The Nature Effect


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"Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal, and transformation in our lives." - Mary Ann Brussat

“You cannot hold back a good laugh any more than you can the tide. Both are forces of nature.” - William Rotsler


We work with a dream team of freelance Associates including facilitators, artists, teachers, bush crafters and social entrepreneurs who come together for particular pieces of work or a project – and also meet a few times a year to exchange ideas and support each others’ work.

Hilary Kneale


Hilary Kneale is an artist, writer and movement practitioner, whose work takes her through landscapes and over differing terrains in all weathers, she works close to the earth while inhabiting space and time, she is a teller of ancient stories. 

Having studied earth based shamanic teachings with Chris Luttichau of Northern Drum for over 12 years, she now supports the work of Northern Drum through assisting and teaching on trainings and sitting in the Council of the organisation. 

As a trained Guardian of Vision Quest she holds this transformational ceremony each Spring on Dartmoor: 

Hilary is a mother and a grandmother.

‘The man who does not know nature, who does not walk under the leaves as under his own roof, is partial and wounded. I say this even as wilderness shrinks beneath our unkindness and our indifference. Nature there will always be, but it will not be what we have now, much less the deeper fields and woodlands many of us remember from our childhood'. Winter Hours. Mary Oliver 1999'

Hugh Dunford Wood

A father of three boys, Hugh has led many weekend workshops for men and boys, fathers and daughters, for elders, and for men surviving loss of work and relationship, over 25 years. For the past 15 of those years he has run vision quest retreats for men, women and teenagers in the hills of Wales, using his imagination, intuition and experience to facilitate significant renewal in the lives of others. Hugh is a painter designer living a creative family life in Dorset, overlooking the sea. He is aged 62 and is a Quaker by conviction.

Jackie Singer


Jackie Singer has led creative and therapeutic groups for over 20 years, whilst also being a singer-songwriter, storyteller and celebrant, helping people to mark and celebrate significant rites of passage. Originally trained as a drama and movement therapist, Jackie has deepened her practise in recent years by training as a shamanic practitioner.  Much of her work now concerns the search for the sacred feminine, and the empowerment of women.

For The Nature Effect Jackie has co-organised Earth’s Daughters - a camp for women and girls.  Jackie also set up and co-led with Emma Hood ‘The Wolf Clan’, a mentoring circle for girls aged 11 – 13 years.  The group met monthly over three years, often outdoors, and had a two-night camp in the woods. 

Jackie is author of the book, Birthrites: Rituals and Ceremonies for the Child-Bearing Years, published by Permanent Publications (2008).  Her latest storytelling show 'Rhiannon Unbridled’ is about the elusive Celtic horse goddess.  It premiered at Oxford Storytelling Festival in 2018, and is now embarking on a slow tour.

Jane Flood


Jane has been working with landscape and ritual for over 20 years using traditional stories as a tool to connect people with place.She has told stories all over the world having recentlyreturned fromc ollecting traditional stories from the elders of Zanzibar. These never before written down tales will be made into a book and used in schools in East Africa.

In the last 10 years Jane has delivered 4 year long landscape projects working with the local residents of Mendip, the Blackdown Hills, Weston Super Mare and currently the Avalon Marshes.She has a word hoard of over well 450 traditional stories. For more info


Laura Sewell


Laura is a community arts and performance practitioner working across Oxfordshire. She is most experienced at delivering youth work projects with marginalised groups of young people. She is also passionate about working with young women and believes that working in nature can help to foster a nurturing environment for any group. Laura uses natural metaphors in her work with groups to encourage people to connect with their environment and develop a personal link to the land.

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