Woodland Warriors is an outdoor company, that helps children of different age groups and from different backgrounds to learn basic life skills, through outdoor play. Sessions take place at the Memorial Park in Wickford, Essex and we have children aged from 4 to 16 attend.
The outdoor setting helps to relax the mind, body and soul, enhancing endorphins within the brain to relax and relieve anxiety and stress. This provides a foundation, from which to learn and enhance life skills such as: self-confidence, making and maintaining friendships, self-regulation of emotions and gives an appreciation for the natural world. The parents who come along have also expressed how they find the time outdoors, mixing with other parents who have similar life experiences, to be very therapeutic and have likened it to an outdoor parent support group.
Throughout the sessions, children will be able to participate in a wide range of activities from balancing and using core muscles on the tree swing, to climbing rope ladders and trees. They will develop problem solving skills, learn about the creatures and their interesting lives in the undergrowth and above the canopy, and there will be opportunities to make tools, learn how to safely make fire, and identify animal tracks. No two sessions are the same, with different activities each week.
Woodland Warriors takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10am and 11.45am.
Board Game Club
Once a month families can meet up at Miracle House, Silva Island Way, Wickford to play a huge variety of board games. It’s a great way to meet new people, make friends and learn skills such as following instructions, forward planning, team work and much more! If your teens/tweens are interested in Dungeons & Dragons let us know and we can set up a beginners game.
We are delighted to offer yoga classes in conjunction with Special Yoga, specifically designed for neurodiverse children (e.g. autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, dyslexia, OCD, social anxiety, sensory processing disorder, etc.).
Classes are available either face to face or via zoom at the following times:
- For children not in school: Wednesday 1.00 to 1.45pm at St Mary’s Church Hall in Wickford (with Paula)
- Friday 4.00 to 4.45pm at St Mary’s Church Hall in Wickford (with Paula)
- Virtual Sessions via Zoom will also be available (with Karen) please see the separate listings for these sessions
Age Range: 10 to 16
We recommend these classes for ages 10-16. If you have younger children that would like to attend please contact us, as we are considering a separate session for younger children, if there is sufficient demand.
Class sizes are limited to 4 children with a parent or carer who is welcome to join in, so that they can continue to practice with their child at home. Ticket price is £7.50 for a parent and child ticket. If you wish to bring more than one child please contact us and we will try to accommodate this.
About Special Yoga and mindfulness
Special Yoga includes yoga practices of movement, breathing and relaxation combined with sound, rhythm and sensory integration techniques. Mindfulness is having awareness of what’s happening internally and around you in the moment. It is the practice of being receptive to your emotions, thoughts, behaviours and physical state which can help to process events from your external environment. When distraction takes over, regulating the state of mind becomes more of a challenge. Children can use mindfulness techniques to learn how to regulate their breathing patterns, balance energy levels, remain calm, as well as relieve any physical and emotional tension, giving a greater sense of control over the mind and body.
The benefits of Special Yoga and Mindfulness include:
- Improving motor control and motor planning skills
- Developing physical strength, muscle tone and balance
- Promoting flexibility and correcting postural misalignment
- Increasing self-awareness
- Establishing a calm mental state
- Improving concentration
- Developing the ability to relax
- Releasing tension
An after school club for children and parents to relax, chat and craft. Coming soon …
Coming soon …