Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC

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Circle of Life Rediscovery aim to transform education, health and families through nature. Nature has a profound and deeply beneficial impact on physical, emotional and social health.

They offer innovative and effective nature-based training and interventions for teachers and health & care professionals, who are responsible for young people or adults – especially those with behavioural or mental health problems. They also run parent days for families with children with severe learning difficulties. In 2019 they extended partnerships with Early Intervention Teams for young people with psychosis and adults with dementia.

Alongside training, they work at a local scale with different groups of vulnerable young people, children and adults in a natural setting to reach their potential, improve well-being and educational attainment. The organisation and the services they work with are participation-led, with high involvement of clients’ feedback and design of what matters to them.

Example activities include: nature and sensory based; simple conservation and tree care, foraging; nature based crafts, fire and use of tools; seasonal and well-being exercises; healthy eating and outdoor cooking.

Type of activities:

Cookery / Conservation / Creative and arts (including bushcraft skills) / Ecotherapy activities

Specialist client experience:

Mental health, families with children with severe learning disabilities, adoption, dementia, psychosis, young people and children.

“It doesn’t matter what’s wrong with you, no one is looking at you for that reason, they are just looking at you for you, and talking to you as that person.”


– Circle of Life Rediscovery participant –


29 Mill Mead, Ringmer, BN8 5JG
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Project info

Transport provided:

Public transport and parking:
Parking at woodland site.


Time-limited course:

Free and fee-paying


Wheelchair accessible
Food often provided

Member projects

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

Therapeutic gardening groups in Brighton, including activities for older people and those living with dementia.

Centre for Ecotherapy

Therapeutic gardening project in Stanmer Park, Brighton.


Grow offers people the chance to enjoy the beautiful, local countryside in a friendly and supportive group with locations across Sussex.

Plot 22

Plot 22 is a community allotment, a food growing project and therapeutic garden in Hove.

Rock Farm

Rock Farm is a working market garden, community space and horticultural therapy project on a 6-acre site near Steyning.

Sacred Earth 

A community-owned land project near Horam, East Sussex that is dedicated to life, learning and working in harmony with nature.

smiling walkers by seaside view

Ipse Wilderness

Ipse lead multi-day therapeutic journeys across different wilderness spaces in the UK, weekend workshops and day walks across Sussex.

fire circle and chairs

Wild Mind

A seven-week programme in Stanmer Park, Brighton - which takes participants on a journey into a deeper sense of awareness and connection with the natural world.

woman mushroom spotting on the downs

Wild Wellbeing

An ecotherapy organisation that runs walks, nature-connection workshops and one-to-one mentoring in Brighton & East Sussex.

people lying down in the forest

Circle of Life Rediscovery

This project outside Lewes, East Sussex aims to transform education, health and families through nature.

people lying down in the forest

The Plot (Stanmer Park)

A community-led sanctuary space for sharing and nurturing creativity, community spirit and connection.

people lying down in the forest

The Wild Mind Project

Providing emotional and mental wellbeing support to young people through nature activities combined with creative activities.

people lying down in the forest

Living Vital

Living Vital are an organic food growing community garden located at the back of Stanmer Park in Brighton.