The Life Science Trust

The Life Science Trust

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  • Education
  • Environment
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Mental health

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Pishwanton Wood is a centre for environmental education, research and therapy, which offers opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to renew and deepen their relationship with nature. The Life Science Trust explores ways of integrating agriculture, horticulture, woodland management and conservation activities to create a practical demonstration of sustainable land use. It bases its work on the scientific approach initiated by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and developed by Rudolf Steiner.


The practice of Goethean Science is a way of reading and learning from nature, discovering what that means to each individual, and thereby enabling people to learn and experience for themselves. It involves a systematic cultivation of sensory experiences, imagination, inspiration and intuition within a holistic scientific methodology.

We offer those who come here the chance to learn new skills while engaging in meaningful practical work. We have a unique specialization in full-time education in Goethean Science and Art in the English speaking world. We offer a two year full-time course to learn the practice of Goethean Science and Art through empirical observation in our 60 acre (27 hectare) woodland.

Supervision and Training for people with behavioural support needs, additional support needs and special needs.

  • Education in Land and Craft Skills.
  • Tailor-made individual programmes
  • A quiet environment to come to peace.
  • Opportunities to practice gentle handwork.
  • A placeĀ of good social interaction in a relaxed and tranquil woodland setting.

We strive to ensure the realisation of every individuals potential as far as we are able.

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