Going Feral -Wild Play Day

Listed by: Holly Stoppit
Contact: Holly Stoppit (Email)

Facilitated by Dr Mel McCree

Holly Stoppit Workshops are seriously excited to be hosting wild play expert Dr Mel McCree to run a Going Feral play day for us.

As autumn turns to winter, challenge your increasingly indoor self to get outside and boost your natural energy. Come join us in a secret location near Bristol to be creative and play in response to the beautiful woodlands around you. Find your feral spirit to flow with the world and banish the worries of daily life. Come land in the present moment on the soft ground with a satisfying thump.

Going feral uses improvisation, play and deep nature connection techniques. Think of a beautiful combo of outdoor fooling, forest school style play for adults, forest bathing and inner rewilding, creating and choosing what you feel like doing.

In the morning we will work with movement and voice to engage with the landscape. We will stretch, run, climb, whoop, howl and holler together. We will be still and reflect.

In the afternoon, we will take inspiration from the fire, cooking lunch then warming our ideas, hearts and hands around the flames. We might sing and tell stories round the fire and there will of course be cake! We will share some of the juicy fruits from the days creative process in celebration, returning home full of tales of adventure, wood smoke perfume and a twinkle in our eyes.

You don’t need to know how to dance, act or sing, or what plants are called. You need curiosity, some good waterproofs and a sense of adventure. The woods await you and beckon you in.

This workshop is open to all, whether you’ve done any of Holly’s training or not and it’s booking on a first-come, first-served basis. The age limit is 18+.

You will be guided by Mel, an experienced creative outdoor facilitator and supported by a feral few who vouch for the transformative powers of going feral for the day.


Available from Brown Paper Tickets: https://goingferal.brownpapertickets.com

Standard £69.04 / Low income £53.29 / No income £37.54 (ticket price includes booking fee)


Mel McCree is an ecological artist, educator and researcher. Starting last century, her beloved creative practice of mucking about outside has now become fairly trendy. She has developed Feralism as a participatory art form, leading outdoor experiences in Going Feral, the Feral Unskool, the Bristol Feral Choir, alongside ecotherapeutic approaches. Feralism is an embodied creative practice of being in place and making place, using collaborative performance, improvisation and reflective outdoor exploration. Mel is a renowned academic scholar and practitioner of outdoor play and forest school.

For more about Mel and her Feralosophy visit: http://melmccree.com/ and http://freerangecreativity.org/

More info from Holly Stoppit Workshops

Mel is an exceptionally inspiring practitioner who’s work both Holly and Beccy (Holly’s admin) have had the pleasure of experiencing first hand. In fact, Holly and Beccy first met each other in the woods on a Going Feral day led by Mel!

Mel’s ridiculously intricate understanding of outdoor play is deeply rooted in both theory and practice – she is an actual Doctor in Outdoor Play, don’t you know!

Mel will merrily lead us through the forest, scattering play invitations galore, encouraging us to drop into nature-based creative explorations that will leave us feeling closer to our natural state.


The site is uneven and off level paths. We’re sorry that this event is therefore not wheelchair accessible.

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