Jess is a nature-based practitioner and facilitates opportunities that help people to access and discover a sense of belonging within the gardens and green spaces within their local communities. After completing her degree in Textile Design, Jess was awarded a travel fellowship and spent time in the remote Kumoan region of the Indian Himalayas where she lived and worked within a small regenerative farming and craft community furthering her interests in woven textiles, natural plant dyeing techniques and the conservation of rural and sustainable livelihoods. Jess' time in Northern India inspired her integrative approach today and her love of working with both plants and people. For the past 15 years Jess has worked within the fields of traditional crafts, arts & health and in nature-based wellbeing. Jess works both freelance as well as within community and third sector organisations.
Jess trained as a gardener with the WFGA undertaking a year long placement within a 5 acre modern garden in the Black Mountains. Within her own gardening practice Jess holds a special interest in habitat enhancement and in regenerative food and flower growing. Alongside her horticultural training Jess completed her Award in Social & Therapeutic Horticulture with Thrive, the gardening for health charity. Before experiencing for herself the healing and transformative effects of gardening, Jess had already begun her training as a nature-based practitioner with Wildwise & Schumacher College in 2014 and is currently training in ecospychology with the Natural Academy.
Jess is passionate about community building and in group work facilitation and she loves to share and grow her knowledge in the natural world, gardening and rural crafts with those she works with.
Lucy is a movement and meditation teacher and trainee psychotherapist. She specialises in ‘being’ practices that help us tune in with ourselves, each other, and the world around us. She understands the transformative nature of movement, meditation and psychotherapy and draws on her experience in sharing these practices with others. Lucy is a qualified yoga teacher and is currently training in mindfulness-based psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute.
Lucy is an ethnographic researcher, with a PhD in Social Work and an MSc in Social Science Research Methods from Cardiff University. Her ethnographic work has explored the topics of self-transformation in social work; and the role of nature connection, crafting and mindfulness practices in supporting wellbeing. She is part of a research group writing on ethnography, ethnomethodology, and phenomenology.
After studying International Relations at Exeter University, Lucy completed a master’s in social work at Cardiff University. She has experience of working in a therapeutic social work team for addictions, a mental health team, and in children’s social work. Lucy loves being outdoors and spends time surfing, sailing, walking and climbing when she can. She is passionate about exploring our place within and our connection to the natural world.