About Us

Woodland basecampWhat we do

Wild in the City is a non profit CIC. We support wellbeing through connection to nature in London’s green and wild spaces.  We work from parks and woods offering bushcraft, forest school, nature awareness and ecotherapy for children, families and adults living or working in urban areas.

We are passionate about helping people to reconnect with nature and to experience nature’s ability to support wellbeing.  We use bushcraft and nature awareness as ‘living’ skills.

We offer a range of nature-based experiences designed to inspire you to spend more time outdoors and help make nature a meaningful part of your everyday life, normalising contact with nature during work, rest and play.

We’re building a community of people who gather in nature to have fun, learn and feel good.

Our aims

  • Provide fun, informative and therapeutic immersion in nature
  • Support the development of positive relationships in and with nature
  • Promote and normalise contact with nature during work, rest and play
  • Deepen connection with nature through the development of practical skills, exploration and play

IMG_20160220_115111 - CroppedOur ethos

We are therapeutic in our approach and aim to help facilitate the development of positive relationships in and with nature.

Many people in cities have lost contact with nature and what it can offer in terms of relaxation and recreation.  Increasingly urban lifestyles are indoor orientated, isolating, lack activity and can lead to poor quality relationships. Low incomes can limit options for healthy entertainment and recreation.  Wild in the City work to show how nature can provide free activities which are fun and support health, raising self-esteem and giving a sense of meaning and purpose in life.  Wild in the City inspire people with ideas and skills they can apply independently outside of the sessions.

We specialise in supporting people who are unfamiliar with spending time in natural settings and those who have an insecure attachment to nature (“it’s dirty/it’s scary”), working with them relationally to help them feel comfortable in green spaces and encouraging them to see spending time in nature as a healthy lifestyle choice.

Sometimes we contrast nature with rural and concrete with the city, but nature isn’t just something that exists in the countryside.

Over 47% of London is green space. If half of London is green space, then it’s feasible to spend at least half of our time in its wild and natural areas!  We want to normalise spending time in nature whether during your work, rest or play.  We’re sure you’ll see the benefits to your well-being and productivity. If it can be done outdoors, then do it outdoors!

DSCN7336Why choose us

We are driven by our own passion for spending time in the natural world and hope that you’ll enjoy being in the woods as much as we do.

We keep our group sizes small to allow intimacy with nature and amongst participants, rather than aiming for large numbers where the connection with people and nature can become diluted.  We are fully insured and DBS checked.

 

 

Partnership

We are a non profit Community Interest Company. We welcome partners and sponsorship to help support our activities. If you are interested in supporting local residents in increasing their connection to nature please contact us to discuss collaboration.

Our founder

Beth. Profile picBeth Collier is a Nature-based Psychotherapist and bushcraft practitioner with a passion for helping people to develop positive relationships in and with nature; she has extensive experience using parks and woods as a therapy room.

Beth provides training for psychotherapists and outdoor professionals on working therapeutically with clients in nature through the Nature Therapy School, offering CPD and a Diploma in Nature-based Psychotherapy.  She has been at the fore of theorising our connection with nature from an applied psychotherapeutic perspective and has given talks at several universities on the therapeutic use of nature to support emotional health.

Beth also teaches emotional leadership skills to expedition leaders, working in partnership with Explorers Connect.

Beth is a Fellow of the London Environmental Educators Forum and a Trustee of the Greater London National Park City initiative.