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

Get hooked craft workshop


Come and join this lovely whole day workshop with lunch included. Learning to crochet, whittle and decorate your own crochet hook  - learn about wood and trees.

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. 

Mentoring Girls in Oxford; past, present and future An opportunity to hear about the girls' mentoring group, and learn how to create your own


For two years Emma Hood and Jackie Singer, as associates of The Nature Effect, have run a monthly mentoring circle for girls in East Oxford, called The Wolf Clan. We've been on two weekend camping trips to the woods. As we enter our third year with the same girls, we want to share what we have been doing and what we have learnt. We are also aware that there are very many more girls who could benefit from mentoring, and we would like to grow the model. Specifically, some of The Wolf Clan have sisters who want to start now! 

Would you like to become a mentor? 
Do you have questions? 
Please come and be part of the conversation!

21st March | 7.30-9.30pm | Barracks Lane Community Garden

Find the facebook event here.

Please RSVP:

The Nature Effect: Company Registration No: 7544187