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

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


We are working  with others on a proposal to turn the former Florence Park Children's Centre  in to a haven for local people - a calm  ‘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 and create together.  Let us know what you think by emailing

A Sense of Place Film and Seminar


We are really pleased to let you know about our latest publication. A Sense of Place - companionable adventures outdoors. It is the product of a project sponsored by the Oxfordshire Parenting Forum (OPF) and explores how a range of grandparents feel about their role and taking their children out in nature. You can get a free copy of the publication by going to this link:
We are dontinuingto offer seminars and share the film made with Zoe Broughton about a project on the same theme of connecting with
children with Nature - this time working with families from Leys Children's Centre.   The next seminar will be through Early Education in May.  Please email for details. 

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


We were  delighted to be involved with this project at Barrackslane Community Garden , which explored 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 worked with Oxford Spires School for part of this project, sharing storied with young asylum seekers about migration of plants and people. Download the 

 projectposters  or go to the Barracks Lane Garden website for more details

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