We deliver a range of activities to promote self-esteem, co-operation, emotional intelligence and a sense of belonging and connection.
Nes Bear, Founding Director, Forest School Leader, Mountain Leader and Yoga & Yogic Mindfulness Teacher
Nes Bear is a qualified Yoga Teacher, Level 3 Forest School Practitioner, Mountain Leader, Primary School Teacher with QTS, BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work, John Muir Award Leader, Relax and Renew® teacher and First Aider.
She has undertaken training in Yogic Mindfulness with A.G. and Indra Mohan, Transforming Trauma for Young People and Children with Yoga and Mindfulness with Lucy Arnsby-Wilson, Chair Yoga for MS, COPD, Breathlessness and age related problems with Gill Ansty, Yoga, Food & Body Image Intensive Training with Chelsea Roff as well as Yoga and Mindfulness for Children Teacher Training. In addition, Nes continues her Yoga Therapy training with Ganesh Mohan and Somatic Trauma Therapy training with Babette Rothschild.
Nes has worked in a variety of settings with children and young people since 1999. Much of Nes’s work has involved working with children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and with behavioural difficulties, particularly when working as a support worker and at a PRU. Nes has also worked with children with a variety of additional needs, ranging from speech and language issues to autism and PMLD, ensuring their inclusion. Nes believes that forest school is the ideal setting to help to engage and inspire children, young people and adults to develop both social and academic abilities.
With experience of teaching throughout mainstream primary education as well as in EYFS, primary, secondary and post-16 special schools, Nes has developed a diverse set of outdoor lessons and yoga & mindfulness sessions to cover core and foundation curriculum subjects with great success.
Before becoming a primary school teacher, Nes worked for many years in Environmental Education: planning and delivering quality sessions in primary and secondary schools and special schools; setting up Eco-Schools, Bike to School and Gardening Clubs; as well as giving consultations to head teachers and class teachers on how to integrate outdoor learning into everyday planning. Nes offers similar consultation for schools and charities & organisations. Nes’s love for learning and passion to promote creative and experiential learning makes Bear Forest School & Well-being a fantastic experience for all.
Nes has a great deal of experience in working with children and adults with metal health issues and has undertaken Somatic Trauma Therapy Training; Yoga for Stress, Anxiety, Addictions & Depression and Yogic Mindfulness training. Nes offers therapeutic outdoor and yoga sessions to help people cope with overwhelming emotions, to connect with the present in order to have a better quality of life. With an increasing amount of children and adults experiencing stress and anxiety, this kind of session could be invaluable.
Yoga and mindfulness are often combined with mountain walking, forest school or woodland activities, encouraging participants to take some mindful moments to appreciate their surroundings and how they are feeling, helping to develop connection with themselves, the environment and others.
Sam Barrett, Accounts & Admin
Sam is an engineer and has a great talent with numbers and writing concise reports. Spending much of his spare time mountain biking, hiking in the mountains and walking the dogs, he loves to be outdoors. Sam has also trained in timber framed building and loves building useful things with wood. Whenever possible Sam assists with forest school sessions, thoroughly enjoying getting stuck into cooking on the fire and building structures. Sam has been practicing yoga and mindfulness for three years and is passionate about working to help others benefit from the peace and strength they cultivate.
Our mission is to work with people of all ages, backgrounds and bodies to help develop connection with nature, each other and ourselves through play, storytelling, adventure, learning, creativity, exploration and so much more.
How we work
We are passionate about being not for profit. We believe in paying staff a fair wage and then any left-overs are put into our projects with those that would otherwise not afford to participate as well as going into our pot to enable us to offer concessionary rates. If you are able to donate to this pot or know of funding available to help us provide invaluable experiences for disadvantaged groups please get in touch.
We strongly believe in causing as little impact on the environment as possible. We try to use natural and recyclable or reusable materials as much as possible as well as vegan and organic foods in our campfire cooking. This also means that people following various religious/ ethically motivated diets can also usually eat the food we offer.