Intro to working WITH distressed behaviour in the outdoors

This is an online course for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of ‘distressed behaviour’ expressed by learners (of any age) and how working outdoors within a natural space can be a catalyst for change.

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Spaces are limited on a first come first serve basis.


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Full cost: $195 CAD or $65 per month for payment plan
  • LEARN10 - 10% Off ($175.50 CAD)
  • LEARN20 - 20% Off ($156 CAD)
  • LEARN30 - 30% Off ($136.50 CAD)

Course Format

This is a blended course which requires approximately 5 hours self-study prior to attending two 4 hour live online group calls by Zoom over two days.

Self Study (5 hours)
+ Required pre-course questionnaire

+ Essential readings and videos will be accessible to you upon enrollment

+ You can choose when to complete the self-study materials based on your own personal schedule and availability (e.g. evenings, weekends, all in one day, or spread out over a few weeks)

+ Must be completed before the live group calls

Live Online Group Gathering (4 hours per day for two consecutive days)
The live portion of the course will take place online from 11am-3pm EST on:

Saturday April 29th, 2023
Sunday April 30th, 2023

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Calls will NOT be recorded. Attendance to live calls is required so please double check your availability before signing up!


'Working WITH distressed behaviour in the outdoors'

This online course is for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of ‘distressed behaviour’ expressed by learners (of any age) and how working outdoors within a natural space can be a catalyst for change.

It is suitable for: Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Early Years Practitioners, Outdoor Educators and Forest and Nature School Practitioners, Home School Educators, Play Workers and those wanting to work in a therapeutic way with learners. This course will unpick theory, look at real life case studies and include a number of interactive sessions, including chats round the virtual fire!

The course will include:

  • What do behaviours communicate and what behaviour challenges us as educators/facilitators?
  • How does the brain/body interact with the environment?
  • Routes to the self regulation of the nervous system and how co-regulation can support pro-social and pro-ecological behaviours
  • The 3 C’s – Models for working with behaviour
  • Why outdoors? – What needs does the natural world cater for and how does it help us self regulate? Up to date summary of research into the interactions between the human nervous system and the more than human world
  • Interventions & De-escalation – ways of co-regulating and working with behaviours
  • How to work with various ‘needs’ from neuro-typical through to various ‘attachment’ needs, including ASD, sensory attachments and more!
  • - Self- care - Looking after ourselves
This course will be facilitated live by Jon Cree and Caylin Gans, with online self-study material provided by Libby Piper.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Calls will NOT be recorded. Attendance to live calls is required so please double check your availability before signing up!

Saturday, April 29th, 2023 - 11:00am-3:00pm EST (please check what this is in your time zone!)
Sunday, April 30th, 2023 - 11:00am-3:00pm EST (please check what this is in your time zone!)

1. Please note that no refunds can be given for online course purchases.
2. The course fee is per person. If you have a friend or colleague who would like to join the calls with you from the same device, they will need to also be enrolled.

This group will discuss topics that may be sensitive in nature. By signing up, you are agreeing to help create and maintain a safe and inviting space for ALL to share diverse perspectives. If you think you need it, please also have supports in place to care for your personal needs and wellbeing before, during, and after the event.
Our team

Course Facilitators

Meet Jon
Jon Cree is a rare creature usually found rummaging around his natural habitat of the woods, paddling in his canoe or hibernating in a hammock. He is easily identified by his charismatic hats, giggly infectious laugh and a slightly squeaky voice when excited. Being a social creature he is at his best when in company and is a long time earth educator, Forest School leader, storyteller and environmental trainer. He has worked with numerous groups of all ages over the last 40 years, within the UK and internationally. His passion has always been working with learners challenged by our education system and who thrive in the natural world. He has long time worked with adolescents from a variety of settings - from mainstream secondary schools through to pupil referral units, special schools, youth clubs and looked after children. He has recently co-authored 'The Essential Guide to Forest School and Nature Pedagogy' and has just started working with co-author, Marina Robb, on a comprehensive nature based training programme for health practitioners.
Meet Caylin
Caylin has a passion for nature-based, experiential, and holistic approaches to education and has enjoyed working with people of all ages in a variety of outdoor settings, including national parks, nature centers, educational farms, and city parks - so far in 3 different countries (USA, UK, and Canada)! She initially started Forest Schooled as a blog to share what she was learning while working with children outdoors. Now it's become her way to support and deepen learning and professional practice for nature-based educators all over the world through mentorship, workshops, and professional learning communities. Curious about where Caylin feels happiest? Outdoors, and in the rain!
Meet Libby
I'm so grateful that you chose to learn more about me, and I look forward to learning about you too. My happy place is in nature and anywhere with my spouse, children, friends, and dancing dog Dylan. In 1997, I began working with children and families, cultivating joy and harmony through communication and movement. In 2018, Los Angeles artist Reneé Fox and I published our first book as we set out on a mission to reconnect a modern generation with nature through poetry and art. I intend to remain curious about human development and how to enhance well-being for all. My educational background is in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a concentration in traumatic brain injury and neurological disorders. Currently, I am a student at King’s College in London, pursuing an MSc in Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health. My West Virginia/Appalachian roots profoundly shape my worldview and allow me to weave together various experiences. While my personal relationships with indigenous people influence my perspective, I do not speak for or represent indigenous culture. It is not my place to do so. 

What people are saying...

100% take it, the discussions alone were more than worth the time and small cost. There is nothing like learning from people who truly care about and believe in forest school and the positive impact it has on children.
Ashley Whynot
Take the course!! Jon and Caylin facilitate an amazing learning environment to be curious about the emotional state of of children as well as ourselves as using nature as a tool for reflection and regulation.
Remy (she/her)
 I enjoyed learning the science behind how our bodies react to stressing triggers, as well as analyzing the scenarios that happen in our day to day practice. Definitely worth it. I learnt a ton and gained new insight.
"Thank you so much for offering the Working WITH Distressed Behaviour in the Outdoors course. The four of us really enjoyed it. I have just accessed the online resources and wow! The resources are incredible and a great follow up to the course - just what we needed."
Lisa Menzies
It is insightful into how to truly work WITH neurological diversities. If you want to learn how behaviour really is communication, you need to integrate a multi-faceted approach with at least 3 components: 
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the scientific (vagus nerve/ peripheral/central nervous system), spiritual (Celtic temperaments) and emotional (fingerprint needs and to discover everyone's somatic anchors). This course covers them all in a digestible fashion!
Zoey Pickel
Thriving Roots Wilderness School
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