" A lot of people care, but they don't understand.
When I come here, they understand."

(men's group participant)


Heart Wood is a registered charity based in Northumberland. We offer person-centred therapeutic group counselling in woodland, in order to help people improve their mental health. We currently have a particular focus on working with men. We offer something different, for people who cannot engage with indoor services. Heart Wood is unique in offering group counselling in this way. 

The charity is building on the success of the 2018 pilot project 'Ecotherapy Group for Men who identified with suffering with depression'. There is qualitative evidence of positive outcomes for a majority of the participants, who had been psychologically and socially isolated.

Our core programme includes a men’s ecotherapy group, meeting weekly for six-months in local private woodland; projects that specifically work with fathers and sons; and we are researching and developing a programme which will engage with younger men.


We also offer CPD training for psychotherapists in contact-oriented person-centred ecotherapy.

To find out more any of our activities, please contact Emma at admin@heartwoodcharity.org or call 01434 607726.


Heart Wood is a new and developing charity. We are looking for people to join our enthusiastic and passionate team in fulfilling the vision of our pioneering approach.  As a volunteer trustee, you will play a vital role in this important period of development and delivery.

We are looking for people who have experience of:

  • Growing an existing business / charity

  • Understanding of the current statutory and 3rd sector health support

  • Personal experience of counselling

  • An understanding of the relevance and benefit of working in a person-centred way in an outdoor context

  • Other professional experience, e.g. financial management, legal practice, project management, fundraising or organisational development.

If you think you have something else you could offer that isn't listed here we'd still love to hear from you.

Please download our Trustee Information Pack for more details and how to apply.

Application deadline: Friday 4 December, 5pm.

Charity Reg in England and Wales: 1182889