Forest School Leadership Training 2024

Up until the end of 2022, the Level 3 Forest School Leaderhip training was delivered in Ireland by Marina Robb of Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC, and by Huathe in the west of Ireland. I was part of the Irish team delivering the training in Ireland for Circle of Life. The team consists of myself, Lucy Bell of Growing Wild and my colleagues Ciara Hinksman of Forest School Ireland and Lucy O’Hagan of Wild Awake.

Now, we can reveal the most exciting development. In collabroration with Bridget’s Garden, myself Lucy Bell of Growing Wild, Ciara Hinksman of Forest School Ireland, Joan Whelan representing the IFSA and Carol Barrett of Down to Earth Forest School, have developed our very first Irish QQI Level 6 Certificate in Forest School Leadership.

More information to be found here:

If you want to find out more and sign up to this incredible training follow the link above.

Course Content:

Brigit’s Garden is proud to offer the first Certificate in Forest School Leadership in Ireland that leads to a Level 6 award on the National Framework for Qualifications. This is a Special Purpose award and is worth 20 credits. Please note that all arrangements outlined below are subject to final approval by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

The course equips you with the knowledge, skills and competence needed to work as a qualified Forest School leader. It prepares you to lead effective and safe Forest School programmes outdoors for children, families and adults, with nature connection at the heart of the practice.

The Certificate course is delivered by our professional team of tutors, all of whom have many years’ experience leading and teaching Forest School in a wide range of settings.

We plan to run the following courses in 2023-24. Each course has 20 places:

  • Course 1, Birch Beith, at Brigit’s Garden, starting the week of 12th June 2023
  • Course 2, Oak Dair, at Brigit’s Garden, starting the week of 19th June 2023
  • Further courses will start in Brigit’s Garden and in Kildare in the autumn, dates to be confirmed.
  • Additional courses at venues around the country will start in 2024, dates to be confirmed.

See Brigit’s garden website for more information: