The NEST playbook for families by Chris Holland

The NEST playbook for families

Nature connection, Education & Storytelling for families.

With CBBC special guest and internationally known storyteller, outdoor educator and publisher, Chris Holland

Go an a holistic learning adventure through stories...
Learn to tell a timeless tale...
Do fun stuff..
Connect to the cycles of nature,
Grow as a family, together.

If you are not delighted I will refund you, no questions asked! 

(The NEST Playbook is an upgraded and evolved, family edition of the Storyteller’s Playbook for teachers and educators)
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"This course is inspirational!"

Sara Collins - Parent and Director of the Forest School Association.

Hours and hours of entertainment and education.

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
  • Mentoring tips for parents and children
  • 30+ fun filled activities for learning, linked to the story in the video
  • 10 questions you must ask yourself to unleash your storytellers voice
  • Storytelling telling tips and tricks explained
  • Nature connection activities and storytelling games for all ages
  • Example curriculum linked MID TERM PLANS specially developed by Rachel Higginson, Creative Educational Consultant.
  • mp3 download and more!
The NEST Playbook is a sample of the NEST learning course.... try the Playbook now and get your money back if you are not completely satisfied!
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Properly brilliant content!

Watched first story and did a few activities yesterday. Excellent layout. Clear presentation. Beautifully illustrated. Properly brilliant content 🙂 just the kind of focus we need right now. Grounding. Fun. Inspiring. Silliness too. Just wow ✨ Thanks a million!
Romily Meridith

"What a bundle of gems"

Enroll to access the 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. 
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What do you gain from the course?

  • Loads of stuff to do with your family!
  • Increased confidence and new skills to captivate audiences
  • A new story to tell
  • A printable storyboard
  • Oracy and Public speaking skills
  • Nature connection skills and an understanding of cycles in nature
  • Learn how to make your own mudrock with pva glue
  • Develop emotional literacy and start the healing journey of the story as a family
  • Loads of ideas for linking the stories to your childrens' curriculum in school
  • Inspiration & activities for taking learning outside
  • Top tips to improve your storytelling
  • Mentoring to unleash your storytellers voice
  • Kitchen table wisdom - encourage conversation while you eat
  • Join a community of budding storytellers through the Facebook groups
  • ...all the secondary benefits to health and happiness of taking  personal development and learning outside and connecting with nature!!

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Learn Visually

Pssst... here's a sneaky preview of the hand drawn storyboard!

Praise for this course:


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 recognising that it's not always easy to tell a story. 
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... 
My Kjellburg

"An inspiring adventure into storyland"

I found the taster easy to access and well laid out, bursting with ideas for further learning opportunities. 
Jemma Robinson
My 10 year old daughter and I loved exploring the playbook together and now she has been inspired to write a nature adventure book with three of her friends!
Tanya Lodge
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Who is Chris Holland?

HI... I've been an outdoor educator since 2000, forest school leader since 2004, I self published my first book I love my world in 2009 and it's now sold over 7000 copies! I think stories hold power & magic, and good stories are certainly worth sharing.

What's included?

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Welcome to the NEST 'playbook'!
The Story of the Stone Cutter
9 mins
Stories and Viruses as tools for evolution - some thoughts.. more for grown-ups.
Storytelling: One way to remember an oral story - the storyboard.
Stonecutter Storyboard.jpg
1.24 MB
Game: The Storyteller's Chair
Explore some history and lineage of the story here.
The Stone Carver Audio only Download
9 mins
Stuff to do
Nature Connection - some simple stuff to do right now, without having to leave the house!
Activity Guide - Making and carving PVA mudrock
Nature Connection - stuff to find out about
Get arty outdoors
Fun and silly stuff to do - 10 ideas
The Cloud Blowing Game
1 min
Nature Based Activity & Curriculum Link Ideas
127 KB
Example Mid Term Plans! ;-)
146 KB
Helping each other out and the healing journeys of stories
More resources and story videos here.
Find some buddhist jokes to tell
Storytelling stuff
Storytelling: Questions to unleash your Storyteller's voice!
Kitchen Table Wisdom
Storytelling: Tips and Tricks
40% off - 12 more stories, storytelling tips n tricks and bundles of activity ideas here.
Chris Holland has some other resources in here...