People and nature recovering and flourishing together
Training and support in Nature Based services
Natural Academy, an eco-social enterprise, developed the NatureWell approach from 12 years of working with people's health in natural settings.
It is rooted in supporting people and nature to recover and flourish together.
We have evaluated and learned what most benefits people’s health and helps them really connect to nature.
We have also delved deeply into the evidence, and together with our experience on the ground, have found ways to deliver our approach simply but effectively.
As NatureWell expands and develops we are partnering alongside a team of very experienced practitioners and trainers to offer our accredited training and service design and support programme. We are working with a range of of organisations from the health and environment sectors. They are all wanting to create or further develop nature-based approaches to health and wellbeing that are professional and effective.
We as a team are excited to see the expansion of nature based services and fully support this as an integrated solution to our health and environmental challenges.
Ways We Help
Working with you
Nature based services design and development
Adapting the NatureWell approach to local conditions and needs is an important element in the design.
We work with partners to ensure that the approach can be applied in ways that serve their participants and organizational needs.
By having an ongoing relationship to our partners we can help mentor, supervise and adapt the approach to fit into the needs of organisations, teams, places and participants.
We offer accredited training in the NatureWell approach that will upskill individuals and teams to deliver local professional services.
The training focusses into two main areas and you can choose one or both:
1. Nature and Health Facilitator for working with people with specific health and social care needs. This is sometimes called Green Care
2. Nature and Community Connector for nature focussed community engagement programmes that promote nature based health and wellbeing
Resources and evidence
In order for you to deliver and then continue to develop your nature based services we offer a range of professional resources and materials. This ranges from whole course delivery packs, online resources and evidence research.
We are constantly involved in the developments of nature based solutions for health and nature and therefore have our fingers on the pulse of latest policies, research and developments in the UK and beyond. As a licensed provider you have access to these and a CPD programme to keep individuals and teams updated and skilled.
Reflective practice for support and learning
At NatureWell, we support teams to reflect on their practice in ways that support them individually and collectively. This has the benefits of helping to positively manage complex and challenging experiences with groups and individuals. We know there is always so much to learn in the application of the approach and through the challenges of adpating it to particular groups, natural settings and organisations. We work with you to extrapolate this learning and apply it to the development of the service.
Professional and passionate
Emily is a Biologist, Environmentalist and Director of EcoWild CIC Emily is passionate about using nature and health approaches to rekindle our relationship with the living world. Working in health, education and community engagement, she is fascinated by the potential for enhancement of wellbeing through connection to the natural world.
Roger is a qualified nature-based facilitator with training in ecopsychology and nature based practice. He has worked as a physiotherapist for nearly twenty years in a variety of public sector and charity organisations, with a special interest in pain management. He is also accredited to teach Mindfulness for health and stress courses and has a particular interest in permaculture
Hamish Mackay Lewis
Hamish is a leadership and life coach, facilitator and meditation teacher. With varied international experience he has worked with people from all walks of life in business, the armed forces and not-for-profits. His passion is to work with groups and individuals to create space for reflection, renewal and reconnection with the wisdom of nature
Jason is a natured based practitioner with many years experience guiding and facilitating people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to engage with the natural world. His professional and academic journey includes Outdoor Activity Instructor, Nature Conservation Leader, FE Tutor, Forest School Leader, Environmental Science and Ecopsychology practitioner.
Recently, he has been working with Avon Wildlife Trust and is founder of Wild Connections.
Rhonda is a nature-based practitioner, supervisor, therapist, teacher and guide. She brings a wealth of experience and deep curiosity to our human-nature reciprocal relationship with the Earth and our ongoing personal and collective development within this. She has worked with individuals, couples and groups for over 25 years. She is dedicated to making a difference to human health and the health of the natural world by bringing individuals and communities into connection and healthy balance
Michéal is an eco-psychologist, mountain leader and holistic health and wellbeing professional. He is a qualified psychotherapist, supervisor and lecturer. He has a specialist interest in nature-based approaches to holistic cancer care and mental health. For over 25 years he has been advocating and developing nature based and holistic approaches to mental and physical health.
Sian currently works as the nature based Families Outreach Officer for the South Downs National Park, she is also one half of Wild Gathering CIC, which offers a programme of workshops and events that use a range of activities and interventions to support health and wellbeing in nature. As a trained psychotherapist and ecopsychology practitioner Siân also offers therapy and supervision. She has over twenty years of experience as a therapist, supervisor and trainer. Siân has an MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy and a Certificate in Eco-psychology and Nature Based Practice. She is also trained in group facilitation and supervision.
Sarah lives and works in Cornwall and has had a passionate and healing relationship to nature since childhood. In her professional career she has worked as a Youth worker and Support worker and currently works as a Community Coach. She successfully completed the Foundation year in Ecopsychology and Nature Based Practice in summer 2020. She brings all her experience and knowledge and life-long passions together in her work, recognising the power nature has in transforming people and communities to be healthier and more resilient.