What is Wild Ideas?
Following the impact caused by the pandemic, the world of work has changed for so many – our staff, our partners and our audiences. And much is still unknown.
Wild Ideas is a special team-building experience, powered by nature. Over the course of a day, your team will be given the space to come together safely in a tranquil forest setting. Through activity facilitated by experts, participants will be inspired to develop bold, new ideas for working in a changed world. Sessions will support teams to feel better connected and revitalised to work through challenges that lie ahead.
The full day will take place in our ancient, 33 acre woodland. This oasis of calm provides the perfect retreat for your team to reflect and be inspired. The sounds of nature will provide a gentle backdrop to the day’s activities.
Wild Ideas sessions will be led by expert facilitators, with broad experience of delivering innovation, creative development and team building days. Sessions will be co-delivered with forest school experts from Stomping Grounds.
What is the value of Wild Ideas?
Wild Ideas supports your team to:
Grow their creative thinking. Activities and insights from the day will inspire teams to think through real work challenges.
Feel better together. For many organisations, this workshop will be a rare opportunity for individuals to get together with their colleagues, feel better as a team, and re-anchor themselves to the organisation and its vision.
Take a pause from the turbulence. Duke’s Hagg Woods is a large private woodland that is a perfect space for your staff to get away from it all.
Connect with nature. Learning about the natural world is proven to increase feelings of wellbeing in all of us. We will create opportunities for your staff to stay connected with the natural world following the day.
Who is it for?
Wild Ideas is suitable for a range of organisations. Our facilitators have delivered innovation workshops with and for:
Museums, galleries and arts organisations
Public and third sector organisations
Education and research professionals
Commercial and innovation-focused SMEs
Sessions are typically delivered for between 6 and 25 individuals.
Wild Ideas was a really imaginative way for our team to get out of the office and in to nature and reflect together. The woodland really is a special space that uses the benefits of the natural world to relax and refresh, open your mind and to find different ways to think. We worked collaboratively with the Wild Ideas team to create a bespoke session that brought out the best in our team and helped to creatively answer those things we wanted to think about for the year ahead. The day was well managed and everyone was friendly and welcoming. It was great to be given ‘permission’ to play – and we all thoroughly enjoyed it! You will not experience a team day quite like it anywhere else!
Great North Museum Executive Manager, Newcastle
What happens in a session?
Every session is designed to provoke and create space for radical new ideas. It combines space for reflection and creativity, with practical and actionable insights.
The full day will be tailored to the priority impacts for your organisation. For example, it could be focused on supporting the development of a new public programme. Or it could be dedicated to team-building for staff who now work from home.
Days are scheduled to start at 10am and last 6 hours, including time for breaks.
Within each session, a range of activities will be used as a framework for achieving your priority outcomes. These can include:
Woodland walking sessions
Cooking together, including food you have foraged from the landscape
Art making with natural materials
Listening to nature
Through the day our workshop facilitators will share cross-sector insights on innovation and creative thinking, as well as practical woodlands skills.
More about the facilitators
Sessions will be led by two or more of our expert facilitators.
John Coburn has worked in the North East arts and culture sector for 17 years, leading large teams of staff and artists to deliver innovative, award-winning public programmes. Working with partners across culture, education, community and digital commercial sectors, John has facilitated a raft of innovation programmes that provide creative challenge and inspiration to every stage of professional.
Stomping Grounds facilitators are all highly qualified, Level 3 Forest School practitioners. They have a wide variety of training and experience to suit diverse needs, and are approved Therapeutic Forest practitioners. .