Free ‘Wild Things’ Open Access Course to Promote Mental Health and Recovery

Devon Recovery Learning Community are offering a free ‘Wild Things’ Summer program for anyone interested in developing and recovering their mental health. The program offers six challenging and adventurous courses which will help improve mental health whilst having fun at the same time. The courses include coasteering, Taiko drumming, kayaking, sea  fishing, wild camping on Dartmoor and much more!

“Our Wild Things courses are really popular and we want to make sure that as many people as possible benefit from them. We therefore have to limit enrolments from the range of courses in our Summer Programme to no more than two courses per student. We hope that the limits we set do not discourage you, but instead allow you more freedom to choose the courses that best promote your recovery.” (Devon Recovery Learning Community)

Wild Things began back in 2001 as a project developed by Ian Siddons Heginworth, a drama therapist and leading practitioner, innovator and teacher of environmental arts therapy. He was employed by Devon Partnership Trust as a specialist practitioner to run Wild Things based out of the Russell Clinic at Wonford House Hospital.

Wild Things gave patients the opportunity to participate in a variety of exciting activities across Devon that included things like drumming, storytelling, bush craft, martial arts, animal encounters, climbing, caving, and sailing.

Wild Things moved out into the community for a time under the umbrella of Mind, where it was able to benefit anyone using mental health services more generally.

With Ian retiring in 2015, Wild Things found a new home with the Devon Recovery Learning Community. They are privileged to carry this wonderful project forward by providing learning opportunities for challenging the mind and the body to promote well being and recovery from mental ill health.

If you would like to enrol in this course you can book online as or email Devon RCL at or phone 01392 677067 (available Monday- Thursday between 10am-2pm)

Click here to view the course leaflet which will give additional information about the program.

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