About Us

Company No. 8576451

Emily Malik, Director

“I work to increase connection and cooperation around the ecological issues of our time. In bringing meaningful outdoor experiences into the lives of all age groups I intend to ignite in their hearts a lifetime of valuing and knowing the natural world.”

A Biologist, Environmentalist and social entrepreneur, Emily is passionate about using cross-sectoral approaches to rekindle our relationship with the living world. Working in health, education, ecospirituality and community engagement, she is fascinated by the potential for enhancement of wellbeing as facilitated by reconnection to the natural world. She has practiced yoga for over 20 years, sings with an acapella group, plays the guitar and piano, and cherishes daily meditation practice. She has previously worked in HIV Community Support Services, Project Coordination in Tropical Health Education, Conservation research and logistics.

Training/certificates: Biology BSc, Paediatric First Aid, Outdoor Food Safety, Mental Health First Aid, DBS cleared.

Huw Griffiths

Huw Griffiths Lic Ac is an experienced meditation teacher and delivers Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). A long term meditator who, for over thirty years has attended many Buddhist based teachings and retreats in support of his own personal practice. Huw is also a Five Element Acupuncturist of 25 years, experienced within the field of mind/body/health specializing in working with stress related illness. He runs Resonance, Mindfulness and Tai Chi (Tao Yin Fa) courses with EcoWild in Chew Valley and Greyfield Woods among other locations.

 

Leah Apostolou

Leah is Bushcraft Pratitioner trained with a background in youth work and adventure sports. She is a strong advocate for use of adventure and nature as therapy. The bulk of her of experience comes from leading courses designed to facilitate personal and social development in young people experiencing difficulties. Growing up in North Wales, Leah has always loved being outdoors which is what lead her on to doing her degree in Adventure Tourism Management, from which she spring boarded into the outdoor industry. She is passionate about connecting with people of all ages and helping them to connect with nature.

Training/certificates: Bushcraft practitioner trained, L3 Youth work, L3 Education and Training, Outdoor First Aid, Mountain Bike instructor, DBS cleared.

 

Jane Southwell, Advisor; Children/ Early Years

Jane has worked for many years as a Primary School Teacher and an Early Years Consultant for B&NES. She is also Forest School Trained. She is an enthusiastic ambassador for the benefits of outdoor wellbeing and child led learning.

Owain Jones, Non Executive Director

Owain Jones FGS is a Professor of Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University (UK). He works mainly in cultural geography and has published a number of peer-reviewed research articles in international geography and related social science journals. He has two main areas of research and writing interests; geographies of nature-culture and children’s geographies. Within the former he focuses upon animal geographies,[1] place/landscape/dwelling,[2] and tidalgeographies (and temporal rhythms of landscape).[3]

Sam Maddison

Sam grew up exploring Greyfield woods and other places in nature, and has always had a passion for wildlife. He has had many experiences all coming from these interests; working with the Bristol zoo crayfish project, going on an adder survey with Somerset ARG, completing the ten tors challenge on Dartmoor as a lead navigator and now runs the reptile team at Chew Valley School. His best knowledge is in wildlife; in footprints, insects, fresh water animals and small mammals.

“It makes me happy to be working in such an amazing environment as the outdoors and I couldn’t be happier than I am with EcoWild. Having the opportunity to interest children in the outdoors is a gift for me, it means a lot to be able to bring others into nature and help them enjoy it as much as I always have.”

Sarah Holdway
Sarah is a Level 3 Forest School Leader and works at various Forest Schools in the South West, as a freelance Forest School leader. She also works alongside Karen’s Dexter-Stead and her birds of prey at Kingfisher Falconry. In the past she has worked for a charity using horses as therapy for SEN children and worked 1:1 with SEN children in primary schools. She helps running a Duke of Edinburgh and her local Sea Scouts group.
Her other passion is horses, and hockey.

Training/certificates: DBS cleared, Paediatric and Mental First Aid, Outdoor Food Safety, Bushcraft and Coast Masters award.

Stephanie Wills

Steph is a primary school teacher with a degree in outdoor education, and is also a swimming teacher for babies and toddlers. She loves encouraging children to find their special connection with the natural world, including her own daughter Esme!

Training/ certificates; DBS cleared, first aid, Outdoor Studies BA, PGCE

Kate Rigby, Advisor; University and Research

Professor Dr. Kate Rigby (Fellow of the Australian Humanities Academy) is Director of the Research Centre for Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University and Adjunct Professor of Literary Studies at Monash University (Melbourne). Her research lies at the intersection of environmental literary, philosophical, historical and religious studies, with a specialist interest in European Romanticism, ecopoetics, and eco-catastrophe. A founding co-editor of the journal Philosophy Activism Nature, she is currently co-editor of the University Press of Virginia series, Under the Sign of Nature, and her books include Topographies of the Sacred: The Poetics of Place in European Romanticism (2004), Ecocritical Theory: New European Approaches (co-edited, 2011) and Dancing with Disaster: Environmental Histories, Narratives, and Ethics for Perilous Times (2015). A key researcher with the Humanities for the Environment Mellon Australia-Pacific Observatory, she was the inaugural President of the Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture (Australia-New Zealand), and the founding Director of the Australia-Pacific Forum on Religion and Ecology.

 

 

Supporting evidence for EcoWild’s work
http://wwww.rspb.org.uk/Images/naturalthinking_tcm9-161856.pdf

Evidence for benefits of Green Space on referral in Mental Health services

NHS Scotland and the Forestry Commission:
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/Greenspace.pdf/$FILE/Greenspace.pdf

MIND: Ecotherapy explained:
http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/drugs-and-treatments/ecotherapy/#.VHc_M95KMy5

Importance of wild time for children:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature_deficit_disorder
http://projectwildthing.com