I am a facilitator of social change and nature connection, offering experiential, educational courses in nature connection, spiritual ecology and skills for social change – combining all three where possible. I’m passionate about nature, connection and the transformation of self and society to be more deeply connected and life-affirming. I take a holistic approach to life and social change – and the concept of rewilding – and find that my passion for the natural world and social change finds expression in many ways.
I’m particularly interested in practical applications of nature connection and have worked with a diverse range of groups to bring the natural world into multiple spheres of society. This has included: architecture and the built environment, direct action and social change, creative arts, well-being and emotional resilience, spirituality, sustainability, and climate change adaptation. I’m looking forward to working with refugees and migrants for the first time later this year to support their settlement into their new ecological and cultural landscape through connecting with nature.
I lecture and facilitate on nature connection, spirituality, activism and system change on Masters courses at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) and Schumacher College, and work part-time in water and woodland management at CAT. My passion for the natural world also finds expression in freelance writing and political activism on various levels, and have spent much of the last few years organising with Reclaim the Power and Plane Stupid, and acting as Environment Editor for Red Pepper magazine. You can see some of my occasional forays into political artwork with the un-earthed collective here.
I’m an Associate Fellow of the St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, and an alumni of their Spiritual Ecology youth leadership programme. My explorations of spirituality and nature connection merge with my practise of Buddhist meditation and nature-based spiritual practises inspired by indigenous wisdom traditions. I taught Buddhist meditation and organised events and retreats for young people, within the Triratna Buddhist Community and at the University of Birmingham, before moving to rural Wales a few years ago where there are less young people to organise but more wilderness to enjoy. Most of my courses and workshops are secular but I also run retreats with a more spiritual emphasis.
My approach is inspired and informed by training in practices developed by Jon Young’s Wilderness Awareness School and 8 Shields Institute, Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects, the Spiritual Ecology movement, the EcoDharma Centre, Buddhism and indigenous wisdom and practice, mindfulness, participatory education, radical grassroots social movements, Forest School, and the many wise and experienced people I have had the privilege to meet and work with.
See upcoming courses and events here.