Jess Tanner I am passionate about facilitating opportunities that help people to access and discover a sense of belonging within the gardens and green spaces in our local area. For the past 10 years I have worked within the fields of community arts & health and in facilitating nature-based courses & events for individuals and small groups. My training includes a year long apprenticeship with the Women's Farm & Garden Association in the Black Mountains and an Award in Social & Therapeutic Horticulture with Thrive. I also hold a diploma in Environmental Education (Schumacher College, 2014) and a certificate in Permaculture Design (Shift Bristol, 2018). Working on developing the Green Minds project along with Em has been incredibly rewarding and I look forward to growing this project further with our members and reaching more people who might benefit from joining us. You'll likely find me wandering around with a packet of seeds in my hand looking for the last square foot available in the garden to grow something in, or with my nose in a book reading about plants.
Em Charles Hi I’m Em, a Nature Based Facilitator offering Ecotherapy and Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) in and around the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. My background is in social care provision, having worked in the third sector for over 10 years, and I continue as a private support assistant to disabled adults in the Powys area around my work with the Green Minds Project. Primarily focusing on mental health support, I completed my Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture with Thrive in 2017, and have more recently been awarded my certificate in Ecopsychology and Nature Based Practice through the Natural Academy in Bristol. I’ve been grateful to have had the opportunity to work with some wonderful STH projects over the years, including Lindengate in Buckingamshire and Growing Spaces in Abergavenny. I was delighted to join Jess and the Green Minds Project as a co-facilitator in January 2020. I’m particularly interested in exploring the importance of mindfulness in nature connection and developing my skills in wild foods, permaculture design and natural building techniques. You’ll likely find me wandering the woodlands and meadows along the Brec & Mon canal with my terrier cross Sadie in tow.