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

Action Learning Projects to suit the needs of your organisation or event

We are currently facilitating a range of bespoke action learning sets - a form which enables you address the issues that matter most to you!....and to come up with fresh thinking and creative ideas. The environment for learning and the methodology is important - as is time for reflection and trust in the group you are working with. Increasingly we will use time in nature to enable groups to be inspired and refreshed. Contact us for further details.

Early Years Outdoors - Early Language Action Learning Project

Closed group with Learning through Landscapes/Grounds for Learning. For bespoke action learning projects. Email:

Launch of The Nature Effect Community Interest Company - planting the seeds


"In Human Culture is the preservation of Wildness" Wendell Berry. Huge thanks to all who took part in the a launch of The Nature Effect on 14th October. Activities and perspectives on being, cooking, eating and singing outside were shared in autumn sunshine in beautiful Barracks Lane Community Garden. Particular thanks to Hilary Kneale, Stephen Hancock and Janet Stansfeld for sharing their creative interpretations of the nature effect through words, poetry, movement and music.

The Nature Effect: Company Registration No: 7544187