An inspiring, welcoming centre for outdoor learning and nature connection as well as group accommodation
About Ringsfield EcoActivity Centre
Our core aim is to create an holistic, welcoming space to encourage the reconnection of both children and adults, to themselves, to one another, to the earth and to the spiritual within, that is to Foster the Spirit of the Child. To do this we offer our lovely hall, magical grounds, the freedom to explore discover, create and ‘be’, and our particular ethos which aims to offer respect, empathy, acceptance and unconditional positive regard.
At the Centre we have a unique opportunity to provide the right conditions for children and adults of all ages to develop positive relationships in a loving and safe environment with positive activities which enables us all to thrive.
We all know that the sustainability of our Planet is an urgent concern. We are all beginning to understand that the way we live, the way we treat all of nature from the smallest living cell to the largest creatures has an impact. Not only does a reconnection with nature greatly improve personal wellbeing, but also a sustainable future depends on us all developing a connection with, and a love of nature.
About The Ringsfield Hall Trust
The Ringsfield Hall EcoActivity Centre is governed by the Ringsfield Hall Trust, a registered UK charity (No. 1093404) and Charitable Company (no. 4222560). In 1971 the Hall and grounds were bought by Peter and Sally Langford, who, based in London, had the vision for a place of retreat for children – a place to learn, to play and to ‘be’.
The Trust has a Christian Foundation and in the ‘peace and justice and integrity of creation’ tradition welcoming all those of faith and none offering an inclusive ‘space’ for the whole community, especially the very many school children who stay each year.
We're really privileged to have a greatly skilled team who not only believe in our vision, but also recognise the unique 'space' we're working to create here at the hall.
If you make an enquiry Carrie is usually the person you will come across first. She is in our office from Tuesday to Friday mornings overseeing the booking procedures and calendars, and generally solving problems as well as supplying the team with sweet treats on Fridays. When she is not working she enjoys spending time at the beach and adding to her collection of hag stones.
Kat has special responsibility for Team & Resources for our education provision. A very experienced outdoor learning and Forest School practitioner with an amazing energy , humour and zest for life, she loves playing and storytelling round the camp fire and is especially good at empathising with and drawing alongside children. Kat takes many of the photographs you see on our Facebook page and loves festivals where she can usually be found leading boisterous activities with the children.
Lou has responsibility for Education Marketing and Development. An artist with an MA in Fine Art she has many years experience as an outdoor learning and Forest School practitioner and has a commitment to wellbeing and mindfulness. She also oversees nurture groups for children and young people. Lou loves festivals , fairies and family and enjoys spending time with her three young grandchildren.
Koren works from Wednesday to Friday, ensuring that the house is beautifully prepared for weekend groups. She is also a great cook, producing cakes, quiches and cheesecakes with ease. Koren loves her daughter, her dog and Drum and Bass music, and can mix with the best of them.
Lucy gets through cleaning and laundry with speed and commitment and can always be relied on to make a real difference, always with a smile. Lucy loves travelling, getting a tan and watching her boys play football.
Duty cover, Grounds, Animals & Education
Dave has many skills including engineering construction and he looks after our animals and extensive grounds. Dave is great with children and helps with holiday clubs, is willing to run birthday parties, and participates in education sessions. He will even help out in the kitchen and reliably looks after weekend groups. He is always on the lookout for ways to enhance the site.
Education and Grounds
Mark is a real all rounder not only bringing trade, agricultural and horticultural skills to the team, but also great energy and empathic enthusiasm as an education team member too. He and Dave are willing to host Birthday parties.
Education and Grounds
Hannah is a greatly valued Education Team member, trained in Forest School leadership and very skilled at nurturing and ‘being with’ children and young people. She also works in schools and runs a part time gardening business so is a real asset in our unruly garden.
Nicola brings lots amount of experience and knowledge to the education team. She is a Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Leader, mountaineering instructor and has led international expeditions for young people. She contributes knowledge of bushcraft. foraging and willow craft and has been an enormous help with the education garden.