Marina Robb is founder and Managing Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC, a leading outdoor learning organisation. She is Author of ‘Learning with Nature’, considered a must-have book for Forest School & Outdoor practitioners. Marina has been the recipient of funding from Natural England, Mind and The National Lottery, amongst other grant makers for her outdoor work with disadvantaged teenagers, families and young people.
The flagship project ‘The Woodland Project’ won the ITV People’s Project in 2017, supporting families and teenagers with disabilities and mental health issues. Marina is a senior practitioner for residential camps in Sussex woodlands, Forest School & training, nature-based training for adults, nature & health interventions, outdoor learning days and youth training programmes.
Among other interest and trainings, Mark holds a NCFE Level3 Outdoor Leadership qualification in Bushcraft, Forest School Level 3 Training, NCFE Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Woodcraft.
In recent years he works with young people of all ages and is experienced in supporting young people who are vulnerable and have difficulties in main stream education.
Katie is passionate about raising the profile of outdoor learning in schools and dreams of the day that it becomes an every day part of the national curriculum, where every child can experience the awe and wonder of learning about and engaging with their local environment.
Jennie is our Outdoor Learning Co-ordinator, assessing the Level 3 Forest School Leadership portfolios. A qualified Forest School Leader, Jennie also works with Schools and other groups, delivering forest school programmes and one off experiences.
An experienced youth leader with an enthusiasm for everything outdoors; she has planned and delivered woodland days and residential experiences across East Sussex and overseas. Jennie is a trainer for Girlguiding UK and has volunteered with Guides and Brownies for many years.
Kate Macairt is an experienced Play Therapist and Child Counsellor who has been working with children and young adults for over 10 years as Therapist and previously 15 years as Teacher.
Her background is in Expressive Arts Education and her interest in the significance of the creative instinct led her to research creativity and its connection to well-being and academic achievement as part of a Masters in Education. The discovery of Play Therapy persuaded her to re-train and she moved from Creative Teacher to Creative Play Therapist. Kate’s passion and love of Mother Nature and spending time outside has infiltrated into her role as Teacher of Art and Play Therapist.
Kate supports the Forest School and Outdoor Education movement and she has worked for Circle of Life Rediscovery for several years.
Anna Richardson lives and works in East Sussex. She is a mother, a forest school facilitator and trainer, working with young people of all ages. She is enthusiastic about rediscovering the uses of wild plants and the indigenous approaches to sustainable harvesting for food, medicine and other practical crafts and teaches Foraging workshops.
Over the last 20 years her interest in plants and traditional skills has developed through training, teaching and practicing Bush Craft, Plant Spirit Medicine and invaluable time spent in the field with Gordon Hillman, Professor of Archeobotany. Anna has taught at Sussex University CCE in Wild Plants and their Ancient Uses (in connection with the Archeology department) and continues to develop her own knowledge and inspiring ways to teach plantlore alongside a deep love for the natural world.
Anna is passionate about new and indigenous ways to educate and co-creates local community projects which enable people to share and learn together to reconnect to nature. She also enjoys the creative arts, plays fiddle and is actively involved in running folk music sessions in the local area.
She has been awarded Local Agenda 21 sustainability funding by five local authoities in 2015 to run her project “Bringing Back Outdoor Play”. She is an An Taisce Green Schools Biodiversity expert, a Heritage in Schools specialist for nature connection and sustainability and runs forest school, nature and bushcraft camps for children and Continuous Professional Development workshops.
Ciara was featured as part of the Irish national TV, RTE Goes Wild series on Nationwide in 2013, see www.vimeo.com/65611610.