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

Next Upcycling - May 17th at Barracks Lane Community Garden. Upcycled Jewellry with Dragonfly Cooperative

Dragonfly Co-operative is a group of women who make upcycled, recycled and other handmade jewellery. All profits go into a fund managed by Ingotec ( , their parent Social Enterprise, to buy IT equipment for charities. come and meet them, bring your old and broken necklaces, create something new....sewing and other upcycling activities also available.

Family Nature Clubs - Next event May 26th


May 26th - Ucycled City - making cardboard city and making paper July 21st - Denmaking and Waterplay September 15th - Balancing Act - stone balancing, mobiles and much more.... October 20th - Stick Day - dozens of things you can do and make with a simple pile of sticks November 3rd - Pumpkins, Lanterns and Bonfires and storytelling ....the Barracks Lane annual bonfire event December 8th - Greenery - Decorations for Christmas and other wintertime festivals January 13th and February 13th : more details to come All our Family Nature clubs except September 15th take place at Barracks Lane Community Garden from 12.00 - 4.00pm. The Bonfire Night event on November 3rd also has an early evening fire with stortelling and family refreshments. The Setpember event will take place at Hill End as part of Oxfordshire Play Association Play Day events

Women and Earth - Creative Equinox Retreat


Women have gathered together for millennia to create ceremony and community. We invite you to join us to work with and on the land in North East Wales. Our base will be the beautiful retreat campsite on the land below Pistyll Rhaedr waterfall. We will work through intuition and introspection to allow unique creative expression to arise through the gathering of women in community, through simple ceremony and creative activities. We will seek understanding of the magical rhythms of the earth’s seasons and the life giving elements, through engaging deeply with the rhythms of our own bodies. During the retreat there will be guided meditation that will take place both in stillness and through walking the land, and there will be an opportunity for supported solo time. Saturday afternoon through to Sunday evening will be a retreat time, to beheld in silence - you will be supported to find a place on the land to experience time alone in nature as an opening to the 'vision quest' experience - you can alternatively choose to share this time in silence within the camp. Places are limited. Download a booking form here.

The Nature Effect: Company Registration No: 7544187