About Me

Hello, 

I am a level 3 Forest School Leader and a business coach who works outdoors. 

I’ve been involved in the creative industries in Scotland for around 15 years and I’ve employed over 50 people at one time or another through a small company which publishes magazines. That’s a lot of people in front of computers, for many hours. I’ve also seen the therapeutic effects of nature in the Forest School work I’ve done, and I know the benefits of getting out from behind our screens and into the woods.

More on my Forest School Programmes.

More on my Outdoor Life Coaching Programmes.

Or contact me to talk about how we can work together.

Forest School Programmes

“Forest School” is a wonderful way for children and adults to connect with nature, experience the outdoors and allow those taking part to build their internal resources in a hands-on way. Our aim on our forest school programmes is to build confidence, self-esteem and allow participants to follow their own independent play journey, and we encourage regular and repeated participation in forest school sessions, whatever the weather, to allow these learnings to develop.

Right now, we’re booking for an autumn and winter Saturday Forest School Club for 5 – 11 year olds in Pollok Country Park, we have a lot of fun!

Saturday Forest School Club

With a focus on learning through fun games, play and nature, these forest school sessions give children the opportunity to experience hands-on woodland based activities such as using hand tools for sawing and carving wood, making rope swings, building dens from natural materials, firelighting skills, and to get curious about all the animals that live in our beautiful Pollok Country Park.

Pre-booking is essential so we can collect medical and consent forms before our session. Please book and pay through the button below to reserve your child a place.

– For children aged 5 – 11 years old
– Drop off and pick up at Pollok House Car Park
– Every Saturday morning till 14th December
– 2 hour sessions, 10am – 12pm
– Led by experienced and qualified Forest School Leaders

Book online

Parent Information Letter Sophie Kyle Forest Schools

Link to medical and media consent form once registered is here.

Private: Private Forest School Education

Would you like your child to have regular learning sessions outdoors? Are you a home educator who is looking for additional education support for your children during the week?

I offer half and full day private forest school learning sessions as a way to support your child’s current education programme. Some of the learning topics I can focus on are below and if you have specific education areas you’d like to focus on, we can work that out beforehand. Examples would be:

  • Nature identification and season observations – regular visits to the woods engage children with the seasons and I can support their natural curiosity to support their learning about plant and tree names and identification skills with a range of fun activities whatever the season.
  • Woodcraft and hand tools – working with wood to make basic learning toys and implements.
  • Sustainable Forests – learning about how Scotland has used it’s forests through the centuries, how we work in wild and managed plantations and learning about how forests and woodland can be seen as humans’ most valuable sustainable resource.
  • Plant and tree folklore – Did you hear about the dragon that lives under the Rowan?Stories from history about mythical creatures and people entwined in the trees and plants around us.
  • Shelter Construction – how we make a shelter from ‘nothing’ in the woods, through to all the handy things we can bring with us to survive outdoors.
  • Counting and Patterns – letters, numbers, maths and numerical literacy outside.
  • Loose Parts Play – bringing natural and some man made objects into the woods to stimulate learning.

Where do I run private forest school sessions?

Get in touch with me to organise where we can work together. Currently I work in Glasgow City Council’s parks, and can set up permissions for Southside’s Linn Park Nature Reserve, and Pollok Country Park, the west end’s Ruchill Park and east end’s Alexandra Park. If you have a specific site in mind, we’ll be able to work out permissions to work there too, just get in touch.

Half Day Sessions £90

9.30am – 12.30pm,
3 hours
Available:
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays

Up to 6 children
Ages 5 – 11 years old, mixed ages welcome
Siblings and friend groups encouraged
PVG and insurance provided in advance

Full Day Sessions £180

9.30am – 3.30pm
6 hours
Available:
Wednesday and Fridays

Up to 6 children
Ages 5 – 11 years old, mixed ages welcome
Siblings and friend groups encouraged
PVG and insurance provided in advance

Dry shelter always provided to keep everyone’s kit dry
First Aid kit is always available
Hot drink and snack provided on both half and full day session. Bring packed lunch if full day session

Your child needs:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Sturdy shoes – wellies are best with warm socks October to April
  • 3 layers under their waterproofs – mix of cotton, wool, and long sleeve – October to April. If they wont wear them put them in their bag.
  • Small backpack for putting things in.
  • Wooly hat and gloves – October to April
  • Small waterbottle and snack if they like for a half day, packed lunch if a full day.

Other things children bring:

  • Small notebook and pencil
  • Binoculars
  • Nature identification references such as books or ID cards
  • Small box or tin for collecting things

Other things I bring when needed:

  • Fire kit and safety equipment if cooking/kelly kettles
  • Additional dry shelter
  • Hand tools and green wood for simple woodworking
  • Den building kit with ropes, tarps, pegs and mallet
  • Nature identification books and cards
  • Nature and folklore story books
  • Pens pencils and drawing materials
  • Drinking water and snack things

Note on phones and screens – Bringing phones or screens on session is discouraged, and children will be asked to keep them in their bag if they do bring them. Any screens or phones are brought to site at the owners risk to damage and water ingress.
In sessions I carry a phone for contact with emergency services and parents and caregivers if necessary. Occasionally, I have another leader on session to take marketing photos; they are aways fully pvg checked and we obtain media consents for photo and video marketing from you beforehand. The children’s learning is always priority on session; if we are running a nature ID session I may use the camera on my phone to take learning photos, and share these with you digitally to support the children’s learning.

Email or call me to book a session now:

Outdoor Coaching Programmes

Are you looking for someone to buddy you through making a business plan?

Or someone to challenge how you’re thinking about relationships?

Or are you looking to get a better understanding of your own emotional and behaviour patterns?

Right now, I work with people one to one to help them live the lives they want to live. If you’re looking for a bit more meaning, or purpose, or fun, I can help you get that into your life.

As your coach you can be sure that I am using tested tools and methods from one of the worlds oldest and well-regarded coaching schools in the world – Coaches Training Institute. Believe me, or my clients, they work.

At the moment, I’m operating only a One-to-One Coaching Package, details below.

1 x 90 minute discovery session – face to face for Scotland based clients.
6 x 60 minute coaching sessions – face to face or phone sessions.
Minimum live time 3 months, maximum live time 6 months.
On call daily support via text, email, quick phone check-in.

£600 payable over 6 months.

More on Outdoor Group Coaching sessions coming soon.

 

Who I’m Working With…

Here are some of the people I currently work with:

Glasgow Region Outdoor & Woodland Learning GROWL

Joni Mackay

Nature Nurture

North East Scotland Outdoor Learning Group NESOLG