Alex Gaut (SA)
I am the first Certified Forest Bathing Guide in South Australia, a co-founder of Nature & Wellbeing Australia, and am a Fellow of the Governor's Leadership Foundation. I have qualifications in marine science, education, project management, mindfulness and I am undertaking a Masters Research project in Environmental Psychology at UniSA. I have experience in environmental conservation and advocacy including managing award-winning conservation programs, ecotourism, citizen science, research, science communication, community development and teaching. I bring a collaborative, compassionate, evidence-based approach to nature connection for everyone.
Jana Norman (SA & NSW)
My professional background is in community development, and I have degrees in psychology and theology. I'm currently working on a PhD in the philosophy of law, looking at strategies for taking greater account of the wellbeing of the planet within the Western legal system.
I'm the convener of the Community of the Cosmic Person, a resource network for CoFlourishing of people, place, and planet ... together, with an emphasis on Ecozoic Living: learning to be present to the planet in a mutually beneficial manner.
Lucy Van Sambeek (NSW)
Now living in the Nambucca Valley, I bring more than 10 years experience as a social worker in remote and urban Aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory. My passion is bringing opportunities for healing to people through nature, art and storytelling. My therapeutic work brings together the best of Western science and knowledge, whilst respecting and engaging with Indigenous perspectives and world views. Find out more about my work, life and Nature Therapy walks in the Nambucca Valley and Coffs Coast region at '...metaphorically speaking'
Kara Spence (TAS)
I understand our dual demands on nature to sustain our souls and support our economy. The trick is achieving both, in harmony and balance. The sum of my work as a Park Ranger, expert environmental educator and teacher, combined with 15 years training in mindfulness, inspired the creation of Nature. Be in it. Unique outdoor sensory experiences in Tasmania, for all ages: from school holiday programs to forest bathing adults-only time-out with a gourmet picnic, there is no better way to recharge and fill up. Find out more at www.naturebeinit.com
Louise Kiddell (NSW)
My passion is to help people reconnect to themselves, their communities and nature. I believe mindful nature connection practice promotes integrative health and wellbeing and environmental stewardship. I created Barefoot Wellbeing to support people to intentionally explore and rewild their inner and outer landscapes. Find more information at www.barefootwellbeing.com
I am also a Bush School and Wild Play educator at Centennial Park and the Australian Botanic Gardens, and a Yoga Teacher. I have qualifications and experience in medical science, environmental conservation and international and community development.
Erica Gurner (SA)
I am a passionate facilitator and educator with expertise in nature and wellbeing developed over 16 years working in the context of adventure therapy, nature play, health promotion and community led change. Through HumaNature Connect I offer masterclasses, nature experience and facilitation to help corporate, community, not-for-profit and government groups to address human wellbeing and environmental health in integrated ways. My experience is underpinned by postgraduate qualifications in wilderness therapy, science, education, and sustainability leadership.
Michelle Brenner (NSW)
I have a particular interest in healing. I studied and worked as a Natural Health Therapist, then a 30 year career as a Conflict Resolution Consultant, working in local government as a mediator and facilitator as well as consultancy in both the Government and Private sector. I have lived in Japan and Hawaii amongst other cultures and feel that Nature Forest Therapy embodies the practice of participatory experience. I have led walks for Waverley Council as well as offering individual, group and children walks.
Claudia Grati (NSW&Qld)
My background is interdisciplinary – I have worked in environmental conservation and advocacy, creative therapies, community development, and social justice. My mission is to deeply connect beings of all ages with the ‘more than human’ world; fostering infinite inspiration and a desire for true environmental stewardship. My post graduate studies focus on the link between ecology and psychology; and how maintaining an intimate relationship with nature can be the balm both for our souls, and our planet. I am located in Byron Bay’s beautiful Hinterland, and you can find out more about my work at Deep Gaia Collective.