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Nature Connects Founders and Session Leaders

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Alice Wonder
Wild Guide and forest school leader

Alice, a qualified forest school practitioner has set-up and run nature sessions in Cornwall over the last 7 years, including running the popular 'Nature Playgroup' for families.  In her sessions she shares knowledge of bush craft, foraging, fire-making, nature games, plant alchemy and more!  She has a passion for sharing skills and creatively engaging people with plants.  Her enthusiasm for nature is contagious and you shouldn’t fail to discover something new and have fun during a session with her.

 Alice has now embarked on further development as she's begun a foundation in Ecopsychology with the Natural Academy!

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Sarah Witts

Practitioner in Ecopsychology

Sarah has had a passionate and healing relationship to nature since childhood.

Throughout her professional career she has worked as a Youth worker and Support worker and currently works as a Community Coach.  In her wild time she has spent time in tribe, and in Nature Connection camps for adults and children here and abroad exploring different models.

She successfully completed a Foundation in Ecopsychology and Nature based practice in summer 2020. She brings all her experience and knowledge and life-long passions together in her work, recognising the power nature has in transforming people and societies to be healthier and more resilient.  

 

‘I have always been fascinated by what it means to be indigenous in our modern world and my immersion in nature connection has sparked a passion to support others exploration of what that question means to them’

Victoria Meincken
Early Years Nature Leader

Vicki has a warm and grounding attitude, her passion for Nature and wide knowledge of foraging and culinary skills are always inspiring.  She has a qualification in early years education and is working at a forest school along side facilitating Nature Playgroup sessions.  

A lifelong interest in experiential education and the different ways we learn and grow combined with a down-to-earth manner make her ideal company when out in the wilds!

We are delighted that Vicki has joined us in being a third director of Nature Connects and are so proud of her continuing seeking of personal and professional development as she embarks on an Ecopsychology foundation in 2022.

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Phoebe Riordan
Kids club leader and forest school assistant

Phoebe is an enthusiastic kids club leader, and forest school assistant. She has a love for the great outdoors, and healing of all kinds.

She has worked with several mainstream primary schools supporting tutoring and outdoor learning. She can support dynamic learning needs, and has worked with home ed groups, forest school nurture sessions, and busy holiday clubs. She supports Nature Connects with the popular Nature Playgroup sessions at Chyan Community Centre. She also sometimes supports the Woodland Wellbeing Programme in Praze.

 

Phoebe has a nurturing and approachable energy and outside of her work with children is a professional massage therapist and yoga instructor.

Here at Nature Connects, we know that the future needs to be one which reconnects us to nature so that we can step into a future of sustainability, health and happiness.

 

Through exploring natural space’s, we guide people to sow their own seeds, to grow their sense of belonging in nature and foster a deeper relationship with themselves and the world around them.

 

Nature Connects was set up in 2020 when Sarah and Alice (over a bowl of foraged soup) discovered they both shared the same vision of the future; a world where humans remembered their space on this planet and returned to living within natures reciprocal rhythms, no longer desiring to use nature as solely a resource.

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Sarah and Alice had already been working within the realms of human and nature connection for many years. Their combined background knowledge includes eco-psychology, nature based practices, forest school, plant uses and bushcraft.

 

Through combining their skills and resources Sarah and Alice continue to nurture and grow nature connects as a community interest company. Our offerings for adults and children range from our Nature Playgroup, to our 6 week woodland wellness programme and one to ones. We also offer one off 'experience' days and will be offering a level 2 'Nature Well' facilitator course summer 2022.

 

Our work is supported by the natural academy where Sarah completed her foundation in ecopsychology and our professional development is backed by the Nature and Health Practitioners Network- A nationwide based quality control organisation.

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