Mell Harrison (Director)
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.
Kym Flodqvist (Director)
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.
Rachel Kellett (Director)
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.
Louisa Yallop (Director)
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.
Two years into our venture, we started gathering in new facilitators and volunteers to the tribe…
In 2020 Megan Lefaye joined us to lead Forest School on Wednesdays with Blake. Meg Millipede /Magpie loves to dress up, make mushrooms, and play.
Pauline (Po) Midwinter
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!
Shona joined us in 2021 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 to everyone.
I also work for the Green Light Trust as a Forest School Tutor, supporting adults on their own journeys with Forest School using Nature connection and Earth Education.
I lead the Family Tribe and the Intergenerational group in the woods and am a support facilitator for our Home Ed group on a Tuesday.
If I’m not in the woods playing, you’ll find me at my allotment or in wild waters swimming!”
November 2020, Blake arrived, with his music. Blake brings with him masses of experience working with young people, nature and music. And he is a kind soul. It’s Kinda Magic having him join us on the team.
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!
People who have passed though
Eloise started with us right from the very beginning, and stayed until the course of her life changed, and after years of facilitating and training facilitators of Forest school, she is now training to be a conventional teacher.
Eloise continues to stay in touch with us and we welcome her back