Who we are

2020 November, working in Kali woods, the fab four (and Hazel) Kym, Louisa, Rachel and Mell. But we have grown since then – a new photo will arrive soon

The Kinda team comprise of Directors and Facilitators and Volunteers. We currently have 6 directors (Louisa Yallop, Mell Harrison, Kym Flodvist, Rachel Kellett, Elloise Wilkinson, Dianne Dandilion) and 5 facilitators and valuable volunteers. If you wish to become a volunteer, or work with us, send us an email.

Mell Harrison – Director/Facilitator

Mell

Education and Training (PTLLS) Level 3 / Degree in shiatsu / Working with Challenging Behaviours in the Outdoors OCN level 3 / Forest School OCN 3

I’ve been facilitating Nature Connection work for over 15 years and am currently Green Light Trusts Education and Forest School Manager. I work with all ages and abilities, facilitating through the theories of Forest School, Earth Education, Nature Connection and Environmental Education.

I started to work within this field after many years of environmental campaigning, believing that if people felt connected to the natural world, they would more readily take an active role in fostering the sustainability of the planet. In 2014 I was shortlisted for Learning Outside the Classrooms national award for ‘Most inspiring Educator’. I was a co-creator/director of a small school ‘Wild Meadows’ . Together the parents and children we built a straw bale building as a classroom then developed the space and facilitated activities to learn together in a child led and child centered way.I would like to see outdoor education made central to our education system while supporting children to take an active role in their learning, their environment and the world around them.

Rachel Kellett – Director/facilitator

Education and Training (BEd Drama)
I’ve had a varied career from picture restoration to computer programming and running a 20 engineer support team throughout the UK before returning to my original training as a teacher and teaching for 5 years in a Buddhist school in northern India. (The subject was anything but English and thereby English, and here I developed a Footprint curriculum). I lived 10 years in India and as my partner set up Greenpeace in Delhi, I set up an NGO Toxics Link connecting people over the new internet to share data, before we both co wrote a book on Plastics (Life in Plastic) which influenced Indian government policy. In 2004 I co-wrote a biography of a friend, called Bird of Passage. Returning to the UK I financed the purchase of a village shop in Metfield to save it, and it runs today as a lively village shop.

In June 2014 I bought a 5.5 acre wood at auction, and knew then that I wanted to share it.  The story of the woodland is told here on www.kaliwood.wordpress.com

In 2019 I studied Level 2 Forest School which qualifies me to assist and facilitate any Forest School teaching. With a life long interest in philosophy (eventually adding an OU degree element), I also trained to become a Socratic Dialogue facilitator.

Eloise Wilkinson – Director/facilitator

Level 3 Forest School OCN 3 PGCE QTS Primary teacher
Education and Training (PTLLS) Level 3 Working with Challenging Behaviours in the Outdoors OCN
Ba hons degree Creative and Cultural studies
I have been working with children in nature for the last 10 years, as a bushcraft facilitator, forest school leader, earth education facilitator and nature connection facilitator. More recently co-tutoring the Level 3 Forest school training alongside Mell Harrison at the Greenlight Trust and also training as a primary school teacher. I am passionate about children having the best possible start in life – having two children of my own helped with that also!
There is always more to learn, more to do, more that can be imagined and thought about and created to nurture children’s innate sensitivities, natural genius and uniqueness. To be part of something that holds that as key is wonderful and that is always looking to evolve and grow and learn.

Dianne Belcher-Hackett – Director/facilitator

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Louisa Yallop – Director/Finance

Education and training Accountant FCA, CTA

As a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor, I work for my own business Headspace Accountancy Ltd, which involves helping small businesses, individuals, social enterprises and charities understand their finances and feel confident and supported in that area. I have been in this profession for over 20 years and find no two days and no two businesses the same. It has given me a great insight into what drives people and what holds people back.

For 8 years I was director of a sustainable construction firm, The Limecrete Company Ltd. I helped to develop modern applications and methods of using limecrete and hempcrete which are now being recognised and adopted as best practice in the industry.

I am involved with a eco-tourism firm, Green Visions doo, based in Bosnia where I lived for three years. In addition to running a successful business our projects focus on assisting local people to build sustainable businesses based on preserving the pristine nature and facilitate cross boarder co-operation on hiking and biking trails.

Volunteering includes acting as treasurer or independent examiner for local charities and formerly as a leader in my local Woodcraft Folk group. I helped to set up and coordinated the fund-raising for Kenninghall Lands Trust which buys farm land, concentrating on linking green corridors, and plants woodland using community work parties.

My two children have shown me of the magic of nature. We love exploring and learning and growing together. I am excited that this project will give families who desperately need it a gateway into this way of experiencing the world and an opportunity to find talents and value in themselves that other methods of education don’t always uncover. I feel my skills are complimentary to the other amazing people involved.


Pauline (Po) Midwinter – Administrator Astronaut

October 2020 we were incredibly lucky to welcome Po into the Kinda Tribe as our administrator. Po brings with her a humungus tool box of skills including community organising, nature based learning, teaching skills and administration skills covered in sparkly clarity and smiles! Po is a Woodcraft Folk leader and joins Kinda in our enthusiasm for equality, freedom, peace, conservation and sustainability. She is also a celebrant and deeply understands the importance of celebrating the earth and all that lives on her.❤️ Po is the face behind the emails you receive 😁 and is helping us develop, grow and blossom in all ways. Po oozes love and kindness… And she’s mega organised!

Two years into our venture, we started gathering in new facilitators and volunteers to the tribe…

Megan Lefaye – facilitator

Meg started with us back in Winter of 2019 and is nearing the end of her Level 3 Forest School training. Other qualifications – Level 2-challenging behaviour, Level 2-Children and young people mental health, Level 3 Elkan course (speech and language support), Art therapy foundation course. 

I have come from a background of supporting children with specialist and behavioural needs in a school environment. It was there that I first experienced the forest school ethos and space. It proved very quickly to me the benefits and positive effects it had on the children I worked with and I knew this was where I wanted to go with my professional development. Having grown up mostly outside myself and being lucky enough to have a solid foundation of a community around me, I know just how powerful these can be at holding us through the challenges and waves that life can bring. It was not long before I moved to the woods permanently as my place of work and I am extremely passionate about connecting us as people back to ourselves, each other and nature in order to build resilient individuals and communities.

Kally Davidson – facilitator

Education and training; BA (Hons) in Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics/ City and Guilds in puppet making and performance/ Crystal energy practitioner/ Total communication and Signalong foundation

I am a curious explorer of nature’s art, an Artist and enthusiastic experi-mentor in the whole process of creating, from gathering raw materials to finished Artwork. I adore sculptural freeform crochet and love to exhibit my creations in unusual locations, whether inside or out, from woodland sculpture trails to cathedrals. For the past few years I have been running ‘Spinning colour’ workshops at Wrongs covert for both adults and family groups. I am a member of the Norwich Guild of weavers, spinners and dyers. In 2015 I helped devise and run intergenerational textile and puppet workshops and in the late 90’s I worked as a live in carer supporting elderly people in East Anglia, Essex and a lady in Italy.
Experienced and passionate about facilitating people of all ages to find their uninhibited creative flow, for nearly two decades I have been employed as a part time Arts facilitator with the Artists of a residential community for adults with learning difficulties. Here I became fascinated by the varying nature of communication when I studied signalong to support some of the residents and I realised the importance of nurturing each individual’s connection to nature, to develop mutual respect for selves and space. I am currently studying level 3 forest school, which seemed like a natural progression having worked in seasonal playscheme and festival environments for about 35 years, for Broadland district council, within Norfolk, Suffolk and further afield, such as Sussex, London and Derbyshire. For the past few years I have been assisting at seasonal sessions in a local woodland and at various schools facilitating with forest school and Stone Age history days.

Heidi Heidi – Jo Heard – facilitator

Forest School Level 2 and at the end of my Level 3 Forest School journey. Costume and Performance Design BA (Hons)

Heidi joined Kinda Tuesday tribe in 2021. ‘I love craft, playing in the mud and enjoying the magic of nature. I have a very creative background from working in theater and the arts but nature has always been incorporated into my work and day to day life. At Kinda I hope to encourage curiosities and help develop our connection with nature, I think its so important and often lost in our hectic world.
When not at forest school I’m likely to be wondering, walking, running or swimming, anything outside really! … or stuck in a good book for more adventures!

Shona Sundhari – facilitator

Shona joined us in 2020 as we came out of lockdown. She has PGCE in Primary and Special Educational Needs, BSc in Psychology and Forest School OCN Level 3. 

I came to the woods from a background in teaching in Special Educational Needs and Primary education. My move from teaching indoors to guiding and facilitating outdoors came from noticing the gaps in curriculum led education and wanting to be part of supporting children’s development holistically and creating magical experiences with our young humans of the world. My passion and biggest love and inspiration is the natural world. Each time I see a child wow’d and connect deeper with the woods and its inhabitants, I see hope for our planet and children. My inner fire is lit while building community and opening up the doors to the healing powers of nature and offering a beautiful space for people to come and reconnect to themselves and others. I hold Way of Council circles in Norfolk, which brings people together to share stories and practice opening up our listening hearts and bodies and noticing we are all connected, all valued and heard. I run 1-2-1 sessions with wild children in nature and hold community nature craft workshops which is joyful and inspirational! I’m a compost geek and love talking about the woodland wormery and attending local events to share composting knowledge with others. If I’m not in the woods playing, you’ll find me at my allotment, walking my dog or in wild waters swimming!

Shona manages our Family Tribe and our Elder’s Tribe in the woods and supports our Home Education group on a Tuesday. 

Blake Harrison – facilitator

November 2020, Blake arrived, with his music.

I come from a musical background having studied cello from age 3. I worked as a percussionist, touring and recording with bands and trained extensively with Community Music East becoming part of the core team and facilitating music workshops around East Anglia. I joined Children’s Services as a youth worker for several years running youth clubs and delivering detached youth work in the community connecting with vulnerable young people on the streets. I have also worked as an Associate Teacher for the Norfolk Music Service, engaged primarily as a World Music Tutor but also carried out significant amounts of Whole Class Ensemble Teaching and led on a number of workshops and projects.

My connection with nature has always been central to my life – since starting out with the Woodcraft Folk as a young boy. For 10 years now I have been working in registered children’s homes developing outdoor learning, creating spaces and facilitating for young people with very challenging lives, helping them to heal, grow and find solace in the natural world. All things fall away when you feel the heartbeat of the woods. We are all equal, safe and loved under the trees! I am very happy to be part of the Kinda team and to be able to develop my practice further.

Theodore Bidmead – Facilitator/volunteer

Theo joined Kinda in the summer of 2021 with his pixie hat and early fire lighting, chess and tree climbing – we love him being with us.

‘My journey with Kinda started with a simple wood delivery – the magic was felt instantly in those trees. In 2020 my theatre work dried up I began to retrain in tree surgery, great I have outside work and an exciting new business starting but something was missing. The first visit I became an all day participant in the wonders of the woods and the magic of the children, and I started off as a volunteer. Throughout my life I have been keen on volunteering, whether it be youth clubs, community theatre, off grid projects around the world and here I found myself a family and sense of home in Kali woods.

I do antique furniture restoration, tree surgery, lighting design, set design/construction and am an artists model. I’m excited to be commencing my Forest School training. I’ve worked in circuses taught gymnastics, capoeira and yoga so am looking forward to helping people build confidence in their bodies and surroundings. Feel the magic we all have, give some time and let’s play in the woods! 
Theo Fire Pixie

Alice Eastaugh – Facilitator

Alice joined us in 2021, working in with the Monday tribe.

‘In my recent working life, I was a classroom language teacher, also specialising in specific learning difficulties. I am also passionate about bodywork, with half a lifetime of experience in a variety of massage, I’m a mother of 3, grandmother of 5, and much more besides! But I feel I have now ‘advanced’ to becoming a Forest School assistant. I no longer teach in classrooms, but help to enable the joy and magic of nature to reach the eyes, ears, and feelings of all of us as children, whether little or grown up. I think its through connection with nature, and each other in natural settings, that we will discover how to really care for our planet and each other, and to re-prioritise fun, and the simple pleasures of life in the outdoors: the dance of light and shade coming through the trees, the birdsong, animal tracks in the mud or snow, the crackle of the fire in the centre of the circle, or the smell of baking apples.  I am considering training with the Forest School but in the meantime am loving working with the Family Tribe, and hope to do more in 2022. 

Leon Bedwell – Facilitator/volunteer

Leon joined us way back in 2019, and fell so deeply he’s doing his Level 2 Forest School training. He is a totally fantastic facilitator and volunteer that we adore! Leon went to Forest School when he was younger and knows the benefit of regularly attending a group where you are heard, seen and celebrated for who you are.
Leon has the voice of an angel and is a fantastic actor.
He supports the Fisher Theatre youth group and has a massive passion for musicals and theatre. Leon is a fantastic observer and holds equality and peace at his core. Leon is half way through his level 2 forest school qualification and does the best impression of a mermaid ogre! We think you rock!

Kym Flodqvist – Facilitator

Kym

Education and Training: BEd (Hons) Primary
I have been teaching for 14 years in England, Cambodia and Sweden. I have taught all primary ages in a variety of sized schools and locations, including international schools. I have always been interested in alternative education and teaching methods, having realised early on in my career that a high number of children are not catered for within the present education system. My own children are home educated, and since they have come out of formal education are noticeably happier, more enthusiastic and creative. Kinda Forest School supports and nurtures my sons passion and sparks interest in new ideas and skills.
In 2019 I studied Level 2 Forest School which qualifies me to assist and facilitate any Forest School facilitation.