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Nature Recovery and the River Dart Valley: 2-week experience

Join a voyage following the outstanding River Dart from its origin on the high moors to its release to the sea. You will explore hidden gems, various habitats learn about the ecology, geology and cultural significance of this iconic landscape. You will be invited to canoe, swim, walk, enquire and be curious, and will leave inspired with a sense of hope for the future, better informed about natural processes, their application to a landscape, and how crucial they are for the future of nature.

Experience Description

The Summer of Nature Recovery explained...

What to expect

Your experience will have a rich blend of contributions from different guest experts, talks from people applying their lives to help nature recover, trips to inspirational sites in the local area and practical nature tasks giving you a chance to apply your recently acquired knowledge. Ambios team members will help you to connect your various experiences and offer context. You will experience everyday life on a working farm, getting involved with farm tasks and shared community life.

  • Spoon carving workshop, using wood sourced from the Dart Valley
  • History and wildlife of the Sharpham estate guided walk and talk
  • Introduction to Rewilding workshop
  • Our ecological past presentation
  • Canoe trip along the lower reaches of the River Dart
  • A talk about the wonders of saltmarsh
  • In search of the Greater Horseshoe Bat evening walk
  • River bird survey followed by woodland breakfast

Your life on a working farm spent with like-minded others will be a large part of the experience; harvesting vegetables from the organic garden, creating shared meals, caring for our organic livestock, enjoying conversations around the evening dinner table – knowing that the common thread is that you all care about the natural world.

You will spend time in the stunning river Dart valley gaining practical and applied field skills. This is a chance to spend quality time outside in a pristine rural landscape, use your body in good practical ways, whilst also invigorating yourself with an inspiring dive into the natural world.


The program of work and learning will be formatted into a weekly schedule around the running of the farm. This will include farm and community living tasks, field trips, livestock handling, practical work, and dynamic learning experiences. We share our farm and work in partnership with United Response, a charity dedicated to support adults with learning difficulties.

There is a buzz in the summer months and your evenings will often be full, either with programmed activities or arranged with your colleagues enjoying the facilities of the farm centre and local area. This could be occasional events on a theme or topic, invitational guest speakers, nature immersions such as star gazing, evening bat/bird/moth walks, food evenings/woodland pizza nights, a trip to the local country pub or a dusk canoe trips.

Field trips will take you to Dartmoor and include a guided visit to Dart Valley National Nature Reserve 

Your experience will be facilitated by key members of the Ambios team, who will hold the space and offer onward signposting to support you in your own journey to nature recovery. Whereas your experience will be shared with others, it will be unique to you; fireside conversations and circle time will allow a deeper reflection as to your own nature recovery experience, and where it may lead you next.

Who's it for?

This experience is for anyone who cares about the natural world and would like an introduction to nature recovery. This might be a new world to you and you are just starting on your exploration. It is for those looking for an experience in nature, spent with others, learning and working meaningfully towards positive outcomes for nature.

this might just be the first spark you need to see that the skills you already have can be applied in a role that is working more positively towards the natural world. Our 2-week experiences also act as a good taster for our longer, immersive Ambios traineeships

The desire to do this could be initiated from a need to do something rewarding and enlivening; a desire to take a step in the direction of a career change but just not quite sure where to start; a need to connect with yourself and the land whilst being practical, around like mind others, engaged in projects which are working towards nature recovery.

Current students looking for summer holiday experience & recent graduates looking for practical experience, to develop your CV. Employers are often looking for a demonstration of the skills you have beyond the academic learning of university. This summer placement is a length where you can demonstrate work experience and gain an insight into what might inspire you.

International students looking for a rewarding learning experience in a different country, gaining language and cultural immersions whilst doing something beneficial.

This is a 2 week experience, a chance to get away from your day to day life. Summer placements are more than a holiday, different to a retreat and offer a chance to learn, to apply yourself, to gain skills which can greatly improve your outlook and prospects. 

How to Apply

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Complete the short sign-up form for your chosen experience & make your payment.

Receive a confirmation email

You will receive an email confirming your booking. 

A month before your experience

We will send you the pre-course & arrival information a month before the start date.

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