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

A Sense of Place award for Annie's book

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Congratulations to Annie Davy for the Nursery World silver award for her book 'A Sense of Place - mindful practice outdoors'.  This book is for anyone living or working with young children who wants to find new ways to connect to the natural world with their children.  Available from all major booksellers. 

Supporting children in a time of ecological crises with Jo McAndrews

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This course is forprimary school staff  and early years colleagues who are concerned about how best to support the children they work with in the face of the current ecological crisis. As this situation becomes more widely discussed and reported in the media, many adults are working on how best to protect and prepare children for a very uncertain future. Those of us who work with young children are wondering what knowledge and skills we need to develop to face this unprecedented time.

The day will be engaging and experiential. We will explore practical down to earth tools based on contemporary models of neuroscience research, attachment, child development and deep ecology.https://jomcandrews.eventbrite.co.uk 

Being and Beloning Family Adventures outdoors

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Very pleased to present this short film from our lovely project  with Grandpont Nursery School and Family Room.  Funded by The Big Lottery, this project invited families to explore local greenspaces and to slow down and be mindful in their attention to themselves, eachother and to what was happening in nature in each season.  The project is now continuing  - run by volunteers and parents who participated.    You can want this film to hear about it in their own words  Click this Video Link:  Being and Belonging Outdoors

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