“Into the wild I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”

John Muir

‘Into the wild’ has a singular aim: to improve participants wellbeing by being in an inspiring environment, building communities, valuing individuality and nurturing the soul.

I have worked in secondary education for 16 years in a number of different types of school. I have taught Product design, Textiles, food, Electronics, architecture and computer aided design. I am passionate about project based, child led, creative learning. I have a lot of experience with working with students with special educational needs within mainstream schools, and as an “alternative provision” provider.

My son was diagnosed with Autistic spectrum condition in 2018 and for a year I flexi schooled him. He attended mainstream school 4 days a week and I home educated him two afternoons a week. Through this process, I was able to take him from a reading level 6 (year 1 average) to free reader in three months. It was only because of this I came to better understand that children are often deemed to be “Failing” or unintelligent, when actually, it is how the learning is presented which is actually the true barrier.

In 2018 I also retrained to become a forest school leader and I constantly read and work with different educational ideologies to find the best fit for individuals. The core values of Forest school philosophy are about learning being child led, having choice and forming genuine connections to other people and nature.

Modern life has become increasingly indoors. So many jobs mean being sat down and behind a screen. The mental and physical health implications for this kind of lifestyle are very well documented both for adults and children. Having worked as a teacher, I have seen anxiety and depression rise hugely with young people, especially for individuals with learning needs such as ADHD, dyslexia and Autism. It is my belief that much of a person’s well being is influenced by the environment they are in.