Nature on Your Doorstep will take place at the Courtenay Centre on Saturday 22nd June from 11.00am – 3.00pm. There will be lots of free activities going on for people of all ages!

The information hub will include stalls from a wide range of organisations sharing information about local nature and green projects. Alongside local groups including Action on Climate in Teignbridge, Newton Abbot Seed Bank and the Newton Abbot Allotment Association, the event will welcome bigger organisations including the Environment Agency and Dartmoor National Park Authority. The stalls will offer information about current projects and activities, as well as an opportunity for you to find out how you can get involved and make a difference in your local community. Everyone is welcome to visit the Nature on Your Doorstep information hub, and there is no need to book.

Alongside the exhibitors, a programme of speakers and workshops will be running throughout the event. These workshops are for people of all ages and sessions on offer include local children’s authors, yoga taster sessions and speakers talking about everything from wild swimming to bush craft. The workshop and speakers sessions are FREE but tickets MUST be prebooked. You can find more details and book below.

The event also promises plenty of FREE family fun, with demonstrations taking place outside, plenty of activities for children and a craft room dedicated to nature themed crafts. In our craft room you’ll be able to make and take away plenty of nature-themed craft items (please note that children visiting the craft room must be accompanied by a parent/carer). Booking is not required for the craft room, but you may have to wait a while if it gets very busy.

The Courtenay Centre Café will be open throughout the event, offering hot/cold drinks, nature themed snacks and lunches.

Please note that the Courtenay Centre car park will be closed during the event due to the outside activities taking place. We encourage you to walk/cycle to the event. If you need to drive, the Cricketfield pay & display car park is next door to the Courtenay Centre.

For more information, check out the Courtenay Centre Facebook page in the run-up to the event.

Tickets

FREE Workshop and speaker sessions that you must book a ticket for are shown below:

Yellow room

Amie WilliamsThe Mushroomers11:30 – 12:15Tickets

Step into the wonderful world of The Mushroamers! Join award winning children’s author Amie Williams, for an enchanting storytelling session where imaginations will come alive. Reserve your spot now for an adventure you won’t want to miss.

This workshop is aimed at children and seating will be on the floor. Children need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian who will also need a ticket.

Rob HolmesAuthor, Master Owl13:00 – 13:45Tickets

Step into the peaceful world of Master Owl. Join children’s author Rob Holmes, for a ‘mindfulness’ tale, where your breath creates the magic. Reserve your spot now for an adventure you won’t want to miss. There may even be a surprise visitor!

Rob Holmes is reading from his book at the Nature on Your Doorstep event taking place at The Courtenay Centre on Saturday 22nd June. This workshop is aimed at children and seating will be on the floor. Children need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian who will also need a ticket.

Green room

LouLou’s Wild Garden11:15 – 12:00Tickets

Lou is passionate about growing wildflowers and gardening for wildlife, having experienced the exciting change in her urban garden through planting for wildlife, creating habitats and gardening in a way that works with nature. She will share how specific wildflowers help wildlife and work in garden spaces, and how gardens can help and attract wildlife. Lou is an Exeter-based wildflower-grower and organic gardener with an RHS diploma with commendation. Come along to find out more about her ideas and feel inspired to create your own wildlife garden!

Jono HollandDevon & Cornwall Bushcraft12:15 – 13:00Tickets

Jono Holland setup Devon and Cornwall Bushcraft CIC in 2018 to provide training and accessibility to the outdoors. Since this time hundreds of people have benefited by learning new skills, gaining confidence and a deeper enjoyment of the outdoors through our courses and events. During his talk Jono will be discussing ways in which bushcraft is applicable in everyday life and can be used to help improve both the local and wider environment, through education and personal responsibility. In this country most people spend the majority of their time indoors so there is now a disconnect between people and the natural world. Rather than being a specific activity itself, bushcraft is a term used to cover wide range of activities and by discussing some of these activities, it is hoped that more people will be inspired to venture outdoors and ignite a new connection with the natural world.

Sophie PierceSophie Pierce: Nature’s transformative power13:15 – 14:00Tickets

Sophie Pierce is the author of The Green Hill: Letters to a son, and five wild swimming guides. Join her for an exploration of our emotional connection with wild places, and how they can transform us.

“The Green Hill is an extraordinary book…. I thought of the fairy tale in which a captured princess must weave clothes from stinging nettles: Sophie Pierce has wrought something beautiful and useful from the darkest pain.” Cressida Connolly, novelist and critic

In 2017, Sophie Pierce’s son Felix died suddenly and unexpectedly, aged just 20. The Green Hill is the story of how she survived, and how his death has transformed her in unexpected ways. Deeply rooted in the wild landscapes of Dartmoor and the Devon coast, the book is a celebration of the natural world and the role it plays in our lives and relationships, as well as an examination of how beauty, a sense of place and the passing seasons can help us contend with our own mortality. Sophie is fascinated by the restorative power of natural world; The Green Hill explores this, as do her five other books, which are guides to walking and wild swimming in Dartmoor, Torbay, Cornwall, Dorset and Exmoor.  Join her for a hopeful conversation about grief, love, joy and renewal.

Pink room

Emma CapperCreative Journeys in Nature11:45 – 12:30Tickets

Join Emma for a relaxing nature connection session. Time to just be and learn about the practice of Forest bathing and her creative journeys in nature.Join Emma Capper, Nature & Forest Therapy Guide, as she reminds us that we are nature. Welcome back the wonder, joy & the inspiring spirit of curiosity, you might remember from childhood. Reserve your spot now to re-connect with nature, ‘your true self’.

Emma Capper is an artist, basket weaver and Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. Her “wanders for well-being” are founded on the practice of Shinrin-yoku (Forest bathing) – guided nature connection walks incorporating simple and creative invitations to enable you to relax and quieten your busy mind so you can receive the medicine and wisdom of the natural environment. You can find out more about Emma on her website – www.creativejourneys.org.uk

NicciSeated Yoga12:45 – 13:30Tickets

Join Nicci as she guides you through a relaxing seated Breathe Yoga taster session. Gentle stretches and poses assist you to release tension and help you to reconnect with your body. Book your slot now to learn to listen to your body!

SallySound Bathe14:00 – 15:00Tickets

Join Sally & be immersed in an incredible sound bathe taster session. What wonders you experience will be personal to you! Book your spot now to bathe in these transportive sounds!

This is a seated workshop that it is not recommended for anyone in their first trimester of pregnancy, if you suffer from sound epilepsy or wear a pacemaker maker.