Sensory design training

Sensory gardens and trail design

This training will help you create more immersive and memorable experiences by inspiring people to connect and explore through all their senses. This includes the development of new sensory-rich spaces, such as sensory gardens and trails, as well as the enhancement of sensory experiences within an existing space.

Training is based on our experience of advising on the design of outdoor spaces - from school and care gardens to large scale landscapes - and uses our range of sensory activities and engagement tools like sensory mapping.

Key outcomes of the training:

  • Greater understanding of sensory engagement, who it benefits and why
  • Skills and techniques to apply a sensory design approach
  • Access to sensory engagement tools and activities to use in your project

Key components of the training:

  • Principles of sensory design and how to apply the approach in different settings
  • How to select sensory plants, materials, activities and features
  • Practical outdoor session using sensory engagement tools to show how to put the principles into practice (this is optional but recommended)


Sensory stories in schools

Co-authoring sensory stories lead by Lynsey Robinson from Sensory Trust and Joanna Grace from The Sensory Projects.

A one-day workshop to enable young people with special educational needs to co-author sensory stories about nature. Through an understanding of story and exploration of sensory stimuli we will work with your students to co-create a story just for your school.

Outline of the day

Introductory sensory story lead by Jo Grace. Lynsey Robinson will demonstrate the recording of responses.  

Class workshops to explore a range of nature based sensory stimuli, approximately half hour sessions with a relaxed informal approach. Students will have a few minutes to explore each stimulus with support staff recording their reactions with additional support from Jo and Lynsey. There will be 7 stimuli to explore linked to the main seven senses.
We can work with up to 4 classes in one day.

Your story - Jo and Lynsey will then take the responses and observations and co-author a bespoke story for your school.

The whole school gathers together for a sharing of the story, this can be repeated several times to get a good understanding of it.  We will celebrate the achievement of co-authoring by the school.

Certificates of achievements will be given to the authors that have made special contributions.

Follow-up we will send you an electronic copy of the story which you will be able to use to repeat the story anytime. This will include guidance on the best way to deliver your sensory story and a list of the sensory stimuli you will need. We will also provide you with advice on how you can create your own stories with your students.

Prices start from £900.00 for the day.

Email Lynsey or call 01726 222900 to find out more.

Delivering training in access review techniques


A focus on sensory engagement - projects, ideas and examples of how to connect with nature through the senses.

Our SNAP project is working with children with disabilities and their families to create sensory, nature-based adventures such as stories, games and creative activities. 

Sensory design consultancy - for advice and project delivery.

Boy enjoys a sensory story day at Mayfield School

Can we help?

If you are interested in this training and would like to discuss specific requirements and costs please email us:

We are also able to offer bespoke training packages.

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"What a day! Thank you so much for bringing joy, connection, creativity and storytelling to us."

Paul Tarling, National Star college