natural inspiration for educators

HI, Chris Holland here...  I am a passionate and playful outdoor educator, storyteller and musician.

This site is the home of my digital media, products & courses for nature connection & creative, playful outdoor education. 

I have been helping people of all ages connect with nature, each other & themselves since 2000.

These resources help spread wonder, love & hope for our natural world.


 "Practical, insightful, effervescent" Jay Griffiths, Author of Wild & Kith

I love my World FREE SAMPLE

This is a free sample of my paperback book I love my world...The playful hands-on guide to nature connection. It's most of the introduction and an activity that you can use again and again.....go ahead, download it and enjoy it! If you want to view it online... just look at the I love my world course page to view the free sections. What have others said about it? "This book is a must" Michael Morpurgo "Practical, insightful, effervescent" Jay Griffiths "Great book for ideas for forest school practitioners and anyone wanting ideas for outdoor learning. Easy to read and dip into." " From the outset Chris' book was not only easy, relaxed reading (almost like chatting to him in person), but packed with deceptively simple yet incredibly powerful activities which, as Chris says, `You can follow as a course in its own right or simply pick out an activity to suit the moment'. Even if you have no experience or confidence, Chris guides you through the ideas behind each activity, the preparation and the activity itself - many of which need little or no resources. His book is an absolute must for the Forest School Practitioner, the Outdoor Classroom Teacher or parent who feels the need to turn off the T.V. or computer and simply spend some quality time outside (and you really don't need large spaces - a park bench or a shrub in your front garden can become a home for a blobster! And a piece of string becomes a story path). A huge thank you for passing on your wealth of knowledge and brilliantly simple ideas. Brilliant book."
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Natural Musicians for £3 (or maybe 4free if u are lucky;-)

This is a sample activity from the Natural Musicians Facilitators Training Courses. Yes, there is a charge for it... but that is because it has great value! It's a most useful 'icebreaker' type musical activity for getting a group into the groove...check it out! If you want free stuff, you can try the Storyteller's Playbook
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I love my world

"This is a must for all" Michael Morpurgo. Free sections... have a peek! This is the e-notebook version of the paperback book that's sold over 8,000 copies. If you buy the course, you get the content for ever! It's a playful, hands on guide to nature connection. It's a course in how to become more nature connected through a wide range of activities and games. What have others said about it? "This book is a must" Michael Morpurgo "Practical, insightful, effervescent" Jay Griffiths "Great book for ideas for forest school practitioners and anyone wanting ideas for outdoor learning. Easy to read and dip into." " From the outset Chris' book was not only easy, relaxed reading (almost like chatting to him in person), but packed with deceptively simple yet incredibly powerful activities which, as Chris says, `You can follow as a course in its own right or simply pick out an activity to suit the moment'. Even if you have no experience or confidence, Chris guides you through the ideas behind each activity, the preparation and the activity itself - many of which need little or no resources. His book is an absolute must for the Forest School Practitioner, the Outdoor Classroom Teacher or parent who feels the need to turn off the T.V. or computer and simply spend some quality time outside (and you really don't need large spaces - a park bench or a shrub in your front garden can become a home for a blobster! And a piece of string becomes a story path). A huge thank you for passing on your wealth of knowledge and brilliantly simple ideas. Brilliant book."
View course £15

The Storyteller's Playbook

A complete mini version of the Storytelling for Outdoor Learning Year course. "This course is inspirational" This is what you get: 10 minute story video of Chris telling an ancient Chinese fable a hand drawn storyboard to help you remember the story at a glance 30+ fun filled activities for learning, linked to the story in the video 10 questions you must ask yourself to unleash your storytellers voice telling tips and tricks explained mp3 download and more! HI! Storyteller Chris Holland here... Please Enroll to access the free video and goodies... and then sit back and I will tell you a story of The Stone Cutter: An ancient tale from Asia I filmed on Dartmoor.  What will you get out of the Storytelling for Outdoor Learning courses? Increased confidence and new skills to hold audiences and tell stories Public speaking skills Carefully chosen stories to learn and tell Loads of ideas for linking the stories to your curriculum Inspiration & activities for taking learning outside Top tips to improve your storytelling Mentoring Opportunity to join a community of budding storytellers through the Facebook group ...all the secondary benefits to health and happiness of taking learning outside and connecting with nature!! Praise for this course:       Inspirational! Do you know what? This is INSPIRATIONAL! I love the story, the background information, the ideas. Its a fabulous resource. Its also very supportive recognizing that its not always easy to tell a story.  by Sara Collins        Really Good! I think it was 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...  by My Kjellberg        An inspiring adventure into storyland I found the taster easy to access and well laid out, bursting with ideas for further learning opportunities. I tend to lack a little confidence when telling stories. This is the boost I needed. With the outdoor learning activity provided its give...  by Jemma Robinson 
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The Storytelling for outdoor learning Year Course

Develop your Storyteller's voice. Have access for life. Pay monthly. "This course is absolutely incredible."
View course £180

"Storytelling for the Terrified" A day retreat at Trill Farm Campsite 20th September 2019

A day of storytelling practice and nature connection for budding storytellers. It's a chance to practice your craft, grow and blossom in the company of professional storyteller and nature connection practitioner Chris Holland and friends. The plan is to gather at the campsite on Thursday afternoon and evening, for time to shake off the road dust, land, and meet the other participants. There will be a communal 'Tentipi' tent up if you want to sleep in it, with woodburner if cold. If you can't make it on Thursday, come on Friday morning at 9, to start at 9.30 and use this link to buy the day only course: https://www.natureconnection.co.uk/storytellersretreat. The Friday morning will start with an optional dawn sit spot for those who have stayed over the night before. From 9.30 on Friday morning will be spent learning some new stories, or working on ones you know already. We will also do some playful confidence building activities, vocal warm ups and voice projection exercises. There will be more time for preparation before having a go at telling the stories around the fire around from mid afternoon. We aim to Finish at 5pm.  You are invited to stay on for the Natural Musicians training Weekend too if you fancy something awesomely musically inspiring! Please bring your own breakfast and lunch. Thursday night dinner will be provided, using  Trill Farm Organic ingredients - all diets provided for - just let me know.  
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The Natural Musicians Training Course 'Set 1' at Trill Farm 20/22nd September 2019

The Natural Musicians Training Course at Trill Farm This is a not an online course it's an actual person to person one! It's a training weekend for those who would like to become kitted up with loads of innovative activities for delivering a Music Curriculum outdoors through nature connection activities. It's also Nature Interpretation with bells on (and, didgeridoos, guitars and whistles and drums!!!) Discover and learn to share the harmony, literacy, numeracy and science of Nature through fun music based activities. Come along and be part of the birth of a new musical movement, a new harmonic vibration! For more info.... watch the video Or check out the website itself: http://naturalmusicians.co.uk There will also be some practical craft based activity and you get to make a guiro and a shekere to take home too. Suitable for Teachers, Forest School Leaders, Home Educating Parents, Rangers, Teaching Assistants, and Music teachers alike. This course has previously been filmed and so you will get the whole course as an online resource as well!!! The online course is now available globally, with the hope of inspiring innovation, connection, hope and fun across the world of outdoor education. Come with your Child for free! Discounts for partners and more children too. The plan is to gather on Friday evening for a 9.30am start on the Saturday morning. We have a lot to cover in a timeless way! Dinner will be made for us using Trill Farm ingredients  - all diets catered for. Pls bring your own lunches and breakfasts. We will finish by 4.30 on Sunday afternoon. Based at the lovely Trill Farm Campsite we will visit a number of different habitats in the Farm to learn simple and fun ways to encourage musical collaboration, learn about plants. The campsite at Trill Farm . The campsite has a hearth under an old oak tree, two open barns, one with tables and running water, there's also solar showers, compost loos and amazing views of East Devon countryside. I think it's the perfect place to run back to simplicity courses... and you can get there easily by train and bus. If you can't bring your own tent you can hire one from me or sleep in the communal bell tent. Trill Farm Trill Farm is a 300 acre mixed organic farm set in the rolling hills and woodlands of East Devon. Romy Fraser, who started Neal's Yard Remedies bought the farm in 2008 with the aim of developing an education centre and community of small businesses that could work together to use the land's resources. 
View course £199

Natural Musicians ONLINE facilitation training SET 1

An adventure in facilitating moments of natural connection and musical oneness.
View course £123

The whole-tarp-awning - a British made tarpaulin/awning

This is for a real tarp... not an online course!!! Fit a whole class under this tarp in all weathers. After years of making do with parachutes and smaller tarps, and then experimenting with a few designs I am proud to present the Whole-Tarp. 
View course £345

Offline, person to person, courses