The Wild Mind Project

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The Wild Mind Project provides emotional and mental wellbeing support to young people through nature activities such as conservation work and gardening, combined with creative activities such as painting, weaving, woodwork or cooking on an open fire.

A talking circle allows participants to breathe, connect and share personal and collective struggles within the safe boundaries of the group. Importantly, young people form a new supportive group of friends that last beyond the programmes.

Type of activities:

Conservation / Gardening / Cooking / Mindfulness / Creative & arts

Specialist client experience:

Young people including young LGBTQ specific programmes

“I think this is the best activity programme that could be prescribed to young people with mental health issues and I really feel happy with what’s come out of it, and I’ve made a supportive group of friends – I would encourage anyone to do it and if I could I would love to do it every week.”


– Wild Mind Project participant –


Various locations


Project info

Transport provided:

Public transport and parking:
Programmes are delivered in a number of green spaces in Brighton and East Sussex


Time-limited course:
Yes (3-5 weeks)


Programmes mainly run on weekends. Office team are available for enquiries Monday to Friday.

Dependent on site

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.