School of the Wild was founded in 2014 by Nigel Berman.
Nigel says, “At the time I was running an online eco retailer helping people be more sustainable. I’d spent the best part of the previous decade running that business, but retail was changing and I was struggling with the pressures. I became very stressed, hurt my back, and in truth, lost my purpose...
And then I started to spend more time outside.
I discovered a deep love of nature and wild spaces. I sat round fires that had been made without matches. I learned to make rope from plants, and pots from river clay. I ate wild food and listened more closely to the birds. I met some really interesting people and had meaningful conversations with them, and I noticed how much it changed my mindset and gave me energy for new possibilities.
I started to feel that too much time indoors at my desk was affecting my wellbeing, putting pressure on my relationships at home and at work, and limiting my ability to innovate and make a difference.
I see this happening in organisations all of the time - as around 80% of us in the UK live in cities and work in offices, we’re all in the same boat: we've never spent so little time in contact with plants, trees, and animals.
I've realised that by not having much of an actual relationship with nature, we've forgotten how important this is.
School of the Wild is my way of helping organisations to fix this."
Founder / Chief Wildness Officer