Wild Wellbeing is an ecotherapy organisation that runs walks, nature-connection workshops and one-to-one mentoring – all based in outdoor, natural settings. It is run by Caroline White, a Brighton-based ecopsychologist.
Wild Wellbeing workshops are held at Sacred Earth, near Horam, or the ecotherapy plots in Stanmer Park, Brighton. They include nature connection activities (sit spots, sensory exercises, creative work) and discussion around a specific theme. Examples of previous topics include eco-anxiety, grief, fear of the dark and the Celtic history of Sussex.
Caroline also runs Sussex Mindful Walks – which does what is says on the tin! The walks take place in rural locations that are accessible by public transport. They include mindfulness and nature-connection exercises, with a mix of group chat and individual quiet time.
Caroline’s mission is to improve people’s wellbeing by developing their connection with the natural world around them. Many of us know that being outdoors makes us feel better, but the benefits of facilitated time in nature go even deeper. With the right guidance, it can become a mirror for our inner worlds; unlocking our creative potential and helping us negotiate the most difficult periods in our lives.
Type of activities:
Ecotherapy / Walks / Creative and arts / Nature-based mentoring
Specialist client experience:
“I have suffered with anxiety and depression for a long time. Before the sessions I was aware that spending time outdoors, and with nature, was helpful to me but the fear of exploring held me back. Caroline was able to introduce the group to our environment in a slow and sensitive way. There was no pressure, just an invitation to be there, observe nature and think about the way we relate to it. I came away from the sessions feeling calm and with a quieter mind than when I arrived, and with useful tools I could take away with me. Thank you so much for running these sessions.”
– Wild Wellbeing participant –
Public transport and parking:
Sites chosen for accessibility by public transport
Group walks range from £10-£25 pp, workshops range from £25-£40 pp, one-to-one coaching from £35-£55 an hour (sliding scale depending on income).
Dependent on site
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
Therapeutic gardening groups in Brighton & the South Downs, including activities for those living with mental health difficulties & 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 is a community allotment, a food growing project and therapeutic garden in Hove.
Rock Farm is a working market garden, community space and horticultural therapy project on a 6-acre site near Steyning.
A community-owned land project near Horam, East Sussex that is dedicated to life, learning and working in harmony with nature.
Circle of Life Rediscovery
This project outside Lewes, East Sussex aims to transform education, health and families through nature.
The Plot (Stanmer Park)
A community-led sanctuary space for sharing and nurturing creativity, community spirit and connection.
The Wild Mind Project
Providing emotional and mental wellbeing support to young people through nature activities combined with creative activities.
Living Vital are an organic food growing community garden located at the back of Stanmer Park in Brighton.
Wild Gathering CiC
They create and facilitate nature connection health and wellbeing workshop programmes, events, and guided mindful walks.
Rainbow CommUnity Projects CIC
A non-profit organization which aims at reconnecting people to nature and to each other
Hearts and Flowers
Samphire Brighton & Hove CIC informs and educates people in sustainable and organic flower growing.