We're experienced wilderness teachers, artists, trackers and course leaders, and we love innovative outdoor activities and nature-based experiences. This is us.
I founded School of the Wild in 2014 because I was longing for more wildness in my life, and I wanted to combine my love of being in nature with activities and experiences that deepen the connection. I've spent twenty years creating projects that communicate different ways of seeing the world. I love sitting round a fire in the woods, and foraging for wild plants. I have a passion for the outdoors, nature connection and ecology, and School of the Wild is my way of doing something to help fix the broken relationship between people and the planet.
Alice Bettany qualified as a Western herbalist from the college of Naturopathic medicine, London, in 2014. She has been foraging for food and medicine for many years, her love and passion for wild medicine led her to her current career as a herbalist. Alice grows alot of her own herbs and runs an innovative herb box scheme. Alice runs regular volunteer days at her herb garden, everyone is welcome!
Alistair has a passion to connect people with the best in themselves, their communities and the natural world. He brings a distinctive blend of modern personal development approaches and ancient nature-based wisdom to his work. He has a Masters degree in Phenomenology and is a Master Practitioner of a highly somatic, artistic form of Neuro-Lingusitic-Programming (NLP).
Anniek is a leading expert in the field of therapeutic arts. She has facilitated workshops for organisations in London, Europe, USA and the Far East and offers 1-2-1 sessions in her practice in London and Brighton.
Anniek is also a passionate artist working in mixed media, abstract art and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited around the world and used to uplift and enhance living and work spaces.
Caroline trained at Schumacher College and Embercombe and is delighted to bring some of this learning back to Sussex in celebration of ourselves and this piece of earth. As a passionate advocate of the therapeutic benefits of nature connection and green care, especially night walking, wild swimming and foraging wild foods. Through these elemental practices, we awaken a very old and wise part of ourselves that craves enchantment and simplicity. In essence, when walking attentively through the landscape we are walking ourselves home.
Charlotte Du Cann
Charlotte DuCann is a writer and editor and part of the core team behind The Dark Mountain Project. She teaches collaborative writing and re-connection with the living planet. After working as a journalist during the 1980s and travelling in the 90s, she settled in Suffolk and began to document grassroots arts and activism in response to climate change. She is the author of 52 Flowers That Shook My World – A Radical Return to Earth, swims in the North Sea and the River Waveney, and makes a mean nettle pesto. Read more here.
Feathers has been passing on the skills of The Native Way for over ten years. His passions lie not only with the beautiful crafting of the primitive skills for survival but also in the awareness of the teachings, and how the cultural elements of tribal life bring out the gifts in each individual.
He is a member of the Art of Mentoring UK team and has been part of spreading the teachings of this international organisation in many countries
Jo is a lifelong devotee of nature and the outdoors and embraces the outside world in all its forms – from walking to sailing, bushcraft to foraging. She believes that regular connection with nature not only helps us to feel better but also opens up a world of wonder and awe, never-ending curiosity and a deeper relationship with both the earth and her inhabitants.
She runs a charity in Brighton called Grow which takes all these principles and uses them to help improve and maintain wellbeing.
Lucinda is a herbalist and nature lover living and working in East Sussex. She works primarily with local and wildcrafted herbs and can often be found nosing around the hedgerows or blending, brewing and bottling potions in her kitchen. She is a firm believer in herbal medicine as the medicine of the people and loves to share her experience of the healing powers of nature which involve everything from herbal preparations to simply sitting by a tree.
Mike is a gardener, forager, ethno-botanist and bushcraft instructor. He has always loved nature and the outdoor life, and has a passion for wild plants and their many uses. Mike is particularly interested in the culinary uses of wild ingredients, as well as their medicinal value and the rich folklore and history surrounding them. Mike is a strong believer in the benefits of our connection to the natural world.
Rebecca is a qualified and experienced Yoga teacher, Meditation Instructor and Somatic Movement facilitator. She works as a Guide, Facilitator and Ceremonialist of Nature-based Wisdom, Cultural Repair and Soul Initiation and holds Medicine Walks & Council for us and at her base on Dartmoor.
Rebecca believes in the power of ceremony, community and sitting in circle for deep healing and authentic connection. Her passion is in the re~membering of Wholeness and finding creative ways to explore that.
Rosie is a facilitator of outdoor skills and helps to run a local forest school and is also a community gardener. She has taught whittling, fire lighting and shelter-building skills, as well as gardening and nature connection to people of all ages. By including mindfulness at the beginning and end of the sessions, she combines learning a new skill and being in nature, with something deeper and more reflective.
Vicky is a life long sea swimmer and subsequently so are most of her friends and family. Vicky is a psychological therapist who works in the NHS. She is also member of Brighton Surf Life Swimming Club and works with adults and children at the club.
Educators who've worked with us in the past (and may again):
Jonathon has been researching and working with the spirituality of Britain for nearly 25 years bringing alive his subject with story, poetry and a practical knowledge of the land. He runs WalkwithTrees, a business devoted to educating all types of people about the countryside.
Chris is a musician and teacher, with a degree in Related Arts from Brighton University. He also studied dance and movement at the Laban Centre in Goldsmith's, London. He has been a student of nature-based traditions for over 20 years, including working with Leo Rutherford on his Elements of Shamanism courses, and for Small Earth, an eco-build company specialising in rammed earth construction.
Milly is a qualified forest schools leader, and leads people in deepening their own connection with nature in practical, creative and fun ways… And one of the best ways to connect with nature is through our stomachs! She says "My love of foraging goes back over 25 years."
Natasha is a photographer, mindfulness teacher, and outdoors facilitator trained at Schumacher College. Natasha brings a light touch and embodied wisdom to the serious work of transformation. Natasha has a passion for exploring the deepening relationships – with our selves, each other and our homeland - and how opening to this community can radically shift how we walk through this world. She loves to do this outdoors through play, connecting with creativity, mindfulness and embodiment practices.
Robert is an educator and wilderness survival guide, bringing together a multitude of disciplines from a lifetime of practices. He has trained and taught internationally and is involved in various ongoing programmes supporting nature reconnection, rites of passage and community regeneration. He has an infectious enthusiasm and a passion for inspiring us to live in integrity with nature.
Sharon is a trained Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist and an IFEAL (International Foundation of Equine Assisted Learning) Facilitator. As well as running her own private practice she is part of a new integrated Healthcare Service within the NHS bringing Equine Assisted Learning to mainstream healthcare. Sharon has a passion for the mind, body, and spirit connection and creates spaces for development, growth, and empowerment.