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.


Image a self-employed illustrator, cartoonist, risograph-printer and designer working in Oxford, mostly on climate, energy and sustainable-living issues. He also dabbles in carpentry, hammocks, dragons, permaculture, murals and building bike-trailers. Originally a psychologist, he's been a lollipop-lady, researcher, tree-pruner, foster-carer and a campaigner. Some of his art and design is here:

Stuart Turner


I work in an outdoor learning context with children and families, especially in the areas of outdoor creativity and creative connections with the natural environment. I have worked outdoors with children and young adults with a wide range of physical and educational needs over the past ten years. The inspiration for much of this work has been the transformative benefits of re-establishing our connections with making, building, growing and cooking in natural and urban outdoor environments. I have trained in the fields of contemporary arts, conservation and land management, and I currently work as an Outdoor Family development worker for Oxfordshire County Council and the Earth Trust.

Susie Dadd

Environmental Artist and Tree Weaver. Susie works with people of all ages, creating beautiful spaces using nature as inspiration and natural materials.

Zoe Bicat


Zoë has nurtured a love of the natural world through childhood into adulthood. She has a fascination for the way that our awareness of the natural world can weave into and support our work and living. Zoe’s work spans creative and healing disciplines: she is a published writer of prose and poems; a singer-songwriter whose work has been used internationally, and her freelance work includes graphic design and occasional art commissions. In 2013 Zoe qualified as a physical therapist in injury rehabilitation, and practises at Helix House Natural Health Centre in Oxford. She a certified teacher of Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi, and offers one-to-ones and community classes focused on alignment with the changing seasons, as well as corporate sessions. 

After studying bushcraft with UK organisations Native Awareness School of Primitive and Earth Living Skills, Pathfinder UK, and Woodlore (she was shortlisted for the assistant selection process for Woodlore in 2011), Zoe has offered workshops for children and families at various settings including Plan-It Earth Education for Sustainability Project in Cornwall, Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, and in Oxfordshire for the Earth Trust, Hill End Outdoor Centre, and Barracks Lane Community Garden. She has worked as a facilitator with vulnerable children and young people in Oxfordshire.

In 2007 Zoe began to nurture an interest in shamanism, which deepened during her work on the text of ‘Animal Spirit Guides’ (2013) by author and teacher Chris Lüttichau of Northern Drum Shamanic Centre. She has since edited and researched for ‘Calling Us Home’ (2017) by the same author. Through working closely with Chris, the teachings and perspective of shamanism have become an important part of her life. In 2016 Zoe experienced the work of Feminine Leadership Coach Joey Walters, and in 2017 gathered a circle of women in Oxford to journey with Joey’s teachings. Her engagement with this work continues in the form of further training with Joey in holding space.

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