Forest School Ireland

Forest School Ireland

Forest School training and programmes.

Family Event this Spring!

Enjoy the bounty of Spring and spend time in the forest with your whole family. We will walk through the stunning grounds at Larchill Arcadian Gardens to Forest School Ireland’s woodland site where you will enjoy games, make Spring inspired crafts and forage wild plants for delicious food, learn about making campfires, ropes, dens, relaxing hammocks and more.

Location: Larchill Arcadian Gardens, Kilcock, Co. Kildare. Use this Google maps link.

Date: April 29th, 2023 there are two Forest Family sessions to choose from:- morning and afternoon – click button below for more details.

Cost: Adults €20 per person, Kids €10 per person + booking fee. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Children’s Programmes

Forest School-style Camps during the holidays are suitable for age 5 – 10 yrs. To learn more about what is involved during our Forest School sessions, read here.

Forest School Ireland children’s holiday and after school programmes are run from Larchill Arcadian Gardens, near Kilcock, Co. Kildare.

Making a wooden pendant by sawing wood and drilling a hole with hand tools.

Ciara Hinksman of Forest School Ireland is one of the Heritage Councils Heritage In Schools Specialists. School visits are part-funded by the Heritage Council for Primary Schools.

You can arrange to have Ciara visit your Primary School as part of the Heritage In Schools scheme, click on the link below for more information.

Adults Forest School Courses & CPD’s

Staff training specific to your organisational needs:

We’re here to expand your staff’s awareness of the possibilities of bringing elements of learning outdoors in your setting, whether it’s in a school, urban garden, public park or Early Years Service grounds. We can explore a variety of themes, please email to discuss staff training.

We offer Introduction to Forest School Ethos & Principles courses, Outdoor First Aid (REC3) & Continuous Professional Development trainings for adults.

Online Resources and Courses

The Outdoor Teacher online training portal has a huge variety of outdoor activities for use at Forest School and outdoor learning that can be linked to the curriculum. This is such great value for a lifetime’s access to videos and tutorials providing creative ideas, practical methods and outdoor skills to provide you with the information and ideas you need to get children and groups outdoors safely. These include risk assessments, written notes and video tutorials.

Exciting new developments for Forest School Leader Qualification in Ireland coming soon…

Our training roots

If you would like more information about upcoming opportunities to train as a Forest School Leader in Ireland, please leave your name and email and we will let you know as soon as further courses become available, which we are aiming to have available in 2023. We will be in touch as soon as we can go live with our news and once there are training course dates available.

Forest Bathing for Health & Wellbeing

A guided experience in nature for you, your group, staff or organisation’s Health & Wellbeing.

Forest bathing (or shinrin-yoku) is a mindfulness practice in nature where you will be guided on a slow walk through a beautiful woodland to allow you to slow down and bathe your senses in the forest atmosphere through various invitations. Private and group walks arranged and workplace visits for staff wellness days.

About Us

Ciara Hinksman

Founder and Owner
Forest School Ireland

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