“This is not about a bit of playtime in the garden. This is about the deepest necessity of the human spirit to know itself in nature.” Jay Griffiths

Welcome to Happy Out Forest School

Freedom to play, explore and grow beneath the shelter of the trees.

At Happy Out we honour the uniqueness of the individual, while recognising our common human need for connection with nature and with each other.

We aim to create a woodland community where all feel safe and cared-for and there is respect for all living things.

Happy Out Forest School is based in County Clare.

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IFSA West Autumn Gathering 2020

19 October 2020

Thank you to those wonderful woodsy women who travelled to Ennis yesterday for an IFSA West gathering that felt special to us. The magical autumn sunshine definitely helped too. We made a 5-pointed star nature mandala, each point representing a regional gathering taking place over the weekend: Cork, Clare, Sligo, Down, Dublin. We played games, …

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Forest School in a Time of Covid.

24 August 2020

With concerns about health restrictions in schools and uncertainty about how schools will operate in the coming months, many parents are looking for alternative educational experiences for their children this September. At Happy Out Forest School we are offering a midweek opportunity for children in the Ennis area aged 4-10 years to spend time outdoors …

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Fun at our First Summer Camp of 2020

08 August 2020

It was great to be back in the woods – and it felt just like old times. Lots more hand washing, but even that was fun with our new Tippy-taps! Lots of dens were built, some big and some fairy-sized. We made elder spud-guns, wood faces, a nature mandela, clay on the fire. We played …

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Looking to book?

28 June 2020

All of our summer camps are fully booked with waiting lists. We will be posting our Forest School dates and times for September very soon!

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Latest News on Summer Camps

06 June 2020

Yesterday’s welcome announcement from the government gives the green light for summer camps to go ahead from this Monday. No more than 15 people should mix together – not an issue for our camps where numbers are already small. Also on our side is the fact that our camps take place entirely outdoors. Scientists have …

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COVID-19 Restrictions

07 April 2020

Regrettably, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we won’t be able to return to the woods for now. We look forward to better times ahead. In the meantime, stay safe and try to get out beneath a tree if you can. Good for the soul!

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Logs, leaves and life-skills: Why forest schools are on the rise.

20 March 2020

“Immersing children in nature from an early age has long been popular in the Scandinavian countries. Now, the concept of so-called forest schools is starting to catch on here. Amanda Cassidy looks at the pre-schools where young children spend most of their days in the great outdoors.” Read Image magazine’s full article here

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IFSA Gathering

05 February 2020

A special day for us at the IFSA Gathering held at DCU’s All Hallows Campus last October, where we had the honour of hosting the Opening and Closing Circles. Thank you to the Acorn and to all IFSA members for their warm support throughout. We had a wonderful day reconnecting with like-minded folk and learning …

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