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

Gratitude Guidance Grief and Glory Experiential retreat by woods and sea in Dorset


Facilitated by Hugh Dunford Wood and Annie Davy
“I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily without getting there in spirit.” Henry David Thoreau (Excursions 1863)
You are invited to a 4-day retreat for men and women into the wilderness beside Lyme Regis. Here we will be mindful of 4 essential considerations to bring us back to ourselves in the spirit of ‘vision quest’ – solo time at the edge of wood and sea. We will return at the end of each day to a beautiful home in Lyme Regis to share our enquiries through creativity, words and silence. 

Heritage of Common Plants A community project with Barracks Lane Community Garden


We are delighted to be involved with this project at Barrackslane Community Garden , which explores common plants found in our hedgerows and gardens, and the gifts they have given us as humans through the ages for cooking,  medicine, clothing, fibres, ceremonies, stories and much more.  We are delighted to be working with Oxford Spires School for part of this project and to be involved in four delightful community events.  Download the  Poster  or go to the Barracks Lane Garden website for more details

A Sense of Place Film and Seminar


We are really pleased to let you know about our latest publication. A Sense of Place - companionable adventures outdoors. It is the product of a project sponsored by the Oxfordshire Parenting Forum (OPF) and explores how a range of grandparents feel about their role and taking their children out in nature. You can get a free copy of the publication by going to this link:
We are also running a seminar with OPF (see flyer) which will share a film made with Zoe Broughton about a project on the same theme of connecting with
children with Nature - this time working with families from Leys Children's Centre. 

The Nature Effect: Company Registration No: 7544187