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Wilderness Therapeutic Approaches

Wilderness Therapeutic Approaches (WTA) uses recognised therapeutic techniques, in a natural setting; bringing them together in a uniquely powerful way.

The natural world has been well proven to bring intrinsic wellbeing benefits (1) but WTA is not just about "spending time outside because it is good for us". WTA is a carefully designed programme of explicitly therapeutic activities, targeted at individuals' specific needs (2). The natural world is used both as a supportive setting and a resource for the 'toolbox' of techniques (2). WTA has a strong evidence base for efficacy in meeting the participants’ objectives (3). 


Level 2 Certificate in Wilderness Therapeutic Approaches (WTA)

Bespoke Wilderness Therapeutic Approaches (WTA) programme

What is the offer?

  • We will train two of your staff to deliver a preset therapeutic intervention, designed by experienced Wilderness Therapeutic Practitioners.

  • You choose a programme that suits your setting, then we will work with your staff to deliver the programme for a cohort of your choice.

  • We will support your staff through their training and once certified, they can run the programme on their own as many times as you like.

  • A highly targeted and bespoke therapeutic intervention, where individualised goals are set for each participant.

  • The programme is then specifically designed and adapted for your chosen participants’ needs and development goals.

  • Sessions are planned and led by our Advanced Wilderness Therapeutic Practitioner, with support from staff in the setting.

Who is it for?

Who is best suited?

  • Preset programmes are available for EYFS, Primary, Secondary, and those with SEMH needs.

  • Expected outcomes often include self-esteem and emotional intelligence.

  • Suitable for EYFS up to adults, and for mixed age and family groups.

  • This programme is particularly suited to participants with more complex needs.

Where does it take place?

  • Together, we identify a suitable green space, in your local area (which could include school grounds).

  • Your local green space or our own secluded site in Epping Forest. Experience demonstrates that optimum benefits are achieved in a ‘wilder’ space (like our corner of the Forest).

How many sessions?

  • Eight, two-hour sessions. Ideally weekly, but this can be flexible.

  • Minimum of eight, two-hour sessions but benefits accrue over longer programmes. Sessions can be weekly or more intensive.

How many participants and staff?

  • A maximum of eight participants, dependent on individuals and group dynamics. Participants’ 1:1 support workers attend, plus one-two other staff from the setting. (Ratios are customised.)

  • A maximum of eight participants, dependent on individuals and group dynamics. Participants’ 1:1 support workers attend, plus one-two other staff from the setting. (Ratios are customised.)

Pricing structure

  • £2,300(+VAT) for 8 sessions. (Universal UK price.)

  • From £2,400(+VAT) for 8 sessions. Hive transport and outreach to your site: POA.


(1) Muñoz, S. A., 2009. Children in the Outdoors: A literature review, Forres: Sustainable Development Research Centre. 
Bragg, R. & Atkins, G., 2016. A review of nature-based interventions for mental health care, York: Natural England Commissioned Reports Number204.
Lovell, R., Depledge, M. & Maxwell, S., 2018. Health and the Natural Environment: A review of evidence, policy, practice and opportunities for the future, London: Defra Fellowship.

(2) Gallo, M. C., 2012. Wilderness as Healing: A comprehensive survey and critical analysis of the literature, San Fransisco: American School of Professional Psychology.