nature connection courses that grow wellbeing

from a truly magical countryside base in Sussex


spending time in nature is SO good for our emotional & physical wellbeing

Grow have been running nature-connection courses for 5 years, which have been evaluated by Brighton University to show they dramatically improve:

mood, self-worth, motivation, confidence, energy, zest for life 

and can re-build a sense of trust, belonging & purpose


With Grow you will:


  • learn nature-connection resources that improve your wellbeing
  • have wonderful days out that re-inspire you
  • discover community links to develop your skills & interests





On a Grow 'Season' you'll explore inspiring ways

to benefit from nature-connection in stunning local countryside:


  • it's a FREE evidence-based nature-connection course that runs on 8 consecutive Thursdays, 10.30am - 5pm
  • it's for people who'd benefit from inspiring times out in nature - eg those who've experienced depression, anxiety, stress & other mental health issues
  • the course offers you the chance to enjoy wide range of optional activities in a fun, supportive group led by experienced facilitators
  • there's flexibility for varying energy levels & physical abilities.  Each course is led by experienced facilitators & will include options such as:
- guided nature walks, conservation tasks, green woodworking, wild food foraging, creative sessions, beach-combing, shepherding, mindfulness & more

- just enjoying magical surroundings, with picnics, tea & chat, soup by the fire

  • minibus transport from central Brighton included
  • based at The National Trust's Saddlescombe Farm (20mins from Brighton) - their friendly Ranger Graham leads some sessions, as does Roly the farmer
  • Grow is about growing people, not gardening!

 Once you've been on an 8 week Season you can come to our quarterly Socials


watch a FILM about Grow: 

or read all about it in the illustrated report by Brighton Uni (who are currently writing their follow-on evaluation) report final version.pdf



Applying to come on a Grow Season:

If you'd like to experience the wellbeing benefits of Grow:

  • Please contact us yourself - you can call or email for more info, or apply by completing the registration form here: Registration Form  Group Guidelines  & email it back to us at
  • once we've received your registration form we'll phone you &/or invite you in for a chat  

If you'd like to chat first, or fill in the form over the telephone, call or text

07557 501557   or   07504 217445 


Next 8 week Seasons start on:

Thursday 19th May 2016 (now full)

Thursday 4th August 2016

Thursday 4th November 2016



 "When your heart's confused or heavy, a day out in nature's quiet eternity restores your lost tranquility"

John O'Donohue  


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 Hooray! In September 2013 we received 3 years funding to expand Grow!


Thank you so much tEcoMinds, who funded our pilot phase & got Grow going. check out for more info on health benefits of being outside 

For other support & funding we'd also like to thank:

 The National Trust, Mind in Brighton & Hove, Personal Choice Plus - Dept of Health Innovation Fund, CUPP (Brighton Community University Partnership Programme) and Brighton & Hove City Council (thanks for funding this website!)



 Registered Charity Number 1155868 THE GROW PROJECT