Nurture pupil mental health & happiness

A good education should nurture health and happiness in young people. Without this, pupils may develop emotional barriers that hold them back from reaching their true educational potential.

Developing lifelong skills and spending time outdoors can help improve mental health and wellbeing in young people.

Not your bog-standard residential

We're an educational charity focused on removing limitations, whether real or perceived, in young people.  Through our funding and work with schools, we help pupils to become strong, resilient and curious. With this in their armour, they are ready for the challenges of life. 

What's more, our classroom is the wilderness - the perfect backdrop for pupils to connect with nature and be active outdoors which both naturally relieve stress and anxiety.

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“Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” The World Health Organisation


Find out how the power of learning in the wilderness can nurture your pupils' mental health and wellbeing at one of our free taster courses:

  • 8-9 March 2019 - Loch Eil, Scottish Highlands
  • 26-27 April 2019 - Howtown, Lake District
These are for teachers who would like to learn first-hand how:

  • Outdoor learning can improve your pupils' mental health and wellbeing
  • Other schools, employers and experts are using the outdoors to enhance learning
  • An Outward Bound course uses the wilderness to develop the superpowers pupils need to thrive in school

All food, equipment and accommodation will be provided free of charge so you just need to bring yourself and a sense of adventure. This taster course will even be good for your mental health!

Find out more or register your free place by filling in the form on the right. 







Supporting schools with mental health & wellbeing:


– Arrival and welcome tour of the centre. Lunch will be provided.
There will be staff and delegate introductions followed by a brief overview of the agenda and allocation of activity groups.
3pm – Take part in a water-based adventure that will give you the chance to experience the journey through the eyes of a student.
5pm - Return to centre for tea/coffee and cakes.
6.30pm - Brief tour of the centre and grounds.
Pre Dinner drinks followed by a short discussion on the value of the outdoors on young people's mental health and wellbeing. There will be a chance for networking and questions.
7.30pm - Dinner and general social evening.


7:30am - Breakfast.
8:30am - Depart on a day’s journey that will show you firsthand what a typical group would experience and a chance to take in the stunning location. Chat to our instructors and Education Team along the way.
4.00pm - Depart.

If you would like to stay over for the Saturday night, please ask and we will help to find some local accommodation for you.

Young people face challenges at every stage of their education. Download our Social Impact Report to find out the impact we have on supporting young people.