The Nature Effect

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The Nature Effect is a catalyst for personal, professional and community transformation. We offer continuing professional development and coaching to people and organisations in education and social change. We also offer retreats, weekend workshops and on-going groups for people wanting to learn, grow, flourish, reflect and reconnect. We collaborate with communities, schools and various peer groups.

Our ‘golden thread’ is explicit inspiration from the natural world – through nature metaphor, embodied learning, time spent in the wilds, use of natural materials and creation of outdoor spaces and events.

We have a rich pool of associates skilled in these areas of work who are always cooking up new ideas, and we like to connect them with like-minded colleagues, practical resources and methodological tools for effective working. We welcome contact from potential new associates. We are largely based in Oxford City but our Associates work nationally and internationally. Find out more about our work here

Latest News & Events

Creative Nature Craft Kits Stunning gifts for Christmas, Solstice or other Winterval


CREATE from NATURE.  Take the magic of our workshops home to your family and friends with our stunning new CRAFT KITS.  Try something different from board games, computer games or TV during the long winter evenings.   These kits enable you to make beautiful things together.  Learn new skills with easy instructions and all that you need, packaged as a beautiful gift.  2 kits currently available :     LAVENDER HANDCREAM (enough for at least 5 jars),  FELT NECKLACES (enough for at least 3 necklaces) can get your own refills thereafter. Email us for how to order. Or find us at Barracks Lane Community Garden this weekend - Sunday 18th December  

Heritage of Common Plants A community project with Barracks Lane Community Garden


We are delighted to be involved with this project at Barrackslane Community Garden , which explores common plants found in our hedgerows and gardens, and the gifts they have given us as humans through the ages for cooking,  medicine, clothing, fibres, ceremonies, stories and much more.  We are delighted to be working with Oxford Spires School for part of this project and to be involved in four delightful community events.  Download the  Poster  or go to the Barracks Lane Garden website for more details

The Oasis in Florence Park, Oxford Let us know what you think


We are working on a proposal to create an ‘Oasis’ in the park for the local community to work, play, eat, make and learn together. The proposal includes a children's nursery with a focus on learning outdoors and creativity, plus a separate space open to the community to meet, work, make, eat, hot desk and so on. Let us know what you think by emailing
I think it would be a great addition to our vibrant community - what do you think? If not run by a community group, it will be quite easily be sold off to a private nursery, and the community would then have very limited use of the beautiful building in the park.

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