A Where the Mind Grows event

Down to Earth – Valuing leadership wellbeing with woodcraft

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Prioritising wellbeing for better balance – Leadership development and wellbeing: woodcraft

Leading and working in the sector can be challenging and rewarding, balancing time, energy, and the ever-changing nature of your organisation or team. You put time and attention into enhancing your teams wellbeing, yet experience frustration because you feel unable to practice what you preach when it comes to balancing your own work and life.

This wellbeing session isn’t your usual workshop.

Working with your hands is a proven way to reduce stress. We’re taking you into the Great Outdoors to benefit from the therapeutic properties of wood crafting.

The Down to Earth project, facilitated by JK McQuinn of Where the Mind Grows (and collaborators), invites you to make space and time in nature, to learn, grow and reflect.

This nature-inspired wellbeing session focuses on ways to reduce stress and enhance your values. Learn to focus with a ‘hands on’ in nature 2-hour woodcrafting session, which follows a 90 minute workshop. You’ll discover your way to maintain a healthier, happy workplace culture for yourself and others. You will return to work with strategies to create more space and time for yourself and the collective wellbeing of your team, so that they and your organisation can thrive.

In the session you will:

  • Be equipped with a practical set of values resources, with a clear approach of how to find balance and focus
  • Find clarity of how your individual and team values can be a ‘living’ part of your well-being culture, working from the inside out
  • Reduce your stress and feel better connected and confident – inspired by nature
  • Increase your confidence to create healthier boundaries, through your values resources
  • Get creative time for reflection
  • Boost energy and motivation.

Who should attend?

Leaders of organisations and organisational teams within the VCSE sector. The workshop will equip you with strategies to create more space and time for yourself so that you can better lead and support others.

Please note this workshop is aimed at voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations and groups based in North Yorkshire or delivering services within North Yorkshire.

What's included

The session combines a 90 minute workshop, followed by a two hour woodcraft session, leaving you with practical resources to help find focus in the busy day. And a beautiful hand-crafted item, for yourself as a result of this more ‘hands on’ nature inspired activity.

Facilitated by JK McQuinn (founder of Where the Mind Grows) with woodcraft activity by Thrive Outside CIC.

At Little Seed Field, Nr Ripon.

Find out more


Prior to running her coaching company, founder of Where the Mind Grows, JK (Jennie-Kate), had over a decade of experience working in third sector, private and public health settings and leading mental health and employability services across North and West Yorkshire. Seeing the challenges and complexity of workplace wellbeing, in a sector that provides amazing and essential support to communities, JK has focused her time and energy on helping people and teams find sustainable and meaningful solutions to mental health and wellbeing.


Little Seed Field, Nr Ripon


Contact details

For booking and programme queries email: info@wherethemindgrows.co.uk

Booking details

Book your place here.

Booking deadline date: Tuesday 19 September 2023