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 for Social Change - now open for applications for the autumn set starting October - central Oxford venue


An action learning set is an opportunity to take some time out to be truly reflective and developmental in your work. It is not another training course. More affordable than individual coaching and potentially far more powerful, action learning can focus on the issues that matter to you most, developing relationships with peers who understand where you are coming from.

Participants will have the opportunity to:
• Learn new skills in reflective practice and how to stay steady in challenging situations.
• Gain fresh perspectives to help manage change strategically and improve performance.
• Present and explore new ideas in a supportive and constructively challenging environment.

Last year's participants said: “This process has empowered me to lead more confidently and to trust my own thinking.” “Like a lot of people, I spend most of my day thinking, talking, listening (to people) and staring at a screen, so being asked to touch, or encouraged to feel the ground under my feet, or just to listen to nature, or look around at something other than a screen is very good for me.”
“Space to reflect but in a focused way: listening to the experience of others and learning from this.”
“An extremely empowering and cost effective methodology to help seasoned (as well as less seasoned) professionals work better – and happier.”
“The format itself, and the tools within it were very powerful for helping us all to think more deeply."

Free Upcycling Workshop at Pegasus Theatre Cafe - Saturday 8th Feb, 10am-12 midday

Turn a tie into a beautiful rose - accessorise a bag, make a brooch or hair tie with it. And other ideas for your to take home and try out. All welcome - 10+ must be accompanied by an adult. Click 'website' to see photos; click 'Pegasus Website address' for more information about Pegasus events this weekend. Photo Album of Upcycled ties

Upcycling Workshop 19 December - Come and enjoy gift making and mince pies with us!


With Christmas so close you may like to bring some gift making projects. As usual we have sewing machines and lots of expertise among us if you would like help; we also have materials and other resources if you want ideas to start something new. Do visit us on Facebook: Upcycling Community Oxford. Cost £5 or £3. Email: Website:

The Nature Effect: Company Registration No: 7544187