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 EcoWild’s work in health, education, and community engagement and particularly by 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 a little and meditates daily. Also experienced 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.

Dimitri Vandebroek

Dimitri is a Level 3 Forest School leader and has been an active scout leader as well as a youth worker for 8 years. Trained as a primary school teacher in Belgium he has worked in primary schools in France and in Belgium and with several forest schools in Somerset. He likes to explore new skills such as green wood working, wood carving, willow weaving and various other crafts. He is currently doing a 3-year shiatsu training in Bath. Dimitri is passionate about helping children, teenagers and adults to develop themselves through crafts and activities in nature.

Training/certificates: Forest School L3, Outdoor First Aid, Outdoor Food Safety, DBS cleared.

Jane Southwell, Non Executive Director

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]

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 Mindfulness and Tai Chi (Tao Yin Fa) courses with EcoWild both in Chew Valley and Greyfield Woods.

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

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