Would you like to be a better storyteller and help people connect to the wonders of nature?
The Storytelling for Outdoor Learning course may be just what you need to transform yourself, your students and our world!
What do course participants think of it?
"Mr Holland, you are the best storyteller in the world!" Tim, age 5
Do you know what? This is INSPIRATIONAL! I love the story, the background information, the ideas. It's a fabulous resource. It's also very supportive recognizing that its not always easy to tell a story.Sara Collins, Outdoor educator, Teacher, Mum
"Emboldened to keep trying. This course is just what I need and I'm enthused to keep on trying and build up a store of stories. The visual storyboard is an excellent device for someone whose memory is not reliable!"Fiona Hamilton, Forest school leader
I think it is a really good setup - with you telling the story first and then all sorts of different spin offs. Especially I liked the beautiful storyboard, the way you told about your childhood carving and the life in the soil and the learning-curriculum-linking (it gave me lots of ideas).My Kjellberg, Nature Guide
"Really enjoyed the stories. Well resourced, fun and interactive sessions. Will definitely recommend. Thank you."Miss Clare, Yr 3 teacher
"Lovely musical stories and shared experiences. Brilliant!"Liz and Lilly, Home educating family
Chris, thanks for all the ideas, inspiration, help and time. Amazing energy and very skilful.Ben Jolly, Big Creative Education
Why get loads of ideas for your teaching practice, for free!?
- Storytelling improves listening skills and encourages reading and descriptive writing
- Narratives inform play and behaviour inside and outdoors
- Stories motivate non-English speakers to write English
- Fables and tales provide excellent beginnings for discussion and enquiry based learning
- Inclusive and interactive storytelling fosters community in the audience
- Storytelling is in our DNA and enjoyed by boys and girls, young and old!
- The stories provide an excellent launch for termly topics and environmental education.
HI! It's Chris Holland here... thanks for looking in.
I am so pleased you found the website. I have wondered if you would like to know something about me, and whether I am qualified to teach this course... the best thing is to find out for yourself by enrolling on the free course... but here is a bit of a resume:
I have been an outdoor educator working with stories and narrative led learning since 1997.
In 2009 I self-published a best selling, playful, hands-on nature connection guidebook called I LOVE MY WORLD. It has sold over 6000 copies and used by forest school leaders, teachers and educators around the globe. It is also widely recommended by forest school trainers. I also contributed a chapter to STORYTELLING FOR A GREENER WORLD (Hawthorne Press 2014)
I have a degree in Environmental Science, have been a forest school leader since 2004 and deliver INSET and CPD training in various aspects of creative outdoor learning across the UK and increasingly beyond. - (but not quite to infinity says Buzz).
I am grateful to hear that my telling style appeals to and engages all ages. I have told tales at the fireside, in classrooms and on stages, around the world...and even underground at the amazing Centre for Ancient Technology in Dorset. I am now trying storytelling out on the web to help share my love, wonder and care for the wild nature around and within us, while helping improve your Bardic skills those of your students.
I hope you will sign up for the year course for the benefits it will bring you and your students. Storytelling is in our DNA. Our ancestors were tellers and survivors. The human story will continue and the stories and seeds we sew will influence the future. I also hope that you will sign up because it will help me achieve my dream of planting a forest garden on some land in Devon and a portion of the profits will also go towards helping tribal people around the world have rights to the land they live on by supporting the work of Survival International.
Warmly and with gratitude,