Tel: 0131 657 5680 or Text: 077 9856 8218

Reg. Scottish Charity SC 034826 Reg. Company SC 257126

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"Caring about people, caring about our planet"

Based on renowned world movement "Art of Mentoring"

Facilitators: Adele Clark and Dhyana Huggins

Coordinator: Claudia Goncalves

Volunteer: Steward Keith

Connecting families with nature, our Nature Connection promotes and develops positive health and wellbeing. Sharing what's abundant in our own lives and marvelling at the richness of life that the Earth shares with us, in all it's varied forms.

Suitable for families with children age 1 to 12 yrs old.


Dates for your diary in 2017 on Fridays

05th May (Adele) ******* 12th May (Dhyana)

02nd June (Adele) ****** 09th June (Dhyana)

08th Sep (Dhyana) ******** 15th Sep (Adele)


Time: 2pm to 6pm in Balerno



1pm = Project mini bus leaves from our Centre in Portobelo at 12:45pm, 2nd point of collection is Dr Bells Family Centre in Leith at 1pm, arrives in Balerno at 2pm.

1:45pm = Pick up at bus terminus in Balerno if you are coming by bus 44 or 44A or by car.

2pm = Vegetarian soup & bread provided. You are welcome to bring extra snack for your family if you would like to.

2:30pm to 4:30pm = Nature Connection activities for families including games.

4:30pm to 5:30pm = Two specialised activity which can be: storytelling, bee talk, mindfullness in nature, teaching safe fire lighting, various games, nature awareness, art, music, etc.

5:30pm to 6pm = Sharing and closing circle.


Each day we will offer 2 of the following activities:


Storytelling: Entering the magic and wonder of stories.

Bees - Talk about the importance of the bees and see how we can help these extraordinary beings. We will plant wild flowers, do some bee games and visit the Planetary Healing community bee hive.

Mindfullness in Nature: Sitting still or walking in nature to relax, unwind and re-vitalise.

Games: Play games in nature to help us hone the skills of seeing what's actually in front of us and fully connect with nature with fun, laughter and real joy.

Exploring the wild: Exploring the area to see what amazing resources there are here: nature`s first aid kits, food, herbs, beauty and wonder etc.

Art and Clowning in Nature: Developing our creative self in nature

Trust walks: Gently introduce our family and friends to the wonders we see around us.

Tending the wild: How can we look after the woodland and it's resources, encourage more wildlife and diversity.

Planting: Plant potatoes, vegetables, herbs and wild flowers for the bees.

Nature therapy: bask in some warmth and ease whist being held by nature. An amazing therapy to have.

Fire Making skills: learn how to make safe fires and afterwards leave the environment as we found it.

We hope the above gives you a little flavour of the themes and lets see how creative we can get with them. We will be flexible with times as we understand that working with chidlren requires flexibility. Please talk to us if you have any special requirement.


Booking and what to bring

Booking is essential. Please text us to reserve your place: 075 0443 8763 and also send us the booking form which you can download from above.

Parents are responsible for their children at all times.

Vegetarian soup and bread will be served on your arrival. You are very welcome to bring any other extra snack for yourself and your family.

Please bring a spare set of clothes for your child if they would like to play in the stream. The stream is a great source of fun for the children and the adults.



Suggested donation per family per day: £20 / £15 / £12 / £10 (high, medium, low income, benefits)

Children accompanied by parents or guardians have a free space.

Please talk to us if further assistance with finances is needed.


Coming by bus: take bus 44 or 44A to Balerno

We will also do pick ups at the bus terminus in Balerno at 1:45pm.

If you prefer to walk, we are 15 minutes walking outside Balerno Village if you take bus 44A or 30 minutes walking if you take bus 44. Please call for more details: 075 0443 8763.


Mini bus coming from Portobello and Leith

If you don't drive and public transport is difficult for your family, we offer a mini bus coming from Portobello and Leith. Please contact Claudia on 075 0443 8763 to reserve a place and for further information.


We look forward to sharing a wonderful Nature Connection experience with you!


How to get to Balerno

If you would like to use your own transport or public transport to get to us, Balerno is located in the South West of Edinburgh. From the city centre it is: 20 minutes by car or 30 min by bus.


By bus from Edinburgh: busses 44 or 44A. From the City Centre it takes around 30 minutes in the bus to Balerno. If you choose to walk it is 15 minutes walk if you take bus 44A and 30 minutes walk if you take bus 44. We will do pick ups at the bus terminus so please give us us a call or text to organise this: 075 0443 87 63.


Walking once you are in Balerno: If you take bus 44A you can ask the driver to drop you close to Cockburhill Road and from there it is a 15 minutes walking. If you take bus 44 you stop at the bus terminus, position yourself with the green field on your left and the houses on your right at Cockburnhill Crescent. Walk down Cockburnhill Crescent for about 15 minutes until you get to Cockburnhill Road. From there it is another 15 minutes walking into the country. Pass farm on your left, pass farm on your right, pass sign saying Bavelaw garage, keep going straight ahead, the yurt is right there to your right.


By car from Edinburgh: From the city centre in Edinburgh, go in the direction of Lanark Road West, pass Juniper Green and Currie villages. Balerno is the next Village. At the roundabout go straight up the hill, pass all houses on your right, when you see the last house, a cream house in the corner, turn right into Cockburnhill Road. Pass farm on the left, pass farm on the right, pass sign saying Bavelaw garage, keep going straight ahead, the yurt is right there to your right.


By car from outside Edinburgh: Follow directions to A71. At Hermiston Gate Park and Ride roundabout turn left, at next roundabout pass Herriot What University on your right, keep going straight ahead up the hill pass another roundabout, keep going up the hill until you come to Main Road called Lanark Road West where you turn righ. Pass Currie village and Balerno is the next Village. Once you are in Balerno, follow directions as above.

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Booking form


Feedback form



If you are coming from Planetary Healing Centre: please reserve space with Claudia on 075 0443 8763.

If you are coming from Dr Bells Centre in Leith: please reserve space with Dr Bells coordinator.

If you are coming from YMCA please reserve space with YMCA coordinator.

Read how to get to Balerno


Read about Deep Nature Connection


Our nature-connected community.


Looking after the bees.


Around the fire in the Wooldland.


Community and Nature programme at the CFPH

Families in nature.


Planetary Healing's yurt: our shelter.


Learning about wild plants.


The water stream, source of great fun!


In 2017 we are celebrating 14 years of our Charity and we have been offering this project since 2011 making it 6 years of offering this project for the community.