To date, training in Ireland has been facilitated by two Irish Organisations – Forest School Ireland working with Circle of Life Training and Down to Earth Forest School working with Huathe.

In April 2023, an Forest School qualification,  a Level 6 Certificate in Forest School Leadership was validated by QQI.

There are two courses staring in October 2023.  All the information you need is HERE. 

You must register your interest directly with Brigit’s Garden in Co. Galway using the above link.

Queries should be directed to the course organiser through the webpage link above.

The IFSA is also working towards a quality assurance scheme for Forest School in Ireland.


forest school training in ireland

Brigid’s Garden
(QQI Level 6 Training)

(QQI Level 6 Training)

Brigit’s Garden, working in collaboration with the IFSA, Forest School Ireland and Down to Earth are now approved to offer Irish accredited (QQI) Level 6 Forest School training. This is an exciting and important development for the Irish Forest School movement which the IFSA wholeheartedly welcomes.


Down to Earth Forest School
The Nature Hub

Down to Earth Forest School
The Nature Hub

Carol and Kerry

Carol Barrett and Kerry Walker met on a Forest School Leadership training course in 2015 delivered by Huathe. Huathe comprises Carol Middleton and Elizabeth Swift, English-based Forest School trainers.x

In Autumn 2017, they were offered the opportunity to travel to Suffolk, England to shadow Huathe on a forest school training course. They spent five days observing, participating and learning with a new group of trainees, and able to experience being in the group from a trainer perspective.


Carol continues to run Down to Earth in Galway. For further information, contact


Kerry now runs her own company, the Nature Hub based in Killarney Co Kerry.

Forest School Ireland

Forest School Ireland

Ciara Hinskman pic for bios

OCN Level 3 training

Ciara Hinksman of Forest School Ireland’s passion is to enliven and deepen our relationships with ourselves, each other and our natural world. She is grateful to have worked closely with UK-based Circle of Life Rediscovery to deliver the Level 3 Forest School Leader training in Ireland since 2013. During an amazing ten year journey, she became an Associate Trainer along with an amazing Irish team to deliver Forest School Leader training for COLR, the team included Lucy Bell of Growing Wild and Lucy O’Hagan of Wild Awake.
Forest School Ireland offers Forest School Continuous Professional Development training (CPD’s), weekend workshops, ‘Introduction to Forest School’ training for organisations and Forest School practitioner masterclasses with world-renowned tutors out of our venue at Kilcock, Co. Kildare, only 45 mins from Dublin’s City Centre.

Forest School Ireland – Kildare/Dublin/Meath

Ciara runs Forest School Ireland events at the stunning grounds at Larchill Arcadian Gardens, Kilcock, Co. Kildare. For further information please visit

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