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Our Story
Hearts and Minds Story
Our Background
Until September 2020 I spent 20 years as a primary school teacher and senior manager and have a demonstrated history of working successfully in the education and wider learning and personal development sector. Prior to teaching I worked with young people “at risk” and have held a variety of roles with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the Princes’ Trust and several other charities focused on the personal development of young people from socially disadvantaged groups. Prior to this I completed a short service Commission in the Royal Air Force and was a member of the RAF Mountain Rescue Team, spending much of my free time in the mountains as a trained volunteer.
In September 2020 I made the decision to follow my lifelong dream to use my smallholding as a nurturing environment where I could combine my passions for the great outdoors, the restorative nature of animals and working with children, young people and adults. Since then I have enjoyed each and every day.
I believe that an organisation is only as good as its people (and animals!) All of our staff are qualified, experienced, have enhanced DBS checks and are fully up to date with safeguarding training. We hold First Aid and Mental First Aid training and have all relevant insurances plus required animal licences from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Our policies, risk assessments, qualifications and insurance/licences can be viewed either when you visit (on display) or copies may be requested. We are a trauma-informed and trauma-focused practice. All staff have participated in and are fully up-to-date with current thinking and practices in trauma and its impact on both children and adults.
My philosophy on learning is that it is never complete; it’s a lifelong process. In addition to being a qualified and experienced teacher and senior manager in education I have undertaken courses in animal assisted learning and therapy, equine facilitated learning and training around Adverse Childhood Experiences. I spent 2 years gaining an Ofqual-accredited level 6 diploma in Equine Facilitated Psychotraumatology and participate in ongoing Continuing Professional Development to continue my understanding of attachment, human trauma and neurodiversity. My fascination with the world of equines means that I am continuously challenging myself to learn more – through horsemanship, classical dressage training, liberty work and I still enjoy some relaxed competing and spending time out on long hacks with my beloved horses and ponies. I love meeting inspiring and like-minded people who share this passion to value horses for the highly sensitive and intelligent mammals that they are.
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Our Story.
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Stay With Us
The Woodland Lodge
Nature and luxury combined...
Landpods provide all the excitement of camping but offer more comfort, more room and are insulated. Being constructed on legs, they leave less of a footprint on the land too. Landpods are the ideal way to sleep under the stars; both sides open up fully so that you can stargaze from the comfort of your own bed! The Woodland Lodge pods sleep up to four adults on two double mattresses. The single futon seating area doubles as a fifth bed large enough for a child. A family of up to 5 could sleep comfortably – very snug!
With solar lighting, these cosy pods include all beds and matresses. There is a bench, picnic table and BBQ firepit / stove outside each pod so that you can make the most of the great outdoors and dine al fresco. Each pod also has its own sun / rain canopy!
Sleeps up to 5.
Stress free glamping.