Think like a tree programme. Unlock nature’s secrets to resilience, happiness and wellbeing. September 2018





More information about the course and content is available on the Think like a tree website.

We have courses running in 2018 (full dates and venues below):

The next course is Sunday mornings starting 9 September

This is a six week programme and each session is two and a half hours.  Venues are: St Brides, Melbourne, Derbyshire and/or Whistlewood Common, Melbourne, Derbyshire.


We associate woodlands, forests and other natural ecosystems with resilience, longevity and harmony, but often struggle to experience these in our own lives.

By exploring principles derived from nature, this programme will guide you step-by-step through a design cycle that can be used for a wide range of personal circumstances – relationships, health, wellbeing, leisure and work.

You may want to make a significant change, some small improvements, or just want to be more content or effective in your everyday life, and whatever your circumstances this course has something to offer.

The programme comprises six two and a half hour sessions with optional activities to do at home.  During the six week programme you will build up a design that is personal to you.  All course materials are provided and you will go away with a toolkit of tools and principles that can be used again and again.

Tutor Sarah Spencer holds a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design and is the lead designer to the Whistlewood Common project.  Whilst designing landscapes, gardens and woodlands, Sarah came to realise that the same principles that make landscapes successful and enduring can be applied to our own lives.  She has  used these tools and principles in a wide range of applications in her own life, such as in Whistlewood’s organisational structure, designing workshops, and most significantly in designing her own health recovery.

More about the course

Cost:  £120 payable in advance.  Please reserve your place by paying a deposit of £60.  The final payment falls due two weeks before the course starts**.

  •  A limited number of places for students and people with low income are available at £60.  Please contact us to apply for one of these places after checking Whistlewood’s terms and conditions to see if you are eligible
  • If the final payment is not received we reserve the right to offer your place to someone else.
  • Sorry there are no refunds available for this course, but if you are unable to attend please get in touch and we will try and accommodate you on a future course.

Dates and venues:

Six week programmes:

Sunday mornings September and October   £120

9, 16, 30 September and 7, 14, 21 October

10.30am – 1pm  Venue: Whistlewood Common and St Brides










Additional information

Ticket type

Feb/March Sunday mornings deposit, Feb/March Sunday mornings pay balance, April/May Monday evenings deposit, April/May Monday evenings pay balance, June/July Wednesday evenings deposit, June/July Wednesday evenings pay balance, September/October Monday evenings deposit, September/October Monday evenings pay balance, September/October Sunday mornings deposit, September/October Sunday mornings pay balance, Low income (please only use if you qualify), Full payment (state the course you are booking)