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.
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.
I have studied Level 2 Forest School which qualifies me to assist and facilitate any Forest School teaching.
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. 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. In 2016 with two remarkable craftsmen we built an cabin in the woods entirely from the 8 dead oaks that were in the wood, and felled in the first year. The story of the woodland is told on http://www.kaliwood.wordpress.com
With a life long interest in philosophy (eventually adding an OU degree element), I trained to become a Socratic Dialogue facilitator, 2019. I have studied to become a Socratic Dialogue Facilitator,I have studied Level 2 Forest School which qualifies me to assist and facilitate any Forest School teaching.
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 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 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.
Facilitator – Lorna Collins
Elder – Rachelle Wolfe