience of other outdoor practitioners.

Practice key outdoor education skills with peers for constructive feedback to improve technique and understanding.

Develop and enhance your repertoire with new skills or perhaps new approaches to an existing skill or technique.

Correlate elements of the National Curriculum and demonstrate practical application of academic subjects or concepts through practical outdoor activities. Meet other people with similar interests.

Tuition KS1-3, 11+,GCSE Physics, Chemistry Biology, Maths, English and Geography

Date –Starts January

Venue – Sparkhill, Birmingham

Cost - £25 per session (discount for multiple sessions)

Not happy with the way subjects are taught in school? Want to try a different approach where you can see how and where the subject is used and actually understand the topics? You’ll still have to practice papers and past questions but you’ll be far more fired up and willing to put in the time and effort once you understand clearly the fundamental principles of each topic and the exciting applications and things you can do with the learning. You’ll also get more out of it and have a stronger foundation for when you move on to your A levels.

Module from core academic subjects are taught through practical experiences and applications that will be both fun, interesting and educationally productive. Examples of this format includes, for example a children or young persons ‘Medical School’, ‘Engineering School’ or Law Courts for example. Here children apply their learning immediately. Another application is a childrens humanitarian relief group who are tasked with challenges involving skills from different sectors.

11Plus – want to sharpen your reasoning skills and put them to more and better use than just going over countless pointless questions in a tuition centre. Want to think through and solve real, interesting practical problems? You’ll still need to go through verbal and non verbal reasoning, Maths and English questions but you’ll learn and develop so much more understanding, appreciation and interest of the subjects than just from sitting at a desk.

Study Residentials

Date –Starts 2015

Venue – North Wales

Cost £200-400 TBC

The week long programmes will provide a necessary break from their conventional, regular study routine and environment. Practical, fun and engaging activities will allow students studying at GCSE level to see the subject modules from a new perspective which will enhance their appreciation, understanding and remembering of the core subject material. The refreshed attitude will increase intrinsic interest and motivation to learn as well as provide a robust foundation for further study at A Level and beyond. Coaching and practice in exam questions as well as effective study skills is a necessary feature of this programme to ensure participants are prepared for this common form of assessment.

In addition to academic study the programme will also enable young people to think about ‘education’, values and principles and purpose in a wider life context, further impacting positively on outlook, attitude and motivation.

Physics –GCSE Modules  Electricity, Forces Motion

Method: CAT trip, Electric Mountain trip, 1mile Zip Wire trip, Physics Factory

Practicals – solar panel manufacture and off grid system set up

Chemistry – GCSE Modules Moles etc

Method: Sygun Copper Mine, Dinorwig Slate Museum, Calgau Gold Mine

Practicals – electricity from chemicals (battery), Bush Craft Chemistry

Geography, History and Geology

Biology – Modules farming types and pros and cons, habitat and ecology and wildlife surveying,

Bush Craft Biology anatomy and physiology

Method: food for thought farm trip

Holidays and Family Bonding 

How much quality time does your family spend together during a typical day, week, month, term? If yours is a typical family, the answer will be very little. 

Parents go to work, children go to school, and then have to be taken to Madrassa, tuition or sports classes after school. At the end of a tiring day, the children might prefer to spend their time in front of the TV or game console while you and your spouse will be tied up with chores, meals and other necessities of family life. Everybody is in their own separate room and in their own separate virtual world. Rarely does it happen that the whole family sits together in relaxed conversation. 

Repeated day in day out, month after month, it can easily come about that there is very little to bind the family together. Each member lives in his or her own world and fails to get to know each other let alone develop close relationships with other members. The family ceases to be a “family.” 

We cannot avoid going to work or school in order to spend quality time together. What we can do is to plan our weekends to share memorable learning and experiences together and also go on family holidays now and then. While weekend get-togethers are help, it is the sharing of time, company and experiences that can really help create good family bonds. 

At these times, you are away from the distractions of work and home life. You are leaving the TV behind and can also choose to leave the game console and phone at home. What that means is that you will have only yourselves and the simple attractions of the destination to interact with – the more simply natural this is the greater it exercise your faculties of creativity, innovation, reflection, reasoning, resilience, resourcefulness and the depth and complexity of interaction you can achieve with others and indeed yourself. 

The whole family can go on long walks along a forest trail with innumerable sights and sounds that you learn about. You can choose a picnic spot, barbeque some great food and eat and talk, tell stories or recall memories. 

The time for family vacations is when children are school age. Pre-school children also, may not understand cognitively the geological or other technical significance of a natural place but they can understand, connect and nourish spiritually from it; what’s more, they can remember it for later, when they will have had more experience and knowledge to be able to make sense of it. Once they grow up, children will develop other responsibilities and priorities that’s why it is a good idea to establish strong family bonds when they are still kids. The children will remember the quality times spent together even when they grow up, and are more likely to keep the strong bonds going.

Also, not to overlook the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health benefits of quality time away from routine.